The Complete Works of John Lyly - Vol. 2

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Cupid, TELUSA, EUROTA, LARISSA, 〈RAMIA〉 enter singing.

Tel. O Yes, O yes, if any Maid, Whõ lering Cupid has betraid To frownes of spite, to eyes of scorne, And would in madnes now see torne The Boy in Pieces,--

All 3. Let her come 5
Hither, and lay on him her doome.

Eurota. O yes, O yes, has any lost A Heart, which many a sigh hath cost; Is any cozened of a teare,

Which (as a Pearle) disdaine does weare? 10

All 3. Here stands the Thiefe, let her but come Hither, and lay on him her doome.

Larissa. Is any one vndone by fire, And Turn'd to ashes through desire?

Did euer any Lady weepe, 15
Being cheated of her golden sleepe, Stolne by sicke thoughts?

All 3. The pirats found, And in her teares hee shalbe drownd. Reade his Inditement, let him heare

What hees to trust to: Boy, giue eare! 20

Tel. Come Cupid to your taske. First you must vndoe all these Louers knots, because you tyed them.

Cupid. If they be true loue knots, tis vnpossible to vnknit them; if false, I neuer tied them.

Eurota. Make no excuse, but to it. 25

Cupid. Loue knots are tyde with eyes, and cannot be vndoone with hands; made fast with thoughts, and cannot be vnlosed with fingers: had Diana no taske to set Cupid to but things impossible? They threaten him.〉 I wil to it.

Ramia. Why how now? you tie the knots faster. 30

Cupid. I cannot chuse, it goeth against my mind to make them loose.

Eurota. Let me see, nowe tis vnpossible to be vndoone.

S. D. CUPID . . . singing Q Bl. F. 1-20 Tel. O yes . . . Boy, giue eare! om. Q, though giving stage-direction
Cupid] Sirra Bl. F.
All 3 here and below, l. 17, Bl. prints this at the beginning of the line. Corrected by F.


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