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Non puo del tempo edace
Furar dalle memorie eccelso onore,
Del ocean profondo
Cinta dagli ampi gorghi Anglia resiede
Però che il suo valor l' umana eccede :
Ch' hanno a ragion del sovruman tra noi.
Alla virtù sbandita
Danno ne i petti lor fido ricetto,
Quella gli è sol gradita,
Perche in lei san trovar gioia, e diletto;
Lungi dal patrio lido
Spinse Zeusi l' industre ardente brama;
Con aurea tromba rimbombar la fama,
Dalle più belle Idee trasse il più raro.
Cosi l'ape ingegnosa
Trae con industria il suo liquor pregiato
E quanti vaghi fiori ornano il prato ;
Di bella gloria amante
Milton dal ciel natio per varie parti
Volgesti a ricercar scienze, ed arti ;
Fabro quasi divino
Sol virtù rintracciando il tuo pensiero
Chi di nobil valor calca il sentiero ;
Quanti nacquero in Flora
O in lei del parlar Tosco appreser l' arte,
Il mondo fatta eterna in dotte carte,
Volesti ricercar per tuo tesoro,
E parlasti con lor nell' opre loro.
Nell' altera Babelle
Per te il parlar confuse Giove in vano,
Di se stessa trofeo cadde su 'l piano :
Ch' Ode oltr' all' Anglia il suo più degno idioma Spagna, Francia, Toscana, e Grecia, e Roma.
I più profondi arcani
Ch' occulta la natura e in cielo e in terra
Troppo avaro tal' hor gli chiude, e serra,
Non batta il Tempo l' ale,
Fermisi immoto, e in un fermin si gl' anni,
Scorron di troppo ingiuriosi a i danni ;
Dammi tua dolce cetra
Se vuoi ch' io dica del tuo dolce canto,
Di farti huomo celeste ottiene il vanto,
Io che in riva del Arno
Tento spiegar tuo merto alto e preclaro,
E ad ammirar, non a lodarlo imparo ;
Del Sig. ANTONIO FRANCINI,
JOANNI MILTONI LONDINENSI :-
Juveni patria virtutibus eximio ;
Viro, qui multa peregrinatione, studio cuncta orbis terrarum loca perspexit; ut
Polyglotto, in cujus ore linguæ jam deperdita sic reviviscunt, ut idiomata omnia
Illi, cujus animi dotes corporisque sensus ad admirationem commovent, et per
Cui in memoria totus orbis ; in intellectu sapientia; in voluntate ardor gloriæ;
Exquirenti, restauranti, percurrenti:
At cur nitor in arduum?
Illi, in cujus virtutibus evulgandis ora Famæ non sufficiant, nec hominum stupor
Tanto homini servus, tantæ virtutis amator.
*In the edition 1645, it stood "vastitate."
+ Carlo Dati, one of Milton's literary friends at Florence. See "Epitaph. Damon." v. 137.-
PRELIMINART OBSERTATIONS ON THE LATIN
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Tic Ort zmong the Lata puers was Man's favourite, appears not only from his exgat dit ns leesamente puery. The versification of our author's hexameters nus per a diferent sruce from sin of the • Metamorphoses: Miton's is more tear medicine, aut forng: less destinary, Jess familar, and less embarrassed VIL & ferien recurrence of periods. Orid is at core rapid and abrupt; he wants dgacy: de las for moet eerstorm in his mucer of telling a story. Prolixity VÉ JACKETANG, Kt senera of sentence, are permilar to Mita: this is seen, not only i sme if is exria mecums in the Paradise Lost," and in many of the religous aütresses if a like cast in the Frose Works, but in his long verse. It is ale wisded that it is Laza compostatos of all sorts, he had been more attentive the sopúchy if Lucretins. Veril and Tiballas
Dr. Judasan, musty I think, prefers the Latin poetry of May and Cowley to tint of Mism and thinks May to be the first of the three. May is certainly a stourous versier, and was suficiently accomplished in poetical declamation for the matoman of Lacan's Phar: bet May is scarcely an author in point: his sill is a parody; and he was exefined to the peculiarities of an archetype, when it may be presumed, be thought excelent. As to Cowley when compared with Mixon, the same entie observes, Mive is generally content to express the thoughts of the ancients in their language: Cowley, without much loss of purity or elegance, accremmodates the Betire of Rome to his own conceptions. The advantage seems to be te the side of Cowley." But what are these conceptions! Metaphysical erorette; all the natural extravagances of his English poetry; such as will not bear to be clothed in the Latin language, much less are capable of admitting any degree of pare Latinity.
