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


The Raigne of King
With one such inferior to my selfe,
Yet in respect thy thirst is all for golde,
They labour ratherto be feared then loued,
1390To satisfie thy lust in either parte
Heere am I come and with me haue I brought,
Exceding store of treasure, perle, and coyne,
Leaue therfore now to persecute the weake,
And armed entring conflict with the armd,
1395Let it be seene mongest other pettie thefts,
How thou canst win this pillage manfully.
K: Ed: If gall or wormwood haue a pleasant tast,
Then is thy sallutation hony sweete,
But as the one hath no such propertie,
1400So is the other most satiricall:
Yet wot how I regarde thy worthles tants,
If thou haue vttred them to foile my fame,
Or dym the reputation of my birth,
Know that thy woluish barking cannot hurt,
1405If slylie to insinuate with the worlde,
And with a strumpets artifitiall line,
To painte thy vitious and deformed cause,
Bee well assured the counterfeit will fade,
And in the end thy fowle defects be seene,
1410But if thou didst it to prouoke me on,
As who should saie I were but timerous,
Or coldly negligent did need a spurre,
Bethinke thy selfe howe slacke I was at sea.
Now since my landing I haue wonn no townes,
1415Entered no further but vpon the coast,
And there haue euer since securelie slept,
But if I haue bin other wise imployd,
Imagin Valoyswhether I intende
Toskirmish, not for pillage but for the Crowne,
1420Which thou dost weare and that I vowe to haue,
Or one of vs shall fall in to this graue,
Pr Ed: Looke