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Author: William Shakespeare
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Two Noble Kinsmen (Quarto, 1634)


The Two Noble Kinsmen.
990I would but see this faire One: Blessed Garden,
And fruite, and flowers more blessed that still blossom
As her bright eies shine on ye. would I were
For all the fortune of my life hereafter
Yon little Tree, yon blooming Apricocke;
995How I would spread, and fling my wanton armes
In at her window; I would bring her fruite
Fit for the Gods to feed on: youth and pleasure
Still as she tasted should be doubled on her,
And if she be not heavenly I would make her
1000So neere the Gods in nature, they should feare her.
Enter Keeper.
And then I am sure she would love me: how now keeper
Wher's Arcite,
Keeper, Banish'd: Prince Pirithous
1005Obtained his liberty; but never more
Vpon his oth and life must he set foote
Vpon this Kingdome.
Pal. Hees a blessed man,
He shall see Thebs againe, and call to Armes
1010The bold yong men, that when he bids 'em charge,
Fall on like fire: Arcite shall have a Fortune,
If he dare make himselfe a worthy Lover,
Yet in the Feild to strike a battle for her;
And if he lose her then, he's a cold Coward;
1015How bravely may he beare himselfe to win her
If he be noble Arcite; thousand waies.
Were I at liberty, I would doe things
Of such a vertuous greatnes, that this Lady,
This blushing virgine should take manhood to her
1020And seeke to ravish me.
Keeper, My Lord for you
I have this charge too.
Pal. To discharge my life.
Keep. No, but from this place to remoove your Lordship,
1025The windowes are too open.
Pal. Devils take 'em
That are so envious to me; pre'thee kill me.
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Keeper