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She that has that is clad in complete steel,
Infamous hills, and sandy perilous wilds;
No savage fierce, bandite, or mountaineer,
Yea, there where very desolation dwells, (By grots and caverns shagged with horrid shades, 430 She may pass on with unblenched majesty,
Be it not done in pride, or in presumption.
Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost, 435 That breaks his magic chains at curfew time,
No goblin or swart faery of the mine,
Antiquity from the old schools of Greece 440 To testify the arms of chastity?
Hence had the huntress Dian her dread bow,
And spotted mountain-pard, but set at nought 445 The frivolous bolt of Cupid; gods and men Feared her stern frown, and she was queen o' the
woods. What was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield That wise Minerva wore, unconquered virgin,
Wherewith she freezed her foes.to congealed stone,
So dear to Heaven is saintly chastity
Till all be made immortal. But, when lust, | By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk, But most by lewd and lavish act of sin, Lets in defilement to the inward parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion, Imbodies, and imbrutes, till she quite lose The divine property of her first being. Such are those thick and gloomy shadows damp 470 Oft seen in charnel-vaults and sepulchres, Lingering and sitting by a new-made grave, As loth to leave the body that it loved, And linked itself by carnal sensualty To a degenerate and degraded state.
475 Sec. Bro. How charming is divine Philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose,
But musical as is Apollo's lute,
And a perpetual feast of nectared sweets, 480 Where no crude surfeit reigns. Eld. Bro.
List! list! I hear Some far-off hallo break the silent air.
Sec. Bro. Methought so too; what should it be?
For certain, Either some one, like us, night-foundered here,
Or else some neighbour woodman, or, at worst, 485 Some roving robber calling to his fellows. Sec. Bro. Heaven keep my sister! Again, again,
and near! Best draw, and stand upon our guard. Eld. Bro.
• I'll hallo. If he be friendly, he comes well; if not, Defence is a good cause, and Heaven be for us!
The ATTENDANT SPIRIT, habited like a shepherd 190 That hallo I should know. What are you? speak. Come not too near; you fall on iron stakes else. Spir. What voice is that? my young Lord?
speak again. Sec. Bro. O brother, 'tis my father's Shepherd,
..sure. Eld. Bro. Thyrsis! whose artful strains have
And sweetened every musk-rose of the dale.
Slipped from the fold, or young kid lost his dam,
Spir. O my loved master's heir, and his next joy,
blame Or our neglect, we lost her as we came.
510 Spir. Ay me unhappy! then my fears are true. Eld. Bro. What fears, good Thyrsis? Prithee
briefly shew. Spir. I'll tell ye. 'Tis not vain or fabulous (Though so esteemed by shallow ignorance) What the sage poets, taught by the heavenly 515
And here to every thirsty wanderer 525 By sly enticement gives his baneful cup,
With many murmurs mixed, whose pleasing poison The visage quite transforms of him that drinks, And the inglorious likeness of a beast
Fixes instead, unmoulding reason's mintage 530 Charactered in the face. This have I learnt
Tending my flocks hard by i' the hilly crofts
Like stabled wolves, or tigers at their prey, 535 Doing abhorrèd rites to Hecate
In their obscurèd haunts of inmost bowers.
Of them that pass unweeting by the way.
Had ta’en their supper on the savoury herb
With ivy canopied, and interwove
Wrapt in a pleasing fit of melancholy,
The wonted roar was up amidst the woods,
At which I ceased, and listened them a while,