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This second Song presents them to their Father and Mother.

Noble lord, and lady bright,
I have brought ye new delight;
Here behold so goodly grown
Three fair branches of your own;
Heaven hath timely tried their youth,
Their faith, their patience, and their truth;
And sent them here, through hard assays,
With a crown of deathless praise,
To triumph in victorious dance
O'er sensual folly and intemperance.

The Dances being ended, THE SPIRIT epiloguizes.

Spir. To the ocean now I fly,
And those happy climes that lie
Where day never shuts his eye,
Up in the broad fields of the sky;
There I suck the liquid air
All amidst the gardens fair
Of Hesperus, and his daughters three
That sing about the golden tree:
Along the crisped shades and bowers
Revels the spruce and jocund Spring;
The Graces and the rosy-bosomed Hours
Thither all their bounties bring;
There eternal Summer dwells,
And west-winds, with musky wing,
About the cedarn alleys fling

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979. Broad fields, &c.] Com- 990. Cedarn alleys.

So in

pare l. 4. , Virgil has ‘Aéris in
campis latis.’ AFn. vi. 888.
981. All.] Adverbial to the
preposition phrase following.
984. Crisped.] With curled
leaves.

Fuller's Holy and Profane State,
i. 5: ‘Sallats are made of eldern
buds.” The final n or en, in such
words as oaken, golden, leathern,
is probably the old genitive suffix,
denoting of.

995

Nard and cassia's balmy smells.
Iris there with humid bow
Waters the odorous banks, that blow -
Flowers of more mingled hue
Than her purfled scarf can shew ;.
And drenches with Elysian dew
(List, mortals, if your ears be true,)
Beds of hyacinth and roses,
Where young Adonis oft reposes,
Waxing well of his deep wound
In slumber soft, and on the ground
Sadly sits the Assyrian queen:
But, far above in spangled sheen,
Celestial Cupid, her famed son, advanced,
Holds his dear Psyche sweet entranced,
After her wandering labours long,
Till free consent the gods among
Make her his eternal bride,
And from her fair unspotted side

1000

1005

993. Blow.] Here employed memoration days, one of lamencausatively, like descry in l. 141. tation followed by one of rejoicing.

995. Purfled.] Embroidered. The 'gardens feigned of revived From the Fr. pourfiler. So in Adonis' (Par. Lost, ix. 439) were V Spenser's F. Q.

celebrated for their beauty and A goodly lady, clothed in scarlet red,

fruitfulness; Purfled with gold and pearl of rich

Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens, assay.

I. ii. 13. That one day bloomed, and fruitful were

the next. 997. If your ears be true.]

Shaksp. 1 King Henry VI. i. 6. The spirit here proceeding to Milton calls Venus the Assyrian refer to the love of Venus and Queen, because she was first Adonis, wishes to be listened to worshipped in Assyria. with chaste ears.

1004. Advanced.] A participle: 1000. Waxing well, &c.] The Cupid advanced far above, &c. beautiful youth Adonis, while 1005. Psyche.] The beautiful hunting in Lebanon, was wounded Psyche, after many severe trials to death by a boar, and was much imposed on her by Venus, who lamented by the goddess Venus. for a long time disapproved the He was supposed to be annually attachment that had been formed wounded, and again restored to between Cupid and Psyche, was life, and had therefore two com- at last received into favour by the

I laugh hus elews perfiled attehands wilt gey and chat de finest jaloud

Two blissful twins are to be born,

Youth and Joy; so Jove hath sworn.
But, now my task is smoothly done,

I can fly, or I can run,

Quickly to the green earth's end,
Where the bowed welkin slow doth bend; 1015
And from thence can soar as soon
To the corners of the moon.
Mortals that would follow me,
Love virtue: she alone is free:

She can teach ye how to climb

Higher than the sphery chime;

Or if virtue feeble were,

Heaven itself would stoop to her.”

1010

1020

goddess, and, with Jove's sanction,
made one of heaven's divinities.
Her story was meant to repre-
sent the soul (which her name
denotes) purified by earthly trials,
and disciplined for the enjoyment
of heaven.
1012. Now my task, &c.] Now
that my task is ended by all
things being smoothly settled.
1015. Bowed welkin, &c.] The
arched sky is here supposed to
be so nearly approached, that its
bending is scarcely perceived.
1020. The sphery chime.] The
starrychoir; the soundingspheres.

* It should have been remarked under l. 58, that the name of this Masque is a Greek word, kwuos, signifying revelry, or the presiding genius of mirth; whence the comus song of the Greeks called Comoedia or Comedy.

Ben Jonson in one of his Masques introduces ‘Comus the god of cheer’; and the same personification occurs in his Forest, 3. In Massinger's City Madam, iv. 2, Tradewell says, “The god of pleasure, Master Luke, our Comus, enters.'

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