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L A TI N V E R S I ON

OF

MILTON's L'ALLEGRO.

Χρυσεα χαλκείων, εκατομβοι εννεαβοιων.

Hon.

L' A L L E G R O.

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ENCE, loathed Melancholy,
Of Cerbei us, and blackest Mid-night born,

In Stygian cave forlorn,
Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and fights unholy,

Find out some uncouth cell,
Where brooding Darkness spreads his jealous wings,

And the night-raven sings;
There under ebon shades, and low-brow'd rocks,

As ragged as thy locks, -
In dark Cimmerian defart ever dwell.

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But come thou Goddess fair and free,
In Heav'n yclep'd Euphrosyne,
And by men, heart-easing Mirth,
Whom lovely Venus at a birth
With two fifter Graces more
To ivy-crowned Bacchus bore;
Or whether (as some Sages fing)
The frolick wind, that breathes the spring,

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Zephyr

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ROCUL hinc, O procul esto informis Agrimonia,
Quam janitori Obscuritas nigerrima

Suscepit olim Cerbero,
Desertam in cavea Stygis profundâ,
Horribiles inter formas, visusque profanos,.

Obscenosque ululatus,
Incultanı licet invenire fedem,

Nox ubi parturiens
Zelotypis furtim nido superincubat alis

Queriturque tristis noctua,
Sub denfis illic ebenis fcopulisque cavatis,

Vestri rugosis more supercilii,
Æternùm maneas Cimmeriâ in domo.

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Sed huc propinquet comis et pulcherrima,
Quæ nympha divis audit Ephrosyne choris,
Patiens tamen vocatur a mortalibus

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Medicina cordis hilaritas, quam candida
Venus duabus insuper cum Gratiis
Dias Lyæo patri in auras edidit :
Sive ille ventus (cæteri ut Myfiæ canunt)
Jocundus aurâ qui ver implet melleâ,

Zephyrus

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Zephyr with Aurora playing,
As he met her once a Maying,
There on beds of violets blue,
And fresh blown roses wash'd in dew,
Fill'd her with thee, a daughter fair,
So buxoin, blith, and debonair ;
Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Jeft and youthful Jollity,
Quips and cranks, and wanton wiles,
Nods and becks, and wreathed smiles,
Such as hang on Hebe's cheek,
And love to live in dimple fleek;
Sport, that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides;
Come, and trip it, as you go,
On the light fantastic toe :
And in thy right hand lead with thee
The mountain Nymph, sweet Liberty ;
And if I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crew,
To live with her, and live with thee,
In unreproved pleasures free;
To hear the lark begin his flight,
And singing startle the dull night,
From his watch-tow'r in the skies,
Til the dappled dawn doth rise;

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Then

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