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Edward III (Quarto 1, 1596)

the third:
As it hath bin sundrie times plaied about
the Citie of London.
Printed for Cuthbert Burby.
K: Edward the third.
Enter King Edward, Derby, Prince Edward, Audely
and Artoys.
5RObert of Artoys banisht though thou be,
From Fraunce thy natiue Country, yet with vs,
Thou shalt retayne as great a Seigniorie:
For we create thee Earle of Richmond heere,
And now goe forwards with our pedegree,
10Who next succeeded Phillip of Bew,
Ar. Three sonnes of his, which all successefully,
Did sit vpon their#fathers regall Throne:
Yet dyed and left no issue of their loynes:
King: But was my mother sister vnto those:
15Art: Shee was my Lord,#and onely Issabel,
Was all the daughters that this Phillip had,
Whome afterward your father tooke to wife:
And from the fragrant garden of her wombe,
Your gratious selfe the flower of Europes hope:
20Deriued is inheritor to Fraunce.
But not the rancor of rebellious mindes:
When thus the lynage of Bew was out;
The French obscurd your mothers Priuiledge,
And though she were the next of blood,#proclaymed
25Iohn of the house of Valoys now their king:
The reason was, they say the Realme of Fraunce,
Repleat with Princes of great parentage,
Ought not admit a gouernor to rule,
Except he be discended of#the male,
30And thats the speciall ground of their contempt:
Wherewith they study to exclude your grace:
But they shall finde that forged ground of theirs,
To be but dusty heapes, of brittile sande.
Art: Perhaps it will be thought a heynous thing,
35That I a French man should discouer this,
But heauen I call to recorde of my vowes,
It is not hate nor any priuat wronge,
But loue vnto my country and the right,
Prouokes my tongue thus lauish in report.
40You are the lyneal watch men of our peace,
And Iohn of Valoys, in directly climbes,
What then should subiects but imbrace their King,
Ah where in may our duety more be seene,
Then stryuing to rebate a tyrants pride,
45And place the true shepheard of our comonwealth,
King: This counsayle Artoyes like to fruictfull shewers,
Hath added growth vnto my dignitye,
And by the fiery vigor of thy words,
Hot courage is engendred in my brest,
50Which heretofore was rakt in ignorance,
But nowe doth mount with golden winges of#fame,
And will approue faire Issabells discent,
Able to yoak their stubburne necks with steele,
That spurne against my souereignety in France.sound a horne
55A mestenger, Lord Awdley know from whence,
Enter a messenger Lorragne,
Aud: The Duke of Lorrayne, hauing crost the seas,
In treates he may haue conference with your highnes.
King: Admit him Lords, that we may heare the newes.
60Say Duke of Lorrayne wherefore art thou come.
Lor: The most renowned prince K. Iohn of France,
Doth greete thee Edward, and by me commandes,
That for so mnch as by his liberall gift,
The Guyen Dukedome is entayld to thee,
65Thou do him lowly homage for the same.
And for that purpose here I somon thee,
Repaire to France within these forty daies,
That there according as the coustome is.
Thou mayst be sworne true liegeman to our King,
70Or else thy title in that prouince dyes,
And hee him self will repossesse the place.
K. Ed: See how occasion laughes me in the face,
No sooner minded to prepare for France,
But straight I am inuited,#nay with threats,
75Vppon a penaltie inioynd to come:
Twere but a childish part to say him nay,
Lorrayne returne this answere to thy Lord,
I meane to visit him as he requests,
But how? not seruilely disposd to bend,
80But like a conquerer to make him bowe,
His lame vnpolisht shifts are come to light,
And trueth hath puld the visard from his face,
That sett a glasse vpon his arrogannce,
Dare he commaund a fealty in mee,
85Tell him the Crowne that hee vsurpes, is myne,
And where he sets his foote he ought to knele,
Tis not a petty Dukedome that I claime,
But all the whole Dominions, of the Realme,
Which if with grudging he refuse to yeld,
90Ile take away those borrowed plumes of his,
And send him naked to the wildernes.
Lor: Then Edward here in spight of all thy Lords,
I doe pronounce defyaunce to thy face.
Pri: Defiance French man we rebound it backe,
95Euen to the bottom of thy masters throat,
And be it spoke with reuerence of the King,
My gratious father and these other Lordes,
I hold thy message but as scurrylous,
And him that sent thee like the lazy droane,
100Crept vp by stelth vnto the Eagles nest,
From whence wele shake him with so rough a storme,
As others shalbe warned by his harme,
War: Byd him leaue of the Lyons case he weares,
Least meeting with the Lyon in the feeld,
105He chaunce to teare him peecemeale for his pride.
Art: The soundest counsell I can giue his grace,
Is to surrender ere he be constraynd.
A voluntarie mischiefe hath lesse scorne,
Then when reproch with violence is borne,
110Lor. Regenerate Traytor, viper to the place,
Where thou was fostred in thine infancy:
Bearest thou a part in this conspiracy?
He drawes his Sword.
K. Ed. Lorraine behold the sharpnes of this steele:
115Feruent desire that sits against my heart,
Is farre more thornie pricking than this blade.
That with the nightingale I shall be scard:
As oft as I dispose my selfe to rest,
Vntill my collours be displaide in Fraunce:
120This is thy finall Answere, so be gone.
Lor. It is not that nor any English braue,
Afflicts me so, as doth his poysoned view,
That is most false, should most of all be true.
K. Ed. Now Lord our fleeting Barke is vnder sayle:
125Our gage is throwne, and warre is soone begun,
But not so quickely brought vnto an end.
Enter Mountague.
Moun. But wherefore comes Sir william Mountague?
How stands the league betweene the Scot and vs?
130Mo. Crackt and disseuered my renowned Lord:
The treacherous King no sooner was informde,
Of your with drawing of your army backe:
But straight forgetting of his former othe,
He made inuasion on the bordering Townes:
135Barwicke is woon, Newcastle spoyld and lost,
And now the tyrant hath beguirt with seege,
The Castle of Rocksborough, where inclosd,
The Countes Salsbury is like to perish:
King. That is thy daughter Warwicke is it not?
140Whose husband hath in Brittayne serud so long,
About the planting of Lord Mouneford there?
VVar. It is my Lord.
Ki: Ignoble Dauid hast thou none to greeue,
But silly Ladies with thy threatning armes:
145But I will make you shrinke your snailie hornes,
First therefore Audley this shalbe thy charge,
Go leuie footemen for our warres in Fraunce;
And Ned take muster of our men at armes,
In euery shire elect a seuerall band,
150Let them be Souldiers of a lustie spirite,
Such as dread nothing but dishonors blot,
Be warie therefore since we do comence,
A famous Warre, and with so mighty a nation:
Derby be thou Embassador for vs,
155Vnto our Father in Law the Earle of Henalt:
Make him acquainted with our enterprise,
And likewise will him with our owne allies,
That are in Flaundsrs, to solicite to,
The Emperour of Almaigne in our name:
160Myselfe whilst you are ioyntly thus employd,
Will with these forces that I haue at hand,
March, and once more repulse the trayterous Scot:
But Sirs be resolute, we shal haue warres
On euery side, and Ned, thou must begin,
165Now to forget thy study and thy bookes,
And vre thy shoulders to an Armors weight.
Pr. As cheereful sounding to my youthfull spleene,
This tumult is of warres increasing broyles,
As at the Coronation of a king,
170The ioyfull clamours of the people are,
When Aue Casar they pronounce alowd;
Within this schoole of honor I shal learne,
Either to sacrifice my foes to death,
Or in a rightfull quarrel spend my breath,
175Then cheerefully forward ech a seuerall way,
In great affaires tis nought to vse delay.
Enter the Countesse.
Alas how much in vaine my poore eyes gaze,
180For souccour that my soueraigne should send;
A cosin Mountague, I feare thou wants,
The liuely spirirt sharpely to solicit,
Wth vehement sute the king in my behalfe:
Thou dost not tell him what a griefe it is,
185To be the scornefull captiue to a Scot,
Either to be wooed with broad vntuned othes,
Or forst by rough insulting barbarisme:
Thou doest not tell him if he heere preuaile,
How much they will deride vs in the North,
190And in their vild vnseuill skipping giggs,
Bray foorth their Conquest, and our ouerthrow,
Euen in the barraine, bleake and fruitlesse aire,
Enter Dauid and Douglas, Lorraine.
