1591 Greene

Robert Greene, Farewell to Folly. Sent to courtiers and scholars as a precedent to warn them from the vain delights that draws youth on to repentance. Sero sed serio, London, By Thomas Scarlet for T. Gubbin and T. Newman, 1591, sig. F4v.

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And therefore, quoth the Ladie Frances, within the compass of folly, for this I remember that Anacrion saith, Cupid was deprived of his sight not by nature but by injurie, for the Gods summoning a parliament, whereat appeared all the heavenly deities, Cupid by hap, or rather by fatall presence of the destinies, met with Folly, who surcharged with overweening passions, began to dispute of their severall powers, the boy not able to brooke comparisons, bent his bow, and was ready to discharge an arrowe against Folly, but she being readier furnished with wepons, neither regarding his youth, beautie, nor deitie, scratched out his eies, in requital whereof she was by the Gods appointed his guide.Then by this, quoth Peratio, there is no love without folly. That I denie, answered the Ladie Frances, for true and perfect love is beyonds the deitie of Cupid, and therefore without the compass of follie. But such love as you yong Gentlemen use, that hath as great a confusion of passions, as Ovid’s chaos had of simples, is that which I meane, in truth it is lust, but shadowed with the name of love, which rightly Euripides calleth a furie.

Dans ce dialogue publié en 1591 par le traducteur (1584) du "Debat de Folie et d'Amour", un bref résumé du "Debat" est placé dans la bouche du personnage nommé "Lady Frances".