The Complete Works of John Lyly - Vol. 2

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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,--〈asidenot for these Ladies cõpanie, because my selfe am a virgine, but for that fayre boyes fauor, who I thinke be a God.

Dianato GALL.〉. You, sir boy, shall also goe.

Galla. I must if you commaunde,--〈aside〉 and would if you had65
not. Exeunt.


SCÆENA SECUNDA.

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,

but thy shafts can make wauering, weake and wanton: Cupid though5
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
in these woodes, and so shall their exercise in foolish loue, be my10
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.

Exit.

Nept. Doe sillie Sheepeheards goe about to deceiue great Neptune,15
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
self the shape of beastes to deceiue men, be not coy to vse the20
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.

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