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1802. Excerpt: ... JERUSALEM DELIVERED. BOOK I. Arms, and the chief
I fing, whose righteous hands Redeem'd the tomb of Christ from
impious bands; Who much in council, much in field fustain'd, Till
just success his glorious labours gain'd: In rain the powers of
hell oppos'd his course, And Asia's arms, and Lybia's mingled
force; Heaven bless'd his standards, and beneath his care Reduc'd
his wandering partners of the war. O sacred Muse2 who ne'er, in
Ida's shade, With fading laurels deck'st thy radiant head; "O
sacred Muses-- Some Italian commentators suppose the poet intends
the Virgin Mary; thus likewise mentioned by Petrarch, Coronata di
Jlefle, --but it probably means no more than a general appeal to
some celestial being, in opposition to the Pagan theology. But
sitt'st enthron'd, with stars immortal crown'd n Where blissful
choirs their hallow'd strains resound; Do thou inflame me with
celestial fire, Assist my labours, and my song inspire: Forgive me,
if with truth I fiction join, And grace the verse with other charms
than thine. Thou know'st, the world with eager transport throng
Where sweet Parnassus breathes the tuneful song; That truth can
oft, in pleasing strains convey'd, . Allure the fancy, and the mind
persuade. Thus the sick infant's tasteb disguis'd to meet, We tinge
the vessel's brim with juices sweet; The bitter draught his willing
lip receives; He drinks deceiv'd, and so deceiv'd he lives. Thus
Milton: Descend from heaven, Urania, by that name If rightly thou
art call'd, whose voice divine Following, above th' Olympian hill I
soar, Above the flight of Fegasean wing. The meaning, not the name,
I call: for thou Nor of the Muses nine, nor on the top Of old
Olympian dwell'ft Paradise Lost, Book vii. v. I. h Thus the Jick
infant's taste--- This admired simile is ...
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