Imatges de pÓgina

Bore witness gloriously; whence Gaza mourns
And all that band them to resist
His uncontroulable intent,
His servants he with new acquist
Of true experience from this great event
With .peace and consolation hath dismist,
And calm of mind all passion spent.

The End.


(a) Specimen of Milton's spelling, from the

Cambridge autograph manuscript.

On Time

set on a clock case

Fly envious Time till thou run out thy race
call on the lazie leaden-stepping howres
whose speed is but the heavie plummets pace
& glut thy selfe wth what thy womb devoures
wch is no more then what is false & vaine
& meerly mortall drosse
so little is our losse
so little is thy gaine
for when as each thing bad thou hast entomb'd
& last of all thy greedie selfe consum'd
then long Æternity shall greet our blisse
wth an individuall kisse
and Joy shall overtake us as a flood
when every thing ye is sincerely good
& pfectly divine
with Truth, & Peace, & Love shall ever shine
about the supreme throne
of him whose happy-making sight alone
when once our heav'nly-guided soule shall clime
then all this earthie grossnesse quit

attir'd wth starres wee shall for ever sit Triumphing over Death, & Chance, & thee O Time.

(6) Note of a few readings in the same manuscript.


line 6. content. Manuscript reads concent as does the Second Edition ; so that content is probably a misprint.


line 22. hunderd. Milton's own spelling here is hundred. But in the Errata to Paradise Lost (i. 760) he corrects hundred to hunderd.


line 64. uncessant. Manuscript reads incessant, so that uncessant is probably a misprint; though that spelling is retained in the Second Edition.

line 82. perfet. So in A Maske, line 203. In both these places the manuscript has perfect, as elsewhere where the word occurs. In the Solemn Music, line 23, where the First Edition reads perfect, the second reads perfet.


lines 168, 169. Manuscript reads

but heere she comes I fairly step aside

Ev hearken, if I may, her buisnesse heere. line 474. sensualty. Manuscript also reads sensualtie, as the metro requires.

line 493. father. Manuscript reads father's. line 553. drowsie frighted. Manuscript reads drowsie flighted. line 743. In the manuscript, which reads

If you let slip time like an neglected rose a circle has been drawn round the an, but probably not by Milton.

() Paradise Lost, vii. 451. Bentley's emendation of soul for fowl should have been noted at the foot of the page. See Genesis i. 30 A. V. margin.

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