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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.
    Reft of thy sences Bungay, shew by signes
    790If thou be dum what passions holdeth thee.
    Lacie. Hees dumbe indeed: Bacon hath with his diuels
    Inchanted him, or else some strange disease,
    Or Appoplexie hath possest his lungs:
    But Peggie what he cannot with his booke
    795Weele twixt vs both vnite it vp in heart.
    Margret. Els let me die my lord a miscreant.
    Edward. Why stands frier Bacon so amazd.
    Bacon. I haue strook him dum my lord, & if your honor please
    Ile fetch this Bungay straightway from Fresingfield,
    800And he shall dine with vs in Oxford here.
    Edward. Bacon, doe that and thou contentest me,
    Lacie. Of courtesie Margret let vs lead the frier
    Vnto thy fathers lodge, to comfort him
    With brothes to bring him from this haplesse trance.
    805Margret. Or els my lord, we were passing vnkinde
    To leaue the frier so in his distresse.

    Enter a deuill, and carrie Bungay on his backe.

    Margret. O helpe my lord, a deuill, a deuill my lord,
    Looke how he carries Bungay on his backe:
    810Lets hence for Bacons spirits be abroad.

    Edward. Bacon I laugh to see the iolly Frier
    Mounted vpon the diuell, and how the earle
    Flees with his bonny lasse for feare,
    815Assoone as Bungay is at Brazennose,
    And I haue chatted with the merrie frier,
    I will in post hie me to Fresingfield,
    And quite these wrongs on Lacie ere it be long,
    Bacon. So be it my lord, but let vs to our dinner:
    820For ere we haue taken our repast awhile,