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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.

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Now, when the floathfull fit of lifes sweete rest
Had left the heavie Shepheard, wondrous cares
His inly grieved minde full sore opprest;
That balefull forrow he no longer beares 644
For that Gnats death, which deeply was imprest;
But bends what ever power his aged yeares
Him lent, yet being such, as through their might
He lately flue his dreadfull foe in fight.

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.

656

An heape of earth he hoorded up on hie,
Enclosing it with banks on everie fide,
And thereupon did raise full busily
A little mount, of greene turffs edifide ; 660
Ver. 660.

edifide;] Built. See the note on this word, F. Q. i. i. 34. TODD.

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And on the top of all, that paffers by
Might it behold, the toomb he did provide
Of smoothest marble stone in order set,
That never might his luckie fcape forget.

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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

flowe;

The purple Hyacinthe; and fresh Costmarie; 670
And Saffron, fought for in Cilician foyle;
And Lawrell, th’ornament of Phoebus toyle.
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i Fresh Rhododaphne; and the Sabine flowre, Matching the wealth of th' auncient Frankincence ;

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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 Bacchicaor “ 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 Box, yet mindfull of his olde offence;
Red Amaranthus, luckleffe paramour;
Oxeye still greene; and bitter Patience;
Ne wants there pale Narciffe, that, in a well
Seeing his beautie, in love with it fell.

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And whatsoever other flowre of worth,
And whatso other hearb of lovely hew,
The ioyous Spring out of the ground brings

forth,
To cloath her felfe in colours fresh and new;
He planted there, and reard a mount of earth,
In whose high front was writ as doth ensue.

To thee, small Gnat, in lieu of his life saved,
The Shepheard hath thy deaths record en-

graved.

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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.

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MOTHER HUBBERDS TALE.

By ED. SP.

DEDICATED TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE,

THE LADIE COMPTON AND MOUNTEGLE.

1591.

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