Act 1 - Scene 1
London. An ante-chamber in the palace.
Enter NORFOLK at one door; at the other, BUCKINGHAM and ABERGAVENNY
Good morrow, and well met. How have ye done
Since last we saw in France?
I thank your grace,
Healthful; and ever since a fresh admirer
Of what I saw there.
An untimely ague
Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber when
Those suns of glory, those two lights of men,
in the vale of Andren.
'Twixt Guynes and Arde:
I was then present, saw them salute on horseback;
Beheld them, when they
lighted, how they clung
In their embracement, as they grew together;
Which had they, what four throned
ones could have weigh'd
Such a compounded one?
All the whole time
I was my chamber's prisoner.
Then you lost
The view of earthly glory: men might say,
Till this time pomp was single, but now married
one above itself. Each following day
Became the next day's master, till the last
Made former wonders its.
To-day the French,
All clinquant, all in gold, like heathen gods,
Shone down the English; and, to-morrow,
Made Britain India: every man that stood
Show'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were
all guilt: the madams too,
Not used to toil, did almost sweat to bear
The pride upon them, that their very
Was to them as a painting: now this masque
Was cried incomparable; and the ensuing night
it a fool and beggar. The two kings,
Equal in lustre, were now best, now worst,
As presence did present
them; him in eye,
Still him in praise: and, being present both
'Twas said they saw but one; and no discerner
wag his tongue in censure. When these suns
For so they phrase 'emby their heralds challenged
noble spirits to arms, they did perform
Beyond thought's compass; that former fabulous story,
seen possible enough, got credit,
That Bevis was believed.
O, you go far.
As I belong to worship and affect
In honour honesty, the tract of every thing
Would by a good discourser
lose some life,
Which action's self was tongue to. All was royal;
To the disposing of it nought rebell'd.
gave each thing view; the office did
Distinctly his full function.
Who did guide,
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
Of this great sport together, as you guess?
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