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In their vicissitude, and rule the night,
A mighty sphere, he fram'd, unlightsome first,
And sow'd with stars the heaven thick as a field.
First in his east the glorious lamp was seen,
His longitude through heaven's high road: the gray
358 sow'd] Spens. Hymn to Heav. Beauty. v. 53.
'All sow'd with glistering stars, more thick than grass.' Todd. 362 liquid] Lucret. lib. v. 282.
'Largus item liquidi fons luminis, æthereus sol.' Newton.
366 her] In the first ed. 'his horns,' which Fenton and Bentley follow.
373 gray] See Carew's Poems, p. 60, 12mo.
"The yellow planets, and the gray
Dawn shall attend thee on thy way.' Todd.
Dawn and the Pleiades before him danc'd, Shedding sweet influence. Less bright the moon, But opposite in level'd west was set
His mirror, with full face borrowing her light
374 Pleiades] Phosphoros. Bentl. MS.
375 sweet] P. Fletcher's Locusts, p. 40.
'There every starre sheds his sweet influence. Todd. 376 opposite] v. Adamus Exsul of Grotius, p. 20.
'Sed Luna, noctis domina, fraternum sibi
Furata lumen, splendet alienâ face:
383 thousand stars]
'Rutilantia corpora mille,
Mille oculos, mille igniculos intexit olympo.'
A. Rams. Poem. Sacr. i. p. 6.
And every bird of wing after his kind;
And saw that it was good, and bless'd them, saying, Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas,
And lakes, and running streams, the waters fill; And let the fowl be multiply'd on the earth. Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and bay, With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals
Of fish, that with their fins and shining scales
402 sculls] See Hagthorpe's Divine Meditations, p. 39.
407 shells] A. Rams. Poem. Sacr. i. p. 8.
'Pars quoque tarda, hærens scopulis, sub cortice concha,
409 armour watch] A. Ramsæi Poem. Sacr. i. 7.
'non remige pinna
Sulcat aquas, munitâ latens sub tegmine testâ.'
410 bended] See Huet's Note to Manilius, v. 418. he gives near ten examples from the Latin Poets of this expression. 'Perpetuum hoc Delphinum Epitheton.' v. Burm. ad Ovid. i. p. 269. Curvo Delphine.' Stat. Theb. i. 121. Also Fanshaw's Pastor Fido. p. 11.
'The crook-back'd dolphin loves in floods.'
Hugest of living creatures, on the deep
Mean while the tepid caves, and fens, and shores, Their brood as numerous hatch from the egg, that
Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd
Their callow young; but feather'd soon and fledge,
In common rang'd in figure wedge their way,
Their aery caravan, high over seas
Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing
416 spouts] Ov. Met. iii. 686.
'Et acceptum patulis mare naribus efflant. Newton.
422 clang] See Stat. Theb. xii. 516, and Burman's Note to Ovid. Metam. xii. 528. See Orellius on Arnobius, vol. ii. p. 477. Tryphiodorus. v. 345. (Merrick's Transl.)
'Loud as th' embody'd cranes, a numerous throng
Driven by the stormy winter sail along,
While the faint ploughman, and the labouring swain
425 region] Spens. F. Q. iv. 8. 9. Bentl. MS.
430 steers] See Sir J. Davies on Dancing, p. 158. (1602.) 'Yet do the cranes deserve a greater praise,
Which keep such measure in their airy ways,
Her annual voyage, borne on winds; the air
Their downy breast; the swan, with arched neck
Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows
Her state with oary feet: yet oft they quit
The dank, and rising on stiff pennons tower
Walk'd firm; the crested cock, whose clarion sounds The silent hours, and th' other, whose gay train
431 air] See Esch. Prom. v. 125.
ἀιθὴς δ' ἐλαφραῖς
Πτερύγων ῥιπαῖς ὑποσυρίζει.
434 Solac'd] Virg. Æn. vii. 32.
'Ethera mulcebant cantu.' Todd.
438 swan] See Donne's Poems, p. 297. (1633.)
440 oary] Sil. Ital. xiv. 190.
'Innatat albus olor, pronoque immobile corpus
443 crested cock] See Martial. Epig. xiv. 223.
See Sylvester's Du Bartas, p. 30.
"The crested cock sings "Hunt is up" to him.'