〈Enter〉 TYTERUS. GALLATHEA 〈disguised as a boy〉.
Tyte. THE Sunne dooth beate vppon the playne fieldes, wherefore let vs sit downe Gallathea, vnder this faire Oake, by whose broade leaues beeing defended from the warme beames, we may enioy the fresh ayre, which softly breathes from Humber floodes. 5
Galla. Father, you have deuised well: and whilst our flocke doth roame vp and downe this pleasant greene, you shall recount to mee, if it please you, for what cause thys Tree was dedicated vnto Neptune, and why you haue thus disguised me.
Tyte. I doe agree thereto, and when thy state and my care be 10 considered, thou shalt knowe thys question was not asked in vaine.
Galla. I willingly attend.
Tyte. In tymes past, where thou seest a heape of small pyble, stoode a stately Temple of white Marble, which was dedicated to the God of the Sea, (and in right beeing so neere the Sea): hether 15 came all such as eyther ventured by long trauell to see Countries, or by great traffique to vse merchandise, offering Sacrifice by fire, to gette safety by water; yeelding thanks for perrils past, & making prayers for good successe to come: but Fortune, constant in nothing but inconstancie, did change her copie, as the people their custome; 20 for the Land being oppressed by Danes, who in steed of sacrifice, committed sacrilidge, in steede of religion, rebellion, and made a pray of that in which they should haue made theyr prayers, tearing downe the Temple euen with the earth, being almost equall with the skyes,____________________