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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.
    Will relish of the pasture, and we must
    Be vile, or disobedient, not his kinesmen
    In blood, unlesse in quality.
    400Pal. Nothing truer:
    I thinke the Ecchoes of his shames have dea'ft
    The eares of heav'nly Iustice: widdows cryes
    Descend againe into their throates, and have not:
    Enter Va-
    Due audience of the Gods: Valerius
    405Val. The King cals for you; yet be leaden footed
    Till his great rage be off him. Phebus when
    He broke his whipstocke and exclaimd against
    The Horses of the Sun, but whisperd too
    The lowdenesse of his Fury.
    410Pal. Small windes shake him,
    But whats the matter?
    Val. Theseus (who where he threates appals,) hath sent
    Deadly defyance to him, and pronounces
    Ruine to Thebs, who is at hand to seale
    415The promise of his wrath.
    Arc. Let him approach;
    But that we feare the Gods in him, he brings not
    A jot of terrour to us; Yet what man
    Thirds his owne worth (the case is each of ours)
    420When that his actions dregd, with minde assurd
    Tis bad he goes about.
    Pal. Leave that unreasond.
    Our services stand now for Thebs, not Creon,
    Yet to be neutrall to him, were dishonour;
    425Rebellious to oppose: therefore we must
    With him stand to the mercy of our Fate,
    Who hath bounded our last minute.
    Arc. So we must;
    Ist sed this warres a foote? or it shall be
    430On faile of some condition.
    Val. Tis in motion
    The intelligence of state came in the instant
    With the defier.