Venus. I like not fishing: yet was I borne of the sea.
Phao. But he may blesse fishing, that caught such an one in the sea.
Venus. It was not with an angle, my boy, but with a nette65.
Phao. So was it said, that Vulcan caught Mars with Venus.
Venus. Didst thou heare so? It was some tale.
Phao. Yea Madame, and that in the boate I didde meane to make my tale.
Venus. It is not for a ferry man to talk of the Gods loues: but to70 tell how thy father could dig, and thy mother spinne. But come, let vs away.
Phao. I am ready to waite. Exeunt.
〈Enter〉 TRACHINUS, PANDION, CRYTICUS, MOLUS.
Trachi. Pandion, since your comming the vniuersitie to the court, from Athens to Syracusa, how doe you feele your self altered either in humor or opinion?
Pandi. Altered Trachinus, I say no more, and shame that any should know so much.5
Trachi. Here you see as great vertue, far greater brauery, the action of that which you cõtemplate. Sapho, faire by nature, by birth royall, learned by education, by gouernment politike, rich by peace: insomuch as it is hard to iudge, whether she be more beautifull or wise, vertuous or fortunate. Beesides, doe you not10 looke on faire Ladies in steede of good letters, and behold faire faces, in steed of fine phrases? In vniuersities vertues and vices are but shadowed in colours, white and blacke, in courtes shewed to life, good and bad. There, times paste are read of in old bookes, times present set downe by new deuises, times to come coniectured15 at by aime, by prophesie, or chaunce: here, are times in perfection, not by deuise, as fables, but in execution, as trueths. Beleeue me Pandion, in Athens you haue but tombs, we in court the bodies, you the pictures of Venus & the wise Goddesses, we the persons & the vertues. What hath a scholler found out by study, that a courtier20 hath not found out by practise? Simple are you that think to see more at the candle snuffe then the sunne beams, to saile further in____________________