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Edg'd with poplar pale, [ 185 ]
The parting Genius is with sighing sent,
With flowre-inwov'n tresses torn
The Nimphs in twilight shade of tangled thickets mourn.

XXI

In consecrated Earth,
And on the holy Hearth, [ 190 ]
The Lars, and Lemures moan with midnight plaint,
In Urns, and Altars round,
A drear, and dying sound
Affrights the Flamins at their service quaint;
And the chill Marble seems to sweat, [ 195 ]
While each peculiar power forgoes his wonted seat.

XXII

Peor, and Baalim,
Forsake their Temples dim,
With that twise-batter'd god of Palestine,
And mooned Ashtaroth, [ 200 ]
Heav'ns Queen and Mother both,
Now sits not girt with Tapers holy shine,
The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn,
In vain the Tyrian Maids their wounded Thamuz mourn.

XXIII

And sullen Moloch fled, [ 205 ]
Hath left in shadows dred.
His burning Idol all of blackest hue,
In vain with Cymbals ring,
They call the grisly king,
In dismall dance about the furnace blue; [ 210 ]
The brutish gods of Nile as fast,
Isis and Orus, and the Dog Anubis hast.

XXIV

Nor is Osiris seen
In Memphian Grove, or Green,
Trampling the unshowr'd Grasse with lowings loud: [ 215 ]
Nor can he be at rest
Within his sacred chest,
Naught but profoundest Hell can be his shroud:
In vain with Timbrel'd Anthems dark
The sable-stoled Sorcerers bear his worshipt Ark. [ 220 ]

XXV

He feels from Juda's land
The dredded Infants hand,
The rayes of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn;
Nor all the gods beside,
Longer dare abide, [ 225 ]
Nor Typhon huge ending in snaky twine:
Our Babe, to shew his Godhead true,
Can in his swadling bands controul the damned crew.

XXVI

So when the Sun in bed,
Curtain'd with cloudy red, [ 230 ]
Pillows his chin upon an Orient wave.
The flocking shadows pale
Troop to th' infernall jail,
Each fetter'd Ghost slips to his severall grave,
And the yellow-skirted Fayes [ 235 ]
Fly after the Night-steeds, leaving their Moon-lov'd maze.

XXVII

But see the Virgin blest,
Hath laid her Babe to rest.
Time is our tedious Song should here have ending,
Heav'ns youngest-teemed Star [ 240 ]
Hath fixt her polisht Car,
Her sleeping Lord with Handmaid Lamp attending.
And all about the Courtly Stable,
Bright-harnest Angels sit in order serviceable.

