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And cheeks of sorry grain will serve to ply
The sampler, and to tease the huswife's wool.
What need a vermeil-tinctur'd lip for that,
Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn?
There was another meaning in these gifts,

754 Think what, and be advis'd, you are but young yet.


I had not thought to have unlock'd my lips
In this unhallow'd air, but that this juggler
Would think to charm my judgment, as mine eyes,
Obtruding false rules prank'd in reason's garb.
I hate when vice can bolt her arguments,


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,
but here we have it in its proper Most Goddess-like prankt up.
and original signification, carpere, Winter's Tale. Peck.
vellere. See Skinner, Junius, &c.

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

love-darting in Sylvester's Du

T. Warlon.
Bartas, p. 399. ed. fol.
Whoso beholds her sweet love.

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

advis'd, you are but young yet.]

He had written at first,
Think what, and look upon this

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.
Impostor, do not charge most innocent Nature,
As if she would her children should be riotous
With her abundance; she good cateress
Means her provision only to the good,
That live according to her sober laws,
And holy dictate of spare temperance:
If every just man, that now pines with want,
Had but a moderate and beseeming share
Of that which lewdly-pamper'd luxury
Now heaps upon some few with vast excess,
Nature's full blessings would be well dispens’d
In unsuperfluous even proportion,
And she no whit incumber'd with her store,
And then the giver would be better thank’d,



" 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.

ere you

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
Ne'er looks to Heav'n amidst his gorgeous feast,
But with besotted base ingratitude
Crams, and blasphemes his feeder. Shall I go on?
Or have I said enough? To him that dares
Arm his profane tongue with contemptuous words
Against the sun-clad pow'r of Chastity,
Fain would I something say, yet to what end?
Thou hast nor ear, nor soul to apprehend
The sublime notion, and high mystery,

That must be utter'd to unfold the sage
And serious doctrine of virginity,
And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know
More happiness than this thy present lot.
Enjoy your dear wit, and


That hath so well been taught her dazzling fence,
Thou art not fit to hear thyself convinc'd;
Yet should I try, the uncontrolled worth
Of this pure cause would kindle my rapt spirits
To such a flame of sacred vehemence,


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,
And the brute earth would lend her nerves, and shake,
Till all thy magic structures rear'd so high,
Were shatter'd into heaps o'er thy false head.

She fables not, I feel that I do fear
Her words set off by some superior power;
And though not mortal, yet a cold shudd'ring dew
Dips me all o’er, as when the wrath of Jove
Speaks thunder, and the chains of Erebus
To some of Saturn's crew. I must dissemble,
And try her yet more strongly. Come, no more,
This is mere moral babble, and direct
Against the canon laws of our foundation;
I must not suffer this, yet 'tis but the lees



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.

T. Warlon.



And settlings of a melancholy blood:
But this will cure all strait, one sip of this
Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight
Beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise, and taste.-
The Brothers rush in with swords drawn, wrest his glass out

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


pass 2

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,

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