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Matter and motion he restrains, And studied lines and fictious circles draws,

Then with imagined sovereignty Lord of his new hypothesis he reigns."

44. Asgill. 50. Horace

"Snatch'd their fair actions from degrading prose,

And set their battles in eternal light." 98. De- Willed. Here is this wicked word.

Spetiser.

Unfinished parts,—or rather, indications of what the remaining books were to contain.

Fradubio and Frielissa. B. I, c. 2, xliii.

"We may not change, quoth he, this evil plight,

Till we be bathed in a living well."

Final action of the poem. B. 1, c. 11, vii.

"Fair Goddess, lay that furious fit aside, Till I of wars and bloody Mars do sing, And Briton fields with Sarazin blood bedide,

'Twixt that great Faery Queen and Paynim king,

That with their horror heaven and earth did ring."

Though he very rarely carries on the sentence from one stanza to another, he seems fond of carrying on the sound, and continuing the rhyme, or at least repeating the word at the beginning of one stanza with which the last ended. Some link of allusion or of souud he evidently liked to introduce.

Guyon was one who

—" knighthood took of good Sir Huon's hand.

When with king Oberon he came to Faery Land." 2, 1, vi.

Spenser's feeling concerning suicide. 2, 1, lviii.

Concerning burial. 2, 1, lviii. 1, 10, xlii.

Sansjoy is a person who must have been intended to be brought forward again.

If the allegorical names were always as happy as in the instances of Una and Duessa, the effect would be altogether so. Here they are good in themselves, and their significance not loo apparent.

Sir Hudibras. 2, 2, xvii.

2, 3, xxvi. A hemistich in the last line. 2, 8, lv.

2, 4, xli. A line of twelve syllables in the penultimate.

3, 4, xxxix. Hemistich, seventh line.

"As Arthcgall and Sophy now been honoured." 2, 9, vi.

Arthcgall. 3, 3, xxvii.

B. 3, c. 2, st. iv. An oversight,—Guyon instead of the Red Cross Knight.

"Achilles' arms which Arthegall did win."

3, 2, xxv.

In the Bernardo of Bernardo de Balbuena, the hero wins the armour of Achilles. C. 9.

Angela, the martial queen of the Angles, whose armour Britomart wears. 3, 3, lv.vi.-viii.

B. 8. An oversight concerning Florimel, e. 1. Prince Arthur, Guyon, and Britomart see her flying from the Foster, follow her, and separate. Britomart passes the night in Malecasta Castle, proceeds on her way. and encounters and wounds Marinel, c. 4. And, c. 5, Prince Arthur meets her dwarf, who tells him that she had left the Court in consequence of Marinel's wound.

In the Ruins of Time, he speaks of the Paradise

— "which Merlin by his magic slights Made for the gentle Squire to entertain His fair Belphcebe." 523-5.

"Our posterity within few years will hardly understand some passages in the Faery Queen, or in Mother Hubbard's, or other tales in Chaucer, better known at this day to old courtiers than to young students." —Jackson, 3, 746.

Pasquier had the same notion that models were as unfixed as they had been before his time.

Kent is said to have frequently declared "that he caught his taste in gardening from reading the picturesque descriptions of Spenser. However this may be, the designs which he made for the works of that poet, are an incontestable proof that they had no elTeet upon his executive powers as a painter.—Notes to Mason's English Garden, vol. i. p. 395.

Nor on his imaginative, Mr. Burgh might have added.

I think the versification of the ProthaI,union an Epith. was formed upon some of Bernardo Tasso's Canzoni. See vol. i. p. 95, 118.

Mother Hubbard's Tale was published separately in 12mo. 1784, "with the obsolete words explained."

"Die hem in zijn luister zien wil, leze slechts zijn eigen bruilofsdicht; het geen alle my bekende epithalamien overtreft."— Bilderdig K. Notes to his Essay on Tragedy, p. 173.

