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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.
    Worth a god's view: what prisoner was't that told me
    When I enquired their names?
    585Herald. We leave, they'r called
    Arcite and Palamon,
    Thes. Tis right, those, those
    They are not dead?
    Her. Nor in a state of life, had they bin taken
    590When their last hurts were given, twas possible
    3. Hearses rea-
    They might have bin recovered; Yet they breathe
    And haue the name of men.
    Thes. Then like men use'em
    The very lees of such (millions of rates)
    595Exceede the wine of others: all our Surgions
    Convent in their behoofe, our richest balmes
    Rather then niggard wast, their lives concerne us,
    Much more then Thebs is worth, rather then have 'em
    Freed of this plight, and in their morning state
    600(Sound and at liberty) I would 'em dead,
    But forty thousand fold, we had rather have 'em
    Prisoners to us, then death; Beare 'em speedily
    From our kinde aire, to them unkinde, and minister
    What man to man may doe for our sake more,
    605Since I have knowne frights, fury, friends, beheastes,
    Loves, provocations, zeale, a mistris Taske,
    Desire of liberty, a feavour, madnes,
    Hath set a marke which nature could not reach too
    Without some imposition, sicknes in will
    610Or wrastling strength in reason, for our Love
    And great Appollos mercy, all our best,
    Their best skill tender. Leade into the Citty,
    Where having bound things scatterd, we will post
    To Athens for our Army.
    Scæna 5.
    Enter the Queenes with the Hearses of their
    Knightes, in a Funerall Solempnity, &c.

    Vrnes, aud odours, bring away,
    Vapours, sighes, darken the day;