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bim. But this is so forced and intricate, that I believe the reader will prefer this conjecture of a friend of mine :
“ Him-first to love, that us so dearly bought.”
White as the native rose, before the change
Bion, Idyll. I. 66.
See also Pervigilium Veneris. 23.
As to afflict fo fore
So fore, for as forely.
I BI D.
In pureness, and in all celestial grace,
Adorn'd with wisdom and with chastity.-
Whilst thus I looked, loe, adown the lee
Wild beasts and forrests after him to lead;
But was th’ harp of Phillifides now dead.
So now in heaven a Sign it doth appear,
I think it should be,
And borne above the clouds to be divin'd.
“ To be divin'd;" that is, I suppose, to be deified, by being made a constellation : dToJetodas.
Ovid, whom Spenser has in view, says of the karp of Orpheus, Met. XI. 51.
Medio dum labitur amne, Flebile nefcio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua Murmurat exanimis : respondent flebile ripe.
I BI D.
Is it so uneath
Virgil, Æn. XII. 646.
Usque adeóne mori miferum eft ??
I BI D.
But, as the mother of the Gods, that sought
What a jumble is this? I suppose he would have spoken of Ceres and Proserpina.
MUIOPO TMO S.
Minerva did the challenge not refuse, &c.
Much of what follows is taken from the fable of Arachne in Ovid, Met. XI. 5, &c.
I BI D.
Emongst those leaves she made a Butterfly
His broad out-stretched horns, his airy thighs,
I think it should be, his hairy thiglrs.
THE TEARS OF THE MUSES.
See Midsummer Night's Dream, Act. V. Scene I.
Rehearse to me, ye sacred sisters nine,
Of you his mournful sisters was lamented, ,
I think it is against mythology to make the Muses the daughters of Apollo. Since the timewere nouer since invented, is a redundancy; but such as is common in good writers : For instance,
Virgil, En. IV. 24.
I shall here transcribe fome examples of Redundancies, which I find the Editor of the Miscellaneous Observations has collected; Vol. II. p. 37
Catullus, De Aty. LXI. 47.
Nexus denique, qui manus retrorfils
In tergum revocaverant revinetas.
Nec torquere facem potis est ad figna Trionum,
Nec folitum conversus iter revocare retrorsurr.
Ac versa retro fidera obliquos agant
Lucretius, II. 128.
Multa videbis enim plagis ibi percita cæcis
Quod misum eft ex ætheris oris
Quæ demersa liquore obeunt, refracta videntur