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Here behold so goodly grown
The Dances being ended, the Spieit epiloguizes.
Spi. To the ocean now I fly,
1 'Hesperus:' see Ovid, Met. ix.—2 'Parried:' fringed.
Where young Adonis oft reposes,
But now my task is smoothly done,
Mortals, that would follow me,
1'Assyrian queen:' Venus.—2 'Cupid' and 'Psyche:' see Emerson's ' Essay on Love.'—* 'Sphery chime:' music of spheres.
PRESENTED AT HABEFIELD, BEFORE THE COUNTESS-DOWAGER
Look, Nymphs and Shepherds, look,
This, this is she2
Fame, that, her high worth to raise,
Less than half we find exprest
Envy bid conceal the rest.
1 'Arcades:' the fragment of a larger performance, the rest of which was probably in prose. It was performed at Harefield before the Countess of Derby, its heroine, not later than 1636. She was married at the time to Lord Chancellor Egerton, and died in 1635-6. She was related to Edmund Spenser, who celebrated her, when a widow, in his 'Colin Clout's come home again,' as Amaryllis.—2 'This is she:' namely, the Countess of Derby.
Mark, what radiant state she spreads,
Sitting, like a goddess bright,
In the center of her light.
Might she the wise Latona1 be,
Who had thought this clime had held
A deity so unparallel'd 1
As they come forward, the Genius of the Wood appears, and turning towards them, speaks.
Gen. Stay, gentle Swains; for, though in this disguise, I see bright honour sparkle through your eyes; Of famous Arcady ye are, and sprung Of that renowned flood, so often sung, Divine Alpheus, who by secret sluice Stole under seas, to meet his Arethuse; And ye, the breathing roses of the wood, Fair silver-buskin'd Nymphs, as great and good; I know, this quest of yours, and free intent, Was all in honour and devotion meant To the great mistress of yon princely shrine, Whom with low reverence I adore as mine; And, with all helpful service, will comply To further this night's glad solemnity;
''Latona:' Diana. — 2 Cybele:' mother of the gods.
And lead ye, where ye may more near behold
1 'Syrens:' this is an apt allusion to Plato's notion of Fate or Necessity holding a spindle of adamant, while, with her three daughters, Lachesis, Clotho, and Atropos, she conducts a ravishing musical harmony. Nine Syrens or Muses sit on the summit of the spheres, and produce a music, in harmony with which the spindle revolves, and the three daughters of Fate for ever sing —a notion involving many and mysterious lessons.