The Two Noble Kinsmen

  
Flourish

 

  
PROLOGUE

  

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New plays and maidenheads are near akin,

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Much followed both, for both much money gi'en,
follow (v.) 1 seek after, pursue, strive for, court

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If they stand sound and well. And a good play –

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Whose modest scenes blush on his marriage day,

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And shake to lose his honour – is like her
shake (v.) 2 tremble, quake, shiver

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That after holy tie and first night's stir
holy tie marriage

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Yet still is modesty, and still retains

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More of the maid to sight than husband's pains.
pain (n.) effort, endeavour, exertion, labour

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We pray our play may be so; for I am sure

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It has a noble breeder, and a pure,
breeder (n.) 1 father, source, originator, author

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A learned, and a poet never went
go (v.) 4 live, exist, breathe

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More famous yet 'twixt Po and silver Trent.

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Chaucer, of all admired, the story gives;

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There constant to eternity it lives.

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If we let fall the nobleness of this,
let fall (v.) lower, debase, fail to live up to

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And the first sound this child hear be a hiss,

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How will it shake the bones of that good man,

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And make him cry from under ground, ‘ O, fan

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From me the witless chaff of such a writer

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That blasts my bays and my famed works makes lighter
bay (n.) 4 fame, renown [i.e. laurel wreath]
blast (v.) 1 blight, wither, destroy

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Than Robin Hood!’ This is the fear we bring;

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For, to say truth, it were an endless thing,
endless (adj.) 2 never-ending, impossible, unattainable

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And too ambitious, to aspire to him.

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Weak as we are, and almost breathless swim

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In this deep water, do but you hold out

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Your helping hands, and we shall tack about,

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And something do to save us; you shall hear

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Scenes, though below his art, may yet appear

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Worth two hours' travail. To his bones sweet sleep;
travail, travel (n.) 2 journeying, travel [often overlapping with sense 1]

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Content to you. If this play do not keep
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness

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A little dull time from us, we perceive

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Our losses fall so thick we must needs leave.
leave (v.) 1 cease, stop, give up

 
Flourish. Exit

 
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