fooles, women shall make men Venus fooles. This shafte is leade in the head, and whose feathers are of the night Rauen, a deadly and poysoned shafte, which breedeth hate onely against those which sue for loue. Take heede Cupid thou hitte not Phao with this
|shafte: for then shall Venus perishe. This laste is an old arrow,||35|
|Cupid. I warrant you I will cause Phao to languishe in your loue,||40|
Venus. Goe, loyter not, nor mistake your shafte. 〈Exit Cupid.〉 Now Venus, hast thou plaide a cunning parte, though not curraunt. But why should Venus dispute of vnlawfulnesse in loue, or faith in
|affection? beeing both the Goddesse of loue and affection? knowing||45|
|Gods shall tremble, if they beginne to trouble me. But I will expect||50|
SAPHO, Cupid, MILETA, Venus.
Sapho. What hast thou done Cupid?
Cupid. That my mother commaunded, Sapho.
Sapho. Mee thinkes I feele an alteration in my minde, and as it were a withstanding in my self of mine own affections.
|Cupid. Then hath mine arrow his effect.||5|
Sapho. I pray thee tell me the cause?
Cupid. I dare not.
Sapho. Feare nothing: for if Venus fret, Sapho canne frowne, thou shalt bee my sonne. Mileta, giue him some sweete meates;
|speake good Cupid, and I will giue thee many pretie things.||10|
Cupid. My mother is in loue with Phao, she willed mee to strike you with disdain of him, and him with desire of her.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Complete Works of John Lyly. Volume: 2. Contributors: R. Warwick Bond - Author. Publisher: The Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford, England. Publication year: 1902. Page number: 411.
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