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Sic alt : bi autem onines quieti faéti funt filentio ;
CAN TO III. II.
Who feeing one that shone in armour fair. This is Braggadochio, who had just before stolen a horse and a spear. The poet here dresses him in armour, though he leaves us at a loss to guess how he came by it, and though afterwards he represents him as unarm’d. The fame sort of obfervation might be made on several places of this Poem.
Dotard (said he) let be thy deep advise;
And that weak eld hath left thee nothing wise.
Curis nequidquam exercet. Claudian, Bell. Get. 521.
-mentis inops fraudataque fenfibus ætas. Ovid. Met. VI. 37. · Mentis inops, longaque venis confe&ta fene&ta, Es nimium vixiffe diu nocet.
So passing piercant, and so wondrous bright,
As quite bereav'd the rash beholder's sight. Instead of bereaved him of sight.
Such as Diana, by the sandy shore
Did Thew her self in great triumphant joy,
Virgil, Æn. I. 502.
I know not what authority our Poet had to call Eurotas Swift, unless perhaps that of Statius, who calls him torrens, Theb. VIII. 432.
Hic et mente Lacon, crudi torrentis alumnusHe tells us, that Penthesilea was Nain by Pyrrhus : all the ancient writers say, by Achilles; except that trifler, called Dares Phrygius, whom Spenser, fhould not have followed,
When she at last him spying thus bespake; Hail, groom! didst thou not see a bleeding hind, Whose right haunch earst my stedfast arrow strake? If thou didít, tell me, that I her may overtake. Wherewith reviv'd this answer forth he threw; O Goddess! (for such I thee take to be) For neither doth thy face terrestrial shew, Nor voice found mortal, &c.
From Virgil, Æn, I. 325. Ac prior, Heus, inquit, juvenes, monstrate, &c. 0,-quam te memorem? virgo? namque haud tibi vultus Mortalis, nec vox hominem fonat. 0, dea certe!
But lo! my lord, my liege, whose warlike name
Is far renown'd through many bold emprise. One would think it should be many a bold emprise ;
as I. 1. 1. marks of many a bloody field. III. VIII. 12: miany a costly ornament, IV. 1. g. many a lovely dame. 29. gather'd many a day. IV. 111. 38, many a gorgeous ornament. IV. IV. 17. in many a battle. 26. many a warlike swain. IV. xi. 36. many a band. V. v. 21. many a day. VI. vii. 29. many a wight. VI. XII. 33. many a forged lie. Shep herd's Calend. many a weed, &c. &c. But II. 1!!. 15. we find,
And oft approv’a in many bard assay: And VI. v. 4
And proved oft in many perilous fight.
Speaking of Honour, he says,
To Pleasure's palace; it may soon be spy'd: And day and night her doors to all stand open
wide. Hefiod, Egy. 287. Την μεντοι κακότηλα, και λαδόν εςιν ελέθαι Ρηύδιώς. ολίγη [λείη] μεν οδος, μάλα δ' εγγύθι ναίει. "Της δ' αρετης ιδρώτα θεοί τροπάροιθεν έθηκαν 'AJávalor, panpos de rij betro diu@ in' Auliv,
Malitiam quidem cumulatim etiam capere
The foolish man
Thought in his bastard arms her to embrace :
To banish cowardise and bastard fear,
CANTO IV. 4:
The Poet thus defcribes Occasion :
And him behind, a wicked Hag did stalk,
That none thereof could ever taken hold,
Cursu volucri pendens in novacula