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"As when old father Nilus gins to swell With timely pride above the Aegyptian vale, His...

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ktr | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2007 at 7:10 AM via web

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"As when old father Nilus gins to swell With timely pride above the Aegyptian vale, His fattie waves do fertile slime outwell." What does this quote mean? 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 15, 2007 at 12:49 AM (Answer #1)

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"Old father Nilus" refers to the Nile River in Egypt (Aegyptus). The river floods every year and deposits rich soil on the land ("the fertile slime outwell). Likewise, when the creature Error spews her poisons all sorts of foul things spring up.

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fayed | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 31, 2008 at 12:41 AM (Answer #2)

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the poet praise queen Elizabeth and England as well

 

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