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And fill'd the air with barbarous diffonance; 550 But here thy fword can do thee little stead; At which I ceas'd, and listen'd them a while, Far other arnis, and other weapons, must Till an unusual stop of fudvcn filence

Be those that quell the might cf helish charms : Gave respit to the drousy-fligheid steeds,

He with his bare wand can unti.sed thy join:3, That draw the litter of cloft curtain'd feep; And crumble all thy iinews. At last a fost and folumn breathing frund 555 i Bro. Why pr’ythee, Shepherd, Roie like a steanı of rich diítillid pufumes, How durft thou then thyfeli approach so near, And Role upon the air, that even Silence

As to make this relation? Was took ere she was ware, and wish'd she might Spi. Care and utmost ihifts Diny her Nature, and be never more,

How to focure the Lally from surprisal, Still to be fu displac'd. I was all car,

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Brought to my mind a certain thepherd lad, And took in strains that might create a foul Of Imall regard to see to, yet well lk ld

6:2 Under the ribs of death: but o ere long

In ercry virtuous plant and healing herb, Too well I did perceive it was the voice

That Ipreads her verdant leaf to th' morning ray: Of my most honor'd Lady, your dear Sifter. He lov'd me well, and oft would kæg me ing; Amaz'd I food, harrow'd with grief and fear, Which when I did, he on the tender grais And O poor hapless nightingale, thought I, 566 Would fit, and hearken ev'n to extasy, How sweet thou fing'lt, how nearthed clyfoare! And in requital ope his leathern scrip, Then down the lawns I ran with headlong nalte, And show me simples of a thousand names, 'Through paths and turnings often trod by day, Telling their ftrange and vigorous faculties : 'Till guided by mine ear I found the place, 570 Amongst the r«1ł a small unsightly root, Where that damn'd wisard hid in fly disguise Bit of divine effect, he cull'd me out; 630 (For to by certain ligns I knew) had met

The leaf was darkish, and had prickles on it, Already, ere ny beit Ipeed could prevent,

But in another country, as he said, The aidless innocent Lady his with'd prey, Bore a bright golden flower, but not in this foil: Who gently ask'd if he had seen such iwo, 575 Unknown, and like eftcem'd, and the dull swain Suppoting him foine neighbour villager.'

Treads on it daily with his clouted fhuon; Longer I durft not slay, but foon I guess’d And yct more med'cinal is it than that Moly Ye were the two the meant; with that I sprung Tiat Hermes once to wise Uly ties gave; Into swift flight, till I had found you here, He call'd it Hæmony, and gave it me, But further know I not.

And bad me keep it as of sovran use 2 Bro. O night and shades,

580 | Gainst all inchantments, mildew, blaft, or dam How are ye join'd with Hell in triplc knot, Or ghaftly furies' apparition.

641 Againit th' unarmed weaknes of one virgin | purs'd it up, but little reckoning made, Alone, and helpless! Is this the confidence Till now that this extremity compcil'd; You gave me, Brother?

But now I find it true; for by this means I Bro. Yes, and keep it still,

I knew the foul inchanter though disguis’d, 645 Lean on i: safely; not a period

585 Enter'd the very lime-twigs of his spells, Shall be unfaid for mc: against the threats Aniyet canle off: if you have this about you, Of malice or of forcity, or that power

(As I will give you when we go) you may Which uring men call Chance, this I hold firmi; Boldly assault the necromancer's hall; Virtue may be assild, but never hurt,

Where il he be, with dauntless hardihood, to Surpris'd by unjuił force, but not inthralld; 590 And brandith'd blade, rush on him, break is Yce even that which mischief meant most harni,

glass, Shall in the happy trial prove moit glory: Ard shed the luscious liquor on the ground, But evil on itself shall back recoil,

But feise his wand; though he and his curs' CTCT And mix no more with goodness, wren at last, Ficrce sign of battel niake, and menace high, Gather'd like scum, and fortled to itself,

595 Or like the sons of Vulcan vomit smoke, Jt fall be in eternal rifless change

Yet will they soon retire, if he but shrink. S-red, and ful.conflim'd: if this fail,

i Bro. Thyrsis, lead on apace, I'll follow tice, The pillar ü firmament is sostennels,

And some good Angel bear a shield before us! And earth's bale built on itelble. But conic lct's

Tie Scene changes to a fately palace, set out eritb i Against th' opposing will and arm of Heaven 6co manner oj deliciousness i fost music, tables spread

all dainties. Comus appears with bis sebek, sed May never this ju:t sword be listed up; But for that damn'd magician, let him be girt

the LADY set in an incbaried chair, to zbog ko With all the grisly legions that troop

bis glafi, wbicb fe puts by, ani goes about to rije. Under the focty ilag af Acheron,

Com. Nay, Lady, fit; if I but wave this wz: , Hrpies and Hydras, or all the monstrous forms Your nerves are ali chain'd up in alabaster, 602 "Twixt Airic and Ind, I'll find him out, 606 And you a statue, or as Daphne was And force him to refere his purchafe back, Rout-bound, that fled Apollo. Or drag lim by the curls to a foul death,

La. Fool, do not boait, Cursdas his lifc.

Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind Sri. Alas! good ventrous Youth,

With all thy charms, although this corporal riri I love thy courage yet, ürd bold cnprisi; 610 Thou haft inmanacled, while Heav'n Ises get

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Com. Why are you vext, Lady? w.y do Not half his riches known, and yet despis’d, frown?

And we should serve him as a grudging master, Here dwell no frowns, nor anger, from these As a penurious niggard of his wealth, gates

And live like Nature's bastards, not her sons, Sorrow flies far : Sec here be all the pleasures Who would be quite surcharg'd with her own Thae fancy can beget on youthful thoughts,

weight, When the fresh blood grows lively, and returns And strangled with her walte fertility, Brisk as the April buds in primrose-season. 671 Th'earth cumber'd, and the wing'd air darkt with And first behold this cordial julep here,

plumes,

730 That fames, and dances in his crystal bounds,

The herds would over-multitude their lords, With spi'rits of balm, and fragrant syrups mix'd. The sea o’erfraught would swell, and th’unfought Not that Nepenthes, which the wife of Thone

diamonds In Egypt gave to Jove-horn Helena, 676 Would so imblaze the forehead of the deep, ls of fuch power to ftir up joy as this,

And so bestud with stars, that they below To life so friendly, or so cool to thirst.

Would grow inur’d to light, and come at last 735 Why should you be so cruel to yourself,

To gaze upon the fun with shameless brows. And to those dainty limbs which Nature lent 680 List, Lady, be not coy, and be not cofen'd For gentle usage, and soft delicacy?

With that fame vaunted name Virginity. But ycu invert the covenants of her trust, Beauty is Naturc's coin, must not be horded, And harshly deal like an ill borrower

But must be current, and the good thereof

740 With that which you receiv'd on other terms,

Confifts in mutual and partaken bliss, Scorning the unexempt condition

685 Unsavory in th' enjoyment of itself; By which all mortal frailty must fubfift,

If you let slip time, like a neglected rose Refreihment after toil, ease after pain,

It withers on the talk with languish'd head. That have been tir'd all day without repast, Beauy is nature's bray, and must be hown 745 And timely rest have wanted; but, fair Virgin, In courts, in feasts, in high solemnities, This will rettore all soon.

Where most may wonder at the workmanship; La. 'Twill not, false traitor,

690 It is for homely features to keep home, 'Twill not restore the truth and honesty

They had their name thence ; coarse complexions That thou hast banilh'd from thy tongue with lies. And cheeks of forry grain will serve to ply 750 Was this the cottage, and the safe abode

The sampler, and to tease the huswife's wool. Thou tolds me of? What grim aspects are these,

What need a vermeil-tinctur'd lip for that, Thele ugly.headed monsters ? Mercy guard me! Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn? Hence with thy brew'd inchantments, foul de. There was another meaning in these gifts, 696 Think what, and be advis'd, you are but

young hat thou betray'd my credulous innocence

yet.

755 With visor'd falfhood, and hase forgery?

LA. I had not thought to have unlockt my lips And would'It thou soek again to trap me here In this unhallow'd air, but that this jugler With liquerith baits fit to intiare a brute ? 700

Would think to charm my judgment, as mine eyes, Were is a drait for Juno when the banquets, Ohtruding false rules prankt in reaton's garb. I would not taste thy treasonous offer; none

I hate when vice can bolt her arguments, 760 But such as are good mer can give good things,

And virtue has no tongue tu check her pride. And that which is not good, is not delicious Impostor, do not charge most innocent Nature, Ida well.govern’d and wife appetite. 705

As if she would her children should be riotous Com. O foolishness of men! that lend their cars With her abundance; she, good cateress, To thote badge doctors of the Stoic fur,

Meaps her provision only to the good, 765 and fetch their precepts from the Cynic tub, That live according to lier sober laws, prailing the lean and lallow Abstinence.

