Milton - PR3550 .D77 1777 M1

BOOK IV. PARADISE LOST. xo9 Of various influence foment and warm, Temper or nourifh ; or in part fhed down 670 Their flellar virtue on all kinds that grow On earth ; made hereby apter to receive Perfection from the tun's more potent ray. Thefe then, though unbeheld in deep of night, 674 Shine not in vain ; nor think, though men were none, That heav'n would want 1pelators, God want praife: Millions of fpiritual creatures walk the earth Unfeen, both when we wake, and when we fleep. All thefe with ceafelefs praife his works behold Both day and night ; how often from the fleep 68o Of echoing hill, or thicket, have we heard Ccrleflial voices to the midnight air, (Sole, or refponfive each to other's note) Singing their great Creator ; oft in bands While they kept watch, or nightly rounding walk, 685 With heav'nly touch of inftrumental founds, In full harmonic number join'd, their Tongs Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to heaven. Thus talking, hand in hand, alone they pars'd On to their blisful bow'r : it was a place 690 Chos'n by the fov'reign planter, when he fram'd All things to man's delightful ufe: the roof Of thickeil covert was inwoven trade Laurel and myrtle ; and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either fide 695 Acanthus, and each od'rous buthy Ihrub Fenc'd up the verdant wall : each beauteous flow'r, Iris all hues, rofes, and jeffamine Rear'd high their flourifh'dheads between, and wrought Mofaic ; underfoot the violet, 700 Crocus and Hyacinth, with rich inlay Broider'd the ground, more color'd than with flone Of wallet emblem : other creature here, Beaft,