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<H3 class=3Dmsubsubhead>&nbsp;</H3>
<H3 class=3Dmsubsubhead><A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#intro"=20
target=3Dnotes>On the Morning of Christs Nativity<BR>Compos'd =
1629</A></H3><BR>
<DIV class=3Dverse>
<P class=3Dtitle>I</P>
<P><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DThis><SPAN =
class=3Dminitial>T</SPAN>His</SPAN> is=20
the Month, and this the happy morn<BR>Wherein the Son of <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3D"Heaven's">Heav'ns</SPAN> eternal King,<BR>Of wedded Maid, and =
Virgin=20
Mother born,<BR>Our great redemption from above did bring;<BR>For so the =
<A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#sages"=20
target=3Dnotes>holy sages</A> once did sing,<SPAN id=3Dline5 =
class=3Dline> [ 5=20
]</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>That he our deadly forfeit should=20
release,</SPAN><BR>And with his Father work us a perpetual =
peace.</P><BR>
<P class=3Dtitle>II</P>
<P>That glorious Form, that Light unsufferable,<BR>And that far-beaming =
blaze of=20
Majesty,<BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DWherewith>Wherwith</SPAN> he =
wont at=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3D"Heaven's">Heav'ns</SPAN> high <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DCouncil>Councel</SPAN>-Table,<SPAN id=3Dline10 class=3Dline> [ =
10=20
]</SPAN><BR>To sit the midst of <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#Trinal"=20
target=3Dnotes>Trinal Unity</A>,<BR>He laid aside; and here with us to=20
be,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Forsook the Courts of everlasting=20
Day,</SPAN><BR>And chose with us a <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Ddarksome>darksom</SPAN> House of mortal <A =
name=3Dline14>Clay</A>.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>III</P>
<P>Say <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DHeavenly>Heav'nly</SPAN> Muse, =
shall not thy=20
sacred vein<SPAN id=3Dline15 class=3Dline> [ 15 ]</SPAN><BR>Afford a =
present to the=20
Infant God?<BR>Hast thou no <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dverse>vers</SPAN>, no=20
hymn, or solemn <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dstrain>strein</SPAN>,<BR>To <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dwelcome>welcom</SPAN> him to this his new =
abode,<BR>Now=20
while the <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DHeaven>Heav'n</SPAN> by the =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3D"Sun's">Suns</SPAN> team untrod,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>Hath took no print of the <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dapproaching>approching</SPAN> light,</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline20 =
class=3Dline> [=20
20 ]</SPAN><BR>And all the <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#spangled"=20
target=3Dnotes>spangled host</A> keep watch in squadrons bright?</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>IV</P>
<P>See how from far upon the Eastern <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Droad>rode</SPAN><BR>The Star-led <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#wizards"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DWizards>Wisards</SPAN></A> =
haste with=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dodors>odours</SPAN> sweet:<BR>O run, <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#prevent"=20
target=3Dnotes>prevent</A> them with thy humble ode,<BR>And lay it lowly =
at his <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#humble"=20
target=3Dnotes>blessed feet</A>;<SPAN id=3Dline25 class=3Dline> [ 25 =
]</SPAN><BR>Have=20
thou the <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dhonor>honour</SPAN> first, thy =
Lord to=20
greet,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>And <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Djoin>joyn</SPAN> thy voice unto the Angel <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =

