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When Scortching Phæbus.

[Page 313 of MS.]

Venus went to hunt,

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WHEN scorching Phoebus he did mount, —

to-Iaur bonne tannce,2then Lady Venus went to hunt,

par

melio shannce ;3
to whom diana 4 did resort,
with [a]ll the Ladyes 5 of hills & valleys,

of springs & ffloodes,
to shew where 6 all the princely sport,
with hound imbrued, & harts pursued,

throughe groues & woodes.
This tender barted louers Queene,-

to-iour bonne tannce,
such wandring sports had seldome seene,

par

melio shance.
shee tooke noe pleasure in the same,
to see hounds

merry,

&
pore
harts

werrye
ffor want of breath.
quoth shee, “I like better that game
where ladyes bewtyes do pay their dutyes

to loues sweete death."

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She was dry,

They aire was hott, & shee was drye,–

to-iour bonne tannce ;and went to

to Bacchus court shee fast did hyeBacchus 24

par melio shance· The Birth of Priapus. a little loose. Qu.-P. Evidently parmi les champs.-P.

W. L. B. 2 Tous-jours bon temps, or beau temps. 4 The old English word for Nymphs. Qu.-P.

-P. 3 Par meilleur Chance or Champs. 5 With all the L'.-P. 6 her.--P.

her ffaint & weary hart (to'] cheirsh,
which was soe fyered, that shee descryed ?

to quench her thirst,
& cryed,helpe Bacchus, or else I perish!”
who still did hold her, & plainly told her

he wold 3 kisse her ffirst.

to quench her thirst.

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She did,

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Att last this butte did run a tilte

to-iour bonne tance.-
quoth shee, “ one drop shall not be spilt,

par melio shance,
ffor itt doth pleasing tast soe well,
my hart doth will me ffor to fill me

of this sweete Vine;
I wold that I might alwayes dwell

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in this ffaire Arbor! heeres soe good harbor,

& pleasant wine.”

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and drank

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Shee drunke soe long, ere shee had done,

to-iour bonne tance,her belly swelled like a tunn,

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melio shance.

į to.-P.
? desyred.-P.
3 he'd.-P.

4 Turn'd himself.-P.
5 Which was so sp.-P.
6 taste.-P.

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who she

His emptye caske wold yeeld noe more,–

to-iour bonne tannce,ffor shee had sucked itt ffull sore,

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melio shance.
quoth she 1 "god Bacchus, change thy shape;
ffor now thy rigour, & all thy vigour,
Is cleane decayd.

(page 314)
behold [thou] here this new borne babe,
who when he is proued, heele 2 be beloued

of wiffe & maide.”

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This bellye god that wold be drunke

to-iour bonne tannce,-
and being a goddesse, proued a punke,3

par melyo shance,
her lusty bastarde stiffe & stronge,
was made & framed, & alsoe named,

god Bacchus heyre.
he had a nose 3 handfull Long,
with one eye bleared, & all besmeard

about with hayre.

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He is the god of rich & poore

to-iour bonne tannce ;he openeth euery womans doore,

par melio shance ;

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| MS. the.-F. Quoth she, God.-P. 2 will.-P.

3 Thus of a Goddess made a punk.-P.

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