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In this Monody, the author bewails a learned

friend, unfortunately drowned in his passage

from Chester on the Irish seas, 1637. And

by occasion foretells the ruin of our corrupted clergy, then in their highth.

ET once more, O ye laurels, and once more
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere,

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I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude;
And with forc'd fingers rude,
Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year: 5
Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear,

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Ovid, ART. AMA to R. Lib. iii. 690.
Ros maris, et lauri, NIGRAQye My RTUs olet.

Horace contrasts the brown myrtle with the green ivy, Op. i.
xxxv. 17. . . .
Laeta quod pubes edera virenti
Gaudeat, Pu LLA magis atque MY Rto.

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With matter SE RE foment. And in our Author’s PsALMs, ii. 27. If once his wrath take fire like fuel se Re. 5. Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year.] So in PA R A p. J. B. x. 1066. — shatt ERING the graceful locks Of these fair spreading trees. Ibid. —Mellowing year.] Here is an inaccuracy of the poet. The Mellowing year could not affect the leaves of the laurel, the myrtle and the ivy; which last is characterised before as never Jere. -- Compels

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It is wonderful that Bentley, with all his Grecian predilećtions,

and his critical knowledge of the precise original meaning of F---- - - - - - - - A 2 PTOMOX,

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13. Unwept, and welter, &c.] Thus in our author's EpirAPHI UM DAMon is, a Latin poem on the death of another of his friends. v. 28.

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Fenton has adopted Tickell's reading in his edition of 1725.
Hence

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26. Under the opening eye-lids of the morn.] Perhaps from Thomas Middleton’s GAME At CH esse, an old forgotten Play, published about the end of the reign of James the first, 1625,

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