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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.
    Pal. Lets to the king, who, were he
    435A quarter carrier of that honour, which
    His Enemy come in, the blood we venture
    Should be as for our health, which were not spent,
    Rather laide out for purchase: but alas
    Our hands advanc'd before our hearts, what will
    440The fall o'th stroke doe damage?
    Arci. Let th'event,
    That never erring Arbitratour, tell us
    When we know all our selves, and let us follow
    The becking of our chance.
    Scæna 3.
    Enter Pirithous, Hipolita, Emilia.

    Pir. No further.
    Hip. Sir farewell; repeat my wishes
    To our great Lord, of whose succes I dare not
    Make any timerous question, yet I wish him
    450Exces, and overflow of power, and't might be
    To dure ill-dealing fortune; speede to him,
    Store never hurtes good Gouernours.
    Pir. Though I know
    His Ocean needes not my poore drops, yet they
    455Must yeild their tribute there: My precious Maide,
    Those best affections, that the heavens infuse
    In their best temperd peices, keepe enthroand
    In your deare heart.
    Emil. Thanckes Sir; Remember me
    460To our all royall Brother, for whose speede
    The great Bellona ile sollicite; and
    Since in our terrene State petitions are not
    Without giftes understood: Ile offer to her
    What I shall be advised she likes; our hearts
    465Are in his Army, in his Tent.
    Hip. In's bosome:
    We have bin Soldiers, and wee cannot weepe
    When our Friends don their helmes, or put to sea,
    Or tell of Babes broachd on the Launce, or women