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He added not; and Satan, bowing low His gray dissimulation, disappear'd Into thin air diffus'd: for now began Night with her sullen wings to double-shade The desart; fowls in their clay nests were couchd, And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam.
gray dissimulation] See Ford's Broken Heart; ed. Weber, p. 304.
Lay by thy whining gray dissimulation.' 499 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 Dionysiaca thus,
Και σκιερήν έμέλαινεν όλην χθόνα σιγαλέη νυξ.
'Εσπερίη μετά δόρπον ορειάδι κάππεσον ευνή. 500 double-shade) Ov. Met. xi. 548.
• Duplicataque noctis imago est.' Dunster. 501 fowls] Beaumont's Psyche, c. xiii. st. 355, ed. 1648.
• Each gentle fair-condition'd bird and beast
MEANWHILE the new-baptiz'd, who yet remain'd At Jordan with the Baptist, and had seen Him whom they heard so late expressly call’d Jesus, Messiah, Son of God declar’d, And on that high authority had believ’d, And with him talk'd, and with him lodg’d; I mean Andrew and Simon, famous after known, With others though in holy writ not nam’d, Now missing him their joy so lately found, (So lately found, and so abruptly gone,) Began to doubt, and doubted many days, And, as the days increas'd, increas’d their doubt: Sometimes they thought he might be only shown, And for a time caught up to God, as once Moses was in the Mount, and missing long; And the great Thisbite, who on fiery wheels Rode up to heaven, yet once again to come.
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. 13 shown] Virg. Æn. vi. 870.
• Ostendent terris lune tantum fata.'
Therefore as those young prophets then with care
for sure, deliverance is at hand, 35
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. no greater] Spenser in the beginning of Sheph. Cal.
“A shepherd's boy, no better do him call.' Newton. 30 what] So first edition; in most others, “that.' Newton.
For whither is he gone, what accident
Thus they out of their plaints new hope resume
pure, Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais'd Some troubled thoughts, which she in sighs thus clad.
O what avails me now that honour high To have conceiv'd of God, or that salute,
“Hail, highly favour'd, among women blest!"