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DRAYTON'S SONG OF SUSSEX.
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were less generous than the princes, and the first part fell flat. The poet complains that "the Stationers" vexed because it did not sell so quickly "as some of their beastly and abominable trash" had left out the epistles to the readers from some of the copies sold. For those who despised their Fatherland, Drayton has a mag­nificent burst of scorn. The notes to the " Poly-albion" were written by John Selden, the most learned of all the South Saxons. This gives additional interest to the portion here reprinted, in which we have bygone Sussex of the sixteenth and earlier part of the seventeenth century pictured by the mighty pens of Drayton and of Selden.
" And soon the pliant Muse doth her brave wing advance, Tow'rds those Sea-bord'ring shores of ours, that point at
France; The harder Surrian Heath, and the Sussexian Downe. Which with so great increase though Nature do not crowne, As many other Shires, of this inviron'd He : Yet on the Weathers * head, when as the sunne doth smile, Nurst by the Southern Winds, that soft and gently blowe, Here doth the lusty sap as soon begin to flowe; The Earth as soon puts on her gaudy Summer's sute; The woods as soon in green, and orchards great with fruit To Sea-ward, from the seat where first our song begun, Exhalted to the South by the ascending sunne, * The sun in Aries.
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