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To measure life learn thou betimes, and know
Toward solid good what leads the nearest way;
For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains, And disapproves that care, though wise in show,
That with superfluous burden loads the day, And, when God sends a cheerful hour, refrains.
TO THE SAME.
CYRIAC, this three years day these eyes, though clear,
To outward view, of blemish or of spot,
Nor to their idle orbs doth sight appear
Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
The conscience, Friend, t' have lost them overplied
In liberty's defence,' my noble task,
This thought might lead me thro’ the world's vain mask
! When Milton was engaged to answer Salmasius one of his eyes had nearly lost its sight. The physicians predicted the loss of both, if he used them. But Milton told Du Moulin, "I did not long balance, whether my duty should be preferred to my eyes.”
2 The celebrated controversy with Salmasius originated thus : Charles II. employed that great scholar to write a
“Defence of Monarchy,” and to vindien
ON HIS DECEASED WIFE.'
METHOUGHT I saw my late espousèd saint
Brought to me like Alcestis ? from the grare, Whom Jove's great son to her glad husband gave,
Rescued from death by force, though pale and faint. Mine, as whom wash'd from spot of child-bed taint
Purification in the old law did save;
Full sight of her in Heaven without restraint,
Her face was veil'd, yet to my fancied sight
shined So clear, as in no face with more delight.
But oh! as to embrace me she inclined, I waked, she fled, and day brought back my night.
Catherine, the daughter of Captain Woodcock, of Hackney. She died in giving birth to a daughter, a year after her marriage. She was Milton's second wife.
% Alcestis, being told by an oracle that
her husband, Admetus, could never re cover from a disease unless a friend died for nim, willingly laid down her life for him. Hercules, “Jove's great son,” brought her back from hell.
ON THE NEW FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE UNDER
THE LONG PARLIAMENT.
have thrown off your prelate lord,
From them whose sin ye envied, not abhorr'd,
for this adjure the civil sword
Taught ye by mere A. S.? and Rotherford P3
Must now be named and printed heretics
But we do hope to find out all your tricks,
That so the Parliament
And succour our just fears,
1 In classes, or classical assemblies. The I reshyterians distributed London into twelve classes; each chose two ministers and four lay elders to represent them in a Provincial Assembly.
2 Adam Stuart, a Polemical writer of the times, who answered the “Independents' Plea for Toleration."
3 Samuel Rutherford, one of the Chief Commissioners of the Church of Scotland, and an avowed enemy to the Independents, Milton's sect.
4 Thomas Edwards, who wrote against the Independents,
6 Perhaps George Gillespie, a Sectes writer against the Independents. Miltus hated the Scotch, and ridiculed their names.
6 The Council of Trent.
7 Balk, or bauk, is to spare. The meaning is, “Your errors will be cor. rected, and your ears spared.” Our readers will remember that the Star Chamber had inflicted the cruel punishi ment of loss of ears on Pryone.
8 More tyrannical than of old,
What slender youth, bedew'd with liquid odours,
In wreaths thy golden hair,
Rough with black winds, and storms
Unwonted shall admire !
Hopes thee, of flattering gales
Unmindful. Hapless they
My dank and dropping weeds
FROM GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH.'
Brutus thus addresses Diana in the country of Leogecia :
GODDESS of shades, and huntress, who at will
1 An ancient British historian and writer. He died 1154,
To whom, sleeping before the altar, Diana answers in a vision the same night :
BRUTUS, far to the west, in the ocean wide,
Ah, Constantine, of how much ill was cause,
THEN past he to a flow'ry mountain green,
WHOM do we count a good man? Whom but he