that was wont to commaunde, fearing Ladies threates, that once 70 pearced their harts, I cannot tell whether thou wouldest reuenge it for despight, or laugh at it for disport. The time may come Diana, and the time shall come, that thou that settest Cupid to vndoe knots, shalt intreate Cupid to tye knots, and you Ladies that with solace haue behelde my paines, shall with sighes intreate my 75 pittie.
Hee offereth to sleepe.
Larissa. How now Cupid, begin you to nod?
〈Re-enter RAMIA and TELUSA.〉
Ramia. Come Cupid, Diana hath deuised newe labours for you that are God of loues: you shall weaue Samplers all night, and lackie after Diana all day. You shall shortlie shoote at beastes for 80 men, because you haue made beastes of men, & waight on Ladies traines, because thou intrappest Ladies by traines. All the stories that are in Dianaes Arras, which are of loue, you must picke out with your needle, & in that place sowe Vesta with her Nuns, and Diana with her Nimphes. How like you this Cupid?85
Cupid. I say I will pricke as well with my needle, as euer I did with mine arrowes.
Tel.Diana cannot yeelde, she conquers affection.
Cupid.Diana shall yeeld, she cannot conquer desteny.
Larissa. Come Cupid, you must to your busines. 90
Cupid. You shall find me so busie in your heads, that you shall wish I had beene idle with your harts. Exeunt.
〈Enter〉 NEPTUNE alone.
Neptune. Thys day is the solemne Sacrifice at thys Tree, wherein the fairest virgine (were not the inhabitants faithlesse) should be offered vnto me, but so ouer carefull are Fathers to their children, that they forgette the safetie of their Countrey, & fearing to become vnnaturall, become vnreasonable: their slights may bleere men, 5 deceiue me they cannot; I wil be here at the houre, and shew as great crueltie as they haue doone craft, & well shall they know that Neptune should haue beene intreated, not cosened. Exit.____________________