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Russet lawns and fallows gray,
Sometimes with secure 9 delight
1 fallows. Meaning ? Gray peasants the names of Virgilian here means light brown.
swains and shepherdesses. “Cory2 pied, of varied color.
don,” “Thyrsis," "Phyllis,” “Thes3 Bosomed. What is the exact | tylis,” occur in the idyls of Virgi! meaning of this word here? and other Latin poets. 4 lies, resides, dwells.
messes, different kinds of food cynosure, a center of attraction. served up at table. For its derivation, see Glossary. 8 bower, apartment.
0 Corydon and Thyrsis. Mil secure, void of care. See Gloston's classical fancy gives to English | sary.
And the jocund rebecs 1 sound
1 rebec, a fiddle of three strings. 7 Tells. Supply he as subject.
2 spicy nut-brown ale (the same 8 the drudging goblin is the as Shakespeare's "gossips' bowl"'), Robin Goodfellow of British folka beverage consisting of ale, nut- lore, a “servant spirit that would meg, sugar, toast, and the pulp of grind corn for a mess of milk, cut roasted apples.
wood, or do any kind of drudgery 3 Mab, the queen of the fairies. work."
4 junkets, cream-cheese, and 9 lubbar=lubber, clumsy, awkother dainties.
ward. 5 She ... he, some of the story 10 chimney, fireplace, very ample tellers.
in the olden times. 6 friar's lantern, meaning the 11 crop-full, stomach-full. sprite known as Jack-o'-the-lan 12 flings, throws himself, rushes tern, or Will-o'-the-wisp.
(a classical construction).
Ere the first cock his matin rings.
1 his matin rings. Explain.
pomp, feast, ... revelry, 2 weeds, garments. See Glossary. mask, pageantry, were
8 triumphs, tournaments, and various forms of entertainment other public pageants.
highly popular in the early part 4 influence. “Here used in its of the seventeenth century. They original sense of the rays, glances, were all the rage at court. Milton or aspects flowing from the stars to himself wrote a “ mask" called the earth. These aspects were be- Comus. lieved to have a great and myste- 7 If Jonson's ...on; that is, if rious power over the fortunes of one of the comedies of the learned
Ben Jonson were performing. The 6 Hymen, the god of marriage,
was a low-heeled light shoe who, in the old plays, was repre- worn by actors of comedy, and sented as clothed in a saffron-col- by a figure of speech came to mean ored robe.
Or sweetest Shakespeare, Fancy's child,
1 Lydian, denoting an ancient and wondrous “cunning” that but Greek mode of music remarkable appears “giddy.” for its tender softness.
5 Orpheus' ... Euryd'ice. Or2 Married ... verse. Explain. pheus, son of Apollo, who, with 3 bout, niusical passage.
the music of his lyre, had the power 4 wanton
cunning. There to move inanimate objects. His is an apparent contradiction be- wife Eurydice having died, he foltween wanton (free, sportive) lowed her into the infernal region, and “heed;" 'giddy” and “cun- where the god Pluto was so moved ning" (skill); but the meaning is by the music, that Orpheus almost a “heed” (that is, à care, an art) succeeded in carrying her back to that only seems to be “wanton,” | earth.
2.- SATAN AND BEELZEBUB.
[The following two hundred and eighty-six lines are from the First Book of Paradise Lost, and come almost immediately after the opening, or invocation,
“Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit
The inquiry is then put, as to what moved our first parents to disobey; and answer is made, that it was the seductions of “the serpent, or, rather, Satan in the person of the serpent,” — Satan, whose pride had caused him to be cast out of heaven, with all his rebel angels. Then follow the magnificent speeches in which the interlocutors are the “arch-enemy” Satan, and his “bold compeer” Beelzebub.]
Him the Almighty Power
Nine times the space that measures day and night
1 Him; i.e., Satan.
3 penal. See Glossary. 2 adamantine. "Adamant” is, 4 durst=dared. literally, the unconquerable, usu- 5 Who ... arms. To what proally applied to the hardest metal; noun is this adjective clause an “adamantine,” not to be broken. adjunct?