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And in clear dream, and folemn vision,
And turns it by degrees to the foul's effence,
Lets in defilement to the inward parts,
the temple of his body. And Shakefpear has the
well with the poet's defign, gives fuch force and strength to this encomium on chastity, and carries in it fuch a dignity of fentiment, that however repugnant it may be to our philofophic ideas, it cannot miss striking and delighting every virtuous and intelligent reader. Thyer.
465. But most by leud and lavish act of fin, ] In the Manuscript it is And moft &c: and inftead of leud and lavish he had written at first,
And moft by the lafcivious act of fin.
467. The foul grows clotted &c] Our author has here improved his poetry by philofophy. These notions of the foul's growing corporeal by indulging corporeal pleasures, and of its being feen after death among tombs and fepulKk k
The divine property of her first being.
Such are those thick and gloomy fhadows damp
To a degenerate and degraded ftate.
2. BRO. How charming is divine philofophy!
Not harsh, and crabbed, as dull fools fuppofe,
And a perpetual feaft of nectar'd sweets,
Where no crude furfeit reigns. ELD. BRO. Lift, lift, I hear Some far off hallow break the filent air.
2. BRO. Methought so too; what should it be?
ELD. BRO. For certain
Either fome one like us night-founder'd here,
Or else some neighbour wood-man, or, at worst,
2. BRO. Heav'n keep my Sifter. Again, again, and near; Best draw, and stand upon our guard.
ELD. BRO. I'll hallow;
If he be friendly, he comes well; if not,
The attendent Spirit, habited like a fhepherd,
Lift, lift, methought I heard &c : and in the Manuscript is a marginal direction, ballow far off.
485. Some roving robber calling to his fellows.] The Trinity Manuscript had at first,
Some curl'd man of the fword calling &c: which alluded to the fashion of the Court Gallants of that time: and what follows continues the allufion,
Had beft look to his forehead, here be brambles.
But I suppose he thought it might give offenfe: and he was not yet come to an open defiance with the court. Warburton.
489. Defenfe is a good caufe, and Heav'n be for us.] This verfe was well fubftituted in the room of that just quoted,
Had beft look to his forehead, here be brambles. And then follows in the Manufcript, He hallows, the guardian Demon hallows again, and enters in the habit of a shepherd.
491. iron ftakes] It was at firft in the Manufcript, pointed stakes. K kk 2
2. BRO. O brother, 'tis my father's fhepherd, fure. ELD. BRO. Thyrfis? whofe artful strains have oft
The huddling brook to hear his madrigal
And sweeten'd every muskrofe of the dale.
How cam'ft thou here, good Swain? hath any ram
As a stray'd ewe, or to pursue the ftealth
Of pilfering wolf; not all the fleecy wealth
That doth enrich these downs, is worth a thought 505 To this my errand, and the care it brought.
But, O my virgin Lady, where is she ?
How chance she is not in your company?
fears are true.
ELD.BRO. To tell thee fadly,Shepherd,without blame, Or our neglect, we loft her as we came. SPIR. Ay me unhappy! then my ELD. BRO. What fears, good Thyrfis? Prethee briefly SPIR. I'll tell ye; 'tis not vain or fabulous, [fhew. (Though fo esteem'd by shallow ignorance) What the fage poets, taught by th' heav'nly Muse, Story'd of old in high immortal verse,
Of dire chimera's and inchanted iles,
And rifted rocks whofe entrance leads to Hell;
rected into Slipt from his fold, as it is in the Manufcript, or the fold, as in all the editions.
509. To tell thee fadly, Shepherd,] Sadly, foberly, seriously, as the word is frequently ufed by our old authors, and in Paradife Loft, VI. 541. where fee the note.
512. What fears, good Thyrfis?] He had written at first good Shepherd: but this was al