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Rough Satyrs danc'd, and Fauns with cloven heel
But, O the heavy change, now thou art gone, Now thou art gone, and never must return! Thee, Shepherd, thee the woods, and desert caves With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'ergrown, 40 And all their echoes mourn.
The willows, and the hazel copses green,
Shall now no more be seen,
Fanning their joyous leaves to thy soft lays.
Or taint-worm to the weanling herds that graze,
Such, Lycidas, thy loss to shepherds' ear.
Where were ye, Nymphs, when the remorseless deep
Clos'd o'er the head of your lov'd Lycidas?
Nor yet where Deva spreads her wisard stream: 55
50 Where] Spenser's Astrophel, st. 22,
Ah, where were ye the while his shepheard peares, &c.
37 thou art gone] Browne's Sheph. Pipe (ecl. 4). But he is gone.'
55 wisard] On the wisard stream of Deva, consult Warton's note. 35
Had ye been there, for what could that have done?
When by the rout that made the hideous roar,
Alas! what boots it with incessant care
To scorn delights, and live laborious days;
63 swift] Vir. EÆn. 1. 321.
'Volucremque fuga prævertitur Hebrum.'
69 tangles] Benlowes's Theophila, p. 2.
Entangled thoughts in the trammels of their ambush hair.' Greene's never too late, 'Entangle men in their tresses,' p. 58. Shirley's Doubtful Heir, p. 36. G. Peele's Works, ed. Dyce, 1829, i. p. 17. ii. p. 11.
70 Fame] "Quasi hic subesset ingens Cupido gloriæ quæ etiam sapientibus novissima exuitur." Strada Prelu. p. 161. ed. Ox.
74 blaze] So P. Reg. iii. 47.
'For what is glory but the blaze of fame.' Warton.
75 blind] Spenser's R. of Rome. st. xxiv. 'If the blind Furie which warres breedeth oft.' Warton.
And slits the thin-spun life. But not the praise,
Set off to th' world, nor in broad rumour lies;
Of so much fame in heav'n expect thy meed.
But now my oat proceeds,
And listens to the herald of the sea
That came in Neptune's plea;
He ask'd the waves, and ask'd the felon winds,
And sage Hippotades their answer brings,
77 touch'd] Virg. Ecl. vi. 3.
79 foil] See Shakes. Henry IV. act i. s. 2.
85 fountain] Hom. Od. xiii. 408.
x. 4. Æn. iii. 694. Warton.
Końvn'Agɛlovơn. Virg. Ecl.
87 higher] 'I'll tune my reed unto a higher key.' Browne's Brit. Past. iv. 41.
93 question'd] And question'd each wind that came that way.' Beaumont's Psyche, C. xviii. st. 56.
96 Hippotades] Eolus, the son of Hippotas, Hom. Od. x. 2. Ap. Rh. iv. 819. Ovid. Ep. ex Ponto, iv. x. 15, and elsewhere. Warton.
That not a blast was from his dungeon stray'd;
Next Camus, reverend sire, went footing slow, His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge, Inwrought with figures dim, and on the edge Like to that sanguine flow'r inscrib'd with woe. Ah! Who hath reft (quoth he) my dearest pledge? Last came, and last did go,
The pilot of the Galilean lake;
Two massy keys he bore of metals twain,
109 Galilean] Who on the troubled Galilean Lake.'
How well could I have spar'd for thee, young swain, Enow of such as for their bellies' sake
99 Panope] Alciphron Ep. lib. i. xix. 74. ed. Bergler.
103 reverend] 'One brought a reverend syre! Whiting's Albino and Bellama, p. 5.
'In either hand she held a massie key, . . .
Hen. More's Poems, p. 322.
Beaumont's Psyche, c. xvi. st. 140, and 141.
110 keys] Fletcher's Purple Island, c. vii. 62.
'Not in his lips, but hands two keys he bore,
and Dante Paradiso, v. 57. E della chiave.'
Creep, and intrude, and climb into the fold?
115 climb] Crept into the fold.' Prose Works, ii. 381, ed. Symmons.
121 herdman's] Milton writes it 'herdsman,' in his MS. 'Herdman,' is used in our transl. of the Bible, Amos i. 1. Todd.
124 Grate] Virg. Ecl. iii. 26.
Stridenti miserum stipulâ dispendere carmen.' Newton. 125 sheep] See Past. Ægl. by L. B. ver. 130, on Sir P. Sidney's death.
'Unhappie flock! that wander scattred now,
What marvell if through grief ye woxen leane,
130 two-handed] Yet, maie the ax stande next the dore.' Sir T. Smith's Psalms. Restituta. iv. 189.