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But certes sorely sunk with woe
Sir Topaz sees the Elphin show,

His spirits in him dy :
When Oberon crys,

a man is near, “ A mortal paffion, cleeped fear,

Hangs flagging in the sky."

With that Sir Topaz, hapless youth !
In accents falt'ring, ay for ruth,

Intreats them pity graunt;
For als he been a mister wight
Betray'd by wand'ring in the night

To tread the circled haunt;

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« Ah Lofell vile, at once they roar ; " And little skill'd of fairie lore,

“ Thy cause to come, we know: « Now has thy kestrell courage fell ; « And fairies, since a lye you

tell

; « Are free to work thee woe.

Then

Then Will, who bears the wispy fire
To trail the swains among the mire,

The captive upward Alung;
There like a tortoise in a shop
He dangled from the chamber-top,

Where whilome Edwin hung.

The revel now proceeds apace,
Deftly they frisk it o'er the place,

They sit, they drink, and eat;
The time with frolic mirth beguile,
And poor Sir Topaz hangs the while

'Till all the rout retreat.

By this the stars began to wink,
They Ibriek, they fly, the tapers sink,

And down ydrops the knight.
For never spell by fairie laid
With strong enchantment bound a glade,

Beyond the length of night.

Chill, dark, alone, adreed, he lay,
Till up the welkin rose the day,

Then deem'd the dole was o'er :
But wot ye well his harder lot ?
His seely back the bunch had got

Which Edwin loft afore.

This tale a Sybil-nurse ared ;
She softly stroak'd my youngling head,

And when the tale was done,
6. Thus some are born, my son, she cries,
“ With base impediments to rise,

66 And some are born with none.

56 But virtue can itself advance

" To what the fav’rite fools of chance

“ By fortune seem'd design'd; Virtue can gain the odds of fate, “ And from itself shake off the weight

“ Upon th' unworthy mind.”

PER

P ER VI G I L I UM

V E N E RI S.

(RAS amet, qui numquam amavit; quique

CRAS

amavit, cras amet.

Ver novum, ver jam canorum: vere natus orbis eft,

Vere concordant amores, vere nubent alites,

Et nemus comam resolvit de maritis imbribus.

Cras amorem copulatrix inter umbras arborum

Implicat gazas virentes de flagello myrteo.'

Cras Dione jura dicit, fulta sublimi throno,

Cras amet, qui numquam amavit; quique amavit,

cras amet.

Tunc

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