title=3DChoir>Quire</SPAN>,</SPAN><BR>From out his secret Altar <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dtouched>toucht</SPAN> with <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#fire"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dhallowed>hallow'd</SPAN> =
fire</A>.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>The Hymn</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>I</P>
<P><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DIt><SPAN =
class=3Dminitial>I</SPAN>t</SPAN> was the=20
Winter <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dwild>wilde</SPAN>,<BR>While the =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3DHeaven>Heav'n</SPAN>-born-<SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dchild>childe</SPAN>,<SPAN id=3Dline30 class=3Dline> [ 30 =
]</SPAN><BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>All meanly <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dwrapped>wrapt</SPAN> in=20
the rude manger lies;</SPAN><BR>Nature in <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dawe>aw</SPAN> to him<BR>Had <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Ddoffed>doff't</SPAN> her <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dgaudy>gawdy</SPAN>=20
trim,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>With her great Master so to <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#sympathy"=20
target=3Dnotes>sympathize</A>:</SPAN><BR>It was no season then for =
her<SPAN=20
id=3Dline35 class=3Dline> [ 35 ]</SPAN><BR>To wanton with the Sun her =
lusty=20
Paramour.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>II</P>
<P><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DOnly>Onely</SPAN> with speeches =
fair<BR>She <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dwoos>woo's</SPAN> the gentle Air<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>To hide her guilty front with innocent =
Snow,</SPAN><BR>And on=20
her naked shame,<SPAN id=3Dline40 class=3Dline> [ 40 ]</SPAN><BR>Pollute =
with <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dsinful>sinfull</SPAN> blame,<BR><SPAN =
class=3Dmhalfindent>The=20
Saintly <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DVeil>Vail</SPAN> of Maiden white =
to=20
throw,</SPAN><BR>Confounded, that her <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3D"Maker's">Makers</SPAN> eyes<BR>Should look so <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dnear>neer</SPAN> upon her foul deformities.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>III</P>
<P>But he her fears to cease,<SPAN id=3Dline45 class=3Dline> [ 45 =
]</SPAN><BR>Sent=20
down the meek-<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Deyed>eyd</SPAN> =
Peace,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>She <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dcrowned>crown'd</SPAN> with=20
Olive green, came softly sliding</SPAN><BR>Down through the turning <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#sphere"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dsphere>sphear</SPAN></A>,<BR>His ready=20
Harbinger,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>With Turtle wing the <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#amorous"=20
target=3Dnotes>amorous clouds</A> dividing,</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline50 =
class=3Dline> [ 50=20
]</SPAN><BR>And waving wide her <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#myrtle"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dmyrtle>mirtle</SPAN></A> =
wand,<BR>She=20
strikes a <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Duniversal>universall</SPAN> =
Peace through=20
Sea and Land.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>IV</P>
<P>No War, or <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3D"Battle's">Battails</SPAN> =
sound<BR>Was=20
heard the World around:<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>The idle spear and =
shield=20
were high up hung;</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline55 class=3Dline> [ 55 =
]</SPAN><BR>The hooked=20
Chariot stood<BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3DUnstained>Unstain'd</SPAN> with=20
hostile blood,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>The Trumpet spake not to the =
armed=20
throng,</SPAN><BR>And Kings <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dsat>sate</SPAN> still=20
with <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dawful>awfull</SPAN> eye,<BR>As if =
they surely=20
knew their <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dsovereign>sovran</SPAN> Lord =
was by.<SPAN=20
id=3Dline60 class=3Dline> [ 60 ]</SPAN></P>
<P class=3Dtitle>V</P>
<P>But <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dpeaceful>peacefull</SPAN> was the=20
night<BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DWherein>Wherin</SPAN> the Prince =
of=20
light<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>His <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dreign>raign</SPAN> of peace upon the earth began:</SPAN><BR>The =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3DWinds>Windes</SPAN>, with wonder <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#hushed"=20
target=3Dnotes>whist</A>,<BR>Smoothly the waters <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dkissed>kist</SPAN>,<SPAN id=3Dline65 class=3Dline> [ 65 =
]</SPAN><BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>Whispering new <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Djoys>joyes</SPAN> to=20
the <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dmild>milde</SPAN> =
Ocean,</SPAN><BR>Who now hath=20
quite forgot to rave,<BR>While <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#birds"=20
target=3Dnotes>Birds of Calm</A> sit brooding on the charmed wave.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>VI</P>
<P>The Stars with deep amaze<BR>Stand <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dfixed>fixt</SPAN> in <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dsteadfast>stedfast</SPAN>=20
gaze,<SPAN id=3Dline70 class=3Dline> [ 70 ]</SPAN><BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>Bending one way their <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dprecious>pretious</SPAN> influence,</SPAN><BR>And will not take =
their=20
flight,<BR>For all the morning light,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent><A=20
name=3Dlucifer>Or</A> <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#miller"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Lucifer</SPAN></A> that often <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dwarned>warn'd</SPAN> them thence;</SPAN><BR>But in their =
glimmering Orbs=20
did glow,<SPAN id=3Dline75 class=3Dline> [ 75 ]</SPAN><BR><SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DUntil>Untill</SPAN> their Lord himself bespake, and bid them =
go.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>VII</P>
<P>And though the shady gloom<BR>Had given day her room,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>The Sun himself with-held his wonted =
speed,</SPAN><BR>And hid=20
his head for shame,<SPAN id=3Dline80 class=3Dline> [ 80 ]</SPAN><BR>As =
his <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dinferior>inferiour</SPAN> flame,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>The new-<SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Denlightened>enlightn'd</SPAN> world no more should =
need;</SPAN><BR>He saw=20
a <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#spenser"=20
target=3Dnotes>greater Sun</A> appear<BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DThan>Then</SPAN> his bright Throne, or burning <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#axle"=20
target=3Dnotes>Axletree</A> could bear.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>VIII</P>
<P>The Shepherds on the Lawn,<SPAN id=3Dline85 class=3Dline> [ 85 =
]</SPAN><BR>Or ere=20
the point of dawn,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent><SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DSat>Sate</SPAN> simply chatting in a <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Drustic>rustick</SPAN> row;</SPAN><BR><A name=3Dpan>Full</A> =
little thought=20
they <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dthen>than</SPAN>,<BR>That the mighty =
<A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#pan"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Pan</SPAN></A><BR><SPAN =
class=3Dmhalfindent>Was kindly=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dcome>com</SPAN> to live with them =
below;</SPAN><SPAN=20
id=3Dline90 class=3Dline> [ 90 ]</SPAN><BR>Perhaps their loves, or <SPAN =

