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501 : The Brafen Age, containing

the Death of the Centaure Niffus, the
Tragedy of Meleager, the Tragedy of
Jafon and Medea, Vulcan's Net, and the
Labours and Death of Hercules. 4to,
mor. gilt. Lond., 1613. $8.75

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BRAZEN AGE

The fir ft AB containing,
The death of the Centaure y^efus,

The Second,

■ The Tragedy of Aleleager:

The Third

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The Tragedy of la/on arid Medea.

The Fovrth.

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The Fifth.

The Labours and death of
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Hough a third brother fhould not in-
herite 5 whilft the two elder liue 3 by the
laws of the Land,& therfore it might
breed in mee a difcoragement, to
commit him without any hereditary
"means, to fhiftfor it felfe in a world fc
detra&iue & calumnious, yet rather prefuming vpon
the ingenioiiSjthen affraid of the enirious 5 I haue ex-
pos'd him to the fortunes ofayonger brother, which
is,moft comonly,brauely to liue,or defperately to ha-
zard : yet this is my comfort, that what imperfe6tiot\
focuerithaue, hauing a brazen face it cannot blufli*
much like a Pedant about this Towne, who, when all
trades fail'd,turn'd Pedagogue f &oncz infinuating with
me, borrowed fro mecertaineTranflationsof Outd p
as his three books De Arte Amandific two De Remedh
Amoris, which fince 3 his moftbrazen face hath mod
impudently challenged as his own,wherefore 5 I muff:
needs proclaime it as far as Ham^vheve he now keeps
fchoole, Ho s ego verfictdosfeci tulit alter honor es^ they
were things which out of my iuniority and want of
indgcment J committed to the veiw of fome priuatc
friendsjbut with no purpofe of publiftiing, or further
comunicating the. Therfore I wold entreate that Au- -
ftin^ for fo his name is 5 to acknowledge his wrong t<*
me in (hewing them 5 &his owne impudence^igno-
rancc in challenging the.But courteous Reader,! cart
onely cxcufc Kim in this 5 that this is the Brazen Age.



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Drammatis




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Drammatis Perform.




Homer.



Otneus K of Calidm.




Mercury*


Mthca>&




Juno.


Her two brothers*




Mars.


Deyaneira.




Venus.


Me/eager,




Gallus.


Hercules*




Vulcan^


Achelous.




Lychas.


Wggm




Omfhale*


la/on. ;




Her maids.


Atreus.




tineas*


Tellamon.




Anchifes.


Ncflor.




Latmedon*


Medea.




Hefione.


Oetes.




Priam,


Abfyrtus.




Fhilocietes.


Adonis.




Water Nymphesl


Atlanta*




Caftcr.


Apollo.




Pollux.


Aurora.




Pyragmon. *


lupiter.







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The Brazen Age,

CONTAINING

The labours and death ^Hercules.



Enter Homer.

S the world gr owe sinyeares (*tUthc Heattens
curfij

UMcnsfmnes increafe 5 theprifline times were
beft:

The Ages in their growth waxworfe efr worfe %

Thefirfi was pretiom, full of golden reft.

Siluer/ucceeded \good> but not jo pare :
ffhen hue and harmelefe lufts might currant pajfei
The third that fo Howes wefinde more obdure %
And that we title by the Age of Brafle.
In this moregroffe and courfer mettal'd ssfge,
Tyrants and fierce opprejfors we prefent.
Nephewes that 'gainft their Vnckfes wreake their rage %
^Mothers agamfi their children difcontent,
AJifter with her brother at fierce w*rre,
(Things in our former times notfeene or knowne)
But vice with vertue now begins to iarre y
And/innes (though not at height) yet great are growne*
Still with our hiftory we Jball proceed,
And Hercules vislorious afts relate :
His marriage firftynext many a noble deed
Perfirmd by him ; laft how heyeelds to Fatu

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zsfttdthcfe, I hope, may (with (o me mixtures )pajfe,
So you fit fleas *dinthis our Age ofBrafle.

