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Of his strong soul, shall he

Leap at thy lofty face,
And seize the swift flash, in rebound
From this obsequious cloud,

Once call’d a sun,

Till dearly thus vndone ; Chorus. Till thus triumphantly tam'd (0 ye two Twinne synnes !) and taught now to negotiate you.

205 1 Kinge. Thus shall that reuerend child of Light, 2 Kinge. By being scholler first of that new Night,

Come forth great master of the mystick Day; 3 Kinge. And teach obscure mankind a more close way

By the frugall negatiue light
Of a most wise and well-abusèd Night

To read more legible Thine originall ray;
Chorus. And make our darknes serue Thy Day:

Maintaining 'twixt Thy World and oures
A commerce of contrary powres,

215 A mutuall trade

'Twixt sun and shade,
By confederat black and white

Borrowing Day and lending Night. 219 1 Kinge. Thus we, who when with all the noble powres

That (at Thy cost) are call'd, not vainly, ours :

We vow to make braue way
Vpwards, and presse on for the pure intelli-

gentiall prey;

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For being show'd by this Day's light, how farr
He is from sun enough to make Thy starr,
His best ambition now is but to be

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Somthing a brighter shadow, Sweet, of Thee.
Or on Heaun's azure forhead high to stand
Thy golden index; with a duteous hand
Pointing vs home to our own sun
The World's and his Hyperion.

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NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS. The title in 1648 edition is simply ·A Hymne for the Epiphanie. Sung as by the three Kings. Except the usual slight changes of orthography, the following are all the variations between the two texts necessary to record : and I give with them certain corrective and explanatory notes :

Line 25, indifferent is=impartial, not as now cerned.'

Line 52, 1648 edition misprints "his't' for kis't. In the 51st line the bright idol' is the sun. Line 83, ib. reads. thy' for this.'

95, ' a guilded horn.' Cf. Juvenal, Satire x.

99, ib. is given to 3d King. Throughout we have corrected a number of slips of the Paris printer in his figures. Line 108, ib. spells “to' for · too.'

117, 'deliquium'--swoon, faint. In chemistry=melting.

122, 1648 edition reads his' for “this ;' and I have adopted it. Line 143, ib. reads 'deere :' a misprint.

155, ib. reads "domesticks.'
180, ib. reads "the' for their.'
186, ib. drops 'it.'

195, ib. reads. what' for that,' and in next line ‘his' for “this,' of 1652: both adopted. Line 212, · legible' is -- legibly.

224 and onward, in 1648 is printed • least,' in our text (1652) 'lest.' Except in line 224 it is plainly = last, and so I read it in 231st and 237th.

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At least to play
The amorous styes

225 In peep and proffer at Thy sparkling throne; 33 king. In stead of bringing in the blissfull prize

And fastening on Thine eyes :
Forteit our own
And nothing wain

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But more ambitious losse at last, of brain;
('horus. Now by abaséel liddes shall learn to be

Engles; anıl slutt our eyes that we may see.

The Close.

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Chorus] Therfore to Thee and Thine aluspitious ray

(Dread Sweet :) lo thus

At last by vs,
The delegateul cue of Day
Does first his scepter, then himself, in solemne

tribute pay

Thus he undresses

210 Ilis sacred vnshorn tresses ;

At Thy a orice feet, thus he layos down I Ringe Ilis gorgeous tire

Of llame and fire, kimp. IIis glittering robe, 3 King. His sparkling Crown;

215 Ting. Ilis gold: ? Kim. Hlis mirrh: 3 in

His frukincense
Chuinx, To which he now has no pretence :

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