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nable image for a less noble one. The truth is, they would not stand together. Livery belongs to human grandeur :; wings to divine or celestial. So that, in Milton's very attempt to furpass his original, he put it out of his power to employ the cir. rcumstance that moft recommended it. **He is not happier, on another occasion. Spenser had said, with his usual fimplicity,
« Virtue gives herself light thro' darkness for gps to wade", ii F.Q.. 1.
Milcon catched at this image, and has run it into a sort of paraphrase in those fine lines,
a Virtue could fee to do what Virtue would
In Spenser's line we have the idea of Virtue drope down into a world all over darkened with vice and error. Virtue ex. cites the light of Truth to see all around her, and not only dislipate the neighbour. zing darkness, but to direct her course in purfuing her victory, and driving her enemy out of it; the arduousness of which exploit is well expressed by through darkness for te
wade... On the contrary, Milton, in borTowing, substitutes the physical for the moral idea -- by her own radiant lightand though Sun and Moon were in the flat fea Funk. It may be asked, how this happened? Very naturally.' Milton was caught with the obvious imagery, which he found he · could display to more advantage; and so did not enough attend to the noble fentiment that was couched under it.in .
m.- XIII. These are instances of a paraphrastical licence in dilating on a famous sentiment, or image. The ground is the same, only fourished upon by the genius of the imitator. At times we find him practising a different art; “not merely “ spreading, as it were, and laying open * the same fentiment, but adding to it, and in by a new and studied device improving *** upon it.”." In this cafe we naturally con
clude, that the refinement had not been made, if the plain and simple thought had nor preceded and given rise to it. You will apprehend my meaning by whát fol6:*;. Shakespeare had said of Henry IV,
He cannot long hold out these patigs; *The inceffant care and labour of his mind
Hath wrought the mure, that should confine it he in, . : 16
. So thin, that. Life looks through, and will
break out. . Hen. IV, A. iv. You have here the thought in its first -fimplicity. It - was not unnatural, after
speaking of the body as a case or tende ment of the foul, the mure that confines it, to say, that, as that case wears. away and grows thin, Life looks through, and.is ready to break out. !, E DANIEL, by refining on this sentiment, if by nothing else, shews himself to be the copyift. Speaking of the fame Henry, he Yobferves, c icás
And Pain and Grief, inforcing more and more, ** * Besieg'd the hold that could not long defend;
Consuming bo all the resistingistore . .- . Of those provifions Nature deign'di to lend,
As that the walls, worn thing permit the mind
Here we see not fimply that Life is going sto break through the infirm and much-worn habitation; but that the Mindelooks through and Ands his frailty, that it discovers that
Life will soon make his escape. I might add, that the four first lines are of the nacure of the Paraphrafe considered in the Jaft article ; and that the expression of the others is too much the same to be original. But we are not yet come to the head of expreffion. And I choose to confine myself to the single point of view we have before us. . .
Daniel's improvement then looks like the artifice of a man that would outdo his Mafter. Though he fails in the attempt ; for his ingenuity betrays him into a falfe thought. The mind, looking through, does not find its own frailty, but the frailty of the building it inhabits. However, I have endeavoured to rectify this mistake in my explanation.
The truth is, Daniel was not a man to improve upon Shakespeare. But now comes a writer, that know his business much better. He chuses to employ this well-worn image, or rather to alter it a little and then employ it, for the conveyance of a very new fancy. If the mind could look through a thin body, much more one that was
cracked and'i battered.9: And if it Be for looking through at all,' he will Skåve tit took to good purpofe, and find not its fräilty önly, but much other useful knowledge: t'el
The lines are Mr. Wålers, and mothe bent manner of that very refined writer": 304
Stronger by weakness, wiser, men become . As they draw near to their eternal home. es
The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'a, of Lets in new light thro'chinks that time has made. 22. After all, these conceits, I doubt, are rợf nuch to your taste. The instance I am going to give will afford you more pleasure? Is there a passage in Mifton you'read with more admiration than this in the Penterologi 22.CA ?! Ini 13 *Entice the dewy-feather'd fleep ; And let fome strange mysterious dream Wave at his wings in ajry stream of lively portraiture difplava squ 1, O
Softly on my eye-lidstaid. 15*PIP is would you think it poffibile now that?
the ground-work of this fine imagery should bě laid in a passage of Ben Jonson Yet 18 we tead, or seem to read, in his Vision of Delight