' A&us i. Scoena i.

Enter evens, King of Ca/idon, Queerte *s4lthea, Meleager,
IteUneirayP lexippw > and Toxem, brothers to the Queene.

K.Oen. Thus midft our brothers, daughter, Queene and
Sits Oenem crown'd i n fertill Cahdm (fonne,

Whofe age and weakeneffe is fupported only,
In thofe ripe ioyes that I rcceiue from you.
P/ex. May we long ftand fupporters of your royaltyes,
And glad fpe&ators of your age and peace.

Tox. The like I wifli.

IC.Oen. We haue found you brothers royally
Andfubie6hloyall.

Althea.Thty are ©four line,
Of which no branch dideuerperifhyet,
By Cankers, bladings, or dry barrennefTe.
But Mcletger let me turne to thee,
Whofc birth the Fates themfclues did calculate/

Mel. Pray mother how was that? I haue heard you fay
Somewhat about my birth miraculous,
But neueryet knew the true circumftancc.

Althea. 'Twas thus : the very inftant thou wafl borne, '
The fitters, that draw,fpinne,and clip our liues,
Entred my chamber with a fata- 1 brand,
Which hurling in the fire,thus faid : One day , one date,
'Betide thit brand and childe y euen be their fate.
So parted they, the brand begins to burne :
And as it waited, fodidft thou confume;
Which Iperceiuing,leap 5 t vnto the flame,
And quenching that,ftayd thy confutation^
The brand I (as a ieweli) haue refertfd,
And keepe it in a casket, lock'c as fafe
As in thy bofome thou maintain!! thy heart*

Melea*



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tJMetet. Pray keepe it well : for if not with my mother,
With whom dare Meleager truft his lire?
But fiftcr c DeiAtieira y now to you.
Two worthy Champians muft this day contend,
Arid try their eminence in Armesforyou,
Great Echelons y and ftron g Hercules,

'Deia. We know it : my loue muft be bought withblowcs,
Not Oratory wins me,but the fword :
He that can brauelieft in the lifts contend,
MuftD*fci»<fW.f nuptiall bed afcend.

Oen. Brothers, conduct thefe Champions to the lifts,
Meanc time Altbea ftate thee on that hand,
On this fide *Deianeirat\\s rich prize
Of their contention.

t^Melea* Clamors from a farre,
Tell vs thefe Champions areadreft for warre,

Enter at one doore the riuer AcheloHS, hU wesfens borne in
by fVater-Nymphes. At the other Her wlet.

K.OenStznd forth you warlike Champions,and exprefle
Your loues to Deianeira t \n your valours.
As we are Oenem the *AEto/iansKing 9
And vnder vs command whole Calidon.
Soweconteftwemake her here the prize
Of the proud vidtor.-

Ache. Dares the T&<?^«baftard
Contend with vs,as we arc eldeft fonne
Vnto the graue and old Oc'eanm^
And the Nymph Nais, borne-on Pindas mount,
From whence our broad and fpacious currents rife£
So are we proud to coape with Hercules.
Nere let my ftreames wadi Aearnamasbzx\kts >
Or we conftn de in Thorn, our grand feat,
Till (by the ruine otislkmentfs fonne)
We lodge bright Deictneim in ourarmes.

Here, Hauewethe Cleonew Lyons tome?

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And deck't our fiioulders in their honored fpoyles?
The CalidonUn¥>ozx(t cruftit with our Club?
The rude Theffahan Centaurs funkc beneath
Our /^//hand'pierc'dheUV bound Cerberus}
Andbutfcted fo long, till from the fome
The dogge beich't forth ftrong Aconitum fpringf
And (hall a petty riuer make our way
To Deimeira'sbed impaffable?

