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So were I'out of prison, and kept fheep, Y pould be meriy as the day is long.]

i sa Mr. Spenfer beautifully defcribes the thepberd's life, Fairy Queen, book 6.

canto 9. in Melibee's answer to Sir Calidore, after his praising it.

XX. . OT 20821 “Surely my fon; (then anfwerd he again) “ If happy, then it is in this intent, “ That having small, yet do I not complain

Of want, ne wish for more it to augment, “ But do myself with that I have content ; " So taught of nature, which doth little need “ Of foreign helps, to life's due nourishment, « The field's my food, my flock

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« No better do I' wear, no better do I feed.

XXI. " « Therefore I do not any one envy, “ Nor am envy'd of any one therefore ;

They that have much, fear much to lose is

thereby, " And store of cares do follow riches store. * The little that I have grows daily more “Without my care, but only to attend it : “My lambs do every year increafe their fcore, “And my flock's father daily doth amend it. “What have I but to praise th' Almighty that u doth send it ?

ta'siri XXII. by To To them that lift; the world's gay shows


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" And to great ones such follies do forgive, “ Which oft thro? pride do their own peril weave, " And thro'ambition down themselves do drive 1. To sad decay, that might contented' live. - Me no such cares, nor combrous thoughts 1

offend, "Ne once my mind's unmoved quiet grieve ; “But all the night, in silver sleep I spend, And all the day to what I lift, I do attend.

XXIII, .“ Sometime I hunt the fox, the vowed foé * Unto my lambs, and him dislodge away; “Sometimes the fawn I practice from the doc, “Or from the goat her kid how to convey; : “ An other while I baits and neţs display, “ The birds to catch, or fishes to beguile : “And when I weary am, I down do lay“My limbs in every shade, to rest from toil, And drink of every brook, when thirst my

" throat doth boil.

The time was once when my first prime of

“When pride of youth forth pricked my desire,
“ That I disdain'd among mine equal peers

ow sheep, and shepherds bafe attire ; er fortune then I would enquire ; ring home, to royal court I sought, id fell mylent for yearly hire,

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XXV. ???" “ With fight whereof soon cloyd, and long “ deluded

'T. “ With idle hopes, which them do entertain; “ After I had ten years my self excluded: “ From native home, and spent my youch in

vain, "I gan my follies to my felf to plain,

er “ And this sweet peace, whose lack did then

appear. “ Tho' back returning to my, sheep again, i “I from thenceforth have learn'd to love more

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« This lowly quiet life which I inherit here.,,

XXIX. " In vain, said then old Melibee, do men: 1 « The heavens of their fortune's fault accuse; “ Sith they know best, what is the best for theni; " For they to each such fortune do diffuse, -4,5 “ As they do know each can most aptly use. “ For not that which men covet most is best, “ Nor that thing worst, which men do most

< refuse ! “ But fitreft is, that all contented, resti? “ With that they hold, each hath his fortunc " in his breast.


XXX., stoji ul “ It is the mind that maketh good or ill, " That maketh wretch, or happy, rich or poor; “ But some that hach abundance at his will, “ Hath not enough, but wants in greatest store; 6°And other that hath little, alks no more,

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« But in that little is both rich and wife:
"For wisdom is most riches, fools therefore

They are, which fortunes do by vows devize, “ Sith each unto himself his life may forțunize.”

Sc. ib. p.-444.
5 Arthur. No, in good footh, the fire is dead with

There is no malice in this burning coal,
The breath of heav'n bath blown its spirit out,
And strew'd repentant ashes on its head.]

Hubert had threatned Arthur, in the fame scene, to put out his eyes by fire; Arthur intreats him rather to cut out his tongue, and tells him the instrument, with which he intended to do it, was grown cold, and would not harm him: Hubert answers,

I can heat it, boy. To which Arthur replies, in the words under consideration.

So that one line, I think, should be read thus :,

$ There is no malice burning in this coal.”. No malice in a burning coal is certainly absurd.

Speed observes, in his History of Great Britain, elit. 1613. p. 419. “ That the king was mov“ed to take the advice of his council, touch“ ing his troubled affairs, whose sentence was,

(if we'll credit the reporter) that Arthur should “?lose his eyes : But the escaping of such tor^ ture, is by fome ascribed to Lord Hubert, by prochers, to the mediation of Queen Eleanor.

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o in dr00 9911 01 Artb. O, now you look like Hubert, all this while You were disguis'd.

Hubert. Peace, no niore, 'ddieu ;
Your uncle mujt nal "knowo but you cre dead; 9
I'll fill these degged Spies with false reports.]

Mr. Echard observes, [History of England, Vol. 1. p. 236.] “ That the king's friends ad“ vised him to deprive Arthur of his eyes, &c. “ to render him incapable of government; or

procreation ; to which cruel proposal he con« sented; but was disapp_inted by three per

sons, designed to be agents in it. One of .“ whom, out of a publick experiment, spread

a report of his death, which; instead of appealing, raised new, and great exasperations

amongst the inhabitants of Bretaign and An"jou.

Mr. Echard imputes this barbarous intention of the king's, to Prince Arlbur's declaring his an oath, that he should never enjoy peace til! he had restored it. To which Mr. Richard Niccols refers, in the Unfortunate Life, and Death of King John. [See his Winter's Nights Vifion, p. 68.5

8.5. publish'd 1610, with other tradsjord 0! Si guai cacbory Dinom 12 ta benda) va od

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