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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.
    And by the helpe of Diuels and ghastly fiends,
    Thou meanst ere many yeares or daies be past,
    To compasse England with a wall of brasse.
    205Bacon. And what of this?
    Miles. What of this maister, why he doth speak mystically,
    for he knowes if your skill faile to make a brazen head, yet mo-
    ther waters strong ale will fit his turne to make him haue a cop-
    per nose.
    210Clement. Bacon we come not greeuing at thy skill,
    But ioieng that our Academie yeelds
    A man supposde the woonder of the world,
    For if thy cunning worke these myracles,
    England and Europe shall admire thy fame,
    215And Oxford shall in characters of brasse,
    And statues, such as were built vp in Rome,
    Eternize Frier Bacon for his art.
    Mason. Then gentle Frier, tell vs thy intent.
    Bacon. Seeing you come as friends vnto the frier
    220Resolue you doctors, Bacon can by bookes,
    Make storming Boreas thunder from his caue,
    And dimme faire Luna to a darke Eclipse,
    The great arch-ruler, potentate of hell,
    Trembles, when Bacon bids him, or his fiends,
    225Bow to the force of his Pentageron.
    What art can worke, the frolicke frier knowes,
    And therefore will I turne my Magicke bookes,
    And straine out Nigromancie to the deepe,
    I haue contrivd and framde a head of brasse,
    230(I made Belcephon hammer out the stuffe)
    And that by art shall read Philosophie,
    And I will strengthen England by my skill,
    That if ten Caesars livd and raignd in Rome,
    With all the legions Europe doth containe,
    235They should not touch a grasse of English ground,
    The worke that Ninus reard at Babylon,
    The brazen walles framde by Semiramis,