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I cannot but take notice that Milton, in his Conferences between Adam and Eve, had his Eye very frequently upon the Book of Canticles, in which there is a noble Spirit of Eastern Poetry, and very often not unlike what we meet with in Homer, who is generally placed near the Age of Solomon. I think there is no question but the Poet in the preceding Speech remembred those two Passages which are spoken on the like occasion, and fill'd with the same pleasing Images of Nature. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away; For so, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the Flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the Voice of the Turtle is heard in our Zand. The Fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, and the Vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the Field; set us get up early to the Vineyards, let us see if the Vine flourish, whether the tender Grape appear, and the Pomegranates bud forth. His preferring the Garden of Eden to that
Where the Sapient King Aeld dalliance with his fair Egyptian Spouse, .
shews that the Poet had this delightful Scene in his |Mind. *
Eve's Dream is full of those high Conceits engendring Pride, which we are told the Devil endeavoured to instil into her. Of this kind is that part of it where she fancies her self awaken'd by Adam in the following beautiful Lines.
I question not but Boffu, and the two Daciers, who are for vindicating every thing that is censured in Bomer, by something Parallel in Holy Writ, would have been very well pleased had they thought of confronting Vulcan's Tripodes with Ezekiel's Wheels.
Aaphael's Descent to the Earth, with the Figure of his Person, is represented in very lively Colours. Several of the French, Italian, and English Poets have given a loose to their Imaginations in the Description of Angels: But I do not remember to have met with any, so finely drawn and so conformable to the Notions which are given of them in Scripture, as this in Milton. After having set him forth in all his Heavenly Plumage,