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THE PERSON S.
The attendant SPIRIT, afterwards in the habit of
The chiet persons who presented were,
The Lord BRACKLY.
The Mask was presented in 1634, and consequently in
the 20th year of our author's age. In the title-page of the first edition, printed in 1637, it is said that it was presented on Michaelmas night, and there was this motto,
“ Eheu quid volui misero mihi! floribus austrum “ Perditus
In this edition, and in that of Milton's poems in 1645,
there was prefixed to the Mask the following dedi- cation.
To the Right Honorable John Lord Viscount BRACKLY, son and heir apparent
to the Earl of BRIDGEWATER, &C.
birth from yourself and others of your noble fa. mily, and much honor from your own person in the performance, now returns again to make a final dedi. cation of itself to you. Although not openly acknowledg’d by the author, yet it is a legitimate offspring, so lovely, and so much desired, that the often copying of it hath tir'd my pen to give my several friends satisfaction, and brought me to a necessity of producing it to the public view ; and now to offer it up in all rightful devotion to those fair hopes, and rare endowments of your much promising youth, which give a full affu
rance, to all that know you, of a future excellence. Live, sweet Lord, to be the honor of your name; and receive this as your own, from the hands of him, who hath by many favors been long oblig'd to your
most honor'd parents; and as in this representation your attendant Thyrsis, so now in all real expression
Your faithful and most
H. L A WES.
A S K.
The first Scene discovers a wild Wood.
The attendant Spirit descends or enters.
EFORE the starry threshold of Jove's court
My mansion is, where those immortal shapes
But to my task. Neptune, besides the fway
The unadorned bosom of the deep,
you now What never yet was heard in tale or fong, From old or modern bard, in hall or bower.
5 The daughter of the fun? whose charm'd cup Whoever tasted, lo# his upright shape,