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CHARACTERS IN THE MASQUE OF PSYCHE.
Scene from Midsummer
Scene from Twelfth Night;
Scene from As You Like It.
Scene from Henry Vth.
Scene from Much Ado About
Scene from Winter's Tale.
Scene from the Tempest.
(Band of dancing nymphs of the sea.)
THE MASQUE OF PSYCHE
THE SEVEN AGES OF THE SOUL
(Enter before the curtain, Psyche, who speaks the
PsychE. I am the soul of man, that Mystery unsolved, Though ever pondered deeper as the ages pass : The fond familiar I of subtle Hindu thoughtA concept shunned by warrior race and merchant
class : But with the Greeks, whose hearts were tuned to
thrill When Beauty sounded (be the medium mind, Body or soul—the note was Beauty still-) With these rare Greeks, the soul a God we find. Psyche they called me, garlanded about With myth and legend, breathing joy and woe, Hope and despair, but blossoming at last Into the bliss that souls immortal know. Shakespeare, that poet-sage who read men's hearts, Has drawn a picture of the life of man: Seven steps that lead from vale to mountain-top, And back to valley dim in one life's span. So is man's life; but I, the Soul, declare That once I reach the towering mountain-crest