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That must be utter'd to unfold the sage
And serious doctrine of virginity;
And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know
More happiness than this thy present lot.
Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetorick,
That hath so well been taught her dazzling fence;
Thou art not fit to hear thyself convinced:
Yet, should I try, the uncontrolled worth
Of this pure cause would kindle my rapt spirits
To such a flame of sacred vehemence,
That dumb things would be moved to sympathize,
And the brute earth would lend her nerves, and shake,
Till all thy magick structures, rear'd so high,
Were shatter'd into heaps o'er thy false head.

Con. She fables not; I feel that I do fear
Her words, set off by some superiour power;
And though not mortal, yet a cold shuddering dew
Dips me all o'er, as when the wrath of Jove
Speaks thunder, and the chains of Erebus,
To some of Saturn's crew. I must dissemble,
And try her yet more strongly. Come, no more;
This is mere moral babble, and direct
Against the canon-laws of our foundation ;
I must not suffer this; yet 'tis but the lees
And settlings of a melancholy blood:
But this will cure all straight; one sip of this
Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight,
Beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise, and taste.-

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The BROTHERS rush in with swords drawn, wrest his glass out of his

band, and break it against the ground; his rout make sign of resistance, but are all driven in. The ATTENDANT Spirit comes in.

SPIR. What, have you let the false enchanter 'scape?
O, ye mistook; ye should have snatch'd his wand,
And bound him fast: without his rod reversed,
And backward mutters of dissevering power,
We cannot free the Lady that sits here

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797. And the brute earth: That is, the nature at the bold rebuke of innocence, un feeling earth would sympathize and and huilders with a sudden cold sweat, assist.-T. WARTON.

like a guilty man.-T. WARTON. 800. “ These six lines are asile, but Il 809. Lees. I like the manuscript readwould point the first thus: She fables ing best:not, I feel that, that is, I fear she does this is mere moral stuff, the very lees, &c. pot fable."-SYMPSON. TO fable is to Yet is bad, but very inaccurate.- HURD. feign, to invent.

815. Ye m stook. The circumstance in 02. And though not mortal, &c. Her the text, of the brothers forsetting to words are a sisted by somewhat divine: seize and reverse the magician's rol, and I, although immortal, and above the while by contrast it heightens the supe race of man, am so affected with their rior intelligence of the Attendant Spirit, force, that a cold shuddering dew, &c. affords the opportunity of introducing Ilere is the noblest panegyric on the the fiction of raising Sabrina; which, power of virtue, adorned with the sub exclusive of its poetical ornaments, is limest imagery. It is extorted from the recommended by a local propriety, and mouth of a magician and a preternatural was peculiarly interesting to the audienie, being, who, although actually posse sed as the Severn is the famous river of the of his prey, feels all the terrours of human neighbourhood.-T. WARTON.

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In stony fetters fix'd, and motionless:
Yet stay; be not disturb'd; now I bethink me, 820
Some other means I have which may be used,
Which once of Melibæus old I learn'd,
The soothest shepherd that e'er piped on plains.

There is a gentle nymph not far from hence,
That with moist curb sways the smooth Severn stream, 825
Sabrina is her name, a virgin pure;
Whilom she was the daughter of Locrine,
That had the sceptre from his father Brute.
She, guiltless damsel, flying the mad pursuit
Of her enraged stepdame Guendolen,
Commended her fair innocence to the flood,
That staid her flight with his cross-flowing course.
The water nymphs, that in the bottom play'd,
Held up their pearled wrists, and took her in,
Bearing her straight to aged Nereus' hall;
Who, piteous of her woes, rear'd her lank head,
And gave her to his daughters to imbathe
In nectar'a lavers, strew'd with asphodel:
And through the porch and inlet of each sense
Dropp'd in ambrosial oils, till she revived,

840 And underwent a quick immortal change, Made goddess of the river: still she retains Her maiden gentleness, and oft at eve Visits the herds along the twilight meadows, Helping all urchin blasts, and ill-luck signs

815 That the shrewd meddling elfe delights to make, Which she with precious viallid liquours heals : For which the shepherds at their festivals Carol her goodness loud in rustick lays, And throw sweet garland wreaths into her stream Of pansies, pinks, and gaudy daffodils: And, as the old swain said, she can unlock The clasping charm, and thaw the numming spell,

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824. There is a gentle nymph, &c. Sa- | deliver a virgin imprisoned in the spell brina's fabulous story may be seen in of a detestable sorcerer. She rises at the the “Mirrour for Magistrates," in the invocation, and leaving her car on an sixth song of Draytou's “Polyolbion," osiered rushy bank, hastens to help enand in the tenth canto and second book snared chestity. She prinkles on the of Spenser's "Faerie Queene." The part breast of a captive maid precious dros of the fable of Comus, which may be selected from her pure fountain; he called the Disenchantment. is evidently touches thrice the tip of the lady's fin er, founded on Fletcher's * Paithful Shep- and thrice her ruby lip, with chaste herdess." The moral of both iramas, is palms moist and cold, as also the enthe triumph of Chastity. This, in both, venomed chair, smeared with tepa 'ious is finely brought about by the same sort gums. The charm is dissolved, and the of inachinerySabrina, a virgin and a Nymph departs to the lower of Amphi king's daughter, was converted into a trite. $28. Brute, Brutus. river-nymph, that her hopour might be 8+5. Urchin Wasts. The urchin or hedgepreserved in violate. Still she preserves hog, from its solitariness, the ugliness of her maiden gentleness, and every even- its appearance, and from a popular opiing visits the cattle among her twilight uion that it suckled or joisoned the meadows, to heal the mischiefs intricted udders of the cows. Was a lopted into the by elfish magick. For this she was praised demonolegick system: and its shape was by the shephenis. She protects virgins in sometimes supp se i to be assumed by distress. She is now solemnly called, to mischievous elves, T. Y ARTOX.