And holy dictate of spare temperance: w teretore did Nature pour her bounties forth, If every just man, that now pines with want, With such a full and un withdrawing land, Had but a nioderate and beseeming share Covering the ear:h with odors, fruits, and flocks, Of that which lewdly-pamper'd luxury 770 Thronging the fas with spawn innumerable, Now heaps upon some few with vast excess, But all to please, and fate the curious taste? Nature's full bleflings would be well dispens'd And set io work millions of spinning worins, 715 In unsuperfluous even proportion, Dat in their green thops wcave the smooth And slie no whit incumber'd with her store, hair'd filk

And then the giver would be better thank'd, 775 To deck her fons, and, that no corner might His praise due paid; for (swinish gluttony Be vacant of her plenty, in her own loins

Ne'er looks to Heav'n amidit his gorgeous feast, She hutche th' ail-worthipe ore, and precious gems

But with besotted bule ingratitude Po itore her children with: if all the world 920 Crams, and blafphemies his feeder. Shall I go on? should in a pet of temperance feed on pulle, Or have I said enough? To him that dares 780 Oriak the clear Itream, and nothing wear but Arm his profane tongue with contemptuous words frieze,

Against the sun-clad power of Chastity, l'h'all.giver would be untharik'd, would be un Fain would I something fay, yet to what end?, prais'd,

Thou hast nor car, nor soul to apprehend VOL. II.

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The sublime notion, and high mystery, 785 Held up their pearled wrists and took her in,
That must be utter'd to unfold the sage

Bearing her strait to aged Nercus' hall,

835 And serious do&rin of Virginity,

Who, piteous of her woes, rear'd her lank And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not

head, know

And gave her to his daughters to imbathe More happiness than this thy present lot.

In nectar'd lavers strow'd with asphodil, Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric, 790 And through the porch and inlet of each sense That hath so well been taught her dazling fence, Dropt in ambrosial oils till ihe reviv'd, 840 Thou art not fit to hear thyself convinc'd;

And underwent a quick immortal change, Yet should I try, the uncontrolled worth

Made Geddess of the river; ftili she retains Of this pure cause would kindle my rapt spirits Her maiden gentleness, and oft at eve To such a flame of facred vehemence, 795 Visits the herds along the twilight meadows, That dumb things would be mov'd to sympa- | Helping all urchin blasts, and ill. luck figos 845 thize,

That the shrewd mcdling elie delights to make, And the brute earth would lend her nerves, and Which the with precious vial'd liquors heals. shake,

For which the thepherds at their festivals Till all thy magic ftructures rear'd so high, Carol her goodness loud in ruftic lays, Were shatter'd into heaps o'er thy false head. And throw sweet garland wreaths into her Com. She fables not, I feel that I do fear 800

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850 Her words set off by some superior power; Of panfies, pinks, and gaudy daffadils. And though not inortal, yet a cold Muddering And, as the old swain said, she can unlock dew

The ela?ping charm, and thaw the numming Dips me all o'er, as when the wrath of Jove

spell, Speaks thunder, and the chains of Erebus If she be right invok'd in warbled song, To some of Saturn's crew. I must dillem For maidenhood she loves, and will be swist 835 ble,

805 To aid a virgin, such as was herself, And try her yet more strongly. Come, no In hard-besetting need; this will I try, more,

and add the power of fome adjuring verle. This is mere moral babble, and direct Against the canon laws of our foundation;

SORG.
I must not suffer this, yet 'ris but the lees
And settlings of a melancholy blood :

810 SABRINA fair, But this will cure all strait, one lip of this

Listen where thou art sitting Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight

Under the glassy, coul, translucent wave, Beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise, and taste. In twisted braids of lilies knitting

The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair : The BROTHERS rufo in with swords drawn, wreff

Listen for dear honor's sake, bis glass out of bis band, and break it against ihe Goddess of the filver lake.

86; ground; bis rout make hgn of refifiance, but are all

Listen and fave. driven in : Tbe attendant SPIRIT comes in.

Listen and appear to us Spi, What, have you let the false inchapter In nanie of great Oceanus, scape?

By th’earth-shaking Neptune's mace,
Oye mistook, ye fhould have snatcht his wand And Tethys'grave majestic pace,
And bound him faft; without his rod revers'd, By houry Nereus' wrinkled look,
And backward nutters of dissevering power, And the Carpathian wisard's hook,
We cannot free the Lady that fits here

By scaly Triton's winding shell,
In stony fetters fix’d, and motionless:

And old footh-saying Glaucus' spell,
Yet stay, be not disturb’d; now I bethink me, By Leucothca's lovely hands,
Some other means I have which may be us'd, 821 And her son that rules the strands,
Which once of Melihæus old I learnt,

By Thetis' tinsel flipper'd feet, The soothest shepherd that e'er pip'd on plains. And the songs of Syrens sweet,

There is a gentle nymph not far from hence, By dead Parthenope's dear tomb, That with moist curb (ways the smocth Sivern And fair Ligea's golden comb,

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825 Wherewith the fits on dianiond rocks, Sabrina is her name, a virgin pure ;

Sleeking her lost alluring locks,
Whilome she was the daughter of Locrine, By all the nyniphs that nightly dance
That had the scepter from his father Brute.

