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Which crring men call Chance, this I hold firm, ;
$P1. Alas! good ventrous Youth, I love thy courage yet, and bold emprize; 610 But here thy sword can do thce little stead; Far other arms, and other weapons must Be those that quell the might of hellish charms ; He with his bare wand can unthred thy joints, And crumble all thy sinews.
E. BRO- Why, prethee, Shepherd, How durst shou then thyself approach so near, As to make this relation ?
SPI. Care and utmost shifts How to secure the Lady from surprisal, Brought to my mind a certain shepherd lad, Of small regard to see to, yet well skill'd 620 In every virtuous plant and healing herb, That spreads her verdant leaf to th’ morning ray He lov'd me well, and oft would beg me sing, Which when I did, he on the tender grass Would sit, and hearken ev'n to extasy, And in requital ope his leathern scrip, And show me simples of a thousand names, Telling their strange and vigorous faculties : Among the rest a small unsightly root, But of divine effect, he cull'd me out: 630 The leaf was darkish, and had prickles on it, But in another country, as he said, Bore a bright golden flower, but not in this soil: Unknown, and like esteem'd, and the dull swain Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon; And yet more med'cinal is it than that moly That Hermes once to wise Ulysses gave ; He call'd it Hæmony, and gave it me, And bade me keep it as of sovran use 'Gainst all inchantments, mildew, blast, or damp, Or gbastly furies' apparition. I purs'd it up, but liule reck’ning made, Till now that this extremity compellid:
But now I find it true ; for by this means
E. BRO. Thyrsis, lead on a pace, I'll follow thee, And some good angel bear a shield before us.
The scene changes to a stately palace, set out with all mar.
ner of deliciousness : soft music, tables spreat with all dainties. Comus appears with his rabble, and the Lady set in an inchanted chair, to whom he offers his glass, ani which she puts by, and goes about to rise.
com. Nay, lady sit ; if I but wave this wand, Your nerves are all chain'd up in alabaster, 660 And you a statue, or as Daphne was Root-bound, that fled Apollo.
LA. Fool, do not boast, Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind With all thy charms, although this corporal rind Thou hast immanacld, while Heav'n secs good.
com. Why are you vext, lady? why do you frown? Here dwell no frowns, nor anger; from these gates Sorrow flies far: see here be all the pleasures That Fancy can beget on youthful thoughts, 669 When the fresh blood grows lively, and returns Brisk as the April buds in primrose-season. And first behold this cordial julep here, That flames and dances in his crystal bounds, With spi'rits of balm, and fragrant syrups mix'd, Not that Nepenthes, which the wife of Thone In Egypt gave to Jove-born Helena, Is of such power to stir up joy as this, To life so friendly, or so cool to thirst. Why should you be so cruel to yourself, And to those dainty limbs which nature lent 680 For gentle usage, and soft delicacy? But you invert the covenants of her trust, And harshly deal like an ill borrower With that which you receiv'd on other terms, Scorning the unexempt condition By which all mortal frailty must subsist, Refreshment after toil, case after pain, That have been tir'd all day without repast, And timely rest have wanted; but fair Virgin, This will restore all soon. LA. 'Twill not, false traitor,
690 "Twill not restore the truth and honesty That thou hast banish'd from thy tongue with lies. Was this the cottage, and the safe abode Thou toldst me of? What grim aspects are these,
These ugly-headed monsters ? Mercy guard me!
Com. O foolishness of men! that lend their ears
prais'd Not half his riches known, and yet despis’d,