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This Poem being writ in the manner of Spenser, the obso.
lete words, and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines, which borders on the ludicrous, were necessary to make the imitation more perfect. And the style of that admirable poet, as well as the measure in which be wrote, are, as it were, appropriated by custom to all allegorical Poems writ in our language ; just as in French, the style of Marot, who lived under Francis the First, has been used in tales, and familiar epistles, by the politest writers of the age of Louis the Fourteenth.
or greatest of magicians Gear or Geer-furniture, or enchanters.
equipage, dress. Apaid-paid.
Hight -- named, called ; Bale- sorrow,
trouble, and sometimes it is misfortune.
used for is called, See Benempt-named.
Stanza vii. Blazon — painting, dis-Idless— Idleness. playing.
Imp-Child, or offspring; Breme-cold, raw. from the Saxon impan, Carolto sing songs of to graft or plant. joy.
Kest-for cast. Caucus—the north-east Lad-for led. wind.
Lea-a piece of land, or Certes-certainly.
meadow. Dan—a word prefixed to Libbard-leopard.
Lig--to lie. Deftly-skilfully. Losel-aloose idle fellow. Depainted-painted. Loutingą bowing, bendDrowsy-head drowsy- ing.
Lithe-loose, lax. Eath-easy.
Mell---mingle. Eftsoons — immediately, Moe--more.
often, afterwards. Moil—to labour. Eke also.
Muchel or Mochel Ween-to think, be of much, great.
opinion. Nathlessncvertheless. Weet-to know; to weet, Ne-nor.
to wit. Needments necessaries. Whilom — ere-while, for. Noursling-a child that is merly. nursed.
Wight-man. Noyance-harm. Wis, for Wist-to know, Prankt-coloured, adorn- think, understand. ed, gayly.
(a Noun)DwelPerdie (Fr. par Dieu) an ling. old oath.
Wroke-wreakt. Prick'd through the fo
rest-rode through the forest.
N. B. The letter Y is freSear-dry, burnt up. quently placed in the begin. Sheen-bright, shining.
ning of a word, by Spenser,
to lengthen it a syllable, and Sicker-surely.
en at the end of a word, for Soot-sweet, or sweetly.
the same reason, as with.
outen, casten, &c.
ing with heat. Yblent, or blent-blend. Swink-to labour.
ed, mingled. Smackt-savoured. Yclad-clad. Thrallslave.
Ycleped-called, named. Transmew'd— tranform- Yfere—together.
Yode, (preter tense of Unkempt-(Lat. incomp- yede) went.