SAPHO AND PHAO
SCHÆNA PRIMA.--〈At the Ferry.〉
Phao, Venus, Cupid.
Phao. THou art a Ferriman, Phao, yet a free man, possessing for riches content, and for honors quiet. Thy
thoughts are no higher the thy fortunes, nor thy desires greater then
thy calling. Who climeth, standeth on glasse, and falleth on thorne.
labours in the day, turne to sweete slumbers in the night. As much
doth it delight thee to rule thine oare in a calme streame, as it dooth
Sapho to swaye the Scepter in her braue court. Enuie neuer casteth
her eie lowe, ambition pointeth alwaies vpwarde, and reuenge
| Thy hearts thirste is satisfied with thy hands thrift, and thy gentle||5|
to buy any thing. Thine angle is ready, when thine oar is idle
and as sweet is the fish which thou gettest in the ryuer, as the fowle
which other buye in the market. Thou needst not feare poyson in
thy glasse, nor treason in thy garde. The winde is thy greatest
| barketh onely at starres. Thou farest dilicately, if thou haue a fare||10|
seldom found vnder a goldẽ couert, oftẽ vnder a thached cotage.
But here commeth one, I will withdrawe my selfe aside, it may be
a passenger. 〈Retires, as enter Venus and Cupid.〉
| enemy, whose might is withstoode with pollicy. O sweete life,||15|
Venus. It is no lesse vnseemely then vnwholsom for Venus, who
a smithes forge, where bellowes blow in steede of sighes, dark smokes
rise for sweet perfumes, & for the panting of louing hearts, is only
heard the beating of steeled hãmers. Vnhappy Venus, yt cariing____________________
| is most honoured in Princes courtes, to soiourne with Vulcan in||20|
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Book title: The Complete Works of John Lyly.
Contributors: R. Warwick Bond - Editor, John Lyly - Author.
Publisher: The Clarendon Press.
Place of publication: Oxford, England.
Publication year: 1902.
Page number: 373.
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