The School Bag




from The Secular Masque

John Dryden

MOMUS: All, all of a piece throughout:
    (Pointing to Diana)
Thy chase had a beast in view;
   (To Mars)
Thy wars brought nothing about;
    (To Venus)
Thy lovers were all untrue.
JANUS: 'Tis well an old age is out.
CHRONOS: And time to begin a new.
CHORUS: All, all of a piece throughout;
Thy chase had a beast in view:
Thy wars brought nothing about;
Thy lovers were all untrue.
’Tis well an old age is out,
And time to begin a new.
(Dance of huntsmen, nymphs, warriors, and lovers.)      

Secular: celebrated once in an age, 
here referring to the turn of the century

1700