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The spirit of Plato to unfold
that philofopher. And as Mr. Thyer observes, 99. Presenting Thebes on Pelops line, the word unspbere alludes to the Platonic no- Or the tale of Troy divine, ] These were the tion of different spheres or regions being af- principal fubjects of the ancient tragedies; and signod to spirits of different degrees of per- he seems to allude particularly to the Septem fection or impurity. The same term is used contra Thebas of Æschylus, and the Phænisse in the Mask ver. 2.
of Euripides, and the Antigone of Sophocles,
and the Thebais of Seneca, which present where those immortal shapes Thebes; and to the Thyestes of Seneca, and the Of bright aerial spirits live infpherd Agamemnon of Æschylus, which present Pelopss In regions mild of calm and ferene air. line; and to the Troades of Euripides and of
Seneca, and other tragedies which present the 98. In scepter'd pall ] The same as Horace tale of Troy divine, therefore called divine becalls palla honesta. De Arte poet. 278..
cause built by the Gods; for I think with
Mr. Thyer, that divine is not to be join'd with Post hunc perfonæ pallæque repertor honesta tale, as many understand it :- and as Mr. Jortin
notes, it is called in. Homer. Insos ipri
Or what (though rare) of later age
That 104. Might raise Musæus from his bower,]
If to melancholy The poet Mufæus makes the most distinguish'd
Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing &c. figure in Virgil's Elysium. Æn. VI. 667.
See Warburton's Shakespear. Vol. 3. p. 118. Mufæum ante omnes, medium nam plu
107. Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek,] rima turba Hunc habet, atque humeris extantem fufpi- sense of the following line of Seneca's upon
Our author here very strongly expresses the cit altis.
the same occasion, which I suppose he had in
view. Herc. Fur. 578. 105. Or bid the soul of Orpheus fing &c] It is a property of music, that the same strains Deflent et lacrymis difficiles Dei.
Tbyer. have a power to excite pain or pleasure, as the
109. Or call up him that left half told state is in which it finds the hearer. Hence Milton makes the self-fame strains of Orpheus Chaucer and his Squire's tale, wherein Cambus
The story of Cambuscan bold, &c] He means proper to excite both the affections of mirth
can is king of Sarra in Tartary, and has two and melancholy, just as the mind is then dif
sons Algarfife and Camball, and a daughter posed. If to mirth, he calls for such music,
named Canace. This Tartar king receives a That Orpheus self may heavę his head&c. present from the king of Araby and Ind, of
That own’d the virtuous ring and glass,
Bus a wondrous borse of brass that could transport great truth and propriety, that more is meant him thro’ the air to any place, and a sword of than meets the ear. And thus in these two rare qualities; and at the same time his daugh- little poems Milton makes his compliments to
3 ter Canace is presented with a virtuous ring and our greatest English poets, Johnson and Shake : glass, a glass by which she could discover fe- spear, Chaucer and Spenser. crets and future events, and a ring by which 122. Till civil-suited morn appear,] Paradise she could understand the language of birds. Regain'd. IV.426. This tale was either never finish'd by Chaucer,
till morning fair or part of it is loft : but Spenser has endevor'd
Came forth with pilgrim steps in amice gray. to supply the defect in his Faery Queen, and
Richardson. begins with such a handsome introduction and address to the spirit of Chaucer, that I should Shakespear for the same reason says of night, be tempted to transcribe it, if it would not Romeo and Juliet Act
4. prolong this note beyond its due measure. See
Come civil night, B. 4. Cant. 2. St. 32. &c. .
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black. 116. And if ought else great bards beside &c] Ariosto, and Spenser more particularly, of 123. Not trickt and frounct as she was wont whose allegorical poetry it may be said with With the Attic boy to hunt,] Shakespear calls
But kercheft in a comely cloud,
dress tricking. Mrs. Page in the Merry 125. But kercheft in a comely cloud,] Kerchef Wives of Windsor --Go get us properties is a head-dress from the French, couvre chef; and tricking for our faeries. Frounct is ano- a word used by Chaucer and Shakespear. Julius ther word to the same purpose, signifying Cæfar, Act 2. Sc. 3. much the same as frizled, crisped, curled. The 141. day's garish eye,] Garish, fplendid, Attic boy is Cephalus, with whom Aurora fell gaudy. A word in Shakespear. Richard III. in love as he was hunting. See Peck, and Act 4.
4 Ovid. Met. VII. 701.
While the bee with honied thie,
a garish flag
151. sweet music breathe &c] This Romeo and Juliet. Act 3. Sc. 4.
thought is taken from Shakespear’s Tempeit. 4
Fortin. all the world shall be in love with night,
Pillars melli proof,] That is proof And pay no worship to the garish fun.
against a great weight. So in the poem of 148. Wave at his wings] Wave is used here Arcades as a verb neuter.
branching elm star-proof, Ссса.