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“The most exquisite poetical conceptions, images, and de
scriptions, are given with such brevity, and introduced with such skill, as merely to adorn, without loading, the sense they accompany."
“He gives a living picture of all the most minute and secret
artifices by which a feeling steals into our souls, of all the imperceptible advantages which it there gains, of all the stratagems by which every other passion is made subservient to it, till it becomes the sole tyrant of our desires and our aversions."
NATURE AND THE PASSIONS.
Look, how the floor of heaven
2 The moon, methinks, looks with a watery eye; And when she weeps, weeps every little flower.
7-iii. 1. 3
Phæbe doth behold
4 The moon, like to a silver bow, New bent in heaven.
A small flat dish, used in the administration of the Eucharist. ["Touching musical harmony, whether by instrument or by voice, it being but of high and low sounds in a due proportionable disposition, such notwithstanding is the force thereof, and so pleasing effects it hath in the very part of man which is most divine, that some have been thereby induced to think that the soul itself by nature is, or hath in it, harmony." —Hooker's Ecclesiastical Polity, B.v.
5 The watery kingdom, whose ambitious head Spits in the face of heaven.
6 Peace, hoa, the moon sleeps with Endymion, * And would not be awaked !
7 Yon gray is not the morning's eye, 'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow.f
8 The sun with one eye vieweth all the world.
The southern wind
The glorious sun, Stays in his course, and plays the alchemist; Turning, with splendour of his precious eye, The meager cloddy earth to glittering gold.
11 As whence the sun 'gins his reflection Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break; So from that spring, whence comfort seem'd to come, Discomfort|| swells.
12 The weary sun hath made a golden set,
* A shepherd of Caria, who, for insolently soliciting Juno, was condemned to a sleep of thirty years; Luna visited him by night in a cave of Mount Latmus. | Reflection of the moon.
| Woody. $ That is, to the sun's, to which the sun portends by his unusual appearance.
|| The opposite to comfort.