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Edw. King bows 1612 at Boyle in lock son ofte stwie King accretary for Ireland under Elizabeth, Fam! pt. Meife of Charles I; lected -ellow 1630 accorda to royal mandale Pator & fellow as X's Coll. praelector, wrote various complimentary Extin verses IN 'cetten Nov. 1637, pub. 1638 in to one, latin Greek, the second English Obeques of the memorie of King Anno dom. 163t Freides signed only J. M. last piece in volume.


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In this Monody, the author bewails a learned friend, unfor-
tunately drowned in his passage from Chester on the Irish
seas, 1637; and by occasion foretells the ruin of our cor-

rupted clergy, then in their height. (talyforit in 1645ed. of M.'s poems)

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YET once more, O ye laurels, and once more since Comms, J.
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere,
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude,
And with forc'd fingers rude,

Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year. 5
Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear,

Compels me to disturb your season due:
For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime,
Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer:
Who would not sing for Lycidas? He knew 10
Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhime.
He must not float upon his watery bier

2 myrtles brown] Hor. Od. i. 25. 17. • Pulla magis atque
myrto.' Warton.

8 dead] 'Phillisides is dead.' Past. Ægl. on Sir P. Sidney's death, by L. B. v. 8 (Todd's Spenser, viii. 76), and v. 71.

'Sweet bowres of myrtel twigs, and lawrel faire.'

10 Who] Neget quis carmina Gallo.' Virg. Ecl. x. 3.


12 watery] See Theod. Prodrom. Dos. et Rhod. Am. p. 254, ed. Gaulm.

If is obvions from the step itself that Milton's relative & Ed. King specially Fender relation

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Mark Pat wice, ( 88 x 132, M. rocals himself whe speak of from his heart. his most characteristic thoughts. thoughts out of harmony with th If he poem.

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Unwept, and welter to the parching wind,
Without the meed of some melodious tear.


Begin then, Sisters of the sacred well,
That from beneath the seat of Jove doth spring, alter
Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string.. Pensers

Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse,

So may some gentle Muse

With lucky words favour destin'd
And as he passes turn,




And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud.
For we were nurs'd upon the self-same hill
Fed the same flock by fountain, shade, and rill.
Together both, ere the high lawns appear'd 25
Under the opening eyelids of the morn, glimmering ell. 1638
We drove a field, and both together heard

What time the gray-fly winds her sultry horn,
Batt'ning our flocks with the fresh dews of night,

14 melodious] Cleveland's Obsequy on Mr. King, 'I like
not tears in tune.'

17 sweep] Purg. i. 9.

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E qui Calliopea alquanto surga,' Dante

19 Muse] Gentle Muse-he passes." See Jortin's Tracts, i. p. 341.

23 nurs'd] Compare Past. Ægl. on Sir P. Sidney's death, by L. B. ver. 85.

Through many a hill and dale, &c.'

26 opening] Middleton's Game at Chess.

- Like a pearl,

Dropp'd from the opening eyelids of the morn.'

And Crashaw's Translation of Marino, The lids of day.'

Batt'ning] Drayton's Ecl. ix.

Warton, Todd.

'Their battening flocks on grassie leas to hold.' Warton.

26 Marlowe's Jew of Mallá 11 1,58 New Phrebus ope the eye hill

about 18 Sophock Antigue uses fatos83

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348 Fauns presided over fields; Satips oved woody plans, Sylvandould momthin word: Jams ha atyp had mother 30. Jay Keightley He surely could not mean the evening atau fruit appear not rites, & it is never anywhere but on


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34) Milton write first: "Off till the ever stay bright "burnich' whiat Oft till the star that rose, at evening, bright,


Toward heav'n's descent had slop'd his west'ringers 85
Meanwhile the rural ditties were not mute, [wheel.
Temper'd to th' oaten flute,

Rough Satyrs danc'd, and Fauns with cloven heel
From the glad sound would not be absent long,
And old Damotas lov'd to hear our song.

But, O the heavy change, now thou art gone,
Now thou art gone, and never must return!


Thee, Shepherd, thee the woods, and desert caves Woh Clont
With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'ergrown,

And all their echoes mourn.

