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What was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield
Oft seen in charnel vaults and sepulchres
How charming is divine philosophy! 16
List, list! I hear
Some far-off halloo break the silent air.
Methought so too; what should it be?
Either some one like us night-foundered here,
Heaven keep my sister! Again, again, and near; Best draw and stand upon our guard.
I'll halloo ;
If he be friendly, he comes well ; if not,
[The ATTENDANT SPIRIT habited like a Shepherd. ]
That halloo I should know; what are you? Speak! Come not too near; you fall on iron stakes else.
What voice is that? My young lord ? Speak again.
Thyrsis ? whose artful strains 17 have oft delayed The huddling brook to hear his madrigal, And sweetened every musk-rose of the dale. How 'cam’st thou here, good swain ? Hath any ram Slipped from the fold, or young kid lost his dam, Or straggling wether the pent flock forsook ? How couldst thou find this dark sequestered nook ?
O my loved master's heir, and his next joy! I came not here on such a trivial toy As a strayed ewe, or to pursue the stealth Of pilfering wolf; not all the fleecy wealth That doth enrich these downs, is worth a thought To this my errand, and the care it brought. But oh, my virgin lady! where is she? How chance she is not in your company?
To tell thee sadly, 18 shepherd, without blame,