a Favorite of mine…


Sabrina fair,

    Listen where thou art sitting
  Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,
    In twisted braids of lilies knitting
  The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair:         40
    Listen for dear honor’s sake,
    Goddess of the silver lake;
            Listen, and save!
  Listen, and appear to us,
  In name of great Oceanus;         45
  By the earth-shaking Neptune’s mace,
  And Tethys’ grave majestic pace;
  By hoary Nereus’ wrinkled look,
  And the Carpathian wizard’s hook;
  By scaly Triton’s winding shell,         50
  And old soothsaying Glaucus’ spell;
  By Leucothea’s lovely hands,
  And her son that rules the strands;
  By Thetis’ tinsel-slippered feet,
  And the songs of sirens sweet;         55
  By dead Parthenope’s dear tomb,
  And fair Ligea’s golden comb,
  Wherewith she sits on diamond rocks,
  Sleeking her soft alluring locks;
  By all the nymphs that nightly dance         60
  Upon thy streams with wily glance;
  Rise, rise, and heave thy rosy head,
  From thy coral-paven bed,
  And bridle in thy headlong wave,
  Till thou our summons answered have.         65
                          Listen, and save!
SABRINA rises, attended by Water-nymphs, and sings.

By the rushy-fringéd bank,

  Where grows the willow, and the osier dank,
    My sliding chariot stays,
  Thick set with agate, and the azurn sheen         70
  Of turkis blue, and emerald green
    That in the channel strays;
  Whilst from off the waters fleet
  Thus I set my printless feet
  O’er the cowslip’s velvet head,         75
    That bends not as I tread:
  Gentle swain, at thy request,
    I am here.

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