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Hard are the ways of truth, and rough to walk,
To whom our Saviour with unalter'd brow.
He added not; and Satan, bowing low His gray dissimulation, disappear'd
478 Hard] Sil. Ital. iv. 605.
· perque aspera duro Nititur ad laudem virtus interrita clivo.' Dunster. 487 atheous) Cicero, speaking of Diagoras, 'Atheos qui dictus est.' De Nat. D. i. 23. • Atheal' is not uncommon in old English. Dunster. Todd. 496 gray
dissimulation] See Ford's Broken Heart; ed. * Weber, p. 304.
'Lay by thy whining gray dissimulation.'
İnto thin air diffus'd: for now began
199 thin] Virg. Æn. iv. 278.
* Et procul in tenuem ex oculis evanuit auram.' Shakesp. Temp. act iv. sc. 2.
· Are melted into air, into thin air.' Dunster. 500 Night] Nonnus ends the xxvth book of his Dionysiava thus,
Και σκιερήν έμέλαινεν όλην χθόνα σιγαλέη νύξ:
Εσπερίη μετά δόρπον ορειάδι κάππεσον εύνη. 600 double-shade) Ov. Met. xi. 550.
• Duplicataque noctis imago est.' Dunster. 601 fowls) Beaumont's Psyche, c. xiii. st. 355, ed. 1648. * Each gentle fair-condition'd bird and beast Hied them unto their nests and dens Only some ominous ravens, and screech owles prest With beasts of prey and night, thro' the black air.'
MEANWHILE the new-baptiz’d, who yet remain’d
6 mean] See this expression in Harington's Ariosto, xxxi. 46. 'I mean Renaldo's House of Montalbane;' and st. 55. • I mean the cruel Pagan Rodomont. Newton. 18 shown] Virg. Æn. vi. 869.
• Ostendent terris hunc tantum fata.'
Sought lost Elijah, so in each place these
Alas, from what high hope to what relapse
23 broad] Broad' is not opposed to long, but means ‘large;' in this sense it is often used by the old English poets, and thus their modern imitator, 'He knew her of broad lands the heir.' Marmion, c. ii. st. xxvii. The lake of Genezaret is eighteen miles long, and only five broad.
25 Jordan] Giles Fletcher's Christ's Victorie and Triumph ed. 1632, p. 49:
• Or whistling reeds, that rutty Jordan laves.' A. Dyce. 27 no greater] Spenser in the beginning of Sheph. Cal.
' A shepherd's boy, no better do him call.' Newton. 80 what] So first editior., in most others, that.' Newton
For whither is he gone; what accident
Thus they out of their plaints new hope resume To find whom at the first they found unsought: But to his mother Mary, when she saw Others return’d from baptism, not her Son, Nor left at Jordan, tidings of him none, Within her breast though calm, her breast though
pure, Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais'd Some troubled thoughts, which she in sighs thus