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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.
    And villaine sith my glorie hath an end,
    I will appoint thee fatall to some end,
    1680Villaine auoid, get thee from Bacons sight:
    Vagrant go rome and range about the world,
    And perish as a vagabond on earth.
    Miles. Why then sir you forbid me your seruice.
    Bacon. My seruice villaine with a fatall curse,
    1685That direfull plagues and mischiefe fall on thee.
    Miles. Tis no matter I am against you with the old prouerb,
    The more the fox is curst the better he fares: God be with you
    sir, Ile take but a booke in my hand, a wide sleeued gowne on my
    backe, and a crowned cap on my head, and see if I can want pro-
    Bacon. Some fiend or ghost haunt on thy wearie steps,
    Vntill they doe transport thee quicke to hell,
    For Bacon shall haue neuer merrie day,
    To loose the fame and honour of his Head. Exit.

    1695Enter Emperour, Castile, Henrie, Ellinor, Ed-
    ward, Lacie, Raphe.

    Emper. Now louely Prince the prince of Albions wealth,
    How fares the ladie Ellinor and you:
    What haue you courted and found Castile fit,
    1700To answer England in equiuolence
    Wilt be a match twixt bonny Nell and thee.
    Edw. Should Paris enter in the courts of Greece,
    And not lie fettered in faire Hellens lookes,
    Or Phoebus scape those piercing amorits,
    1705That Daphne glaunsed at his deitie:
    Can Edward then sit by a flame and freeze,
    Whose heat puts Hellen and faire Daphne downe,
    Now Monarcks aske the ladie if we gree.
    Hen. What madam hath my son found grace or no.
    1710Ellinor. Seeing my lord his louely counterfeit,
    And hearing how his minde and shape agreed,