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And the gilded car of day
locks with rosy
in u wild and antic fashion. In- In allusion to the same kind of trant καμαζοντες.
metaphors employed by the 93. The star that bids the shep- Psalmist, xix. 5. The sun as a herd fold,] A pastoral way of bridegroom cometh out of his chamcounting time. So Virgil, Ecl. ber, and rejoiceth as a strong man vi. 85.
to run a race. Cogere donec oves stabulis numerum
your que referre
twine, Jussit, et invito processit Vesper Dropping odours, dropping
wine.] and Georg. iv. 434.
This is perfectly in the spirit Vesper ubi e pastu vitulos ad tecta
and manner of Anacreon, who
used to be crowned with roses, reducit.
and anointed with sweet oint93. Shakespeare calls the morning-star, the unfolding star. Meas. Od. 5.
ments, while he was drinking. for Meas. a. iv. s. 3. T. Warton. 97. In the steep Atlantic stream
Το ροδον το καλλιφυλλον So altered in the Manuscript
Πινομεν άβρα γελωντες. from Tartarean stream.
And again Od. 15. and in other 99. -the dusky pole,]. In the
places. Manuscript it is northern: dusky is the marginal reading.
Εμοι μελει μυροισι
Καταβρεχειν υπηκης" 100, Pacing toward the other
Εμοι μελει ροδοισι goal
Καταστεφειν κάρηνα. Of his chamber in the east.] 108. And Advice with scrupu
Strict Age, and sour Severity
lous head,] It was at first in the move ;] The morrice or Moorish Manuscript,
dance was first brought into And quick Laro with her scrupulous England, as I take it, in Edward head,
the Third's time, when John of 108. The MS. reading is the Gaunt returned from Spain, best. It is not the essential attri- where he had been to assist his bute of Advice to be scrupulous; father-in-law, Peter king of Casbut it is of quick law, or watchful tile, against Henry the Bastard. law, to be so. Warburton.
Peck. It was however in character In the Morgante Maggiore of for Comus to call advice, scrupu- Pulci, we have “Balli alla molous. It was his business to de. resea,” which he gives to the preciate advice at the expense of age of Charlemagne. Cant. iv. 92. truth. T. Warton.
T. Warton. 110. With their grave saws]
117. And on the tawny sands] Saws, sayings, maxims. So Shake So altered in the Manuscript speare, As you like it, act ii. sc. 9. from yellow sands. Full of wise saws.
118. Trip the pert faeries] See Hamlet, act i. sc. 8.
the note, Comus, 961. E.
119. --fountain brim] This I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
was the pastoral language of All saws of books.
Milton's age. So Drayton, Bar. 114. Lead in swift round] It W. vi. 36. and Warner's Albion's was first written, Lead with swift England, b. ix. 46. We have round.
ocean-brim in P. L. v. 140. T. 116. --in wavering morrice Warton.
Night hath better sweets to prove,
123. Night hath better] In the Spettcth his lightning forth. Manuscript Night has better.
And Spenser has, fire-spetting 129. Dark-veil'd Cotytto,] The forge, F. Q. ii. viii. 3. T. Wurton. Goddess of impudence, originally
133. And makes one blot of all a strumpet, had midnight sacrifices at Athens. She is here there- bad first written And makes a
the air,) In the Manuscript he fore very properly said to be blot of nature, and afterwards dark-veil'd. Her dues or rites
And throws a blot o'er all the air, were called Colytlia, and her
and then corrected it as it stands priests Baptæ ; because they, at present.
. who were initiated into her mys
134. Stay thy cloudy ebon chair, teries, were sprinkled with warm &c.] In the Manuscript these water. See Peck, and Juvenal
lines at first run thus,
Stay thy polish'd ebon chair,
Till all thy dues be done, and nought
Wherein thou rid'st with Hecate, 132. —spits her thickest gloom,]
And favour our close jocondrie, So Drayton of an exhalation or cloud. Bar. W. ü. 35. without and then altered to what they a familiar or low sense.
are at present. VOL. IV.
Ere the blabbing eastern scout,
139. -nice morn] A finely This sufficiently explains what chosen epithet, expressing at once is meant by the measure followcurious and squeamish. Hurd. ing; which, says Mr. Peck, is
140. From her cabin'd loophole an old way of expression for the peep,] So appearing to them dance, as in Shakespeare, King who see the morning break from Henry VIII. act i, sc. 7. the midst of a wood, at loopholes cut through thickest shade. Para
Good, my Lord Cardinal, I have half
a dozen healths dise Lost, ix. 1110. Cantic. vi.
To drink to these fair ladies, and a 10. Who is she that looketh forth as the morning ? Richardson. To lead them once again ; and then Milton here perhaps imitated
Who's best in favour. Fletcher's beginning of his fifth act of the Faithful Shepherdess. In Milton's Manuscript the last See the blushing morn doth peep
line was thus at first, Through the window, while the sun,
With a light and frolic round. &c. 140. —-cabin'd] Rather cabin's. And then follows, The measure Comus is describing the morning in a wild, rude, and wanton antic. contemptuously, as it was un- 143. Compare Fletcher, Faitha welcome and unfriendly to his ful Shepherdess, a. i. s. 1. secret revels. Compare also
Arm in arm Drayton, Mus. Elyz. ed. 1630. Tread we softly in a round,
While the hollow neighbouring The sun out of the east doth peepe, &c.
ground, &c. T. Warton. And Jonson, in his Masques. 141. --the tell-tale sun] This In motions swift and meet epithet alludes to the fable of The happy ground to beat. the sun's discovering Mars and And Shakespeare, Mids. N. Dr. Venus together, and telling tales
a. iv, s. 1. to Vulcan. Odyss. viii. 302. Hέλιος γαρ οι σκοπιην εχεν, ειπε τι μυθον.
Sound music, Come, my queen, take
hand with me, 143. Come, knit hands, and
And rock the ground whereon these beat the ground
sleepers be. In a light fantastic round.
The Measure. Break off, break off, I feel the different
pace Of some chaste footing near about this ground. Run to your shrouds, within these brakes and trees; Our number may affright: some virgin sure (For so I can distinguish by mine art) Benighted in these woods. Now to my charms, And to my wily trains ; I shall ere long Be well-stock'd with as fair a herd as graz'd About
mother Circe. Thus I hurl
145. —I feel the different pace 153. Thus I hurl &c.] The &c.] The following lines be- lines following were thus in the fore they were altered in the Manuscript at first. Manuscript run thus,
My powder'd spells into the spuogy -I hear the different pace
air Of some chaste fooling near about Of pow'r to cheat the eye with sleight this ground.
(or blind) illusion, Some virgin sure benighted in these And give it false presentments, else woods ;
the place &c. For so I can distinguish by mine art. Run to your shrouds within these 153.. -Thus I hurl brakes, and trees ;
My dazzling spells into the Our number may affright.
spungy air.] And in the margin is written, B. Fletcher, Faith. Shep. act iii. They all scatter.
s. 1. 151. -wily trains ;] Rightly
I strew these herbs to purge the air : altered from what he had first
Let your odour drive from hence written in his Manuscript,
All mists that dazzle sense, &c.
Compare Par. L. viii. 457. T. And to my mother's charms
Warlon. for the charms described are not 157. quaint] See notes, from the classical pharmacopæa, Sams. Agon. 1303. and Arcades, but the Gothic. Warburton. 47., T. Warton.