SCHÆNA PRIMA.--〈The same.〉
Venus. Come, Cupid, receiue with thy fathers instruments, thy
mothers instructions: for thou must be wise in conceite, if
thou wilt be fortunate in execution. This arrow is feathered with
the winges of Aegitus, which neuer sleepeth for feare of his hen:
and ielousie. Shoote this, Cupid, at men that haue faire wiues, which
will make them rubbe the browes, when they swell in the brines.
This shaft is headed with Lidian steel, which striketh a deepe disdain of yt which we most desire, ye feathers are of Turtel, but dipped
|the heade toucht with the stone Perillus, which causeth mistruste ||5|
that she may despise, where now she doates. Good my boye, gall
her on the side, that for Phaos loue she may neuer sighe. This
arrow is feathered with the Phœnix winge, and headed with the
Eagles bill; it maketh me passionate in desires, in loue constant,
|in the bloud of a Tigresse, draw this vp close to the head at Sapho, ||10|
this arrowe, sweete childe, and with as great ayme as thou canst,
must Phao be striken withall, and cry softly to thy selfe in the very
loose 'Venus'! Sweete Cupid mistake me not, I wil make a quiuer
for that by it selfe. The fourth hath feathers of the Peacocke, but
|and wise in conueiaunce, melting as it were their fancies into faith: ||15|
fastened with brittle Chrysocoll: this shoote at daintie and coy Ladies,
at amiable and young Nymphes, chuse no other white but women:
for this will worke lyking in their mindes, but not loue, affabilitie in
speach, but no faith, courtly fauours to bee Mistresses ouer many,
|glewed with the gum of the Mirtle tree, headed with fine golde, and ||20|
heart, and teares to bee wronge out with their fingers, not their eies,
secrete laughing at mens pale lookes and neate attire, open reioycinge
at their owne comlinesse and mens courtinge. Shoote this arrowe
among the thickest of them, whose bosomes lye open, because they
|but constant to none: sighes to be fetcht from the longes, not the ||25|
|woulde be striken with it. And seeing men tearme women Iupiters ||30|
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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: 410.
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