told it me,
[Retires into the bower.
SCENE II.In the Neighbourhood of a Village.
Enter Old Shepherd, with four couples of Shepherds and
Old Shep. Now we have done this holy festival
Enter Priest of Pan.
Priest. Shepherds, thus I purge away
[Sprinkling them with water.Whatsoever this great day,
Or the past hours, gave not good,
To corrupt your maiden blood.
From the high rebellious heat
Of the grapes, and strength of meat,
From the wanton quick desires
They do kindle by their fires
I do wash you with this water;
Be you pure and fair hereafter!
From your livers and your veins
Thus I take away the stains;
All your thoughts be smooth and fair:
Be ye fresh and free as air!
Never more let lustful heat
Through your purgèed conduits beat,
Or a plighted troth be broken,
Or a wanton verse be spoken
In a shepherdesss ear:
Go your ways, ye are all clear.
[They rise and sing.
Our flocks from harm,
Pan, the father of our sheep;
And arm in arm
Tread we softly in a round,
Whilst the hollow neighbouring ground
Fills the music with her sound.
Thus do we sing!
Thou that keepst us chaste and free
As the young spring;
Ever be thy honour spoke,
From that place the Morn is broke
To that place Day doth unyoke!
[Exeunt all except Perigot and Amoret.
Peri. [Detaining her.] Stay, gentle Amoret, thou fair-browed
Amo. Speak; I give
Peri. When I fall off from my affection,
Amo. I pray thee, gentle shepherd, wish not so:
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