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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,

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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.

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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, 8c.] Com 990. Cedarn alleys.] So in pare l. 4. Virgil has Aëris in Fuller's Holy and Profane State, campis latis.' Æn. vi. 888. i. 5: Sallats are made of eldern

981. All.]. Adverbial to the buds. The final n or en, in such preposition phrase following. words as oaken, golden, leathern,

984. Crisped.] With curled is probably the old genitive suffix, leaves.

denoting of.

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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
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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

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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 Spenser's F. Q.

celebrated for their beauty and

fruitfulness; A goodly lady, clothed in scarlet red, Purfled with gold and pearl of rich Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens, assay.

I. ii. 13.

That one day bloomed, and fruitful were 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

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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 ;
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.*

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goddess, and, with Jove's sanction, * It should have been remarked made one of heaven's divinities. under l. 58, that the name of this Her story was meant to repre- Masque is a Greek word, kwuos, sent the soul (which her name signifying revelry, or the presiding denotes) purified by earthly trials, genius of mirth; whence the coand disciplined for the enjoyment mus song of the Greeks called of heaven.

Comoedia or Comedy. 1012. Now my task, &c.] Now Ben Jonson in one of his that my task is ended by all Masques introduces Comus the things being smoothly settled. god of cheer'; and the same per

1015. Bowed welkin, &c.] The sonification occurs in his Forest, archod sky is here supposed to 3. In Massinger's City Madam, be so nearly approached, that its iv. 2, Tradewell says, The god bending is scarcely perceived. of pleasure, Master Luke, our

1020. The sphery chime.] The Comus, enters.' starry choir; the sounding spheres.

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