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Some close design, or turn of womankind.
Join Thy pleaded reason.
Approved My pleaded reason.
Since wide he wander'd on the wat❜ry waste.
Where on the flow'ry herb as soft he lay.
The cool translucent springs.
The pure, translucent springs.
Thames' translucent wave.
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave.
(Of eyesight in each case.)
Nor, till oblique he [Phoebus] slop'd his ev'ning ray.
Oft till the star that rose at evening bright
had sloped his westering wheel.
With sweet, reluctant, amorous delay.
In shelter thick of horrid shade reclin'd.
Our groans the rocks remurmur'd to the main.
As huge in length extended lay the beast.
Youth smil'd celestial, with each op'ning grace.
Youth smiled celestial, and to every limb
There seek the Theban Bard, depriv'd of sight;
Odyssey, v. 224.
Ib. v. 454-5.
Ib. v. 497.
Ib. v. 597.
P. L. viii. 254.
Ib. v. 606.
Ib. vii. 231, x. 434.
Odyssey, vii. 306.
P. L. iii. 45; cf. vii. 206.
Ib. vii. 372.
Ib. ix. 32.
Ib. ix. 219.
P. R. i. 296.
Ib. x. 60.
Piemont sonnet, 8–9.
Ib. x. 206.
P. L. i. 209.
Ib. x. 210-11, xiv. 510-11.
P. L. v. 43; cf. vii. 636.
Ib. x. 278.
P. L. iii. 41-4.
Ib. x. 325-6.
Ib. xvii. 304-5. P. L. iv. 536.
Ib. x. 331-2.
P. L. iii. 637-9.
Ib. x. 582-3.
P. L. iii. 51-3.
1 Most of these parallels were collected before Mr. G. C. Macaulay's life of Thomson appeared, and a number of them are not in his list (pp. 141-5). I am indebted to him, however, for six of those given above; and I think, as he does, that "the winter evening's occupations (Winter, 424-655] are partly suggested by Milton, those of the student, who holds high converse with the mighty dead' by Il Penseroso, and those of the village and the city by L'Allegro" (p. 144), but it is hardly practicable to quote two hundred lines to prove it. I have taken nothing from Mr. J. E. Wells's article in Modern Language Notes, xxiv. 60-61, though perhaps I should have included "where cowslips hang The dewy head" (Spring, 448–9; cf. Lycidas, 147).
The winding vale its lavish stores, Irriguous, spreads. Ib. 494-5.
With woods o'erhung, and shagged with mossy rocks. Spring, 910.
Ancient seats, with venerable oaks Embosomed high. Liberty, v. 52-3.
Prime cheerer, Light!
In unessential gloom; and thou, O Sun! . . . in whom ...
Shines out thy Maker! may I sing of thee?
How shall I then attempt to sing of Him
Who, Light Himself, in uncreated light
Invested deep, dwells awfully retired.
Hail, holy Light, offspring of Heaven first-born!
Or of the Eternal coeternal beam
May I express thee unblamed? since God is light,
And never but in unapproached light
While, round thy beaming car,
Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance,
The unfruitful rock itself, impregned by thee.
Half in a blush of clustering roses lost.
P. L. iii. 1-6.
P. L. iv. 266-8.
("Blushing" is the reading of the 1720 text.)
On the mingling boughs they sit embowered.
The scenes where ancient bards...
Of virtue struggling on the brink of vice.
P. L. i. 3034.
(Perhaps suggested by the visit of Raphael to warn Adam and Eve: P. L., book v.)
Here frequent, at the visionary hour,
When musing midnight reigns or silent noon,
And voices chaunting from the wood-crown'd hill,
The deepening dale, or inmost sylvan glade.
How often, from the sleep
Of echoing hill or thicket, have we heard
Where the bee... loads his little thigh.
P. L. iv. 680-87.