The Complete Works of John Lyly - Vol. 2

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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. Who?

Venus. Venus.

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

questions: but preuent the effects by curtisie. Make me six arrowe 10
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
boughs haue no leaues. But hearken in thine care Vulcan: how 15
saiest thou?

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

made mine eies dronk with fayre lookes, you wil set mine eares on 20
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
teined. What would you now, with new arrowes? belike Mars hath 25
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
Venus. Come Cyclops, my wife must haue her will: let vs doe that 30
in earth, which the Gods cannot vndoe in heauen.

Venus. Gramercie sweete Vulcan: to your worke!

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one Q1: on Q2Bl. F. Cf. p. 405
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gooddesses Q1

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