The. xi. bookes of the Golden asse conteininge the Metamorphosie of Lucius Apuleius, enterlaced with sondrie pleasaunt and delectable tales, with an excellent narration of the mariage of Cupide and Psiches, set out in the. iiii. v. and vj. bookes. Translated out of Latine into Englishe by VVilliam Adlington.
Apuleius., Adlington, William, fl. 1566.
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¶How Fotis tolde to Apuleius, what Witchcratie her Mistris did vse:

Cap. 15.

WHen I was a bedde I beganne to cal to minde al the sorrowes and griefes that I was in the day before vntill such time as my loue Fotis (hauinge brought her Mistris to sléepe) came into the chamber not as she was wonte doo, for she séemed no∣thinge pleasant neither in countenance nor talke, but with a sower face & frowning looke, gan speake in this sorte. Verely, I confesse that I haue bene the occasion of all thy trouble this day, and therewithall she pulled out a whippe from vnder her apron, and deliuered it to me saying, reuenge thy selfe of me mischieuous har∣lotte or rather slea me. And thinke you not that I did willingly procure this anguishe and sorrow vnto you I call the Goddes to witnesse. For I had rather suffer mine owne bodie to be punished, then that you should receaue or sustaine any harme by my meanes, but that whiche I did was by the commaundement of an other, and wrought (as I thought) for some other, but be∣holde the vnlucky chaunce fortuned on you by mine euil occasion. Then I very curious & desirous to know the matter, answeared: in faith ({quod} I) this moste pesti∣lent & euill fauoured whippe (whiche thou hast brought to scourge thée withall) shall firste be broken in a thou∣sande pieces, then that it should touch or hurte thy de∣licate and deintie skinne, but I pray you tell me, how haue you bene the cause and meane of my trouble and sorrowe. For I dare sweare by the loue that I beare vnto you, & I will not be perswaded (though you your selfe shoulde endeuour the same) that euer you wente about to trouble or harme me: Perhappes sometimes Page  29 you imagined an euill thought in your minde, whiche afterwardes you reuoked but that is not to be déemed as a crime. When I had spoken these woordes, I per∣ceaued by Fotis eies beinge wette with teares, and welnie closed vp, that she had a desire vnto pleasure, and specially because she embraced & kissed me swéete∣ly. And when she was somwhat restored vnto ioye she desired me that she might first shutte the chāber doore, least by the vntemperance of her tongue in vtteringe any vnsittinge woordes there might growe further in∣conuenience. Wherewithall she barred and propped the doore and came to me againe, and embrasing me lo∣uingly about the necke with both her armes, spake wt a softe voice and saide, I doo greatly feare to discouer the priuities of this house, and to vtter the secrete mi∣steries of my Dame: But I haue suche a confidence in you and in your wisedome, by reason that you ar come of so noble a ligne and endewed with so profounde sa∣pience, and further enstructed in so many holy & diuine thinges, that you will faithfully kéepe silence, and that what so euer I shall reueale or declare vnto you, you woulde close them within the bottome of your hart, and neuer discouer the same: for I ensure you the loue that I beare vnto you enforceth me to vtter it. Now shall you knowe all the estate of our house, nowe shall you knowe the hidden secreates of my Mistris, vnto whome the powers of Hell doo obaye, and by whome the celestiall Planettes are troubled, the Goddes made weake, and the Elements subdued, nei∣ther is the violence of her arte in more strength and force, then when she espieth some comely yonge man that pleaseth her fancie as oftētimes it happeneth. For nowe she loueth one Beotian a fayre and beautifull Page  [unnumbered] person, on whome she employeth all her sorcery & en∣chauntment, & I harde her say with mine owne eares yesternight, that (if the Sunne had not then presently gone downe, & the Hight come to minister conuenient time to woorke her Magicall enticementes) she would haue brought perpetuall darknes ouer all the worlde her self. And you shall know that when she saw yester∣night this Beotian sittinge at the barbours a polinge, when she came from the baines, she secretely cōmaun∣ded me to gather some of the heare of his head, whiche lay dispersed vpon the grounde, and to bringe it honie: whiche when I thought to haue done, the Barbour espied me, and by