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Summer drouth, or singed air
groves of myrrh, and cinnamon.
couplet in Jonson's Mask at So of the imperial palace of Highgate, 1604.
Rome, P. R. iv. 54. Of sweete and severall sliding rills,
-Conspicuous far That streame from tops of those lesse Turrets and terraces. hills.
Milton was impressed with this T. Warton.
idea from his vicinity to Windsor 928. -or singed air
castle. T. Warton. Never scorch thy tresses fair,] 936. And here and there thy Sure we should read
banks upon &c.] We are all of -or scorching air
us apt to grow fond of the auNever singe thy tresses fair.
thors, whom we particularly
Warburton. study; and therefore Mr. Se. 932. May thy billows roll ashore and delicacy though not for pomp
ward generally prefers(for beauty The beryl, and the golden ore.] and majesty) the passages in the This is reasonable as a wish. Faithful Shepherdess which MilBut surely jewels were out of ton has imitated to Milton's imiplace here, on the supposition tations of them: but here he that they were the natural pro- himself is forced to allow, that ductions of Sabrina's stream. So this address to Sabrina is better of the groves of myrrh and cin- than Amoret's to the God of the namon upon her banks. A wish river upon a like occasion, and more conformable to the real Fletcher has no other advantage state of things would have been but that of writing first, act iii. more pleasing, as less unnatural. But we must not too severely
For thy kindness to me shown,
Never from thy banks be blown try poetry by truth and reality.
Any tree, with windy force, See above at v. 834, 891. T.
Cross thy streams, to stop thy course: Warton.
May no beast that comes to drink, 934. May thy lofty head be With his horns cast down thy brink; crown's
May none that for thy fish do look,
Cut thy banks to dam thy brook ; With many a low'r and terrace
Barefoot may no neighbour wade round.)
In thy cool streams wife nor maid,
Come, Lady, while Heav’n lends us grace, Let us fly this cursed place,
When the spawn on stones do lie, May never evet, nor the toade,
To wash their hemp, and spoil the fry. Within thy bankes make their abode : Mr. Seward farther remarks, that
Taking thy journey to the sea,
Maist thou ne'er happen in thy way the construction of the two last
On nitre or on brimstone myne, of Milton's lines is a little diffi
To spoyle thy taste. This spring of cult. To crown her head with thyne towers is true imagery; but to
Be ever fresh! Let no man dare crown her head upon her banks,
To spoyle thy fish, make lock or ware;
But on thy margent still let dwell will scarcely be allowed to be so.
Those flowers which have the sweetHe would therefore put a colon est smell; instead of a comma at the last And let the dust upon thy strand line but two, and then read
Become like Tagus' golden sand. And here and there thy banks upon
From a close parallelism of Be groves of myrrh, and cinnamon.
thought and incident, it is clear And after these verses is added that either Browne's pastoral imiin the Manuscript, Song ends. tates Fletcher's play, or the play
936. Mr. Calton says the phrase the pastoral. Most of B. and is Greek, “may thy banks be Fletcher's plays appeared after
crowned upon, &c." But if there 1616. But there is unluckily is any difficulty in these lines, it
no date to the first edition of the would be removed by placing a Faithful Shepherdess. It is, howcomma after there, and another
ever, mentioned in Davies's after upon. In prose upon thy Scourge of Folly, 1611. banks would have followed the
As Milton is supposed to have last line. E.
taken some hints in Comus from This votive address to Sabrina Peel's Old Wives Tale, I may was suggested to our author perhaps lengthen this note, by by that of Amoret. But the producing a passage from that form and subject, rather than writer's play, entitled The Love the imagery, is copied. Milton of King David and faire Bethis more sublime and learned, sabe, &c. edit. 1599. 4to. Fletcher more natural and easy.
I know not which poet wrote May that sweet plaine that beares her first: but in Browne's Britannia's pleasant weight
Be still enameld with discouloured Pastorals, certainly written not
flowers; after 1613, and printed in 1616, The precious fount beare sand of I find a similar vow, b. i. s. i. p.
purest gold, 28. Milton has some circum- And for the peble, let the silver stances which are in Browne and
That pierce earth's bowels to mainnot in Fletcher.
taine her force, -May first,
Play upon rubies, saphires, chryso. Quoth Marine, swaines give lambes to thee:
The brims let be embrac'd with May all thy floud have seignorie
golden curles Of all flouds else, and to thy fame Of mosse. Meete greater springes, yet keepe thy Let all the grasse that beautifies her
Lest the sorcerer us entice
940 With some other new device. Not a waste, or needless sound, Till we come to holier ground;. I shall be
faithful guide Through this gloomy covert wide,
954 And not many furlongs thence Is your
955 Come let us haste, the stars grow high, But night sits monarch yet in the mid sky.
The Scene changes, presenting Ludlow town and the President's castle; then come in country dancers, after them the attendant Spirit, with the two Brothers and the Lady.
