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Part of an Entertainment presented to the Countess Dowager of Derby, at Harefield, by some noble persons of her family; who appear on the scene in pastoral habit, moving toward the seat of state, with this song.
Look, Nymphs and Shepherds, look,
Is that which we from hence descry,
This, this is she
To whom our vows and wishes bend;
Fame, that her high worth to raise,
5 This] Jonson's Ent. at Altrope, 1603.
This is shee,
This is shee,
In whose world of grace,' &c.
Mark what radiant state she spreads,
Sitting like a Goddess bright,
Might she the wise Latona be,
Mother of a hundred Gods?
Who had thought this clime had held
As they come forward, the GENIUS of the wood appears, and turning toward them, speaks.
GEN. Stay, gentle Swains, for though in this. disguise,
I see bright honour sparkle through your eyes;
23 give] Too lightly expressed for the occasion. Hurd. 30 Alpheus] Virg. Æn. iii. 694.
'Alpheum, fama est, huc Elidis amnem Occultas egisse vias subter mare, qui nunc Ore, Arethusa, tuo,' &c.
And early, ere the odorous breath of morn
That sit upon the nine infolded spheres,
And keep unsteady Nature to her law,
And the low world in measur'd motion draw
After the heavenly tune, which none can hear
73 gross] Compare Shakesp. Merchant of Venice, act v.
'There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st,
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubims :
Shakesp. Mid. N. D. act iii. sc. 1.
And I will purge thy mortal grossness so, &c.
Whose lustre leads us, and for her most fit,
Whate'er the skill of lesser Gods can show,
O'ER the smooth enamell'd green,
And touch the warbled string,
Under the shady roof
Of branching elm star-proof.
I will bring you where she sits,
Clad in splendour as befits
Such a rural Queen
All Arcadia hath not seen.
NYMPHS and Shepherds dance no more
89 star] Sun-proof arbours.' Sylvester's Du Bartas, 171, and G. Peele's David and Bethsabe, 1599.
'This shade, sun-proof, is yet no proof for thee.' Warton and Todd.