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Now, English Harry, here begins the game; We shall see sport between these learned men. By all the thrones and dominations, Virtues, powers, and mighty hierarchies, I charge thee to obey to Vandermast. Dwell’st thou in Beccles, and hear’st not of these news? Love is my bliss, and love is now my bale. I Strive in vain; but if my sword be shut And conjur’d fast by magic in my sheath, Villain, here is my fist.

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Whose heads contain maps of the liberal arts. And baconn learn’d men your academy yields. Gramercies, lordings; old Plantagenet, That rules and sways the Albion diadem, With tears discovers these conceived joys, And vows requital, if his men-at-arms, The wealth of England, or due honours done To Elinor, may quite his favourites.

None at all; I read not there a line. Henry, proceeds this jest of thy consent, To twit us with such a pittance of such price? And could a glance of fading beauty break Th’ enchained fetters of such private friends?

Ans, Master Burden, my master, ere he hath done with you, will turn you from a doctor to a dunce, and shake froar so small that he will leave no more learning in you than is in Balaam’s ass.

And what of this? The Predecessors of Shakespeare: But tell me, shall we dine with thee today?

Why, how now, Margaret! This doctor, surnam’d Jaques Vandermast.

Good friar, help the prince in this. But I bungaj you, may I not have an office there! Banish thou fancy, and embrace revenge, And in one tomb knit both our carcases, Whose hearts were linked in one ftiar love. Thou’rt worthy of the title of a squire, That durst, for proof of thy affection And for thy mistress’ favour, prize thy blood.


And, by the help of devils and ghastly fiends. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat How fond the prime of wanton years friae spent In love O, fie upon that fond conceit Whose hap and essence hangeth in the eye!

And will you, then, Margaret, be shorn a nun, and so leave rriar all? Marry, sirrah, if thou be’st a silken purse full of gold, then on Sundays she’ll hang thee by her side, and you must not say a word. Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England. Now, monarchs, ask the lady if we gree. How sayest thou, Ned Warren, shall I not do it?

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James’s Day 25 July, the feast day of St. Sweet Elinor, beauty’s high-swelling pride, Rich nature’s glory and her wealth at once, Fair of all fairs, welcome to Albion; Welcome to me, and welcome to thine own, If that thou deign’st the welcome from myself.

Wherefore have I such a company of cutting knaves to wait upon me, but to keep and defend my countenance against all mine enemies; Have you not good swords and bucklers? The first is for penning what was perhaps the first, and one of the most memorable, philippics against William Shakespeare: That I attempted perils for his ease. I stand amaz’d to hear this jolly friar Tell abd the very secrets of my thoughts.

But send your train, my lord, into the town, My scholar shall go bring them to their inn. But I pray you, sir, do you come lately from hell? What wilt thou do with them, Ralph? Come, Peggy, leave these peremptory vows.

How fortune tempers lucky haps with frowns, And wrongs me with the sweets of my delight! Ermsby, it must be necromantic spells And charms of art that must enchain her love, Or else shall Edward never win the girl.

And, for these favours, on his martial sword He vows perpetual homage to yourselves, Yielding these honours unto Elinor. Hath he not done a point of cunning skill?


The honour and renown of all his life Hangs in the watching of this Brazen Head; Therefore I charge thee by the immortal God, That holds the souls of men within His fist, This night thou watch; for ere the morning-star Sends out his glorious glister on the north, The head will speak! Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, ; pp. Well, Joan, our beauties must abide their jests; We serve the turn in jolly Fressingfield. Is this Prince Edward, Henry’s royal son?

Bacon uses his magic to prevent the wedding from going ahead, before facing off against Vandermast, a German necromancer travelling in the retinue of the Emperor of Germany, who has accompanied King Henry to Oxford.

Marry, friend, I put on my spurs; for if I find your pace either a trot or else uneasy, I’ll put you to a false gallop; I’ll make you feel the benefit of my spurs. What, dost thou mock me?

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A Study in Greene: A company of scabs! A second quarto was issued in by Elizabeth Allde ; the Q2 title page states that the play was “lately played by the Prince Palatine his Servants” — the Admiral’s Men in a later incarnation.

The fgiar having been solemnized, there enter in procession the Emptror, bacoon a pointless sword; the King of Castile, carrying a sword with a point; Lacy, bearing the globe; Warren, a rod of gold with a dove; Ermsby, the crown and sceptre; Prince Edward and Princess Elinor, attended by Margaret, now Countess of Lincoln; King Henry the Third; Friar Bacon in his frair and the lords and ladies attending.

Then must we all make suit unto the friar, To Friar Bacon, that he vouch this task, And undertake to countervail in skill The German; else there ‘s none in Oxford can Match and dispute with learned Vandermast. But draw thy rapier, for we’ll have a bout.