Know then the pettieft ftreame that flowes through Greece,
If e make thee run thy head below thy bankes,
Make red thy waters with thy vitall bloud,
And fpill thy waues in droppes as fmall as teares,
If thou prefum'ft to coape with Hercules.

Ache. What's Herculenhn Ifhouid dread his namcf
Or what's he greater then Amphitriosfonnc?
When we aflurne the name of Demi-god
Not Proteus can tranf-fhape himfelfe like vs,
For we command our figure when wepleafe.
Sometimes we like a ferpent run along
Our medowy bankes: and fomctimes like aBull
Graze on thefe ftrands we water with our ftrcames.
We can tranflate our fury to a fire,
And when we fwell/in our fierce toiTentsfwallow
The Champian plaincs, and flow abouethehils,
Drowne all the continents by which we run •,
Yea Hercnhs himfelfe.

Here, Me iAcheloml
I can do more then this : loue Deiandra,
S win with her on my fhoulders through thy ftreames,
And with my huge Club beat thy torrents backe,
With thine owne waters quench th'infernall fires
Thy figure ferpentine 5 flat on the earth :
And when ch'art Bull,catch faft hold by thy horne$ 5
And whirie thee 'bout my head thus iatoayre.
Thou faire v£tolian dame, I cannot wooe,
Nor paint my pafTions in fmooth Oratory 5
But fight for thee I can, 'gainft Achelow,

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Or all the horrid mongers of the earth,

LMdea. When 'gins your proud andhoftile enmity?
Behold the prize proposed, the vigors meed,
Champions your fpirits inkindle at her eyes,
i ^ Ache. It is for her this baftard I defpife.
Prepare thee Theban*

Here. See.Iamadreft
With this to thunder on thy captiue crefl.
I cannot bellow in thy bombaft phrafe,
Nor deafe thefefree fpeclators with my braues.
I cut off words with deeds,and now behold
For me,the eccho of my blowcs thus fcold.

AUrme. Adoelotts is beaten inland immediatlj enters In
tbefbafeofd Dragon,
Here. Bec'ft thou a God or hell-hound thus tranfhap't,
Thy terrour frights notme,ferpentor diuellirepa/hthee.
Alarmc. He beats away the dragon. Enter a Fury all fir e-workes*
ifejT.Fright vs with firefour Club fhall quench thy flame,
And beat it downe to helljfrom whence it came.
When the Fury Jinxes, a *BhIs head appettref*
Here, What, yet more monftersfSerpen^Bull, and Fire,
Shall all alike taftc great Alcides ire.

He tugs with the B nil >avd places off one of his horns. Enter from
the fame p lace Achelovu with his fore *head all blottdy.
Ache. No more, I am thy Captiue, thou my Conqueren
I fce,no Magicke,or inchantingfpcll
Haue power on vertue and true fortitude.
No Height Illufion can deceiue the eyes
Of him that is diuinely refolute.
Hay me at thy feet, a lowly vaflaile,
Since thou haft reft me of that precious home,
Which tearing from my head infliapeof Bull,
Thus wounded me. Take Deianeira freely,
Onely reftore me that rich fpoyle thou haft wonne, j
Which all the Nymphes and graces dwelling neere,
Shall fill with redolent flowers,and delicate fruits,
And call it Cornucopia, plenties home,

B 3 In



TheBu&enAgi.

In memory of Achelom lotte,

And this high conqueft won by Hercules.

Herat. Hadft thou not ftoopt thy horria Taurine fliape
I would haue peece-meale rent, and thy tough hide
Tornc into rags as thicke as Autumne leaues.*
Take thee thy life, and with thy life that fpoilc
Pluckt from thy mangled front, giue me my loue,
Pie ftoare no homes at winning of a wife.
Giue me bright Deyamra, take that home,
So late from thy diffigured Temples torne*

T>eyan* I haue my praycrs,^/^/ his defiref,
Bothmeeteinloue. Oen. Receiue her //<?>•£*/«?/,
The conqueftof thy warlike fortitude.

