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To be drudges till the last—
(The red fire of their heart)
And with pain that shall not part—
In Eternity—we feel—
What spirit shall reveal?
Thy messenger hath known,
A model of their own ; *
The star hath ridden high
Beneath thy burning eye;
In thought that can alone
* The Humanitarians held that God was to be understood as having really a human form.—Vide Clarke's Sermons, vol. i. p. 26, fol. edit.
"The drift of Milton's argument leads him to employ language which would appear, at first sight, to verge upon their doctrine; but it will be seen immediately that he guards himself against the charge of having adopted one of the most ignorant errors of the dark ages of the Church."—Dr. Sumner's Notes on Milton's Christian Doctrine.
This opinion, in spite of many testimonies to the contrary, could never have been very general. Andeus, a Syrian of Mesopotamia, was condemned for the opinion, as heretical. Ascend thy empire, and so be
A partner of thy throne—
My embassy is given,
In the environs of heaven."
She ceased, and buried then her burning cheek,
Abash'd, amid the lilies there, to seek
A shelter from the fervour of His eye;
For the stars trembled at the Deity.
She stirr'd not, breathed not; for a voice was there,
How solemnly pervading the calm air!
A sound of silence on the startled ear,
Which dreamy poets name "the music of the sphere."
Ours is a world of words: Quiet we call
"Silence," which is the merest word of all.
He lived in the beginning of the fourth century. His disciples were called Anthropomorphites.—Vide T)v Pin. Among Milton's minor poems are these lines:—
"Dicite sacrorum presides nemorum Deae, &c.
"Non qui profundum Csecitas lumen dedit Dircseus augur vidit hunc alto sinu," &e. * "Seltsamen Tochter Jovis
"What though in worlds which sightless* cycles
* " Sightless: too small to be seen."—Legoe.
+ I have often noticed a peculiar movement of the fireflies; they will collect in a body and fly off, from a common centre, into innumerable radii.
To ev'ry heart a barrier and a ban,
Lest the stars totter in the guilt of man!"
Uprose the maiden in the yellow night, The single-mooned eve !—on earth we plight Our faith to one love, and one moon adore: The birthplace of young Beauty had no more. As sprang that yellow star from downy hours, Uprose the maiden from her shrine of flowers, And bent o'er sheeny mountain and dim plain Her way, but left not yet her Therassean reign.*
High on a mountain of enamell'd head—
* Therassea, or Therasea, the island mentioned by Seneca, which, in a moment, arose from the sea to the eyes of astonished mariners.
Of sunken suns at eve—at noon of night,
While the moon danced with the fair stranger light,
Uprear'd upon such height arose a pile
* ' Some star which, from the ruin'd roof
Of shaked Olympus, by mischance, did fall.'