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This second Song presents them to their Father and Mother.
Noble lord, and lady bright,
The Dances being ended, THE SPIRIT epiloguizes.
Spir. To the ocean now I fly,
979. Broad fields, &c.] Com- 990. Cedarn alleys.
pare l. 4. , Virgil has ‘Aéris in
Fuller's Holy and Profane State,
Nard and cassia's balmy smells.
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.
I can fly, or I can run,
Quickly to the green earth's end,
She can teach ye how to climb
Higher than the sphery chime;
Or if virtue feeble were,
Heaven itself would stoop to her.”
goddess, and, with Jove's sanction,
* 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.'