Here. Wee take but what our valour purchaft vf,
And beauteous Queenethoufhalt afTurehis loue,
Whofe puiffant arme ftall awe the triple world,
And make the greateft Monarches of the earth
To thy diuineft beauty tributary.

Meleag. Will Hercules ftay heere in Qalid,on y
To folemnize the nuptials of our fifte*r. ?
I Meleager, rich zALtolians heire,
Whofe large Dominions ftretch to Oeta Mount,
And to the bounds of fertile Theffa/j
Will grace thy Bridals with the greateft pompe
Greece can affoord, nor is'c my meanelt honour
To be the brother to great Hercnles.

Here. Thanks ^V/^r<?r,foiourne heere we cannot,
My ftep-dame7«»« tasks metomoredangeri:
Wee take thy beauteous fitter in our guard,
Whom by hues aide weeftraight will bcare toThebes.

Oen. A fathers wifhes crowne the happincfle
Of his faire daughter,

Mek t\nd a brothers loue
Comfort thee where thou oocfblf not wilhHtrcttlet
Whom dare we t| uft thy fifety.

Here. Not hues guard
Can circle her with mere focurity,

Time



The Bnzett Age.

Time calsvs hence, *s£to!ian Lords farewell.

Oen. Aciicw braue fonnc,and daughter,onely hsppy
In being thus beftowed, comctsfcbeUw,
With you we'le feaft, nor let your foyle dciccSl you,
Ov'Deyaitiraes \offc; he's more then man,
And ncedes muft he do this, that all things can. Exeunt ;

Here, Dares Deyaneira truft her perfons fafety
With vs ? ftranger, onely knovvne by Fam e.

Veyn. Wer't gainft the Lyons in Chimera bred,
Or thofe rude Bearcs that breed in Caucafus:
The HyrcanT\gzx.s or the Syrian Wolues,
Nay gainft the Giants that affaulted heauen
And with their fhoulders made thofe bafes fiiakc
That prop Olimpus :\iu 9 d Enceladus
With whom hue wreftled: euen againft thofe monfters*
f de thinke me fafe incircled in thefe armes.

Here. Thou art as fafe as if immur'd in heauen,
Pal'd with that Chriftall wall that girts Ioues houfe,'
Where all the Gods inhabitc, built by fate,
Stay, I ftiould know that Ccntaure. Enter Nejfw,

Ne(f. That's Hercules I know him by his Club,
Whofeponderous weight I felt vpon my Skull
At the great Bridall of the Lapitbes.
What louely Ladie's fhee that in her beauty
So much exceedes faire Hypedamia?

Here, Oh Nejfa,thou of all thy cloud-bred race,
Alone didft fcape by trufting to thy heeles
At Hypodamias Bridals,but we now
Are friends, are wee not Nefiui

Nef. Yes great Hercules,
(Till I can find fit time for iuft reuendge)
Methinkes my braines ftill rattle in my skull)
What Ladie's that in great Abides Guard?

Here. Deyaneira, daughter to the ^£tolia» King,
Sifter toLflieleager, now our Bride;
Wonne by the force of armes from Achclow y
The b©yfterous floud that flowes through Calidon.



The%nz,enAgt\

Nejf. A double cnuy burnes in all my veines,
Firft for reucnge 5 next, that he fhould enioy
That beauteous maide whom Nejfm dearely loues.
Will Hercules commande rne. ? or his Bride. ?
He lackey by thee wherefoer'e thou goeft,
And be the vaflall to great Hercules.

Herc.Wc are bound for Thebes faux. foft,what torrent's this
That intercepts our wayfHow fhall we pafle
Thefc raging ftreames?

Nejf. This is Euenm floud,
A dangerous current, full of whirle-paolcs dcepe,
And yet vnfounded: dar'ft thou truft thy Bride
On Neflh backe? Tie vndertake to fwimmc her
Vnto the further!: ftrond, vpon my ftioulders,
And yet not laue her fhooe.

