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

The Raigne of king
2340To this bequeath in my last testament.
Pr: Renowned Audley, liue and haue from mee,
This gift twise doubled to these Esquires and thee
But liue or die, what thou hast giuen away,
To these and theirs shall lasting freedome stay,
2345Come gentlemen, I will see my friend bestowed,
With in an easie Litter, then wele martch.
Proudly toward Callis with tryumphant pace,
Vnto my royall father, and there bring,
The tribut of my wars, faire Fraunce his king.
Enter sixe Citizens in their Shirts, bare foote, with
halters about their necks.
Enter King Edward, Queen Phillip, Derby, soldiers.
Ed. No more Queene Phillip, pacific your selfe,
Copland, except he can excuse his fault,
2355Shall finde displeasure written in our lookes,
And now vnto this proud resisting towne,
Souldiers assault, I will no longer stay,
To be deluded by their false delaies,
Put all to sword, and make the spoyle your owne.
2360All: Mercy king Edward, mercie gratious Lord.
Ki: Gontemptuous villaines, call ye now for truce?
Mine eares are stopt against your bootelesse cryes,
Sound drums allarum, draw threatning swords?
All: Ah noble Prince, take pittie on this towne,
2365And heare vs mightie king:
We claime the promise that your highnes made,
The two daies respit is not yet expirde,
And we are come with willingnes to beare,
What tortering death or punishment you please,
2370So that the trembling multitude be saued,
Ki: My promise, wel I do confesse as much;
But I require the cheefest Citizens,
And men of most account that should submit,
You peraduenture are but seruile groomes,
2375Or some fellonious robbers on the Sea,
Whome apprehended law would execute,
Albeit seuerity lay dead in vs,