Imatges de pÓgina
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Cælestes acies, atque in certamine cælum,

Et quæ cæleftes pugna deceret agros ! Quantus in æthereis tollit se Lucifer armis !

Atque ipfo graditur vix Michaele minor !
Quantis, & quàm funestis concurritur iris,

Dum ferus hic stellas protegit, ille rapit !
Dum vulsos montes, ceu tela reciproca, torquent;

Et non mortali desuper igne pluunt;
Stat dubius cui se parti concedat Olympus ;

Et metuit pugnæ non superesse suæ.
At simul in cælis MESSIÆ insignia fulgent,

Et currus animes, armaque digna DEO;
Horrendúmque rotæ ftrident, & fæva rotarum

Erumpunt torvis fulgura luminibus ;
Et flammæ vibrant, & vera tonitrua rauco

Admistis flammis insonuere polo:
Excidit attonitis mens omnis, & impetus omnis,

Et cassis dextris irrita tela cadunt.
Ad pænas fugiunt, & (ceu foret Orcus afylum!)

Infernis certant condere se tenebris.
Cedite Romani Scriptores, cedite Graii,

Et quos Fama recens, vel celebravit anus : Hæc quicunque leget, tantùm ceciniffe putabit Mæonidem Ranas, Virgilium Culices.

S A M. BARROW, M. D.

Spectatiffimo Viro,

GUILIELMO BENSON Armigero,

Serenissimo Mag. Britann. Regi

A Rationibus Publicis;

Literarum Patrono,

Erudito, Candido, Munifico;

Hanc

Eximii Poematis

A MILTONO Suo conscripti

Interpretationem,

Sub Ipfius Aufpiciis fusceptam

Summâ cum Obfervantiâ,

D. D. D.

GUILIELMUS DOBSON.

LIBER PRIMU S.

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RIMAM Hominis Noxam, vetitâque ex Arbore fætus

Avulsos, morsu quæ degustata nefando
Humanæ genti mortem & genus omne malorum

Intulit, & miseros Edeni sedibus egit,
Donec Progenies Humano ab semine Major
Reftituat lapsos, lætisque reponat in arvis,
Diva canas : Tu, secreto quæ vertice quondam
Orebi, Sine-ve jugis, præcordia sancto
Pastori afflabas, quem lecta ab origine Proles
Audiit ingentis primordia dicere mundi,
Emersasque Chao terras cælumque profundum.
Seu tibi sit Sion cordi magis, & Siloæ fons
Celsa Dei tacito lambens Oracula rivo,

PARADISE LOST.

BOOK 1.

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F Man's first Disobedience, and the Fruit Of Horeb, or of Sinai, didft inspire

Of that forbidden Tree, whose mortal Taste That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed, Brought Death into the world and all our woe, In the beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth With loss of Eden, till one greater Man

Rose out of Chaos : Or if Sion Hill Restore Us, and regain the blissful Seat,

Delight thee more, and Siloa's Brook that flow'd Sing Heav'nly Musc; that on the secret top

Fast by the Oracle of GOD, I thence
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Ritè

Ritè tuam poscentis opem præsentior audi
Inde preces, non vulgari qui carminis alâ
Aonium fpernit montem, impavidoque volatu
Ardua molitur, nulli sermone soluto
Dicta priùs, nulli veterum celebrata camænæ.
Tuque adeò, qui, templorum penetralibus altis
Posthabitis, purum pectus sanctosque recessus
Casti animi colis; O fari da, SPIRITUS alme,
Scis etenim & memorare potes; Tu semina mundi
Prima fovens, alisque, parentis more columbæ,
Expansis super incumbens, immane Profundum
Vi foecundabas genitali: Tu mihi lustra
Corda bonus; lucem cæco, invalidoque vigorem
Suffice, ut ingenti non impar Argumento
Consurgam; legesque Dei venerandaque jura
Defendens, pandam di&tis quàm numine justo
Torquet res Hominum, atque æquis moderatur habenis.

Fare age, namque patent fuperas tibi cuncta per oras
Perque altos Erebi tractus, quæ Causa Parentes

Invoke thy aid to my advent'rous Song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above th’ Aonian Mount, while it pursues
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
And chiefly Thou, O Spirit, that doft prefer
Before all temples th’upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know'st: Thou from the firft
Waft present, and with mighty wings outspread

Dove-like fat'it brooding on the vast Abyss,
And mad'st it pregnant; What in Me is dark,
Illumine ; what is low, raise and support;
That to the height of this great Argument
I may affert Eternal Providence,
And justifie the ways of GoD to Men.

Say first, for Heav'n hides nothing from thy view,
Nor the deep Tract of Hell; say first what Cause

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