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Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown
In courts, in feasts, and high solemnities,
Where most may wonder at the workmanship;
It is for homely features to keep home,
They had their name thence; coarse complexions

seene, &c.

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Than that, which withering on the Offer themselves on purpose to be

virgin thorn, Grows, lives, and dies, in single But a parallelism is as perceptibly

T. Warton.

marked, in this passage from

Daniel's Complaint of Rosamond, 745. Beauty is nature's brag, st. 74. Works, Lond. 1601. fol. and must be shewn

Signat. M. iiij. In courts, in feasts, and high

What greater torment ever could solemnities, &c.]

have beene, So Fletcher, Faith. Sheph. a. i. Than to inforce the faire to live res. 1. vol. iii. p. 124.


For what is beautie, if not to be seene, Give not yourself to loneness, and Or what is't to be seene, if not adthose graces

mir'd, Hide from the eyes of men, that were And, though admir'd, unless it love intended

desired To live among us swains.

Never were cheekes of roses, lockes But this argument is pursued

of amber,

Ordained to live imprison'd in a more at large in Drayton's Epis

chamber! tle above quoted. I will give

Nature created beautie for the view, some of the more palpable resem

&c. blances.

Mr. Bowle adds a stanza of BraFie, peevish girl, ungratefull unto gadocchio's address to Belphabe, ,

nature, Did she to this end frame thee such

in the Faerie Queene, ii. iii. 39. à creature,

But what art thou, O Lady, which That thou her glory should increase

doost range thereby,

In this wilde forest, where no pleaAnd thou alone should'st scorne so.

sure is ; ciety?

And doost not it for joyous court ex. Why, heaven made beauty, like her.

change, &c. self, to view,

T. Warton. Not to be shut up in a smoakie mew. A rosy-tinctur'd feature is heaven's

748. It is for homely features gold, Which all men joy to touch, and to

to keep home,] The same turn behold, &c.

and manner of expression is in

the Two Gentlemen of Verona, Here we have at least our au

at the beginning; thor's “ What need a vermeil“ tinctured lip for that?" And Home-keeping youth have again,

homely wits. All things that faire, that pure, that

749. -coarse complexions] It glorious bcene,

was at first coarse beetle-brows.




And cheeks of sorry grain will serve to ply
The sampler, and to tease the huswife's wool.
What need a vermeil-tinctur'd lip for that,
Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn?
There was another meaning in these gifts,

754 Think what, and be advis’d, you are but young yet.

I had not thought to have unlock'd my lips
In this unhallow'd air, but that this juggler
Would think to charm my judgment, as mine eyes,
Obtruding false rules prank'd in reason's garb.
I hate when vice can bolt her arguments,



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751. The sampler, and to tease 759.-prank'd in reason's garb.) &c.] In the Manuscript it is Dressed, clad. So Shakespeare, The sample, or to tease the huswife's

- your high self, wool.

The gracious mark o' th' land, you

have obscur'd The word tease is commonly

With a swain's wearing, and me, used in a metaphorical sense,

poor lowly maid, but here we have it in its proper Most Goddess-like prankt up. and original signification, carpere, Winter's Tale. Peck. vellere. See Skinner, Junius, &c.

Prank implies a false or af- N 752. -Vermeil-tinctur'd] Edward Bendlowes has this epithet Heroic. Epist. vol. i. p. 335.

fected decoration. Drayton, to cheek in his Theophila, cant.

. i. st. 21. Lond. 1652. We have To prank old wrinkles up in new

attire. love-darting in Sylvester's Du

T. Warton.
Bartas, p. 399. ed. fol.
Whoso beholds her sweet love

760. I hate when vice can bolt
darting eyn.

her arguments,] That is, sift. So

T. Warton. Chaucer, 755. Think what, and be But I ne cannot boulte it to the

brenne, advis'd, you are but young yet.] He had written at first,

Warburton. Think what, and look upon this

In the construction of a mill, a Ni cordial julep,

part of the machine is called the and then followed the verses

boulting-mill, which separates which are inserted from ver.

the flour from the bran. Chaucer,

Nonnes Pr. T. 1355. 672 to 705. 756. I had not thought &c.]

But I ne cannot bolt it to the brenne, The six following lines are

As can that holy doctor saint Austen. spoken aside. Sympson. That is, “I cannot argue, and

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And virtue has no tongue to check her pride.
Impostor, do not charge most innocent Nature,
As if she would her children should be riotous
With her abundance; she good cateress
Means her provision only to the good,
That live according to her sober laws,
And holy dictate of spare temperance:
If every just man, that now pines with want,
Had but a moderate and beseeming share
Of that which lewdly-pamper'd luxury
Now heaps upon some few with vast excess,
Nature's full blessings would be well dispens’d
In unsuperfluous even proportion,
And she no whit incumber'd with her store,
And then the giver would be better thank’d,






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« sift the matter to the bottom, reasons are as two grains of “ with the subtilty of saint " wheat hid in two bushels of “ Austin." So Spenser, F. Q. ii. “ chaff; you shall seek all day iv. 24.

ere you find them, &c.” The Saying he now had boulted all the meaning of the whole context is floure.

