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1 Drummond, it will be remarked, speaking from memory, takes Cuddy to be Colin. In Milton's ‘Lycidas’ there are reminiscences of this eclogue as well as of that for May. The latter are the more evident, but I think that Spenser's
Cuddie, the praise is better than the price,suggested Milton's
But not the praise,Shakespeare had read and remembered this pastoral. Compare
Phoebus replied, and touched my trembling ears.
But, ah, Mecaenas is yclad in clay,with
And great Augustus long ago is dead,
And all the worthies liggen wrapt in lead,
King Pandion, he is dead;It is odd that Shakespeare, in his ‘apt in lead,’ is more Spenserian than Spenser himself, from whom he caught this ‘hunting of the letter.’
All thy friends are lapt in lead.
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