MERCURY, CLEANTHIS, NAUCRATES, POLIDAS, SOSIE,
AMPHITRYON, ARGATIPHONTIDAS, POSICLES
Yes, you shall all see him; know beforehand that it is the
grand master of the Gods, whom, under the cherished features of this
resemblance, Alcmene has caused to descend here from the heavens. As
for me, I am Mercury. Not knowing what else to do, I have given him
a drubbing whose appearance I took. He may now console himself, for
strokes from the wand of a God confer honour on him who has to submit to them.
Upon my word, Monsieur God, I am your servant; I could have
done without your attentions.
I now give you leave to be Sosie. I am tired of wearing such
an ugly mug; I am going to the heavens, to scrape it all off with
ambrosia. (He flies away to the skies.)
May Heaven forever keep you from the desire of wishing to come
near me again! Your fury against me has been too bitter; never in my
life have I seen a God who was more of a devil than you!