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the True Light to the world. Throughout, too, there is a i!!ui paralleli-m indicated between the two lesser lights. Both relivets Here to be elimined and brought into subjection, and hell to shine forth right-ped in renewed aud puritivi splendLOOD on evidences of the Sun of Righteousness. Hence at the Liriss the chorus calls them ye twin-suns, '--and the words,

Lil thus triumphantly tameil refer (41ally to both. The pihta tuletion to make this clear should be . . . . . sun, .... un

• To negotiate you' (both word and metaphor being okti! uppily chosen means, to pass you current as the in selle peal image of the Deity: 'O price of the rich Spirit' reference is to the indirect manner and · vigorous gilens, Dy which St. Paul, mentally glancing from one to the other light. learned through the dimming of the sain to believe in the Deity of Him who spake from out the dimming brightness. The same thonght, though with a strained and less necesstil effort of expression, appears in the song of the third king, with that fierce chase,' &c.

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ilmninterpretation. It is far more consonant to the strnebila terror of the whole passage, to rend it is an opithet I di St. Paul: 'O prize of the rich Spirit of grace.' 1 It is without hesitation changes of this strong sonl' into Ilalla hoill.' Obliqne aubush' may refer to the ob.

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Line 251. 'Somthing a brighter shadow Sweet of Thee. Apparently a remembrance of a passage which THOMAS HETWOOD, in his • Hierarchie of the Angels,' gives from a Latin translation of PLATO, · Lamen est ambra Dei et Deus est Lomen Luminis.' On which see our Essay. Perhape the same gave rise to the thought that the sun eelipsed God, or shnt Him ont as a cloud or shade, or made night, e.g.

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TO THE QVEEN'S MAIESTY! MADAME, Mongst those long rowes of crownes that guill your race, These royall sages sue for decent place : The day-break of the Nations ; their first ray, When the dark World dawn'd into Christian Day, 5 And smil'd i' th' Babe's bright face; the purpling buil And rosy dawn of the right royall blood; Fair first-fruits of the Lamb! sure kings in this, They took a kingdom while they gaue a kinne. But the World's homage, scarse in these well blown, 10 We read in you (rare queen) ripe and full-grown.

1 Appeared originally in ‘Steps of 1648 (pp. 55, 56): reprinted in editions of 1652 (pp. 29, 30) and 1670 (pp. 161, 162). Our texting that of 1652, as before : but see Notes at close of the poem, G.



See our E-say for Miltonie parallels with lines in this remarkable composition. Line 16. these mortal clouds,' i.e. of infant flesh. (f. So-p. d' Herode, stanza esii.

• Ty's II whom th. - Ites shoull faintly peep

Triugh crusty' intan reah.' Line 111. . And urge their sun into Thy cloud,' i.e. into be ing Thy cloud, forcing him to become a long deliquium t light of thee.' Line 189, our text (1652, misprints in self." 1:10), · By the oblique ambush,' &c. The Kings continuin spirit of prophecy, and with words not to be understood. fultilment, pass on from the dimming of the sun at the to a second dimming, but this time through the spl. brighter light, at the conversion of him who was tal to the Gentiles in the court of the Areopagites. I rather C'RASHAW, takes the view which at tirst si be implied in the gospel narrative, that the liv midday shone round about Sat'L and his com them, they being couched in the conscious light. Throughout, there is a double ali: dimming of the sun as manifesting Christ Gentiles, and to the dimming of the eyes, ness for a time of him who as a light fest the True Light to the world. T. kind of parallelism indicated between rebellions were to be dimmed and l. then to shine forthright-eved in our as evidences of the Sun of R close, the chorus calls them • Till thus triumphantly tame, punctuation to make this cles done; ... • To negotiate ! rather unhappily choseni 1, true-stamped image of the (line 197) may be made toi rich spirit' of Paul, but to such an interpretatiua. ture and tenor of the applied to St. Paul: have also without bien of his strong son! lique rays of the

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