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Enlarg’d the former narrow bounds,

And added length to solemn sounds, With nature's mother-wit, and arts unknown before. Let old Timotheus yield the prize,

Or both divide the crown; He rais'd a mortal to the skies; She drew an angel down.

GRAND CHORUS.
At last, divine Cecilia came,

Inventress of the vocal frame;
The sweet enthusiast, from her facred store,

Enlarg’d the former narrow bounds,

And added length to folemn founds,
With nature's moiher-wit, and arts unknown before.
Let old Timotheus yield the prize,

Or both divide the crown;
He raiz'd a mortal to the skies;

She drew an angel down..

XIII.

THE SECULAR MASQUE.

JANUS.

Enter Janus.
CHRONOS, Chronos, mend thy pace,

An hundred times the rolling sun
Around the radiant belt has run
In his revolving race.
Behold, behold the goal in sight,
Spread thy fans, and wing thy flight.

Enter

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Enter Chronos with a scythe in his hand, and a globe

on his back; which he fets down at his entrance. Chronos. Weary, weary of my weight,

Let me, let me drop my freight,

And leave the world behind.
I could not bear,
Another

year,
The load of human-kind.

Enter Momus laughing.
Momus. Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! well haft thou dono

To lay down thy pack,

And lighten thy back,
The world was a fool, e'er since it begun,
And since neither Janus, nor Chronos, nor I,

Can hinder the crimes,

Or mend the bad times,

'Tis better to laugh than to cry.
Cho. of all three. 'Tis better to laugh than to cry.
JANUS. Since Momus comes to laugh below,

Old Time begin the show,
That he may see, in every scene,

What changes in this age have been. Chronos. Then, goddess of the silver bow, begin. [Horns, or hunting music, within.]

Enter DIANA.
Diana. With horns and with hounds, I waken the day;

And hye to the woodland-walks away;
I tuck up my robe, and am buskin'd soon,
And tie to my forehead a wexing moon.

I course

I course the feet ftag, unkennel the fox,
And chace the wild goats o'er summits of

rocks,
With shouting and hooting we pierce through

the sky,

And Echo turns hunter, and doubles the cry. Cho. of all. With shouting and hooting we pierce through

the sky,

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And Echo turns hunter, and doubles the cry. JANUS. Then our age was in 't's prime, CHRONOS. Free from

rage: DIANA.

And free from crime. MOMUS. A very merry, dancing, drinking,

Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
Cho. of all. Then our age was in t's prime,

Free from rage, and free from crime,
A very merry, dancing, drinking,
Laughing, quafing, and unthinking time,
[Dance of Diana's atttendants.]

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Enter MARS.
Mars. Inspire the vocal brass, inspire;

The world is paft its infant age:

Arms and honour,

Arms and honour,
Set the martial mind on fire,
And kindle manly rage.
Mars has look'd the sky to red;
And Peace, the lazy good, is filed,
Plenty, peace, and pleasure fly;

The

The sprightly green,
In woodland-walks, no more is seen;

The sprightly green has drunk the Tyrian dye.
Cho. of all. Plenty, peace, &c,
MARS. Sound the trumpet, beat the drum;

Through all the world around,
Sound a reveille, found, sound,

The warrior god is come.
Cho. of all. Sound the trumpet, &c.
Momus. Thy sword within the scabbard keep,

And let mankind agree;
Better the world were fast asleep,
Than kept awake by thee.
The fools are only thinner,

With all our cost and care;
But neither side a winner,

For things are as they were.
Cho, of all. The fools are only, &c.

Enter Venus.
Venus. Calms appear, when storms are past;

Love will have his hour at laft:
Nature is my kindly care;
Mars destroys, and I repair:
Take me, take me, while you may,

Venus comes not every day.
Cho. of all. Take her, take her, &c.
CHRONOS. The world was then fo light,

I scarcely felt the weight;
Joy rul'd the day, and love the hight.

But,

But, since the queen of pleasure left the

ground, I faint, I lag,

And feebly drag

The pondrous orb around. Mom us. All, all of a piece throughout; Pointing to Thy chace had a beast in view; Diana [To Mars] Thy wars brought nothing about; [To Venus] Thy lovers were all untrue. JANUS. 'Tis well an old

age
Chronos. And time to begin a new.
Cho. of all. An, all of a piece throughout;

Thy chace had a beast in view:
Thy wars brought nothing about ;
Thy lovers were all untrue.
'Tis well an old age is out,

And time to begin a new.
Dance of huntsmen, nymphs, warriors, and lovers,

is out,

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