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To hang her, meteor-like, 'twixt heaven and earth,
Gan. Might I but see that pretty sport a-foot,
Jup. What is't, sweet wag, I should deny thy youth?
1 “This expression is well illustrated by Titian's [?] picture (in the National Gallery) of the rape of Ganymede.--In Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, act v. sc. 2, we have,
*A lady walld-about with diamonds !'"-Dyce. 2 This speech is undoubtedly by Marlow, but it is curious that Nashe, in Summer's Last Will and Testament speaks of the amusement caused, among the gods by the sight of Vulcan's dancing :-"To make the gods merry the celestial clown Vulcan tuned his polt foot to the measures of Apollo's lute, and danced a limping galliard in Jove's starry hall." (Hazlitt's Dodsley, viii. 91). In both passages there is perhaps an allusion to the lines in the first book of the Iliad (599-600), describing how “unquenchable laughter rose among the blessed gods when they saw Hephæstus limping through the hall."
And my nine daughters sing when thou art sad;
[Plucks a feather from Hermes' wings. Do thou but say, “their colour pleaseth me.” Hold here, my little love; these linked gems,
[Gives jewels. My Juno ware upon her marriage-day, Put thou about thy neck, my own sweet heart, And trick thy arms and shoulders with
theft. Gan. I would have a jewel for mine ear, And a fine brooch to put in[to] my hat, And then I'll hug with you an hundred times. Jup. And shall have, Ganymede, if thou wilt be my
Ven. I, this is it: you can sit toying there,
billow's pride. Juno, false Juno, in her chariot's pomp, Drawn through the heavens by steeds of Boreas'
brood, Made Hebe to direct her airy wheels
Into the windy country of the clouds ;
Jup. Content thee, Cytherea, in thy care,
2 The stars were the children of Astræus and Eos. See Hesiod, Theogony, ll. 381-2.
3 These rhyming lines are suggestive of Nashe.
Since thy Æneas' wandering fate is firm,
eyes with his engraven fame.
Parce metu, Cytherea ; manent immota tuorum
Virg. Æn. i. 257-8.
Virg. Æn. i. 272-3. 3 “Donec regina sacerdos Marte gravis geminam partu dabit Ilia prolem."
Virg. Æn, i. 273.
Shall yield to dignity a double birth,
Ven. How may I credit these thy flattering terms,
Jup. I will take order for that presently. -
[Exit HERMES. Venus, farewell: thy son shall be our care.— Come, Ganymede, we must about this gear.
(Exeunt JUPITER and GANYMEDE. Ven.3 Disquiet seas, lay down your swelling looks, And court Æneas with your calmy cheer, Whose beauteous burden well might make you proud, Had not the heavens, conceiv'd with hell-born clouds, Veil'd his resplendent glory from your view: For my sake, pity him, Oceanus, That erst-while issu'd from thy watery loins, And had my being from thy bubbling froth. Triton, I know, hath filled his trump with Troy,
130 And therefore will take pity on his toil,
1 Probably a misspelling of “eternise."