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he gives thema fit of the ague.
The allusions however are not always to vulgar things:
The king was plac'd alone, and o'er his mi.. head
in .... . . A well.wrought heav'n of filk and gold
was spread. Whatever he writes is always polluted with some conceit: 1. : ; Where the sun's fruitful beams give
metals birth, . , Where he the growth of fatal gold does
fee, :, .." . Gold, which alone more influence has : than be online!
In one passage he starts a fudden question, to the confusion of philofophy:
Ye learned heads, whom ivy garlands
grace, Why does that twining plant the oak
... embrace ? The oak, for courtship most of all unfit, And rough as are the winds that fight
His expressions have sometimes a degree of meanness that surpasses expectan tion : . . . Nay, gentle guests, he cries, fince now
you're in, The story of your gallant friend begin.
In a fimile descriptive of the morning : As glimm’ring stars just at th’approach,
of day, Cashier'd by troops, at last drop all away.
The dress of Gabriel deserves attention : ;
.. He took for skin a cloud most soft and
bright, That e'er the midday fun pierc'd thro?
with light, Upon his cheeks a lively blush he spread, Wash'd from the morning beauties deepest red,
. An harmless flatt'ring meteor shone for
hair, vise. And fell adown his shoulders with loose
care ; it He cuts out a silk mantle from the skies, Where the moft spritely azure pleas'd
the eyes;!;!;. . ;. This he with starry vapours sprinkles all, Took in their prime ere they grow ripe
Of a new rainbow, ere it fret or fade, The choicest piece cut out, a scarfe is ; . - made. U ?!
This is a just specimen of Cowley's imagery : what might in general expreffions be great and forcible,' he weakens and makes ridiculous by branching it into small parts. That Gabriel was invested with the softest or brightest colours of the sky, we might have been told, and dismissed to improve the idea in our different proportions of conception; but Cowley could not let us go 'till he had related where Gabriel got first his skin, and then his mantle, then his lace, and then his scarfe, and related it in the terms of the mercer and the taylor.
Sometimes he indulges himself in a digression, always conceived with his natural exuberance, and commonly, even where it is not long, continued till it is tedious : i ;. .. i · l’ th’ library a-few choice authors stood,
Yet 'twas, well stor’d; for that small - store was good; i t '; Writing, man's spiritual phyfic, was
not theni,iui Itself, as now, grown a disease of men. Learning (young virgin) but few suitors knew; sint ;
. ; - The common prostitute The lately grew, And with the spurious brood loads now
the press } ,*103!"" Laborious effects of idleness !"! ::