reason it was bruted thorough out all the Citie that we weare Witches and enchantres∣ses, he cried out, and said: Will you neuer leaue of stea∣linge of yonge mens heares? In faith I assure you vn∣lesse you cease your wicked sorceries, I will complaine to y Iustices: wherwithall he came angerly towardes me, & toke away the heare whiche I had gathered, out of mine apron, whiche grieued me very muche. For I knew my mistris manners, that she would not be con∣tented, but beate me cruelly. Wherfore I entended to runne away, but the remembrance of you put alwaies that thought out of my minde, & so I came homewarde very sorowfull, but because I would not séeme to come in my mistris sight with emptie handes, I sawe a man shearynge of blowen goate skinnes, and the heare that he had shorne of was yellow, and much resembled the heare of Beotian: And I toke a good deale thereof, and colouringe the matter, brought it to my Mistris. And so when night came, before your retorne frō sup∣per, she (to bringe her purpose to passe) wente vp to a high gallery of her house, openyng to the East parte of Page  30 the worlde, and preparinge her selfe accordinge to her accustomed practise, she gathered together all her sub∣stance for fumigatiōs, she brought forth plates of met∣tall carued with straunge charecters, she prepared the bones of such as were drowned by tempest in the seas, she made reddy the mēbers of dead men, as their nose∣thrilles and fingers, She sette out the lumpes of flesh of suche as weare hanged, the bloudde whiche she had reserued of such as weare slaine, and the iawe bones, & téeth of wilde beastes, then she said certaine charmes ouer the heare, and dipped it in diuers waters, as in well water, cowe milke, mountaine hony and other li∣cour, whiche when she had done she tied and lapped it vp together, and with many perfumes and smelles threw it into a whote fire to burne. Then by the great force of this sorcerie, and the violence of so many con∣fections, those bodies (whose heare was burnyng in the fire) receaued humaine shape, and felte, hard, and wal∣ked. And (smellinge the sent of their owne heare) came and rappid at our doores in stéede of Boetius. Thē you beinge well tippled, & deceaued by the obscuritie of the night, drewe out your swoorde couragiously, like furi∣ous Aiax, and killed, (not as he did the whole hearde of beastes) but thrée blowen skinnes, to the intent that I after the slaughter of so many enemies without effusiō of bloud, might embrace and kisse not an homicide but an Vtricide: thus when I was pleasantly mocked and taunted by Fotis, I said vnto her: Verely, now may I for this atchieued enterprise be numbred, as Hercules who by his valiaunt prowesse perfourmed the twelue notable labours, as Gerion with thrée bodies, and as Cerberus with thrée heades. For I haue saine thrée blowen geate skinnes, but to the ende that I may par∣don Page  [unnumbered] thée of that whiche thou hast committed, performe the thinge whiche I shall most earnestly desire of thée, that is, bringe me that I may sée and beholde when thy Mistris goeth about any Sorcerie or enchauntment, and when she prayeth vnto the Goddes, for I am ve∣rie desirous to learne that arte, and as it séemeth vnto me, thou thy selfe haste some experience in the same. For this I knowe and plainely féele, that (whereas I haue alwaies yrked and lothed the embrasinges and loue of Matrones) I am so stryken and subdued, with thy shininge eyes, ruddy chéekes, glitteringe heare, swéete cosses and lillie white pappes, that I neither haue minde to goe home, nor to departe hense, but estéeme the pleasure whiche I shall haue with thée this night, aboue all the ioyes of the worlde: Then ({quod} she) O my Lucius how willinge would I be to fulfill your desire, but by reason she is so hated, she getteth her selfe into solitary places, and out of the presence of e∣uerie person when she mindeth to woorke her enchant∣mentes, how be it I regarde more to gratifie your re∣quest, then I doo estéeme the daunger of my life: and when I sée oportunitie and time I wil assuredly bring you woorde, so that you shall sée all her enchauntment, but alwaies vpon this condicion that ye secreately keepe close suche thinges as are done: thus as we rea∣soned together the courage of Venus assayled aswell our desires as our members: And so she vnrayed her selfe and came to bedde, and we passed the nighte in pastime and dalliance, till as by drowsie and vnlustie sléepe I was constrained to lie still.