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

Enter Lord Mountford with a Coronet in his hande, with him
the Earle of Salisbury.
Mo: My Lord of Salisbury since by our aide,
Mine ennemie Sir Charles of Bloys is slaine,
And I againe am quietly possest,
In Btittaines Dukedome, knowe that I resolue,
1700For this kind furtherance of your king and you,
To sweare allegeance to his maiesty:
In signe where of receiue this Coronet,
Beare it vnto him and with all mine othe,
Neuer to be but Edwards faithful friend.
1705Sa: I take it Mountfort, thus I hope eare long,
The whole Dominions of the Realme of Fraunce
Wilbe surrendred to his conquering hand:
Now if I knew but safely how to passe,
I would to Calice gladly meete his Grace,
1710Whether I am by letters certified,
Yet he intends to haue his host remooude,
It shal be so, this pollicy will serue,
Ho whose within? bring Villiers to me.
Enter Villeirs.
1715Villiers, thou kuowest thou art my prisoner,
And that I might for ransome if I would,
Require of thee a hundred thousand Francks,
Or else retayne and keepe thee captiue still:
But so it is, that for a smaller charge,
1720Thou maist be quit and if thou wilt thy selfe,
And this it is, procure me but a pasport,
Of Charles the Duke of Normandy, that I,
Without restraint may haue recourse to Callis,
Through all the Countries where he hath to doe.
1725Which thou maist easely obtayne I thinke,
By reason I haue often heard thee say,
He and thou were students once together:
And then thou shalt be set at libertie,
How saiest thou, wilt thou vndertake to do it?
1730Vil. I will my Lord, but I must speake with him.
Sa. Why so thou shalt, take Horse and post from hence,
Onely before thou goest, sweare by thy faith,
That if thou canst not compasse my desire,
Thou wilt returne my prisoner backe againe,
1735And that shalbe sufficient warrant for mee.
Vil: To that condition I agree my Lord,
And will vnfaynedly performe the same.
Sal: Farewell Villiers,
Thus once I meane to trie a French mans faith.