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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.
    Ile send him to his Accademie hence,
    1275Thou Hercules whom Vandermast did raise,
    Transport the Germane vnto Haspurge straight,
    That he may learne by trauaile gainst the springs,
    More secret doomes and Aphorismes of art,
    Vanish the tree and thou away with him.

    1280Exit the spirit with Vandermast and the Tree.

    Emperour. Why Bacon whether doest thou send him,
    Bacon. To Haspurge there your highnesse at returne,
    Shall finde the Germane in his studie safe.
    Henrie. Bacon, thou hast honoured England with thy skill,
    1285And made faire Oxford famous by thine art,
    I will be English Henrie to thy selfe,
    But tell me shall we dine with thee to day.
    Bacon. With me my Lord, and while I fit my cheere,
    See where Prince Edward comes to welcome you:
    1290Gratious as the morning starre of heauen, Exit.

    Enter Edward, Lacie, Warren, Ermsbie.

    Emperour. Is this Prince Edward Henries royall sonne,
    How martiall is the figure of his face,
    Yet louely and beset with Amorets.
    1295Henrie. Ned, where hast thou been.
    Edward. At Framingham my Lord, to trie your buckes.
    If they could scape they teisers or the toile:
    But hearing of these lordly Potentates
    Landed, and prograst vp to Oxford towne,
    1300I posted to giue entertaine to them,
    Chiefe to the Almaine Monarke, next to him,
    And ioynt with him, Castile and Saxonie,
    Are welcome as they may be to the English Court.
    Thus for the men, but see Venus appeares,
    1305Or one that ouermatcheth Venus in her shape,