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Cup. I'll try : this is the saine shaft with For you are they, that not (as some have which I wounded Argurion.

done) Mer. I, but let me save you a labour, Do censure us, as too severe and sour, Cupid: there were certain bottles of water But as (more rightly) gracious to the good; fetch'd, and drunk off (since that tiine) by Although we not deny, unto the proud, these gallants.

Or the profane, perhaps indeed austere: Cup Jove strike me into earth: the foun For so Actæon, by presuming far, tain of self-love.

Did (to our grief) incur a fatal doom ; Mer. Nay, faint not, Cupid.

And so, swoln Niobe (comparing more Cup.' I remember'd it not.

Than he presum’d) was trophäed into stone. Mer. Faith, it was ominous to take the But are we therefore judged too cxtreme? name of Anteros upon you; you know not Seems it no crime, to enter sacred bowers, what charın or inchantinent lies in the word: And hallowed places, with impure aspect, you saw, I durst not venture upon any de Most lewdly, to pollute? Seems it no crime vice in our presentment, but was content to To brave a deity? Let mortals learn be no other than a simple page. Your ar To make religion of offending heaven, sows' properties (to keep decorum) Cupid, And not at all to censure powers divine. are suited (it should seem) to the nature of To men this argument should stand for bim you personate.

firm, Cup. Indignity not to be borne.

A goddess did it, therefore it was good: Mer. Nay, rather, an attempt to have We are not cruel, nor delight in blood. been forborne.

But what have serious repetitions Cup. How might I revenge myself on To do with revels, and the sports of court? tbis insulting Mercury? there's Crites, his We not intend to sour your late delights minion, he has not tasted of this water. It With harsh expostulation. Let's suffice shall be so. Is Crites turn'd dotard on That we take notice, and can take revenge himself too?

[The srcond strain. Of these calumnious and lewd blasphemies. Mer. That follows not, because the ve For we are no less Cynthia than we were, hom of your shafts cannot pierce him, Nor is cur power, but as ourself, the same: Cupid.

Though we have now put on no tire of C'up. As though there were one antidote for these, and another for him.

But mortal eyes undazzled may endure. Mer. As though there were not ; or as if Years are beneath the spheres, and time one effect might not arise of divers causes ?

makes weak [govern heaven. What say you to Cynthia, Aretc, Phronesis, Things under heaven, not powers which Time, and others there?

And ihough ourself be in ourself secure, Cup. They are divine.

Yet let not mortals challenge to themselves Mer. And Crites aspires to be so.

Immunity from thence. Lo, this is all: Cup. But that shall not serve him.

“ Honour hath store of spleen, but wanteth Mer. 'Tis like to do it, at this time. But

gall.”

[thank's Cupid is grown too covétous, that will not Once more, we cast the slumber of our spare one of a multitude.

On your ta’en toil, which here let take an Cup. One is more than a multitude.

end. [The third strain. And that we not mistake your several worths, Mer. Arete's favour makes any one shot Nor you our favour, froin yourselves remove proof against thee, Cupid. I pray thee, light What makes you not yourselves, those honey-bee, remember thou art not now in

clouds of mask: Adonis' garden, but in Cynthia's presence,

Particular pains particular thanks do ask. where thorns lie in garrison about the roses.

[They unmask. Soft, Cynthia speaks.

How! let me view you. Ha! are we con

temn'd? SCENE XI.

Is there so little awe of our disdain,

That any (under trust of their disguise) Cynthia, Arete, Crites, Masquers.

Should inis themselves with others of the Cyn. Ladies and gallants of our court, to

court, end

And (without forehead) boldly press so far, And give a timely period to our sports, As farther none? How apt is lenity Let us conclude them with declining night; To be abus'd? severity to be loth'd? Our empire is but of the darker half. And yet, how much more doth the seeming And if you judge it any recompence

face

[names, For your fáir pains t'have earn'd Diana's Of neighbour virtues, and their borrowed thanks,

Add of lewd boldness to loose vanities? Diana grants them, and bestows their crown Who would have thought that Philautia To gratify your acceptable zeal.

durst
12 No tire of skine.] i.e. no attire of light.

Or.baye usurped noble Storge's name, And will that at thy mercy they do stand, Or with that theft have ventur'd on our Whom they so oft, so plainly scorn'd before. eyes?

[should hope 'Tis virtue which they want, and wanting it, Who would have thought, that all of them Honour no garment to their backs can fit. So much of our connivence, as to come! Then, Crites, practise thy discretion. To grace themselves with titles not their Cri. Adored Cynthia, and bright Arete, own?

