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Ayme! I fondly dream
The Dee has been made the scene of a variety of antient British traditions. The city of Chester was called by the Britons the Fortres; upon Dee ; which was feigned to have been founded by the giant Leon, and to have been the place of king Arthur's magnificent coronation.
But there is another and perhaps a better reason, why Deva's is a wis ARD stream. In Drayton, this river is styled the hallowed, and the holy, and the ominous flood. Polyol B. S. x. vol. iii. p. 848. S. ix. vol. iii. p. 287. S. iv. vol. ii. p. 731. Again, “ holy “Dee,” Heroic ALL EP 1st. vol. i. p. 293. And in his IDEAs, vol. iv. p. 1271.
In our author’s At A WAcAt Ion Exercise, Dee is characterised, “ancient H. Allowed Dee.” v. 91. Where see the Note.
Much superstition was founded on the circumstance of its being the antient boundary between England and Wales: and Drayton, in his tenth Son G, having recited this part of its history, adds, that by changing its fords, it foretold good or evil, war or peace, dearth or plenty, to either country. He then introduces the Dee, over which king Edgar had been rowed by eight kings, relating * Story of Brutus. See also S. iii. vol. ii. p. 711. S. xii. vol. iii. p. 901. But in the El Eve NTH SoN G, Drayton calls the Weever, a river of Cheshire, “The wis A R D river,” and immediately subjoins, that in prop Het Ick Skill it vies with the Dee. S. xi. vol. iii. p. 861. Here we seem to have the origin and the precise meaning of Milton's appellation. In CoMus, Yo also signifies a Diviner where it is applied to Proteus, y, 872.
By the Carpathian wisa RD's hook.
Tandem, care, tuæ mihi pervenere tabellae,
Pertulit—Occidua Dev AE Cest RENs is abora,
was the mother of Orpheus. Lycidas, as a poet, is here tacitly
compared with Orpheus. They were both victims of the water.