class=3Dvarspell title=3Delse>els</SPAN> their sheep,<BR>Was all that =
did their=20
silly thoughts so <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dbusy>busie</SPAN> =
keep.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>IX</P>
<P>When such <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dmusic>musick</SPAN> =
sweet<BR>Their=20
hearts and ears did greet,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>As never was by =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dmortal>mortall</SPAN> finger <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dstruck>strook</SPAN>,</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline95 class=3Dline> [ 95 =

]</SPAN><BR>Divinely-warbled voice<BR>Answering the stringed =
noise,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>As all their souls in <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dblissful>blisfull</SPAN> rapture took:</SPAN><BR>The Air such =
pleasure=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dloath>loth</SPAN> to lose,<BR>With =
thousand <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dechoes>echo's</SPAN> still prolongs each <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dheavenly>heav'nly</SPAN> close.<SPAN =
id=3Dline100 class=3Dline>=20
[ 100 ]</SPAN></P>
<P class=3Dtitle>X</P>
<P>Nature that heard such sound<BR>Beneath the <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#moon"=20
target=3Dnotes>hollow round</A><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Of <SPAN=20
class=3Dmi>Cynthia's</SPAN> seat, the Airy region =
thrilling,</SPAN><BR>Now was=20
almost won<BR>To think her part was <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Ddone>don</SPAN>,<SPAN id=3Dline105 class=3Dline> [ 105 =
]</SPAN><BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>And that her <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dreign>raign</SPAN> had=20
here its last fulfilling;</SPAN><BR>She knew such harmony alone<BR>Could =
hold=20
all <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DHeaven>Heav'n</SPAN> and Earth in =
happier=20
union.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XI</P>
<P>At last surrounds their sight<BR>A Globe of circular light,<SPAN =
id=3Dline110=20
class=3Dline> [ 110 ]</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>That with long =
beams the=20
shame-<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dfaced>fac't</SPAN> night <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Darrayed>array'd</SPAN>,</SPAN><BR>The helmed Cherubim<BR>And =
sworded=20
Seraphim<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Are seen in glittering ranks with =
wings=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Ddisplayed>displaid</SPAN>,</SPAN><BR>Harping in loud=20
and solemn <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dchoir>quire</SPAN>,<SPAN =
id=3Dline115=20
class=3Dline> [ 115 ]</SPAN><BR>With unexpressive notes to <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3D"Heaven's">Heav'ns</SPAN> new-born Heir.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XII</P>
<P>Such <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DMusic>Musick</SPAN> (as 'tis =
said)<BR>Before=20
was never made,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>But when of <A =
name=3Dline119>old</A>=20
the <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#job"=20
target=3Dnotes>sons of morning</A> sung,</SPAN><BR>While the Creator =
Great<SPAN=20
id=3Dline120 class=3Dline> [ 120 ]</SPAN><BR>His constellations =
set,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>And the well-<SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dbalanced>balanc't</SPAN> world on hinges hung,</SPAN><BR>And =
cast the dark=20
foundations deep,<BR>And bid the <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dweltering>weltring</SPAN> waves their oozy channel keep.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XIII</P>
<P>Ring out ye <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DChrystal>Crystall</SPAN> =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dspheres>sphears</SPAN>,<SPAN id=3Dline125 =
class=3Dline> [ 125=20
]</SPAN><BR>Once bless our human ears,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>(If =
ye have <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#pythagoreas"=20
target=3Dnotes>power to touch our senses</A> so)</SPAN><BR>And let your =
silver=20
chime<BR>Move in melodious time;<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>And let =
the Base of=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3D"Heaven's">Heav'ns</SPAN> deep Organ=20
blow,</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline130 class=3Dline> [ 130 ]</SPAN><BR>And with =
your=20
ninefold harmony<BR>Make up full consort to <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dthe>th'</SPAN> <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3DAngelic>Angelike</SPAN>=20
symphony.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle><A name=3Dxiv>XIV.</A></P>
<P>For if such holy Song<BR>Enwrap our fancy long,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>Time will run back, and fetch the <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#golden"=20
target=3Dnotes>age of gold</A>,</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline135 class=3Dline> [ =
135=20
]</SPAN><BR>And <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dspeckled>speckl'd</SPAN>=20
vanity<BR>Will sicken soon and die,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>And =
leprous sin=20
will melt from earthly <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dmold>mould</SPAN>,</SPAN><BR>And Hell itself will pass =
away,<BR>And leave=20
her dolorous mansions to the peering day.<SPAN id=3Dline140 =
class=3Dline> [ 140=20
]</SPAN></P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XV</P>
<P>Yea Truth, and <A name=3Djustice>Justice</A> then<BR>Will down return =
to=20
men,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent><SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3DThe>Th'</SPAN> <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Denameled>enameld</SPAN> <SPAN =
class=3Dmi>Arras</SPAN> of the=20
Rainbow wearing,</SPAN><BR>And Mercy set between,<BR><SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DThroned>Thron'd</SPAN> in <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DCelestial>Celestiall</SPAN> sheen,<SPAN id=3Dline145 =
class=3Dline> [ 145=20
]</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>With radiant feet the tissued =
clouds down=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dsteering>stearing</SPAN>,</SPAN><BR>And =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3DHeaven>Heav'n</SPAN> as at <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dsome>som</SPAN> <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dfestival>festivall</SPAN>,<BR>Will open wide the Gates of her =
high Palace=20
Hall.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XVI</P>
<P>But wisest Fate <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dsays>sayes</SPAN> =
no,<BR>This must=20
not yet be so,<SPAN id=3Dline150 class=3Dline> [ 150 ]</SPAN><BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>The Babe lies yet in smiling Infancy,</SPAN><BR>That =
on the=20
bitter cross<BR>Must redeem our loss;<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>So =
both himself=20
and us to <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dglorify>glorifie</SPAN>:</SPAN><BR>Yet=20
first to those <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dchained>ychain'd</SPAN> in =
sleep,<SPAN=20
id=3Dline155 class=3Dline> [ 155 ]</SPAN><BR>The <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dwakeful>wakefull</SPAN> trump of doom must thunder through the =
deep,</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XVII</P>
<P>With such a horrid clang<BR>As on mount <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#sinai"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Sinai</SPAN></A> rang<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>While the red fire, and <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dsmoldering>smouldring</SPAN> clouds out brake:</SPAN><BR>The =
aged Earth=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Daghast>agast</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline160 =
class=3Dline> [ 160=20
]</SPAN><BR>With <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dterror>terrour</SPAN> of =
that=20
blast,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Shall from the surface to the center =

