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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.

    Enter Miles with a messe of pottage and broth,
    1340and after him Bacon.

    Miles. Spill sir, why doe you thinke I neuer carried
    twopeny chop before in my life: by your leaue, Nobile decus, for
    here comes doctor Bacons pecus, being in his full age, to carrie a
    messe of pottage.
    1345Bacon. Lordings admire not if your cheere be this,
    For we must keepe our Accademicke fare,
    No riot where Philosophie doth raine,
    And therefore Henrie place these Potentates,
    And bid them fall vnto their frugall cates.
    1350Emp. Presumptuous Frier, what scoffst thou at a king,
    What doest thou taunt vs with thy pesants fare,
    And giue vs cates fit for countrey swaines,
    Henrie proceeds this iest of thy consent,
    To twit vs with such a pittance of such price,
    1355Tell me, and Fredericke will not greeue the long.
    Henrie. By Henries honour and the royall faith
    The English monarcke beareth to his friend:
    I knew not of the friers feeble fare,
    Nor am I pleasd he entertaines you thus.
    1360Bacon. Content thee Fredericke for I shewd the cates
    To let thee see how schollers vse to feede:
    How little meate refines our English wits,
    Miles take away, and let it be thy dinner.
    Miles. Marry sir I wil, this day shal be a festiual day with me,
    1365For I shall exceed in the highest degree. Exit Miles.

    Bacon. I tell thee Monarch, all the Germane Peeres
    Could not affoord thy entertainment such,
    So roiall and so full of Maiestie,
    As Bacon will present to Fredericke,
    1370The Basest waiter that attends thy cups,
    Shall be in honours greater than thy selfe: