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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
Enter Copland and King Dauid.
De, Copland my Lord, and Dauid King of Scots:
Ki: Is this the proud presumtious Esquire of the
2420That would not yeeld his prisoner to my Queen,
Cop: I am my liege a Northen Esquire indeed,
But neither proud nor insolent I trust.
Ki:What moude thee then to be so obstinate,
To contradict our royall Queenes desire?
2425Co.No wilfull disobedience mightie Lord,
But my desert and publike law at armes.
I tooke the king my selfe in single fight,
and like a souldier would be loath to loose
The least preheminence that I had won.
2430And Copland straight vpon your highnes charge,
Is come to Fraunce, and with a lowly minde,
Doth vale the bonnet of his victory:
Receiue dread Lorde the custome of my fraught,
The wealthie tribute of my laboring hands,
2435Which should long since haue been surrendred vp
Had but your gratious selfe bin there in place,
Q. But Copland thou dist scorne the kings com-
Neglecting our commission in his name.
Cop. His name I reuerence, but his person more,
2440His name shall keepe me in alleagaunce still,
But to his person I will bend my knee.
King. I praie thee Phillip let displeasure passe:
This man doth please mee, and I like his words,
For what is he that will attmpt great deeds,
2445and loose the glory that ensues the fame,
all riuers haue recourse vnto the Sea,
and Coplands faith relation to his king,
Kneele therefore downe, now rise king Edwards
and to maintayne thy state I freely giue,
2450Fiue hundred marks a yeere to thee and thine.
welcom lord Salisburie, what news from Brittaine
Enter Salsbury.
Sa: This mightie King, the Country we haue won,