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SABRINA descends, and the LADY rises out of her seat.
SP. Virgin, daughter of Locrine
The beryl, and the golden ore;
Come, Lady, while heav'n lends us grace, Let us fly this cursed place,
Lest the sorcerer us entice
'Fluminaque illa queunt, summis labentia ripis.'
flood] Sylv. Du Bartas, p. 171.
924 brimmed] brined,' Warburton; a wrong and tasteless alteration: brimmed' is connected with the two following lines. Lucret. ii. 362,
dirty mudds Defil'd the crystal of smooth sliding floods.'
With some other new device.
Will double all their mirth and cheer;
The Scene changes, presenting Ludlow town and the President's castle; then come in country dancers, after them the ATTENDANT SPIRIT, with the Two BROTHERS, and the LADY.
SP. Back, Shepherds, back, enough your play, Till next sunshine holiday;
Here be without duck or nod
951 there] So Milton's own edition, the MS. 'near.' 960 duck] K. Richard III. act i. sc. 3. Duck with French nods.' Warton.
Other trippings to be trod
Of lighter toes, and such court guise
This second Song presents them to their Father and Mother.
Noble Lord, and Lady bright,
To triumph in victorious dance
The dances ended, the SPIRIT epiloguises.
And those happy climes that lie
All amidst the gardens fair
072 hard] Milton is fond of this expression. P. L. iv. 932. 'from hard assays.' P. Reg. i. 264. iv. 478. Todd. 979 broad] MS. 'plain fields.' Fairfax, B. viii. st. 57. O'er the broad fields of heaven's bright wildernesse.' Warton and Todd.
Of Hesperus, and his daughters three
Waters the odorous banks, that blow
988 There] Milton's own edition, 1673, reads 'That there, but in the errata directs 'That' to be omitted; so it is by Tickell and Fenton, but silently readopted by Newton.
989 musky] See Cowley's Silva. p, 56, and Love's Riddle, 'The musky kisses of the west wind.'
Assyrian] Tickel and Fenton read the Cyprian Queen.'
Holds his dear Psyche sweet intranc'd,
Where the bow'd welkin slow doth bend,
Mortals, that would follow me,
1017 corners] Macbeth, a. 3. s. 5. ' Upon the corner of the moon. Warton.
1021 sphery] 'sphery chime' is the chime or music of the spheres. Mids. N. Dream, act ii. sc. 7, Hermia's sphery eyne.' Machin's Dumbe Knight, (Reed's Old Pl. iv. 447), 'It was as silver as the chime of spheres.' Herrick's Hesp. p. 116, Fall down from those thy chiming spheres.'
Warton and Todd.
1023 stoop] "bow.' MS.