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


The Raigne of King
Tell me what ransome thou requirest to haue?
Kin: Thy ransome Iohn, hereafter shall be known
But first to England thou must crosse the seas,
To see what intertainment it affords,
2570How ere it fals, it cannot be so bad,
as ours hath bin since we ariude in France.
Ioh: Accursed man, of this I was fortolde,
But did misconster what the prophet told.
Pri: Now father this petition Edward makes,
2575To thee whose grace hath bin his strongest shield
That as thy pleasure chose me for the man,
To be the instrument to shew thy power,
So thou wilt grant that many princes more,
Bred and brought vp within that little Isle,
2580May still be famous for lyke victories:
and for my part, the bloudie scars I beare,
The wearie nights that I haue watcht in field,
The dangerous conflicts I haue often had,
The fearefull menaces were proffered me,
2585The heate and cold, and what else might displease
I wish were now redoubled twentie fold,
So that hereafter ages when they reade
The painfull traffike of my tender youth
Might thereby be inflamd with such resolue,
2590as not the territories of France alone,
But likewise Spain, Turkie, and what countries els
That iustly would prouoke faire Englands ire,
Might at their presence tremble and retire.
Kin: Here English Lordes we do proclaime a rest
2595an intercession of our painfull armes,
Sheath vp your swords, refresh your weary lims,
Peruse your spoiles, and after we haue breathd
a daie or two within this hauen towne,
God willing then for England wele be shipt,
2600VVhere in a happie houre I trust we shall
Ariue three kings, two princes, and a queene.

FINIS.