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. That owned the virtuous ring and glass,
And of the wondrous horse of brass 115 On which the Tartar king did ride;
And if aught else great bards beside
Of forests, and enchantments drear,'
Thus, Night, oft seg me in thy pale career,
With the Attic boy to hunt, 125 But kerchieft in a comely cloud,
While rocking winds are piping loud,
Ending on the rustling leaves and minerte 130 With minute-drops from off the eaves.
And, when the sun begins to fling
And shadows brown, that Sylvan loves, 135 Of pine, or monumental oak,
Where the rude axe with heavèd stroke
There in close covert, by some brook, 140 Where no profaner eye may look,
Hide me from day's garish eye,
While the bee with honeyed thigh,
Of every star that heaven doth shew,
To something like prophetic strain. 175 These pleasures, Melancholy, give;
And I with thee will choose to live.
A MASQUE PRESENTED AT LUDLOW CASTLE, 1634, BEFORE THE EARL OF BRIDGEWATER, THEN
PRESIDENT OF WALES
The ATTENDANT SPIRIT, afterwards in the habit of
The Chief Persons which presented were
The First Scene Discovers a Wild Wood
The ATTENDANT SPIRIT descends or enters
BEFORE the starry threshold of Jove's court
Which men call Earth, and, with low-thoughted
That opes the palace of eternity.
I would not soil these pure ambrosial weeds
But to my task. Neptune, besides the sway Of every salt flood and each ebbing stream,:. 20 Took in by lot, 'twixt high and nether jove,
Imperial rule of all the sea-girt isles That, like to rich and various gems, inlay The unadorned bosom of the deep; Which he, to grace his tributary gods, 25 By course commits to several government, And gives them leave to wear their sapphire
He quarters to his blue-haired deities;
noble Peer of mickle trust and power