Upon thy ftreans with wily glance,
She, guiltless damsel, flying the mad pursuit Rise, rise, and heave thy rofy head
Of her enraged stepdame Guendolen, 830 From thy coral-paven bed,
Commended her fair innocence to the fiood, and bridle in thy headlong wave,
That stay'd her fight with his crufs-flowing Till thou our summops answer'd have.
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950 Sabrina rises, attended by water-nymphs, and sings. | His wish'd presence, and beside

All the swains that near abide, By the rushy-fringed bank,

With jigs and rural dance resort; Where grows the willow and the ofier dank, We shall catch them at their sport, My sliding chariot stays,

And our sudden coming there Thick fet with agat, and the azurn sheen

Will double all their mirth and chear; 955 Of turkis blue, and emrald green,

Come let us haste, the stars grow high,
That in the channel strays;

895 But night fits monarch yet in the mid lky,
Whilst from off the waters fleet
Thus I set my printless feet,

The Scene changes, presenting Ludlow town and the O'er the cowslip's velvet head,

Prefisieni's cofile; then come in country dancers, after That bends not as I tread;

them the attendant Spirit, with the two BROGentle Swain, at thy request

.900 THERS and the Lady.
I am here.
Sp. Goddess dear,
We implore thy powerful hand

Spi. Back, Shepherds, back, enough your play, To undo the charmed band

Till next fun-fhine holiday; Of true virgin here distrest, 905 Here be without duck or nod

960 Through the force, and through the wile,

Other trippings to be trod
Of unblest inchanter vile.

Of lighter toes, and such court guise
SAB. Shepherd, 'tis my office best
To help infnared chastity :

As Mercury did first devise

With the mincing Dryades
Brightest Lady, look on me;

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On the lawns, and on the leas,

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Thus I sprinkle on thy breast
Drops that from my fountain pure
I have kept of precious cure,

This second Song presents them to their Falber and Thrice

Motber. upon thy finger's tip, Thrice upon thy rubied lip;

915 Noble Lord, and Lady bright, Next this marble ven om'd seat,

I have brought you new delight, Szear'd with gums of glutenous heat,

Here behold so goodly grown I touch with chaste palnis moist and cold :

Three fuir branches of your own; Now the spell hath lost his hold;

Heav'n hath timely try'd their youth, 970 And I must haste ere morning hour

920 Their faith, their patience, and their truth, To wait in Amphitrite’s bower.

And sent them here through hard assays

With a crown of deathless praise, Babrisa descends, and the LADY rises out of her feat.

To triumph in victorious dance Spi. Virgin daughter of Locrine,

O'er sensual folly, and intemperance. 975 Sprung of old anchises' line, May thy brimmed waves for this

The dances ended, the SPIRIT spileguizes. Their full tribute never miss

925 From a thouíand petty rills,

Spi. To the ocean now I fly, That tunible down the snowy hills :

And chose happy climes that lie or singed air,

Where day never sburs his eye, Never scorch thy treffes fair;

Up in the broad ficlds of the sky; Nor wet October's torrent flood 930 There I suck the liquid air

980 Thy molten crystal fill with mud;

All amidst the gardens fair May thy billows roll afhore

Of Hesperus, and his daughters three The beryl, and the golden ore;

That fing about the golden tree : May thy lofty head be crown'd

Along the crisped shades and bowers With many a tower and terras round, 935 Revels the spruce and jocund Spring,

985 And here and there thy banks upon

The Graces, and the rosy-bosom’d Hours, With groves of myrrhe, and cinnamon.

Thither all their bounties bring; Come, Lady, while Heay'n kends us grace, That there eternal Summer dwells, Let us fly this cursed place,

And west-winds with musky wing Left the forcerer us entice 940 | About the cedarn alleys fing

990 With some other new device.

Nard and Callia's balmy siells. Not a waste, or needless sound,

Iris there with humid bow Till we come to holier ground;

Waters the odorous banks, that blow hall be your faithful guide

Flowers of more mingled hue Through this gloomy covert wide, 945 Than her purfled scarf can shew,

995 And not many furlongs thence

And drenches with Elysian dew Is your Father's residence,

(List mortals, if your ears be true) Where this night are met in state

Beds of hyacinth and roses, Many a friend to gratulats

Where young Adonis oft reposes,

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