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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.
    And in this madnes, if I hazard thee
    And take thy life, I deale but truely.
    Arc. Fie Sir.
    955You play the Childe extreamely: I will love her,
    I must, I ought to doe so, and I dare,
    And all this justly.
    Pal. O that now, that now
    Thy false-selfe and thy friend, had but this fortune
    960To be one howre at liberty, and graspe
    Our good Swords in our hands, I would quickly teach thee
    What tw'er to filch affection from another:
    Thou art baser in it then a Cutpurse;
    Put but thy head out of this window more,
    965And as I have a soule, Ile naile thy life too't.
    Arc. Thou dar'st not foole, thou canst not, thou art feeble.
    Put my head out? Ile throw my Body out,
    And leape the garden, when I see her next
    Enter Keeper.
    970And pitch between her armes to anger thee.
    Pal. No more; the keeper's comming; I shall live
    To knocke thy braines out with my Shackles.
    Arc. Doe.
    Keeper. By your leave Gentlemen.
    975Pala. Now honest keeper?
    Keeper. Lord Arcite, you must presently to'th Duke;
    The cause I know not yet.
    Arc. I am ready keeper.
    Keeper, Prince Palamon, I must awhile bereave you
    980Of your faire Cosens Company.
    Exeunt Arcite, and Keeper.
    Pal. And me too,
    Even when you please of life; why is he sent for?
    It may be he shall marry her, he's goodly,
    985And like enough the Duke hath taken notice
    Both of his blood and body: But his falsehood,
    Why should a friend be treacherous? If that
    Get him a wife so noble, and so faire;
    Let honest men ne're love againe. Once more