Here. Tie pay thee for thy waftage Centaure, well.
And make thee Prince of all thy by-form'drace,
If thou willt do this grace to Hercules:
But ferry her with fafety, for by lone.

If thou but make her tremble in thefe ftreames,

Or let the leaft waue dafh againft her skirt;

If the leaft feare of drowning pale her checke,

Pic pound thee fmaller then the Autumnc duft

Toft by the warring winds?
Nejf. Hauelnotfwommc

The Hellefepont ,when waues high as yon hils

Toft by the winds^haue crown'd me, yet in fpight

Of all their briny weight I haue wrought ray felfc

Aboue the topmoft billow to ore-looke

The troubled maine: come beauteous Deyatteira,

Not Charon with more fafety ferries foules,

Then I will thee through this impetuous foord,

Here. Rcceiue her Centaure, and in her the wealth

And potency of mighty Hercules.

Nejf. Now my reucngc for that inhumaine banquet,

In which fo many of the Ccntaures fell,

Tic rape this Princeffe, hauing paft the floud

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Come beauteous Deyaueira, mount my flioulders^
And fearc not your fafe waftage. JSWjVHf

Here. That done returnc for vs : fairc fteianeira,
White as the garden lilly,pyrcn fnow,
Or rocks of Chriftall hardned by the Sunne:
Thou (halt be made the potent Queene of Thebes>
And all my louiall labours fliall to thee
Be confecrate, as to +s4lcides\o\\z.
Wellplundgc bold Centaure,how thy boyfterous bretl
Plowes vp the ftreames; thou through the fwelling tides,
Sail 'ft with a freight more rich and bcautifull,
Then the beft fhip craro'd with Pangeons gold:
With what afwift dexterity he parts
The mutinous waues, whole waters clafpe him round,
Hee plaies and wantons on the curled ftreames,
And DeyAnira on his flioulders fits
As fafe, as if ftie ftear'd a pine-tree barke.
They grow now towards the fhore; my dub and armei
Tie nrft caft or'e the dcepc Eucnw foord,
But from my fide my quiuer fliall not part,
Nor this my trufty bow.

Deyan. Helpc Hnexlef. Within*

Here, 'Twas Deyuneiraet voyce.

Deyau. The Traytor Neffus
Seekes to defpoile mine honour,/^«^,youGods:
Outtrayterous CentaurerHelpe great Hercules,

Here. Hold, luft-burntCentaure/tis Alcidesc*\$
Or fwtfter then J$ues lightning, my fierce vengeance
Shall ct offc Euemu. Dcjan* Oh,oru

Here. Darftthoudeuill?
Coulcft thou clime Hcauen or finke below the Center
So high,fo low, my vengeance fhould perfue thee^
Hold; if I could butfixethee in my gripes,
Ideteare thy limbes into more Atomies
Then in the Summer play before the Sunne.

IteyaH. Helpe Hercules {out dog) Alcideshzvpt.

Here, fie fend till I can come, this poifonous fljaft

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Shall fpeake my fury and extract thy bloud,
Till I my felfe can crofTc this raging floud. <

Hercules Jboots , and goes in: Enter Nefltumthm *i%<M
through hint) andDeianeira,

Nejf. Thy beauty T>eyaaeira is my death,
And yet that Nejfm dies embracing thee
Takes from my fences all thofe torturing pangucs
That fhouldaffociate death: to fhew I l©ud thee,
Tie lcaue thee, in my will, a legacy;
Shall ftead thee more, then fhould thy father giue thee
Vnto thy Dower the Crownc of folid™.
Of fuch great tertue is my liuing bloud,
And of fach prize, that couldft thou valewk,
Thou wouldft not let one drop fall to the ground?
But oh I die.

Deydn. Teach me to rate it trucly.