Pope says, " After my reading a canto of Spenser, two or three days ago, to an old lady between seventy and eighty, she said that I had been showing her a collection of pictures. She said very right. And I know not how it is, but there is something in Spenser that pleases one as strongly in one's old age as it did in one's youth. I read the Faery Queen when I was about twelve, with a vast deal of delight; and I think it gave me as much when I read it over about a year or two ago."—Spence's Anecdotes, p. 86.

Bildebdigk (ut supra, 174) says, "Eniblemata en Allegorien waren eeuwen lang t' troetelkind onzer Natien. Ik sta toe dat beide nuttig zijn, en hare vcrdienste en schoonheden hebben; maar zy toonen de eeuw van scherpzinnigheid, niet van het Dichterlijk gevoel, en dus, niet die der Poezy."

"Spenser (sir Egerton Brtdges says) gave rise to no school of imitators,—unless we attribute to his example the translations of Ariosto and Tasso by Harrington and Fairfax."

His peculiar language was the probable cause. But no poet has produced more effect in kindling others.

"The literary characters of men of inferior genius are made by the character of the age in which they live; and the main features of their writings are entirely of that artificial form: but master minds impose their own shapes and colours upon their compositions, which, if tinged with any marks of their age, only betray them in subordinate parts. If Spenser's designs and characters took the costume of days of chivalry, the prima stainjna of his poem, his main thoughts and language are founded on the truths of universal nature."—Sib E. Bbtdgeb, Theat. Poet. p. 34.

Braggadochio is to be found in Gyron le Courtoys, and I think also in "Peele's Old Wives' Tale;" but certes in Gyron.

Stmpson concludes his notes on B. nnd F. by saying, ''This is my first essay in criticism, and its good or ill success will either encourage me in, or deter me from prosecuting an edition of Spenser, toward which I have these several years been collecting materials. And as I wish to see a good edition of that fine poet, so I would invite all the learned and ingenious part of the world to contribute their assistance toward the effecting of it. For I am persuaded, that Spenser will make a figure no way inferior to the best Greek or Roman writers, when published like them, cum notis variorum."

Pageants and court masques accustomed the people to such personifications as Spenser's.

Lord Chatham's sister, Mrs. Anne Pitt, "used often in her altercations with him to say, 'that he knew nothing whatever, except Spenser's F. Queen.' And no matter, says Burke, how that was said, for whoever relishes and reads Spenser, as he ought to be read, will have a strong hold of the English language."—Hardy's Life of Lord CharlcmoiU, vol. ii. p. 286.

Sir K. Digbt published Observations on the twenty-second stanza in the ninth canto of the second book of Spenser's F. Queen. 1644.

"If it were put to the question of the Water Rhymer's works against Spenser's, I doubt not but tbey would find more suffrages; because the most favour common vices, out of a prerogative the vulgar have to lose their judgments, and like that which is naught."—B. Jon Son, Discoveries, vol. ix. p. 174.

1780. "johnson told me he had been with the king that morning, who enjoined him to add Spenser to his lives of the poets. I seconded the motion. He promised to think of it, but said the booksellers had not included him in their list of the poets."— Hannah More, vol. i. p. 175.

1759. Two editions of the Faery Queen, published by Upton and Church.—Monthly Review, vol. xx. p. 566-7.

Ditto, vol. xxx. p. 33. Spenser blasphemed by Michael Wodhull and his reviewers.

Ditto, vol. xliii. p. 306."The Faery Queen is frequently laid down almost as soon as it is taken up! because it abounds with loathsome passages!"

Ditto, vol. xliv. p. 265. The tiresome uniformity of his measure!

Ditto, vol. lii. p. 111. Specimen of the Faery Queen in blank verse, canto 1, 1774. See the Review.

Ditto, vol. lx. p. 324. Prince Arthur, an allegorical romance. The story from Spenser. 2 vols. 1778. (prose.)