Another might seem fitter for this task, Instead of med'cines, have we maladies ? Than Crites far, but that you judge not so: And sui ha imposthumes as Phantaste is, For I (not to appear vindicative, Grow in our palace? We must lance these Ormindful of contempts, which I contemp'd, sores,

As done of impotence) must be remiss; Or all will putrify. Nor are these all, Who, as I was the author in somne sort, For we suspect a farther fraud than this: To work their knowledge into Cynthia's Take off our veil, that shadows may depart,

sight, And shapes appear: beloved Arete !-So, So should be much severer to revenge Another face of things presents itself, Th' indignity hence issuing to her name: Than did of late. What! feather'd Cupid But there's not one of these who are unmask'd,

[strange!

pain'd, And mask'd like Anteros ? And stay! more Or by themselves unpunish'd; for vice Dear Mercury, our brother, like a page, Is like a fury to the vicious mind, To countenance the ambush of the boy ! And turns delight itself to punishment Nor endeth our discorery as yet:

But we must forward, to design their doom. Gelaia, like a nymph, that but erewhile You are offenders, that must be confest; (In inale attire) ilid serve Anaides?

Do you confess it? Cupid came hither to find sport and game,

Áll. We do. Who heretofore hath been too conversant Cri. And that you merit sharp correction? Among our train, but never felt revenge ;

All. Yes.

(grace, And Mercury bare Cupid company,

Cri. Then we (reserving unto Belia's Cupid, we must confess, this time of mirth Her farther pleasure, and to Arete (Proclaim'd by us) gave opportunity What Delia grantcth) thus do sentence you; To thy attempts, although no privilege: That from this place (for penance known Tempt us no farther; we cannot endure

of all, Thy presence longer; vanish hence, away. Since you have drunk so deeply of self-love) You, Mercury, we must entreat to stay, You (two and two) singing a Palinode, And hear what we determine of the rest ; March to your several homes by Niobe's For in this plot we well perceive your hand.

stone, But (für we mean not a censorian task, And offer up two tears a-piece thereon, And yet to lance these ulcers grown so ripe) That it may change the name, as you must Dear Arete, and Crites, to you two

change, We give the charge; impose what pains you And of a stone be called Weeping-cross, please:

Because it standeth 'cross of Cynthia's way, Th' incurable cut off, the rest reform, One of whose names is sacred Trivia. Remembering ever what we first decreed, And, after penance thus perform’d, you pass Since revels were proclain’d, let now none In like set order, not as Midas did, bleed.

[times, To wash his gold off into Tagus' stream; Are. How well Diana can distinguish But to the well of knowledge, Helicon; And sort ber cunsures, keeping to herself Where purged of your present maladies, The doom of gods, leaving the rest to us? (Which are not few, nor slender) you beCome, cite them, Crites, first, and then pro

[return, ceed.

Such as you fain would seem, and then Cri. First Philautia, (for she was the first); Offering your service to great Cynthia. Then light Gelaia in Aglaia's name;

This is your sentence, if the goddess please Thirdly, Phantaste, and Moria next; To ratify it with her high consent, Main Follies all, and of the female crew : The scope of wise mirth unto fruit is bent. Amorphus, or Eucosmos' counterfeit,

Cyn. We do approve thy censure, beVoluptuous Hedon ta'en for Eupathes,

lov'd Crites; Brazen Anaides, and Asotus last,

Which Mercury thy true propitious friend, With his two pages, Morus and Prosaites ; (A deity next Jove belov'd of us) And thou, the traveller's evil, Cos, ap Will undertake to see exactly done. proach,

And for this service of discovery, Impostors all, and male deformities

Perform'd by thee, in honour of our name, Are. Nay, forward, for I delegate my We vow to guerdon it with such due grace power,

As shall become our bounty, and thy place. " So much of our CONTINENCE, as to come, &c.) This is the reading of the latter editioas, copied from the folio of 1646. That of 1616, Leads with good sense, connidence.

come

« faces,

Princes that would their people should do Pha. “ From perfum'd dogs, monkeys, well,

sparrows, dildoes, and parochitoes, “ Must at themselves begin, as at the Chorus. Good Mercury defend us.

head; “ For men, by their example, pattern out, Amo. “ From wearing bracelets of hair, “Their imitations, and regard of laws: " shoe-ties, gloves, garters, and rings with A virtuous court a world to virtue poesies, draws.”

Chorus. Good Mercury defend us,

Pha. From pargetting, painting, slickPALINODE.

“ing, glazing, and renewing old rivel'd

Chorus. Good Mercury defend us Amo. “ From Spanish shrugs, French " faces, smirks, irps, and all affected bu Amo." From squiring to tilt-yards, play“mours,

“ houses, pageants, and all such public Chorus. Good Mercury defend us. “ places,

Choras. Good Mercury defend us, Pha.“ From secret friends, sweet ser" yants, loves, doves, and such fantastic bu Pha. From entertaining one gallant to “ mours,

gull another, and make fools of either, Chorus. Good Mercury defend us.

