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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.
    All subiect vnder Lunas continent,
    1175They which offended lesse hang in the fire,
    And second faults did rest within the aire,
    But Lucifer and his proud hearted fiends,
    Were throwne into the center of the earth,
    Hauing lesse vnderstanding than the rest,
    1180As hauing greater sinne, and lesser grace.
    Therfore such grosse and earthly spirits doe serue,
    For Iuglers, Witches, and vild sorcerers,
    Whereas the Piromanticke gemij,
    Are mightie, swift, and of farre reaching power,
    1185But graunt that Geomancie hath most force,
    Bungay to please these mightie potentates,
    Prooue by some instance what thy art can doe.
    Bungay. I will.
    Emper. Now English Harry here begins the game,
    1190We shall see sport betweene these learned men.
    Vandermast. What wilt thou doe.
    Bung. Shew thee the tree leavd with refined gold,
    Wheron the fearefull dragon held his seate,
    That watcht the garden cald Hesperides,
    1195Subdued and wonne by conquering Hercules.
    Vandermast. Well done.

    Heere Bungay coniures and the tree appeares with
    the dragon shooting fire.

    Henrie. What say you royall lordings to my frier,
    1200Hath he not done a point of cunning skill.
    Vander. Ech scholler in the Nicromanticke spels,
    Can doe as much as Bungay hath performd,
    Bur as Alcmenas basterd ras'd this tree,
    So will I raise him vp as when he liued,
    1205And cause him pull the Dragon from his seate,
    And teare the branches peecemeale from the roote,
    Hercules Prodie, Prodi Hercules.