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


Edward the third.
As ech to other seemed deafe and dombe,
Purple the Sea whose channel fild as fast,
With streaming gore that from the maymed fell,
As did her gushing moysture breake into,
1215The cranny cleftures of the through shot planks,
Heere flew a head dissuuered from the tronke,
There mangled armes and legs were tost aloft,
As when a wherle winde takes the Summer dust,
And scatters it in midddle of the aire,
1220Then might ye see the reeling vessels split,
And tottering sink into the ruthlesse floud,
Vntill their lofty tops were seene no more.
All shifts were tried both for defence and hurt,
And now the effect of vallor and of force,
1225Of resolution and of a cowardize:
We liuely pictured, how the one for fame;
The other by compulsion laid about;
Much did the Nom per illa, that braue ship
So did the blacke snake of Bullen, then which
1230A bonnier vessel neuer yet spred sayle,
But all in vaine, both Sunne the Wine and tyde,
Reuolted all vnto our foe mens side,
That we perforce were fayne to giue them way,
And they are landed, thus my tale is donne,
1235We haue vntimly lost, and they haue woone.
K. Io: Then rests there nothing but with present speede,
To ioyne our seueral forces al in one,
And bid them battaile ere they rainge to farre,
Come gentle Phillip, let vs hence depart,
1240This souldiers words haue perst thy fathers hart.
Exeunt
Enter two French men, a woman and two little Children,
meet them another Citizens.
One: Wel met my masters: how now, whats the newes,
And wherefore are ye laden thus with stuffe:
1245What is it quarter daie that you remoue,
And carrie bag and baggage too?
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