1] This is from three books of satires, first published in 1598, followed by a second edition in 1599.
3] Delian deity: Apollo.
4] Offspring of Mnemosyne: the Muses.
5] pray in: invoke.
Castalian: the fountain of Castalia, on the slopes of Parnassus, was sacred to Apollo and the Muses.
19-20] An allusion to the sixth labour of Hercules.
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Original text: John Marston, The Scourge of Villanie. Three bookes of satyres (London: J. R[oberts]., sold by J. Buzbie, 1598). STC 17485.
First publication date: 1598
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.257; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/28
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