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And seals obedience first, with wounding smart,
Huge pangs and strong
Will pierce more near his heart.
AT A SOLEMN_MUSIC.*
BLEST pair of Sirens, pledges of heav'n's joy,
With saintly shout, and solemn jubilee,
Where the bright Seraphim in burning row
* There are three copies of this ode, all in Milton's own hand writing.
6 concent] So the Cant. MS. not 'consent.' Ed. 1645, 'content;' 1673, 'concent.' Warton.
12 And Cherubim, sweet winged Squires.' So Cant. MS. Todd.
That we on earth with undiscording voice
Jarr'd against nature's chime, and with harsh din
To their great Lord, whose love their motion sway'd
In first obedience, and their state of good.
O may we soon again renew that song,
And keep in tune with Heav'n, till God ere long
To live with him, and sing in endless morn of light!
AN EPITAPH ON THE MARCHIONESS OF
THIS rich marble doth inter
The honour'd wife of Winchester,
A Viscount's daughter, an Earl's heir,
Added to her noble birth,
More than she could own from earth.
After so short time of breath,
To house with darkness, and with death.
20 nature's chime] Jonson's Epithal. vol. vii. 2.
6 To do their offices in nature's chime.' Warton.
Yet had the number of her days
Her high birth, and her graces sweet
The virgin quire for her request
The God that sits at marriage feast 15
But with a scarce well-lighted flame;
And in his garland as he stood,
Ye might discern a cyprus bud.
Once had the early matrons run
To greet her of a lovely son,
But whether by mischance or blame
And with remorseless cruelty
Spoil'd at once both fruit and tree:
19 He] See Ov. Metam. x. 4.
'Adfuit ille quidem: sed nec solennia verba, Nec letos vultus, nec felix attulit omen: Fax quoque, quam tenuit, lacrymoso stridula fumo, Usque fuit, nullosque invenit motibus ignes.' Jortin. 33 womb] Browne's Brit. Past. b. ii. s. 1. ed. 1616. 'Where never plowshare ript his mother's wombe To give an aged seede a living tombe.' Todd.
So have I seen some tender slip,
Wept for thee in Helicon,
And some flowers, and some bays,
For thy hearse, to strew the ways,
Sent thee from the banks of Came,
47 Lady] Cymbeline, act iv. sc. 2.
'Quiet consummation have,
And renowned be thy grave!" Warton.
Whilst thou, bright Saint, high sitt'st in glory,
Who, after years of barrenness,
To him that serv'd for her before,
And at her next birth much like thee
SONG. ON MAY MORNING.
Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger, Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her The flow'ry May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.'
1 star] Of the bright morning star.' Hen. More's Poems, p. 322. 1 harbinger] Shakesp. Mids. N. Dream, act iii. sc. ult.
'And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger.'
2 dancing] Spenser's F. Q. i. v. 2.
'At last the golden oriental gate
Of greatest heaven gan to open faire;
And Phoebus fresh as bridgroome to his mate,
Came dancing forth, shaking his dewy hair.' Warton.