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COLIN CLOUTS COME HOME AGAINE,
WITH REMARKS UPON
THE AMORETTI SONNETS,
AND ALSO UPON
A FEW OF THE MINOR POEMS OF OTHER EARLY
BY THE AUTHOR OF
REMARKS ON THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE,” TO WHICII
THIS VOLUME IS DESIGNED AS A COMPANION.
(E. A. Hit
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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the
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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.
“When I was comen ayen (again) into the place [?]
And in a launde, [lawn), upon a hill of flowers,
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.