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“ Swiftly resort to Comus' gay court,
“ 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,
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,
Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown 290
'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
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 ;'
“ 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,
SONG. By Second Spirit.
In twisted braids of lilies knitting
Listen for dear honour's sake,
Listen and save.
SABRINA rises and sings.
By the rushy-fringed bank,
My sliding chariot stays,
That in the channel strays ;
“Whilst from off the waters flees
I am here.
RECITATIVE, Second Spirit.
Of true virgin here distress'd,
Shepherd, 'tis my office best