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This little simple elegy is given, with some corrections, from two copies, one of which is irr" The golden garland of
The burthen of the song, Ding Dong, &c. is at present appropriated to burlesque subjects, and therefore may excite only ludicrous ideas in a modern reader; but in the time of our poet it usually accompanied the most folemn and mournful Arains. Of this kind is that fine aerial Dirge in Shake(pear's Tempeft,
“ Full fadom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are corrall made ;
Nothing of him, that doth fade,
“ Into something rich and strange :
“ Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell, " Harke now I heare them, Ding dong bell."
[“Buriben, Ding dong."]
I make no doubt but the poet intended to conclude
the air in a manner the most folemn and expreffive of melancholy.