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Glad was the Spi'rit impure, as now in hope 630
634. But first he casts &c.] He here by the pen of Milton. In contiders. The metaphor seems to Spenser there is a similar descripbe taken from casting the eye a tion of a young Angel. Faery round every way. Spenser has the Queen, B. 2. Cant. 8. St. 5. fame expression, Faery Queen, B.1. Cant. 11. St. 40.
Beside his head there sat a fair
young man, Hle cast at once him to avenge for Of wondrous beauty, and of freshall.
Whose tender bud to blossom new And Milton himself again. XII 43. began,
Richardjon. And forih fair above his equal
peers : 636. - a firipling Cherub] The liis Inowy front curled with golevil Spirit, the better to disguise den hairs, his purpose, assumes the appear
Like Phobus' face adorn'd with ance of a tripling Cherub, not of
funny rays, one of those of the prime order Divinely shone; and two sharp and dignity, for such could not so winged shears, well be supposed to be ignorant of Decked with diverse plumes, like what Satan wanted now to be in painted jays, form’d. And a finer picture of a
Were fixed at his back, to cut his young Angel could not be drawn
aery ways. . by the Pencil of Raphael than is
Under a coronet his flowing hair
many a color'd plume sprinkled with gold,
In Taffo likewise, when the Angel representing the Angels; but I ra. Gabriel is sent to rouze the Chri- ther understand it that the wings ftian
army, he appears as a stripling. he wore were his habit, and they Cant. I St. 13
were certainly a habit fit for Speed
Succinct, but succinct I underitand Tra giovane, e fanciullo eta con- with Dr. Pearce, not in its first and fine
literal sense girded or tuck'd ze ; Prese, et ornò di raggi il biondo but in the metaphorical sen'e riady crine.
and prepar'd; as Fabius in Inti.
Orat. II. 2. says, Proni succinctiA ftripling seem'd he thrice five que c.
winters old, And radiant beams adorn'd his 644. His decent pers] The word locks of gold.
Fairfax. decent in its common acceptation in
our language will, I think, scarcely But there doth not seem to be any come up to what our poet is here particular reason for it in that describing, and therefore we cught place, as there is in the passage be- in juitice to him to recur to its fore us.
Latin Original. Hor. Od. II. 643.His habit fit for Speed succinc,] If the author meant that Satan had Antequam turpis macies decentes clothes on as well as wings, it is Occupet malas, Ther. contrary to his usual manner of
650. — and
Stand ready at command, and are his eyes 650
Uriel, for thou of those seven Spi'rits that stand
660 To visit oft this new creation round; Unspeakable desire to see, and know All these his wondrous works, but chiefly Man, His chief delight and favor, him for whom All these his works so wondrous he ordain’d,
650. and are his eyes &c.] which fignify God is my light. He An expreílioo borrow'd from Zech. is mentioned as a good Angel in IV. 10. Thole Jever, they are the the second Book of Efdras, chapeyes of the Lord, zench run to and ters 4 and 5; and the Jews and fro ihrough the whole earth. The fome Chriitians conceive him to be Jews therefore believed there were an Angel of light according to his joven principal Angels, who were name, and therefore he has proche capcains and leaders as it were perly his station in the sun. of the heavenly hoft. See Tobit XII.
Rev. I. 4. V. 6. VII. 2. 663. - but chief Man, 654. Uriel,] His naine is de His chief delight and fazor, bin rived from two' Hebrew words for whom &c.] Dr. Bent
Hath brought me from the quires of Cherubim
admiration him behold,
680 So spake the false dissembler unperceiv’d;
ley reads and favorite for whom, and Scelus quem hic laudat. And Vir: says that Man bis chief favor is not gil. Æn. V. 541. Englih. But, as Dr. Pearce re Nec bonus Eurytio prælato inviplies, by favor surely may be meant dit honori. the object of his favor ; as by de honori is the honourable person, light is piainly meant not his de- prælato which was preferr'd before light itself but the object of his de- him. light. And, as Mr. Upton ob
that loss] This is Milserves, it is only using the abstract ton's own reading in both his edifor the concrete. So Terence uses tions. Dr. Bentley and Mr. Fenscelus for scelestus. Andria, Act V. ton read not so weil their lofs. R 3
For neither Man‘nor Angel can discern
Fair Angel, thy desire which tends to know
Work-master, leads to no excess
683. Hypocrify &c.] What is said the evil Spirit did not pass wholly here of hypocrify is censur'd as a uudiscover'd, for though Uriel was digreflion, but it seems no more not aware of him now, yet he than is absolutely necessary; for found reason to fufpect him afterotherwise it might be thought very wards from his furious gestures in
range, that the evil Spirit Mould the mount. pafs undiscover'd by the Arch-An 686. And aft though zvisdom wake gel Uriel, the regent of the fun, &c.] He must be very critically and the sharpef-lighted Spirit in fplene ic indeed, who will not parHeaven, and therefore the poet don this little digressional observaendevors to account for it by say. tion. There is not in my opinion ing, that hypocrisy cannot be dif a nobler sentiment, or one more cern'd by Man or Ángel, it is invi- poetically express'd, in the whole fible to all but God, &c: But yet pocm. What great art has the