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From a thousand petty rills, W
That tumble down the snowy hills : Sila 2
Summer drouth, or singèd airly that
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Nor wet October’s torrent flood
Thy molten crystal fill with mud;
May thy billows roll ashore

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The beryl, and the golden ore;
May thy lofty head be crown'd
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 cursèd place, dobro
Lest the sorcerer us enticera sigurise systet 10
With some other new device.
Not a waste, or needless sound, teluisso
Till we come to holier ground; 1903 ?
I shall be your faithful guide particles of
Through this gloomy covert wide,
And not many furlongs thence

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Many a friend to gratulate

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His wish'd presence, and beside
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With jigs, and rural dance resort;

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shall catch them at their sport, dosto
And our sudden coming there
Will double all their mirth and cheer; or
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 casti

castle; then come in country dancers, after them the attendant Spirit, with the two Brothers, and the Lady.

Song.
Sp. Back, Shepherds, back, enough your play,
Till next sunshine holiday;

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Here be without duck or nod
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;
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:
There I suck the liquid air
All amidst the gardens fair
Of Hesperus, and his daughters three
That sing about the golden tree:
Along the crispèd shades and bowers
Revels the spruce and jocund Spring,
The Graces, and the rosy-bosom'd Hours,
Thither all their bounties bring;
There eternal Summer dwells,
And west-winds, with musky wing,
About the cedarn alleys fing
Nard and cassia's balmy smells.

The daughters of Hesperus, the brother of Atlas, had gardens, or orchards, which produced apples of gold.

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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
(List mortals, if your ears be true)
Beds of hyacinth and roses,
Where
young

Adonis oft reposes,
Waxing well of his deep wound
In slumber soft, and on the ground
Sadly sits th' Assyrian queen;
But far above in spangled sheen
Celestial Cupid her famed son advanced,
Holds his dear Psyche sweet intranced,
After her wand'ring labours long,
Till free consent the Gods among
Make her his eternal bride,
And from her fair unspotted side
Two blissful twins are to be born,
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,
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.

2 Venus; so called because she was worshipped by the Assyrians. See OVID, Met. IX, 636.

LYCIDAS.

1637.

In this Monody the author bewails a learned friend, unfortunately drowned in his passage from Chester on the Irish seas, 1637; and by occasion foretells the ruin of our corrupted clergy, then in their height.

YEt once more, O ye laurels, and once more
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere,
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude,
And with forced fingers rude,
Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year.
Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear,
Compels me to disturb your season due:
For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime,
Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer :
Who would not sing for Lycidas ? He knew
Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.
He must not float upon his watery bier
Unwept, and welter to the parching wind,
Without the meed of some melodious tear.
Begin then, Sisters of the sacred well,
That from beneath the seat of Jove doth spring,
Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string.
Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse,
So may some gentle Muse
With lucky words favour my destined urn,
And as he

passes turn,
And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud.
For we were nursed upon the self-same hill 2
Fed the same flock by fountain, shade, and rill.

Together both, ere the high lawns appear'd
Under the opening eyelids of the morn,

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Edward King, the friend of Milton, whose early death is bewailed in this poem, was the son of Sir John King, Secretary for Ireland under Elizabeth, James I., and Charles I. On his voyage to Ireland, to visit his family, his ship struck on a rock on the English coast, and he perished in the sea. He was

distinguished for his piety and talents, and was a fellow of Christ Church, Cambridge.

2 King was at Cambridge with Milton. 3 See marginal reading of “Neither let it see the dawning of the day," Job iii. 9.

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We drove a field, and both together heard
What time the gray-fly winds her sultry horn,
Battning our flocks with the fresh dews of night,
Oft till the star that rose, at evening, bright,
Toward heav'n's descent had sloped his west'ring wheel.
Meanwhile the rural ditties were not mute,
Temper'd to the oaten flute,
Rough Satyrs danced, and Fauns with cloven heel
From the glad sound would not be absent long,
And old Damoetas? loved to hear our song.

But, О the heavy change, now thou art gone,
Now thou art gone, and never must return!
Thee, Shepherd, thee the woods, and desert caves
With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'ergrown,
And all their echoes mourn.
The willows, and the hazel copses green,
Shall now no more be seen,
Fanning their joyous leaves to thy soft lays.
As killing as the canker to the rose,
Or taint-worm to the weanling herds that graze,
Or frost to flow'rs, that their

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wardrobe wear, When first the white-thorn blows; Such, Lycidas, thy loss to shepherd's ear.

Where were ye, Nymphs, when the remorseless deep Closed o'er the head of your loved Lycidas ? For neither were ye playing on the steep, Where your old Bards, the famous Druids, lie,3 Nor on the shaggy top of Mona high, Nor yet where Deva spreads her wisard stream :: Ay me! I fondly dream! Had

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ye been there, for what could that have done ?
What could the Muse herself that Orpheus bore,
The Muse herself for her enchanting son,
Whom universal nature did lament,

i The trumpet-fly. Its hum is loudest
at noon.
2 Probably their tutor, Dr. Chappel.
3 The Druids' sepulchres were

at Kerig-y-Druidion, in the mountains of Denbighshire.

4 The Isle of Anglesea.

5 The Dee, said by Spenser to be the haunt of magicians. These places were all near the Irish Sea, where Lycidas embarked for Ireland.

6 Calliope was the mother of Orpheus.

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