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Con. The next near him is Fire.

Detr. A choleric gentleman: I should know him; a younger brother and a great spender, but seldom or never carries any money about him: he was begot when the sign was in Taurus, for a' roars like a bull, but is indeed a bell-weather.

Con. The third in rank is Water.

Detr. A phlegmatick cold piece of stuff. His father, methinks, should be one of the dunce-table', and one that never drank strong beer in's life, but at festival times ; and then he caught the heartburning a whole vacation and half a term after.

Con. The fourth is Earth.

Detr. A shrewd plotting-pated fellow, and a great lover of news. I guess at the rest : Blood is placed near air, Choler near Fire, Phlegm and Water are sworn brothers, and so are Earth and Melancholy:

Con, Fair nymph of Harmony, be it thy task To sing them down, and rank them in a mask.

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See the elements conspire :

Nimble Air does court the Earth,
Water does commix with fire,

To give our prince's pleasure birth.
Each delight, each joy, each sweet
In one composition meet :
All the seasons of the
Winter does invoke the Spring,

,
Summer does in pride appear,

Autumn forth its fruits doth bring,

affectation is ridiculed in the conversation of Fastidius Brisk with Saviolina, which is frequently interrupted by his whiffs of to. bacco.

* Dunce-table.] An inferior table provided in some colleges for scholars who deserve such an appellation,

And with emulation pay

Their tribute to this holy-day;
In which the Darling of the Sun is come,
To make this place a new Elysium.

[The Masquers come down, dance, and exeunt. Win. How do these pleasures please? Hum.

Pleasures ! Boun.

Live here, And be my lord's friend ; and thy sports shall vary A thousand ways ; Invention shall beget Conceits, as curious as the thoughts of Change Can aim at.

Hum. Trifles! Progress o'er the year Again, my Raybright; therein like the Sun; As he in Heaven runs his circular course, So thou on earth run thine: for to be fed With stale delights, breeds dulness and contempt. Think on the Spring. Ray.

She was a lovely virgin. Win. My royal lord ! Without offence, be pleas'd but to afford Me give you my true figure : do not scorn My age ; nor think, 'cause I appear forlorn, I serve for no use : 'tis my sharper breath Does purge gross exhalations from the earth ; My frosts and snows do purity the air From choking fogs, make the sky clear and fair : And though by nature cold and chill I be, Yet I am warm in bounteous charity; And can, my lord, by grave and sage advice, Bring you to the happy shades of paradise. Ray. That wonder ? Oh, can you direct me thi

ther? Win. I can direct and point you out a path.

Hum. But where's your guide ? Quicken thy spirits, Raybright; l’ll not leave thee:

We'll run the self-same race again, that happiness ;
These lazy, sleeping, tedious Winter's nights
Become not noble action.
Ray.

To the Spring
I am resolv'd
The Sun appears above.-Recorders playing.

Oh! what strange light appears ?
The Sun is up, sure !
Sun.

Wanton Darling, look,
And worship with amazement.
Ray'.

Oh, gracious lord !
Sun. Thy sands are number'd and thy glass of

frailty
Here runs out to the last. Here, in this mirror,
Let man behold the circuit of his fortunes :
The season of the Spring dawns like the Morning,
Bedewing Childhood with unrelish'd beauties
Of gaudy sights: The Summer, as the Noon,
Shines in delight of Youth, and ripens strength
To Autumn's Manhood ; here the Evening grows,
And knits up all felicity in folly :
Winter at last draws on the Night of Age ;
Yet still a humour of some novel fancy
Untasted or untried, puts off the minute
Of resolution, which should bid farewell
To a vain world of weariness and sorrows.
The powers, from whom man does derive his pedi-

gree Of his creation, with a royal bounty Give him Health, Youth, Delight, for free attendants To rectify his carriage: to be thankful Again to them, man should cashier his riots, His bosom's whorish sweetheart, idle Humour;

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Ray.] This speech, in the old copy, is not appropriated, and appears thụs : Oes, gracious lord."

His Reason' dangerous seducer, Folly:
Then shall, like tour straight pillars, the four Elements
Support the goodly structure of mortality ;
Then shall the four Complexions, like four heads
Of a clear river, streaming in his body,
Nourish and comfort every vein and sinew.
No sickness of contagion, no grim death
Or' deprivation of Health's real blessings,
Shall then affright the creature built by Heaven,
Reserv'd to immortality. Henceforth
In peace go to our altars, and no more
Question the power of supernal greatness,
But give us leave to govern as we please
Nature and her dominion, who from us
And from our gracious influence, hath both being
And preservation ; no replies, but reverence !
Men hath a double guard, if time can win him,
Heaven's power above him, his own peace within
him.

[Exeunt.

Or,] Old copy of.

THE WITCH OF EDMONTON.

BY ROWLEY, DEKKER, FORD, &c.

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