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Of Hesperus, and his daughters three
That sing about the golden tree:
Along the crisped shades and bowers
Revels the spruce and jocond Spring,
The Graces, and the rosie-bosom'd Hours,
Thither all their bounties bring,
That there eternal Summer dwells,
And West winds, with musky wing
About the cedar'd alleys fling
Nard and Cajfia's balmy smells.
Iris there with humid bow, • •»-»i -
Waters the odorous banks that blow
Flowers of mare mingled hew
Than her purfl'd scarf can shews
And drenches with Elyjian dew
(List mortals if your ears be true}
Beds of Hyacinth, and Roses
Where young Adonis oft reposes,
Waxing well of his deep wound . 'ur.\
In slumber soft, and on the ground -'.. "i a
Sadly sits tti"Assyrian Queen }
But far above in spangled sheen

Celestial Cupid her fam'd Son advance!,
Holds his dear ^Psyche sweet intranc d,
After her wandring labours long,
Till free consent the Gods among
Make her his eternal Bride,
And from her fair unspotted fide
Two blissful twins are to be born,
Youth and joy 3 so Jove hath sworn.

But now my task is smoothly done,
I can fly, or I can run ,
Quickly to the green earth's end,
Where the bow'd welkin stow doth bend
And from thence can soar as soon
To the corners of the Moon.

Mortals that would follow me#
Love virtue, she alone is free,
She can teach ye how to clime
Higher than the Sphery chime j
Or if virtue feeble were,
Heav'n it self would stoop to her.

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ARCADES.

Part of an Entertainment presented to the Countess Dowager of Darby and Hareficld, by some Noble Persons of her Family, who appear on the Scene in Pastoral Habit, moving toward the feat of State, with this Song.

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X O O K Nymphs, and Shepherds look,

4 What sudden blaze of Majesty Is that which we from hence descry Too divine to be mistook:

This is she
To whom our vows and wishes bend)
Here our solemn search hath end.

Fame, that her high worth to raise,
Seem'd erst so lavish and profuse, -
We may justly now accuse
OF detraction from her praise,

Less than half we find exprest,

Envy bid conceal the rest.

Mark

Mark what radiant state she spreads,
In circle round her mining throne*
Shooting her beams like Silver threds,
This this is (he alone,

Sitting like a Goddess bright,

In the center of her light.
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Might she the wife Latona be,
Or the towred Cybete,
Mother of a hundred Gods j *.
Juno dares not give her odds }

Who had thought this clime had held

A deity so unparallePd?

As they come forward, the Genius of the JVood ap* pears, and turning toward them, speaks.

[guise*

GEN. Stay gentle Swains, for though in this dis-
I see bright honour sparkle through your eyes.
Of famous Arcady ye are, and sprung
Of that renowned flood, so often sung,
Divine Alpheus, who by secret fluse,
Stole under Seas to meet his Arethuse*,
And ye, the breathing Roses of the Wood,

Arid ye, the breathing Roses of the Wood,
Fair Silver-buskin'd NymrJhs as great and good,
I know this quest of yours, and free intent
Was all in Honour and Devotion meant
To the great Mistress of your princely shrine*
Whom with low reverence I adore as mine*
And with all helpful service will comply
To further this night's glad solemnity *
And lead ye where ye may more near behold
What {hallo w-searching Fame hath left untold j
Which I full 6ft amidst these (hades alone • .
Have fate to wonder at, and gaze upon f \ ,

For know by lot from Jove I am the pow'r L,
Of this fair Wood, and live in Oak'n bbw'iv ti>-
To nurse the Sapplings tall, and curl the groVe*
With Ringlets quaint} and wanton windings wove*
And all my Plants I save from nightly ill; „\ I. r ..
Of noisom winds, and blasting vapours chill;
And from the Boughs brush off the evil dc&y -j' -m
And heal the harms of thwarting thunder blew, • 1
Or what the cross dire-looking Planet; smites^'. »
Or huttfol Worm with cankerM venom bitci> :i

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