shake,</SPAN><BR>When at the <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3D"world's">worlds</SPAN>=20
last session,<BR>The <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Ddreadful>dreadfull</SPAN> Judge=20
in middle Air shall spread his <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#judge"=20
target=3Dnotes>throne</A>.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XVIII</P>
<P>And then at last our bliss<SPAN id=3Dline165 class=3Dline> [ 165 =
]</SPAN><BR>Full=20
and perfect is,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>But now begins; for from =
this happy=20
day</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DThe>Th'</SPAN> old <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#dragon"=20
target=3Dnotes>Dragon</A> under ground,<BR>In straiter limits =
bound,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>Not half so far casts his usurped sway,</SPAN><SPAN =
id=3Dline170=20
class=3Dline> [ 170 ]</SPAN><BR>And wrath to see his Kingdom =
fail,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3DSwings>Swindges</SPAN> the scaly <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DHorror>Horrour</SPAN> of his <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dfolded>foulded</SPAN> tail.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XIX,</P>
<P>The <A name=3Ddumboracles>Oracles</A> are <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Ddumb>dumm</SPAN>,<BR>No voice or hideous <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dhum>humm</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Runs through the =
arched roof in=20
words deceiving.</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline1175 class=3Dline> [ 175 =
]</SPAN><BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmi>Apollo</SPAN> from his shrine<BR>Can no more divine,<BR><SPAN =

