The Poetical Works of John Dryden. Dryden, John.
"Cp. 'Under the opening eye-lids of the morn, / We drove a field', Lycidas 26-7; and 'With me to drive a-Field the browzing Goats', Dryden, Eclogues ii 38. For 'their team', cp. the passage from Roscommon quoted in l. 3 n above."
The Life and Works of John Dryden
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"Dryden was fond of the phrase: cp. Hind and the Panther 305; Ovid's Metamorphoses i 1055; and Aeneid x 970; but by 'rage' he meant anger. G[ray]. means rapture, ardour, inspiration (equivalent to the favourable sense of Latin furor). Cowley has 'noble rage' in Davideis Bk iv; and see Pope, Windsor Forest 291: 'Here noble Surrey felt the sacred Rage'; and Prologue to Cato 43: 'Be justly warm'd with your own native rage'; and Collins, The Passions 111. Thomson, Winter 597-601, has a passage which is close to G.'s meaning here and in the following stanzas: 'if doomed / In powerless humble fortune to repress / These ardent risings of the kindling soul, / Then, even superior to ambition, we / Would learn the private virtues'."
The Works of John Dryden by John Dryden
" ''The rimes in this stanza are scarcely exact'': says Dr Phelps. That they were at one time exact is certain; and they were probably exact to Gray's time. The wearisome frequency of the rhyme 'join' with such words as 'combine,' 'sign,' 'line,' in Dryden, Pope, &c. establishes the pronunciation of 'join' as 'jine' over a long period up to the middle of the 18th century; in Dryden we have 'spoil' rhyming with 'guile' and 'awhile'; 'boil' rhyming with 'pile,' and in Pope, Odyssey, b. 1.:
''Your widow'd heart, apart, with female toilThe very rhyme of the text is doubtless frequent; I find it casually in Johnson's London (1738):
And various labours of the loom beguile.''
''On all thy hours security shall smile,It is on record as an instance of Gray's pronunciation that he would say, 'What naise is that?' instead of 'noise.' The sound here indicated must be approximately that of the last syllable of 'recognize'; and analogously it seems probable that Gray himself said 'tile' for 'toil.'
And bless thine evening walk, and morning toil.''
Now for the rhyme of 'obscure' with 'poor.' If Gray pronounced 'scure' much as we pronounce 'skewer,' the rhyme is not quite exact; but it is more probable, if only from a certain Gallicizing tendency of his, that the sound for him was rather like the French 'obscur.' Dryden's rhyme for 'poor' is most frequently with 'more,' 'store,' &c., from which I infer, doubtfully, that he pronounced poor as 'pore.' Pope, makes 'poor' rhyme with 'door' which of itself determines nothing; but he also makes it rhyme with 'cure,' 'endure' and 'sure'; (which is like Gray); and further with 'store' and 'yore' (which is like Dryden). Thus in the famous story of Sir Balaam, with an interval of only two lines we have:
... ''his gains were sure,and
His givings rare, save farthings to the poor.
''Satan now is wiser than of yore,On the whole we may conclude that Gray pronounced 'poor' much as we do, and 'obscure' so as to rhyme with it.
And tempts by making rich, not making poor.''
When such rhymes as this stanza offers became merely conventional it would be harder to determine."
The Dramatic Works of John Dryden, Volume 1 With a Life …
"The image is of a scroll. Cp. 'Rich with the spoils of nature', Browne, Religio Medici I xiii; and 'For, rich with Spoils of many a conquer'd Land', Dryden, Palamon and Arcite ii 452."