The willows, and the hazel copses green,
Shall now no more be seen,

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Fanning their joyous leaves to thy soft lays. geus fill
As killing as the canker to the rose for the te proble
Or taint-worm to the weanling herds that graze,
Or frost to flow'rs, that their gay wardrobe wear,
When first the white-thorn blows;

Such, Lycidas, thy loss to shepherd's ear. [deep
Where were ye, Nymphs, when the remorseless
Clos'd o'er the head of your lov'd Lycidas?
For neither were ye playing on the steep,
" रहे mor


6, Oka Dadry ÉTÁKETO, DIE POKA Temper'd] On this word see P. Fletcher's Purple Isl.

c. ix. st. 3. Par. Lost, vii. 598. Warton.

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37 thou art gone] Browne's Sheph. Pipe (ecl. 4). But he

is gone.

50 Where] Spenser's Astrophel, st. 22,

Ah, where were ye the while his shepheard peares, &c.

Warton. E

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Lost Echo sits amid the voiceless mountains,
and feeds his set with his remembered lay

55 Grayton calls the "Helve

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70 Joe Hist. If 6 "Want quibus adpetention fance videretur quando Cham sapventions cupido grovice novisma exuitur 55 Draustin say, 125ttat de CIDAS. of Theverity, 166 Wild X G Did Axides &'ows

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it ford to see metold
Where your old Bards, the famous Druids, lie,
Nor on the shaggy top of Mona high, posla 14,5
Nor yet where Deva spreads her wisard stream
Ay me! I fondly dream! 55 Spreads toward the month
Had ye been there, for what could that have done?
What could the Muse herself that Orpheus bore,
The Muse herself for her inchanting son,
Whom universal nature did lament,
When by the rout that made the hideous roar,
His goary visage down the stream was sent,
Down the swift Hebrus to the Lesbian shore?


Alas! what boots it with incessant care
To tend the homely slighted shepherd's trade, 65

Musam melar And strictly meditate the thankless Muse?

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Were it not better done as others use,
To sport with Amaryllis in the shade,
Or with the tangles of Neæra's hair?

Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise (That last infirmity of noble mind) ree car abends pbook I didly potter I will not deny his appetite for flony whiche perous mund cub late Moss wisard] on the wisard stream of Deva, consult Warton's

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swift] Vir. En. 1. 321.

'Volucremque fuga prævertitur Hebrum.' tangles] Benlowes's Theophila, p. 2.


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Entangled thoughts in the trammels of their ambush hair.'

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Greene's never too late, Entangle men in their tresses.'
p. 58. Shirley's Doubtful Heir. p. 36. G. Peele's Works, ed.
Dyce, 1829, i. p. 17. ii. p. 11..

70 Fame]"Quasi hic subesset ingens Cupido gloriæ quæ

ed. Ox.


etiam sapientibus novissima exuitur." Strada Prelu. p. 161. a desires of honom s refinte & immortal • ame Leoted in the breast of every time scholen Milton becte 1632 cf. Paris et 31. Du between Urania earthly Muse far off the barbarous diporance

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72 cf. Wordsworth's "Plam ting & high thinking.
To scorn delights, and live laborious days;
But the fair guerdon when we hope to find,
And think to burst out into sudden blaze,
Comes the blind Fury with th' abhorred shears, Akropo
And slits the thin-spun life. But not the praise, calle
Phoebus replied, and touch'd my trembling ears;
Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil,
Nor in the glist'ring foil


Set off to th' world, nor in broad rumour lies; 80
But lives and spreads aloft by those pure eyes,
And perfect witness of all-judging Jove;
As he pronounces lastly on each deed,

Of so much fame in heav'n expect thy meed.





O fountain Arethuse, and thou honour'd flood, Atua ben
Smooth-sliding Mincius, crown'd with vocal reeds,

That strain I heard was of a higher mood:
But now my oat proceeds,

And listens to the herald of the sea ४

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For what is glory but the blaze of fame.' Warton.

75 blind] Spenser's R. of Rome. st. xxiv. 'If the blind Furie which warres breedeth oft.' Warton.

77 touched] Virg. Ecl. vi. 3.

-Cynthius aurem

Vellit, et admonuit.

79 foil] See Shakes. Henry IV. act. i. s. 2.



85 fountain] Hom. Od. xiii. 408. Kρývn'Apɛ0ovoŋ. Virg.

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87 higher] I'll tune my reed unto a higher key.' Browne's Brit. Past. iv. 41.

To capture till the savage clamon drown'd
Foot hory & vove, nor conect he dose defend
des. So fait and how, whether in Alves:
thes are heavtaly a

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