Imatges de pÓgina
PDF
EPUB

tament, his Paradise Regained, in blank verse, frequently resembling the worst prose. Leave it then to Milton to set Satan and Jesus constantly at war.

Let it be his to cause a drove of swine to be driven along by a legion of devils; that is, by six thousand seven hundred, who take possession of these swine (there being three devils and seven-twentieths per pig) and drown them in a lake. It well becomes Milton to make the Devil propose to God that they shall take a good supper together*. In Milton, the Devil may at his ease cover the table with ortolans, partridges, soles, sturgeons, and make Hebe and Ganymede hand wine to Jesus Christ. In Milton, the Devil may take God up a little hill, from the top of which he shows him the capital, the Molucca islands, and the Indian city; the birth-place of the beauteous Angelica who turned Orlando's brain ; after which he may offer to God all this, provided that God will adore him. But even Milton laboured in vain ; people have laughed at him. They have laughed at poor brother Berruyer, the jesuit. They have laughed at thee. Bear it with patience!

* " What doubt'st thou, Son of God? Sit down and eat!”

Paradise Regained, book ii.

END OF VOLUME THE FOURTH.

LONDON: PRINTED BY C. H. REYNELL, BROAD-STREET, GOLDEN-SQUARE.

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[graphic]
« AnteriorContinua »