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Of Camball, and of Algarsife,
1 Alluding to Spenser's "Fairie Queen.”
“Frounced" meant an excessive or affected dressing of the hair. “It is from the French froncer, to curl."-T. WARTON,
Tricked" means “ dressed out."
> Cephalus. Aurora, the goddess of the morning, fell in love with him. -OviD, Met. VII. 701.
And let some strange mysterious dream
· Warton conjectures that the right reading is cloister's pale, 1.e., enclosure Part of an entertainment presented to the Countess Dowager of Deroy, '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:
Look, nymphs, and shepherds look,
This, this is she
Less than half we find express'd,
Envy bid conceal the rest.
Sitting like a Goddess bright,
In the centre of her light.
Who had thought this clime had held
A deity so unparallel'd ?
1 Alice Spenser, daughter of Sir Jolin Svenser, of Althorpe. Milton lived in the neighbourhood of Harefield, which w near Uxbridge. His father lived et Horton, Dear Colnebrook, and beld
his house under the Earl of Bridge water. Lady Derby was a generous patroness of poets. Spenser was related to her family.
Of famous Arcady ye are,
sprung Of that renowned food, so often sung, Divine Alphéus, who by secret sluice Stole under seas to meet his Arethuse;' And
ye, the breathing roses of the wood, Fair silver-buskin’d Nymphs, as great and good, · I know this quest of yours, and free intent Was all in honour and devotion meant To the great mistress of yon princely shrine, Whom with low rev'rence I adore as mine, And with all helpful service will comply To further this night's glad solemnity; And lead ye where ye may more near behold What shallow-searching Fame has left untold Which I full oft amidst these shades alone Have sat to wonder at, and gaze upon: For know, by lot from Jove I am the Power Of this fair wood; and live in oaken bower, To nurse the saplings tall, and curl the grove With ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove; And all my plants I save from nightly ill Of noisome winds, and blasting vapours chill: And from the boughs brush off the evil dew, And heal the harms of thwarting thunder blue, Or what the cross dire-looking planet smites, Or hurtful worm with canker'd venom bites. When ev’ning gray doth rise, I fetch my round Over the mount, and all this hallow'd ground; And early, ere the odorous breath of morn Awakes the slumb'ring leaves, or tassellid horn Shakes the high thicket, haste I all about, Number my ranks, and visit every sprout With puissant words, and murmurs made to bless; But else, in deep of night, when drowsiness Hath lock'd up mortal sense, then listen I To the celestial Sirens' harmony,
"A river of Arcadia, which sinks into the earth, passeg under the sea, with. out mixing its waters with the salt waves, and rises near Syracuse, in Sicily,
where it joins the Arethusa, and flow conjointly with that stream to the sea. See Shelley's exquisito poem,
“ Aro. thusa."
the nine infolded spheres,'
Follow me as I sing,
And touch the warbled string,
I The Muses. • This is Plato's system. Fate, or Noccasity, holds a spindle of adamant; and, with her three daughters-Lachesis, Clotho, and Atropos (the Fates)-whó bandle the vital web wound round about the spindle, she conducts or turns tho beavenly bodies. Nine Muses, or Sirens,
sit on the summit of the spheres, which, in their revolutions, produce the most ravishing musical harmony. To this harinong the tbree daughters of Neces. sity perpetually sing in correspondent tones. In the meantime, the adamantine spindle, which is placed on the lap of Necessity
is also revolved. T. WARTON,