And give resounding grace4 to all Heavns Harmonies.
Note 1. Airy shell: the hollow vault of atmosphere. Cf. The Rubaiyat, inverted Bowl they call the sky. [back]
Note 2. Meander: a river in Asia Minor, selected as a haunt for Echo because of its windings, which would correspond to the replications of echoing sound. For a different opinion see Professor Hales, Folia Litteraria, pp. 23138. [back]
Note 3. Daughter of the Sphere: i.e., daughter of what Milton calls the airy shell. Warburton, quoted by Todd, thinks that Milton supposes Echo to owe her existence first to the reverberation of the music of the spheres. Cf. At a Solemn Musick, l. 2: Sphear-born harmonious Sisters, Voice and Vers. [back]