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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.
    I come not troopt with all this warlike traine,
    Doubting of loue, but so effectionat
    As Edward hath in England what he wonne in Spaine.
    1715Castile. A match my lord, these wantons needes must loue,
    Men must haue wiues and women will be wed,
    Lets hast the day to honour vp the rites.
    Raphe. Sirha Harry, shall Ned marry Nell.
    Henry. I Raphe, how then.
    1720Raphe. Marrie Harrie follow my counsaile, send for frier Ba-
    con to marrie them, for heele so coniure him and her with his
    Nigromancie, that they shall loue togither like pigge and lambe
    whilest they liue.
    Castile. But hearst thou Raphe, art thou content to haue El-
    1725linor to thy ladie.
    Raphe. I so she will promise me two things.
    Castile.Whats that Raphe.
    Raphe. That she will neuer scold with Ned nor fight with
    me, Sirha Harry I haue put her downe with a thing vnpossible.
    1730Henry. Whats that Raphe.
    Raphe. Why Harrie didst thou euer see that a woman could
    both hold her tongue and her handes, no but when egge-pies
    growes on apple-trees, then will thy gray mare prooue a bag-
    1735Emperour. What saies the lord of Castile and the earle of
    Lincolne, that they are in such earnest and secret talke.
    Castile. I stand my lord amazed at his talke
    How he discourseth of the constancie,
    Of one surnam'd fot beauties excellence,
    1740The fair maid of merrie Fresingfield.
    Henrie. Tis true my lord, tis wondrous for to heare,
    Her beautie passing Marces parramour:
    Her virgins right as rich as Vestas was,
    Lacie and Ned hath told me miracles.
    1745Castile. What saies lord Lacie, shall she be his wife,
    Lacie. Or els lord Lacie is vnfit to liue,
    May it please your highnesse giue me leaue to post