Nejf. Now Neffw % ia thy death be aueng'd on him
On whom in life thou couldft not wreake thy rage:
(My bloud is poifon) all thefe pure drops faue,
Which I bequeath thee ere I take my graue:
I know thy Lord lafciuious, bent to luft,
Witneflc the fifty daughters of KingTbefpeiufs,
Whom in one night he did adulterate;
And of thofe fifty begot fifty fonncs:
Now if in all his quefts, he be with-held
By any Ladies loue, and (ray from thee,
Such is the vertue of my bloud now flied,
That if thou dipft afliirt, ftccpt in the lcaft
Of all thefe drops, and fendit it to thy Lord,
No fooner fhall it touch him, but his loue
Shall die to ftrangers, and rcuiue to thee,
Makevfcof this my loue.
Deyan. Centaure,I will.
Nejf, And fo, whom Ne$ta cannot,do thou kill,
Still dying men fpeake true^tis my laft cry,
Saue of my bloud, J tmay fteedc thee ere thou die.

'Dcjan. Th©ughlmy loue miftruft not,yetthi*c©tfnfeli

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Tlcnot defpife : this if my Lord flhould ftray,
Shall to my defolate bed teach him the way.
E titer Hercules,

Here. After long ftrugling with Euenm ftrearncs,
I forc't the riuer beare me on her brerr,
And land me fafely on this further ftrond,
To make an end of what my (haft begunne,
The life of Nefiiu, Hues the Ccntaure yet?

Dejan. Behold him grouelling on the fenceleffe earth, ■
His wounded breafl transfixt by Hercules.

Here. That the luxurious (hue were fencfble
Of torture; not th'infernals with rrfore pangues
Could plague the villaine then tsfleides fhould.
Jawbones rackt on the torturing whecle
Should be a paftime i the three fnakc-hair'd fitters,
That lafh offenders with their whips of fteelc,
Should feeme to dally, when with euery ftring
They cut the flcfii like razors: but the dead
Wee hate to touch, as cowardly and bafe,
And vengeance not becomming Hercuhs.
Come Deyaneir4 3 fitR to confumate
Cur high efpewfals in triumphant Thebes,
That done, our future labours wecle perfue,
And by the affiftance of the powers Diuine,
Striuc to aft more then-/*** can afligne. Exit,

Enter Ho mer.

F^/V^Deyaneira?/»^";TheWes being guided,
ts4nd Hercules efpmfals folemniz>§d.
Hee for hk farther labours foone frouided,
As Iuno by Euritius haddeuifed.
The Apples of Hefp eria fir ft he wan.
Manger huge Atlas that fupports the fpheaten
*And vphilft the Gyant on his bufineffe ran$
Alcides takes his place, and proudly be ares
Iheheauens huge frame', thence into Scithia hies,

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And their the Amazonian Baldricke;««f','

^yconqueringUcm\iip(abrmeprife) I

The warlike Q**™ $ ^ f ore * &' Scithians raignet.

That hee fupportedheauen, doth wellexprejfe

His zAftronomicke skill, knowledge in ftarres:

They that fuchpratiifeknow, what do thej lejfe

Then beare heauens weight: fo of the Lcrnean wanes.

Where he the many-headed Hydra flew,

e^ Se^ptnt of that nature, when his [word

Tar'd off one head, from that another grew.

Thisfiewed his Logickf skill: from euery word

And argument confuted, thirearife

Tromone a multiplicity, therefore we

Poets and fuch as are efieemed wife,

Inftruttthe world by fuch morality.

To conquer Hy^fhowed his powerful! skill

]n dfpnttfion, how to argue well.

(By<dhhatvndcrflandin enftome fitll)

Andin this Art dtd Hercules excell.

Nowws the *j£gypii*n tyrant muslprefent,

Bloudy Bufiris,* king fell andrude,

One that in murder pl/tct his fole content,

With whofe fad death ourfirft tyitlwe conclude.

