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Love is my bliss, and love is now my bale.

I prithee, tell me, Ned, art thou in love with the Keeper’s daughter? But even to that, as to the rest, farewell!

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Faith, lovely girl, I am of Beccles by, Your neighbour, not above six miles from hence. He shall, my lord; this motion likes me well. Commends him, and sends fairings to herself. I pass not of his frivolous speeches.

Set him but nonplus in his magic spells, And make him yield in mathematic rules, And for thy glory I will bind thy brows, Not with a poet’s garland made of bays, But with a coronet of choicest gold. The brazen head speaks three times, saying “Time is”, “Time was”, and “Time is past”—then falls to the floor and shatters. He leads him up to the magic mirror.


The grave ends and begins a married state. Why, Ned, I have laid the plot in my head; thou shalt have fgiar already. Thy wedding robes are in the tailor’s hands. I’ll hasten, Peggy, to make short return.

England and England’s wealth shall wait on thee; Britain shall bend unto her prince’s love. Margaret, be not so headstrong in these vows.

Lord have mercy upon me, I have buhgay killed myself! By Henry’s honour, and the royal faith The English monarch beareth to his friend, I knew not of the friar’s feeble fare, Nor am I pleas’d he entertains you thus. Whose face, shining with many a sugar’d smile, Bewrays that he is bred of princely race.

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At Fressingfield, two farmers, Lambert and Serlsby approach the Keeper together, to ask for Margaret’s hand in marriage. He is worn out with continuous watching, and lies on his bed, with his magic staff in his hand and a lighted lamp by his side.

Is not heaven’s joy before earth’s fading bliss, And life above sweeter than life in love? Robert Greene is probably best-known, in the British popular consciousness at least, for two things. Another level of plot involves Friar Bacon and his magic. Now, English Harry, here begins the game; We shall see sport between these learned men.


And as the college called Brazen-nose. The John of Bordeaux MS.

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bungya Here’s Lacy, Margaret; step aside awhile. We have hied And posted all this night to Fressingfield. But, learned Bacon, since thou know’st the cause Why I did post so fast from Amd, Help, friar, at a pinch, that I may have The love of lovely Margaret to myself, And, as I am true Prince of Wales, I’ll give Living and lands to strength thy college-state.

When we have turn’d our butter to the salt, And set our cheese safely upon the racks, Then let our fathers prize it as they please.

Margaret, a farmer’s daughter for a farmer’s son! Well, sir, it may be we shall have some better orations of it anon: But friends are men, and love can baffle lords.

Where be these vagabond knaves, that they attend no better on their master?