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If she be right invoked in warbled song;
For maidenhood she loves, and will be swift
To aid a virgin, such as was herself,
In hard-besetting need; this will I try,
And add the power of some adjuring verse.

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SONG.
Sabrina fair,

Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,

In twisted braids of lilies knitting
The loose train of thy am ber-dropping hair :

Listen for dear honour's sake,
Goddess of the silver lake;

Listen, and save!
Listen, and appear to us,
In name of great Oceanus;
By the earth-shaking Neptune's mace,
And Tethys' grave majestick pace;
By hoary Nereus' wrinkled look,
And the Carpathian wisard's hook ;
By scaly Triton's winding shell,
And old soothsaying Glaucus' spell;
By Leucothea's lovely hands,
And her son that rules the strands;
By Thetis' tinsel-slipper'd feet,
And the songs of sirens sweet;
By dead Parthenope's dear tomb,
And fair Ligea's golden comb,
Wherewith she sits on diamond rocks,
Sleeking her soft alluring locks;
By all the nymphs that nightly dance
Upon thy streams with wily glance;
Rise, rise, and heave thy rosy head,
From thy coral-paven bed,
And bridle in thy headlong wave,
Till thou our summons answer'd have.

Listen, and save!

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Sabrina rises, attended by Water Nymphs, and sings.
By the rushy-fringed bank,
Where grows the willow, and the osier dank,

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863. Sabrina's hair drops amber, be- | Nireus was a sea deity, the father of the cause, in the poet's idea, her stream was Nereids, by Doris, an ocean-nymph. The supposed to be transparent; as the river Carpathian wisard is Proteus, who had of bliss, in l'aradise Lost, (iii. 355,) and as a cive at Carpathus, an island near Choaspe has an amber stream, Paradise Rhodles. Regained, iii. 285.) But Choaspey wils 873. Triton was Neptune's trumpeter. called "golden water." Amber, when Glaucus was another sea-deity. Leuco applied to water, means a luminous clear thea, the white sea-godde ness; when to hair, bright yellow.-T. 879. Purthenope and Linea were two of WARTOX.

the Syrens. The tomb of the former was $69. Earth-shaking is the epithet IIo at Naples, which was therefore called mer gives to Neptune Tethys in the wifo | Parthenope. of Oceanus, and mother of the gods.

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My sliding chariot stays,
Thick set with agate, and the azurn sheen
Of turkis blue, and emerald green

That in the channel strays:
Whilst from off the waters fleet
Thus I set my printless feet
O'er the cowslip's velvet head,

That bends not as I tread:
Gentle swain, at thy request,

I am here.

Spir. Goddess dear,
We implore thy powerful hand
To undo the charmed band
Of true virgin here distress'd,
Through the force, and through the wile,
Of unbless'd enchanter vile.

Sab. Shepherd, 'tis my office best
To help ensnared chastity:
Brightest Lady, look on me.
Thus I sprinkle on thy breast
Drops, that from my fountain puro
I have kept, of precious cure;
Thrice upon thy finger's tip,
Thrice upon thy rubied lip:
Next this marble venom'd seat,
Smeared with gums of glutinous heat,
I touch with chaste palms moist and cold:-
Now the spell hath lost his hold;
And I must haste, ere morning hour,
To wait in Amphitrite's bower.

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SABRIxa descends, and the Lady rises out of her seat.
Spir. Virgin, daughter of Locrine,
Sprung of old Anchises' line,
May thy brimmed waves for this
Their full tribute never miss
From a thousand petty rills,
That tumble down the snowy hills:
Summer drouth, or singed air
Never scorch thy tresses fair,
Nor wet October's torrent flood
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 tower and terrace round,

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893. Aturn sheen. Sheen is again used ton's History of England, Book i.-NEas a substantive for brightness, in line TON. 1003 of this poem.

924. Brimmed waves, that is, waves 923. Sprung of old Anchises' line, for that rise to the brim or odge of the river's Locrine was the son of Brutus, Brutus bank; menning, full waves. of Silvius, Silvius of Ascanius, Ascanius 934. The sense of these four lines is, of Æneas, Æneas of Anchises. See Mil. May thy head be crowned round about with towers and terraces, and here and Two Brothers and the Lady being now there may thy banks he crowned upon to dance, be describes their clegant way with roves of myrrh and cinnamon. of moving by trippings, light toxe, court

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And here and there thy banks upon
With groves of myrrh and cinnamon!

Come, Lady, while Heaven lends us grace,
Let us fly this cursed place,
Lest the sorcerer us entice

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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;
And not many furlongs thence
Is your father's residence,
Where this night are met in stato
Many a friend to gratulate
His wish'd presence; and beside
All the swains, that there 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 chere.

955 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 ATTENDANT Spirit, with the Two BROTHERS, and the Lady.

SONG.
Spir. Back, shepherds, back; enough your play,
Till next sun-shine holiday:
Here be, without duck or nod,

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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.
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:
Heaven hath timely tried their youth,

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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.

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960. Duck or oil. By ducks and nois guisr, &c. The word mincing he uses to our author alludes to the country per express the neatness of their gait. ple's awkward way of dancing; and, the Peck.

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