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FAYRE Thamis streame, that from Ludds stately
towne Runst paying tribute to the ocean seas, 3 Let all thy Nymphes and Syrens of renowne Be filent, whyle this Bryttane Orpheus playes : Nere thy sweet banks there lives that sacred Crowne, Whose hand strowes palme and never-dying bayes. Let all at once, with thy soft murmuring sowne, Present her with this worthy Poets prayes : For he hath taught hye drifts in Shepherdes weedes, And deepe conceites now finges in Faeries deedes.
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GRAVE Muses, march in triumph and with prayses; .
WHEN stout Achilles heard of Helens rape, ...'
When Spenser saw the fame was spredd fo large,
And as Ulyfies brought faire Thetis sonne
Yet as Achilles, in those warlike frayes,
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TO looke upon a worke of rare devise
abour to commend a peece of worke, ich no man goes about to discommend,
Would raise a jealous doubt, that there did lurke Some fecret doubt whereto the prayse did tend :
For when men know the goodnes of the wyne, 'Tis needless for the Hoast to have a sygne. .
Thus then, to few my iudgement to be such
I here pronounce this workmanship is such
And thus I hang a garland at the dore;'
.:: : IGNOTO.
ADDRESSED, BY THE AUTHOR OF THE FAERIE QUEENE,
TƠ SEVERAL NOBLEMEN &c.'...'
To the Right Honourable Sir Christopher Hatton, ? Lord high Chauncelor of England &c. ,. THOSE prudent heads, that with their counfels
wise Whylom the pillours of th' earth did sustaine, And taught ambitious Rome to tyrannise,
And in the neck of all the world to rayne ; Oft from those grave affaires were wont abstaine,
With the sweet Lady Muses for to play:
So Maro oft did Cæfars cares allay.
Ver. 7. So Ennius &c.] The meaning is, “ So Ennius allayed the cares of Scipio Africanus, and so Virgil &c.” Claudian relates the same circumstance of Ennius; and possibly afforded it to Spenser. See Præf. in Lib. 3. Laud, Stilic..
“ Major Scipiades," et seq. T. WARTON. Ver. 9. So you, great Lord, that &c.] The diligence and integrity, with which Sir Christopher Hatton executed his office of High-Chancellor, manifest themselves in many pafsages of Queen Elizabeth's history. It is remarkable that, fince the exclusion of the ecclesiasticks from bearing this office, he was the first person preferred to it who was not a professed lawyer. He was made Chancellor in the year 1587 and died in 1591. See Camden's Annals Eliz. T. WARTON.
The burdein of this kingdom mightily, T With-like delightes sometimes may eke delay
The rugged brow of carefull Policy; of And to these ydle rymes lend litle space, ?. Which for their titles fake may find more grace.
E. S. ?
To the Right Honourable the Lord Burleigh, Lord
high Threasurer of England.. TO you, Right Noble Lord, whose carefull
brest To menage of most grave affaires is bent; And on whose mightie shoulders moft doth reft
may eke delay The rugged brow of carefull Policy :] May Smootk or Soften. The word delay is used by Spenser in the fame fense, in his Prothalam. ver. 3, where modern editions ima properly read allay. See the note on the passage. But Milton is the best commentator on the words now before us; for he describes the nightingale, in his Il Penseroso, ..
" In her sweetest saddest plight
“ SMOOTHING the rugged brow of night." TODD. Ver. 14. for their titles Fake] Their title being the Faerie Queene, who, represented Queen Elizabeth. Camden relates, that Sir Christopher was a singular favourite of the Queen, long before his promotion to the. Chancellorthip. However, as that historian adds, he was not raised to it purely by her choice, but by the artifice of certain Courtiers who, envious of his growing interest, thought to diminish his favour with the Queen, by conferring a post upon him which necef. sarily drew him from a constant attendance on the Court, and to which his ignorance of the law rendered him unequal.
T. WARTON. Ver. 1. To you, &c.]. See the Life of Spenser. TODD.