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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.
    Lacie rise vp, faire Peggie heeres my hand,
    The prince of Wales hath conquered all his thoughts
    1070And all his loues he yeelds vnto the earle,
    Lacie enioy the maid of Fresingfield,
    Make her thy Lincolne countesse at the church,
    And Ned as he is true Plantagenet,
    Will giue her to thee franckly for thy wife.
    1075Lacie. Humbly I take her of my soueraigne,
    As if that Edward gaue me Englands right,
    And richt me with the Albion diadem.
    Margret. And doth the English Prince mean true,
    Will he vouchsafe to cease his former loues,
    1080And yeeld the title of a countrie maid,
    Vnto lord Lacie.
    Edward. I will faire Peggie as I am true lord.
    Marg. Then lordly sir, whose conquest is as great,
    In conquering loue as Caesars victories,
    1085Margret as milde and humble in her thoughts,
    As was Aspatia vnto Cirus selfe,
    Yeelds thanks, and next lord Lacie, doth inshrine
    Edward the second secret in her heart.
    Edw. Gramercie Peggie, now that vowes are past,
    1090And that your loues are not be reuolt:
    Once Lacie friendes againe, come we will post
    To Oxford, for this day the king is there,
    And brings for Edward Castile Ellinor.
    Peggie I must go see and view my wife,
    1095I pray God I like her as I loued thee.
    Beside, lord Lincolne we shall heare dispute,
    Twixt frier Bacon, and learned Vandermast,
    Peggie weele leaue you for a week or two.
    Margret. As it please lord Lacie, but loues foolish looks,
    1100Thinke footsteps Miles, and minutes to be houres.
    Lacie. Ile hasten Peggie to make short returne,
    But please your houour goe vnto the lodge,
    We shall haue butter, cheese, and venison.