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Of lighter toes, and such court guise
As Mercury did first devise
With the mincing Dryades
On the lawns, and on the leas.

965 This 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, 970
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. 975

The dances ended, the Spirit epiloguizes. SPIR. 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 : There I fuck the liquid air All amidst the gardens fair. Of Hesperus, and his daughters three That fing about the golden tree : Along the crisped shades and bowers Revels the spruce and jocond Spring, 985 The Graces, and the rosy-bosom’d Hours, Thither all their bounties bring ; That there eternal Summer dwells, And west-winds with mulky wing About the cedarn alleys fling

990 Nard

980

With groves

940

May thy lofty head be crown'd
With many a tow'r and terras round,

935 And here and there thy banks upon

of myrrhe, and cinnamon.
Come, Lady, while Heav’n lends us grace,
Let us fly this cursed place,
Left the forcerer us entice
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,

945 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

9 50
All the swains that near abide,
With jigs, and rural dance resort ;
We shall catch them at their sport,
And our sudden coming there
Will double all their mirth and chear; 955
Come let us haste, the stars grow high,
But night fits 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.

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Spir. Back, Shepherds, back, enough your play,

Till next sun-sħine holiday
Here be without duck or nod

убо Other trippings to be trod

Of

Of lighter toes, and such court guise
As Mercury did first devise
With the mincing Dryades
On the lawns, and on the leas.

965

This 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, 970 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. 975

The dances ended, the Spirit epiloguizes.
Spir. 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 :
There I fuck the liquid air

980
All amidst the gardens fair
Of Hesperus, and his daughters three
That fing about the golden tree :
Along the crisped shades and bowers
Revels the spruce and jocond Spring, 985
The Graces, and the rosy-bosom’d

Hours,
Thither all their bounties bring;
That there eternal Summer dwells,
And west-winds with musky wing
About the cedarn alleys fling

Nard

990

May thy lofty head be crown'd
With many a tow'r and terras round,

935 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,
Left the forcerer us entice

940
With some other new device.
Not a waste, or needless sound,
Till we come to holier ground;
I shall be your faithful guide
Through this gloomy covert wide,

945 And not many furlongs thence Is your Father's residence, Where this night are met in state Many a friend to gratulate His with d presence, and beside All the swains that near abide, With jigs, and rural dance resort; We shall catch them at their sport, And our sudden coming there Will double all their mirth and chear;

955 Come let us haste, the stars grow high, But night fits monarch yet in the mid sky.

950

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.

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Śpir. Back, Shepherds, back, enough your play,

Till next sun-shine holiday
Here be without duck or nod

960 Otheç trippings to be trod

Of

Of lighter toes, and such court guise
As Mercury did first devise
With the mincing Dryades
On the lawns, and on the leas.

965 This 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,

970 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. 975

The dances ended, the Spirit epiloguizes,

980

Spir. To the ocean now I Ay,
And those happy climes that lie
Where day never shuts his eye,
Up in the broad fields of the sky :
There I suck the liquid air
All amidst the gardens fair
Of Hefperus, and his daughters three
That fing about the golden tree :
Along the crisped shades and bowers
Revels the spruce and jocond Springs
The Graces, and the rosy-bosom’d Hours,
Thither all their bounties bring ;
That there eternal Summer dwells,
And west-winds with mulky wing
About the cedarn alleys fling

985

990 Nard

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