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


The Two Noble Kinsmen.
An Inocent, and I was very angry.
But what of her Sir?
Woo. Nothing but my pitty; but you must know it, and
As by an other that lesse loves her:
2205Iay. Well Sir.
1. Fr. Not right?
2. Fr. Not well?---Wooer, No Sir not well.
Woo. Tis too true, she is mad.
1. Fr. It cannot be.
2210Woo. Beleeve you'l finde it so.
Iay. I halfe suspected
What you told me: the gods comfort her:
Either this was her love to Palamon,
Or feare of my miscarrying on his scape,
2215Or both.
Woo. Tis likely.
Iay. But why all this haste Sir?
Woo. Ile tell you quickly. As I late was angling
In the great Lake that lies behind the Pallace,
2220From the far shore, thicke set with reedes, and Sedges,
As patiently I was attending sport,
I heard a voyce, a shrill one, and attentive
I gave my eare, when I might well perceive
T'was one that sung, and by the smallnesse of it
2225A boy or woman. I then left my angle
To his owne skill, came neere, but yet perceivd not
Who made the sound; the rushes, and the Reeds
Had so encompast it: I laide me downe
And listned to the words she song, for then
2230Through a small glade cut by the Fisher men,
I saw it was your Daughter.
Iay. Pray goe on Sir?
Woo. She sung much, but no sence; onely I heard her
Repeat this often. Palamon is gone,
2235Is gone to 'th wood to gather Mulberies,
Ile finde him out to morrow.
1. Fr. Pretty soule.
Woo. His shackles will betray him, hee'l be taken,
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