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Of Highest God that loves his creatures fo,
That blessed Angels he fends to and fro,
How oft do they their filver bowers leave
To come to fuccour us that succour want!
They for us fight, they watch and dewly ward,
: plant; I. 9. To serve to wicked man,] The old English writers, as they said “ to obey to," so they faid " to serve to.” See Wickliff, Matt. iv. 10. " Thou schalt worschippe thi Lord God, and to him aloone thou Malt serve.”. UPTON. II. 6. They for us fight, they watch and devoly ward.
And their bright Squadrons round about us plant ;] The guardianship of angels is a favourite theme of Spenser and of Milton. It is difficult to pronounce which of them has decorated the subject with greater elegance and sensibility. Spenser probably might here remember the following lines of Ileliod, Op. et Dies, ver. 121.
-- Δαίμονες είσι Διός μεγάλο διά βελάς,
'Εσθλοι, επιχθόνιοι, φύλακες θνητων ανθρώπων. .. Italian poetry, I fhould observe, delights in describing angelick Squadrons. See my note on Milton's Par. L. B. iv.977. Milton, indeed, before he had become deeply versed in Italian literature, borrowed from his favourite Spenser, this disposition of the
heavenly host into Squadrons bright. See his Ode Nativ. ver. 21. :." And all the spangled host keep watch in Sgựadrons bright.”
We may therefore no louger suppose that Milton could here be much indebted to, Sylvester's “ heaven's glorious host in nimble squadrons," Du Bart. p. 13. See Considerations on Milton's early Reading, 1800, p. 46. The fact is, that. Sylvester often plunders Spenser, but often also accommodates the theft to his purpose with little taste or judgement. TODD.
And all for love and nothing for reward: O, why should Hevenly God to men have such regard !
In Mammons House, the Palmer, whom
where; And, being on his way, approached neare Where Guyon lay in traunce; when suddeinly He heard a voyce that called lowd and cleare, 6 Come hether, come hether, O! come
hastily !" That all the fields resounded with the ruefull cry.
II. 9. O, why should hevenly God to men have such regard !] See Psal. cxliv. 3. “ Lord, what is man that thou haft such respect unto him; or the son of man, that thou so regardest him !” Upton. III. 3. That wanton Mayd] Phædria. See C. vi. 19.
CHURCH. III. 6.
when suddeinly He heard a voyce that called loud and cleare,] Browne has elegantly imitated this passage, Brit. Paft. 1616. B. 1. S. 5.
56 When sodainly a voice as sweet as cleare
“ With words divine began entice his eare." TODD. · III. 8. Come hether, come hether, &c.] So Spenser's own editions read. But the folio of 1609, fand later editions,]
“ Come hither, hither, O come hastily !” Which perhaps should thus be printed:
..Come hither, hither O come hastily !” Printers and transcribers are often guilty of repeating the same words, which is an errour 'to be met with in all books, more or less. Upton. I prefer Spenser's own reading; and the judicious reader, I .
To weet who called so importunely:
That bad him come in haste: He by and by • His feeble feet directed to the cry;
Which to that shady delve him brought at . last, Where Mammon earst did sunne his threa
fury: There the good Guyon he found Numbring
fast In fenceles dreame; which fight at first him " 'fore aghaft... :
Of wondrous beauty and of freshest yeares,
think, must be pleased with the hasty repetition of the words, Come hether. CHURCH. V. 1. Beside his head there fatt a faire young man,
Of wondrous beauty &c.] Milton, in his description of Satan under the form of a stripling-cherub, has highly improved upon Spenser's angel, and Taffo's Gabriel, C. i. ft. 13; both which he seems to have had in his eye, as well as in his Raphael, Par. L. B. v. 276. T. WARTON.
Decked with diverse plumes, like painted
jayes, Were fixed at his backe to cut his ayery wayes.
When having laid his cruell bow away
Suffers herselfe through sleepe beguild to bee, The whiles the other ladies mind theyr mery
to cut his ayery ways.] Aerias vias, Ovid, Art. Am. ii. 44.
- “ Quis crederet unquam
" Aërias hominem carpere posse vias." Upton. VI. 1. Like as Cupido &c.] Compare F. Q. i. Introdud. ft. 3, F. Q. ii. ix. 34, iii. vi. 49. T. WARTON. · VI. 6. And with his goodly fifters, Graces three :) I have often observed how Spenser varies his mythological tales, and makes them always subfervient to his poem. Another genealogy of the Graces is mentioned in F.Q. vi. x. 22, according to Hesiod. Concerning this genealogy, the reader may at his leisure consult Falkenburg. Ad Nonnum, p. 539. And Boccace, L. iii. C. 22. “ Dicunt Venerem Gratias peperise : nec mirum; quis unquam amor absque gratia fuit ?” So Milton :
" But come, thou Goddess fair and free,
. vi.. . Whom when the Palmer saw, abasht he was Through fear and wonder, that he nought
could say, Till him the Childe bespoke ; “ Long lackt,
alas, Hath bene thy faithfull aide in hard affay ! Whiles deadly fitt thy Pupill doth dismay, Behold this heavy sight, thou reverend Sire! But dread of death and dolor doe away;
For life ere long shall to her home retire, And he, that breathleffe seems, shal corage bold : respire.
VIH... • The charge, which God doth unto me arrett,
Of his deare safety, I to thee commend;
Long lackt, alus, &c.] The fense, I think, is this. “ Alas! your faithful aid has been niuch wanted in Guyon's late adventures. But contemplate this melancholy sight! And yet, be not apprehensive that he is dead; he is only in a fwoon, and shall foon come to himfelf." All the editions place a comma only after afay; Spenser's own editions, a semicolon after dismay; the first folio, Hughes, and the edition of 1751, a colon; and the fubfequent folios, a full stop. All place a comma only after Sire. But the lines should be pointed as we have given them.
CHURCH. VIII. 1.
- arrett] Appoint, allot. Fr. arrester, arreter, See alfo F. Q. ii. xi. 7, iii. viii. 7.