It so happens that in February 1920 I wrote to Bullen questioning the authenticity of the phrase 'a meadow god.' [...]
[Aus Bullens Antowrt]
I had puzzled my head over the 'meadow god,' but came to the conclusion that it was the right reading, and I think it so stands in the beautiful MS. probably written by Fulke Greville's private secretary under the author's own eye at Warwick Castle. Cupid was born in the fields and reared among flowers : hence his gentleness. I think that F. G. may have had in memory some lines from the 'Pervigilium Veneris,' a favourite poem in the XVIIth century:
'Rura fecundat voluptas : rura Venerem sentiunt :
Ipse Amor puer Dionae rure natus creditur :
Hunc ager com parturiret ipsa suscepit sinu,
Ipsa florum delicatis educavit osculis.'
[Besagter Bullen starb 10 Tage, nachdem er besagten Brief geschrieben hatte ... vermeldet G. C. Moore Smith weiter.]