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Lastly the squalid lakes of Tartarie,
“ There also goodly Agamemnon bosts,
“ Well may appeare by proofe of their mif
chaunce, The chaungfull turning of mens slipperie ftate, That none, whom fortune freely doth advaunce,
Tartarie,] He should not have called it, Tartary, which makes a ridiculous ambiguity ; for Tartarý may be Tartaria. well as Tartarus, and indeed better., JORTIN.
Dr. Jortin would have been less inclined to pronounce the expression ridiculous, if he had taken the trouble to look into our old writers. See my note on Tartary, F. Q. i. vii. 44. I am more surprised at Mr. Warton's objection. I will add, to the "instances cited in my note, an illustration by Mr. Malone, from The troublesome Raigne of King John, 1591.
"". And let the black tormentors of black Tartary
" Upbraide them with this damned enterprize." See also Tartar, ver. 444. which is used in the fame sense by our ancient poets, as is shewn in the note to which I refer.
TODD. Ver. 552. In th' Hellefpont &c.] This translation is wide of the text, and the text is corrupted. See Scaliger. The Greeks fuffered nothing in the Hellefpont. JORTIN.
Himfelfe therefore to heaven should elevate : 556
“ Th’Argolicke Power returning home againe,
Suddenly, whether through the gods decree, Or haplesse rising of some froward starre, The heavens on everie fide enclowded bee: Black stormes and fogs are blowen up from
farre, That now the pylote can no loadftarre fee, But skies and seas doo make moft dreadfull
warre ; The billowes striving to the heavens to reach, 573 And th’ heavens striving them for to impeach.
impeach.] Hinder, So the first edition reads. The word fhould be fpelt, agreeably to Spenser's custom, empeach, from the Fr, empecher. However, fee the note, F.Q. 1. viii. 34. TODD.
“ And, in avengement of their bold attempt,
fhowres, That death on everie fide to them appeares, i In thousand formes, to worke more ghastly feares.
“Some in the greedieflouds are funke and drent; Some on the rocks of Caphareus are throwne; Some on th’ Euboick cliffs in pieces rent; 587 Some scattred on the Hercæan shores unknowne; And manie lost, of whom no moniment Remaines, nor memorie is to be showne: 590 Whilst all the purchase of the Phrigian pray, Toft on falt billowes, round about doth stray.
“ Here manie other like heroës bee, Equall in honour to the former crue,... Whom
ye in goodly seates may placed fee, Descended all from Rome by linage due ;
drent,] Drowned. See F. Q. ii. vi. 49. and The Teares of the Muses, ver. 210.
TODD. Ver. 588.
on the Hercæan fhores unknowne ;] Heræaque late litora.” See Scaliger, who reads Gyræa or Ægea.
“ Hercean shores unknown" is pleasant enough, there being no such tores in rerum natura. JORTIN,
From Rome, that holds the world in fove
“ And here the antique fame of stout Camill
« And here wise Curius, companion
" Horatia virtus." Virtus is not virtue here, but talour. JoRTIN. Ver. 612.
the fires scorn'd furie'tò detest ;] “ Devota dedit qui corpora flammæ.” Flamma there is metaphorical ; and the sense is, that he boldly run into danger and loft his life. JORTIN,
mourne ; And by the wayling shores to waste my dayes, Where Phlegeton with quenchles flames doth
burne; By which iuft Minos righteous foules doth sever From wicked ones, to live in bliffe for ever.
6 Me therefore thus the.cruell fiends of hell 625 Girt with long snakes, and thousand yron
chaynes, Through doome of that their cruell Iudge,
compell With bitter torture, and impatient paines, Cause of my death and iust complaint to tell. For thou art he, whom my poore ghost com
plaines To be the author of her ill unwares, That careles hear'st my intollerable cares.
· Them therefore as bequeathing to the winde,