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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.
    Warren. Well doctors seeing I haue sported me,
    With laughing at these mad and merrie wagges,
    Know that prince Edward is at Brazennose,
    And this attired like the prince of Wales,
    930Is Raphe, king Henries only loued foole,
    I, earle of Essex, and this Ermsbie
    One of the priuie chamber to the king,
    Who while the prince with Frier Bacon staies,
    Haue reueld it in Oxford as you see.
    935Mason. My lord pardon vs, we knew not what you were,
    But courtiers may make greater skapes than these,
    Wilt please your honour dine with me to day?
    VVarren. I will maister doctor, and satisfie the vintner for his
    hurt, only I must desire you to imagine him all this forenoon the
    940prince of Wales.
    Mason. I will sir.
    Raphe. And vpon that I will lead the way, onely I will haue
    Miles go before me, because I haue heard Henrie say, that wise-
    dome must go before Maiestie. Exeunt omnes.

    945Enter prince Edward with his poinard in his hand, Lacie
    and Margret.

    Edward. Lacie thou canst not shroud thy traitrous thoughts,
    Nor couer as did Cassius all his wiles,
    For Edward hath an eye that lookes as farre,
    950As Lincaeus from the shores of Grecia,
    Did not I sit in Oxford by the Frier,
    And see thee court the mayd of Fresingfield,
    Sealing thy flattering fancies with a kisse,
    Did not prowd Bungay draw his portasse foorth,
    955And ioyning hand in hand had married you,
    If Frier Bacon had not stroke him dumbe,
    And mounted him vpon a spirits backe,
    That we might chat at Oxford with the frier,
    Traitor what answerst, is not all this true?