Milton's Latin poetis may be justly considered as legitimate classical compositions, and are never disgraced with such language and such imagery: Cowley's Latinity, dictated by an irregular and unrestrained imagination, presents a mode of diction Ealf Latin and half English. It is not so much that Cowley wanted a knowledge of the Latin style but that he suffered that knowledge to be perverted and corrupted by false and extravagant thoughts. Milton was a more perfect scholar than Cowley, and his mind was more deeply tinetured with the excellences of ancient literature: he was a more just thinker, and therefore a more just writer: ! in a word he had more taste, and more poetry, and consequently more propriety. If a fondness for the Italian writers has sometimes infected his English poetry with false ornaments; his Latin verses, both in diction and sentiment, are at least free from those depravations.
Some of Milton's Latin poems were written in his first year at Cambridge, when he was only seventeen: they must be allowed to be very correct and manly performances for a youth of that age; and, considered in that view, they discover an extraordinary copiousness and command of ancient fable and history. I cannot but add, that Gray resembles Milton in many instances: among others, in their youth they were both strongly attached to the cultivation of Latin poetry.— T. WARTON.
AD CAROLUM DEODATUM.
TANDEM, care, tuæ mihi pervenere tabellæ,
Jam nec arundiferum mihi cura revisere Camum,
Nuda nec arva placent, umbrasque negantia molles :
Nec duri libet usque minas perferre magistri,
Si sit hoc exilium patrios adiisse penates,
Non ego vel profugi nomen sortemve recuso,
Lætus et exilii conditione fruor.
Charles Deodate was one of Milton's most intimate friends: he was an excellent scholar, and practised physic in Cheshire. He was educated with our author at St. Paul's school, and from thence was sent to Trinity college, Oxford, where he was entered February 7, 1621, at thirteen years of age. He was a fellow-collegian there with Alexander Gill, another of Milton's intimate friends, who was successively usher and master of St. Paul's school. Deodate has a copy of Alcaics extant in an Oxford collection on the death of Camden, called "Camdeni Insignia." He left the college, when he was a gentlemancommoner, in 1628, having taken the degree of master of arts. Toland says, that he had in his possession two Greek letters, very well written, from Deodate to Milton. Two of Milton's familiar Latin letters, in the utmost freedom of friendship, are to Deodate: both dated from London, 1637. But the best, certainly the most pleasing evidences of their intimacy, and of Deodate's admirable character, are our author's first and sixth Elegies, the fourth Sonnet, and the "Epitaphium Damonis:" and it is highly probable, that Deodate is the "simple shepherd lad," in "Comus," who is skilled in plants, and loved to hear Thyrsis sing, v. 619. seq. He died in the year 1638. This Elegy was written about the year 1627, in answer to a letter out of Cheshire from Deodate.-T. WARTON.
The Irish Sea.-T. WARTON.
c Me tenet urbs reflua quam Thamesis alluit unda.
To have pointed out London, by only calling it the city washed by the Thames, would have been a general and a trite allusion: but this allusion being combined with the peculiar circumstance of the reflux of the tide, becomes new, poetical, and appropriate. The adjective reflua is at once descriptive and distinctive. Ovid has "refluum mare," "Metam." vii. 267.-T. WARTON.
O, utinam vates nunquam graviora tulisset
Et vocat ad plausus garrula scena suos.
Detonat inculto barbara verba foro";
Et nasum rigidi fallit ubique patris;
Sæpe novos illic virgo mirata calores,
Quid sit amor nescit; dum quoque nescit, amat.
Quassat, et effusis crinibus ora rotat,
Et dolet, et specto, juvat et spectasse dolendo ;
Gaudia, et abrupto flendus amore cadit ;
Seu moret Pelopeia domus, seu nobilis Ili,
Sed neque sub tecto semper, nec in urbe, latemus;
Nos quoque lucus habet vicina consitus ulmo,
Ah, quoties dignæ stupui miracula formæ,
d Excipit hinc fessum sinuosi pompa theatri, &c.
The theatre, as Mr. Warton observes, seems to have been a favourite amusement of Milton's youth. See "L'Allegro," v. 131.—TODD.
e Sive decennali fœcundus lite patronus
He probably means the play of "Ignoramus."-T. WARTON.
By the youth in the first couplet, he perhaps intends Shakspeare's "Romeo ; second, either "Hamlet," or "Richard III." He then draws his illustrations from the ancient tragedians. The allusions, however, to Shakspeare's incidents do not exactly correspond. In the first instance, Romeo was not torn from joys" untasted:" although "puer " and " abrupto amore are much in point. The allusions are loose, or resulting from memory, or not intended to tally minutely.-T. WARTON.
Atque suburbani nobilis umbra loci.
Some country-house of Milton's father very near London is here intended, of which we have now no notices.-T. WARTON.