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

The Two Noble Kinsmen.
Toward my Seat, and in that motion might
Omit a ward, or forfeit an offence
Which crav'd that very time: it is much better
(Cornets. a great cry and noice within crying a Palamon.)
I am not there, oh better never borne
Then minister to such harme, what is the chance?
Enter Servant.
Ser. The Crie's a Palamon.
3080Emil. Then he has won: Twas ever likely,
He lookd all grace and successe, and he is
Doubtlesse the prim'st of men: I pre' thee run
And tell me how it goes.
Showt, and Cornets: Crying a Palamon.
3085Ser. Still Palamon.
Emil. Run and enquire, poore Servant thou hast lost,
Vpon my right side still I wore thy picture,
Palamons on the leff, why so, I know not,
I had no end in't; else chance would have it so.
Another cry, and showt within, and Cornets.
On the sinister side, the heart lyes; Palamon
Had the best boding chance: This burst of clamour
Is sure th' end o'th Combat.
Enter Servant.
Ser. They saide that Palamon had Arcites body
3095Within an inch o'th Pyramid, that the cry
Was generall a Palamon: But anon,
Th' Assistants made a brave redemption, and
The two bold Tytlers, at this instant are
Hand to hand at it.
3100Emil. Were they metamorphisd
Both into one; oh why? there were no woman
Worth so composd a Man: their single share,
Their noblenes peculier to them, gives
The prejudice of disparity values shortnes
Cornets. Cry within, Arcite, Arcite.
To any Lady breathing---More exulting?
Palamon still?
Ser. Nay, now the sound is Arcite.
Emil. I pre' thee lay attention to the Cry.