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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.
    1405Keeper. Now courteous gentls, if the Keepers girle,
    Hath pleased the liking fancie of you both,
    And with her beutie hath subdued your thoughts,
    Tis doubtfull to decide the question.
    It ioyes me that such men of great esteeme,
    1410Should lay their liking on this base estate,
    And that her state should grow so fortunate,
    To be a wife to meaner men than you.
    But sith such squires will stoop to keepers fee,
    I will to auoid displeasure of you both,
    1415Call Margret forth, and she shall make her choise, Exit.
    Lambert. Content Keeper send her vnto vs.
    Why Serlsby is thy wife so lately dead,
    Are all thy loues so lightly passed ouer,
    As thou canst wed before the yeare be out,
    1420Serlsby. I liue not Lambert to content the dead,
    Nor was I wedded but for life to her,
    The graues ends and begins a maried state.

    Enter Margret.
    Lambert. Peggie the louelie flower of all townes,
    1425Suffolks faire Hellen, and rich Englands star,
    Whose beautie tempered with her huswifrie,
    Maks England talke of merry Frisingfield.
    Serlsby. I cannot tricke it vp with poesies,
    Nor paint my passions with comparisons,
    1430Nor tell a tall of Phebus and his loues,
    But this beeleue me Laxfield here is mine,
    Of auncient rent seuen hundred pounds a yeare,
    And if thou canst but loue a countrie squire,
    I wil infeoffe thee Margret in all,
    1435I can not flatter, trie me if thou please.
    Mar. Braue neighbouring squires the stay of Suffolks clime,
    A Keepers daughters is too base in gree
    To match with men accoumpted of such worth,
    But might I not displease I would reply,