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Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown
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
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
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
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
754 Think what, and be advis’d, you are but young yet.
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
760. I hate when vice can bolt
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
And virtue has no tongue to check her pride.
« 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
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
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,
her yet more strongly. Come, no more,
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."