Though wee of Small Proportion see


From the French Translation of the Aminta of Tasso

Primary Texts:

MS's: F-H 283, 42*; Folger, 2-3.

Secondary Eds:

1713 Misc, 198-9; rpt of 1713: 1903 Reynolds, 118; rpt of 1903 Reynolds: 1928 Murray, 69; 1930 Fausset, 58.


"L'Abeille est fort petite, & quand elle nous blesse", Tasso, Aminta, de Torches, 58-9; II, i, 724-36.


A close witty paraphrase similar in technique to her free elaboration from Montaigne's brief "A Song of the Canibals." [Silvia] plays and sings." Has supremely witty amorous quality of Shakespeare's sonnet on the virginals (128: "How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st"): he "standing by" will "Impute the Music of the Strings,/And all the melting Words apply" to Miranda.
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