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I saw thee on thy bridal day

When a burning blush came o'er thee, Though happiness around thee lay,

The world all love before thee :

And in thine eye a kindling light

(Whatever it might be) Was all on Earth my aching sight

Of Loveliness could see.

That blush, perhaps, was maiden shame

As such it well may pass-
Though its glow hath raised a fiercer flame

In the breast of him, alas !

Who saw thee on that bridal day,

When that deep blush would come o'er thee, Though happiness around thee lay;

The world all love before thee.

TO M. L. S

Of all who hail thy presence as the morning-
Of all to whom thine absence is the night-
The blotting utterly from out high heaven
The sacred sun-of all who, weeping, bless thee
Hourly for hope—for life-ah! above all,
For the resurrection of deep-buried faith
In Truth-in Virtue--in Humanity-
Of all who, on Despair's unhallowed bed
Lying down to die, have suddenly arisen
At thy soft-murmured words, “Let there be light!"
At the soft-murmured words that were fulfilled
In the seraphic glancing of thine eyes-
Of all who owe thee most—whose gratitude
Nearest resembles worship-oh, remember
The truest—the most fervently devoted,
And think that these weak lines are written by him—
By him who, as he pens them, thrills to think
His spirit is communing with an angels.

NOTES TO AL AARAAF.

PART I.

Note * page 243. Al Aaraaf. A star was discovered by Tycho Brahe which appeared suddenly in the heavens-attained, in a few days, a brilliancy surpassing that of Jupiter—then as suddenly disappeared, and has never been seen since.

ÞP. 245. On the fair Capo Deucato. On Santa Maura-olim Deucadia.

€ P. 245. Of her who loved a mortaland so died. Sappho.

P. 245. And gemmy flower, of Trebizond misnamed.

This flower is much noticed by Lewenhoeck and Tournefort. The bee, feeding upon its blossom, becomes intoxicated.

e P. 246. And Clytia pondering between many a sun.

Clytia—the Chrysanthemum Peruvianum, or, to employ a better known term, the turnsol—which turns continually towards the sun, covers itself, like Peru, the country from which it comes, with dewy clouds, which cool and refresh its flowers during the most violent heat of the day.-B. DE ST. PIERRE.

*P. 246. And that aspiring flower that sprang on Earth.

There is cultivated in the king's garden, at Paris, a species of serpentine aloes without prickles, whose large and beautiful flower exhales a strong odour of the vanilla, during the time of its expansion, which is very short. It does not blow till towards the month of July—you then perceive it gradually open its petals -expand them-fade and die.—ST. PIERRE.

* P. 247. And Valisnerian lotus thither flown.

There is found, in the Rhone, a beautiful lily of the Valisnerian kind. Its stem will stretch to the length of three or four feet-thus preserving its head above water in the swellings of the river.

h P. 247. And thy most lovely purple perfume, Zante.

The Hyacinth.

And the Nelumbo bud that floats for ever;
With Indian Cupid down the holy river.

i P. 247

It is a fiction of the Indians, that Cupid was first seen floating in one of these down the river Ganges—and that he still loves the cradle of his childhood.

· P. 247. 10 bear the Goddess' song in odours up to Heaven.

And golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints.—Rev. ST. JOHN.

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P. 248. A model of their own. The Humanitarians held that God was to be understood as having really a human form. - Vide CLARKE’S SERMONS, vol. 1, 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 would 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. He lived in the beginning of the fourth century. His disciples were called Anthromorphites.-Vide Du Pin. Among Milton's minor poems are these lines :

“ Dicite sacrorum presides næmorum Deæ, &c.

Quis ille primus cujus ex imagine
Natura solers finxit humanum genus ?
Eternus, incorruptus, æquævus polo,

Unusque et universus exemplar Dei.”
And afterwards-

“Non cui profundum Cæcitas lumen dedit

Dircæus augur vidit hunc alto sinu, &c.

*P. 249. By winged Fantasy.

Seltsamen Tochter Jovis
Seinem Schosskinde
Der Phantasie. --GöTHE.

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