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Of Arabie the blest, with such delay [league
Now to th' ascent of that steep savage hill Satan had journied on, pensive and slow; But further way found none, so thick entwin'd, As one continu'd brake, the undergrowth Of shrubs and tangling bushes had perplex’d All path of man or beast that past that way. One gate there only was, and that look'd east On th' other side: which when th' arch-felon saw, Due entrance he disdain'd, and in contempt At one slight bound high overleap'd all bound Of hill or highest wall, and sheer within Lights on his feet. As when a prowling wolf, Whom hunger drives to seek new haunt for prey, Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve In hurdled cotes amid the field secure, Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold: Or as a thief bent to unhoard the cash Of some rich burger, whose substantial doors,
138 wolf] 'Keen as the Evening wolf.'
Benlowe's Theophila, p. 44.
Cross-barr'd and bolted fast, fear no assault,
190 Cross-barrd] Cross-barr'd and double lockt.'
Heywood's Hierarchie, p. 510, folio, (1635). 191 In at the window] v. Spenser's Fairy Queen, lib. i. c. 3. ver. 17.
· He was to weet a stout and sturdy thief,
Then he by cunning slights in at the window crept.'
Dwelt in Telassar. In this pleasant soil
237 crisped brooks]
• Tremuloque alarum remige crispat
A. Ramsci Poem. Sacr. ed. Lauder, i. p. 3. 238 orient pearl] See Sir D. Lindsay, ed. Chalmers, ii. 327.
'Lyke orient perlis.'
With mazy error under pendant shades
And Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, i. 5. “He kissed the last of many doubled kisses, this orient pearl.'
Orient pearl was esteemed the most valuable. See Don Quixote (Shelton's Transl. vol. iv. p. 64.) 'She wept not tears, but seed pearl, or morning dew: and he thought higher, that they were like oriental pearls.'
244 smote] Val. Flacc. I. 496. 'Percussaque sole scuta.' Orl. Fur. C. viii. st. xx. Percote il sol ardente il vicin colle.' And Psalm (Old Transl.) cxxi. 6. The sun shall not smite thee by day.' Todd.
250 fables] Apples. Bentl. MS.
255 irriguous] Hor. Sat. ii. 4. 16. 'Irriguo nihil est elutius horto.' Hume.
Another side, umbrageous grots and caves
202 fringed] See Carew's Poems, p. 204.
From your channels fring'd with flowers.' And p. 119.
With various trees we fringe the waters' brink.' 204 apply] Spens. F. Q. iii
. 1. 40.
Their dainty layes' &c. Bowle. 269 Proserpine] With the same accent in F. Queen, 1. ii. 2. And sad Prosérpine's wrath.' Newton.
273 Daphne] See Wernsdorf. Poet. Minor. vol. vii. p. 1105. v. Capitolini vitam M. Antonini Philos. C. viii. p. 44, ed. Putman.