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The Works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (Vol. 2 of 10)

Actus Primus.  Scena Prima.

Enter Clorin a shepherdess, having buried her Love in an Arbour.

Hail, holy Earth, whose cold Arms do imbrace
The truest man that ever fed his flocks
By the fat plains of fruitful Thessaly,
Thus I salute thy Grave, thus do I pay
My early vows, and tribute of mine eyes
To thy still loved ashes; thus I free
My self from all insuing heats and fires
Of love:  all sports, delights and jolly games
That Shepherds hold full dear, thus put I off. 
Now no more shall these smooth brows be begirt
With youthful Coronals, and lead the Dance;
No more the company of fresh fair Maids
And wanton Shepherds be to me delightful,
Nor the shrill pleasing sound of merry pipes
Under some shady dell, when the cool wind
Plays on the leaves:  all be far away,
Since thou art far away; by whose dear side
How often have I sat Crown’d with fresh flowers
For summers Queen, whil’st every Shepherds Boy
Puts on his lusty green, with gaudy hook,
And hanging scrip of finest Cordevan. 
But thou art gone, and these are gone with thee,
And all are dead but thy dear memorie;
That shall out-live thee, and shall ever spring
Whilest there are pipes, or jolly Shepherds sing. 
And here will I in honour of thy love,
Dwell by thy Grave, forgeting all those joys,
That former times made precious to mine eyes,
Only remembring what my youth did gain
In the dark, hidden vertuous use of Herbs: 
That will I practise, and as freely give
All my endeavours, as I gain’d them free. 
Of all green wounds I know the remedies
In Men or Cattel, be they stung with Snakes,
Or charm’d with powerful words of wicked Art,
Or be they Love-sick, or through too much heat
Grown wild or Lunatick, their eyes or ears
Thickned with misty filme of dulling Rheum,
These I can Cure, such secret vertue lies
In Herbs applyed by a Virgins hand: 
My meat shall be what these wild woods afford,
Berries, and Chesnuts, Plantanes, on whose Cheeks,
The Sun sits smiling, and the lofty fruit
Pull’d from the fair head of the staight grown Pine;
On these I’le feed with free content and rest,
When night shall blind the world, by thy side blest.

Enter a Satyr.

Satyr. Through yon same bending plain
That flings his arms down to the main,
And through these thick woods have I run,
Whose bottom never kist the Sun
Since the lusty Spring began,
All to please my master Pan,
Have I trotted without rest
To get him Fruit; for at a Feast
He entertains this coming night
His Paramour, the Syrinx bright: 
But behold a fairer sight! [He stands amazed.
By that Heavenly form of thine,

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