SCENE I.The Wood before Clorins Bower.
Clorin. Hail, holy earth, whose cold arms do embrace
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
thy still-lovèed ashes; thus I free
Myself from all ensuing heats and fires
Of love; all sports, delights, and jolly
That shepherds hold full dear, thus put I off:
Now no more shall these smooth brows be begirt
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
Plays on the leaves: all be far away,
Since thou art far away, by whose dear side
How often have I sat
crowned with fresh flowers
For summers queen, whilst every shepherds boy
Puts on his lusty green, with
And hanging scrip of finest cordevan.
But thou art gone, and these are gone with thee,
all are dead but thy dear memory;
That shall outlive thee, and shall ever spring,
Whilst there are pipes or
jolly shepherds sing.
And here will I, in honour of thy love,
Dwell by thy grave, forgetting all those joys
former times made precious to mine eyes;
Only remembering what my youth did gain
In the dark, hidden
virtuous use of herbs:
That will I practise, and as freely give
All my endeavours as I gained them free.
all green wounds I know the remedies
In men or cattle, be they stung with snakes,
Or charmed with powerful
words of wicked art,
Or be they love-sick, or through too much heat
Grown wild or lunatic, their eyes or
Thickened with misty film of dulling rheum;
These I can cure, such secret virtue lies
In herbs applièed
by a virgins hand.
My meat shall be what these wild woods afford,
Berries and chestnuts, plantains, on
The sun sits smiling, and the lofty fruit
Pulled from the fair head of the straight-grown pine;
these Ill feed with free content, and rest,
When night shall blind the world, by thy side blest.
Enter Satyr with a Basket of Fruit.
Sat. Through yon same bending plain,
That flings his arms down to the main,
And through these thick
woods, have I run,
Whose bottom never kissed the sun
Since the lusty spring began;
All to please my
Have I trotted without rest
To get him fruit; for at a feast
He entertains, this coming night,
paramour, the Syrinx bright.
But, behold, a fairer sight!
[Seeing Clorin he stands amased.
By that heavenly form of thine,
Brightest fair, thou art divine,
Sprung from great immortal race
Of the gods; for
in thy face
Shines more awful majesty
Than dull weak mortality
Dare with misty eyes behold,
And live: therefore
on this mould
Lowly do I bend my knee
In worship of thy deity.
Deign it, goddess, from my hand
whater this land
From her fertile womb doth send
Of her choice fruits; and but lend
Belief to that the Satyr
Fairer by the famous wells
To this present day neer grew,
Never better nor more true.
Here be grapes,
whose lusty blood
Is the learnèed poets good,
Sweeter yet did never crown
The head of Bacchus; nuts
Than the squirrels teeth that crack them;
Deign, O fairest fair, to take them!
For these black-
Hath oftentimes commanded me
With my claspèed knee to climb:
See how well the lusty
Hath decked their rising cheeks in red
Such as on your lips is spread!
Here be berries for a queen,
be red, some be green;
These are of that luscious meat,
The great god Pan himself doth eat:
and what the woods can yield,
The hanging mountain or the field,
I freely offer, and ere long
Will bring you
more, more sweet and strong,
Till when, humbly leave I take,
Lest the great Pan do awake,
lies in a deep glade,
Under a broad beechs shade.
I must go, I must run
Swifter than the fiery sun.
Clo. And all my fears go with thee!
What greatness, or what private hidden power,
Is there in me, to draw
From this rude man and beast? Sure I am mortal,
The daughter of a shepherd; he was mortal,
she that bore me mortal: prick my hand,
And it will bleed; a fever shakes me, and
The self-same wind that
makes the young lambs shrink
Makes me a-cold: my fear says I am mortal,
Yet I have heard (my mother