I must withdraw, the euerlasting foe,
195Comes to the wall, Ile closely step aside,
And list their babble blunt and full of pride.
K. Da: My Lord of Lorrayne, to our brother of Fraunce,
Commend vs as the man in Christendome,
That we must reuerence and intirely loue,
200Touching your embassage, returne and say,
That we with England will not enter parlie,
Nor neuer make faire wether, or take truce,
But burne their neighbor townes and so persist
With eager Rods beyond their Citie Yorke,
205And neuer shall our bonny riders rest:
Nor rust in canker, haue the time to eate,
Their light borne snaffles, nor their nimble spu
Nor lay a{}side their Iacks of Gymould mayle,
Nor hang their staues of grayned Scottish ash,
210In peacefull wise, vpon their Citie wals,
Nor from their buttoned tawny leatherne belts,
Dismisse their byting whinyards, till your King,
Cry out enough, spare England now for pittie,
Farewell, and tell him that you leaue vs heare,
215Before this Castle, say you came from vs,
Euen when we had that yeelded to our hands,
Lor: take my leaue and fayrely will returne
Your acceptable greeting to my king.
Exit Lor.
K. D: Now Duglas to our former taske again,
220For the deuision of this certayne spoyle.
Dou: My liege I craue the Ladie and no more,
King. Nay soft ye sir, first I must make my choyse,
And first I do bespeake her for my selfe,
Da. Why then my liege let me enioy her iewels,
225King: Those are her owne still liable to her,
And who inherits her,hath those with all.
Enter a Scot in hast.
Mes: My liege,as we were pricking on the hils,
To fetch in booty,marching hitherward,
230We might discry a mighty host of men,
The Sunne reflicting on the armour shewed,
A field of plate,a wood of pickes aduanced:
Bethinke your highnes speedely herein,
An easie march within foure howres will bring,
235The hindmost rancke, vnto this place my liege.
King: Dislodge, dislodge,it is the king of England.
Dug: Iemmy my man,saddle my bonny blacke.
King: Meanst thou to fight,Duglas we are to weake.
Du: I know it well my liege,and therefore flie.
240Cou: My Lords of Scotland will ye stay and drinke:
King: She mocks at vs Duglas,I cannot endure it.
Count, Say good my Lord, which is he must haue the Ladie,
And which her iewels,I am sure my Lords
Ye will not hence,till you haue shard the spoyles.
245King: Shee heard the messenger,and heard our talke.
And now that comfort makes herscorne at vs.
Annother messenger.
Mes: Arme my good Lord,O we are all surprisde.
After the French embassador my liege,
250And tell him that you dare not ride to Yorke,
Excuse it that your bonnie horse is lame.
K. He heard that to,intollerable griefe:
Woman farewell although I do not stay.
Exunt Scots.
Count: Tis not for feare,and yet you run away,
255O happie comfort welcome to our house,
The confident and boystrous boasting Scot,
That swore before my walls they would not backe,
For all the armed power of this land,
With facelesse feare that euer turnes his backe:
260Turnd hence againe the blasting North-east winde:
Vpon the bare report and name of Armes.
Enter Mountague.
Mo: O Sommers day,see where my Cosin comes:
How fares my Aunt? we are not Scots,
265Why do you shut your gates against your friends?
Co: Well may I giue a welcome Cosin to thee:
For thou comst well to chase my foes from hence.
Mo: The king himselfe is come in person hither:
Deare Aunt discend and gratulate his highnes.
270Co: How may I entertayne his Maiestie,
To shew my duety, and his dignitie.
Enter king Edward, VVarwike, Artoyes, with others.
K. Ed: What are the stealing Foxes fled and gone
Before we could vncupple at their heeles.
275War: They are my liege,but with a cheereful cry,
Hot hunds and hardie chase them at the heeles.
Enter Countesse.
K. Ed: This is the Counte{sse Warwike, is it not.
War: Euen shee liege, whose beauty tyrants feare,
280As a May blossome with pernitious winds,
Hath sullied, withered ouercast and donne.
K. Ed: Hath she been fairer Warwike then she is?
War: My gratious King,faire is she not at all,
If that her selfe were by to staine herselfe,
285As I haue seene her when she was her selfe.
K. Ed: What strange enchantment lurke in those her eyes?
When they exceld this excellence they haue,
That now her dym declyne hath power to draw,
My subiect eyes from persing maiestie,
290To gaze on her with doting admiration.
Count: In duetie lower then the ground I kneele,
And for my dul knees bow my feeling heart,
To witnes my obedience to your highnes,
With many millions of a subiects thanks.
295For this your Royall presence,whose approch,
Hath driuen war and danger from my gate.
K. Lady stand vp, I come to bring thee peace,
How euer thereby I haue purchast war.
Co: No war to you my liege, the Scots are gone,
300And gallop home toward Scotland with their hate,
Least yeelding heere,I pyne in shamefull loue:
Come wele persue the Scots,Artoyes away.
Co: A little while my gratious soueraigne stay,
And let the power of a mighty king
305Honor our roofe: my husband in the warres,
When he shall heare it will triumph for ioy.
Then deare my liege, now niggard not thy state,
Being at the wall, enter our homely gate.
King. Pardon me countesse,I will come no neare,
310I dreamde to night of treason and I feare.
Co: Far from this place let vgly treason ly.
K: No farther off, then her conspyring eye,
Which shoots infected poyson in my heart.
Beyond repulse ofwit or cure of Art.
315Now in the Sunne alone it doth not lye,
With light to take light,from a mortall eye.
For here to day stars that myne eies would see,
More then the Sunne steales myne owne light from mee:
Contemplatiue desire,desire to be,
320Incontemplation that may master thee.
Warwike, Artoys, to horse and lets away.
Co: What might I speake to make my soueraigne stay?
King: What needs a tongue to such a speaking eie,
That more perswads then winning Oratorie.
325Co: Let not thy presence like the Aprill sunne,
Flatter our earth,and sodenly be done:
More happie do not make our outward wall,
Then thou wilt grace our inner house withall,
Our house my liege is like a Country swaine,
330Whose habit rude,and manners blunt and playne,
Presageth nought,yet inly beautified,
With bounties riches;and faire hidden pride:
For where the golden Ore doth buried lie,
The ground vndect with natures tapestrie,
335Seemes barrayne,sere, vnfertill,fructles dry,
And where the vpper turfe of earth doth boast,
His pride perfumes, and party colloured cost,
Delue there, and find this issue and their pride,
To spring from ordure,and corruptions side:
340But to make vp my all to long compare,
These ragged walles no testomie are,
What is within, but like a cloake doth hide,
From weathers West, the vnder garnisht pride:
More gratious then my tearmes can let thee be,
345Intreat thy selfe to stay a while with mee.
Kin: As wise as faire,what fond fit can be heard,
When wisedome keepes the gate as beuties gard,
Countesse, albeit my busines vrgeth me,
Yt shall attend, while I attend on thee:
350Come on my Lords,heere will I host to night.
Lor: I might perceiue his eye in her eye lost,
His care to drinke her sweet tongues vtterance,
And changing passion like inconstant clouds:
That racke vpon the carriage of the windes,
355Increase and die in his disturbed cheekes:
Loe when shee blusht, euen then did he looke pale,
As if her cheekes by some inchaunted power,
Attracted had the cherie blood from his,
Anone with reuerent feare, when she grewpale,
360His cheeke put on their scarlet ornaments,
But no more like her oryent all red,
Then Bricke to Corrall,or liue things to dead,
Why did he then thus counterfeit her lookes,
If she did blush twas tender modest shame,
365Beingin the sacred present of a King.
If he did blush, twas red immodest shame,
To waile his eyes amisse being a king;
If she lookt pale, twas silly womans feare,
To beare her selfe in presence of a king:
370If he lookt pale, it was with guiltie feare,
To dote a misse being a mighty king,
Then Scottish warres farewell, I feare twill prooue
A lingring English seege of peeuish loue,
Here comes his highnes walking all alone.
Enter King Edward.
