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And early, ere the odorous breath of morn
inferior hand or voice could hit
73 gross] Compare Shakesp. Merchant of Venice, act v. sc. 1.
• There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st,
cluse in, we cannot hear it.' Shakesp. Mid. N. D. act iii. sc. 1.
*And I will purge thy mortal grossness 80,' &c. Warton.
Inimitable sounds: yet as we go,
O’ER the smooth enamell’d green,
Follow me as I sing,
And touch the warbled string,
By sandy Ladon’s lilied banks; 89 star] “Sun-proof arbours.' Sylvester's Du Bartas, 171, and G. Peele's David and Bethsabe, 1599. • This shade, sun-proof, is yet no proof for thee.'
Warton and Todd. 97 By sandy Ladon's lilied banks] Giles Fletcher's Christ's Victorie and Triumph, 1632. "To Ladon sands,' p. 14. and 'On either side bank't with a lily wall,' p. 49. A. Dyce. 97 sandy] Browne's Brit. Past. ii. st. iv. p. 107.
• The silver Ladon on his sandy shore.'
On old Lycæus or Cyllene hoar
Trip no more in twilight ranks;
A better soil shall give ye thanks.
shall have greater grace,
Such a rural Queen
MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. .
ANNO ÆTATIS 17.
ON THE DEATH OF A FAIR INFANT, DYING OF A
O FAIREST flower, no sooner blown but blasted,
That did thy cheek envermeil, thought to kiss, But kill'd, alas, and then bewail'd his fatal bliss.
For since grim Aquilo his charioteer
10 1 0] Shakespeare's Passionate Pilgrim.
Swet Rose, fair flower, untimely pluckt, soon vaded,
Todd. 6 kiss] Shakesp. Venus and Adonis,
*He thought to kiss him, and hath kill'd him so.' Newton.
If likewise he some fair one wedded not,
Of long-uncoupled bed, and childless eld,
So mounting up in icy-pearled car,
But all unwares with his cold-kind embrace Unhous'd thy virgin soul from her fair biding place.
Yet art thou not inglorious in thy fate;
But then transform’d him to a purple flower : Alack, that so to change thee Winter had no power!
Yet can I not persuade me thou art dead,
12 infamous] The common accentuation of our elder poetry. Drummond's Urania, 1616,
On this infamous stage of woe to die.' Todd.