class=3Dmhalfindent>With hollow <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dshriek>shreik</SPAN>=20
the steep of <SPAN class=3Dmi>Delphos</SPAN> leaving.<BR>No nightly =
trance, or=20
breathed spell,</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3DInspires>Inspire's</SPAN>=20
the pale-<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Deyed>ey'd</SPAN> Priest from the =
prophetic=20
cell.<SPAN id=3Dline180 class=3Dline> [ 180 ]</SPAN></P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XX</P>
<P>The lonely mountains <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dover>o're</SPAN>,<BR>And the=20
resounding shore,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>A voice of weeping heard, =
and loud=20
lament;</SPAN><BR>From haunted spring and dale<BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell =

title=3DEdged>Edg'd</SPAN> with poplar pale,<SPAN id=3Dline185 =
class=3Dline> [ 185=20
]</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>The parting <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#genius"=20
target=3Dnotes>Genius</A> is with sighing sent,</SPAN><BR>With <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dflower>flowre</SPAN>-<SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dinwoven>inwov'n</SPAN> tresses torn<BR>The <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DNymphs>Nimphs</SPAN> in twilight shade of tangled thickets =
mourn.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XXI</P>
<P>In consecrated Earth,<BR>And on the holy Hearth,<SPAN id=3Dline190 =
class=3Dline>=20
[ 190 ]</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>The <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#lars"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Lars</SPAN>, and <SPAN =
class=3Dmi>Lemures</SPAN></A>=20
moan with midnight plaint,</SPAN><BR>In Urns, and Altars round,<BR>A =
drear, and=20
dying sound<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Affrights the <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#flamens"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Flamins</SPAN></A> at their service=20
quaint;</SPAN><BR>And the chill Marble seems to sweat,<SPAN id=3Dline195 =

