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Of Hesperus, and his daughters three,
That sing about the golden tree:
Along the crisped shades and bowers
Revels the spruce and jocund Spring,
The Graces, and the rosy-bosomed Hours,
Thither all their bounties bring:
There eternal Summer dwells,
And west winds, with musky wing.
About the cedarn alleys fling
Nard and cassia's balmy smells.
I lis there with humid bow
Waters the odorous banks, that blow
Flowers of more mingled hue
Than her purfled B2 scarf can shew.
And drenches with Elysian dew
(List, mortals, if your ears be true)
Beds of hyacinth and roses,
Where young Adonis oft reposes,
Waxing well of his deep wound
In slumber soft, and on the ground
Sadly sits the Assyrian queen ; 53
But far above, in spangled sheen,
Celestial Cupid, her famed son, advanced,
Holds his clear Psyche sweet entranced,



Note ', page 3. Unmindful of the crown that Virtue gives.

The stress is upon this fact: for, though it may not be a fault in itself to

"Strive to keep up a frail and feverish being,"

yet it certainly is to strive to koep it up " unmindful," &c.—Newton.

P. 3. To lay their just hands on that golden hey. Of St. Peter. Cf. Lycidas, ver. 110.

3 P. 4. That, like to rich and various gems.

Cf. "Richard II." Act II. Sc. 1, where John of Gaunt speaks of England s—

"this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea."

P. 6. Roving the Celtic and Iberian fields.]i.e. France and Spain.

5 P. 8. These my sky robes spun out of Iris' woof. Cf. "Paradise Lost," xi. 244.

6 P. 10. Pacing toward the other goal.]—See Ps. xix. 5.

7 P. 12. Dark-veiled Cotytto .'

The goddess of immodesty, formerly worshipped at Athens with nocturnal rites.

8 P. 18. Within thy airy shell. The margin of Milton's MS. gives "cell." See Newton.

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P. 24. Swinkt.]—Tired, from swink, to toil or labour

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13 P. 38. So dear to Heaven is saintly chastity. Spenser, "Faerie Queene," iii. 8, 29 :—

"See how the Heavens, of voluntary grace,
And sovereign favour towards chastity,
Do succour send to her distressed case:
So much high God doth innocence embrace."— Thyer.

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