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In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
620 Alp] in the singular number; so in Dionysius Perieg. See Schnieder's note to Orphei Argon. p. 193. "ATOS åpxò, singulari numero, est in Dion. Perieg. ut in Metrodori Epigr. (Anal. ii. 481.) Alpem Juvenalis nominat. (Sat. x. 152.)
621 Rocks] Rocks, shelves, gulfs, quicksands, hundred, hundred horrors.'
See Middleton's World tosl at Tennis, p. 26. 623 evil] Æsch. Eumen. ver. 71.
κακών δ' έκατι κάγένοντ.. 625 all monstrous) See Heywood's Hierarchie, p. 437, lib. 7.
So that all births which out of order come
Are monstrous and prodigious.'
Than fables yet have feign'd, or fear conceiv'd, Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimæras dire.
Meanwhile the adversary of God and man, Satan, with thoughts inflam'd of highest design, 630 Puts on swift wings, and toward the gates of hell Explores his solitary flight; sometimes He scours the right-hand coast, sometimes the left; Now shaves with level wing the deep, then soars Up to the fiery concave towering high. As when far off at sea a fleet descried Hangs in the clouds, by equinoctial winds Close sailing from Bengala, or the isles Of Ternate and Tidore, whence merchants bring Their spicy drugs : they on the trading flood Through the wide Æthiopian to the Cape Ply, stemming nightly toward the pole ; so seem'd Far off the flying fiend. At last appear Hell bounds, high reaching to the horrid roof; And thrice threefold the gates ; three folds were Three iron, three of adamantine rock, [brass, Impenetrable, impal'd with circling fire, Yet unconsum’d. Before the gates there sat
639 Of Ternate] See Fanshawe’s Lusiad, p. 219, c. X. 84, 132. (1655). Tidore see! Ternate! whence are rolled
(Holding black night a torch) thick plumes of flame.' 640 trading] treading. Bentl. MS. 642 nightly] rightly. Bentl. MS. 645 thrice threefold) Samson Agon. ver. 1122.
"And seven times folded shield.'
Clypei septemplicis.' Bentl. MS.
On either side a formidable shape;
Far less abhorr'd than these
653 mortal sting] Spens. F. Q. ver. i. i. 15.
pointed with mortal sting.' Bentl. MS. 654 A cry] ‘And that some troop of cruel hellish curs Encircle them about.'
v. Phillis of Scyros. p. 104. (1655). 660 Vex' d] 'Dulichios vexasse rates.' Bentl. MS.
665 labouring moon] See Ovid. Metam. iv. 333. and Stat. Theb. ver. 687. Siderum labores.' y. Plin. N. Hist. lib. ii. C. X. p. 162, ed. Brotier. Casimir Sarb. Lyr. ii. v. 'Soli et lunæ labores.'
For each seem'd either; black it stood as night, 670
Whence and what art thou, execrable shape,
To whom the goblin full of wrath replied, Art thou that traitor-angel, art thou he,
672 And shook]
And in his hand, a dreadful sight to see,
With great triumph eftsones the same he shook.' See Sackville's Int. to Mirror for Mag. p. 266, ed. 1610. 676 hell] 'And made hell gates to shiver with the might.'
Sackville's Introd. p. 265. 679 Created] See Wakefield's Lucretius, lib. i. 117, and Sylva Critica, v. p. 74, where this phrase is illustrated.
683 miscreated] Spens. F. Q. i. ii. 3. 'miscreated fair.' ii. vii. 42. 'miscreated mould.' Bentl.
Who first broke peace in heaven and faith, till then
So spake the grisly Terror, and in shape,
692 Drew] 'He boldly drew millions of souls.'
See Beaumont's Psyche, c. XV. st. 296. 698 Conjur'd] Virg. Geo. i. 280.
* Et conjuratos cælum rescindere fratres.' Hume. 708 comet ] See Virg. Æn. x. 272. Tasso G. L. i. vii. 52.
Newton. 700 Ophiucus) See Sir F. Bacon's Astronomy. 'And such comets have more than once appeared in our time; first in Cassiopeia, and again in Ophiuchus.'
710 horrid hair] See Plin. N. Hist. lib. ii. c. 22.