class=3Dline> [ 195 ]</SPAN><BR>While each peculiar power forgoes his =
wonted=20
seat.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XXII</P>
<P><A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#peor"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Peor</SPAN>, and <SPAN=20
class=3Dmi>Baalim</SPAN></A>,<BR>Forsake their Temples dim,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>With that <A name=3Dastarte><SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dtwice>twise</SPAN>-<SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dbattered>batter'd</SPAN>=20
god</A> of <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#palestine"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Palestine</SPAN></A>,</SPAN><BR>And =
mooned <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#astarte"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Ashtaroth</SPAN></A>,<SPAN id=3Dline200 =
class=3Dline> [=20
200 ]</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3D"Heaven's">Heav'ns</SPAN> =
Queen and=20
Mother both,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Now sits not girt with Tapers =
holy=20
shine,</SPAN><BR>The Libyc <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#ram"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Hammon</SPAN></A> shrinks his =
horn,<BR>In vain the=20
<SPAN class=3Dmi>Tyrian</SPAN> Maids their wounded <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#damuzzi"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Thamuz</SPAN></A> mourn.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XXIII</P>
<P>And <A name=3Dmoloch>sullen</A> <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#moloch"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Moloch</SPAN></A> fled,<SPAN =
id=3Dline205 class=3Dline>=20
[ 205 ]</SPAN><BR>Hath left in shadows <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Ddread>dred</SPAN>.<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>His burning Idol =
all of=20
blackest hue,</SPAN><BR>In vain with Cymbals ring,<BR>They call the =
grisly=20
king,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>In <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Ddismal>dismall</SPAN> dance about the furnace blue;</SPAN><SPAN =
id=3Dline210=20
class=3Dline> [ 210 ]</SPAN><BR>The brutish <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#egypt"=20
target=3Dnotes>gods of <SPAN class=3Dmi>Nile</SPAN></A> as =
fast,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmi>Isis</SPAN> and <SPAN class=3Dmi>Orus</SPAN>, and the Dog =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dmi>Anubis</SPAN> <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dhaste>hast</SPAN>.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XXIV</P>
<P>Nor is <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#osiris"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Osiris</SPAN></A> seen<BR>In <SPAN=20
class=3Dmi>Memphian</SPAN> Grove, or Green,<BR><SPAN =
class=3Dmhalfindent>Trampling=20
the <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dunshowered>unshowr'd</SPAN> <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DGrass>Grasse</SPAN> with lowings loud:</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline215 =
class=3Dline>=20
[ 215 ]</SPAN><BR>Nor can he be at rest<BR>Within his sacred =
chest,<BR><SPAN=20
class=3Dmhalfindent>Naught but profoundest Hell can be his =
shroud:</SPAN><BR>In=20
vain with <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3DTimbreled>Timbrel'd</SPAN> =
Anthems=20
dark<BR>The sable-stoled Sorcerers bear <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#sable"=20
target=3Dnotes>his <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dworshipped>worshipt</SPAN>=20
Ark.</A><SPAN id=3Dline220 class=3Dline> [ 220 ]</SPAN></P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XXV</P>
<P>He feels from <SPAN class=3Dmi><SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3D"Judah's">Juda's</SPAN></SPAN> land<BR>The <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Ddreaded>dredded</SPAN> <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3D"Infant's">Infants</SPAN> hand,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>The =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Drays>rayes</SPAN> of <SPAN =
class=3Dmi>Bethlehem</SPAN> blind=20
his dusky <SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Deyen>eyn</SPAN>;<BR>Nor all the =
gods=20
beside,</SPAN><BR>Longer dare abide,<SPAN id=3Dline225 class=3Dline> [ =
225=20
]</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Nor <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#typhon"=20
target=3Dnotes><SPAN class=3Dmi>Typhon</SPAN></A> huge ending in snaky=20
twine:</SPAN><BR>Our Babe, to <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dshow>shew</SPAN> <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#hercules"=20
target=3Dnotes>his Godhead true,</A><BR>Can in his <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dswaddling>swadling</SPAN> bands <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dcontrol>controul</SPAN> the damned crew.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XXVI</P>
<P>So when the Sun in bed,<BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3DCurtained>Curtain'd</SPAN> with cloudy red,<SPAN id=3Dline230 =
class=3Dline> [=20
230 ]</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Pillows his chin upon an <A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#orient"=20
target=3Dnotes>Orient</A> wave.</SPAN><BR>The flocking shadows =
pale<BR>Troop to=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dthe>th'</SPAN> <SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dinfernal>infernall</SPAN> jail,<BR><SPAN =
class=3Dmhalfindent>Each <SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dfettered>fetter'd</SPAN> Ghost slips to his =
<SPAN=20
class=3Dvarspell title=3Dseveral>severall</SPAN> grave,</SPAN><BR>And =
the=20
yellow-skirted <SPAN class=3Dmi>Fayes</SPAN><SPAN id=3Dline235 =
class=3Dline> [ 235=20
]</SPAN><BR>Fly after the Night-steeds, leaving their Moon-<SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dloved>lov'd</SPAN> maze.</P>
<P class=3Dtitle>XXVII</P>
<P>But see the Virgin <SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dblessed>blest</SPAN>,<BR>Hath=20
laid her Babe to rest.<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Time is our tedious =
Song=20
should here have ending,</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3D"Heaven's">Heav'ns</SPAN> youngest-<A=20
href=3D"http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/nativity/notes.shtm=
l#teemed"=20
target=3Dnotes>teemed</A> Star<SPAN id=3Dline240 class=3Dline> [ 240 =
]</SPAN><BR>Hath=20
<SPAN class=3Dvarspell title=3Dfixed>fixt</SPAN> her <SPAN =
class=3Dvarspell=20
title=3Dpolished>polisht</SPAN> Car,<BR><SPAN class=3Dmhalfindent>Her =
sleeping Lord=20
with Handmaid Lamp attending.</SPAN><BR>And all about the Courtly=20
Stable,<BR>Bright-<SPAN class=3Dvarspell =
title=3Dharnessed>harnest</SPAN> Angels sit=20
in order serviceable.</P></DIV></FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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