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That mingle with thy fancy. I however
Sams. O that torment should not be confin'd
My griefs not only pain me
* Todd 627 Medicinal] Milton always spells this word · Medcinal.'
Nor breath of vernal air from snowy Alp.
I was his nursling once, and choice delight,
650 The close of all my miseries, and the balm.
Chor. Many are the sayings of the wise,
With studied argument, and much persuasion
God of our fathers, what is man!
675 Grow up and perish, as the summer fly, Heads without names no more remember'd, But such as thou hast solemnly elected, With gifts and graces eminently adorn'd To some great work, thy glory, And people's safety, which in part they effect : Yet toward these thus dignified, thou oft
619 contrarious] Chaucer, Leg. of Dido, 435.
Todd. summer fly] Hen. VI. P. iii., act ii. sc. vi. • The common people swarm like summer flies.' Todd.
Amidst their height of noon,
Nor only dost degrade them, or remit To life obscur’d, which were a fair dismission, But throw'st them lower than thou didst exalt them
high, Unseemly falls in human eye,
090 Too grievous for the trespass of omission ; Oft leav'st them to the hostile sword Of heathen and profane, their carcasses To dogs and fowls a prey, or else captív'd ; 64 Or to the unjust tribunals, under change of times, And condemnation of the ingrateful multitude. If these they scape, perhaps in poverty With sickness and disease thou bow'st them down, Painful diseases and deform’d, In crude old age: Though not disordinate, yet causeless suff'ring The punishment of dissolute days: in fine, Just or unjust, alike seem miserable, For oft alike both come to evil end.
So deal not with this once thy glorious champion, The image of thy strength, and mighty minister. What do I beg ? how hast thou dealt already!
64 dogs) Hom. Il. i. 4. Newton.
700 crude] Premature, coming before its time, as • Cruda funera' in Statius. Jortin.
Behold him in this state calamitous, and turn
But who is this? what thing of sea or land ? 710
710 who is this] * Sed hic quis est, quem huc advenientem conspicor, . Suam qui undantem chlamydem quassando facit ?'
Plauti Epid. act. iii. sc. 3. 714 a stately ship] This passage may be well illustrated by a quotation from a Sermon called Wilkinson's Merchant Royall,' preached at the nuptials of the Lord Hay, in 1607 4to. The text is from Proverbs, xxxi, 14. She is like a Merchants shippe, she bringeth her foode from afarre! “ But of all qualities, a woman must not have one quality of a ship, and that is, too much rigging. Oh! what a wonder it is to see a ship under saile, with her tacklings and her masts, and her tops, and her top-gallants, with her upper deckes, and her nether deckes, and so bedeckt with her streamers, flags, and ensignes, and I know not what; yea, but a world of wonders it is to see a woman created in God's image, so miscreate oft times and deformed with her French, her Spanish, and her foolish fashions, that he that made her, when hee lookes upon her, shall hardlie know her, with her plumes, her fannes, and a silken vizard, with a ruffe like a saile, yea, a ruffe like a rainebow, with a feather in her cap, like a flag in her top, to tell, I think, which way the winde will blowe.”, p. 15.