SCENE I.Part of the Wood with the holy Well.
Enter Sullen Shepherd, carrying Amarillis asleep.
Sull. Shep. From thy forehead thus I take
These herbs, and charge thee not awake
Till in yonder holy
Thrice, with powerful magic spell
Filled with many a baleful word
Thou hast been dipped. Thus, with
Of blasted hemp, by moonlight twined
I do thy sleepy body bind.
I turn thy head unto the east,
thy feet unto the west,
Thy left arm to the south put forth,
And thy right unto the north.
I take thy body
from the ground,
In this deep and deadly swound,
And into this holy spring
I let thee slide down by my
[Lets her down into the Well.
Take this maid, thou holy pit
To thy bottom; nearer yet;
In thy water pure and sweet
By thy leave I dip her
Thus I let her lower yet,
That her ankles may be wet;
Yet down lower, let her knee
In thy waters washèed
There stop.Fly away,
Everything that loves the day!
Truth, that hath but one face,
Thus I charm thee
from this place.
Snakes that cast your coats for new,
Chameleons that alter hue,
Hares that yearly sexes
Proteus altering oft and strange,
Hecatèe with shapes three,
Let this maiden changèed be,
holy water wet,
To the shape of Amoret!
Cynthia, work thou with my charm!
Thus I draw thee, free from
[Draws her out of the well, in the shape of Amoret.
Up out of this blessèed lake:
Rise both like her and awake!
Amar. Speak, shepherd, am I Amoret to sight?
hast thou missed in any magic rite,
For want of which any defect in me
May make our practices discovered
Sull. Shep. By yonder moon, but that I here do stand,
Whose breath hath thus transformed thee, and
Let thee down dry, and plucked thee up thus wet,
I should myself take thee for Amoret!
art, in clothes, in feature, voice and hue,
So like, that sense can not distinguish you.
Amar. Then, this deceit, which cannot crossèed be,
At once shall lose her him, and gain thee me.
she needs must come, by promise made;
And, sure, his nature never was so bad,
To bid a virgin meet
him in the wood,
When night and fear are up, but understood
Twas his part to come first. Being come,
My constant love made me come first and stay;
Then will I lead him further to the grove:
you here, and, if his own true love
Shall seek him here, set her in some wrong path,
Which say her lover
lately trodden hath;
Ill not be far from hence. If need there be,
Here is another charm, whose power will
[Gives a scroll.
The dazzled sense, read by the moonbeams clear,
And in my own true shape make me appear.
Sull. Shep. Stand close: heres Perigot; whose constant heart
Longs to behold her in whose shape thou
[Retires with Amarillis.
Peri. This is the place.Fair Amoret!The hour
Is yet scarce come. Here every sylvan power
to be, about yon sacred well,
Which they have blessed with many a powerful spell;
For never traveller
in dead of night,
Nor strayèed beasts have falln in; but when sight
Hath failed them, then their right way