¶ The Shepheards description of Loue. +
Melibeus. S Hepheard, what’s Loue, I pray thee tell?
Faustus. It is that Fountaine, and that Well, Where pleasure and repentance dwell, It is perhaps that sauncing bell, +(5) That toules all into heauen or hell, And this is loue as I heard tell.
Meli. Yet what is Loue, I pre-thee say?
Fau. It is a worke on holy-day, It is December match’d with May, (10) When lustie-bloods in fresh aray, Heare ten moneths after of the play, And this is Loue, as I heare say.
Meli. Yet what is Loue, good Shepheard saine?
Fau. It is a Sun-shine mixt with raine, (15) It is a tooth-ach, or like paine, It is a game, where none doth gaine, The Lasse saith no, and would full faine: +And this is Loue, as I heare saine.
Meli. Yet Shepheard, what is Loue, I pray?
Fau. (20) It is a yea, it is a nay, A pretty kind of sporting fray, It is a thing will soone away, Then Nimphs take vantage while ye may: And this is Loue as I heare say.
Meli. (25) Yet what is Loue, good Shepheard show?
Fau. A thing that creepes, it cannot goe, A prize that passeth to and fro, A thing for one, a thing for moe, And he that prooues shall finde it so; (30) And Shepheard this is loue I trow.