The Complete Works of John Lyly - Vol. 2

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Page 1. Title--his voyage and aduentures, myxed with sundry pretie discourses, &c.: the promise of the title is on the whole better kept than was the case with the former novel. Though Philautus is here the protagonist rather than Euphues, there is much more action; and the 'discourses,' which still occupy the chief place in the book, are no longer merely moral or pious. It is modern social life, and especially love and love-making under the conditions imposed by such life, that is lyly's subject here; and accordingly it is to "Euphues and his England", rather than to The Anatomy of Wit, that the title of the earliest English novel may properly be assigned. See Introd. Essay, vol. i. pp. 159-60.

to be regarded: heeded or followed as a rule of action.

Commend it, or amend it.: this motto, found on the title-page of all editions, appears also in the Epist. Dedicatory, p. 6 l. 22, and on p. 205 in regard to his portrait of the Queen, where it is appended to a saying of Zeuxis, Plin. xxxv.36.

P. 3.Dedication: the wording is precisely the same as that of the First Part. We know from Harvey that the position lyly actually occupied in Lord Oxford's household was that of his secretary. See Life, vol. i. p. 24.

8.Phydias the first Paynter: a description founded on Pliny, xxxv. 34, where Pliny corrects the Greek notion that painting appeared much later than statuary by the tradition that Phidias (flor. 448 B.C.) painted a shield at Athens. This story about his painting his own portrait seems, however, as fictitious as that about Parrhasius with which the former dedication opens.

13.did for my fyrst counterfaite, coulour mine owne Euphues: plainly negativing theories of Endimion or The Woman in the Moone as his earliest work; while the story about Phidias implies an autobiographical element, at least, in Part I. Autobiography enters also into the present work. See Life, vol. i. pp. 2-4. chaunce, as Protogenes did the foame of his dogge: Pliny, xxxv. 36, relates that after many efforts to paint this foam aright, the happy effect was reached by his throwing at the picture in a fit of impatience the sponge loaded with the colour previously wiped off.

24.scarse sing sol fa . . . straine aboue Ela: C sol fa ut was the


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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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