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But scant he lays him on the floor, When hollow winds remove the door,
And, trembling, rocks the ground: And, well I ween to count aright, At once a hundred tapers light
On all the walls around.
Now sounding tongues assail his ear, Now sounding feet approachen near,
And now the sounds increase : And from the corner where he lay He sees a train profusely gay
Come prankling o'er the place.
But (trust me, Gentles!) never yet
Or half so rich, before ;
The town its silken store.
Now whilst he gaz’d, a gallart, dret
With awful accent cry’d;
Has here presum’d to hide ?
At this the swain, whose vent'rous soul No fears of magic art controul,
Advanc'd in open sight; “ Nor have I cause of dreed, he said, “ Who view, by no presumption led,
“ Your revels of the night.. .
“ 'Twas grief, for scorn of faithful love, " Which made my steps unweeting rove:
“ Amid the nightly dew.” “ 'Tis well, the gallant cries again, “ We fairies never injure men
“ Who dare to tell us true.
“ Exalt thy love-dejected heart,
“ To make thee grief resign ; “ Now take the pleasure of thy chaunce; “ Whilst I with Mab, my partner, daunce,
“ Be little MABLE thine.”
He spoke, and all a sudden there
The monarch leads the queen:
With Edwin of the Green.
The dauncing past, the board was laid,
As heart and lip desire;
And with a wish retire.
But now, to please the fairy king,
And antic feats devise ;
In Edwin's wond'ring eyes.
Till one at last, that Robin hight,
Has hent him up aloof;
To sprau] unneath the roof.
From thence, “ Reverse my charm,” he cries, “ And let it fairly now suffice
“The gambol has been shown.” But OBERON answers with a smile, “ Content thce, Edwin,, for a while,
“ The 'vantage is thine own.”
IIere ended all the phantom-play;
And heard a cock to crow;
To warn them all to go.
Then screaming all at once they fly,
Poor Edwin falls to floor :
But soon as Dan APOLLO rose,
Ile feels his back the less ;
Which made him want success.