King: Shee is growne more fairer far since I came thither,
Her voice more siluer euery word then other,
Her wit more fluent, what a strange discourse,
Vnfolded she of Dauid and his Scots:
380Euen thus quoth she, he spake, and then spoke broad,
With epithites and accents of the Scot:
But somewhat better then the Scot could speake,
And thus quoth she, and answered then herselfe,
For who could speake like her but she herselfe:
385Breathes from the wall, an Angels note from Heauen:
Of sweete defiance to her barbarous foes,
When she would talke of peace me thinkes her tong,
Commanded war to prison: when of war,
It wakened Cæsar from his Romane graue,
390To heare warre beautified by her discourse,
Wisedome is foolishnes, but in her tongue,
Beauty a slander but in her faire face,
There is no summer, but in her cheerefull lookes,
Nor frosty winter, but in her disdayne,
395I cannot blame the Scots that did besiege her,
For she is all the Treasure of our land:
But call them cowards that they ran away,
Hauing so rich and faire a cause to stay.
Art thou thete Lodwicke, giue me incke and paper?
400Lo: I will my liege.
K: And bid the Lords hold on their play at Chesse,
For wee will walke and meditate alone.
Lo: I will my soueraigne.
Ki: This fellow is well read in poetrie,
405And hath a lustie and perswasiue spirite:
I will acquaint him with my passion,
Which he shall shadow with a vaile of lawne,
Through which the Queene of beauties Queene shall see,
Herselfe the ground of my infirmitie.
Enter Lodwike.
Ki: Hast thou pen, inke and paper ready Lodowike,
Lo: Ready my liege.
Ki: Then in the sommer arber sit by me,
Make it our counsel house or cabynet:
415Since greene our thoughts, greene be the conuenticle,
Where we will ease vs by disburdning them:
Now Lodwike inuocate some golden Muse,
To bring thee hither an inchanted pen,
That may for sighes, set downe true sighes indeed:
420Talking of griefe, to make thee ready grone,
And when thou writest of teares, encouch the word,
Before and after with such sweete laments,
That it may rayse drops in a Torters eye,
And make a flynt heart Sythian pytifull,
425For so much moouing hath a Poets pen:
Then if thou be a Poet moue thou so,
And be enriched by thy soueraigne loue:
For if the touch of sweet concordant strings,
Could force attendance in the eares of hel:
430How much more shall the straines of poets wit,
Beguild and rauish soft and humane myndes.
Lor: To whome my Lord shal I direct my stile.
King: To one that shames the faire and sots the wise,
Whose bodie is an abstract or a breefe,
435Containes ech generall vertue in the worlde,
Better then bewtifull thou must begin,
Deuise for faire a fairer word then faire,
And euery ornament that thou wouldest praise,
Fly it a pitch aboue the soare of praise,
440For flattery feare thou not to be conuicted,
For were thy admiration ten tymes more,
Ten tymes ten thousand more thy worth exceeds,
Of that thou art to praise their praises worth,
Beginne I will to contemplat the while,
445Forget not to set downe how passionat,
How hart sicke and how full of languishment,
Her beautie makes mee,
Lor: Writ I to a woman?
King: Whatbewtie els could triumph on me,
450Or who but women doe our loue layes greet,
What thinekst thou I did bid thee praise a horse.
Lor, Of what condicion or estate she is,
Twere requisit that I should know my Lord,
King: Of such estate, that hers is as a throane,
455And my estate the footstoole where shee treads,
Then maist thou iudge what her condition is,
By the proportion of her mightines,
Write on while I peruse her in my thoughts,
Her voice to musicke or the nightingale,
460To musicke euery sommer leaping swaine,
Compares his sunburnt louer when shee speakes,
And why should I speake of the nightingale,
The nightingale singes of adulterate wrong,
And that compared is to satyrical,
465For sinne though synne would not be so esteemd,
But rather vertue sin, synne vertue deemd,
Her hair far softor then the silke wormes twist,
Like to a flattering glas doth make more faire,
The yelow Amber like a flattering glas,
470Comes in to soone: for writing of her eies,
Ile say that like a glas they catch the sunne,
And thence the hot reflection doth rebounde,
Against my brest and burnes my hart within,
Ah what a world of descant makes my soule,
475Vpon this voluntarie ground of loue,
Come Lodwick hast thou turnd thy inke to golde,
If not, write but in letters Capitall my mistres name,
And it wil guild thy paper, read Lorde, reade,
Fill thou the emptie hollowes of mine eares,
480With the sweete hearing of thy poetrie.
Lo: I haue not to a period brought her praise.
King: Her praise is as my loue, both infinit,
Which apprehend such violent extremes,
That they disdaine an ending period.
485Her bewtie hath no match but my affection,
Hers more then most, myne most, and more then more,
Hers more to praise then tell the sea by drops,
Nay more then drop the massie earth by sands,
And said, by said, print them in memorie,
490Then wherefore talkest thou of a period,
To that which craues vnended admiration.
Read let vs heare,
Lo: More faire and chast then is the queen of shades:
King: That loue hath two falts grosse and palpable,
495Comparest thou her to the pale queene of night,
Who being set in darke seemes therefore light,
What is she, when the sunne lifts vp his head,
But like a fading taper dym and dead.
My loue shall braue the ey of heauen at noon,
500And being vnmaskt outshine the golden sun,
Lo: What is the other faulte, my soueraigne Lord,
King. Readeore the line againe,
Lo: More faire and chast,
King: I did not bid thee talke of chastitie,
505To ransack so the treason of her minde,
For I had rather haue her chased then chast,
Out with the moone line, I wil none of it,
And let me haue hir likened to the sun,
Say shee hath thrice more splendour then the sun,
510That her perfections emulats the sunne,
That shee breeds sweets as plenteous as the sunne,
That shee doth thaw cold winter like the sunne,
That she doth cheere fresh sommer like the sunne,
That shee doth dazle gazers like the sunne,
515And in this application to the sunne,
Bid her be free and generall as the sunne,
Who smiles vpon the basest weed that growes,
As louinglie as on the fragrant rose,
Lets see what followes that same moonelight line,
520Lo: More faire and chast then is the louer of shades,
More bould in constancie.
King: In constancie then who,
Lo: Then Iudith was,
King: O monstrous line, put in the next a sword
525And I shall woo her to cut of my head
Blot, blot, good Lodwicke let vsheare the next.
Lo: Theres all that yet is donne.
King: I thancke thee then thou hast don litle ill,
But what is don is passing passing ill,
530No let the Captaine talke of boystrous warr,
The prisoner of emured darke constraint,
The sick man best sets downe the pangs of death,
The man that starues the sweetnes of a feast,
The frozen soule the benefite of fire,
535And euery griefe his happie opposite,
Loue cannot sound well but in louers toungs,
Giue me the pen and paper I will write,
Enter Countes.
But soft here comes the treasurer of my spirit,
540Lodwick thou knowst not how to drawe a battell,
These wings, these flankars, and these squadrons,
Argue in thee defectiue discipline,
Thou shouldest haue placed this here, this other here,
Co. Pardon my boldnes my thrice gracious Lords,
545Let my intrusion here be cald my duetie,
That comes to see my soueraigne how he fares,
Kin: Go draw the same I tell thee in what forme.
Lor: I go.
Con: Sorry I am to see my liege so sad,
550What may thy subiect do to driue from thee.
Thy gloomy consort, sullome melancholie,
King: Ah Lady I am blunt and cannot strawe,
The flowers of solace in a ground of shame,
Since I came hither Countes I am wronged.
555Cont: Now God forbid that anie in my howse
Should thinck my soueraigne wrong, thrice gentle King:
King: Acquant me with theyr cause of discontent.
How neere then shall I be to remedie.
Cont: As nere my Liege as all my womans power,
560Can pawne it selfe to buy thy remedy.
King: Yf thou speakst true then haue I my redresse,
Ingage thy power to redeeme my Ioyes,
And I am ioyfull Countes els I die.
Coun: I will my Liege.
565King: Sweare Counties that thou wilt.
Coun: By heauen I will,
King: Then take thy selfe a litel waie a side,
And tell thy self a King doth dote on thee,
Say that within thy power doth lie.
570To make him happy, and that thou hast sworne,
To giue him all the Ioy within thy power,
Do this and tell me when I shall be happie.
Coun: All this is done my thrice dread souereigne,
That power of loue that I haue power to giue.
