when wee come abroad. Cunning in nothing but in making small things great by figures, pulling on with the sweate of our studies 20 a great shooe vpon a litle foote, burning out one cãdle in seeking for an other, raw wordlings in matters of substaunee, passing-wranglers about shadowes.
Criti. Then is it time lost to be a scholler. We pages are Politians: for looke what we heare our maisters talke of, we deter 25 mine of: where we suspect, we vndermine: and where we mislike for some perticular grudge, there we, pick quarrels for a generall griefe. Nothing amonge vs but in steede of good morow, what newes ? wee fal from cogging at dice, to cogge with states: ı so forward are meane mẽ in those matters, that they wold be cocks to 30 tread down others, before they be chickẽs to rise themselues. Youthes are very forwarde to stroke their chins, though they haue no beardes, and to lie as lowd as hee that hath liued longest.
Molus. These be the golden daies!
Criti. Then be they very darke daies: for I can see no golde. 35
Molus. You are grosse witted, maister courtier.
Criti. And you maister scholler slender witted.
Molus. I meant times which were prophecied golden for plentie of all things, sharpnesse of wit, excellencie in knowledge, pollicy in gouernment, for-- 40
Criti. Softe Scholaris, I denie your argument.
Molus. Why, it is no argument.
Criti. Then I denie it because it is no argument. But let vs go and follow our maisters. Exeunt.
〈Enter〉 MILETA, LAMIA, FAUILLA, ISMENA, CANOPE, EUGENUA.
Mileta. Is it not straung that Phao on the sodain shuld be so faire?
Lamia. It cannot be straunge, sith Venus was disposed to make him faire. That cunning had beene better bestowed on women, which would haue deserued thankes of nature. 5
Isme. Haplye she did it in spite of women, or scorne of nature.
Canope. Proud elfe! how squeamish he is become alreadie, vsing____________________