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Of some gay creatures of the element,
Comus thus describes to the lady her brothers: and after the fame manner a shepherd, in Iphigenia in Tauris, describes Pylades and Orestes to Iphigenia, the fifter of the latter.
Hic geminos juvenes vidit quidam
* Ver. 264.
I shall take this opportunity of pointing out one or two more of Milton's imitations; by which it will farther appear, how well he knew to make a borrowed thought or description his own, by the propriety of the application.
Michael thus speaks of what would happen to paradise in the universal deluge.
Then shall this mount
Delos, in Homer's hymn to Apollo, tells Latona, that he is unwilling that Apollo should be born in his island,
* Par. Loft, 11, 829. By the way, clang occurs in Shakespeare, in Milton's sense,
Have I not in a pitched battle heard
Tam. of Shrew, a. I. sc. 7.
Ενθ' εμε μεν μεγα Κυμα καλα κραθος αλoς αιει
In the same book, fome of the circumstances in Michael's account of the flood, seem to be drawn from an Ode of Casimir, entitled, Noe Vaticinium.
Sea cover'd fea,
Noah is introduced by Casimir, thus describing the effects of the food.
Aut ubi turrigere potentum
# Ibid 749.
Fefto choreas agmine plausimus,
Et vacuas Spaciosa cete
B. ii. c. v. f. vi.
upper marge Of his feven-folded fhield.
This seems to be Virgil's,
Clypei extremos feptemplicis orbest.
B. ii. c. v. f. xxxiii.
The SUGRED liquor thro' his melting lips.
SUGRED, to express exceffive sweetness, was a frequent epithet with the poets of this age, and with those of the ages before it. It answered to the mellitus of the romans.
B. ii. c. vi. f. viii.
But to weake wench did yeeld his martial might.
Some late editors of Shakespere have endeavoured to prove, that wench did not antiently carry with it the idea of meanness or infamy. But in this place it
+ Æn, 12. 925
* Lyricor, b. 4. od. 27. VOL. II.
plainly signifies a loose woman ; and in the following passages of Chaucer. January having suspected his wife May's conjugal fidelity, May answers,
I am a gentlewoman, and no wench
And in the House of Fame, Wench is coupled with groom,
Lord, and ladie, grome, and wencht.
And in the Manciple's Tale.
And for that tother is a pore woman,
We must allow notwithstanding, that it is used by Douglass without any dishonourable meaning. The following verse of Virgil,
Audetque viris concurrere VIRGO,
is thus expressed in the scotch Æneid :
This wensche stoutlye rencounter durft with men.
But I believe it will most commonly be found in the sense given it by Chaucer. In the Bible it is used for a girl, “ And a wench told him, &c.”
* Marchant's Tale, 1719.
+ Ver, 206.
1 Ver, 1796.