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The bankes ore which gold-bearing Tagus flowes.
Kneele hindes to trash: me let bright Phæbvs fwell,
With cups full flowing from the Myses well.
Frost-fearing myrtle Mall impale my head,
And of fad louers Ile be often read.
"Enuie, the liuing, not the dead, doth bite:
For after death all men receiue their right.
Then, when this bodie fals in funerall fire,
My name shall liue, and my best part aspire.


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Tvcca, Lvovs, Pyrgys.



Our name shall liue indeed, sir; you say true: but

how infamously, how scorn'd and contemn'd in

the eyes and eares of the best and grauest Romanes, that you thinke not on: you neuer so much as dreame of that. Are these the fruits of all my trauaile and expenses? is this the scope and aime of thy studies ? are these the hopefull courses, wherewith I haue so long flattered my expectation from thee? verses? poetrie? OVID, whom I thought to see the pleader, become Ovid the play-maker?

Ovid iu. No, fir.

OVID. se. Yes, fir. I heare of a tragedie of yours comming foorth for the common players there, call'd MEDEA. By my houshold-gods, if I come to the acting of it, Ile adde one tragick part, more then is yet expected, to it: beleeue me when I promise it. What? shall I haue my sonne a ftager now? an enghle for



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players? a gull ? a rooke? a fhot-clogge? to make suppers, and bee laught at? PVBLIVS, I will set thee on the funerall pile, first.

Ovid iu. Sir, I beseech you to haue patience.

Lvsc. Nay, this tis to haue your eares damm'd vp to good counsell. I did augure all this to him aforehand, without poring into an oxes panch for the matter, and yet he would not be scrupulous. [280] Tvcc. How now, good man slaue? what, rowle powle? all riualls, rascall? why my Master, of worship, do'st heare? Are these thy best proiects? is this thy desseignes and thy discipline, to suffer knaues to bee competitors with commanders and gentlemen ? are wee paralells, rascall? are wee paralells?

OVID. se. Sirrah, goe get my horses ready. You'll still be prating

Tvcc. Doe, you perpetuall stinkard, doe, goe, talke to tapsters and oftlers, you slaue, they are i’ your element, goe: here bee the Emperours captaines, you raggamuffin rascall; and not your cam’rades.

Lvov. Indeed, MARcvs OviD, these players are an idle generation, and doe much harme in a state, corrupt yong gentrie very much, I know it: I haue not beene a Tribune thus long, and obseru'd nothing: besides, they will rob vs, vs, that are magistrates, of our respeet, bring vs vpon their stages, and make vs ridiculous to the plebeians; they will play you, or me, the wisest men they can come by ftill; me: only to bring vs in contempt with the vulgar, and make vs cheape.

TvCC. Th’art in the right, my venerable cropshin, they will indeede: the tongue of the oracle neuer twang'd truer. Your courtier cannot kiffe his mistris slippers, in quiet, for 'hem: nor your white innocent gallant pawne his reuelling fute, to make his punke a





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supper. An honest decayed commander, cannot skelder, cheat, nor be seene in a bawdie house, but he shall be straight in one of their wormewood comedies. They are growne licentious, the rogues; libertines, flat liber

55 tines. They forget they are i’ the statute, the rascals, they are blazond there, there they are trickt, they and their pedigrees; they neede no other heralds, Iwiffe.

OVID. se. Mee thinkes, if nothing else, yet this alone, the very reading of the publike edicts should 60 fright thee from commerce with them; and giue thee distaste enough of their actions. But this betrayes what a student you are: this argues your proficiencie in the law. Ovid. iu. They wrong mee, sir, and doe abuse you 65

That blow your eares with these vntrue reports.
I am not knowne ynto the open stage,
Nor doe I traffique in their theaters.
Indeed, I doe acknowledge, at request
Of some neere friends, and honorable Romanes,

70 I haue begunne a poeme of that nature.

Ovid. se. You haue, fir, a poeme? and where is't? that's the law you studie.

