FLAVIANUS. Was it not in Helicon, dear Autobulus, that those discourses were held concerning Love, which— whether thou hast already set them down in writing, or still carriest them in thy memory, as having often desired them from thy father—we are now in expectation that thou wilt recite to us, at our importunate request?

AUTOBULUS. I was in Helicon, dear Flavianus, among the Muses, at what time the Thespians performed the Erotic solemnities. For they celebrate every four years certain games and festivals very magnificent and splendid in honor of Cupid, as well as of the Muses.

FLAV. Know'st thou then what it is we all desire at thy hands, as many as are gathered here together to be thy auditors?

AUTOB. No; but I shall know, when I am once by you informed.

FLAY. Curtail, we beseech ye, your discourse at present, forbearing the descriptions of meadows and shades, together with the crawling ivy, and whatever else poets are so studious to add to their descriptions, imitating with more curiosity than grace Plato's Ilissus,1 with the chaste tree and the gentle rising hillock covered with green grass.

AUTOB. What needed my relation, dearest Flavianus, such a proem as this? The occasion that gave birth to [p. 255] these discourses of itself (as it were) asks for a chorus, and it requires a theatre; otherwise there is nothing wanting of a complete drama. Therefore let us only beseech Memory, the mother of the Muses, to be propitious and assist us in the discovery of the fable.

1 See Plato's Phaedrus, p. 230 B.

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