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  • Title: Two Noble Kinsmen (Quarto, 1634)

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

    The Two Noble Kinsmen.
    At least to frustrate striving, and to follow
    The common Streame, twold bring us to an Edy
    Where we should turne or drowne; if labour through,
    Our gaine but life, and weakenes.
    325Pal. Your advice
    Is cride up with example: what strange ruins
    Since first we went to Schoole, may we perceive
    Walking in Thebs? Skars, and bare weedes
    The gaine o'th Martialist, who did propound
    330To his bold ends, honour, and golden Ingots,
    Which though he won, he had not, and now flurted
    By peace for whom he fought, who then shall offer
    To Marsis so scornd Altar? I doe bleede
    When such I meete, and wish great Iuno would
    335Resume her ancient fit of Ielouzie
    To get the Soldier worke, that peace might purge
    For her repletion, and retaine anew
    Her charitable heart now hard, and harsher
    Then strife, or war could be.
    340Arcite, Are you not out?
    Meete you no ruine, but the Soldier in
    The Cranckes, and turnes of Thebs? you did begin
    As if you met decaies of many kindes:
    Perceive you none, that doe arowse your pitty
    345But th'un-considerd Soldier?
    Pal. Yes, I pitty
    Decaies where ere I finde them, but such most
    That sweating in an honourable Toyle
    Are paide with yce to coole 'em.
    350Arcite, Tis not this
    I did begin to speake of: This is vertue
    Of no respect in Thebs, I spake of Thebs
    How dangerous if we will keepe our Honours,
    It is for our resyding, where every evill
    355Hath a good cullor; where eve'ry seeming good's
    A certaine evill, where not to be ev'n Iumpe
    As they are, here were to be strangers, and
    Such things to be meere Monsters.