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Till now that this extremity compelled :
Thyrsis, lead on apace, I'll follow thee ; And some good angel bear a shield before us !
The scene changes to a stately palace, set out with all manner of deliciousness ;
soft music, tables spread with all dainties. Comus appears with his rabble, and the LADY set in an enchanted chair, to whom he offers his glass, which she puts by, and goes about to rise.]
Nay, lady, sit ; if I but wave this wand,
Fool! do not boast ; Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind With all thy charms, although this corporal rind Thou hast immanacled, while Heaven sees good.
Why are you vexed, lady? why do you frown ? Here dwell no frowns, nor anger; from these gates Sorrow flies far: see, here be all the pleasures That Fancy can beget on youthful thoughts,32 When the fresh blood grows lively, and returns Brisk as the April buds in primrose-season. And first behold this cordial julep here, That flames and dances in his crystal bounds,33
With spirits of balm and fragrant syrups mixed.
’T will not, false traitor ! ’T will not restore the truth and honesty That thou hast banished from thy tongue with lies. Was this the cottage, and the safe abode,
Thou told’st me of? What grim aspects are these, These ugly-headed monsters ? Mercy guard me! Hence with thy brewed enchantments, foul deceiver ! last thou betrayed my credulous innocence With visored falsehood, and base forgery ? And wouldst thou seek again to trap me here With liquorish baits fit to ensnare a brute ? Were it a draught for Juno when she banquets, I would not taste thy treasonous offer. None But such as are good men can give good things ; And that which is not good, is not delicious To a well-governed and wise appetite.
Oh, foolishness of men ! that lend their ears