Chorus. Good Mercury defend up Amo.“ From stabbing of arms, flap-dra Amo.From belying ladies' favours, no gons, healths, whiffs, and all such swag “blemen's countenance, coining counterfeit gering humours,

employments, vain-glorious taking to Chorus. Good Mercury defend us. “ them other men's services, and all self,

loving, humours, Pha. From waving fans, coy glances,

Chorus. Good Mercury defend u$. glicks, cringes, and all such simpering humours,

SONG.
Chorus. Good Mercury defend us.

“ Now each one dry his weeping eyes, Amo." From making love by attorney, " And to the well of knowledge haste; ".courting of puppets, and paying for new " Where purged of your maladies, “ acquaintance,

You may of sweeter waters taste, Chorus. Good Mercury defend us. “ And, with refined voice, report

“ The grace of Cynthia, and her court."

EPILOGUE

THE EPILOGUE.

By

: GENTLES, be't known to you, since I Upon the children's action, that were lame. weut in,

To crave your favour, with a begging knee, I am turn'd rhimer, and do thus begin : Were to distrust the writer's faculty: The author (jealous how your sense doth To promise better at the next we bring, take

Prorogues disgrace, commends not any His travails “) hath enjoined me to make

thing Some short and ceremonious epilogue ; Stifly to stand on this, and proudly approve But if I yet know what, I am a rogue; The play, might tax the maker of sell-love. He ties me to such laws as quite distract P'll only speak, what I have hard him say, My thoughts, and would a year of time

'tis good, and it you like't, you exact:

may.” I neither must be faint, remiss, nor sorry Sour, serious, confident, nor peremptory; Ecce rubet quidam, pallet, stupet, oscitat, But betwixt these : let's see; to lay the

odit.

[cent. blame

Hoc dolo : nunc nobis curmina nostra plaJealous how your sense doth take His TRAVELS.] We should here conform to the antient spelling, and read his tratails, bis labours.

To lay the blame Upon the CHILDREN'S uctions.] The children of the Queen's chapel, who acted the play.

2

This Comical Satirewa s first acted in the

year

1600.

NAT. FIELD,
SAL. PAVY,
Tho, Day,

The principal Comedians were,

Joh. UNDERWOOD,
Rob. BAXTER,
Joh. FROST.

POETASTER; OR, HIS ARRAIGNMENT .

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

AUGUSTUS CÆSAR.
MECÆNAS.
MARC. Ovid.
COR. GALLUS.
PROPERTIUS.
FUS ARISTUS.
Pub. Ovid.
VIRGIL
HORACE.
TREBATIUS.
Lupus.
Tucca.
Luscus,

CRISPINUS.
HERMOGENES.
De. FANNIUS.
ALBIUS.
Minos.
HISTRIO.
PYRGUS.
LICTORS.
JULIA.
CYTHERIS.
PLAUTIA.
Chloe,
Maids.

SCENE, Rome.

,

After the second sounding,

Th’infected bulk of Envy can afford:

For I am riss here with a covetous hope, Endy, arising in the midst of the Stage. To blast your pleasures and destroy your

sports, L IGHT, I salute thee, but with wounded With wrestings, comments, applications, nerves,

(ness. Spy-like suggestions, privy whisperings, Wishing thy golden splendour pitchy dark Aid thousand such promoting sleights as What's here! th' arraignment? 1; 'this,

these. this is it,

[while : Mark how I will begin: the scene is, ha ! That our sunk eyes have wak’d for all this Rome Rome? and Rome? Crack eyeHere will be subject for my snakes and me.

strings, and your balls Cling to my neck and wrists, my loving Drop into earth ; let ine be ever blind. worms,

[folds, I an prevented; all my hopes are crest, And cast you round in soft and amorous Check'd and abated; tie, a freezing sweat Till I do bid uncurl; then, break your Flows forth at all my pores, my entrails knots,

[stings
burn:

[vext soul, Shoot out yourselves at length, as your forc'd What should I do? Rome? Rome? O my Would hide themselves within his malic'd How might I force this to the present state? sides,

Are there no players bere? no poet.apes, To whom I shall apply you. Stay! the shine That come with basilisk's eyes, whose forkOf this assembly here offends my sight;

ed tongues I'll darken that first, and out-face their Are steep'd in venon, as their hearts in gall? grace.

Either of these would help me; they could Wonder not, if I stare : these fifteen weeks

wrest, (So long as since the plot was but an em Pervert and poison all they hear, or see, brion)

With senseless glosses, and allusions. Have I, with burning lights mix'd vigilant Now if you be good devils, fly me not. thoughts,

You know what dear and ample faculties In expectation of this hated play,

I have endow'd you with: i'll lend you To which (at last) I am arriy'd as prologue.

{eat, Nor would I you should look for other Here, take my snakes among you, come and

And while the squecz'd juice flows in your Gesture, or compliment from me, than what

black jaws, What's here? Th’arraignment?] The title of the play; which Envy is supposed to see, and read when she comes upon the stage.

more.

looks,

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