“ I am offended when vice

“pretends to dispute and reason, And our author himself, Animad.

for it always uses sophistry." Remonstr. Def. &c. “ To sift T. Warton. “ Mass into no Mass, and popish

Bp. Newton indeed rather “ into no popish: yet saving this understands the word, to dart, to “ passing fine sophisticall boulting shoot, from the substantive bolt “ hutch, &c.” Pr. W. vol. i. 84. for arrow. And Dr. Johnson In some of the Inns of Court, I explains to bolt, “ to blurt out believe the exercises or disputa- or throw out precipitantly," tions in law are still called boult

citing the passage before us. ings. So Shakespeare,s Coriolan. See his Dictionary. But he has act iii. s. 1.

not less than six quotations Is ill school'd

which exhibit, in fact, the metaIn boulted language, meal and bran phorical sense of the word here together

contended for by Warburton He throws without distinction.

and Warton, and which tend to It is the same allusion in the confirm their interpretation of it. Merch. of Ven. act i. s. 1. “ His E.


His praise due paid ; for swinish gluttony
Ne'er looks to Heav'n amidst his gorgeous feast,
But with besotted base ingratitude
Crams, and blasphemes his feeder. Shall I go on?
Or have I said enough? To him that dares 780
Arm his profane tongue with contemptuous words
Against the sun-clad pow'r of Chastity,
Fain would I something say, yet to what end?
Thou hast nor ear, nor soul to apprehend
The sublime notion, and high mystery,

That must be utter'd to unfold the sage
And serious doctrine of virginity,
And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know
More happiness than this thy present lot.
Enjoy your dear wit, and


That hath so well been taught her dazzling fence,
Thou art not fit to hear thyself convinc'd;
Yet should I try, the uncontrolled worth
Of this pure cause would kindle my rapt spirits
To such a flame of sacred vehemence,



779. -Shall I go on?] From Compare v. 453. et seq. hence to ver. 806. in Comus's

So dear to heav'n is saintly chastity, speech, that is twenty-seven verses, are not in the Manuscript, but were added afterwards. And see the notes, P. L. viii. 589.

785. The sublime notion, and and 615. E. high mystery, &c.] That Milton's 791. That hath so well been notions about love and chastity taught her dazzling fence,] We were extremely refined and deli- have the substantive fence in cate, not only appears from this Shakespeare, Much ado about poem, but also from

many pas

Nothing, act v. s. 1. sages in his prose-works, par- Despight his nice fence, and his active ticularly in the Apology for practice. Smectymnuus, where he is defending himself against the And King John, act ii. s. 3. charge of lewdness which his Teacle us some fence. adversaries had very unjustly

T. Warton. laid against him. Thyer.


That dumb things would be mov'd to sympathize,
And the brute earth would lend her nerves, and shake,
Till all thy magic structures rear'd so high,
Were shatter'd into heaps o’er thy false head.

She fables not, I feel that I do fear
Her words set off by some superior power;
And though not mortal, yet a cold shudd'ring dew
Dips me all o'er, as when the wrath of Jove
Speaks thunder, and the chains of Erebus
To some of Saturn's crew. I must dissemble,

her yet more strongly. Come, no more,
This is mere moral babble, and direct
Against the canon laws of our foundation;
I must not suffer this, yet 'tis but the lees


And try

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797. And the brute earth, &c.] Pr. W. i. 211. In his book on The unfeeling earth would sym- Reformation, he speaks of " an pathise and assist

. It is Horace's “insulting and only canon-wise 5. Bruta tellus," Od. i. xxxiv. prelate.” Pr. W. vol. i. 7. And 11. T. Warton.

his arguments on Divorce, af800. She fables not, &c.] These ford frequent opportunities of six lines too are aside. Sympson. exposing what he calls the Igno

807. This is mere moral babble, rance and Iniquity of the Canon&c.] These lines were thus at Law. See particularly, ch. iii. first in the Manuscript.

T. Warton. This is mere moral stuff, the very lees

809.--Yet 'tis but the lees And settlings of a melancholy blood:

And settlings of a melancholy But this will cure all strait, &c.


I like the Manuscript reading 808. Against the canon laws of

best, our foundation.] Canon laws, a

“ This is mere moral stuff, the very joke! Warburton.

lees,” Here is a ridicule on establishments, and the

Yet is bad. But very inaccurate. Jaw

Hurd. now greatly encouraged by the church. Perhaps on the Canons

So in Sams. Agon. 599. of the Church, now rigidly

Believe not these suggestions, which enforced, and at which Milton


From anguish of the mind and frequently glances in his prose humours black, tracts. He calls Gratian is the

That mingle with the fancy, “ compiler of canon-iniquity."

T. Warton.



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