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Sabrina rises, attended by water-nymphs, and
By the rushy-fringed bank,
Where grows the willow and the osier dank.

My sliding chariot stays,
Thick set with agat, and the azurn sheen
Of turkis blue, and emrald green,

That in the channel strays; 895

Whilst from off the waters fleet
Thus I set my printless feet
O'er the cowslips velvet head,
That bends not as I tread;
Gentle Swain, at thy request goo

I am here.
Spi. Goddess dear,
We implore thy powerful hand
To undo the charmed band

Of true Virgin here distrest, 505

Through the force, and through the wile
Of unblest inchanter vile.

Sab. Shepherd, 'tis my office best
To help insnared chastityi

Brightest Lady look on me; 510

Thus I sprinkle on thy breast
Drops that from my fountain pure
I have kept of precious cure,
Thrice upon thy fingers' tip,
Thrice upon thy rubied lip; 915

Next this marble-venom'd seat,
Smear'd with gums of-glutenous heat,
I touch with chaste palms moist and coldi
Now the spell hath lost his hold;
And I must haste ere morning hour 9»o

To wait on Amphitrite's bower.
S Ab R i N A descends,and the L Ad Y rises out of her seat.

SPI. Virgin, daughter of Locrine
Sprung from old Anchises' line,
May thy brimmed waves for this
Their full tribute never miss 915

From a thousand petty rills,
That tumble down the snowy hills i
Summer drouth, or singed air
Never scorch thy tresses fair,
Nor wet October's torrent flood 939

Thy molten chrystal fill with mud j
May thy billows roll ashore
The beryl, and the golden ore;
May thy lofty head be crown'd
With many a tower and terras round, 935

And here and there thy banks upon
With groves of myrrhe, and cinnamon.

Come, Lady, while Heav'n lends us grace,
Let us fly this cursed place,

Lest the Sorcerer us entice 94»

With some other new device.
Not a waste, or needless sound,
Till we come to holier ground;
I shall be your faithful guide
Through this gloomy covert wide, 945

And not many furlongs thence

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Is your father's residence,

Where this night are met in state

Many a friend to grarulate -", "

His wish'd presence, and beside 950

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 j 95 S

Come let us haste, the stars grow high,

But Night sits monarch yet in the mid sky.

the scene changes, presenting Ludlow town and tbe president's castle; then come in country dancers, after them the attendent Spirit, with the two Brothers and the Lany.


Spi. Back, Shepherds, back, enough your play
Till next sun-shine holiday;
Here be without duck or nod 960

Other trippings to be trod
Of lighter toes, and such court guise
As Mercury did first devise
With the mincing Dryades

On the lawns, and on the leas. 965

This second song presents them to their father and


Noble Lord, and Lady bright,

I have brought you new delight,

Here behold so goodly grown

Three fair branches of your own;

Heav'n hath timely try'd their youth, 970

Their faith, tbeir patience, and their truth,
And sent them here through hard assays

With a crown of deathless praise, -' i-..<

To triumph in victorious dance,

O'er sensual folly, and intemperance. ,c 975

The dances ended, the Spirit efihguizes. Spi. To the ocean now I fly, And those happy climes that lie . Where Day never shuts his eye, Up in the broad fields of the sky i There I suck the liquid air 9S0

All amidst the gardens fair - ;; i

Of Hesperus, and^his daughters three , . -
That sing about the golden tree;
Along the crisped shades and bowers
Revels the spruce and jocund Spring, 98-5

The Graces, and the rosy-bosom'd Hours,
Thither all their bounties bring;
That there eternal Summer dwells,
And west-winds with musky wing
About the cedarn alleys fling 99a

Nard and Cassia's balmy smells. „. _r,, .
Iris there with humid bow
Waters the odorous banks, that blow;
Flowers of more mingled hue
Than her purfled scarf can shew, 995

And drenches with Elysian dew
(List mortals, if your ears be true,

Beds of hyacinth and roses,

Where young Adonis oft reposes,

Waxing well of his deep wound 1000

In slumber soft, and on the ground

Sadly sits th' Assyrian queen;

But far above in spangled sheen

Celestial Cupid her fam'd son advanc'd,

Holds his dear Psyche sweet intranc'd, 1005

After her wand'ring labors long,

Till free consent the gods among

Make her his eternal bride,

And from her fair unspotted side

Two blissful twins are to be born, 1010

Youth and Joy; so Jove hath sworn.

But now my task is smoothly done, I can fly, or I can run Quickly to the green earth's end, Where the bow'd welkin slow doth bend, 1315 And from thence can soar as soon To the corners of the moon.

Mortals that would foljow me,
Love Virtue, she alone is free,
She can teach you how to clime 1020

Higher than the sphery chime;
Or if Virtue feeble were,
Heav'n itself would stoop to her.

The End of Comus.

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