Notes on the text
These notes, by Alan Underwood, are partly new, but mostly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Many Inventions, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
Though we shift and bedeck and bedrape us[Page 230, line 16] Libitina In Roman mythology, Libitina was the goddess of death, corpses and funerals, but in some traditions was identified with Venus, the goddess of love and earthly delights. Swinburne - and Muller - probably had the second association in mind.
Thou art noble and rude and antique;
Libitina thy mother, Priapus
Thy father, a Tuscan and Greek.