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Which he atchieved to his owne great gaines,
And from the townes into the countrie forsed,
And to the litle cots, where shepherds lie
There on a day, as he pursew'd the chace,
* Scorsed, chaced.
III. 3. — But natures der.] Only so much as was required by nature.
IV. 9. — Wrathfull time.] Church and Upton are of opinion that Spenser wrote “ tine,” inclemency.
Playing on pypes and caroling apace,
And them to tell him courteously besought,
Offred him drinke to quench his thirstie heat,
Of sundry flowres with silken ribbands tyde,
Upon a litle hillocke she was placed
VII. 4. — Such homely what.] Such homely fare.
Higher then all the rest, and round about
As if some miracle of heavenly hew
And, caroling her name both day and night,
X. Ne was there heard, ne was there shepheards swayne, But her did honour; and eke many a one Burnt in her love, and with sweet pleasing payne Full many a night for her did sigh and grone: But most of all the shepheard Coridon For her did languish, and his deare life spend; Yet neither she for him nor other none
Did care a whit, ne any liking lend:
" Then, than.
Rout, company. * Soothly, truly.
* Trim, nice, fair.
And markt her rare demeanure, which him seemed
By any skill out of his cruell hands;
will had thence to move away,
And evermore bis speach he did apply
With shepheards hooke in hand, and fit attyre,
· Meane, mien. ? Quest, object of pursuit. Fell, befell. • Heards, keepers of cattle. 5 Fantazy, fancy, apprehension.
XI. 5. — A Princes paragone.) A companion for princes.
XIV. He was to weet, by common voice, esteemed The father of the fayrest Pastorell, And of herselfe in very deede so deemed; Yet was not so; but, as old stories tell, Found her by fortune, which to him befell, In th' open fields an infant left alone; And, taking up, brought home and noursed well
As his owne chyld; for other he had none; That she in tract of time accompted was his owne.
XV. She at his bidding meekely did arise, And streight unto her litle flocke did fare: Then all the rest about her rose likewise, And each his sundrie sheepe with severall care Gathered together, and them homeward bare: Whylest everie one with helping hands did strive Amongst themselves, and did their labours share,
To helpe faire Pastorella home to drive Her fleecie flocke; but Coridon most helpe did give.
XVI. But Melibee (so hight? that good old man) Now seeing Calidore left all alone, And night arrived hard at hand, began Him to invite unto his simple home; Which though it were a cottage clad with lome,
| Tract, course.
? Hight, was called.
XIV. 4. — As old stories tell, &c.] “ The story of Pastorella is founded on the old romance called Dorastus and Faronia, from which Shakspeare borrowed the plan of his play called the “Winter's Tale' Or rather Spenser might borrow from the original, viz., the pastoral of Daphnis and Chloe, by Longus.” — Upton.
XVI. 5.— Clad with lome.] Built of, or covered with, clay.