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When to enshrine his reliques in the Sun's
bird that, after having lived five 278. lineaments, formas de. hundred years, built for itself a scribed or marked by lines. funeral pile of cinnamon, spike- 281. zone, girdle. nard, and myrrh. As it drew 284. with feathered mail, cov. its last breath, a young Phoenix ering with feathers overlapping sprang from its ashes, to live an- each other like plates of armor. other five hundred years, and 285. Sky-tinctured grain, tinged then die in like manner. Thus with the grain or color of the sky. it was that sole bird. The young – Maia's son, Mercury, the mesbird carried the nest which con- senger of the gods, whose feet tained the ashes of its parent, his were winged. See III. 603. reliques, to Egypt, there to in 289. in, in sign of. shrine it in the Temple of the Sun. 297. enormous, beyond or with. 277-285. See line 250.
Of his cool bower, while now the mounted sun 300
305 Of nectarous draughts between, from milky stream, Berry or grape ; to whom thus Adam called :
“ Haste hither, Eve, and, worth thy sight, behold Eastward among those trees what glorious shape Comes this way moving, seems another morn 310 Risen on mid-noon; some great behest from Heaven To us perhaps he brings, and will vouchsafe This day to be our guest. But go with speed, And what thy stores contain bring forth, and pour Abundance, fit to honor and receive Our heavenly stranger: well we may afford Our givers their own gifts, and large bestow From large bestowed, where Nature multiplies Her fertile growth, and by disburdening grows More fruitful, which instructs us not to spare.” · 320
To whom thus Eve: “ Adam, earth's hallowed
mould, Of God inspired ! small store will serve where store All seasons ripe for use hangs on the stalk; Save what by frugal storing firmness gains To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes. But I will haste, and from each bough and brake, Each plant and juiciest gourd, will pluck such choice To entertain our angel guest, as he Beholding shall confess, that here on Earth God hath dispensed his bounties as in Heaven.” 330 303. due, punctual.
321. See Genesis ii. 7. 310. seems that seems.
328. as, that.
311. behest, command.
· So saying, with despatchful looks in haste
Meanwhile our primitive great sire, to meet His godlike guest, walks forth, without more train Accompanied than with his own complete Perfections ; in himself was all his state,
333. What choice, her thought the scanning of this line, see note was, what choice.
on III. 36. Here the second foot 335. not well joined, inelegant, consists of three syllables. if not well joined or mixed after 312. Rough or smooth rined or careful selection, then not pleas- rinded, having a rough or smooth ing.
rind. 339. middle shore, what lies be- 345. must, new wine pressed tween.
from the grape, but not fer340. Pontus was in the north- mented; therefore inoffensive, ern part of Asia Minor. - the without intoxicating qualities.Punic coast was the coast of meathes, meads. Carthage, in the north of Africa. 347. tempers, suitably prepares.
341. where Alcinous reigned. 348. Wants her, has she any Alcinous was the ruler of the lack of. Phæacians, who entertained 349. unfumed, giving forth its Ulysses in his island of Scheria, fragrance without being burned on the west of Greece, as related like incense. by Homer in the Odyssey. For
More solemn than the tedious pomp that waits
360 Thus said : 6 Native of Heaven ! for other place None can than Heaven such glorious shape contain, Since, by descending from the thrones above, Those happy places thou hast deigned awhile To want and honor these, vouchsafe with us 365 Two only, who yet by sovran gift possess This spacious ground, in yonder shady bower To rest, and what the garden choicest bears To sit and taste, till this meridian heat Be over, and the sun more cool decline.”
Whom thus the angelic Virtue answered mild : “ Adam, I therefore came; nor art thou such Created, or such place hast here to dwell, As may not oft invite, though spirits of Heaven, To visit thee: lead on then where thy bower 375 O'ershades; for these midhours, till evening rise, I have at will.” So to the sylvan lodge They came, that like Pomona's arbor smiled With flowerets decked and fragrant smells; but Eve Undecked save with herself, more lovely fair 380 Than wood-nymph or the fairest goddess feigned Of three that in Mount Ida naked strove,
358. Nearer, when nearer to. 382. three Juno, Minerva, and 359. submiss, submissive. Venus each claimed the prize of
365. To want, to be without; beauty. Jupiter sent them to to leave.
Mount [da, where Paris, son of 371. Virtue. See II. 311. Priam king of Troy, was tending 374. though spirits, even spir his flocks. He adjudged the prize
to Venus, the fairest goddess 378. Pomona presided over feigned. His decision was called fruit and its culture.
the Judgment of Paris.
Stood to entertain her guest from Heaven : no veil
To whom the angel : “ Therefore what he gives (Whose praise be ever sung!) to man in part 405 Spiritual, may of purest spirits be found No ingrateful food : and food alike those pure Intelligential substances require, As doth your rational ; and both contain Within them every lower faculty Of sense, whereby they hear, see, smell, touch, taste;
384. virtue-proof, strong or safe 394. piled, had all autumn, the in virtue.
fruits of autumn, piled. 386. the holy salutation. “And 397. Our author, him from the angel came in unto her, and whom we derive our origin ; our Baid, Hail, thou that art highly first ancestor. favored."' Luke i. 28.
406. of, by. 392. round is an adverb.
407. ingrateful, unpleasing. 393. her, its.
409. rational, rational substance.