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Virgin, daughter ot ixicrine,
Come, lady, while Heaven lends us grace,
I shall be your faithful guide
Through this gloomy covert wide:
And not many furlongs thence
Is your father's residence,
Where this night are met in state
Many a friend to gratulate
His wished presence; and, beside,
All the swains that near abide.
With jigs and rural dance resort:
We shall catch them at their sport;
And our sudden coming there
Will double all their mirth and cheer.
Come, let us haste, the stars grow high,
But Night sits monarch yet in the mid sky.
\The scene changes, presenting Ludlow town and the President's castle; then come in country dancers; after thent the Attendant Spirit, with the two Brothers and the Lady.]
Back, shepherds, back! enough your play,
With the mincing Dryades,
[This second Son j presents them to their Father and Mother.]
Noble lord, and lady bright,
I have brought ye new delight;
Here behold, so goodly grown,
Three fair branches of your own;
Heaven hath timely tried their youth,
Their faith, their patience, and their truth,
And sent them here through hard assays
With a crown of deathless praise,
To triumph in victorious dance
O'er sensual Folly and Intemperance.
[Tim dances ended, the SPIRIT epilogmses.]
To the ocean now I fly,51