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The complete works of John Lyly (v. 2)

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Pages: 438

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Lyly

Excerpt from book: on lust, but they make the teeth an edge, and loue desired in the budde, not knowing what the blossome were, may delight the con- ceiptes of the head, but it will destroye the contemplature of the heart. What I speake now is of meere good-will, and yet vpon small 5 presumption, but in things which come on the sodaine, one cannot be too warye to preuent, or too curious to mystrust: for thou art in a place, eyther to make thee hated for vice, or loued for vertue, and as thou reuerencest the one before the other, so in vprightnesse of lyfe shewe it. Thou hast good friendes, which by thy lewde 10 delights, thou mayst make great enimies, and heauy foes, which by thy well doing thou mayst cause to be earnest abettors of thee, in matters that nowe they canuasse agaynst thee. And so I leaue thee, meaning herafter to beare the reign of thy brydell in myne hands: if I see thee head stronge: And so he 15 departed. I gaue him great thanks, and glad I was we wer parted : for his putting loue into my minde, was like the throwing of Buglosse into wine, which encreaseth in him that drinketh it a desire of lust, though it mittigate the force of drunkennesse. 10 I now fetching a windlesse, that I myght better haue a shoote, was preuented with ready game, which saued me some labour, but gained me no quiet. And I would gentlemen y' you could feel the like impressions in your myndes at the rehersall of my mishappe, as I did passions at the entring into it. If euer you loued, you 25 haue found the like, if euer you shall loue, you shall taste no lesse. But he so eger of an end, as one leaping ouer a stile before hee ceme to it, desired few parentheses or digressions or gloses, but the text, wher he him-self, was coting in the margant. Then said Fidus, thus it fell out. 30 It was my...  

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