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


Edward the third.
Or be intombed in our innocence,
And Ned, because this battell is the first,
That euer yet thou foughtest in pitched field,
As ancient custome is of Martialists,
1500To dub thee with the tipe of chiualrie,
In solemne manner wee will giue thee armes,
Come therefore Heralds, orderly bring forth,
A strong attirement for the prince my sonne.
Enter foure Heraldes bringing in a coate armour, a helmet, a
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lance, and a shield.
Kin: Edward Plantagenet, in the name of God,
As with this armour I impall thy breast,
So be thy noble vnrelenting heart,
Wald in with flint of matchlesse fortitude,
1510That neuer base affections enter there,
Fight and be valiant, conquere where thou comst,
Now follow Lords, and do him honor to.
Dar: Edward Plantagenet prince of Wales,
As I do set this helmet on thy head,
1515Wherewith the chamber of this braine is fenst,
So may thy temples with Bellonas hand,
Be still adornd with lawrell victorie,
Fight and be valiant, conquer where thou comst.
Aud. Edward Plantagenet prince of Wales,
1520Receiue this lance into thy manly hand,
Vse it in fashion of a brasen pen,
To drawe forth bloudie stratagems in France,
And print thy valiant deeds in honors booke,
Fight and be valiant, vanquish where thou comst.
1525Art: Edward Plantagener prince of Wales,
Hold take this target, weare it on thy arme,
And may the view there of like Perseus shield,
Astonish and transforme thy gazing foes
To senselesse images of meger death,
1530Fight and be valiant, couquer where thou comst.
Ki. Now wants there nought but knighthood, which deferd
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