SCHÆNA QUARTA.--〈VULCAN'S Forge.〉
Venus, VULCAN, Cupid.
〈Enter Venus and Cupid.〉
Venus. Come Cupid, Vulcans flames must quench Venus fires. Vulcan?
〈 VULCANlooks out of the Forge.〉
Vulcan. Ho, ho! Venus.
Venus. Come sweete Vulcan, thou knowest how sweete thou hast
found Venus, who being of all the goddesses the most faire, hath
chosen thee of all the Gods the most foule; thou must needes then
confesse I was most louing. Enquire not the cause of my suite by
heads: it is giuen thee of the Gods by permission to frame them to
any purpose, I shall request them by praier. Why lowrest thou Vulcan? wilt thou haue a kisse? holde vppe thy head. Venus hath
young thoughtes, and fresh affections. Rootes haue stringes, when
|questions: but preuent the effects by curtisie. Make me six arrowe ||10|
|boughs haue no leaues. But hearken in thine care Vulcan: how ||15|
Vulcan. Vulcan is a God with you, when you are disposed to
flatter. A right womanne, whose tongue is lyke a Bees stinge, which
pricketh deepest, when it is fullest of honnye. Because you haue
edge with sweete words. You were woont to say that the beating
of hammers made your head ake, and the smoake of the forge your
eies water, and euery coale was a blocke in your way. You weepe
rose water, when you aske, and spitte vineger, when you haue ob
|made mine eies dronk with fayre lookes, you wil set mine eares on ||20|
a tougher skin one his heart, or Cupid a weaker arme, or Venus
a better courage. Well Venus, there is neuer a smile in your face
but hath made a wrinkle in my forehead. Ganymedes must fill your
cuppe, and you wil pledge none but Iupiter. But I wil not chide
|teined. What would you now, with new arrowes? belike Mars hath ||25|
in earth, which the Gods cannot vndoe in heauen.
|Venus. Come Cyclops, my wife must haue her will: let vs doe that ||30|
Venus. Gramercie sweete Vulcan: to your worke!____________________
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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: 408.
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