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By hoary Nereus' wrinkled look,
Listen and save.
SABRINA rises, attended by water-nymphs,
By the rushy-fringed bank,
My sliding chariot stays,
871 hoary] Virg. org. iv. 392. "Grandævus Nereus.' Newton.
872 Carpathian] “Carpathius vates.' Stat. Ach. i. 136. Val. Flacc. ii. 317.
890 rushy] I would read.rush-yfringed.' Warton.
Thick set with agate, and the azurn sheen
That in the channel strays;
That bends not as I tread; Gentle Swain, at thy request
I am here.
Sp. Goddess dear,
SABR. Shepherd, 'tis my office best
pure I have kept of precious cure, Thrice
upon thy finger's tip, Thrice upon thy rubied lip;
893 azurn] Ital. “azzurino.' Todd.
green] On gems in Sabrina's stream.
See Cowley's Silva,
897 printless] Shakesp. Temp. act v. s. 1. •And ye, that on the sands with printless foot.' Warton.
907 inchanter] Faer. Q. ii. 12, 31. “And her before the vile chaunter sate.' Todd.
915 rubied] Wither. Mist. of Philarete, (Percy's Rel. iii. 264.) “Wanton eye or lip of ruby.' Todd.
Next this marble venom'd seat,
gums of glutinous heat,
SABRINA descends, and the Lady rises out of her seat.
Sp. Virgin, daughter of Locrine
918 moist] “The moone though moist and cold she be.'
Randolph's Poems, p. 49. 924 brimmed] 'brined,' Warburton ; a wrong and tasteless alteration: brimmed' is connected with the two following lines. Lucret. ii. 362,
• Fluminaque illa queunt, summis labentia ripis.' 930 flood] Sylv. Du Bartas, p. 171.
- dirty mudds
With many a tow'r and terrace round,
of myrrh and cinnamon.
The Scene changes, presenting Ludlow town and the
President's castle; then come in country dancers, after them the ATTENDANT SPIRIT, with the Two BROTHERS, and the LADY.
951 there] So Milton's own edition, the MS. « near.'
Sp. Back, Shepherds, back, enough your play, Till next sunshine holiday; Here be without duck or nod Other trippings to be trod Of lighter toes, and such court guise As Mercury did first devise, With the mincing Dryades, On the lawns, and on the leas.
This second Song presents them to their Father and
Noble Lord, and Lady bright,
To triumph in victorious dance
960 duck] K. Richard III. act i. sc. 3. •Duck with French nods. Warton.
972 hard] Milton is fond of this expression. P. L. iv. 932. 'from hard assays.' P. Reg. i. 264. iv. 478. Todd.