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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,
And here and there thy banks upon
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.'
930 flood] Sylv. Du Bartas, p. 171.
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.'
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
Up in the broad fields of the sky :
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
the only writer who
That sing about the golden tree: Ovay that the trees were fold
Along the crisped shades and bowers
There eternal Summer dwells,
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,: fed, embroidered
And drenches with Elysian dewaleeves purfited atte honde`
(List mortals, if your ears be true)
Beds of hyacinth and roses,
Canterbury Tales 193
Sadly sits th' Assyrian queen; Venus Astarte
Celestial Cupid her fam'd son advanc'd,
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,
1002 Assyrian] Tickel and Fenton read 'the Cyprian Queen.
Fovery Ince BR II (an "Jarden of Adonis 984 crissed : ripples of crissed shame Tempest III
After her wand'ring labours long,
Till free consent the Gods among
Make her his eternal bride,
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,
And from thence can soar as soon
To the corners of the moon.
Mortals, that would follow me,
Heav'n itself would stoop to her.
1017 corners] Macbeth, a. 3. s. 5. Upon the corner of the moon.
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.'
1023 stoop] 'bow.' MS.
Warton and Todd.
the What how bin's writta by Miller in an
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