In a Masque at Court, 1616,
by the Lords, and Gentlemen the King's Servants.˚
Loud music. Pallas˚ in her chariot descending. To a softer music:
[PALLAS] Look, look! Rejoice and wonder!
That you offending mortals are
(For all your crimes) so much the care
|Of him that bears the thunder!˚||5|
Jove can endure no longer
Your great ones should your less invade,
Or that your weak, though bad, be made
A prey unto the stronger.˚
|And therefore means to settle||10|
The age of better mettle.˚
Which deed he doth the rather,
|That even envy may behold||15|
But that his care conserveth,
As time, so all time's honours too,
|Regarding still what heaven should do,||20|
A tumult and clashing of arms heard within.
But hark, what tumult from yond' cave is heard!
What noise, what strife, what earthquake and alarms!
|As˚ troubled Nature for her maker feared,||25|
Hide me, soft cloud, from their profaner eyes,
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Publication information: Book title: Court Masques:Jacobean and Caroline Entertainments, 1605-1640. Contributors: David Lindley - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 102.
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