ily! B. II.
c. VIII. 3. Joseph Warton objects to Spenser's stanza, that its constraint led him into many absurdities.
Of these he instances three, of which I shall notice only one, since the two others (which suppose him at a loss for words and rhymes) will hardly seem valid to any one who knows the poet.
It is that it
obliged him to dilate the thing to be expressed, however unimportant, with trifling and tedious circumlocutions, namely, Faery Queen, II. II. 44:—
Now hath fair Phoebe with her silver face Thrice seen the shadows of this nether world, Sith last I left that honorable place, In which her royal presence is enrolled. That is, it is three months since I left her palace. Observations on Faery Queen, Vol.
I. pp. 158, 159.
Mr. Hughes also objects to Spenser's measure, that it is closed always by a fullstop, in the same place, by which every stanza is made as it were a distinct paragraph.
（Todd's Spenser, II. XLI.) But he could hardly have read the poem atten