Alch. O my childe, Gryphes make theyr nestes of gold though their coates are fethers, and we fether our nestes with Diamonds, though our garments be but frize. Yf thou knewest the secret of this Science, the cunning woulde make thee so proude that thou wouldest disdaine the outward pompe.115
Peter. My Maister is so rauisht with his Arte, that we manie times goe supperlesse to bed, for he wil make gold of his breade, and such is the drouth of his desire, that we all wish our very guts were gold.
Raffe. I haue good fortune to light vpon such a Maister.120
Alch. When in the depth of my skill I determine to try the vttermost of mine Arte, I am disswaded by the gods; otherwise, I durst vndertake to make the fire as it flames, gold, the winde as it blowes, siluer, the water as it runnes, lead, the earth as it standes, yron, the skye, brasse, and mens thoughts, firme mettles.125
Raffe. I must blesse my selfe, and maruell at you.
Alch. Come in, and thou shalt see all. Exit.
Raffe. I followe, I runne, I flye; they say my Father hath a golden thumbe, you shall see me haue a golden bodie.
Peter. I am glad of this, for now I shall haue leysure to runne130 away: such a bald Arte as neuer was! let him keepe his newe man, for he shall neuer see his orde againe: God shelde me from blowing gold to nothing, with a strong imagination to make nothing any thing. Exit.
Galla. How now Gallathea? miserable Gallathea, that hauing put on the apparell of a boy, thou canst 〈not〉 also put on the minde. O faire Melebeus, I, too faire, and therefore I feare, too proude. Had it not beene better for thee to haue beene a sacrifice to Neptune, then a slaue to Cupid? to die for thy Countrey, then to5 liue in thy fancie? to be a sacrifice, then a Louer? O woulde, when I hunted his eye with my harte, hee might haue seene my hart with his eyes! Why did Nature to him, a boy, giue a face so faire, or to me, a virgine, a fortune so hard? I will now vse for the distaffe the bowe, and play at quaites abroade, that was wont to sowe in my10____________________