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with a lighted torch, and the middle person (which

is his Majesty) placed in the centre. Amph. Here stay a while: this, this,

The temple of all beauty is !
Here, perfect lovers, you must pay
First fruits; and on these altars lay
(The ladies' breasts,) your ample vows,

Such as love brings, and beauty best allows ! Cho. For love without his object soon is gone :

Love must have answering love to look upon. Amph. To you, best judge then of perfection ! Euph. The queen of what is wonder in the place ! Amph. Pure object of heroic love, alone ! Euph. The centre of proportion ! Amph.

Sweetness! Euph.

Grace! Amph. Deign to receive all lines of love in one. Euph. And by reflecting of them fill this space. Cho. Till it a circle of those glories prove,

Fit to be sought in beauty, found by love.

* If the reader is curious to know who presented the respective lovers, he may learn it from the following arrangement as given by the author.

1. The provident. Marquess of HAMILTON.
2. The judicious.

Lord Chamberlain.
3. The secret.

Earl of HOLLAND. 4. The valiant.

Earl of CARNARVON. 5. The witty.

Earl of NEWPORT. 6. The jovial.

Viscount DONCASTER.
7. The secure.

Lord STRANGE.
15. THE HEROICAL. The KING.
8. The substantial. Sir WILLIAM HOWARD.
9. The modest.

Sir ROBERT STANLEY.
10. The candid.

Sir WILLIAM BROOK. 11. The courteous.

Master GORING. 12. The elegant.

Master RALEGH.
13. The rational.

Master DIMOCK.
14. The magnificent. Master ABERCROMY.

Semi-cho. Where love is mutual, still

All things in order move.
Semi-cho. The circle of the will

Is the true sphere of love.
Cho. Advance, you gentler Cupids, then, advance,

Andshew your just perfections in your dance. The Cupids dance their dance ; and the Masquers

their Entry. Which done, Euclia, or a fair glory, appears in the

heavens, singing an applausive Song, or Pæan of the whole, which she takes occasion to ingeminate in the second chorus, upon the sight of a work of Neptune's, being a hollow rock, filling part of the sea-prospect, whereon the Muses sit.

HYMN.
Euc. So love emergent out of chaos brought

The world to light !
And gently moving on the waters, wrought

All form to sight!

Love's appetite
Did beauty first excite :
And left imprinted in the air

Those signatures of good and fair,
Cho. Which since have flow'd, flow'd forth upon the

sense

To wonder first, and then to excellence,
By virtue of divine intelligence !

The Ingemination.
And Neptune too,
Shews what his waves can do :
To call the Muses all to play,
And sing the birth of Venus' day,

Cho. Which from the sea flow'd forth upon the sense,

To wonder first, and next to excellence,
By virtue of divine intelligence !

Here follow the REVELS.
Which ended, the scene changeth to a garden, and v

the heavens opening, there appear four new persons, in form of a Constellation, sitting; or a new Asterism, expecting VENUS, whom they call upon with this

Song.
JUPITER, JUNO, GENIUS, HYMEN.
Jup. Haste, daughter Venus, haste and come away,
Jun. All powers that govern marriage, pray

That you will lend your light,
Gen. Unto the constellation of this night.
Hym. Hymen.
Jun. And Juno.
Gen. And the Genius call.
Jup. Your father Jupiter.
Grand Cho. And all

That bless or honour holy nuptial.
Venus here appears in a cloud, and passing through

the Constellation, descendeth to the earth, when presently the cloud vanisheth, and she is seen sit

ting in a throne. Ven.

Here, here I present am
Both in my girdle, and my flame ;
Wherein are woven all the powers
The Graces gave me, or the Hours,
My nurses once, with all the arts
Of gaining, and of holding hearts :

And these with I descend.
But, to your influences, first commend

The vow, I go to take
On earth, for perfect love and beauty's sake.

Her song ended, and she rising up to go to the

queen, the throne disappears : in place of which, there shooteth up a palm-tree with an imperial crown on the top; from the root whereof, lilies and roses twining together, and embracing the stem, flourish through the crown; which she in the Song with

the CHORUS describes. Grand Cho. Beauty and Love, whose story is mysterial, In yonder palm-tree, and the crown imperial, Do from the Rose and Lily, so delicious, Promise a shade, shall ever be propitious To both the kingdoms. But to Britain's Genius The snaky rod, and serpents of Cyllenius Bring not more peace than these, who so united be By Love, as with it earth and heaven delighted be. And who this king and queen would well historify, Need only speak their names; these them will glorify : Mary and CHARLES, Charles with his Mary named

are, And all the rest of loves or princes famed are.

After this, they DANCE their going out.

AND THUS IT ENDED.

CHLORIDIA.

RITES TO CHLORIS AND HER NYMPHS.

BY THE

PERSONATED IN A MASQUE AT COURT.
QUEEN'S MAJESTY, AND HER Ladies,

AT SHROVE-TIDE, 1630.

The Inventors, BEN JONSON; INIGO JONES.

Unius tellus ante coloris erat.

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