"'Tis Well An Old Age Is Out"
Context: In this little masque Dryden has several of the ancient pagan deities appear: Chronos, the elderly god of time, carrying his scythe appears as the Grim Reaper; Janus, the Roman god of the new year, who looks both forward and backward with his two faces; Diana, the chaste goddess of the hunt and the moon; Mars, the god of war, vaunting of arms and honor; Venus, the goddess of love; and Momus, a god of pleasure. Each of the deities speaks, admitting fatigue and defeat. Then Momus speaks to the gods and goddesses, concluding with the following lines:
MOMUSAll, 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.