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With that,(such power was given him then, he took The Son of God up to a mountain high. It was a mountain at whose verdant feet A spacious plain outstretch'd in circuit wide Lay pleasant; from his side two rivers flow'd, Th’ one winding, th’ other straight, and left between Fair champain with less rivers intervein'd, Then meeting join’d their tribute to the sea : Fertile of corn the glebe, of oil, and wine; With herds the pastures throng'd, with flocks the
Huge cities and high tower'd, that well might seem
238 insight] Milton's own edition, and all the earlier editions, except Tonson's, 1747, read · in sight.'
For barren desert, fountainless and dry.
Well have we speeded, and, o'er hill and dale,
264 fountainless and dry] Desarts desolate, and dry.' Drayton's Moses, lib. ii. p. 1603, ed. 8vo.
288 Choaspes] See Plin. N. Hist. lib. xxiv. C. cii. vol. iv. p. 362. ed. Brot. and lib. xxxi. c. xxi. 3. vol. v. p. 299, “Parthorum reges ex Choaspe, et Eulæo tantum bibunt.'
• It is a fact worthy of remark, that at this moment, while all the
The drink of none but kings; of later fame
inhabitants of Kermanshah drink of the stream of Aub Dedoong, and of the spring called Aubi-i-Hassan-Khan, the king's son alone has the water for himself and his harem brought from the stream of the Kara Soo (the Choaspes). We drank of it ourselves as we passed, and from its superiority to all the waters of which we had tasted since leaving the banks of the Tigris, the draught was delicious enough to be sweet even to the palsied taste of royalty itself.' Buckingham's Trav. in Assyria, &c. p. 119. On the delicious water of the Nile, see Forbes's Oriental Mem. ii. p. 72; and on that of the Ganges, 139. The Mogul Emperors travelled with it: Akber never drank any other, and called it the Water of Life.' flight] Lucan. Phars. i. 229,
“Missa Parthi post terga sagitta. Dunster.
See how in warlike muster they appear,
309 wedges, and half-moons) Virgil mentions the 'wedge ;' Æn. xii. 457, densi cuneis se quisque coactis agglomerant:' and Stat. Theb. v. 145, the half-moon; "lunatumque putes agmen descendere.' Dunster.
310 numbers numberless) For this expression (which was very common in old English Poets anterior to Milton) see Peele's Works, by Dyce, sec. ed. 1829, vol. i. p.
plenis Agmina se fundunt portis.' Dunster. 314 Prancing] Compare the description in Heliodori Æthiop. lib iï. p. 175. ed. Mitscherlich. 334 arrowy] Æn. xii. 284.
• Tempestas telorum, ac ferreus ingruit imber.' Dunster.
Of their pursuers, and overcame by flight;
326 brown] Euripidis Phæn. 296.
καταχάλχον απάν Πέδιον αστράπτει. .
Dunster. 329 endors'd] B. Jonson's Epig. to W. Earl of Newcastle :
*Nay, so your seat his beauties did endorse,
As I began to wish myself a horse.' Dunster. 334 yoke] Æschyli Perse, 71.
Ζυγόν αμφιβαλών αυχενι πόντου. Thyer. 337 Such] Lucan. Phars. iii. 288.
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