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And let the fitting aire my vaine words
sever.” Thus having said, he heavily departed 639 With piteous crie, that anie would have smarted.
Now, when the floathfull fit of lifes sweete rest
By that same river lurking under greene,
1. Eftsoones he gins to fashion forth a place; 650 And, fquaring it in compaffe well befeene, There plotteth out a tombe by measured space: His yron-headed spade tho making cleene, To dig up fods out of the flowrie grasse, His worke he shortly to good purpose brought, Like as he had conceiy'd it in his thought.
An heape of earth he hoorded up on hie,
edifide;] Built. See the note on this word, F. Q. i. i. 34. TODD.
And on the top of all, that paffers by
And round about he taught sweete flowres to
growe; The Rofe engrained in pure scarlet die; The Lilly fresh; and Violet belowe'; The Marigolde; and cherefull Rosemarie ; The Spartan Mirtle, whence sweet gumb does
The purple Hyacinthe; and fresh Costmarie; 670
i Fresh Rhododaphne; and the Sabine flowre, Matching the wealth of th' auncient Frankincence ;
น Ver. 669. The Spartan Mirtle,] “ Spartica Myrtus,” which, whatever it be, is not Spartan., Spenser adds, " whence sweet gumb does flowe;" which is an insertion of his own. JORTIN.
Dr. Jortin adds the conjecture of a friend, that it should be “ Bacchica” or “ Bacchia Myrtus," as the Myrtus was sacred to Bacchus ; which is illustrated by a reference to Athenæus, and hy passages from Euripides and Aristophanes. The reader, who confults Heyne, will' find Aßartica, Parthiea, Memphicu, Nilotica, &c. to have been proposed as the epithet. Heyne's emendation, however, is merely Spartanaque instead of et Spartica. : TODD. Ver. 673.
the Sabine flowre Matching the wealth &c.] A strange translation
And pallid Yvie, building his owne bowre; 675
And whatsoever other flowre of worth,
To thee, small Gnat, in lieu of his life saved,
of “ Herbaque thuris opes prifcis imitata Sabinis. (Sabina.]" Herba Sabina priscis Romanis pro ture adolebatur: Scaliger.
JORTIN. Ver. 676. And Box, yet mindfull of his olde offence;} “ Et Pocchus Libyæ Regis memor.” Thus any thing may be made out of any thing. TORTIN.
I may not dismiss the learned reader with Dr. Jortin's pleafantry on Spenser, without citing also the observation of Heyne on Bocchus : “ Quod aliunde non conftat, ex hoc loco discimus, forem fuise Bocchi NOMINE insignitum. Rex ille Mauritaniæ facile hunc honorem consequi potuit Jubæ Regis beneficio, quem cum de aliis rerum naturis tum de plantis fcripfiffe ex Plinio tenemus, &c." TODD.