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

Edward the third.
No no ye cannot ouerreach vs thus,
Two: The Sun dread Lord that in the western fall,
2380Beholds vs now low brought through miserie,
Did in the Orient purple of the morne,
Salute our comming forth when we were knowne
Or may our portion be with damned fiends,
Ki: If it be so, then let our couenant stand,
2385We take possession of the towne in peace,
But for your selues looke you for no remorse,
But as imperiall iustice hath decreed,
Your bodies shalbe dragd about these wals,
And after feele the stroake of quartering steele,
2390This is your dome, go souldiets see it done.
Qu: Ah be more milde vnto these yeelding men,
It is a glorious thing to stablish peace,
And kings approch the nearest vnto God,
By giuing life and safety vnto men,
2395As thou intendest to be king of Fraunce,
So let her people liue to call thee king,
For what the sword cuts down or fire hath spoyld
Is held in reputation none of ours.
Ki: Although experience teach vs, this is true,
2400That peacefull quietnes brings most delight,
When most of all abuses are controld,
Yet insomuch, it shalbe knowne that we,
Aswell can master our affections,
As conquer other by the dynt of sword,
2405Phillip preuaile, we yeeld to thy request,
These men shall liue to boast of clemencie,
And tyrannie strike terror to thy selfe.
Two: long liue your highnes, happy be your reigne
Ki: Go get you hence, returne vnto the towne,
2410And if this kindnes hath deserud your loue,
Learne then to reuerence Edw. as your king.
Now might we heare of our affaires abroad,
We would till glomy Winter were ore spent,
Dispose our men in garrison a while,
2415But who comes heere?