575Thou hast with all deuout obedience,
Inploy me how thou wilt in prose therof,
King. Thou hearst me saye that I do dote on thee,
Coun: Yfon my beauty take yt if thou canst,
Though litle I do prise it ten tymes lesse,
580If on my vertue take it if thou canst,
For vertues store by giuing doth augment,
Be it on what it will that I can giue,
And thou canst take awaie inherit it.
King. It is thy beauie that I woulde enioy,
585Count. O were it painted I would wipe it of,
And disposse my selfe to giue it thee,
But souereigne it is souldered to my life,
Take one and both for like an humble shaddow,
Yt hauntes the sunshineof my summers life,
590But thou maist leue it me to sport with all,
Count: As easie may my intellectual soule,
Be lent a waie and yet my bodie liue,
As lend my bodie pallace to my soule,
A waie from her and yet retaine my soule,
595My bodie is her bower her Court her abey,
And shee an Angell pure deuine vnspotted,
If I should leaue her house my Lord to thee,
I kill my poore soule and my poore soule me,
King. Didst thou not swere to giue me what I would,
600Count: I did my liege so what you would I could.
King: I wish no more of thee then thou maist giue,
Nor beg I do not but I rather buie,
That is thy loue and for that loue of thine,
In rich exchaunge I tender to thee myne,
605Count. But that your lippes were sacred my Lord,
You would prophane the holie name of loue,
That loue you offer me you cannot giue,
For Cæsar owes that tribut to his Queene,
That loue you beg of me I cannot giue,
610For Sara owes that duetie to her Lord,
He that doth clip or counterfeit your stamp,
Shall die my Lord, and will your sacred selfe,
Comit high treason against the King of heauen,
To stamp his Image in forbidden mettel,
615For getting your alleageance, and your othe,
In violating mariage secred law,
You breake a greater honor then your selfe,
To be a King is of a yonger house,
Then to be maried, your progenitour
620Sole ragning Adam on the vniuerse,
By God was honored for a married man,
But not by him annointed for a king,
It is a pennalty to breake your statutes,
Though not enacted with your highnes' hand,
625How much more to infringe the holy act,
Made by the mouth of God, seald with his hand,
I know my souereigne in my husbands loue,
Who now doth loyall seruice in his warrs,
Doth but to try the wife of Salisbury,
630Whither shee will heare a wantons tale or no,
Lest being therein giulty by my stay,
From that not from my leige I tourne awaie:
King. Whether is her bewtie by her words dyuine,
Or are her words sweet chaplaines to her bewtie,
635Like as the wind doth beautifie a saile,
And as a saile becomes the vnseene winde,
So doe her words her bewties, bewtie wordes,
O that I were a honie gathering bee,
To beare the combe of vertue from his flower,
640And not a poison sucking enuious spider,
To turne the vice I take to deadlie venom,
Religion is austere and bewty gentle,
To stricke a gardion for so faire a weed,
O that shee were as is the aire to mee,
645Why so she is, for when I would embrace her,
This do I, and catch nothing but my selfe,
I must enioy her, for I cannot beate
With reason and reproofe fond loue a waie.
Enter Warwicke.
650Here comes her father I will worke with him,
To beare my collours in this feild of loue.
War: How is it that my souereigne is so sad,
May I with pardon know your highnes griefe,
And that my old endeuor will remoue it,
655It shall not comber long your maiestie,
King: A kind and voluntary giift thou proferest,
That I was forwarde to haue begd of thee,
But O thou world great nurse of flatterie,
Whie dost thou tip mens tongues with golden words,
660And peise their deedes with weight of heauie leade,
That faire performance cannot follow promise,
O that a man might hold the hartes close booke,
And choke the lauish tongue when it doth vtter
The breath of falshood not carectred there:
665War: Far be it from the honor of my age,
That I shouid owe bright gould and render lead,
Age is a cyncke, not a flatterer,
I saye againe, that I if knew your griefe,
And that by me it may be lesned,
670My proper harme should buy your highnes good,
These are the vulger tenders of false men,
That neuer pay the duetie of their words,
Kin: Thou wilt not sticke to sweare what thou hast said,
But when thou knowest my greifes condition,
675This rash disgorged vomit of thy word,
Thou wilt eate vp againe and leaue me helples.
War. By heauen I will not though your maiestie,
Did byd me run vpon your sworde and die.
Say that my greefe is no way medicinable,
680But by the losse and bruising of thine honour,
War: Yf nothing but that losse may vantage you,
I would accomplish that losse my vauntage to,
King. Thinkst that thou canst answere thy oth againe,
War: I cannot nor I would not if I could.
685King. But if thou dost what shal I say to thee,
War: What may be said to anie periurd villane,
That breake the sacred warrant of an oath,
King. What wilt thou say to one that breaks an othe,
War. That hee hath broke his faith with God and man,
690And from them both standes excommunicat,
King. What office were it to suggest a man,
To breake a lawfull and religious vowe.
War. An office for the deuill not for man,
Ki. That deuilles office must thou do forme,
695Or breake thy oth or cancell all the bondes,
Of loue and duetie twixt thy self and mee,
And therefore Warwike if thou art thy selfe,
The Lord and master of thy word and othe,
Go to thy daughter and in my behalfe,
700Comaund her, woo her, win her anie waies,
To be my mistres and my secret loue,
I will not stand to heare thee make reply,
Thy oth breake hers or let thy souereigne dye. Exit,
King: O doting King, or detestable office,
705Well may I tempt my self to wrong my self,
When he hath sworne me by the name of God,
To breake a vowe made by the name of God,
What if I sweare by this right hand of mine,
To cut this right hande of the better waie,
710Were to prophaine the Idoll then confound it,
But neither will I do Ile keepe myne oath,
And to my daughter make a recantation,
Of all the vertue I haue preacht to her,
Ile say she must forget her husband Salisbury,
715If she remember to embrace the king,
Ile say an othe may easily be broken,
But not so easily pardoned being broken:
Ile say it is true charitie to loue,
But not true loue to be so charitable;
720Ile say his greatnes may beare out the shame,
But not his kingdome can buy out the sinne;
Ile say it is my duety to perswade,
But not her honestie to giue consent.
Enter Countesse.
725See where she comes, was neuer father had,
Against his child, an embassage so bad.
Co: My Lord and father, I haue sought for you:
My mother and the Peeres importune you,
To keepe in promise of his maiestie.
730And do your best to make his highnes merrie.
War: How shall I enter in this gracelesse arrant,
I must not call her child, for wheres the father,
That will in such a sute seduce his child:
Then wife of Salisbury shall I so begin:
735No hees my friend, and where is found the friend
That will doe friendship snch indammagement:
Neither my daughter, nor my deare friends wife,
I am not Warwike as thou thinkst I am,
But an atturnie from the Court of hell:
740That thus haue housd my spirite in his forme,
To do a message to thee from the king:
The mighty king of England dotes on thee:
He that hath power to take away thy life,
Hath power to take thy honor, then consent,
745To pawne thine honor rather then thy life;
Honor is often lost and got againe,
But life once gon, hath no recouerie:
The Sunne that withersheye goth nourish grasse,
The king that would distaine thee, will aduance thee:
750The Poets write that great Achilles speare,
Could heale the wound it made: the morrall is,
What mighty men misdoo, they can amend:
The Lyon doth become his bloody iawes,
And grace his forragement by being milde,
755When vassell feare lies trembling at his feete,
The king will in his glory hide thy shame,
And those that gaze on him to finde out thee,
Will loose their eie-sight looking in the Sunne:
What can one drop of poyson harme the Sea,
760Whose hugie vastures can digest the ill,
And make it loose his operation:
The kings great name will temper their misdeeds,
And giue the bitter portion of reproch:
A sugred sweet, and most delitious tast:
765Besides it is no harme to do the thing,
Which without shame, could not be left vndone;
Thus haue I in his maiesties behalfe,
Apparraled sin, in vertuous sentences,
And dwel vpon thy answere in his sute.
