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"Ne'er looks to heav'n-amidst his gorgeous feast, "But with besotted, base ingratitude "Crams, and blasphemes his feeder." Shall I go on f Or have I said enough ?- ,
Com. Enough to shew' 250
That you are cheated by the lying boasts
Euphrosyne sings. *
Preach not to me your musty rules,
The heart is wiser than the schools,
If short my span, I less can spare
To pass a single pleasure by;
They only live, who life enjoy.
Com. "These are the maxims of the tru lywise, M Of such as practise what they preach to others. "Here are no hypocrites, no grave dissemblers; "Nor pining grief, nor eating cares approach us,
"Nor sighs, nor murmurs but of gentle Love,
"Whose woes delight; What must his pleasures then f
"Ye Fauns, and ye Dryads, from hill, dale, and grove, "Trip, trip it along, conduHed by Love;
» Suns by Comus, as now performed a1 Covent-garden Theatre.
"Swiftly resort to Camus' gay court, 270 "And in various measures shew Love's various sport.
"Enter the Fauns and Dryads, and attend to the fol"lowing direBions. The tune is play'd a second time, "to 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, beat j "Now with quick feet the ground beat, beat, beat, &c. '" Now cold and denying,
"Now kind and complying,
"Indifference now feigning, 280 "Again with quick feet the ground beat, beat, beat.
"[Exeunt 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 you'let slip time, I ke 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 solemnities, "Where most may wonder at the workmanship. "It is for homely features :to keep heme, "They had their 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 tinctur'd lip for that,
T.ove-darting eyes, 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. "301
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 should'st 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 convine'd, 311 "Yet should I try, the uncontroled worth "Of this pure cause would kindle my rapt spirits "To such a flame of sacred 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 devt
"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 meer moral babble, and dirett
"Against the canon laws of our foundation;
"I must not sutler 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, wrest the glass
out of his hand, and breah it against the ground; his rout mahe signs of resistance, but are all driven in.]
Enter the First Spirit.
What, have you let the false enchanter scape?
O, ye mistook, you should have snatch'd his wand
And bound him fast; without his rod revers'd,
"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 disturb'd; now I bethink me,
"Some other means I have, which may be us'd, 340
"Which once of Melibasus 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,
Tl'.at 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 switt
"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 hnitting
Sabrina rises and sings.
By the rushy-fringed banh,
My sliding chariot stays,
That in the channel strays;