Ovid. iu. CORNELIVS GALLvs borrowed it to reade.

Ovid. se. CORNELIUS GALLVS? There's another 75 gallant, too, hath drunke of the same poison: and TIBVLLVS, and PROPERTIVS. But these are gentlemen of meanes, and reuenew now. Thou art a yonger brother, and hast nothing, but thy bare exhibition : which I protest shall bee bare indeed, if thou forsake 80 not these vnprofitable by-courses, and that timely too. Name me a profest poet, that his poetrie did euer afford [281] him so much as a competencie. I, your god of poets there (whom all of you admire and reuerence so

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much) HOMER, he whole worme-eaten statue must not 85 bee spewd against, but with hallowed lips, and groueling adoration, what was he? what was he?

Tvcc. Mary, I'le tell thee, old swaggrer; He was a poore, blind, riming rascall, that liu'd obscurely vp and downe in boothes, and taphouses, and scarce euer

90 made a good meale in his sleepe, the whoorson hungrie begger.

Ovid. fe. He faies well: Nay, I know this nettles you now, but answere me; Is't not true? you'le tell me his name shall liue; and that (now being dead) his 95 workes haue eternis'd him, and made him diuine. But could this diuinitie feed him, while he liu'd Could his name feast him?

Tvcc. Or purchase him a Senators reuenue? could it?

OVID se. I, or giue him place in the common- 100 wealth? worship, or attendants? make him be carried in his litter?

Tvcc. Thou speakest sentences, old BIAS.

LVPV. All this the law will doe, yong fir, if youle follow it.

105 OVID. se. If he be mine, hee shall follow and obserue, what I will apt him too, or, I professe here openly, and vtterly to disclaime in him. Ovid. iu. Sir, let me craue you will, forgoe these

I will be any thing, or studie any thing:
I'le proue the vnfashion'd body of the law
Pure elegance, and make her ruggedst straines
Runne smoothly, as PROPERTIVS elegies.

Ovid. se. PROPERTIVS elegies? good!
Lvov. Nay, you take him too quickly, Marcvs. 115

Ovid. se. Why, he cannot speake, he cannot thinke out of poetrie, he is bewitcht with it.

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Ovid. se. Mif-prize? I, mary, I would haue him vse some such wordes now: They haue fome touch, 120 fome taste of the law. Hee should make himselfe a stile out of these, and let his PROPERTIVS elegies goe by.

Lvov. Indeed, yong PvBLivs, he that will now hit the marke, must shoot thorough the law, we haue no other planet raignes, & in that spheare, you may sit, and 125 sing with angels. Why, the law makes a man happy, without respecting any other merit: a simple scholer, or none at all may be a lawyer.

Tvcc. He tells thee true, my noble Neophyte; my little Grammaticaster, he do's: It shall neuer put thee 130 to thy Mathematiques, Metaphysiques, Philofophie, and I know not what suppos'd fufficiencies; If thou canst but haue the patience to plod inough, talke, and make noise inough, be impudent inough, and 'tis inough. Lvpv. Three bookes will furnish you.

135 Tvcc. And the lefse arte, the better: Besides, when it shall be in the power of thy cheu'rill conscience, to doe right, or wrong, at thy pleasure, my pretty AlciBIADES. (282) Lvov. I, and to haue better men then himselfe, by 140 many thousand degrees, to obserue him, and stand bare.

Tvcc. True, and he to carry himselfe proud, and stately, and haue the law on his fide for't, old boy.

Ovid. se. Well, the day growes old, gentlemen, and I must leaue you. Pvblivs, if thou wilt hold my favour, 145 abandon these idle fruitlesse studies that so bewitch thee. Send IANvs home his back-face againe, and looke only forward to the law: Intend that. I will allow thee, what shall sute thee in the ranke of gentlemen, and maintaine thy societie with the best: and vnder these 150 conditions, I leaue thee. My blessings light vpon thee, if thou respect them: if not, mine eyes may drop for thee, but thine owne heart wil ake for it felfe; and so farewel. What, are my horses come?

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