770Cou: Vnnaturall beseege, woe me vnhappie,
To haue escapt the danger of my foes,
And to be ten times worse inuierd by friends:
Hath he no meanes to stayne my honest blood,
But to corrupt the author of my blood,
775To be his scandalous and vile soliciter:
No maruell though the braunches be then infected,
When poyson hath encompassed the roote:
No maruell though the leprous infant dye,
When the sterne dame inuennometh the Dug:
780Why then giue sinne a pasport to offend,
And youth the dangerous reigne of liberty:
Blot out the strict forbidding of the law,
And cancell euery cannon that prescribes,
A shame for shame, or pennance for offence,
785No let me die, if his too boystrous will,
Will haue it so, before I will consent,
To be an actor in his gracelesse lust,
Wa: Why now thou speakst as I would haue thee speake,
And marke how I vnsaie my words againe,
790An honorable graue is more esteemd,
Then the polluted closet of a king,
The greater man, the greater is the thing,
Be it good or bad that he shall vndertake,
An vnreputed mote, flying in the Sunne,
795Presents a greater substaunce then it is:
The freshest summers day doth soonest taint,
The lothed carrion that it seemes to kisse:
Deepe are the blowes made with a mightie Axe,
That sinne doth ten times agreuate it selfe,
800That is committed in a holie place,
An euill deed done by authoritie,
Is sin and subbornation: Decke an Ape
In tissue, and the beautie of the robe,
Adds but the greater scorne vnto the beast:
805A spatious field of reasons could I vrge,
Betweene his gloomie daughter and thy shame,
That poyson shewes worst in a golden cup,
Darke night seemes darker by the lightning flash,
Lillies that fester, smel far worse then weeds,
810And euery glory that inclynes to sin,
The shame is treble, by the opposite,
So leaue I with my blessing in thy bosome,
Which then conuert to a most heauie curse,
When thou conuertest from honors golden name,
815To the blacke faction of bed blotting, shame.
Coun: Ils follow thee, and when my minde turnes so,
My body sinke, my soule in endles woo.
Enter at one doore Derby from Eraunce, At an other doore,
Audley with a Drum.
820Der. Thrice noble Audley, well incountred heere,
How is it with our soueraigne and his peeres?
Aud. Tis full a fortnight since I saw his highnes,
What time he sent me forth to muster men,
Which I accordingly haue done and bring them hither,
825In faire aray before his maiestie:
King: What newes my Lord of Derby from the Emperor.
Der. As good as we desire: the Emperor
Hath yeelded to his highnes friendly ayd,
And makes our king leiuetenant generall
830In all his lands and large dominions,
Then via for the spatious bounds of Fraunce;
Aud. What doth his highnes leap to heare these newes?
Der. I haue not yet found time to open them,
The king is in his closet malcontent,
835For what I know not, but he gaue in charge,
Till after dinner, none should interrupt him:
The Countesse Salisbury, and her father Warwike,
Artoyes, and all looke vnderneath the browes.
Aud: Vndoubtedly then some thing is a misse.
Enter the King.
Dar, The Trumpets sound, the king is now abroad,
Ar. Hhere comes his highnes.
Der. Befall my soueraigne, all my soueraignes wish,
King. Ah that thou wert a Witch to make it so.
845Der. The Emperour greeteth you.
Kin. Would it were the Countesse.
Der. And hath accorded to your highnes suite,
King. Thou lyest she hath not, but I would she had,
Au. All loue and duety to my Lord the King.
850Kin. Well all but one is none, what newes with you?
Au. I haue my liege, leuied those horse and foote.
According as your charge, and brought them hither.
Kin. Then let those foote trudge hence vpon those horse,
According too our discharge and begonne:
855Darby Ile looke vpon the Countesse minde anone,
Dar The Countesse minde my liege.
Kin. I meane the Emperour, leaue me alone.
Au. What is his mind?
Dar: Lets leaue him to his humor.
Ki: Thus from the harts aboundant speakes the tongue,
Countesse for Emperour, and indeed why not?
She is as imperator ouer me, and I to her
Am as a kneeling vassaile that obserues,
865The pleasure, ordispleasure of her eye
Enter Lodwike.
Ki: What saies the more then Cleopatras match,
To Cæsar now?
Lo: That yet my liege ere night,
870She will resolue your maiestie.
Ki: What drum is this that thunders forth this march,
To start the tender Cupid in my bosome,
Poore shipskin how it braules with him that beateth it:
Go breake the thundring parchment bottome out,
875And I will teach it to conduct sweete lynes,
Vnto the bosome of a heauenly Nymph,
For I will vse it as my writing paper,
And so reduce him from a scoulding drum,
To be the herald and deare counsaiie bearer,
880Betwixt a goddesse, and a mighty king:
Go bid the drummer learne to touch the Lute,
Or hang him in the braces of his drum,
For now we thinke it an vnciuill thing,
To trouble heauen wrth such harsh resounds, Away.
885The quarrell that I haue requires no armes,
But these of myne, and these shall meete my foe,
In a deepe march of penytrable grones,
My eyes shall be my arrowes, and my sighes
Shall serue me as the vantage of the winde,
890To wherle away my sweetest artyllerie:
Ah but alas she winnes the sunne of me,
For that is she her selfe, and thence it comes,
That Poets tearme, the wanton warriour blinde:
But loue hath eyes as iudgement to his steps,
895Till two much loued glory dazles them?
How now.
Enter Lodwike.
Lo. My liege the drum that stroke the lusty march,
Stands with Prince Edward your thrice valiant sonne.
Enter Prince Edward.
King. I see the boy, oh how his mothers face,
Modeld in his, corrects my straid desire,
And rates my heart, and chides my theeuish eie,
Who being rich ennough in seeing her,
905Yet seeke elsewhere and basest theft is that,
Which cannot cloke it selfe on pouertie.
Now boy, what newes?
Pr. E. I haue assembled my deare Lord and father,
The choysest buds of all our English blood,
910For our affaires to Fraunce, and heere we come,
To take direction from your maiestie.
Kin: Still do I see in him deliniate,
His mothers visage, those his eies are hers,
Who looking wistely on me, make me blush:
915For faults against themselues, giue euidence,
Lust as a fire, and me like lanthorne show,
Light lust within them selues; euen through them selues:
A way loose silkes or wauering vanitie,
Shall the large limmit offaire Brittayne.
920By me be ouerthrowne, and shall I not,
Master this little mansion of my selfe;
Giue me an Armor of eternall steele,
I go to conquer kings, andshall I not then
Subdue my selfe, and be my enimies friend,
925It must not be, come boy forward, aduaunce,
Lets with our coullours sweete the Aire of Fraunce.
Enter Lodwike.
Lo. My liege, the Countesse with a smiling cheere.
Desires accesse vnto your Maiestie.
930King. Why there it goes, that verie smile of hers,
Hath ransomed captiue Fraunce, and set the King,
The Dolphin and the Peeres at liberty,
Goe leaue me Ned, and reuell with thy friends.
Exit Pr.
Thy mother is but blacke, and thou like her.
935Dost put it in my minde how foule she is,
Goe fetch the Countesse hether in thy hand,
Exit Lod.
And let her chase away these winter clouds,
For shee giues beautie both to heauen and earth,
The sin is more to hacke and hew poore men,
940Then to embrace in an vnlawfull bed,
The register of all rarieties,
Since Letherne Adam, till this youngest howre.
Enter Countesse.
King. Goe Lodwike, put thy hand into thy purse,
945Play, spend, giue, ryot, wast, do what thou wilt,
So thou wilt hence awhile and leaue me heere.
Now my soules plaiefellow art thou come,
To speake the more then heauenly word of yea,
To my obiection in thy beautious loue.
950Count. My father on his blessing hath commanded.
King. That thou shalt yeeld to me.
Coun: I deare my liege, your due.
King. And that my dearest loue, can be no lesse,
Then right for right, and render loue for loue.
955Count: Then wrong for wrong, and endles hate for hate:
But fith I see your maiestie so bent,
That my vnwillingnes, my husbands loue,
Your high estate, nor no respect respected,
Can be my helpe, but that your mightines:
960Will ouerbeare and awe these deare regards,
I bynd my discontent to my content,
And what I would not, Ile compell I will,
Prouided that your selfe remoue those lets,
That stand betweene your highnes loue and mine,
965King: Name then faire Countesse, and by heauen I will.
Co: It is their liues that stand betweene our loue.
That I would haue chokt vp my soueraigne.
Ki. Whose liues my Lady?
