The Complete Works of John Lyly - Vol. 2

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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.


SCHÆNA SECUNDA.--〈The same.〉

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

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steeed Q1: stead Bl. F.
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so om. Bl. F.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • The Anatomy of Wyt ii
  • Contents iii
  • ¶euphues and His England. 1
  • Symbols, Etc., Used in the Textual Footnotes 2
  • The Plays 229
  • Lyly as a Playwright1 231
  • Campaspe 301
  • SchÆna Secunda.--〈interior of the Palace (with Transfer to the Market-Place at L. 119).〉 Alexander, Hephestion, Page, Diogenes, Apelles. 〈enter Alexander, Hephaestion, and Page.〉 329
  • Actus Tertius 333
  • SchÆna Tertia.--〈the Same.〉 〈the Curtains of the Central Structure Are Withdrawn, Discovering the Studio With〉 Apelles, Campaspe. 336
  • SchÆena Quarta.--〈the Palace (with Two Transfers, at Il. 40 and 57).〉 337
  • Schæena Quinta.--〈the Same.〉 341
  • Actus Quartus 343
  • Schæna Secunda.--〈room in Apelles' House, as Before.〉 Campaspe, Apelles. 346
  • Schæna Tertia.--〈room in the Palace.〉 347
  • Schæna Quarta.--〈apelles' Studio.〉 348
  • Schena Quinta.--〈the Same.〉 349
  • Schæna Secunda.--〈the Same.〉 352
  • Schæna Tertia.--〈the Same.〉 352
  • Schæna Quarta.--〈the Same.〉 353
  • Sapho and Phao 361
  • Actus Primus 373
  • Actus Primus 373
  • Schæna Secunda.--〈the Same.〉 375
  • Schæna Tertia.--〈the Same.〉 377
  • Schæna Quarta.--〈the Same.〉 378
  • Actus Secundus 380
  • Schæna Secunda.--〈the Same〉 380
  • Schæna Secunda.--〈the Same〉 384
  • Schæn Tertia.--〈a Street.〉 385
  • Schæna Quarta.--〈before Sybilla's Cave.〉 388
  • Schæna Quarta.--〈before Sybilla's Cave.〉 393
  • Schæna Quarta.--〈before Sybilla's Cave.〉 399
  • Schæna Quarta.--〈the Same.〉 400
  • Actus Quartus 403
  • Schæna Quarta.--〈vulcan's Forge.〉 408
  • Actus Quintus 410
  • Actus Quintus 410
  • Schæna Secunda.--〈a Room in Sapho's Palace.〉 411
  • Schæna Tertia.--〈before Sybilla's Cave.〉 414
  • Gallathea 417
  • Actus Primus 432
  • Actus Primus 432
  • Scæna Secunda. 434
  • Scæna Tertia. 435
  • Scæna Quarta. 436
  • Actus Secundus 439
  • Scæena Secunda. 439
  • Scæena Secunda. 441
  • Scæna Tertia. 442
  • Scæna Quarta. 445
  • Scæna Quinta. 446
  • Actus Tertius 446
  • Scæna Secunda. 446
  • Scæna Secunda. 453
  • Actus Quartus 456
  • Scæna Prima. 456
  • Scæna Secunda. 458
  • Scæna Tertia. 460
  • Scæna Quarta. 461
  • Actus Quintus 462
  • Scæna Secunda. 462
  • Scæna Secunda. 464
  • Scæna Tertia. 466
  • Notes 486
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