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An Unused, unmarked and unblemished copy. In Shrink wrap. More information about this seller Contact this seller 2. Homer and Ossian describe in a like splendid manner the shields of their heroes. Galileo: He was the first who applied the telescope to celestial observations, and was the discoverer of the satellites of Jupiter in , which, in honor of his patron, Cosmo Medici he called the Mediccan stars. Frc:n the tower of St. Mark he showed the Venetian senators not only the satellites of Jupiter but the crescent of Venus, the triple appearance of Saturn, and the inequalities on the Moon's surface.
At this conference he also endeavored to convince them of the truth of the Copernican system. Fesol: a city of Tuscany. The very sound of these names is charming. Ammiral: the obsolete form of admiral, the principal ship in a fleet. The idea contained in this passage, may, as Dr. Johnson suggests, be drawn from the following. Tasso, canto vi. Nathless: nevertheless. This is a favorite passage with all readers of descriptive poetry.
Autumnal leaves. Compare Virgil's lines, JEn. But Milton's comparison is the more exact by far; it not only expresses a multitude but also the posture and situation of the angels.
Their lying confusedly in heaps covering the lake is finely represented by this image of the leaves in the brooks. Vallombrosa: a Tuscan valley: the name is composed of vallis and umbra, and thus denotes a shady valley. Orion arm'd: Orion is a constellation represented in the figure of an armed man, and supposed to be attended with stormy weather, assurgens fluctu nimbosus Orion, Virg.
The wind usually drives the sedge in great quantities against the shore. Busiris: Bentley objects to Milton giving this name to Pharaoh since history does not support him in it.
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But Milton uses the liberty of a poet in giving Pharaoh this name, because some had already attached it to him. Chivalry, denotes here those who use horses in fight, whether by riding on them, or riding in chariots drawn by them, See line Also Paradise Regained iii. Perfidious: he permitted them to leave the country, but afterwards pursued them.
Of Hell resounded. Or in this abject posture have ye sworn T' adore the conqueror? Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n. Nor did they not perceive the evil plight In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel; Yet to their gen'ral's voice they soon obey'd Innumerable.
As when the potent rod Of Amram's son, in Egypt's evil day, Waved round the coast, up call'd a pitchy cloud Of locusts, warping on the eastern wind, That o'er the realm of impious Pharaoh hung Like night, and darken'd all the land of Nile: So numberless were those bad Angels seen This magnificent call of Satan to his prostrate host could have been written by nobody but Milton. Anon: Soon. An allusion seems here to be made to the 2Eneid, book i.
Illum, exspirantem transfixo pectore flammas, Tuibine corripuit. Amram's son: Moses. See Exod. Warping: Moving like waves; or, working themselves forward. Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve Got them new names, till wand'ring o'er the earth, Cope: Roof. Frozen loins: In Scripture children are said to come out of the loins, Gen. The term frozen is here used only on account of the coldness of the climate. Rhene and Danaw, the one from the Latin, the other from the German, are chosen because uncommon.
Barbarous: The Goths, Huns, and Vandals, wherever their conquests extended, destroyed the monuments of ancient learning and taste. Beneath Gibraltar: That is, southward of it, the northern portion of the globe being regarded as uppermost. The three comparisons relate to the three different states in which these fallen angels are represented.
When abject and lying supine on the lake, they are fitly compared to vast heaps of leaves which in autumn the poet himself had observed to bestrew the water-courses and bottoms of Vallombrosa.. When roused by their great leader's objurgatory summons, they are compared, in number, with the countless locusts of Egypt.
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The object of the third comparison is to illustrate their number when assembled as soldiers on the firm brimstone, and here they are compared with the most numerous body of troops which history had made mention of. Erst: Formerly. The subject of Paradise Lost is the origin of evil-an event, in.
Thro' God's high suff'rance for the trial of man, By falsities and lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted, to forsake God their Creator, and th' invisible Glory of him that made them to transform Oft to the image of a brute, adorn'd With gay religions full of pomp and gold, And Devils to adore for Deities: Then were they known to men by various names, And various idols through the Heathen world, Say, Muse, their names then known, who first, who last Roused from the slumber, on that fiery couch, At their great emp'ror's call, as next in worth Came singly where he stood on the bare strand, While the promiscuous crowd stood yet aloof.
