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Thus night oft see me in thy pale carreer,
Till civil-suited morn appear,
Not trickt and frounct as she was wont
With the Attic boy to hunt,
But kercheft in a comely cloud,

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While rocking winds are piping loud,
Or usher'd with a shower still,
When the gust hath blown his fill,
Ending on the russling leaves,
With minute drops from off the eaves, 130
And when the fun begins to fling
His faring beams, me Goddess bring

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legorical poetry it may be said with 123. Not trickt and frounct as fhe
great truth and propriety, that more was wont
is meant than meets the ear. And With the Attic boy to hunt,]
thus in these two little poems Mil. Shakespear calls dress tricking. Mrs.
ton makes his compliments to our Page in the Merry Wives of Wind-
greatest English poets, Johnson and for --Go get us properties and
Shakespear, Chaucer and Spenser. tricking for our faeries. Frounce is

another word to the same purpose, 122. Till civil-suited morn appear,] fignifying much the same as frizled, Paradise Regain'd. IV.426.

crisped, curled. The Attic boy is till morning fair Cephalus, with whom Aurora fell Came forth with pilgrim fteps in in love as he was hunting. Sec

Richardson. Peck, and Ovid. Met. VII. 701. Shakespear for the same reason says

125. But kercheft in a comely of night, Romeo and Juliet Act 3.

cloud,) Kerchef is a head dress

from the French, couvre chef; a Come civil night, word used by Chaucer and ShakeThou sober-suited matron, all in spear. Julius Cæsar, A& 2. Sc. 3. black,

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To arched walks of twilight groves,
And shadows brown that Sylvan loves
Of pine, or monumental oak,

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Where the rude ax with heaved stroke
Was never heard the Nymphs to daunt,
Or fright them from their hallow'd haunt.
There in close covert by some brook,
Where no profaner eye may look,

140 Hide me from day's garish eye, While the bee with honied thie, That at her flow'ry work doth sing, And the waters murmuring With such confort as they keep,

145 Entice the dewy-feather'd feep; And let some strange mysterious dream Wave at his wings in aery stream

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141. -day's gariska eye,] Gariste, .

, 148. Wavë at bis wings] Wave {plendid, gaudy. A word in Shake- is used here as a verb neuter. {pear. Richard III. Act 4. Sc. 4.

151. - fweet mufic breathe &c ] a garish flag. This thought is taken from ShakeRomeo and Juliet. At 3. Sc. 4.

spear's Tempeft. Fortin.

4 all the world shall be in love 158. - pillars masly proof,] That with night,

is proof against a great weight. So And pay no worship to the garish in the poem of Arcades fun.

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Of lively portraiture display'd,
Softly on my eye-lids laid.
And as I wake, sweet mufic breathe
Above, about, or underneath,
Sent by some Spirit to mortals good,
Or th’ unseen Genius of the wood.
But let my due feet never fail
To walk the studious cloysters pale,
And love the high embowed roof,
With antic pillars mafly proof,
And storied windows richly dight,
Casting a dim religious light.
There let the pealing organ blow,
To the full voic'd quire below,
In service high, and anthems clear,
As

may with sweetness, through mine ear,

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Where awful arches make a noon.

day night, that is which will resist the evil in,

And the dim windows shed a fou fluence of the planets. It is a vul

lemn light. gar superstition that one species. 161. There let the pealing organ of elm has that virtue.

blow, &c] This Mows chat Warburton.

Milton, however mistaken in other tóc. Cafting a dim religious light.) respects, did not run into the enMr. Pope has imitated this in his thufiaftic madnefs of that fanatic Eloisa to Abelard. ver. 143- age againit Church Music. Thyer.

167. And may at last

Diffolve me into extasies,

165 And bring all Heav'n before mine eyes. And

my weary age Find out the peaceful hermitage, The hairy gown and moffy cell, Where I may fit and rightly spell

170 Of every star that Heav'n doth shew, , And

every herb that sips the dew;
Till old experience do attain
To something like prophetic strain.
These pleasures Melancholy give,

175 And I with thee will choose to live.

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"167. And may at last my weary 173. Till old experience do attain

age &c] There is something To something like prophetic strain.) extremely pleafing and proper in This resembles what Cornelius this last circumstance, not merely Nepos says of Cicero, that his as it varies and inlarges the pic- prudence seemed to be a kind of ture, but as it adds such a perfec- divination, for he foretold every tion and completeness to it, by thing that happend afterwards like conducting the Penseroso so hap- a prophet. et facile existimari pily to the last scene of life, as possit, prudentiam quodammodo leaves the reader's mind fully sa. effe divinationem. Non enim Citisfied : And if preferring the one cero ea folum, quæ vivo se acciwould not look like censuring the derunt, futura prædixit

, fed etiam, other, I would say that in this quæ nunc usu veniunt, cecinit, ut

poem clames a superio. vates. Vita Attici cap. 16. This rity over the Allegro, which, al- ending is certainly very fine, but tho' defign'd with equal judgment, tho' Mr. Thyer thinks it perfect and executed with no less spirit, and complete, yet others have been yet ends as if something more might of opinion that something more fill have been added. Thyer. might still be added, and I have

feen

respect this

XV.

* ARCADES.

Part of an Entertainment presented to the Counters

Dowager of Derby at Harefield, by some noble persons of-her family, who appear on the scene in pastoral habit, moving toward the seat of state, with this Song.

I. SONG,

LOWO

OOK Nymphs, and Shepherds look,

What sudden blaze of majesty Is that which we from hence descry,

Too

a

feen in Mr. Richardson's book some nature, or composed by a diffelines of Mr. John Hughes.

rent hand. The Countess Dowager of There let Time's creeping win- Derby, to whom it was presented, ter shed

must have been Alice, daughter of His reverend snow around my Sir John Spenser of Althorp in head;

Northamptonshire Knight, and the And while I feel by fast degrees widow of Ferdinando Stanley the My laggard blood wax chill and fifth Earl of Derby : and Harefield freeze,

is in Middlesex, and according to Let thought unveil to my fix'd Camden lieth a little to the north eye

of Uxbridge, so that I think we A scene of deep eternity, may certainly conclude, that MilTill life diffolving at the view, ton made this poem while he reI wake and find the vision true. fided in that neighbourhood with

his father at Horton near Cole. * This poem is only part of an brooke. It should seem too, that Entertainment, or Majť, as it is also it was made before the Malk at intitled in Milton's Manuscript, the Ludlow, as it is a more imperfect reft probably being of a different effay: and Frances the second

daughter's

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