Co. My thrice loning liege,
970Your Queene, and Salisbury my wedded husband,
Who liuing haue that tytle in our loue,
That we cannot bestow but by their death,
Ki: Thy opposition is beyond our Law,
Co. So is your desire, if the law
975Can hinder you to execute the one,
Let it forbid you to attempt the other:
I Cannot thinke you loue me as you say,
Vnlesse you do make good what you haue sworne.
No mor, ethy husband and the Queene shall dye,
980Fairer thou art by farre, then Hero was,
Beardles Leander not so strong as I:
He swome an easie curraunt for his loue,
But I will throng a hellie spout of bloud,
To arryue at Cestus where my Hero lyes.
985Co: Nay youle do more, youle make the Ryuer to,
With their hart bloods, that keepe our loue asunder,
Of which my husband, and your wife are twayne.
Ki. Thy beauty makes them guilty of their death,
And giues in euidence that they shall dye,
990Vpon which verdict I their Iudge condemne them.
Co: O periurde beautie, more corrupted Iudge:
When to the great Starre-chamber ore our heads,
The vniuersell Sessions cals to count,
This packing euill, we both shall tremble for it.
995Ki. VVhat saies my faire loue, is she resolute?
Co. Resolute to be dissolude, and therefote this.
Keepe but thy word great king, and I am thine,
Stand where thou dost, ile part a little from the e
And see how I will yeeld me to thy hands:
1000Here by my side doth hang my wedding knifes,
Take thou the one, and with it kill thy Queene
And learne by me to finde her where she lies
And with this other, Ile dispatch my loue,
Which now lies fast a sleepe within my hart,
1005When they are gone, then Ile consent to loue:
Stir not lasciuious king to hinder me,
My resolution is more nimbler far,
Then thy preuention can be in my rescue,
And if thou stir, I strike, therefore stand still,
1010And heare the choyce that I will put thee to:
Either sweare to leaue thy most vnholie sute,
And neuer hence forth to solicit me,
Or else by heauen, this sharpe poynted knyfe,
Shall staine thy earth, with that which thou would staine:
1015My poore chast blood, sweare Edward sweare,
Or I will strike and die before thee heere.
King. Euen by that power I sweare that giues me now,
The power to be ashamed of my selfe,
I neuer meane to part my lips againe,
1020In any words that tends to such a sute.
A rise true English Ladie, whom our Ile
May better boast of then euer Romaine might,
Of her whose ransackt treasurie hath taskt,
The vaine indeuor of so many pens:
1025Arise and be my fault, thy honors fame,
Which after ages shall enrich thee with,
I am awaked from this idle dreame,
Warwike, my Sonne, Darby, Artoys and Audley,
Braue warriours all, where are you all this while?
Enter all.
Warwike, I make thee Warden of the North,
Thou Prince of Wales, and Audley straight to Sea,
Scoure to New-hauen, some there staie for me:
My selfe, Artoys and Darby will through Flaunders.
1035To greete our friends there, and to craue their aide,
This night will scarce suffice me to discouer,
My follies seege, against a faithfull louer,
For ere the Sunne shal guide the esterne skie,
Wele wake him with our Marshall harmonie.
Enter King Iohn of Fraunce, his
two sonnes, Charles of Nor-
mandie, and Phillip, and the
Duke of Lorraine.
King Iohn.
1045Heere till our Nauie of a thousand saile,
Haue made a breakfast to our foe by Sea,
Let vs incampe to wait their happie speede:
Lorraine what readines is Edward in?
How hast thou heard that he prouided is
1050Of marshiall furniture for this exployt.
Lo: To lay aside vnnecessary soothing,
And not to spend the time in circumstaunce,
Tis bruted for a certenty my Lord,
That hees exceeding strongly fortified,
1055His subiects flocke as willingly to warre,
As if vnto a tryumph they were led.
Ch: England was wont to harbour malcontents,
Blood thirsty, and seditious Catelynes,
Spend thrifts, and such as gape for nothing else,
1060But changing and alteration of the state,
And is it possible,
That they are now so loyall in them selues?
Lo: All but the Scot, who sollemnly protests,
As heeretofore I haue enformd his grace,
1065Neuer to sheath his Sword, or take a truce.
Io: Ah, thats the anchredge of some better hope,
But on the other side, to thinke what friends,
King Edward hath retaynd in Netherland,
Among those euer-bibbing Epicures:
1070Those frothy Dutch men, puft with double beere,
That drinke and swill in euery place they come,
Doth not a little aggrauate mine ire,
Besides we heare the Emperor conioynes,
And stalls him in his owne authoritie:
1075But all the mightier that their number is,
The greater glory reapes the victory,
Some friends haue we beside drum stricke power,
The sterne Polonian and the warlike Dane:
The king of Bohemia, and of Cycelie.
1080Are all become confederates with vs,
And as I thinke are marching hither apace,
But soft I heare the musicke of their drums.
By which I gesse that their approch is neare.
Enter the King of Bohemia with
1085Danes, and a Polonian Captaine
with other soldiers another way.
King of Boheme.
King Iohn of Fraunce, as league and neighborhood,
Requires when friends are any way distrest,
1090I come to aide thee with my countries force,
Pol. Cap. And from great Musco fearefull to the Turke,
And lofty Poland, nurse of hardie men,
I bring these seruitors to fight for thee,
Who willingly will venture in thy cause.
1095K. Io: Welcome Bohemian king, and welcome all,
This your great kindnesse I will not forget.
Besides your plentiful rewards in Crownes,
That from our Treasory ye shall receiue,
There comes a haie braind Nation deckt in pride,
1100The spoyle of whome will be a trebble game,
And now my hope is full, my ioy complete,
At Sea we are as puissant as the force;
Of Agamemnon in the Hauen of Troy:
By land with Zerxes we compare of strength,
1105Whose souldiers drancke vp riuers in their thirst:
Then Bayardlike, blinde ouerweaning Ned,
To reach at our imperiall dyadem,
Is either to be swallowed of the waues,
Or hackt a peeces when thou comest a shore.
Mar. Neere to the cost I haue discribde my Lord,
As I was busie in my watchfull charge.
The proud Armado of king Edwards ships,
Which at the first far off when I did ken,
1115Seemd as it were a groue of withered pines,
But drawing neere, their glorious bright aspect,
Their streaming Ensignes wrought of coulloured silke,
Like to a meddow full of sundry flowers,
Adornes the naked bosome of the earth.
1120Maiesticall the order of their course,
Figuring the horned Circle of the Moone,
And on the top gallant of the Admirall,
And likewise all the handmaides of his trayne:
The Armes of England and of Fraunce vnite,
1125Are quartred equally by Heralds art;
Thus titely carried with a merrie gale,
They plough the Ocean hitherward amayne:
Dare he already crop the Flewer de Luce:
I hope the hony being gathered thence,
1130He with the spider afterward approcht
Shall sucke forth deadly venom from the leaues,
But wheres out Nauy, how are they prepared,
To wing them selues against this flight of Rauens.
Ma. They hauing knowledge, brought them by the scouts,
1135Did breake from Anchor straight, and puft with rage,
No otherwise then were their sailes with winde,
Made forth, as when the empty Eagle flies,
To satifie his hungrie griping mawe.
Io: Thees for thy newes, returne vnto thy barke,
1140And if thou scape the bloody strooke of warre,
And do suruiue the conflict, come againe,
And let vs heare the manner of the fight,
Meane space my Lords, tis best we be disperst,
To seuerall places least they chaunce to land:
1145First you my Lord, with your Bohemian Troupes,
Shall pitch your battailes on the lower hand,
My eldest sonne the Duke of Normandie,
Togeither with this aide of Muscouites,
Shall clyme the higher ground an other waye:
1150Heere in the middle cost betwixtyou both,
Phillip my yongest boy and I will lodge,
So Lords begon, and looke vnto your charge.
You stand for Fraunce, an Empire faire and large,
Now tell me Phillip, what is their concept,
1155Touching the challenge that the English make.
Ph: I say my Lord, clayme Edward what he can,
And bring he nere so playne a pedegree,
Tis you are in possession of the Crowne,
And thats the surest poynt of all the Law:
1160But were it not, yet ere he should preuaile,
Ile make a Conduit of my dearest blood,
Or chase those stragling vpstarts home againe,
King: Well said young Phillip, call for bread and Wine,
The battell
hard a farre
1165That we may cheere our stomacks with repast,
To looke our foes more sternely in the face.
