Two Noble Kinsmen

  • Two Noble Kinsmen: Prologue

  • (Prologue)

  • Flourish.

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    New plays and maidenheads are near akin—

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  • Much follow’d both, for both much money gi’n,

  • If they stand sound and well; and a good play

  • (Whose modest scenes blush on his marriage-day,

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    And shake to lose his honor) is like her

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  • That after holy tie and first night’s stir,

  • Yet still is modesty, and still retains

  • More of the maid to sight than husband’s pains.

  • Narrator

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

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  • It has a noble breeder and a pure,

  • A learned, and a poet never went

  • More famous yet ’twixt Po and silver Trent.

  • Chaucer (of all admir’d) 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,

  • And the first sound this child hear be a hiss,

  • How will it shake the bones of that good man,