A prose romance with interludes of verse by R. Greene, published 1589. The romance tells the adventures of the princess Sephestia, shipwrecked on the coast of Arcadia. Sephestia, disguised as Samela, is wooed simultaneously by her father and her teenage son, while herself carrying on a love affair with her (disguised) husband. Her fourth lover is the shepherd Menaphon of the title. Among the charming lyrics is the cradle‐song ‘Weepe not my wanton, smile upon my knee’.
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