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Or what (though rare) of later age
And made Hell grant what love did seek.
The story of Cambuscan bold,
That own'd the virtuous ring and glass,
Where more is meant than meets the ear.
Thus night oft see me in thy pale career,
Till civil-suited morn appear,
Not trick'd and frounc'd as she was wont
But kerchef'd in a comely cloud,
110 Cambuscan] In the Squier's Tale of Chaucer, see
Tyrwhitt's notes, vol. ii. p. 466, ed. 1798. Todd.
122 civil] Rom. and Juliet, act iii. sc. 4.
come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black.'
While rocking winds are piping loud,
Where the rude axe with heaved stroke
With such consort as they keep,
And let some strange mysterious dream
Of lively portraiture display'd,
141 eye] Son. i. 5.
Thy liquid notes that close the eye of day. Warton. 146 dewy] Liquidique potentia somni.' Val. Flac. iv. 18. Irriguus somnus.' Plaut. Ep. i. ii. 18. 'Dewy sleep. Henry More's Poems, p. 263.
148 Wave] Consult Warton's note on the structure of these lines.
Softly on my eyelids laid.
And as I wake, sweet music breathe
In service high, and anthems clear,
As may with sweetness, through mine ear,
And bring all heav'n before mine eyes.
And may at last my weary age
156 pale] Warton conjectures that the right reading may be 'the studious cloister's pale.' i. e. enclosure.
HENCE, loathed Melancholy,
Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born, In Stygian cave forlorn,
'Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights Find out some uncouth cell,
Where brooding Darkness spreads his jealous. And the night raven sings;
[wings, There under ebon shades, and low-brow'd rocks, As ragged as thy locks,
In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell.
The frolic wind that breathes the spring,
1 Hence] Compare Marston's Scourge of Villanie, b. iii. s. 10. (ed. 1598.) Sleepe grim reproof,' &c. Warton.
5 uncouth] 'Searcht out the uncouth cell of thy abode.' Val. Welshman, 1615, act iv. s. 6. Todd.
10 Cimmerian] Miltoni Prolus. 'Dignus qui Cimmeriis occlusus tenebris longam, et perosam vitam transigat.' Warton. 15 two] Meat and Drink, the two sisters of Mirth. Warburton.
Zephyr with Aurora playing,
And fresh-blown roses wash'd in dew,
Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Quips, and Cranks, and wanton Wiles,
And love to live in dimple sleek;
And in thy right hand lead with thee
To live with her, and live with thee,
22 wash'd] Shakesp. Tam. of Shrew, act ii. sc. 1. 'As morning roses newly wash'd with dew.'
24 buxom] To make one blithe, buxome, and deboneer.' Randolph Aristippus, p. 310, ed. 1662. Todd.
Nods]" 'With becks, and nods, and smiles againe.' Burton's An. of Melanch. p. 449 (ed. 1628). Warton.
98 Come] Shakes. Tempest, act iv. sc. 2.
Come and go,
Each one tripping on his toe.' Newton.