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Thy drousy nurse hath sworn she did them spie
the loves of Mars and Venus, and the de- rest are affected in the manner here describ’d. îtruction of Troy; and Ulysses and the 56. - of thy predicament: ] What the
From others he shall stand in need of nothing,
The Greeks called a category, Boëthius first named has its name; and Camden's account of this a predicament : and if the reader is acquainted river shows the propriety of the epithet gulphy. with Aristotle's Categories, or Burgersdicius, “ Danus, commonly Don and Dune, seems or any of the old logicians, he will not want to be so call’d, because it is carried in a low what follows to be explain’d to him; and it deep channel ; for that is the signification of cannot well be explain'd to him, if he is un- us the British word Dan." See Camden's Yorkacquainted with that kind of logic.
shire. Or Trent, who like some earth-born
giant &c. This description is much nobler 91. Rivers arife ; &c.] In invoking these than Spenser's St. 35. rivers Milton had his eye particularly upon
And bounteous Trent, that in himself enthat admirable episode in Spenser of the mar
seams riage of the Thames and the Medway, where
Both thirty sorts of fish, and thirty fundry the several rivers are introduc'd in honor of
streams. the ceremony. Faery Queen B. 4. Cant. 11. Of utmost Tweed; fo Spenser St. 36.
The name is of Saxon original, but (as Cam
den observes in his Staffordshire.) “ some igAnd Twede the limit betwixt Logris land
“ norant and idle pretenders imagin the And Albany
name to be derived from the French word Or Oise, either that in Yorkshire, or that in “ Trente, and upon that account have feign'd Cambridgeshire, both mention'd by Spenser. thirty rivers running into it, and likewise Or gulphy Dun, I find not in Spenser, but sup- “ so many kinds of fish swimming in it.” pose the Don is meant from whence Doncaster However this notion might very well be
The next Quantity and Quality spake in prose, then
Relation was call’d by his name. RIV
IVERS arife; whether thou be the fon
Of utmost Tweed, or Oose, or gulphy Dun,
adopted in poetry. Or sulle 1 Mole &c. So Wall. St. 36. Or ancient ballow'd Dee; so Spenser St. 32.
Spenser St. 39. And Mole, that like a noulling mole doth And following Dee, which Britons long make
ygone His way still under ground, till Thamis he Did call divine, that doth by Chester tend. o'ertake.
See Lycidas too ver 55. Or Humber loud &c. See the same account in Camden's Surry. Or
So Spenser speaks of this Scythian king, and Severn swift &c. We shall have a fuller ac- of his being drown'd in the river, St. 38. count of this in the Mask. Or rocky Avon, Spenser more largely St. 31. .
And nam'd the river of his wretched fate; But Avon marched in more stately path,
Whose bad condition yet it doth retain,
Oft tossed with his storms, which therein Proud of his adamants, with which he shines
still remain. And glisters wide, as als of wondrous Bath And Bristow fair, which on his waves he And the Medway and the Thame are join'd tobuilded hath.
gether, as they are married in Spenser. I Or sedgy Lee, this river divides Middlesex and wonder that Milton has paid no particular Effex. Spenser thus describes it, St. 29.
compliment to the river flowing by Cambridge
(this exercise being made and spoken there) as The wanton Lee that oft doth lose his way.
Spenser has done St. 34. Or coaly Tine, Spenser describes it by the Piets
Or Humber loud that keeps the Scythian's name,
[The rest was profe.]
* Compos'd 1629.
THIS is the month, and this the happy morn,
Wherein the Son of Heav'n's eternal King,
That he our deadly forfeit should release,
That glorious form, that light unsufferable,
He Thence doth by Huntingdon and Cambridge With many a gentle Mufe, and many a learnAlit,
ed wit. My mother Cambridge, whom as with a crown * To the title of this Ode we have added He doth adorn, and is adorn'd of it
the date, which is prefixed in the edition of And 1645, Compos'd 1629, so that Milton was exercise at Cambridge; and there is not only then 21 years old. He speaks of this poem great learning shown in it, but likewise a fine in the conclusion of his sixth elegy to Charles vein of poetry. Deodati : and it was probably made as an
He laid aside; and here with us to be,
Forsook the courts of everlasting day, And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.
Say heav'nly Muse, shall not thy sacred vein
Hath took no print of the approaching light,
See how from far upon the eastern road
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