Diana. Are you prating? I will bridle thy tongue & thy power,
day, which if thou finish not, thou shalt feele the smart. Thou shalt
be vsed as Dianaes. slaue, not Venus sonne. All the worlde shall
see that I will vse thee like a captiue, and shew my selfe a Conquerer.
Come haue him in, that wee may deuise apt punishments for his
|and in spight of mine owne thoughts, I will sette thee a taske euery ||90|
Eurota. We will plague yee for a little God.
Tel. We wyll neuer pittie thee though thou be a God.
Ramia. Nor I.
Larissa. Nor I. Exeunt.
〈Enter〉 Augur, MELLEBEUS, TYTERUS, Populus.
. THis is the day wherein you must satis-fie Neptune and
saue your selues; call together your fayre Daughters,
and for a Sacrifice take the fayrest; for better it is to offer a Virgine
then suffer ruine. If you think it against nature to sacrifice your
you imagine Neptune pittilesse to desire such a pray, confesse your
selues peruerse to descrue such a punishment. You see this tree,
this fatall Tree, whose leaues though they glister like golde, yet it
threatneth to fayre virgins griefe. To this Tree must the beauti
|children, thinke it also against sence to destroy your Countrey. If ||5|
Monster come not, then assure your selues that the fairest is concealed, and then your countrey shall be destroyed; therefore consult
with your selues, not as fathers of children, but as fauourers of your
Countrey. Let Neptune haue his right if you will haue your quiet;
|fullest be bounde vntill the Monster Agar carry her awaie, and if the ||10|
wise, knowing that who so hath the fairest daughter, hath the greatest
fortune, in loosing one to saue all; and so I depart to prouide ceremonies for the Sacrifice, and commaund you to bring the Sacrifice.
|thus haue I warned you to be carefull, and would wish you to be ||15|
Meleb. They say Tyterus that you haue a faire daughter: if it be
holy to preserue ones Country, and honorable to be the cause.
|so, dissemble not, for you shall be a fortunate father. It is a thing ||20|
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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: 456.
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