Now is begun the heauie day at Sea,
Fight Frenchmen, fight, be like the fielde of Beares,
VVhen they defend their younglings in their Caues:
1170Stir angry Nemesis the happie helme,
That with the sulphur battels of your rage,
The English Fleete may be disperst and sunke,
Ph. O Father how this eckoing Cannon shot.
Like sweete hermonie disgests my cates.
1175Now boy thou hearest what thundring terror tis,
To buckle for a kingdomes souerentie,
The earth with giddie trembling when it shakes,
Or when the exalations of the aire,
Breakes in extremitie of lightning flash,
1180Affrights not more then kings when they dispose,
To shew the rancor of their high swolne harts,
Retreae is sounded, one side hath the worse,
O if it be the French, sweete fortune turne,
And in thy turning change the forward winds,
1185That with aduantage of a sauoring skie,
Our men may vanquish and thither flie.
Enter Marriner.
My hart misgiues, say mirror of pale death,
To whome belongs the honor of this day,
1190Relate I pray thee, if thy breath will serue,
The sad discourse of this discomfiture.
Mar. I will my Lord.
My gratious soueraigne, Fraunce hath tane the foyle,
And boasting Edward triumphs with successe;
1195These Iron harted Nauies,
When last I was reporter to your grace,
Both full of angry spleene of hope and feare:
Hasting to meete each other in the face,
At last conioynd, and by their Admirall,
1200Our Admirall encountred manie shot,
By this the other that beheld these twaine,
Giue earnest peny of a further wracke,
Like fiery Dragons tooke their haughty flight,
And likewise meeting, from their smoky wombes,
1205Sent many grym Embassadors of death,
Then gan the day to turne to gloomy night,
And darkenes did as wel inclose the quicke,
As those that were but newly reft of life,
No leasure serud for friends to bid farewell,
1210And if it had, the hideous noise was such,
As ech to other seemed deafe and dombe,
Purple the Sea whose channel fild as fast,
With streaming gore that from the maymed fell,
As did her gushing moysture breake into,
1215The cranny cleftures of the through shot planks,
Heere flew a head dissuuered from the tronke,
There mangled armes and legs were tost aloft,
As when a wherle winde takes the Summer dust,
And scatters it in midddle of the aire,
1220Then might ye see the reeling vessels split,
And tottering sink into the ruthlesse floud,
Vntill their lofty tops were seene no more.
All shifts were tried both for defence and hurt,
And now the effect of vallor and of force,
1225Of resolution and of a cowardize:
We liuely pictured, how the one for fame;
The other by compulsion laid about;
Much did the Nom per illa, that braue ship
So did the blacke snake of Bullen, then which
1230A bonnier vessel neuer yet spred sayle,
But all in vaine, both Sunne the Wine and tyde,
Reuolted all vnto our foe mens side,
That we perforce were fayne to giue them way,
And they are landed, thus my tale is donne,
1235We haue vntimly lost, and they haue woone.
K. Io: Then rests there nothing but with present speede,
To ioyne our seueral forces al in one,
And bid them battaile ere they rainge to farre,
Come gentle Phillip, let vs hence depart,
1240This souldiers words haue perst thy fathers hart.
Enter two French men, a woman and two little Children,
meet them another Citizens.
One: Wel met my masters: how now, whats the newes,
And wherefore are ye laden thus with stuffe:
1245What is it quarter daie that you remoue,
And carrie bag and baggage too?
Two: Quarter day, I and quartering pay I feare:
Haue we not heard the newes that flies abroad?
One: What newes?
1250Three: How the French Nauy is destroyd at Sea,
And that the English Armie is arriued.
One: What then?
Two: What then quoth you? why ist not time to flie,
When enuie and destruction is so nigh,
1255One. Content thee man, they are farre enough from hence,
And will be met I warrant ye to their cost,
Before they breake so far into the Realme.
Two: I so the Grashopper doth spend the time,
In mirthfull iollitie till Winter come,
1260And then too late he would redeeme his time,
When frozen cold hath nipt his carelesse head:
He that no sooner will prouide a Cloake,
Then when he sees it doth begin to raigne,
May peraduenture for his negilgence,
1265Be throughly washed when he suspects it not,
We that haue charge, and such a trayne as this,
Must looke in time, to looke for them and vs,
Least when we would, we cannot be relieued.
One: Be like you then dispaire of ill successe,
1270And thinke your Country will be subiugate.
Three. We cannot tell, tis good to feare the worst.
One: Yet rather fight, then like vnnaturall sonnes,
For sake your louing parents in distresse.
Two. Tush they that haue already taken armes,
1275Are manie fearefull millions in respect
Of that small handfull of our enimies:
But tis a rightfull quarrell must preuaile,
Edward is sonnne vnto our late kings sister,
Where Iohn Valoys, is three degrees remoued.
1280Wo: Besides, there goes a Prophesie abroad,
Published by one that was a Fryer once,
Whose Oracles haue many times prooued true,
And now he sayes the tyme will shortly come,
When as a Lyon rowsed in the west,
1285Shall carie hence the fluerdeluce of France,
These I can tell yee and such like surmises,
Strike many french men cold vnto the heart:
Enter a Frenchman.
Flie cuntry men and cytizens of France,
1290Sweete flowring peace the roote of happie life,
Is quite abandoned and expulst the lande,
In sted of whome ransackt constraining warre,
Syts like to Rauens vppon your houses topps,
Slaughter and mischiefe walke within your streets.
1295And vnrestrained make hauock as they passe,
The forme whereof euen now my selfe beheld,
Vpon this faire mountaine whence I came,
For so far of as I directed mine eies,
I might perceaue fiue Cities all on fire,
1300Corne fieldes and vineyards burning like an ouen,
And as the leaking vapour in the wind,
I tourned but a side I like wise might disserne.
The poore inhabitants escapt the flame,
Fall numberles vpon the souldiers pikes,
1305Three waies these dredfull ministers of wrath,
Do tread the measuers of their tragicke march,
Vpon the right hand comes the conquering King,
Vpon the lefte is hot vnbridled sonne,
And in the midst our nations glittering hoast,
1310All which though distant yet conspire in one,
To leaue a desolation where they come,
Flie therefore Citizens if you be wise,
Seeke out som habitation further of,
Here if you staie your wiues will be abused,
1315Your treasure sharde before your weeping eies,
Shelter you yourselues for now the storme doth rise,
Away, away, me thinks I heare their drums,
Ah wreched France, I greatly feare thy fal,
Thy glory shaketh like a tottering wall.
Enter King Edward and the Erle of Darby
With Souldiors, and Gobin de Graie.
Kin: Wheres the French man by whose cunning guide,
We found the shalow of this Riuer Sone,
And had direction how to passe the sea.
1325Go: Here my good Lord.
Kin: How art thou calde, tell me thy name.
Go: Gobin de Graie if please your excellence,
Kin: Then Gobin for the seruice thou hast done,
We here inlarge and giue thee liberty,
1330And for recompenc beside this good,
Thou shalt receiue fiue hundred markes in golde,
I know not how we should haue met our sonne,
Whom now in heart I wish I might behold.
Enter Artoyes.
1335Good newes my Lord the prince is hard at hand,
And with him comes Lord Awdley and the rest,
Whome since our landing we could neuer meet.
Enter Prince Edward, Lord Awdley and Souldiers.
K. E: Welcome faire Prince, how hast thou sped my sonne,
1340Since thy arriuall on the coaste of Fraunce?
Pr. Ed: Succesfullie I thanke the gratious heauens,
Some of their strongest Cities we haue wonne,
As Harslen, Lie, Crotag, and Carentigne,
And others wasted, leauing at our heeles,
1345A wide apparant feild and beaten path,
For sollitarines to progresse in,
Yet those that would submit we kindly pardned,
For who in scorne refused our poffered peace,
Indurde the penaltie of sharpe reuenge.
1350Ki. Ed: Ah Fraunce, why shouldest thou be this obstinate,
Agaynst the kind imbracement of thy friends,
How gently had we thought to touch thy brest,
And set our foot vpon thy tender mould,
But that in froward and disdainfull pride
1355Thou like a skittish and vntamed coult,
Dost start aside and strike vs with thy heeles,
But tel me Ned, in all thy warlike course,
Hast thou not seene the vsurping King of Fraunce.
