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PRESENTED AT LUDLOW CASTLE, 1634,
JOHN EARL OF BRIDGEWATER,
TIEN PRESIDENT OF WALES
The ATTENDANT SPIRIT, afterwards in the habit of
The chief Persons who presented, were
The Lord Brackley.
The first Scene discovers a wild Wood.
The ATTENDANT SPIRIT descends or enters.
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BEFORE the starry threshold of Jove's court
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blaey Which men call earth; and, with low-thoughted Confined, and pester'd in this pinfold here, [care Strive to keep up a frail and feverish being, Unmindful of the crown that virtue gives, After this mortal change, to her true servants, Amongst the enthroned gods on sainted seats. Yet some there be, that by due steps aspire To lay their just hands on that golden key, That opes the palace of Eternity: To such my errand is; and, but for such, I would not soil these pure ambrosial weeds With the rank vapours of this sin-worn mould.
But to my task. Neptune, besides the sway Of every salt flood, and each ebbing stream, Took in by lot 'twixt high and nether Jove
Imperial rule of all the sea-girt isles,
of mickle trust and power Has in his charge, with temper'd awe to guide An old and haughty nation, proud in arms: Where his fair offspring, nursed in princely lore, Are coming to attend their father's state, And new-entrusted sceptre: but their way Lies through the perplex'd paths of this drear wood, The nodding horror of whose shady brows Threats the forlorn and wandering passenger; And here their tender age might suffer peril, But that by quick command from sovereign Jove I was dispatch'd for their defence and guard: And listen why; for I will tell you now What never yet was heard in tale or song, From old or modern bard, in hall or bower.
Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape Crush'd the sweet poison of misused wine, After the Tuscan mariners transformid, Coasting the Tyrrhene shore, as the winds listed, On Circe's island fell: (who knows not Circe, The daughter of the Sun, whose charmed cup