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Her annual voyage, borne on winds; the air
Their downy breast; the swan, with arched neck
431 air] See Esch. Prom. v. 125.
434 Solac'd] Virg. Æn. vii. 32.
'Ethera mulcebant cantu.' Todd.
438 swan] See Donne's Poems, p. 297. (1633.)
440 oary] Sil. Ital. xiv. 190.
'Innatat albus olor, pronoque immobile corpus
443 crested cock] See Martial. Epig. xiv. 223.
6 Cristataque sonant undique lucis aves.'
See Sylvester's Du Bartas, p. 30.
'The crested cock sings "Hunt is up" to him.'
Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue
The sixth, and of creation last, arose With ev'ning harps and matin, when God said, Let the earth bring forth soul living in her kind, Cattle and creeping things, and beast of the earth, Each in their kind. The earth obey'd, and straight Op'ning her fertile womb teem'd at a birth Innumerous living creatures, perfect forms, Limb'd and full grown. Out of the ground up rose. As from his laire the wild beast, where he wonns In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den; Among the trees in pairs they rose, they walk'd; The cattle in the fields and meadows green: Those rare and solitary, these in flocks Pasturing at once, and in broad herds upsprung.
446 starry eyes] See Beaumont's Psyche, c. i. st. 61. v. 2.
and A. Ramsæi Poem. Sacr. vol. i. p. 8.
'Dum tumet, et caudæ stellata syrmata spectat.'
457 wonns] Fairfax's Tasso, b. xvi. st. 67.
'A thousand devils in Limbo deep that wonne.' Todd.
462 broad] Hom. Il. xi. 678.
451 soul] In Milton's own edition 'foul living.' Bentley pointed out the error and corrected it.
-ἀιπόλια πλάτε ̓ ἀιγῶν. Richardson.
452 things] Bentley and Newton consider that there is an error in the text, and that we ought to read 'thing.'
The grassy clods now calv'd, now half appear'd
His hinder parts, then springs as broke from bonds,
At once came forth whatever creeps the ground, 475
463 calv'd] See Nonni Dionysiaca, iv. 427.
Καὶ στάχυς ἀντολόχευτος ἀνηέξητο γιγάντῶν, Ων ἢ μὲν ὑψικάρηνος ἀνέδραμεν ἄκρα τιταίνων Στήθεος ἐυθώρηκος, ὃ δὲ προθορόντι καρήνω Φρικτὸν ἀνοιγομένης ὑπερέσχεθεν ὠμον ἀφούρης· *Αλλος ἄνω πρόνκυψεν ἐς ὄμφαλόν· ὃς δ ̓ ἔπι γαῖη ̔Ημετελὴς ἀνέτελλε, πεδότρεφὲς ὅπλον ἀέιρων· *Αλλος ὑπερκύπτοντα λόφον προβλῆτα τιταίνων, *Ουπω στέρνον ἔφαινε, καὶ ἔισέτι μητρὸς ἀνέρπων ̓Εκ λαγόνων κατὰ βαιὸν ἀταρβέϊ μάρνατο Καδμφ. 465 broke] Virg. Æn. xi. 492.
'Abruptis fugit præsepia vinclis.'
466 shakes] A. Ramsæi P. Sacr. vol. i. p. 9.
Hinc Leo prædator, Lybicis nova incola campis,
These as a line their long dimension drew,
Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown
484 snaky folds] A. Rams. P. Sacr. i. 10.
'Atque orbibus orbes
In troops, unto their waxen camp convey.' 497 hairy mane] See Virg. Æn. ii. 206. 38. J. Obsequens de Prodigiis, p. 54.
Implexos sinuantem anguem.'
485 provident-large heart] The former part from Hor. Sat. I. i.
35, and the latter from Virg. Georg. iv. 83. Newton.
waxen cells] So Marino's Sl. of the Innocents, p. 28.
Petronii Troja Elosis, v.
Now heaven in all her glory shone, and roll'd Her motions, as the great First Mover's hand First wheel'd their course; earth in her rich attire Consummate lovely smil'd; air, water, earth, By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walk'd Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remain❜d; There wanted yet the master work, the end Of all yet done; a creature, who not prone And brute as other creatures, but indu'd With sanctity of reason, might erect His stature, and upright with front serene Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from thence 510 Magnanimous to correspond with heav'n; But grateful to acknowledge whence his good Descends, thither with heart, and voice, and eyes Directed in devotion, to adore
And worship GoD supreme, who made him chief 515
Let us make now man in our image, man
Amphitr. act. v. sc. i. 'Jubatus anguis major solitis.' Capitolin. Vit. Anton. Pii, ix. 35, ed. Putman.