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Author: William Shakespeare
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Two Noble Kinsmen (Quarto, 1634)

The Two Noble Kinsmen.
Wom. I thinke I should not, Madam.
Emil. That's a good wench:
840But take heede to your kindnes though.
Wom. Why Madam?
Emil. Men are mad things.
Arcite. Will ye goe forward Cosen?
Emil. Canst not thou work: such flowers in silke wench?
845Wom. Yes.
Emil. Ile have a gowne full of 'em and of these,
This is a pretty colour, wilt not doe
Rarely upon a Skirt wench?
Wom. Deinty Madam.
850Arc. Gosen, Cosen, how doe you Sir? Why Palamon?
Pal. Never till now I was in prison Arcite.
Arc. Why whats the matter Man?
Pal. Behold, and wonder.
By heaven shee is a Goddesse.
855Arcite. Ha.
Pal. Doe reverence.
She is a Goddesse Arcite.
Emil. Of all Flowres.
Me thinkes a Rose is best.
860Wom. Why gentle Madam?
Emil. It is the very Embleme of a Maide.
For when the west wind courts her gently
How modestly she blowes, and paints the Sun,
With her chaste blushes? When the North comes neere her,
865Rude and impatient, then, like Chastity
Shee lockes her beauties in her bud againe,
And leaves him to base briers.
Wom. Yet good Madam,
Sometimes her modesty will blow so far
870She fals for't: a Mayde
If shee have any honour, would be loth
To take example by her.
Emil. Thou art wanton.
Arc. She is wondrous faire.
875Pal. She is all the beauty extant.