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IRIS

   Of her society
Be not afraid. I met her deity
Cutting the clouds towards Paphos, and her son
Dove-drawn with her. Here thought they to have done
95Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
Whose vows are that no bed-right shall be paid
Till Hymen’s torch be lighted—but in vain.
Mars’s hot minion is returned again.
Her waspish-headed son has broke his arrows,
100Swears he will shoot no more, but play with sparrows
And be a boy right out.

IRIS

Don’t be afraid of her company. I met Venus as she was with her son on her way to her home on Paphos, in a carriage pulled by doves. They were planning to pull a mischievous trick on Ferdinand and Miranda, who have sworn not to sleep together till their wedding day. But their trick failed. Venus went home again, and her little son broke all his arrows, swearing he’ll never shoot them again, but play with birds like other little boys.

CERES

    Highest queen of state,
Great Juno, comes. I know her by her gait.

CERES

Great Queen Juno is coming. I know her by her walk.
JUNO descends to the stage
JUNO comes down to the stage.

JUNO

How does my bounteous sister? Go with me
To bless this twain that they may prosperous be,
105And honored in their issue.

JUNO

How is my generous sister? Come help me bless this couple, so they will be prosperous and have many children.
They sing
They sing.

JUNO

(sings)
Honor, riches, marriage, blessing,
Long continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you.
Juno sings her blessings on you.

JUNO

(singing)
May honor, riches, marriage blessings,
Long life, and unending joys come to you.
Juno sings her blessings onto you.