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Ospancies, pinks and gaudy daffadils.

And, as the old swain said, she can unlock

The clasping charm, and thaw the numming spell,

If she be right invok'd in warbled song,

For maidenhood she loves, and will be swift 865

To aid a virgin, such as was herself,

In hard-besetting need; this will I try,

And add the pow'r of some adjuring verse.

S 0 X G.

Sabrina fair,

Listen where thou art sitting 870

Under the glassy, cool, tranflucent wave,

In twisted braids of lillies knitting
The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair;

Listen for dear honor's fake,

Goddess of the silver lake, 875

Listen and save.

Listen and appear to us
In name of great Oceanus,
By th' earth-shaking Neptune's mace,
AndTethys grave majestic pace, 880

By hoary Nereus wrinkled look,
And the Carpathian wisard's hook,
By scaly Triton's winding shell,
And old sooth-saying Glaucus spell,
By Leucothea's lovely hands, 885

I i And

And her son that rules the strands,
By Thetis tinsel-flipper'd feet,
And the songs of Sirens sweet,
By dead Parthenope's dear tomb,
And fair Ligea's golden comb, 890

Wherewith {he sits on diamond rocks,
Sleeking her soft alluring locks,
By all the nymphs that nightly dance
Upon thy streams with wily glance,
Rife, rife, and heave thy rosy head 895

From thy coral-paven bed,
And bridle in thy headlong wave,
Till thou our summons answered have.

Listen and save.

Sabrina rises, attended by water-nymphs, andjings. By the rushy-fringed bank, 900

Where grows the willow and the osier dank,

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

That in the channel strays; 905

Whilst from off the waters fleet
Thus I set my printless feet
O'er the cowflips velvet head,
That bends not as I tread;
Gentle Swain, at thy request 910

I am here.

Spir. Goddess dear,
We implore thy pow'rful hand
To undo the charmed band

Of true virgin here distrest, 915

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

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

Brightest Lady, look on me; 920

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; 925

Next this marble venom'd feat,
Smear'd with gums of glutenous heat,
I touch with chaste palms moist and cold:
Now the spell hath lost his hold;
And I must haste ere morning hour 930

To wait in Amphitrite's bow'r.

Sabrina descends, and the Lady rises out of her feat.

Spir. Virgin, daughter of Locrine
Sprung of old Anchises line,
May thy brimmed waves for this
Their full tribute never miss 935

From a thousand petty rills,
That tumble down the snowy hills:

I i 2 Summer Summer drouth, or singed air

Never scorch thy tresses sair,

Nor wet October's torrent flood g4o

Thy molten crystal fill with mud;.

May thy billows roll ashore

The beryl, and the golden ore;

May thy lofty head be crown'd

With many a tow'r and terras round, 945

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 950

With some other new device.
Not a waste, or needless found,
Till we come to holier ground;
I shall be your faithful guide
Through this gloomy covert wide, 955

And not many furlongs thence
Is your Father's residence,
Where this night are met in state
Many a friend to gratulate

His wish'd presence, and beside 960

All the swains that near abide,
With jigs, and rural dance resort;
We shall catch them at their sport,
And our sudden coming there
Wifl double all their mirth and chear; 965


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 them the attendent Spirit, with the two Brothers and the Lady.

Spir. Back, Shepherds, back, enough your play,
Till next fun-fliine holiday;
Here be without duck or nod 970

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. 975

Tliis second Song 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;

Heav'n hath timely try'd their youth, 980

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. 985


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