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" But Fame with golden wings aloft doth flie,
away: Then who fo will with vertuous deeds aflay 425 To mount to heaven, on Pegasus must ride, And with sweete Poets verse be glorifide.
“ For not to have been dipt in Lethe lake,
“ Therefore in this halfe happie I doo read 435 Good Melibæ, that hath a Poet got To sing his living praises being dead,
Ver. 428. For not to have been dipt in Lethe lake, &c.] The lines are elegant; but the poet lhould have said “ Stygian lake." JORTIN, Ver. 432. Which made the Easterne Conquerour to crie, o fortunate yong-man, &c.]
Alexander Achillem prædicabat felicem, quod tantum virtutis suæ præconem invenisset.” Freinthemius, Suppl. in Q. Curtium, I. 4.
JORTIN, Spenser more probably drew this from Tully pro Archid : “ Atque is [Alexander] tamen cùm in Sigeo ad Achillis tumulum adftitiffet, О fortunate, inquit, Adolefcens, qui tuæ virtutis Homerum præconen inveneris.” T. WARTON.
Ver. 436. Good Melibæ, that hath a Poet got,] Sir Francis Wallingham, who died Apr. 6. 1590, is Melibæ. The
Deserving never here to be forgot,
“ Those two be those two great calamities,
“O griefe of griefes! O gall of all good heartes!
6" () vile worlds trust! that with such vaine illusion Hath so wise men bewitcht, and overkeft,
Poet is Thomas Watson, who published his “ Meliboeus, five Ecloga in Obitum Honoratiffimi viri Dom. Fr. Wallinghami, Equitis Aurati, &c. 4to. 1590.” OLDYS.
Ver. 440. Since whose decease, &c.] See Spenser's poem to bim, before the Faerie Queene. OLDYS.
Ver. 447. For he &c.] Lord Burleigh. See the Life of the Poet. This line is thus altered in the first folio:
" For such'as now have most the world at will, &c.” And, in the next ftanza the fingular him &c. is altered to the plural such &c. TODD.
That they fee not the way of their confusion:
“ And who fo els that fits in highest seate
Thus having ended all her piteous plaint,
Which when I missed, having looked long,
troubled braine, I felt such anguish wound my
feeble heart, That frosen horror ran through everie part.
So inlie greeving in my groning brest,
I SAW an Image, all of massie gold,
496 The holie brethren falsie to have praid.
Ver. 490. Like tragicke Pageants &c.] Spenser, as E. K. informs us, wrote a poem on these allegorical representations. See the Gloffe on June, Shep. Cal. Poflibly the following Emblems made a part of his labour on the subject. They represent the overthrow of Empire, of the Works of Art, of Pleasure, of Strength, and of Beauty, besides their manifest allufion to the hifiory of Sir Philip Sidney. Pageants were a fashionable exhibition in Spenser's time. See the second vol. of this edition, pp. ci. cii. TODD. Ver. 497. The holie brethren, &c.] See Daniel, iii. 15. &c.
But th' Altare, on the which this Image staid,
Next unto this a statelie Towre appeared, 505
heart was brust.
brickle] So the poet's own edition reads. The rest have altered it to brittle. But I con. cieve brickle to be the word intended by Spenser. It occurs in Cotgrave's old Fr. Dia. “ BRICKLE, full of brickes, fit for brickes, briqueur." TODD.