Beare manna every morne instead of 956. Come let us haste, &c.] dew;
These two lines were thus at first Or let the dew be sweeter far than
in the Manuscript. that, That hanges like chaines of pearle on Come let us haste, the stars are high, Hermon's bill.
But night reigns monarch yet in the T. Warton.
mid sky. 948. Where this night are met And then Exeunt, and the folin state] In the Manuscript it lowing stage-direction, The Scene was at first,
changes, and then is presented Lud
low town and the President's castle; Where this night are come in state.
then enter country dances and such 951. All the swains that near like gambols, &c. At those sports abide] So we read in Milton's the Dæmon with the two Brothers Manuscript, and this reading we and the Lady enter. The Dæmon prefer to that of all the editions, sings.
All the swains that there abide.
960. Here be without duck or ledge in dancing.” And Draynod] “ Here are." By duck or ton, Polyolb. s. vi. nod, we are to understand the
Those delicater dames so trippingly affectations of obeisance. So in
to tread. K. Richard III. a. i. s. 3.
In the Midsummer Night's Duck with French nods and apish Dream, Oberon orders his fairies courtesy.
to dance after his ditty trippingly, Again, in Lear, a. i. s. 2.
a. ii. s. 5. But to trip seems to Than twenty silly ducking observants, have been the proper pace of a
That stretch their duties nicely. fairy. As above, v. 118. Compare Mids. N. Dr. a. iii. s. 1. Trip the pert faeries and the dapper
elves. Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies.
And at a Vacation Exercise, v. And Timon of Athens, « The 62. The fairy-ladies, , “ learned pate ducks to the golden Came tripping to the room where « fool.” a. iv. s. 3. It is the
thou didst lie. same word in Othello, a. ii. s. 1. Hence “night-tripping fairy," . And let the labouring bark climb
in First P. Henr. IV. a. i. s. ). hills of seas
In Drayton's Mus. Elys. Nymph. Olympus high, and duck again as low
viii. As hell's from heaven.
T. Warton. The tripping fairy tricks shall play
The evening of the wedding day. : 961. Other trippings to be trod Of lighter toes, &c.]
And in many more instances.
Trod is also technical. As in
-A swain who best could tread
Our country dances.
T. Warton. On the light fantastic toe. Where see the Notes. Compare
962. Of lighter toes, &c.] In Jonson, Cynth. Rev. a. ii. S. 4. the Manuscript these lines were : “Both the swimme and the trip thus at first,
mine: every body will Of nimbler toes, and courtly guise, « affirm it, that hath anie know- Such as Hermes did devise,
With the mincing Dryades
This second Song presents them to their Father and Mother.
Noble Lord, and Lady bright,
And sent them here through hard assays
964. With the mincing Dryades) Shepherds they weren of the best, So Drayton, of the Lancashire
And lived in lowly leas. lasses, Polyolb. 8. xxvii. vol. iii. Shakespeare, Tempest, act iv. p. 1183.
S. 3. -Ye so mincingly that tread.
Ceres, most bounteous Lady, thy
rich leas Again, ibid. p. 1185, and 1187.
Of wheat, rye, barley, fetches, oats, And in his Eclogues, vol. vii. p. 1417. where the word may Henry V. act v. s. S. hence be understood.
-her fallow leas Now Shepherds lay their winter The darnel, hemlock, and rank fu
mitory And in neat jackets minsen on the
Doth root upon. plain.
971. Their faith, their patience,] Jonson and Shakespeare use the The title to this song in the Maword in the same sense. T. War- nuscript is only 2 Song: and ton.
here he had written at first 964. Isa. iii. 16. The daughters patience, and then temperance, of Zion are haughty, and walk with and then patience again; and stretched forth necks, and wanton this latter is the better, because eyes, walking and mincing as they of intemperance following. go, or tripping nicely as in the
973. With a crown of deathless margin of the Bible. Richard- praise,] At first he had written, son.
To a crown of deathless bays. 965. on the leas.] An old word for pastures or corn-fields. And in the Manuscript the Spenser, "Shepherd's Calendar, stage-direction following is, The July.
Dæmon sings or says.