As a Christian he was entitled wholly to neglect them, but as a poet he chose to treat them not as the dreams of the human mind, but as the delusions of infernal existences. Thus anticipating a beautiful propriety for all classical allusions, thus connecting and reconciling the co-existence of fable and of truth; and thus identifying the fallen angels with the deities of " gay religions full of pomp and gold," he yoked the heathen mythology in triumph to his subject, and clothed himself in the spoils of superstition.
This subject is again presented in the last note on Book I. Religions: That is, religious rites. Idols: Heathen idols are here described as the representatives of there demons. Addison remarks that the catalogue of evil spirits has abundance of learning in it and a very agreeable turn of poetry, which rises in a great measure from its describing the places where they were worshipped, by those beautiful marks of rivers so frequent among the ancient poets.
The author had doubtless in this place Homer's catalogue of ships, and Virgil's list of warriors in his view. When they apostatised, they acquired new and dishonorable nan,:,n. First Moloch, horrid king, besmear'd with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents' tears, Though for the noise of drums and timbrels loud Their children's cries unheard, that pass'd thro' fire To his grim idol. Nor content with such Audacious neighborhood, the wisest heart Of Solomon he led by fraud to build His temple right against the temple of God, On that opprobrious hill; and made his grove The pleasant vale of Hinnom, Tophet thence Cherubim: The golden figures placed over the ark in the Hebrew sanctuary, Exod.
See also 2 Kings xix. Moloch: The national God of the Ammonites; properly denominated horrid, since to him children were offered in sacrifice. Consult 2 Kings xxiii. The characters ascribed to Moloch and Belial prepare us for their respective speeches and behaviour in the second and sixth books.
Rabba, or Rabbah, was the principal city of the Ammonites, twenty miles northeast of Jericho, and on the east side of the Jordan. Argob is not far distant. Bashan is a large district of country lying east of the Sea of Tiberias, celebrated for its cattle, and its oaks. At the time of the conquest of Canaan by the Hebrews, the Ammonites occupied the country east of Jordan, from the river Arnon, which empties into the Dead Sea to the river Jabbok. The vale of Hinnom was near Jerusalem. Solomon built a temple to Moloch on the Mount of Olives 1 Kings xi.
Tophet: In the Hebrew, drum; this and other noisy instruments being used to drown the cries of the miserable children who were offered to this idol; and Gehenna, or the valley of Hinnom, is in several places of the New Testament, and by our Saviour himself, made the name and type of hell. And black Gehenna call'd, the type of Hell. Peor his other name, when he enticed Israel in Sittim, on their march from Nile, To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe.
Yet thence his lustful orgies he enlarged E'en to that hill of scandal, by the grove Of Moloch homicide; lust hard by hate; Till good Josiah drove them thence to Hell. Chemos: The god of the Moabites. Consult 1 Kings xi. It is supposed to be same as Baal-Peor, and as Priapus. Hesebon Heshbon : Twenty-one miles east of the mouth of the Jordan.
Its situation is still marked by a few broken pillars, several large cisterns and wells, together with extensive ruins which overspread a high hill, commanding a wild and desolate scenery on every side.
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Abarim is a chain of mountains running north and south, east of the Dead Sea; Pisgah is some eminence in this chain at the northern part, and Nebo is supposed to be the summit of Pisgah, nearly opposite Jericho. It was here that the great leader of the Israelites was favored with a view of the land of promise, and yielded up his life at the command of the Lord, B.
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Aroar Aroer was a place situated on the river Arnon, which formed the northern boundary of the kingdom of Moab. Seon Sihon was king of the Amorites. Sittim is written Shittim in the Bible.
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Orgies: Wild, frantic rites. The term is generally applied to the feasts of Bacchus, but is equally applicable to the obscene practices connected with the worship of Chemos, or Peor. Lust hard by hate: The figure contained in this verse conveys a strong moral truth.
Had it not been, however, that the music of the verse would have been injured, the idea would have been more correct by the transposition of the words lust and hate:-S. For those the race of Israel oft forsook Bordering flood: The Euphrates formed the eastern border of the promised land, Gen. It may be called old from the very early historic mention of it in Gen. See also Ps. Brook: Probably the brook Besor.