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Th'infected bulke of ENVIE can afford :
Drop into earth; let me be euer blind.
haue indow'd you with: Ile lend you more.
Traduce, corrupt, apply, enforme, suggest:
Nay, then I doe despaire: downe, sinke againe.
The third founding
Tay, Monster, ere thou sinke, thus on thy head
Set we our bolder foot; with which we tread
Thy malice into earth: So spight should die,  Despisd and scorn'd by noble industrie. If any muse why I salute the stage,
5 An armed Prologue; know, 't is a dangerous age: Wherein, who writes, had need present his Scenes Fortie fold-proofe against the coniuring meanes Of base detractors, and illiterate apes, That fill vp roomes in faire and formall shapes. 'Gainst these, haue we put on this forc't defence: Whereof the allegorie and hid fence Is, that a well erected confidence Can fright their pride, and laugh their folly hence. Here now, put case our Authour should, once more, Sweare that his play were good; he doth implore, You would not argue him of arrogance: How ere that common spawne of ignorance,
54 enforce 1640, 1692, 1716, W 61 Descends' slowly. G, N
The ... founding.) om. O PROLOGVE.] PROLOGVS Q As she disappears, enter Prologue hastily, in armour. G Enter PROLOGUE hastily. N
Our frie of writers, may beslime his fame,
Act 1. Scene 1.
Hen, when this bodie falls in funerall fire,
My name shall liue, and my best part aspire.
It shall goe so. Lvsc. Young master, master Ovid, doe you heare? gods a mee! away with your songs, and sonnets; and 5 on with your gowne and cappe, quickly: here, here, your father will be a man of this roome presently. Come, nay, nay, nay, nay, be briefe. These verses too, a poyson on 'hem, I cannot abide 'hem, they make mee readie to cast, by the bankes of helicon. Nay looke, 10 what a rascally vntoward thing this poetrie is; I could teare 'hem now.
OVID. Giue me, how neere's my father?
Lvsc. Hart a'man: get a law-booke in your hand, I will not answere you else. Why so: now there's 15
ACTVS PRIMVS. SCENA PRIMA. Q Ad ... Lvscvs.] Scene draws, and discovers Ovid in his study. G Ovid discovered in his study. N
i Ovid, 1716+ 3 Enter Luscus with a gown and cap. G Enter Luscus, N 5 Gods a'me N (regularly) 'hem] 'em 'em 1692, 1716, W 'em them G 15 else] [Ovid puts on his cap and gown.] G
some formalitie in you. By love, and three or foure of
Lvsc. No, but I haue bootes on, sir, and so ha's your father too by this time: for he call'd for 'hem, ere I came from the lodging.
Ovid. Why? was he no readier?
Lvsc. O no; and there was the madde skeldring captaine, with the veluet armes, readie to lay hold on him as hee comes downe: he that presses euerie man he meets, with an oath, to lend him money, and cries; (Thou must doo't, old boy, as thou art a man, a man of worship.)
OVID. Who? PANTILIVS TVCCA?
Lvsc. I, hee: and I met little master Lvovs, the Tribune, going thither too.
OVID. Nay, and he be vnder their arrest, I may (with safetie inough) reade ouer my elegie, before he come.
Lvsc. Gods a mee! What'll you doe? why, young master, you are not caftalian mad, lunatike, frantike, desperate? ha?
OVID. What ailest thou, Lvscvs?
Lvsc. God be with you, sir, I'le leaue you to your poeticall fancies, and furies. I'le not be guiltie, I. Ovid. Be not, good ignorance: I'm glad th’art
gone : For thus alone, our eare shall better judge The hastie errours of our morning muse.
30–1 ( ) om., words italicized, Q 35 and] an' 1716, W (regularly) an G, N, (uniformly) 43 (Exit. G, N. 46 morning] Moning I692
Ouid. Lib. I. Amo. Ele. 15.
And callst my verse, fruits of an idle quill?
Or that (vnlike the line from whence I sprung)
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Ouid. .. 15.) om. G, N 70 flame 1716+