Diana. I wil. Follow me without delaie, or excuse, & if you can
| doe nothing, yet shall you hallow the Deare.||60|
Phil. I am willing to goe,--〈aside〉 not for these Ladies cõpanie,
because my selfe am a virgine, but for that fayre boyes fauor, who
I thinke be a God.
Diana 〈to GALL.〉. You, sir boy, shall also goe.
| Galla. I must if you commaunde,--〈aside〉 and would if you had||65|
Cupid alone in Nimphes apparell, and NEPTUNE lystening.
Cupid. Nowe Cupid, vnder the shape of a sillie girle shewe the
power of a mightie God. Let Diana and all her coy Nimphes
know, that there is no hart so chaste but thy bowe can wounde, nor
eyes so modest, but thy brandes can kindle, nor thoughts so staied,
he be a child, is no babie. I will make their paines my pastimes, &
so confound their loues in their owne sexe, that they shall dote in
their desires, delight in their affections, and practise onely impossibilities. Whilst I trewant from my mother, I will vse some tyranny
| but thy shafts can make wauering, weake and wanton: Cupid though||5|
excuse for running away. I wil see whether faire faces be alwaies
chast, or Dianaes virgins onelie modest, els will I spende both my
shafts and shyfts, and then Ladies if you see these daintie Dames
intrapt in loue, saie softlie to your selues, wee may all loue.
| in these woodes, and so shall their exercise in foolish loue, be my||10|
in putting on mans attire vppon women: and Cupid to make sport
deceiue them all, by vsing a womans apparell vpon a God? thenNeptune that hast taken sundrie shapes to obtaine loue, stick not to
practise some deceipt to shew thy deitie, and hauing oftẽ thrust thy
| Nept. Doe sillie Sheepeheards goe about to deceiue great Neptune,||15|
shape of a Sheepehearde, to shew thy selfe a God. Neptune cannot
be ouer-reached by Swaines, himselfe is subtile; and if Diana be
ouertaken by craft, Cupid is wise. I will into these woodes and
marke all, and in the end will marre all. Exit.____________________
| self the shape of beastes to deceiue men, be not coy to vse the||20|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 441.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may
not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.