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COLIN CLOUTS COME HOME AGAINE,

EXPLAINED;

WITH REMARKS UPON

THE AMORETTI SONNETS,

AND ALSO UPON

A FEW OF THE MINOR POEMS OF OTHER EARLY

ENGLISH POETS.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

REMARKS ON THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE,” TO WHICII

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(E. A. Hit

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Remarks

upon the Amoretti (or Sonnets) of Spenser will be found in the 2d and 3d chapters of this volume; and the Sonnets themselves, for the convenience of the student, have been added to the volume.

The reader of the author's Remarks on the Shakespeare Sonnets, will find here some striking confirmations of the views there presented; but may discover many more by studying the early English poets in view of several pregnant hints in the Notes of Robert Bell, in his valuable edition of Chaucer's poetical works (London, 1862), particularly the note, vol. 4, page 201 on the following lines in the poem entitled the Assembly of Foules (or Birds) -where the curious reader may see the very Queen, the mystical Lady of so many poets.

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“When I was comen ayen (again) into the place [?]
That I of spake, that was so soote (sweet) and greene,
Forth walked I tho (then) my selven to solace:
Tho (then) was I ware (aware), where there sate a QUEENE, (N. B.]
That, as of light the sommer Sunne shene
Passeth the sterre, (stars), right so over mesure, [or, beyond measure, l
She fairer was than any creature.

And in a launde, [lawn), upon a hill of flowers,
Was sette THIS NOBLE GODDESSE NATURE.

NOTE, BY MR. BELL.

The reader will remark the close resemblance between the structure of this poem (the Assembly of Foules--or Birds—] and that of the Court of Love, already pointed out in the introduction to the latter poem. In these and in many detached passages of Chaucer's other poems, inay be detected A TENDENCY TO PANTHEISM, or the worshipping a principle supposed to pervade the Universe, rather than a personal Deity.

Some of the poets see this principle as Lady Nature, their mistress.

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