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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.
    1365I cherish, and depend on, howsoev'r
    You skip them in me, and with them faire Coz
    Ile maintaine my proceedings; pray be pleas'd
    To shew in generous termes, your griefes, since that
    Your question's with your equall, who professes
    1370To cleare his owne way, with the minde and Sword
    Of a true Gentleman.
    Pal. That thou durst Arcite.
    Arc. My Coz, my Coz, you have beene well advertis'd
    How much I dare, y'ave seene me use my Sword
    1375Against th' advice of feare: sure of another
    You would not heare me doubted, but your silence
    Should breake out, though i'th Sanctuary.
    Pal. Sir,
    I have seene you move in such a place, which well
    1380Might justifie your manhood, you were calld
    A good knight and a bold; But the whole weeke's not
    If any day it rayne: Their valiant temper
    Men loose when they encline to trecherie,
    And then they fight like compelld Beares, would fly
    1385Were they not tyde.
    Arc. Kinsman; you might as well
    Speake this, and act it in your Glasse, as to
    His eare, which now disdaines you.
    Pal. Come up to me,
    1390Quit me of these cold Gyves, give me a Sword
    Though it be rustie, and the charity
    Of one meale lend me; Come before me then
    A good Sword in thy hand, and doe but say
    That Emily is thine, I will forgive
    1395The trespasse thou hast done me, yea my life
    If then thou carry't, and brave soules in shades
    That have dyde manly, which will seeke of me
    Some newes from earth, they shall get none but this
    That thou art brave, and noble.
    1400Arc. Be content,
    Againe betake you to your hawthorne house,
    With counsaile of the night, I will be here
    With wholesome viands; these impediments