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This sayd, with gushing teares eftloones the plyes the one
and other, Till both did thew themselves at length Sonnes worthy such a
Mother: And with those hands, those altred hands, that lately threatned
bloes, They did embrace: becomming thus continuall friends of foes.
Warner, Alb. Eng.
Chap. 16. B. 3.
N O T E S.
Page 2. Wring her white hands, &c.
Vanity of Hum. Wirh. See likewise page 67, where Rofamond has the same reflection.
Page 4. These lines of Fletcher are a paraphrase, or rather translation from Boethius. The whole description is forcible: fome of the circumItances perhaps are heightened too much; but it is the fault of this writer to indulge himself in every aggravation that Poetry allows, and to stretch his prerogative of “ quidlibet audendi" to the utmost. This subject, versified in a very inferior style, occurs in his Poetical Miscellanies, p. 79, subjoined to the P. Mand. For the effects of music on the Infernal Regions it may be almost impertinent to refer the reader to the story of Orpheus, 4 Georg. Virgil; and the very masterly introduction of it by Pope in his Olle on St. Cecilia's Day. The same effect is reprefented by Horace as produced by the harps of Sappho and Alcælis, 2 Lib. 13 Od. 33. See also his Ole to Mercury, 3 Lib. 11 Od. 15. &c. See likewise Milton's P. Loft, 2 B. 546. 355
Page 6. This description was immediately taken from Spenser's Bower of Bliss, F. Queen. 11 B. 12 Canto; upon ideal Paradites of the kind, the best Poets in alınost all ages and nations have lavished their descriptive powers. Homer has his Gardens of Alcinous, and Virgil his Elysium, Ariosto his INand of Alcina, and Taffo his Garden of Armida, Camoens his Garden of Venus, Marino bis Gardens of Adonis, zud lastly, Du Bartas and
Milton their Gardens of Eden. Those who wish for minute and deferimi.
Yet stately portance, &C.
She Delia's self
See Spenser, St. LIII. LIV. 11 B. 12 Cant. Page 8.
Which stellified the roofe with painted colour.
By him who ftrives to fellify her name.
With roses here she ftellifyed the ground.
į Emb. 3 B.
- flickering eye.
Till, rifing o'er the flickering wave, the Cape
Eftsoons they heard a most melodious sound
Was there consorted in one harmony,
The joyous birds, shrouded in chearful'fhade,
Now soft, now loud, unto the wind did call :
P. 1o. In the edition of Christ's Victory, together with the Purple Illand, in 1783, many unwarrantable liberties are taken with the text, nor is the least apology for the proceeding offered, or even the circumstance itself mentioned. In almost every page injuries are done to the sense, where improvements were intended. The republication seems to have originated from a Letter of Harvey's (see Let. Li. 2 vol.), and to have been executed upon the ridiculous plan he there proposes. Now it is the indispensable duty of every Editor of an ancient poet, to exhibit the spelling of his author in the exact state in which he found it, (unless indeed in such words as are evidently mistakes of the press) in order that the reader may trace the progress of orthography, together with that of Poetry. Where this practice is not observed, a republication is not merely imperfect but dangerous, as it leads to an infinity of mistakes, and can answer no possible end but that of multiplying the number of our books without adding to the sources of our information. Whoever therefore takes up the edition alluded to for the purposes of enjoying the poetry, making an extract, or a reference, can never be safe as to the authenticity of a single stanza. A neat republication of all Giles and Phineas Fletcher's Poetry from the cld editions faithfully reprinted, is much wanted.
Elonging joyfull day.
As when the cheerfull sunne elamping wide.
37 St. C. 1. Mod. Ed, K4