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Swiftly resort to Comus' gay court,
o And in various measures shew Love's various sport.

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Enter the Fauns and Dryads, and attend to the fol

lowing directions. The tune is play'd a second time, 10 which they dance. “ Now lighter and gayer, ye tinkling strings, sound :

Light, light in the air, ye nimble nymphs, bound. “Now, now with quick feet the ground beat, beat; “Now with quick feet the ground beat, beat, beat,

“ Now cold and denying,
“ Now kind and complying,
“ Consenting, repenting,
“ Disdaining, complaining,
“ Indifference now feigning,

280 Again with quick feet the ground beat, beat, beat.

[“ Exeuni Dancers." Com. List, Lady, be not coy, and be not cozen'd With that same vaunted name Virginity. “ Beauty is nature's coin, must not be hoarded, “ But must be current, and the good thereof “ Consists in mutual and partaken bliss,

Unsavory in th’ enjoyment of itself :

If yon let slip time, like a neglected rose,
“ It withers on the stalk with languish'd head.

Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown 290
* In courts, at feasts, and high soleinnities,
" Where most may wonder at the workmanship.
“ It is for homely features to keep home,

'They had threir name thence : Coarse complexions,

“ And cheeks of sorry grain, will serve to ply “ The sampler, and to teaze the housewife's wool" What need a vermeil tincturd lip for that, Love-darting eyss, or tresses like the morn? There was another meaning in these gifts ; Think what, and be advis'd: you are but young yet; This will inform you soon.

30r Lady. “ To him that dares Arm his profane tongue with contemptuous words “ Against the sun-clad power of chastity, " Fain would I something say, yet to what purpose ! « Thou hast nor ear, nor soul to apprehend ; " And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know “ More happiness than this thy present lot. “ Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric, “ That has so well been taught her dazzling fence :

Thou art not fit to hear thyself convinc'd, 311 “ Yet should I try, the uncontroled worth “Of this pure cause would kindle my rapt spirits " To such a flame of sucred vehemence, “ That dumb things would be mov'd to sympathize, “ And the brute earth would lend her nerves, and

shake, Till all thy magic structures, rear'd so high, “ Were shatter'd into heaps o'er thy false head.

Com. “ She fables not, I feel that I do fear “ Her words set off by some superior pow'r; 320 “ And tho' not mortal, yet a cold shudd'ring dew “ Dips me all o'er, as when the wrath of Jove

Speaks thunder, and the chains of Erebus,

" To some of Saturn's crew. I must dissemble, “ And try her yet more strongly-Come, no more, “ This is mere moral babble, and direct “ Against the canon laws of our foundation; “ I must not suffer this, yet ’tis but the lees “ And settlings of a melancholy blood ; “ But this will cure all strait,” one sip of this 330 Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, Beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise, and taste[The Brothers rush in with swords drawn, wrestille glass out of his hand, and break it against the ground; bis roút make signs of resistance, but are all driven in.]

Enter the First Spirit. What, have

you

let the false enchanter scape ? 0, ye maistook, you should have snatch'd his wang And bound him fast; without his rod reversid, “ And backward mutters of dissev'ring pow'r," We cannot free the lady, that sits here In stony fetters fix'd, and motionless. Yet stay, be not distuub'd; now I bethink me, " Some other means I have, which may be us’d, 348 “ Which once of Melibæus old I learn'd, “ The soothest shepherd that e'er pip'd on plains : “ I learn'd 'em then, when with my fellow swain, " The youthful Lycidas, his flocks I fed.” There is a gentle nymph not far from hence, Sabrina is her name, a virgin pure, That sways the Severn stream ;'

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“ And, as the old swain said," she can unlock The clasping charm, and thaw the numbing spell, If she be right invok'd in warbled song ; * 350 “ For maidenhood she loves, and will be swift “ To aid a virgin, such as was herself.

And see the swain himself in season comes,

Enter the Second Spirit.

Haste; Lycidas, and try thy tuneful strain,
Which from her bed the fair Sabrina calls.

SONG. By Second Spirit.

Sabrina fair,
Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,

In twisted braids of lilies knitting
The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair;

Listen for dear honour's sake,
Goddess of the silver lake,

Listen and save.

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SABRINA rises and sings.

By the rushy-fringed bank,
Where grows the willow and the osier dank,

My sliding chariot stays,
Tbick set with agate, and the azure sheen
Of Turkis blue, and em'rald green,

That in the channel strays ;

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Whilst from off the waters flees
Thus I set my printless feet
O'er she cowslip's velvet head,
" That bends not as I tread;"
Gentle swain, at thy request,

I am here.

RECITATIVE, Second Spirit.
Goddess dear,
We implore thy powerful hand
To undo the charmed band

Of true virgin here distress'd,
Thro' the force, and thro' the wile,
Of unbless'd enchanter vile.

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RECITATIVE. Sabrina.

Shepherd, 'tis my office best
To help ensnared chastity :
Brightest lady, look on me ;
Thus I sprinkle on thy breast
Drops, that from

my
fountain

pura
I have kept, of precious cure ;
Thrice upon thy finger's tip,
Thrice upon thy ruby'd lip;
Next this inarble venom'd seat,

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Smear’d with gums of glutinous heat,
I touch with chaste palms moist and cold ;
Now the spell hath lost his hold ;
And I must haste, ere morning-hour,
To wait in Amphitrite's bower.

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