When Horace Walpole was planning a bower at Strawberry Hill, he said, "I am

almost afraid I must go and read Spenser, and wade through his allegories and drawling stanzas, to get at a picture."—Letters, vol. iii. p. 25.

Muy.

1633. "On Monday after Candlemas day, the gentlemen of the inns of court performed their masque at court: they were sixteen in number, who rode through the streets in four chariots, and two others to carry their pages and musicians, attended by an hundred gentlemen on great horses, as well clad as ever I saw any. They far exceeded in bravery any masque that had formerly been presented by those societies, and performed the dancing part with much applause. In their company there was one Mr. Read of Gray's Inn, whom all the women and some men cried up for as handsome a man as the Duke of Buckingham. They were well used at court by the king and queen, no disgust given them, only this one accident fell:— Mr. May of Gray's Inn, a fine poet, he who translated Lucan, came athwart my lord chamberlain in the banquetting house, and he broke his staff over his shoulders, not knowing who he was: the king present, who knew him, for he calls him his poet, and told the chamberlain of it, who sent for him the next morning, and fairly excused himself to him, and gave him fifty pounds in pieces. I believe he was the more indulgent for his name's sake."—Gerhard, Strafford Letters, vol. i. p. 207.

Richardson.

Pamela. " I know not," says Ladt M. W. Montagu (vol. iv. p.l 12), "underwhatconstellation that foolish stuff was wrote; but it has been translated into more languages than any modern performance I ever heard of!" And she proceeds to relate a memorable example of its influence in Italy.

Apology for the life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews, in which the many falsehoods in a book called Pamela arc exposed. 1741.

Johnson's character of him.—Cbokeb's BoswelL, vol. iii. p. 91.

"I Recollect an anecdote (says Sib Joh N Hbbschel, in the opening address to the subscribers to the Windsor and Eton public library, of which the learned knight is president) told m« by a late highly respected inhabitant of Windsor, as a fact which he could personally testify, having occurred in a village where he resided several years, and where he actually was at the time it took place. The blacksmith of the village had got hold of Richardson's novel of1 Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded,' and used to read it aloud in the long summer evenings, seated on his anvil, and never failed to have a large and attentive audience. It is a pretty longwinded book; but their patience was fully a match for the author's prolixity, and they fairly listened to it all. At length, when the happy turn of fortune arrived which brings the hero and heroine together, and sets them living long and happily, according to the most approved rules, the congregation were so delighted as to raise a great shout, and, procuring the church keys, actually set the parish bells a ringing."

The Card, 2 vols. 1755. Monthly Review, No. xii. 1755, p. 117, a satire upon Richardson chiefly.

The History of Sir Charles Grandison, spiritualised in part, a Vision; with Reflexions thereon, by Theophila. — Ibid. Sept. No. lx. vol. xxiii. p. 255.

Bbooke in his Juliet Grenville, says of Pamela and its title: "Can virtue be rewarded by being united to vice? Her master was a ravisher, a tyrant, a dissolute, a barbarian in manners and principle. 'I admit it,' the author may say; 'but then he was superior in riches and station.' Indeed, Mr. R. never fails in due respect to such matters; he always gives the full value to title and fortune."—Ibid. No. 1. p. 19.

Brooke blames him for "undressing the sex."

"Richardson's works are more admired by the French than among us. To the generality of readers, if characters are ever so naturally drawn, they will not appear to be so, if they are improperly drest. Foreigners, who are not acquainted with our language and our customs, are unprejudiced by Richardson's defect in expression and manners, which are so very striking to ourselves as to conceal much of his very great merit in other respects."—Mas. Cabteb to Mas. M. vol. ii. p. 322.

Beattik allows that many parts in the first volumes of Clarissa, which seem wearisome, and he had almost said nauseating repetitions, might possibly please, upon a second or third reading, when we are acquainted with all the characters and all the particulars of the story. But few, he says, can afford leisure for this.—Life of BeatTie, vol. i. p. 29.

