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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Sonia Massai
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Edward III (Quarto 1, 1596)


The Raigne of King
Aud. Tis full a fortnight since I saw his highnes,
What time he sent me forth to muster men,
Which I accordingly haue done and bring them hither,
825In faire aray before his maiestie:
King: What newes my Lord of Derby from the Emperor.
Der. As good as we desire: the Emperor
Hath yeelded to his highnes friendly ayd,
And makes our king leiuetenant generall
830In all his lands and large dominions,
Then via for the spatious bounds of Fraunce;
Aud. What doth his highnes leap to heare these newes?
Der. I haue not yet found time to open them,
The king is in his closet malcontent,
835For what I know not, but he gaue in charge,
Till after dinner, none should interrupt him:
The Countesse Salisbury, and her father Warwike,
Artoyes, and all looke vnderneath the browes.
Aud: Vndoubtedly then some thing is a misse.
840
Enter the King.
Dar, The Trumpets sound, the king is now abroad,
Ar. Hhere comes his highnes.
Der. Befall my soueraigne, all my soueraignes wish,
King. Ah that thou wert a Witch to make it so.
845Der. The Emperour greeteth you.
Kin. Would it were the Countesse.
Der. And hath accorded to your highnes suite,
King. Thou lyest she hath not, but I would she had,
Au. All loue and duety to my Lord the King.
850Kin. Well all but one is none, what newes with you?
Au. I haue my liege, leuied those horse and foote.
According as your charge, and brought them hither.
Kin. Then let those foote trudge hence vpon those horse,
According too our discharge and begonne:
855Darby Ile looke vpon the Countesse minde anone,
Dar The Countesse minde my liege.
Kin. I meane the Emperour, leaue me alone.
Au. What is his mind?
Lets