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SABRINA descends, and the LADY rises out of her seat.
SP. Virgin, daughter of Locrine
With many a tow'r and terrace round,
With groves of myrrh and cinnamon.
Come, Lady, while heav'n lends us grace,
Let us fly this cursed place,
Lest the sorcerer us entice
924 brimmed] 'brined,' Warburton; a wrong and tasteless alteration: brimmed' is connected with the two following lines. Lucret. ii. 362,
Fluminaque illa queunt, summis labentia ripis.' food] Sylv. Du Bartas, p. 171.
With some other new device.
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
With the mincing Dryades,
On the lawns, and on the leas.
This second Song presents them to their Father and Mother.
Noble Lord, and Lady bright,
Heav'n hath timely tried their youth,
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.
The dances ended, the SPIRIT epiloguises.
SP. 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 :
All amidst the gardens fair
972 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
There eternal Summer dwells,
And west-winds, with musky wing,
About the cedarn alleys fling
Nard and cassia's balmy smells.
Iris there with humid bow
Waters the odorous banks, that blow
Flowers of more mingled hue
Than her purfled scarf can show,
And drenches with Elysian dew
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.'
1002 Assyrian] Tickel and Fenton read 'the Cyprian Queea.'
Holds his dear Psyche sweet intranc'd,
Youth and Joy; so Jove hath sworn.
I can fly, or I can run
Quickly to the green earth's end,
Where the bow'd welkin slow doth bend,
And from thence can soar as soon
To the corners of the moon.
Mortals, that would follow me, Love Virtue, she alone is free, She can teach ye how to climb Higher than the sphery chime: Or, if Virtue feeble were,
Heav'n itself would stoop to her.
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,
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.'
1023 stoop] 'bow.' MS.
Warton and Todd.