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

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,
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?
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,
And Charles de Mounford regent of that place,
2455Presents your highnes with this Coronet,
Protesting true allegeaunce to your Grace.
Ki: We thanke thee for thy seruice valient Earle
Challenge our fauour for we owe it thee:
Sa: But now my Lord, as this is ioyful newes,
2460So must my voice be tragicall againe,
and I sust sing of dolefull accidents,
Ki: What haue our men the ouerthrow at Poitiers,
Or is our sonne best with too much odds?
Sa. He was my Lord, and as my worthltsse selfe,
2465With fortie other seruicable knights,
Vndersafe conduct of the Dolphins seale,
Did trauaile that way, finding him distrest,
A troupe of Launces met vs on the way,
Surprisd and brought vs prisoners to the king,
2470Who proud of this, and eager of reuenge,
Commanded straight to cut of all our heads,
And surely we had died but that the Duke,
More full of honor then his angry syre,
Procurd our quicke deliuerance form thence,
2475But ere we went, salute your king, quothe hee,
Bid him prouide a funerall for his sonne,
To day our sword shall cut his thread of life,
And sooner then he thinkes wele be with him:
To quittance those displeasures he hath done,
2480This said, we past, not daring to reply,
Our harts were dead, our lookes diffusd and wan,
Wandring at last we clymd vnto a hill,
From whence although our griefe were much be-
Yet now to see the occasion with our eies,
2485Did thrice so much increase our heauines,
For there my Lord, oh there we did descry
Downe in a vallie how both armies laie:
The French had cast their trenches like a ring,
And euery Barracados openn front,
2490Was thicke imbost with brasen ordynaunce.
Heere stood a battaile of ten tstousand horse,
There twise as many pikes in quadrant wise,
Here Crosbowes and deadly wounding darts,
And in the midst like to a slender poynt,
2495Within the compasse of the horison,
as twere a rising bubble in the sea,
A Hasle wand a midst a wood of Pynes,
Or as a beare fast chaind vnto a stake,
Stood famous Edward still expecting when
2500Those doggs of Fraunce would fasten on his flesh
Anon the death procuring knell begins,
Off goe the Cannons that with trembling noyse,
Did shake the very Mountayne where they stood,
Then sound the Trumpets clangor in the aire,
2505The battailes ioyne, and when we could no more,
Discerne the difference twixt the friend and fo,
So intricate the darke confusion was,
Away we turnd our watrie eies with sighs,
as blacke as pouder fuming into smoke,
2510And thus I feare, vnhappie haue I told,
The most vntimely tale of Edwards fall.
Qu: Ah me, is this my welcome into Fraunce:
Is this the comfort that I lookt to haue,
When I should meete with my belooued sonne:
2515Sweete Ned, I would thy mother in the sea
Had been preuented of this mortall griefe.
Ki: Content thee Phillip, tis not teares will serue,
To call him backe, if he be taken hence,
Comfort thy selfe as I do gentle Queene,
2520With hope of sharpe vnheard of dyre reuenge,
He bids me to prouide his funerall.
And so I will, but all the Peeres in Fraunce,
Shall mourners be, and weepe out bloody teares,
Vntill their emptie vaines be drie and sere
2525The pillers of his hearse shall be his bones,
The mould that couers him, their Citie ashes,
His knell the groning cryes of dying men,
And in the stead of tapers on his tombe,
an hundred fiftie towers shall burning blaze,
2530While we bewaile our valiant sonnes decease.
After a flourish sounded within, enter an herald.
He. Reioyce my Lord, ascend the imperial throne
The mightie and redoubted prince of Wales,
Great seruitor to bloudie Mars in armes,
2535The French mans terror and his countries fame,
Triumphant rideth like a Romane peere,
and lowly at his stirop comes a foot
King Iohn of France, together with his sonne,
In captiue bonds, whose diadem he brings
2540To crowne thee with, andto proclaime thee king
Ki. Away with mourning Phillip, wipe thine eies
Sound Trumpets, welcome in Plantaginet.
Enter Prince Edward, king Iohn, Phillip, Aud-
ley, Artoys.
2545Ki: As things long lost when they are found again,
So doth my sonne reioyce his fathers heart,
For whom euen now my soule was much perplext
Q. Be this a token to expresse my ioy,
kisse him.
For inward passions will not let me speake.
2550Pr. My gracious father, here receiue the gift,
This wreath of conquest, and reward of warre,
Got with as mickle perill of our liues,
as ere was thing of price before this daie,
Install your highnes in your proper right,
2555and heerewithall I render to your hands
These prisoners, chiefe occasion of our strife.
Kin: So Iohn of France, I see you keepe your word
You promist to be sooner with our selfe
Then we did thinke for, and tis so in deed,
2560But had you done at first as now you do,
How many ciuill townes had stoode vntoucht,
That now are turnd to ragged heaps of stones?
How many peoples liues mightst thou haue saud,
that are vntimely sunke into their graues.
2565Io: Edward, recount not things irreuocable,
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.