The Complete Works of John Lyly - Vol. 2

By R. Warwick Bond; John Lyly | Go to book overview
Save to active project


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!

purpose, I QQ (i.e. for which I &c.) Bl. itaticizes the I
one Q1: on Q2Bl. F. Cf. p. 405
gooddesses Q1


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Complete Works of John Lyly - Vol. 2
Table of contents

Table of contents



Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 580

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?