صور الصفحة
PDF
النشر الإلكتروني

For you have princes now to entertain,
And unsoiled beauties, with fresh youthful lovers.

NEPTUNE, AMPHITRITE, OCEANUs, and Tethys,

appear in a Chariot drawn with Sea-horses ; on each side of the Chariot, Sea-Gods, and Goddesses, Tritons, and Nereids.

Alon. This is prodigious !
Anto. Ah! what amazing objects do we see?
Gonz. This art doth much exceed all human skill.

SONG.

Amph. My lord, great Neptune, for my sake,

Of these bright beauties pity take;

And to the rest allow

Your mercy too.
Let this enraged element be still,

Let Æolus obey my will:
Let him his boisterous prisoners safely keep

In their dark caverns; and no more
Let them disturb the bosom of the deep,

Till these arrive upon their wished-for shore. Nept. So much my Amphitrite's Ice I prize,

That no commands of her's I can despise.

Tethys no furro's now shall wear,
Oceanus no wrinkles on his brow,

Let your serenest looks appear!
Be calm and gentle now.

Be calm, ye great parents of the floods and and Amph.

While each Nereid and Triton plays, revels,

and sings. Ocean. Confine the roaring winds, and we

Will soon obey you cheerfully.

Nept. S

the springs,

Chorus S

Tie up the winds, and we'll obey ; of Trit. Upon the floods we'll sing and play, - Ner. And celebrate a Halcyon day.

[Here the Dancers mingle with the

Singers, and perform a dance.
Nept. Great nephew, Æolus, make no noise,
Muzzle
your roaring boys.

[Æolus appears. Amph. Let 'em not bluster to disturb our ears,

Or strike these noble passengers with fears. Nept. Afford’em only such an easy gale,

As pleasantly may swell each sail. Amph. While fell sea-monsters cause intestine jars,

This empire you invade by foreign wars. Nept.

But you shall now be still,

And shall obey my Amphitrite's will. Æolus S You I'll obey, who at one stroke can make, descends ( With your dread trident, the whole earth to

quake.
Come down, my blusterers, swell no more,
Your stormy rage give o'er.

(Winds from the four corners appear. Let all black tempests cease,

And let the troubled ocean rest :
Let all the sea enjoy as calm a peace,
As where the halcyon builds her quiet nest.

To your prisons below,

Down, down you must go:
You in the earth's entrails your revels may

keep;
But no more till I call shall

you

trouble the deep.

[Winds fly down. Now they are gone, all stormy wars shall

cease ;

Then let your trumpeters proclaim a peace. Amph. Tritons, my sons, your trumpets sound,

And let the noise from neighbouring shores

rebound.

Sound a calm.

Sound a calm.
Chorus. Sound a calm.

a calm.

Sound a calm. [Here the Tritons, at every repeat of Sound a

calm, changing their figure and postures, seem to sound their wreathed trumpets made of shells.

A symphony of music, like trumpets, to which four

Tritons dance. Nept. See, sce, the heavens smile ; all your troubles

are past,

Your joys, by black clouds, shall no more be

o'ercast. Amph. On this barren isle ye shall lose all your fears,

Leave behind all your sorrows, and banish

your cares.

And your loves and your lives shall in safety Both.

enjoy ;

No influence of stars shall your quiet destroy. Chorus 5 And your loves, &c. of all. No influence, &c.

[Here the Dancers mingle with the Singers. Ocean. Well safely convey you to your own happy

shore,
And your's and your country's soft peace

will restore. Tethys. To treat you, blest lovers, as you sail on the

deep, The Tritons and sea-nymphs their revels shall

keep. On the swift dolphins' backs they shall sing

and shall play; Both.

They shall guard you by night, and delight

you by day.

[ocr errors]

Chorus 5 On the swift, &c. of all. { And shall guard, &c. [Here the Dancers mingle with the Singers.

[A dance of twelve Tritons.

Mir. What charming things are these?
Dor. What heavenly power is this?

Prosp. Now, my Ariel, be visible,
And let the rest of your aërial train
Appear, and entertain them with a song,
And then farewell, my long-loved Ariel.

SCENE III.-Changes to the Rising Sun, and a

number of Aërial Spirits in the Air ; ARIEL flying from the Sun, advances towards the Pit.

Alon. Heaven! What are these we see?

Prosp. They are spirits, with which the air abounds
In swarms, but that they are not subject
To poor feeble mortal eyes.

Anto. O wondrous skill!
Gonz. O

power

divine!

Ariel, and the rest, sing the following Song:

Where the bee sucks, there suck I;
In a cowslip's bed I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the swallow's wings I fly,

After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now,

Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Song ended, Ariel speaks, hovering in the air.
Ariel. My noble master!
May theirs and your blest joys never impair !
And for the freedom I enjoy in air,

I will be still your Ariel, and wait
On airy accidents that work for fate.
Whatever shall your happiness concern,
From your still faithful Ariel you shall learn.

Prosp. Thou hast been always diligent and kind. Farewell

, my long-loved Ariel! thou shalt find I will preserve thee ever in my mind. Henceforth this isle to the afflicted be A place of refuge, as it was to me: The promises of blooming spring live here, And all the blessings of the ripening year. On my retreat let heaven and nature smile, And ever flourish the Enchanted Isle. [Exeunt.

« السابقةمتابعة »