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

The Two Noble Kinsmen.
1. K. Leade couragiour Cosin.
32251. 2. K. Wee'l follow cheerefully.
A great noise within crying, run, save hold:
Enter in hast a Messenger.
Mess. Hold, Hold, O hold, hold, hold.
Enter Pirithous in haste.
3230Pir. Hold hoa: It is a cursed hast you made
If you have done so quickly: noble Palamon,
The gods will shew their glory in a life.
That thou art yet to leade.
Pal. Can that be,
3235When Venus I have said is false? How doe things fare?
Pir. Arise great Sir, and give the tydings eare
That are most early sweet, and bitter.
Pal. What
Hath wakt us from our dreame?
3240Pir. List then: your Cosen
Mounted upon a Steed that Emily
Did first bestow on him, a blacke one, owing
Not a hayre worth of white, which some will say
Weakens his price, and many will not buy
3245His goodnesse with this note: Which superstition
Heere findes allowance: On this horse is Arcite
Trotting the stones of Athens, which the Calkins
Did rather tell, then trample; for the horse
Would make his length a mile, if't pleas'd his Rider
3250To put pride in him: as he thus went counting
The flinty pavement, dancing as t'wer to'th Musicke
His owne hoofes made; (for as they say from iron
Came Musickes origen) what envious Flint,
Cold as old Saturne, and like him possest
3255With fire malevolent, darted a Sparke
Or what feirce sulphur else, to this end made,
I comment not; the hot horse, hot as fire
Tooke Toy at this, and fell to what disorder
His power could give his will, bounds, comes on end,
3260Forgets schoole dooing, being therein traind,
And of kind mannadge, pig-like he whines