Enter Bufyr is with his Guard and Prie/fs to facrifice; to thtmtin
flrangersfiuCyns takes them and kjls them vpon the Altar: en-
ter Hercules dfguisd, Bufyris fenfo. 'his guard to apprehend
him, Hercules difcottering himfelfe beates the Guard, kils Bu-
fyris and facrificeth him vpon the Altar ; at which thtrefals a
fhowerofraine y the Priefts offer Hercules the Crowne of ^£*
gypt which he rcfufeth.

Homer. I* <^&gy?t there of long time fell no raine*
Tor which vnto the Orach they fent :
Anfweres return d 9 t hat till one fir anger flaine,
immou'd (hall be the CMarble firmament.
Therefore the Tyrant all thefe fir angers kilt
That enter ^Sgjft^ill Mcides c/imc

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sAnd with the tyrants bulke the isiltarfils :

tAt whofe red /laughter fell a plenteous raine.

For he th^t/f ranger and vfurper was,

Whofe bloudy fate the Oracle forefpake.

*B tit for a while we let Alcidcs pajfe,

Whom thefe ofzs£gypt would their foueraigne moke*

For freeing them from fuch a tyrants rage 5

New Meleager ne xt muff fill our ft age*

A&us 2. Sccena 2*
Enter Venus like a Huntreffejmth Adonis*

Venus. Why doth Adonis flye the Queenc oflouc?
And ftiun this Iuory girdle of my armes?
To be thus fcarft the dreadfull God of wane
Would giue me conquered kingdomes rForakiflc
(But halfe like this) I could command the Sunnc-
Rife 'fore his houre, to bed before his time :
And (being loue-fickc) change his golden beames,
And make his face pale, as his fifter Moone.
Com e,let vs tumble on this violet bankc :
Pre'chee be wanton 5 let vs toy and play,
Thy Icy fingers warme betweene my breafts^
Looke on mc aAdon with a ftedfaft eye*
That in thefe Chrifhll glafTes I may fee
My beauty, that charmes Gods,makcs men amaz'd,
And ftownd with wonder : doth this rofeat pillow
Offend my loue? come,wallow in my lap,
With my white fingers I will clap thy chcckc,
Whifpcr a thoufand pleafures in thine eare.

Adonis. Madame, you are not modeft ; I affect
The vnfeece beauty that adornes the minde.
This loofeneiTe makes you fowle in is€dons eye:
If you will tempt me,lct me in your face
Read ebluiMilneffc, and feare; a modeft blufli
Would make your cheefce feeme much more beautiful!,

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If you will whifper pleafure in mine care,
Praife chaftity , or with your lowd voyce (hrill
The tunes of hornes,afld hunting ; they plcafe beft :
Il'e to the chafe,and leaue you t© the reft.

Venn*. Thou art not man ; yet wer't thou made of ftone,
Ihaueheatetomckthce. IamQueeneof loue,
There is no pra&iue art of dalliance
Of which I am notMiftreffe, and canvfc.
I haue kilTes trm can murder vnkinde words,
And ftrangle hatred 3 that the gall fends forth :
Touches to raife thee,were thy fpirits halfe dead .-
Words that can powrc affection downe thhse eares.
Loueme ! thou canft not chufe,thou (halt not chufe.
Am I not Venmt Hadft thou Cufids arrowcs,
I (hould haue tooke thee to haue becne my foane :
Art thou fo like him,and yet canft not loue?
I thinke you are brothers.

aAdonis. Madame,you wooe not well,mea couetnot
Thefe proffered pleasures ; but loue-fwcets deny M :
What I command,that cloyes my appetite 5
But what I cannot comeby I adore,
Thefe proftituted pleafures iiirfet (till,
Wheres feare,or doubt,men fuc with belt goad will.

Venm. Thou canft inftrudt the Queene of loue in loue.
Thou (halt not (lAdon) take me by the hand $
Yet if thou needs wilt force me,theres my palmc.
ire frowne onhim (alas/ my brow's fofmooth


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