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Sometimes witli secure delight
Then to the spicy nut-brown ale,
That ten day labourers could not end;
Tow'red cities 48 please us then,
With wanton heed, and giddy cunning,
These delights if thou canst give,
140 32 Fallows, fields which have been 45 Friar's lantern, the ignis fatuus
1 L'Allegro, the mirthful or cheerful turn which tend to surprise and
man. This poem is intended to puzzle by their intricacy. picture the cheerfulness and plea- 14 Wanton wiles, sly, artful tricks sure of such a man.
done in sport. 2 Loathed, detested, hated.
15 Becks, signs made with the head 3 Melancholy. It is here addressed or hand.
as though it were a person. 16 Hebe, the goddess of youth. 4 Cerberus, the three-headed dog 17 Wrinkled care, the forehead be
that guarded the entrance of comes furrowed or wrinkled by
Hades (the lower world). 5 Blackest midnight, Nox, the per- 18 Derides, laughs at.
sonification of night, represented 19 Trip, dance. as the daughter of Chaos.
20 Crew, company. 6 Stygian, hateful. An adjective 21 Watch-tower, in allusion to the
from Styx, the chief river of great height to which the sky. Hades,
lark soars. 7 Ebon, dark, black, from ebony, the 22 Dappled, speckled or spotted, in name of a black wood.
allusion to the sky, the early 8 Cimmerian. The Cimmerians were morn being flecked or spotted
a people, according to Homer, with light clouds. who lived in a far-off western 23 Twisted eglantine, the honeysuckle country of perpetual mists and or woodbine so often found twindarkness. “Cimmerian dark- ing around the stems of young ness" became a proverb.
trees. 9 Yclep'd, called.
24 Hoar, appearing of a white or 10 Euphrosyne, the mirthful; one of greyish-white colour through the the three graces.
haze of distance. 11 Nymphs. The nymphs (according 25 Hillocks, little hills.
to ancient mythology) were fe- 26 Amber, a yellow or golden colour. male goddesses presiding over 27 Liveries, splendid colours. different parts of nature; us the 28 Dight, dressed, adorned, or ar. woods, seas, rivers, mountains, ranged. &c.
29 Blithe, blithe'y. 12 Quips, smart sayings or jokes, 30 Whets, sharpens. 13 Oranks, sayings having a lively | 81 Russet, reddish-brown.
ploughed, but which are left for commonly known as a Willo' the a year or more before they are Wisp,'
" "Jack o' Lantern." sown or tilled.
46 Drudging, toiling, hard-working. 33 Labouring, moving slowly, as hea- 47 Goblin, a mischievous spirit. vily laden.
43 Tower'd cities, towns with lofty or 34 Pied, of varied colour.
grand buildings. 35 Towers and battlements, referring 49 Both, wit and arms.
to the turreted castles so common 50 Hymen, the god of marriage.
in England at Milton's time. 51 Saffron, deep yellow. 36 Lies, lives, dwells.
52 Well-trod stage, the theatre. 37 Cynosure, the constellation of stars 53 Ben Jonson (1574-1637), was the
called the Lesser Bear, in which most learned of the dramatists is the North Polar Star.
of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. 38 Messes, kinds of food.
54 Sock, a low-heeled light shoe, worn 39 Tann'd, made brown by the heat in ancient times by actors of of the sun.
comedy. 40 Hamlet, a very small village, lite- 55 William Shakespeare (1564-1616), rally a little house.
was the greatest of English dra. 41 Jocund, merry, cheerful.
matists and poets. 42 Rebec, a stringed musical instru: 56 Lydian airs, noted among the an
ment something like a fiddle or cients as the most tender and guitar, with three strings, played sweet. on with a bow.
57 Orpheus, a fabulous Greek poet and 43 Mab, Queen of the fairies.
singer among the Greeks. 44 Junkets, country dainties or sweet. 58 Pluto, the god of the lower or inmeats.
'Twas at the royal feast for Persia? won
His valiant' peers * were plac'd around; Their brows with roses and with myrtle bound:
(So should desert' in arms be crown'd.)
Happy, happy, happy pair !
None but the brave,
None but the brave deserve the fair.
With flying fingers touched the lyre ; 8
And heavenly joys inspire. —
The list'ning crowd admire the lofty sound:
With ravished 10 ears
And seems to shake the spheres. The praise of Bacchus," then, the sweet
musician sung, Of Bacchus, ever fair and ever young! 30 The jolly god in triumph comes !
Sound the trumpets! beat the drums ! Flush'd with a purple grace,
He shows his honest face,
he comes !
Bacchus' blessing are a treasure ;