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And crop-full out of -doors he flings,
whom all commend. There let Hymen oft appear In saffron robe, with taper clear,
119. Where throngs of knights and by this, that Milton's favorite dra
barons bold &c] It may per- matic entertainments were Johnhaps be objected that this is a little son's Comedies, and Shakespear's unnatural, since tilts and tornea- Plays : and in a few words he ments were disus’d, when Milton touches the distinguishing characwrote this poem : But when one teristics of these two famous poets, confiders how short a time they the art of Johnson and nature of had been laid aside, and what a Shakespear, the learning of the considerable figure these make in one and the genius of the other : Milton's favorite authors, his in- and there is this farther propriety troducing them here is easily ac- in his praising of Shakespear, that counted for, and I think as easily while he commends, he imitates to be excus'a. Thyer.
him. Love's Labor's lost, Act i. 132. If yohnson's &c ] We see Sc. 1.
And pomp, and feast, and revelry,
many a winding bout Of linked sweetness long drawn out,
This cbild of fancy, that Armado charming passage, but in every hight.
other where he has occasion to de
scribe the power of music, which 135. And ever against eating cares, shows how fond he was of it, and
Lap me in foft Lydian airs, &c.] finely exemplifies Horace's maxim, So also in the Mak fpeaking of
Verbaque provisam rem non inCirce and the Sirens,
vita fequentur. Thyer. Who as they sung, would take The Lydian music was very soft the prison'd soul,
and sweet, and according to Car And läp it in Elysium
fiodorus (Varior. lib. 2. ep. 40. ad It
may be observ'd that Milton's Boethium) contra nimias curas,aniimagination glows with a particu- mæque tædia reperta, remisione lar brightness "not only in this reparabat et oblectatione animos
With wanton heed, and giddy cunning,
heave his head
corroborabat. And fo Dryden length in the notes upon the third in his excellent Ode on St. Cecilia's Act of the Merry Wives of Wind. day.
for in Mr. Warburton's edition. Softly sweet, in Lydiar measures, Soon he footh'd his soul to plea- melancholy man; and Mr. Thyer
* Il Penferoso is the thoughtful fures.
concurred with me in observing 151. These delights if thou cans that this poem both in its model give,
and principal circumstances is taken Mirth, with thee I mean to live.] from a long in praise of melanThe concluding turn of this and choly in Fletcher's Comedy called the following poem is borrow'd The Nice Valor or Paffonate Madfrom the conclusion of two beau- man. The reader will not be diftiful little pieces of Shakespear, pleas'd to see it here, as it is well intitled The Passionate Shepherd worth transcribing. to his Love, and the Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd;
Hence all you vain delights, If these delights thy mind may
As short as are the nights
Wherein you spend your move, Then live with me, and be my
There's nought in this life
sweet, These two poems are printed at