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B. i. c. x. f. xii.

The eldest
Like sunny beames threwe from her crystall face,

That could have daz'd the raih beholders fight; And round about her head did shine like heavens light.

That could have daz’d, i. e. That WHICH, &c.

THAT put for that which occurs in other places, and may mislead a reader not acquainted with Spenser's manner.

Thus again, That erst him goodly arm’d, now most of all him harm’d.

1. II. 27.

That one did reach, the other pusht away.
That one did make, the other mard againe.

4. I 29.

He should not haye omitted WHICH in the last verse of the text, and WHICH round about her, &c.

And in the following.

To think gold That is brass.

6. Introd. 5.

This was a common fault of his age; and our liturgy affords a similar instance of it. “ To do always that 6 is righteous in thy fight.”

B. i. c. X. s. xliii.

Had charge the tender orphanes of the dead,

And widows ayde, , That is, widows To ayde.

B. i. c. xii, f. ix.

The fight with idle feare did them dismay,
Ne durit approche him nigh,

Ne durft THEY approche him nigh, &c.

B. ii. c. ii. f. xxxviii.

As gentle hind, whose sides with cruell steele
Through lanced, forth her bleeding life doth raine,
Whiles the sad pang approching she doth feele,
Brayes out her latest breath.

She should have been inserted before brayes out, &c.

B. ii. c. . . xvii.

Sterne melancholy did his courage pass,
And was (for terror more) all arm'd in shining brass.

He means, and he was for, &c.

B. ii. c. iv. f. ix.

And eke that hag with many a bitter threat
Still cald upon to kill him in the place.

That

That is, fill called upon HIM to, &c.

B. v. c. iii. s. xiii.

Which when he had perform’d, then backe againe
To Bragadocchio did his shield restore.

To Bragadocchia He did, &c.

B. i. c. iii. f. v.

Soon as the royal virgin he did spy,
With gaping mouth at her ran greedily.

That is, he ran, &c.

B. i. c. i. f. iv.

Seemed in heart fome hidden care she had,

For it seemed, &c.

The impersonal stem was often ufed without it. As in Januarie.

May seeme he lov'd.

In Februarie.

Seemeth thy flocks thy counsel can.

In May.

Seemed she saw in her youngling's face

The old lineaments of his father's grace. VOL. II.

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MESEEMETH is also used in the same manner. Thus.

Mefeemed by my side a royall maid
Her daintie limbes full softly down did lay.

1. 9. 13. Thus also, at a' masque, in which Henry VIII. came disguised, with twelve masquers, noblemen of the court, to surprise cardinal Wolsey, while he was fitting at a banquet; the cardinal suspecting there was some great personage among them, says, Mefeemeth “ there should be a nobleman among them, who is “ more meete to occupie this place and feate than “ I am, &c.” And afterwards, fixing on one of the masquers whom he fupposes to be the king, “ Me

seemes the gentleman with the black beard Ihould “ be even hee, &c*."

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* Stowe's Annals, ed. 1614. fol. 504, 505. “ When it pleased the “ king, for his recreation, to repaire to the cardinal's house, [Whitehall]

as he did divers times in the yeere, there wanted no preparations or “ furniture. Banquets were sett forth, with maskes and mummeries, " in so gorgeous a fort, and costlie manner, that it was an heaven to " behold. There wanted no dames, or damosels, meete or apte to “ daunce with the maskers, or to garnith the place for the time. Then

was there all kinde of musicke and harmony, with fine voices, both si of men and children.” Ibid.

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So gafy was to quench his flamed mind.

2. 8.4

B. I. c. i. f. x,

Farthest from end, then when they nearest ween.

Themselves is omitted, the proper accusative to ween. Unless he gave it THEM for then.

B. i. c. x. s. lxii.

As for loose loves are vaine, and vanish into nought.

As for kofe loves THEY are vaine, &c.

In these lines,

Was underneath enveloped with gold,
Whose gliftring gloss DARKNED with filthy duft.

2. 8. 4. fays Dr. Jortin, DARKNED is put for was darkned; and among other instances of Spenser's elleipses, produces the following, in the Tears of the Muses.

And all the fifters rent their golden hairs,
And their fair faces with salt humour sleep.

Skeep for did steep. - Of this sort there is an elleipfis in
these lines of Milton's Epitaph on the Marchioness of
Winchester,
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