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And cheeks of sorry grain will serve to ply
754 Think what, and be advis'd, you are but young yet.
I had not thought to have unlock'd my lips
751. The sampler, and to tease 759. —prank'd in reason's garb.) &c.] In the Manuscript it is Dressed, clad. So Shakespeare, The sample, or to tease the huswife's
—your high self, wool.
The gracious mark o' th’ land, you
have obscur'd The word tease is commonly
With a swain's wearing, and me, used in a metaphorical sense,
poor lowly maid,
Prank implies a false or af752. -Vermeilotinctur'd] Ed
fected decoration, ward Bendlowes has this epithet Heroic. Epist
. vol. i. p. 335.
Drayton, to cheek in his Theophila, cant. i. st. 21. Lond. 1652. We have To prank old wrinkles up in new
760. I hate when vice can bolt darting cyn.
her arguments,] That is, sift. So
T. Warton. Chaucer, 755. Think what, and be . But I ne cannot boulte it to the
In the construction of a mill, a cordial julep,
part of the machine is called the and then followed the verses
boulting-mill, which separates which are inserted from ver.
the flour from the bran. Chaucer, 679 to 705.
Nonnes Pr. T. 1355. 756. I had not thought &c.] But I ne cannot bolt it to the brenne, The six following lines
As can that holy doctor saint Austen. spoken aside. Sympson. That is, “I cannot argue, and
And virtue has no tongue to check her pride.
" sift the matter to the bottom, reasons are as two grains of " with the subtilty of saint
wheat hid in two bushels of “ Austin." So Spenser, F. Q. ii. “chaff; you shall seek all day iv. 24.
find them, &c." The Saying he now had boulted all the meaning of the whole context is
this, “ I am offended when vice floure.
“ pretends to dispute and reason, And our author himself, Animad.
"for it always uses sophistry." Remonstr. Def. &c.“ To sift
T. Warton. “ Mass into no Mass, and popish
Bp. Newton indeed rather “ into no popish: yet saving this understands the word, to dart, to “passing fine sophisticall boulting shout, from the substantive bolt “hutch, &c." Pr. W. vol. i. 84, for arrow. And Dr. Johnson In some of the Inns of Court, I explains to bolt, “ to blurt out believe the exercises or disputa- « or throw out precipitantly," tions in law are still called boult- citing the passage before us. ings. So Shakespeare,s Coriolan. See his Dictionary. But he has act iii. s. 1.
not less than six quotations -Is ill school'd
which exhibit, in fact, the metaIn boulted language, meal and bran phorical sense of the word here together
contended for by Warburton He throws without distinction.
and Warton, and which tend to It is the same allusion in the confirm their interpretation of it. Merch. of Ven. act i. s. 1. “ His E.
His praise due paid; for swinish gluttony
779. Shall I go on?] From Compare v. 453. et seq. hence to ver. 806. in Comus's speech, that is twenty-seven
So dear to heav'n is saintly chastity,
&c. verses, are not in the Manuscript, but were added afterwards. And see the notes, P. L. viii. 589.
785. The sublime notion, and and 615. E. high mystery, &c.] That Milton's 791. That hath so well been notions about love and chastity taught her dazzling fence,] We were extremely refined and deli- have the substantive fence in cate, not only appears from this Shakespeare, Much ado about poem, but also from many pas- Nothing, act v. s. 1. sages in his prose-works, par- Despight his nice fence, and his active ticularly in the Apology for practice. Smectymnuus, where he is defending himself against the And King John, act ii. s. 3. charge of lewdness which his Teach us some fence. adversaries had very unjustly
T. Warton. Jaid against him. Thyer.
That dumb things would be mov'd to sympathize,
797. And the brute earth, &c.] Pr. W. i. 211. In his book on The unfeeling earth would sym- Reformation, he speaks of pathise and assist. It is Horace's insulting and only canon-wise * Bruta tellus," Od. i. xxxiv. “ prelate." Pr. W. vol. i. 7. And 11. T. Warton.
his arguments on Divorce, af800. She fables not, &c.] These ford frequent opportunities of six lines too are aside. Sympson. exposing what he calls the Igno
807. This is mere moral babble, rance and Iniquity of the Canon&c.] These lines were thus at Law. See particularly, ch. iii. first in the Manuscript.
T. Warton. This is mere moral stuff, the very lees
809.--Yet 'tis but the lees And settlings of a melancholy blood:
And settlings of a melancholy But this will cure all strait, &c.
I like the Manuscript reading 808. Against the canon laws of
best, our foundation.] Canon laws, a
“ This is mere moral stuff, the very joke! Warburion.
lees." Here is a ridicule on establish
Yet is bad. But very
inaccurate. ments, and the
Hurd. now greatly encouraged by the
So in Sams. Agon. 599. church. Perhaps on the Canons of the Church, now rigidly
Believe not these suggestions, which enforced, and at which Milton
From anguish of the mind and frequently glances in his prose humours black, tracts. He calls Gratian is the That mingle with the fancy. compiler of canon-iniquity.”
And settlings of a melancholy blood:
of his hand, and break it against the ground; his rout make sign of resistance, but are all driven in; The attendant Spirit comes in.
What, have you let the false inchanter scape? O ye mistook,
should have snatch'd his wand
811. -One sip of this
814. What, have you let the false Will bathe the drooping spirits inchanter scape?] Before this in delight,
verse the stage direction is in Beyond the bliss of dreams.] the Manuscript as follows. The So Fletcher, Faithf. Sheph. act Brothers rush in, strike his glass iv. s. 1. vol. iiit p. 164.
down; the shapes make as though
they would resist, but are all driven It passeth dreams,
in. Dæmon enters with them. And Or madmen's fancy, when the many streams
the verse was thus at first, Of new imaginations rise and fall. What, have you let the false inchanter Compare the delicious but deadly fountain of Armida in Tasso,
815. O ye mistook, ye should Gier. Lib. c. xiv. 74.
have snatch'd his wand,
And bound him fast; without his Ch’un picciol sorso di sue lucide onde
rod revers'd, Inebria l'alma tosto, e la fai lieta,
And backward mutters of dis&c.
severing power, But Milton seems to have re- We cannot free the Lady, &c.] membered Fairfax's version.
They are directed before to seize Onc sup therefore the drinker's heart Comus's wand, v. 653. And this doth bring
was from the Faerie Qu. where To sudden joy, whence laughter Sir Guyon breaks the charming vaine doth rise, &c.
staffe of Pleasure's porter, as he See also Parad. L. b. ix. 1046. likewise overthrows his bowl, ii. and 1008. Perhaps Bathe is xii. 49. But from what particular in Spenser's sense, F. Q. i. vii. 4. process of disinchantment, an
cient or modern, did Milton take And bathe in plesaunce of the joyous
the notion of reversing Comus's shade.
wand or rod? It was from a pasSee Upton, Gl. F. Q. in V. sage of Ovid, the great ritualist Bathe. " T. Warton.
of classical sorcery, before cited,