5] extremest sphere: outermost sphere. The metaphor is from the Ptolemaic system of concentric spheres, revolving around the earth.
6] pale: enclosure.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Edmund Waller, Poems (1645); facs. edn., Poems, 1645, together with poems from Bodleian MS Dond. 55 (Menston: Scolar Press, 1971). PR 3750 A1 1645 AB Robarts Library
First publication date: 1645
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.443; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14
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