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

Edward the third.
I bring this happie tidings of successe,
Dauid of Scotland lately vp in armes,
Thinking belike he soonest should preuaile,
1785Your highnes being absent from the Realme,
Is by the fruitfull seruice of your peeres,
And painefull trauell of the Queene her selfe:
That big with child was euery day in armes,
Vanquisht, subdude, and taken prisoner.
1790Ki: Thanks Persie for thy newes with all my hart,
What was he tooke him prisoner in the field.
Per. A Esquire my Lord, Iohn Copland is his name:
Who since intreated by her Maiestie,
Denies to make surrender of his prize,
1795To anie but vnto your grace alone:
Whereat the Queene is greouously displeasd.
Ki: Well then wele haue a Pursiuaunt dispatch,
To summon Copland hither out of hand,
And with him he shall bring his prisoner king.
1800Per: The Queene my Lord her selfe by this at Sea,
And purposeth as soone as winde willserue,
To land at Callis, and to visit you,
Ki: She shall be welcome, and to wait her comming,
Ile pitch my tent neere to the sandy shore.
Enter a Captayne.
The Burgesses of Callis mighty king,
Haue by a counsell willingly decreed,
To yeeld the towne and Castle to your hands,
Vpon condition it will please your grace,
1810To graunt them benefite of life and goods.
K. Ed, They wil so: Then belike they may command,
Dispose, elect, and gouerne as they list,
No sirra, tell them since they didrefuse,
Our princely clemencie at first proclaymed,
1815They shall not haue it now although they would,
I will