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Her high birth, and graces fweet,
Quickly found a lover meet;
The virgin-quire for her request
The God that fits at marriage-feast.

The poet when he wrote request had forgot that his former preter-imperfect tense, found, was formed without the fign did.

It may not be impertinent to remark, that the Marchioness lamented in this Epitaph of Milton, is probably the fame with that celebrated by Jonfon, in an Elegie on the Lady ANNE PAWLETT, Marchioness of WINTON; the beginning of which Pope seems to have thought of, when he wrote his pathetic Verfes to the Memory of an Unfortunate LADY.

Jonfon begins his Elegic,

What gentle ghoft, befprent with April dew,
Hayles me fo folemnly to yonder yew?
And beck'ning wooes me, &c*.

In the same strain Pope beautifully breaks out,

What beck'ning ghost along the moonlight shade,
Invites my fteps, and points to yonder glade?
'Tis fhet.

In the UNDERWOOD.

+Bifh. Warburton's edit. vol. 1.

As

As Jonfon now lies before me, I may perhaps be pardoned for pointing out another passage in him, which Pope probably remembered when he wrote the following.

From shelves to fhelves fee greedy Vulcan roll,
And lick up all their phyfic of the foul *.

Thus Jonfon, fpeaking of a parcel of books,

These, hadft thou pleas'd either to dine or fup,
Had made a meale, for VULCAN TO LICK UP t.

I fhall now produce fome inftances of Spenfer's confused conftruction.

B. i. c. iii. f. xii.

Till feeing by her fide the lyon ftand

With fudden feare her pitcher downe she threw,
And fled away; for never in that land

Face of faire lady did the ever view,

And that dred Lyons looke her caft in deadly hew.

After having told us, that feeing the lyon stand by her, fhe fled away for fear, he adds, that this was because she had never feen a lady before, which certainly was no reason why she should fly from the lyon.

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What our author intended to exprefs here, was, that "at seeing the lyon, and fo beautiful a lady, an ob“ject never seen before in that country, she was "affrighted, and fled."

B. i. c. vi. f. v.

He gan the fort affaile,
Whereof he weend poffeffed foone to bee,
And with rich spoile of ranfackt chastitie.

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Of which he weend foone to be possessed, is not improper; but, to be poffeffed with rich spoile, &c. is very inaccurate. Here feems to be likewife fomewhat of an elleipfis, and I think he should have said, rich Spoile of ITS ranfackt chaftitie.

B. i. c. x. f. xl.

The fourth appointed by his office was
Poor prifoners to relieve with gracious ayde,
And captives to redeeme with price of brass,
From Turks and Sarazins which them had ftaid.
And though they faultie were, yet well he waid
That God to us forgiveth everie howre,
Much more than that why they in bands were laid.

The poet fays, that his office was to relieve PRISONERS, and to redeem CAPTIVES with money from turkish

turkish flavery; who, though guilty of crimes, yet he confidered that god every hour pardons crimes much greater than those for which they were imprisoned. -By this it should seem, that those enslaved by the Turks were guilty of crimes, &c. but the poet would fignify by they faultie were, the prisoners first mentioned, who were deservedly imprisoned on account of their crimes.

Another inftance of our author's inaccuracy, is, his tautology, or repetition of the fame circumstances. B. iv. c. xii. f. i.

For much more eath to tell the ftarres on hy,

Albe they endleffe feeme, &c.

Then to recount the feas pofteritie.

The difficulty of numbering the deities present at the marriage of Thames and Medway, he expreffes in the fame manner, in the stanza immediately preceding.,

The which more eath it were for mortall wight,
To tell the fands, or count the ftarres on hye.

B. vi. c. vi. f. iv.

For whylome he had been a doughty knight,
As any one that lived in his dayes,
And proved oft in many a perilous fight,
In which he grace and glory won alwaies ;

And

And in all battles bore away the bayes;
But being now attackt with timely age
And wearie of this world's unquiet waies,
He tooke himfelfe unto this hermitage.

All this we were told a few lines before.

And foothly it was faid by common fame,
So long as age enabled him thereto,
That he had been a man of mickle name,
Renouned much in arms, and derring doe;
But being aged now, and weary too
Of warres delights, and worlds contentious toyle,
The name of knighthood he did difavow,

And hanging up his arms, and warlike spoile,
From all the worlds incumbrance did himselfe affoile.
C. v. f. 37.
To this head we may refer the redundancies of a word.

B. iii. c. vi. f. xi.

It fortuned faire Venus having loft

Her little fon, the winged god of love,

xii.

Him for to feeke SHE left her heavenly house.

SHE is unneceffary in the laft line, as FAIRE VENÙS is the nominative cafe. Other inftances of this fault

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