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Of riot and ill-managed merriment,
205 Begin to throng into my memory,
Of calling shapes, and beckoning shadows dire, 177. Amiss. How much is expressed peare in “ As you Like it," and Fletcher in this one little worl!
in the “Faithful Shepherdess," with fre178. Swille insolence, &c. In some quent and even unavoidable opportuni. parts of England it is still customary for ties of rural delineation, and that of the a company of mummers to go about, in most romantic kind. But Milton has had the evening of the Christinas-holidays, auditional advantages: his forest is not carousing from house to house, who are ouly the residence of a magician, but is called wussuilers. In Macbeth, “wine exhibited under the gloom of midnight.and wassel" mean, in general terms, T. WARTOX. feasting and drunkenness.-T. WARTOX. 195. Thierish night. In the present Swill d insolence is similar to flown with age, would Milton have introduced this insolence. Par. Lost, i. 502. To swill, is passage, where thievish Night is supto «Irink gro-sly or greedily; and hence posel, for some felonious purpose, to swilld in solence is insolence caused by shut up the stars in her dark lantern ? intemperate drinking.
Certainly not. But in the present a e, 187. Hospitable woods. By laying the correct and rational as it is, had * Comus" scene of his Mask in a wild forest, Mil- been written, we should not perhaps ton secured to himself a perpetual fund have had some of the greatest beautieg of picturesque description, which, result- of its wild and romantic imagery.-T. ing from situation, was always at band. WARTOR. The same happy choice of scene sup- 207. Calling shapes, &c. The old books plied Sophocles in “ Philoctetes," Shaks- of voyages and travels, in which Milton
And aery tongues that syllable men's names
Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen
Where the love-lorn nightingale
That likest thy Narcissus are?
0, if thou have
Tell me but where,
So mayst thou be translated to the skies,
delighted, were filled with superstitious | tiful compound epithet, and the combistories.
nation of the two words that compose 208. Syllable, to pronounce distinctly. it, natural and easy.-J. WARTOX. 214. Hocering. This word is here ap- 234. Love-lorn, deprived of her mate. plied with peculiar propriety to the an- 241. Daughter of the sphere. Milton gel Hope, in sight, on the wing.-T. has given her a much bolder and more WARTOX.
poetical original than any of the ancient 223. There does a sable cloud. The re- mythologists. He supposes her to owe petition arising from the conviction and her first existence to the reverberation of confidence of an unaccusing conscience, the music of the spheres; in consequence is inimitably beautiful. When all suo of which he had just before called the hocour seems lost, Heaven unexpectedly rizon ber aery shell. And from the gods presents the silver lining of a sable cloud (like other celestial beings of the classito the virtuous.-T. WARTON.
cal order) she came down to men.-WAR231. Shell. Hurd and Warburton ob- BURTOX. Berve that shell means the horizon, the 213. Give, dc. What an exquisite fancy hollow circumference of the heavens. this of echo in heaven redoubling the di233. Violet embroider'd. This is a beau- vine music!
Lad. Nay, gentle shepherd, ill is lost that praise,
Com. By falsehood, or discourtesy, or why? 254, Flowery-kirtled, so called, because | Greek, he would speak as Plato has writthey were employed in collecting flowers. ten, so we may say of this language of Newton remarks here, that kirtle is a Milton, that if Jupiter were to speak woman's gown.
English, he would express himself in 256. Would take the prison'd soul. The this manner. The passage is exceedingly mermaidens of modern tale and story beautiful in every respect; but all realinherit all the powers of the sirens of ers of taste will acknowledge that the classic song: they are described as women style of it is much raised by the expres. to the waist, and fair, with bright eyes, sion, unless the goddess, an elliptical and locks which they are continually expression, unusual in our language, braiding; and they are represented as though common enough in Greek and having great power to charm every bo Latin. But if we were to fill it up, and holder.
say, "unless thou beest the godidess," 207. Unless the goddess. Comus' address how flat and insipid would it make the to the lady is in a very high style of clas- composition, compared with what it is. sical gallantry. As Cicero says of Plato's LORD MONBODDO. language, that if Jupiter were to speak
Lad. To seek in the valley some cool friendly spring.
Com. Two such I saw, what time the labour'd ox
Com. Due west it rises from this shrubby point.
Lad. To find out that, good shepherd, I suppose,
Com. I know each lane, and every alley green,
Shepherd, I take thy word,
291. What time, a pure Latinism, quo braided or embroidered clouds, in which tempore; and this notation of time is in certain airy elemental beings are most the pastoral manner of Virgil and Ho poetically suppored to sport, thus prorace.
ducing a variety of transient and daz293. Swink'd, tired, fatigued.
zling colours. I may observe that the 209. Element, used for the sky.
modern word is "plaited."-T. WARTON. 301. Plighted douds. The lustre of 313. Bosky bourn. Bosky is, woody or Milton's brilliant imagery is half ob rather bushy, and a bourn is a winding, scured, while plighted remains unex. deep, and narrow valley, with a rivulet plained. We are to understand the at the bottom.
With smoky rafters, than in tap'stry halls
Enter the Two BROTHERS.
Or, if our eyes
El Br. Peace, brother; be not over-exquisite
340. With thy long-levell'd rule of stream- Helice, and her son Areas into the lesser, ing light. What a perfect, as well as called also Cynosura, by observing which picturesque, description of a beam of the Tyrians and Sidonians steerd their light!
course, as the Grecian mariners did by the 341. Our star of Arcady, &c. Our other.- NEWTON, greater or lesser bear-star. Calisto, the 360. To cast the fashion: so in astmdaughter of Lycaon, King of Aretulia, was logy " to cast a nativity”-to predict, to changed into the greater bear, called also prefigure, to compute.-T. WARTON.