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Ye towers of Julius, London's lasting shame, With many a foul and midnight murder fed,
Revere his consort's faith, his father's fame, And spare the meek usurper's holy head.
90 Above, below, the rose of snow,
Twined with her blushing foe we spread : The bristled Boar in infant gore
Wallows beneath the thorny shade. Now, brothers, bending o'er the accursed loom, 95 Stamp we our vengeance deep, and ratify his doom.
III. I. “ Edward, lo! to sudden fate (Weave we the woof. The thread is spun.)
Half of thy heart we consecrate. (The web is wove. The work is done.)
100 Stay, 0, stay! nor thus forlorn Leave me unbless'd, unpitied, here to mourn: In yon bright track, that fires the western skies, They melt, they vanish from my eyes. But, O! what solemn scenes on Snowdon's height 105
Descending slow, their glittering skirts unroll! Visions of glory, spare my aching sight!
Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul ! No more our long-lost Arthur we bewail. All hail, ye genuine kings; Britannia's issue, hail! 110
And gorgeous dames, and statesmen old,
115 Her eye proclaims her of the Briton-line:
Her lion-port, her awe-commanding face,
What strains of vocal transport round her play! 120 Hear from the grave, great Taliessin, hear;
They breathe a soul to animate thy clay. Bright Rapture calls, and soaring as she sings, Waves in the eye of heaven her many-colour'd wings.
III. 3. “The verse adorn again,
125 Fierce War, and faithful Love, And Truth severe, by fairy Fiction drest.
In buskin'd measures move
134 Fond, impious man, think'st thou yon sanguine cloud,
Raised by thy breath, has quench'd the orb of day? To-morrow he repairs the golden flood,
And warms the nations with redoubled ray.
140 Be thine despair, and sceptred care;
To triumph, and to die, are mine." He spoke, and headlong from the mountain's height, Deep in the roaring tide he plunged to endless night.
The Angel Michael continues, from the Flood, to relate what shall
succeed; then, in the mention of Abraham, comes by degrees to explain, who that Seed of the Woman shall be, which was promised Adam and Eve in the Fall; his incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension; the state of the church till his second coming. Adam, greatly satisfied and recomforted by these relations and promises, descends the hill with Michael; wakens Eve, who all this while had slept, but with gentle dreams composed to quietness of mind and submission. Michael in either hand leads them out of Paradise, the fiery sword waving behind them, and the Cherubim
taking their stations to guard the place.
“This second source of Men, while yet but few, And while the dread of judgment past remains Fresh in tbeir minds, fearing the Deity,
10 With some regard to what is just and right Shall lead their lives, and multiply apace; Labouring the soil, and reaping plenteous crop, Corn, wine, and oil; and, from the herd or flock, Oft sacrificing bullock, lamb, or kid,
15 With large wine-offerings pour'd and sacred feast, Shall spend their davs in joys unblamed; and dwell Long time in peace, by families and tribes,
Under paternal rule: till one shall rise
45 Comes down to see their city, ere the tower Obstruct heaven-towers; and in derision sets Upon their tongues a various spirit, to rase Quite out their native language ; and, instead, To sow a jangling noise of words unknown:
Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud,
Whereto thus Adam, fatherly displeased :
70 Himself and his rash army; where thin air Above the clouds will pine his entrails gross, And famish him of breath, if not of bread ? ”
To whom thus Michael: “Justly thou abhorr’st That son, who on the quiet state of men
75 Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue Rational liberty; yet know withal, Since thy original lapse, true liberty Is lost, which always with right reason dwells Twinn'd, and from her hath no dividual being: 80 Reason in man obscured, or not obey'd, Linmediately inordinate desires,