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I bless the time,
Now Jove afford you cause :
way, as you did. O, the fates !
Apprehend Nothing but jollity. The gods themselves, Humbling their deities to love, have taken The shapes of beasts upon them : Jupiter Became a bull, and bellow'd; the green Neptune A ram, and bleated; and the fire-robed god, Golden Apollo, a poor humble swain, As I seem now. Their transformations Were never for a piece of beauty rarer, Nor in a way so chaste; since
O, but, sir,
11. e, of rank.
Which then will speak; that you must change this
purpose, Or I my
O lady Fortune,
Enter SHEPHERD, with POLIXENES and CAMILLO dis
guised ; clown, MOPSA, DORCAS, and others. Flo.
See, your guests approach : Address yourself to entertain them sprightly, And let's be red with mirth. Shep. Fie, daughter! when my old wife lived,
upon This day she was both pantler, butler, cook ; Both dame and servant; welcomed all, served all ; Would sing her song, and dance her turn; now
end o’the table; now, i' the middle; On his shoulder, and his; her face o' fire With labor; and the thing, she took to quench it, She would to each one sip. You are retired, As if you were a feasted one, and not The hostess of the meeting. Pray you, bid These unknown friends to us welcome; for it is A way to make us better friends, more known. Come, quench your blushes, and present yourself That which you are, mistress o’the feast. Come on, And bid us welcome to your sheep-shearing, As your good flock shall
Welcome, sir! [to Pol. It is my father's will, I should take on me The hostess-ship o' the day.—You 're welcome, sir !
[to Camillo. Give me those flowers there, Dorcas.-Reverend
and rue; these keep
Sir, the year growing ancient. Not yet on summer's death, nor on the birth
1 Beauty and fragrance.