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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.
    Thou wor'st that day the 3. Kings fell, but lighter.
    Arc. That was a very good one, and that day
    I well remember, you outdid me Cosen,
    1865I never saw such valour: when you chargd
    Vpon the left wing of the Enemie,
    I spurd hard to come up, and under me
    I had a right good horse.
    Pal. You had indeede
    1870A bright Bay I remember.
    Arc. Yes but all
    Was vainely labour'd in me, you outwent me,
    Nor could my wishes reach you; yet a little
    I did by imitation.
    1875Pal. More by vertue,
    You are modest Cosen.
    Arc. When I saw you charge first,
    Me thought I heard a dreadfull clap of Thunder
    Breake from the Troope.
    1880Pal. But still before that flew
    The lightning of your valour: Stay a little,
    Is not this peece too streight?
    Arc. No, no, tis well.
    Pal. I would have nothing hurt thee but my Sword,
    1885A bruise would be dishonour.
    Arc. Now I am perfect.
    Pal. Stand off then.
    Arc. Take my Sword, I hold it better.
    Pal. I thanke ye: No, keepe it, your life lyes on it,
    1890Here's one, if it but hold, I aske no more,
    For all my hopes: My Cause and honour guard me.
    Arc. And me my love:* Is there ought else to say?
    They bow se-
    verall wayes:
    then advance
    and stand.
    Pal. This onely, and no more: Thou art mine Aunts Son.
    And that blood we desire to shed is mutuall,
    1895In me, thine, and in thee, mine: My Sword
    Is in my hand, and if thou killst me
    The gods, and I forgive thee; If there be
    A place prepar'd for those that sleepe in honour,
    I wish his wearie soule, that falls may win it: