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N L'ALLEGRO

/— ■-' — , /— /' Hence^ loathed Melancholy,

Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born In Stygian cave forlorn •. .

"Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sighta unholy! •^Jy 5 Find out some imcoSrth cell,

Where brooding Darkness spreads his jealous wings,

And the night-raven sings;

There, under ebon shades and low-browed rocks,
As ragged as thy locks,
10 In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell."
But come,\thou Godldess fair jand free,
In heaven yclept Euphiosyne,
And by men heart-easing Mirth,
Whom lovely Venus, at a birth,
s With twoi|sister Graces more, ^ ^>rv^s'

To ivy-crowned Bacchus bore: ' \
Or whether (as some sager sing)

! JjsolJc wind that breathes the spring,
nyr, with Auroraplaying,
AlHie met her once a-Maying,
There, on beds of violets blue,
And fresh-blown roses washed in dew,
Filled her with thee, a daughter fair.

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Scrbuxom, blithe, and debonair.

C^Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee gg y Jest, and youthful •Isfc8j^-^uJU '^ Quips and cranks and TOMiton wiles, • sNods and becks and wreathed smiles, "W^jJ^ .

/ Such as hang on Hebe's cheij?^"'*'*

And love to live in dimple sleek; so )y Sport that wrinkled Care derides, "1 And Laughter holding both his sides. /•{Come, and trip it, as you go,

y\On the light fantastic toe;

y And in thy right hand lead with thee 36 The mountain-nymph, sweet Liberty;/ And, if I give thee honour due, J^Mirth, admit me of thy crew, •Jty. To live with her, and live with thee, ^ In unreproved pleasures free:' « To hear the lark begin his flight, *i And, singing, startle the dull night, From his watch-tower in the skies. /•Till the dappled dawn doth rise; y Then to come, in spite of sorrow, « And at my window bid good-morrow, j ,.-•Through the sweet-briar or the vine, \_^£qt the twisted eglantine; ^ • While the cock, with lively din,

Scatters the rear of darkness thin,' M And to the stack, or the barn-door, j. Stoutly struts his dames before:

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i Where perhaps some beauty lies,
so The cynosure of neighbouring eyes.
Hard by a cottage chimney smokes

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And, stretched out all the/^him^iey^length, > Basks at the fire his hairy strength,

And crop-full out of doors he flings, y Ere the first cock his matin rings. 115 Thus done the tales, to bed they creep, -^ ^By whispering winds soon lulled asleep.Y ^Towered cities please us then, > /And the busy hum of men,

\\^rethr^ngs of knights and barons bold, \ 120 Inwee^dsra peace, high wium'pnsnold, 1 *

Withdstoreo?*Tadies, whose bright eyes

Rain influence, and judge the prize

Of wit or arms, while both contend

To win her grace whom all cmnmend. ^iSffThere let HymenoDft appear * 6

In saffron robe7"with taper clear,

And pomp, and feast, and revelry,

With mask and antique pageantry;

Such sights as youthful poets dream 130 On summer eves by haunted stream. /Then to the well-trod stage anon>

If Jonson's learned sock be on,

Or sweetest Shakespeare, Fancy's child, ^/Warble his native wood-notes wild. 135 And ever, against eating cares, yLap me in soft Lydian airs, ^Married to mmiortaTverse,

f* Such as the meeting soul may pierce, * ■

'In notes with many a winding bout

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