II. Walpole stopped at the fourth vol. of Sir Charles Grandison. "I was so tired of sets of people getting together, and saying, 'Pray,miss, with whom are you in love?' and of mighty good young men, that convert your Mr. M s in the twinkling of a sermon."—Letters, vol. i. p. 322.

Ibid, vol. ii. p. 100. The town called a child of Mrs. Fitzroy's, at whose house the great loo parties were held, Pam-ela.

The natural of modern novel, II. Walpole said, was a kind of writing which Richardson had made to him intolerable.—Ibid, vol. iii. p. 27.

"Nous en avons un modele prodigieux dans le roman Anglais de Clarisse, ouvrage qui fourmille de genie; tous les personnages qu'on y sait parler ou ecrire, ont leur style et leur langage d'eux, qui ne ressemblent nullement aux autres. Cette difference est observee jusque dans les nuances les plus fines, les plus delicates, les plus imperceptibles ; e'est un prodige continuel aux yeux du connaisseur; aussi Clarisse est peut-etre l'ouvrage le plus surprenant qui soit jamais sorti ties mains d'hoinmes, et !1 n'est pas etonnant que ce roman n'ait eu qu'un succes mediocre. Le vrui sublime n'est fait que pour etre senti de quelques aines privilegices; il echappe aux yeux de la multitude, s'il ne lui est indique ou transmis par tradition."—Grimm. Correspondunce Litteraire, torn. i. p. 14.

Randolph.

Stoby of a plagiarism from him. Lady M. W. Montagu. 4. 194.

P. 37. " Live well, and then how soon soe'er thou die, Thou art of age to elaim eternity."

91. — "yonder man of wood that stands To bound the limits of the parish lands."

His brother Robert, noticing his originality, says,

"Here are no remnants tortured into rime, To gull the reeling judgement of the time; Nor any state reversions patch thy writ, Glean'd from the rags and frippery of wit."

4. " Thou several artists dost employ to show

The measure of thy lands, that thou mayst know

How much of earth thou hast; while I do call

My thoughts to scan how little 'lis in all." 22. Bulls' guts must bend their bows. — "intendunt taurino viscere nervos."

Clacdian.

Was it so?

42. "Hath Madam Dcvers dispossest her spirit?"

Davies it should be, the never so mad a lady, of whom so good a story is told by Peter Heylyn.

43. " My physiognomy two years ago By the small-pox was marr'd, and it may be A finger's loss hath spoil'd my palmistry."

47. Ward, the pirate,

—" he that awed the seas, Frighting the fearful Hnmadryades;

That ocean-terror, he that durst outbrave Dread Neptune's trident, Amphitrite's wave."

His lost finger. 54. 106.

55. "For to my Muse, if not to me,

I'm sure all game is free, Heaven, earth, arc all but parts of her great royalty."

56. To Ben Jonson,—

"Wilt thou engross thy store Of wheat, and jKiur no more, Because their bacon-brains have such a task As more delights in mast?"

"Thou canst not find thein stuff That will be bad enough To please their palates."

121. "Iniquity aboundeth, though pure

Teach, preach, huff, puff, and snuff at it,

yet still, Still it aboundeth."

Muses' Looking-Glass.

121. "Had we seen a church,

A new-built church, erected North and
South,

It had been something worth the wondering at."—Ibid.

123. "It was a zealous prayer, I heard a brother make concerning playhouses.

Bur. For charity what is it?
But. That the globe,

Whereon, quoth he, reigns a whole world of vice

Had been consumed: the Phoenix, burnt to ashes,

The Fortune, whipt for a blind whore;

Black Fryars,
He wonders how it scaped demolishing
I'the love of Reformation. Lastly, he wish'd
The Bull might cross the Thames to the

Bear Garden
And there be soundly baited."—Ibid.

135." "There was a time,

(And pity 'tis so good a time had wings

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