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of him, thou shalt be soone deliuered from these passions, by the milde entrea∣ties of my Shepherd Syluanus here, and of my selfe. But it is needlesse to make this Shepherd Syrenus, a meane and intercessour for thee, bicause he is the most iniurious rebell to loue that dwels in these villages here abouts. O Iupiter, said Faustus! Is it possible that I inioy the thing before mine eies that (next to my most soueraigne Shepherdesse) I desired to see, whose loues haue wearied fame so much in euerie place? I was about to aske you who you were, and which way you trauelled, wherein it onely remaines for you to satisfie my desire, since of the first I am not ignorant. Although first I would rather aduise thee Syrenus (for keeping my promise to Cupid) and pray thee besides (hauing mature consideration to his inuincible might) to fol∣low and obey him, and to beware to rebell against his soueraigntie, bicause thou maist not say, that I haue not warned thee before. I thanke thee for thy good will said Syrenus, but for thy coūsel I care not. Well (said Faustus) herein I haue discharged my duty, & thou maist do what thou thinkest best. But yet take heed least somtimes here∣after thou beest not punished like my selfe. But then Syrenus, bicause he would not haue him talke any more of that matter, told him whither they went, but could not tell him of their returne. I am sorrie for that (said Faustus) bicause at your returne I would willingly goe with you to see the vngratefull Shepherdesse Dians, whom I haue heard woonderfully commended for beautie and fine graces, and to behold in what hart such forgetfulnes could harbour, hoping (that if, for the great desire I haue to see her, I stay here till your returne to accompanie you home) thou w•… not be angrie Syrenus. Not I, said Syrenus, but as I must warne you to take heed; so must I tell you, that this counsell is better for you, then that which you gaue me. In these and other speeches they passed the time away, vntill the hower of their departure came, wherein with profered courtesies, and gentle offers on both sides they went euerie one his way.

With some small force yet went vermillion Apollo shining ouer the face of our old mother, when the three Shepherds, comming neere to the Iland where they had beene before at their last departure, did see a companie of people together, and as they came neerer to them, knew it was Felicia, & some of her Nymphes, with Don Felix, and his Lady Felismena. Not a little amazed thereat, they staied, and percei∣ued how they came guiding their steps towardes them. But they maruelled verie much to see them come so silent, and not talking a worde. But Felicia being come, and the Shepherds, hauing in dutifull sort saluted her and the rest, asked her the cause of their comming that way, and of their vnwoonted silence. Whom she an∣swered saying. The desire I haue (my friendly Shepherds) to pleasure Lord Felix and Felismena, and the loue I beare to you, to giue you all possible content, hath mooued me to bring them hither against your comming, bicause you might in so delightfull a place as this, recreate your mindes altogither. The cause of my com∣ming in such silent sort, and without any singing of these louers, or of my Nymphes is, bicause their noise may not depriue both them, and you of a sight woorthie the marking, which shal by & by ensue: wherby you shall know, that as you your selues are not onely in loue, so all alone you do not suffer troubles and sorrowes for your deerest loues: And therfore I will you all to follow me as softly as you can. The La∣dy then going vp with her companie along the Spring in the Iland (the way which I said before did lead to the pleasant meade where the fountaine of the Laurell trees was) came vnawares to the very entrance of it: The which Lord Felix and his belo∣ued Ladie (not hauing seene that place before) imagined it to be some earthly para∣dise,


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