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  • Title: Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (Quarto)
  • Editors: Christopher Hicklin, Christopher Matusiak

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    Author: Robert Greene
    Editors: Christopher Hicklin, Christopher Matusiak
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    Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (Quarto)

    The honourable historie of Frier Bacon.
    That he by art, and thou by secret gifts,
    170Maist make me lord of merrie Fresingfield.
    Lacie. God send your honour your harts desire. Exeunt.

    Enter frier Bacon, with Miles his poore scholer with bookes
    vnder his arme, with them Burden, Mason,
    Clement, three doctors.

    175Bacon. Miles where are you?
    Miles. Hic sum dostissime & reuerendissime doctor.
    Bacon. Attulisti nos libros meos de Necromantia.
    Miles. Ecce quam bonum & quam iocundum, habitares libros
    in vnum.
    180Bacon. Now maisters of our Academicke state,
    That rule in Oxford Vizroies in your place,
    Whose heads containe Maps of the liberall arts,
    Spending your time in deapth of learned skill,
    Why flocke you thus to Bacons secret Cell,
    185A Frier newly stalde in Brazennose,
    Say whats your mind, that I may make replie.
    Burden. Bacon we hear, that long we haue suspect,
    That thou art read in Magicks mysterie,
    In Piromancie to diuine by flames,
    190To tell by Hadromaticke, ebbes and tides,
    By Aeromancie, to discouer doubts,
    To plaine out questions, as Apollo did.
    Bacon. Well maister Burden, what of all this?
    Miles. Marie sir he doth but fulfill by rehearsing of these
    195names the Fable of the Fox and the grapes, that which is aboue
    vs, pertains nothing to vs.
    Burden. I tell thee Bacon, Oxford makes report,
    Nay England, and the court of Henrie saies,
    Thart making of a brazen head by art,
    200Which shall vnfold strange doubts and Aphorismes,
    And read a lecture in Philosophie,