1] When Phoebus pursued Daphne, her father (the river-god Peneus) changed her into a laurel tree. Phoebus then adopted the laurel as his tree and made the laurel crown a reward of victory in song. Waller adapts this story to his courtship of the Lady Dorothy Sidney.
2] Sacharissa: a name formed from Latin, saccharum, sugar.
5] numbers: verses.
14] charms: songs, incantations.
20] bays: laurels.
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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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