〈The curtains of the central structure are withdrawn, discovering
the studio with〉 APELLES, CAMPASPE.
Apel. I shall neuer drawe your eies well, because they blind mine.
Camp. Why thẽ, paint me without eies, for I am blind.
Apel. Were you euer shadowed before of any?
|Camp. No. And would you could so now shadow me, that I||5|
Apel. It were pittie, but that so absolute a face should furnish Venus temple amongst these pictures.
Camp. What are these pictures?
|Apel. This is Læda, whom Ioue deceiued in likenes of a swan.||10|
Camp. A faire woman, but a foule deceit.
Apel. This is Alcmena, Vnto whõ Iupiter came in shape of Amphitriõ her husband, and begat Hercules.
Camp. A famous sonne, but an infamous fact.
|Apel. He might do it, because he was a God.||15|
Camp. Nay, therefore it was euill done, because he was a God.
Apel. This is Danae, into whose prison Iupiter drisled a golden shewre, and obtained his desire.
Camp. What Gold can make one yeelde to desire?
|Apel. This is Europa, whom Iupiter ruished; this Antiopa.||20|
Camp. Were al the Gods like this Iupiter?
Apel. There were many Gods, in this like Iupiter.
Camp. I thinke in those dayes loue was wel ratified among men on earth, when lust was so ful authorised by the Gods in heauen.
|Apel. Nay, you may imagine there wer womẽ passing amiable,||25|
Camp. Were women neuer so faire, mẽ wold be false.
Apel. Were womẽ neuer so false, men wold be fond.
Camp. What counterfeit is this, Apelles?
|Apel. This is Venus, the Goddesse of loue.||30|
Camp. What, be there also louing Goddesses?
Apel. This is she that hath power to commaunde the very affections of the heart.____________________