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  • Title: Galathea (Modern)
  • Editor: David Bevington

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    Author: John Lyly
    Editor: David Bevington
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    Galathea (Modern)

    [Enter] Neptune alone.
    This day is the solemn sacrifice at this tree, wherein the fairest virgin 830(were not the inhabitants faithless) should be offered unto me. But so over-careful are fathers to their children that they forget the safety of their country, and, fearing to become unnatural, become unreasonable. Their sleights may blear men; deceive me they cannot. I will be here at the hour, and show as great cruelty as they have done craft, and well shall they know that Neptune should have been entreated, not cozened.