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a name

field. Arcades could not there. Charillis, or Anne ; these three fore have been acted after 1636. of Sir John Spenser's daughters See MSS. Willis, Bibl. Bodl, fol. being best known at court. See Num. viii. f. 54. Pedigr. Bucks. Harrington has an Epigram to

Ne lesse praise-worthy are the Sisters this lady, b. iii. 47. In praise of three, &c. the Countesse of Derby, married After a panegyric on the two to the Lord Chancellour.

first, he next comes to Amarillis, This noble Countesse lived many or Alice, our lady, the Dowager yeeres

of the above-mentioned FerdiWith Derby, one of England's great- nando Lord Derby, lately dead.

est peeres ; Fruitfull and faire, and of so cleare But Amarillis, whether fortunate,

Or else unfortunate, as I aread, That all this region marvell’d at her That freed is from Cupid's yoke by fame:

fate, But this brave peere extinct by Since which, she doth new bands hastned fate,

adventure dread: She staid, ah! too too long, in Shepheard, whatever thou hast heard widowes state;

to be And in that state took so sweet state In this or that praysd diversly apart,

In her thou maist them all assembled All eares, eyes, tongues, heard, saw, and told, her honour, &c.

And seald up in the treasure of her

heart. A Dedication to this Lady Dowager Derby, full of the most

And in the same poem, he exalted panegyric, is prefixed to thus apostrophises to her late Thomas Gainsford's Historie of husband Earl Ferdinand, under Trebizonde, a set of tales. Lond. the name Amyntas *. See v. 432. 1616. 4to.

Amyntas quite is gone, and lies full But Milton is not the only Powe, Great English poet who has cele- Having his Amarillis left to mone! brated this Countess Dowager

Help, o ye Shepłeards, help ye all

in this, of Derby. She was the sixth

Her losse is yours, your loss Amyntas daughter, as we have seen, of Sir John Spenser, with whose Amyntas, flowre of Shepheards pride family Spenser the poet claimed

upon her


forlorne : &c. an alliance. In his Colin Clouts And to the same lady Alice, come home again, written about when Lady Strange, before her 1595, he mentions her under the husband Ferdinand's advanceappellation of Amarillis, with her ment to the Earldom, Spenser sisters Phillis, or Elizabeth, and addresses his Teares of the Muses,

is ;

* But if this poem, according to its dedication to Sir Walter Raleigh, was printed in 1591, then Amyntas would be Henry Lord Compton, who died 1589, and Amarillis, Anne his widow. Consequently, Alice is not Amarillis, but another of the three sisters here celebrated. But I date the poem, for unanswerable reasons, in 1595.6. See Life of Spenser, prefixed to Mr. Ralph Church's edition of the Faerie Queenc, Lond. 8vo. 1758. vol. i. pp. xviii, xxx. And compare Upton's edition, vol. i. Pref. p. xi. And his note, iii. vi. 45. Where Amintas may mean some other person. See Dugd. Baron. ii. 400. col. ii. 403. col. i. But this doubt does not affect the main purport of my argument.

published in 1591, in a Dedica- ties which she had conferred tion of the highest regard: where upon the poets. Thus the Lady he speaks of, “your excellent who presided at the represent“ beautie, your virtuous beha- ation of Milton's Arcades, was “ viour, and your noble match not only the theme but the pao with that most honourable troness of Spenser. The peer« Lorde the verie patterne of age-book of this most respectable

right nobilitie.” He then ac- Countess is the poetry of her knowledges the particular boun- times. T. Wurton.


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