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WHAT wrath of gods, or wicked influence
What difference twixt man and beast is left,
th' heavenlie light of Knowledge is put ...:
In this wide world in which they wretches stray,
Sovenance ?]' Fr. Jouvenance, remembrance. All the editions indeed read" foverance, a word without meaning. I have therefore ventured' to print what I suppose the poet intended; for fovenance conveys a distinct and solemn sentiment, “ in darkness without remembrance, i. e.. where all things are forgotten." TODD.
Through Knowledge we behould the worlds
creation, How 'in his cradle first he fostred was ; 500 And iudge of Natures cunning operation, How things the formed of a formleffe mas: By Knowledge wee do learne our felves to
knowe, And what to man, and what to God, wee owe.
From hence wee mount aloft unto the skie, 505
ment, The Spirites and Intelligences fayre, And Angels waighting on th’Almighties chayrë.
And there, with humble minde and high infight,
sii Th' Eternall Makers maiestie wee viewe, His love, his truth, his glorie, and his might, And mercie more then mortall men can vew. O foveraigne Lord, O foveraigne happinesse, To see thee, and thy mercie measurelesle! 516
Such happines have they, that do embrace
Have they, that scorne the schoole of Arts
divine, And banish me, which do professe the skill To make men heavenly wise through humbled
However yet they mee despise and spight,
Thence I behold the miserie of men,
plaine, And for
my Sisters eake whom they disdaine.
With that thee wept and waild fo pityouslie, 535
So ended shee; and then the next in rew Began her mournfull plaint, as doth ensew. 540
POLYHYMNI A. A DOLEFULL case defires a dolefull fong, Without vaine art or curious complements ; And squallid Fortune, into basenes flong, Doth scorne the pride of wonted ornaments. Then fittest are these ragged rimes for mee, 545 To tell
my forrowes that exceeding bee.
For the sweet numbers and melodious measures,
Heapes of huge words uphoorded hideously,
these ragged rimes] See the note on the Epistle to the Shep. Cal. vol. i. and F. Q. i. xii. 23.
TODD. Ver. 548.
winged words] Homer's iTea slepórta. TODD. VOL. VII.
Whilom in ages past none might professe
But now nor Prince nor Priest doth her maintayne,
565 But suffer her prophaned for to bee Of the base vulgar, that with hands uncleane Dares to pollute her hidden mysterie ; And treadeth under foote hir holie things, Which was the care of Kefars and of Kings. 570
One onelie lives, her ages ornament,
Most peereles Prince, most peereles Poëteffe,
- p'laces] That is, palaces. The word is printed in the original edition with the elifion, as I have printed it. Moderu editions read places. TODD.