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Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight,
The BROTHERS rush in with swords drawn, wrest his glass out of his hand, 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? Oye mistook; ye should have snatched his wand, sis And bound him fast. Without his rod reversed, And backward mutters of dissevering power, We cannot free the Lady that sits here In stony fetters fixed and motionless. Yet stay, be not disturbed; now I bethink me, 820 Some other means I have which may be used, Which once of Melibæus old I learnt, 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 825
stream: 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 enragèd stepdame, Guendolen, Commended her fair innocence to the flood That stayed her fight with his cross-flowing
The water nymphs, that in the bottom played,
Held up their pearled wrists, and took her in, 835 Bearing her straight to aged Nereus' hall;
Who, piteous of her woes, reared her lank head,
And through the porch and inlet of each sense 840 Dropt in ambrosial oils, till she revived,
And underwent a quick immortal change,
Visits the herds along the twilight meadows, 845 Helping all urchin blasts, and ill-luck signs
That the shrewd meddling elf delights to make, Which she with precious vialed liquors heals: For which the shepherds, at their festivals, i
Carol her goodness loud in rustic lays, 850 And throw sweet garland wreaths into her stream l Of pansies, pinks, and gaudy daffodils. And, as the old swain said, she can unlock The clasping charm, and thaw the numbing spell,
If she be right invoked in warbled song;
To aid a virgin, such as was her self,
Listen where thou art sitting
In twisted braids of lilies knitting
Listen for dear honour's sake,
Listen and save.
And bridle in thy headlong wave,
Listen and save! SABRINA rises, attended by Water-nymphs, and sings 890 By the rushy-fringed bank,
Where grows the willow and the osier dank,
My sliding chariot stays,
That in the channel strays;
That bends not as I tread. 900 Gentle swain, at thy request
I am here.
To undo the charmed band 905
Of true virgin here distressed
Sabr. Shepherd, 'tis my office best
To help ensnarèd chastity. 910
Brightest Lady, look on me.
Thrice upon thy finger's tip,
To wait in Amphitrite's bower.
Spir. Virgin, daughter of Locrine,
Come, Lady; while Heaven lends us grace,