Pri. Yes my good Lord, and not two owers ago,
1360With full a hundred thousand fighting men,
Vppon the one side with the riuers banke,
And on the other both his multitudes,
I feard he would haue cropt our smaller power,
But happily perceiuing your approch,
1365He hath with drawen himselfe to Cressey plaines,
Where as it seemeth by his good araie.
He meanes to byd vs battaile presently,
Kin. Ed: He shall be welcome thats the thing we craue.
Enter King Iohn, Dukes of Normanndy and Lorraine, King of
Boheme, yong Phillip, and Souldiers.
Iohn. Edward know that Iohn the true king of Fraunce,
Musing thoushouldst incroach vppon his land,
And in thy tyranous proceeding slay,
His faithfull subiects, and subuert his Townes,
1375Spits in thy face, and in this manner folowing,
Obraids thee with thine arrogant intrusion,
First I condeme thee for a fugitiue,
A theeuish pyrate, and a needie mate,
One that hath either no abyding place,
1380Or else inhabiting some barraine soile,
Where neither hearb or fiutfull graine is had,
Doest altogether liue by pilfering,
Next, insomuch thou hast infringed thy faith,
Broke leage and solemnecouenant made with mee,
1385I hould theefor a false pernitious wretch,
And last of all, although I scorne to cope
With one such inferior to my selfe,
Yet in respect thy thirst is all for golde,
They labour ratherto be feared then loued,
1390To satisfie thy lust in either parte
Heere am I come and with me haue I brought,
Exceding store of treasure, perle, and coyne,
Leaue therfore now to persecute the weake,
And armed entring conflict with the armd,
1395Let it be seene mongest other pettie thefts,
How thou canst win this pillage manfully.
K: Ed: If gall or wormwood haue a pleasant tast,
Then is thy sallutation hony sweete,
But as the one hath no such propertie,
1400So is the other most satiricall:
Yet wot how I regarde thy worthles tants,
If thou haue vttred them to foile my fame,
Or dym the reputation of my birth,
Know that thy woluish barking cannot hurt,
1405If slylie to insinuate with the worlde,
And with a strumpets artifitiall line,
To painte thy vitious and deformed cause,
Bee well assured the counterfeit will fade,
And in the end thy fowle defects be seene,
1410But if thou didst it to prouoke me on,
As who should saie I were but timerous,
Or coldly negligent did need a spurre,
Bethinke thy selfe howe slacke I was at sea.
Now since my landing I haue wonn no townes,
1415Entered no further but vpon the coast,
And there haue euer since securelie slept,
But if I haue bin other wise imployd,
Imagin Valoyswhether I intende
Toskirmish, not for pillage but for the Crowne,
1420Which thou dost weare and that I vowe to haue,
Or one of vs shall fall in to this graue,
Pri Ed: Looke not for crosse inuectiues at our hands,
Or rayling execrations of despight,
Let creeping serpents hide in hollow banckes,
1425Sting with theyr tongues; we haue remorseles swordes,
And they shall pleade for vs and our affaires,
Yet thus much breefly by my fathers leaue,
As all the immodest poyson of thy throat,
Is scandalous and most notorious lyes,
1430And our pretended quarell is truly iust,
So end the battaile when we meet to daie,
May eyther of vs prosper and preuaile,
Or luckles curst, receue eternall shame.
Kin Ed: That needs no further question, and I knowe
1435His conscience witnesseth it is my right,
Therfore Valoys say, wilt thou yet resigne,
Before the sickles thrust into the Corne,
Or that inkindled fury, turne to flame:
Ioh: Edward I know what right thou hast in France,
1440And ere I basely will resigne my Crowne,
This Champion field shallbe a poole of bloode,
And all our prospect as a slaughter house,
Pr Ed: I that approues thee tyrant what thou art,
No father, king, or shepheard of thy realme,
1445But one that teares her entrailes with thy handes,
And like a thirstie tyger suckst her bloud.
Aud: You peeres of France, why do you follow him,
That is so prodigall to spend your liues?
Ch: Whom should they follow, aged impotent,
1450But he that is their true borne soueraigne?
Kin: Obraidst thou him, because within his face,
Time hath ingraud deep caracters of age:
Know that these graue schollers of experience,
Like stiffe growen oakes, will stand immouable,
1455When whirle wind quickly turnes vp yonger trees.
Dar. Was euer anie of thy fathers house king,
But thy selfe, before this present time,
Edwards great linage by the mothers side,
Fiue hundred yeeres hath helde the scepter vp,
1460Iudge then conspiratours by this descent,
Which is the true borne soueraigne this or that.
Pri: Father range your battailes, prate no more,
These English faine would spend the time in wodrs,
That night approching, they might escape vnfought.
1465K. Ioh: Lords and my louing Subiects knowes the time,
That your intended force must bide the touch,
Therfore my frinds consider this in breefe,
He that you fight for is your naturall King,
He against whom you fight a forrener:
1470He that you fight for rules in clemencie,
And raines you with a mild and gentle byt,
He against whome you fight if hee preuaile,
Will straight inthrone himselfe in tyrranie,
Make slaues of you, and with a heauie hand
1475Curtall and courb your swetest libertie.
Then to protect your Country and your King,
Let but the haughty Courrage of your hartes,
Answere the number of your able handes,
And we shall quicklie chase theis fugitiues,
1480For whats this Edward but a belly god,
A tender and lasciuious wantonnes,
That thother daie was almost dead for loue,
And what I praie you is his goodly gard,
Such as but scant them of their chines of beefe,
1485And take awaie their downie featherbedes,
And presently they are as resty stiffe,
As twere a many ouer ridden iades,
Then French men scorne that such should be your Lords
And rather bind ye them in captiue bands,
1490All Fra: Viue le Roy, God saue King Iohn of France.
Io: Now on this plaine of Cressie spred your selues,
And Edward when thou darest, begin the fight:
Ki. Ed: We presently wil meet thee Iohn of Fraunce,
And English Lordes let vs resolue the daie,
1495Either to cleere vs of that scandalous cryme,
Or be intombed in our innocence,
And Ned, because this battell is the first,
That euer yet thou foughtest in pitched field,
As ancient custome is of Martialists,
1500To dub thee with the tipe of chiualrie,
In solemne manner wee will giue thee armes,
Come therefore Heralds, orderly bring forth,
A strong attirement for the prince my sonne.
Enter foure Heraldes bringing in a coate armour, a helmet, a
lance, and a shield.
Kin: Edward Plantagenet, in the name of God,
As with this armour I impall thy breast,
So be thy noble vnrelenting heart,
Wald in with flint of matchlesse fortitude,
1510That neuer base affections enter there,
Fight and be valiant, conquere where thou comst,
Now follow Lords, and do him honor to.
Dar: Edward Plantagenet prince of Wales,
As I do set this helmet on thy head,
1515Wherewith the chamber of this braine is fenst,
So may thy temples with Bellonas hand,
Be still adornd with lawrell victorie,
Fight and be valiant, conquer where thou comst.
Aud. Edward Plantagenet prince of Wales,
1520Receiue this lance into thy manly hand,
Vse it in fashion of a brasen pen,
To drawe forth bloudie stratagems in France,
And print thy valiant deeds in honors booke,
Fight and be valiant, vanquish where thou comst.
1525Art: Edward Plantagener prince of Wales,
Hold take this target, weare it on thy arme,
And may the view there of like Perseus shield,
Astonish and transforme thy gazing foes
To senselesse images of meger death,
1530Fight and be valiant, couquer where thou comst.
Ki. Now wants there nought but knighthood, which deferd
Wee leaue till thou hast won it in the fielde,
My gratious father and yee forwarde peeres,
This honor you haue done me animates,
1535And chears my greene yet scarse appearing strength,
With comfortable good persaging signes,
No other wise then did ould Iacobes wordes,
When as he breathed his blessings on his sonnes,
These hallowed giftes of yours when I prophane,
1540Or vse them not to glory of my God,
To patronage the fatherles and poore,
Or for the benefite of Englands peace,
Be numbe my ioynts, waxe feeble both mine armes,
Wither my hart that like a saples tree,
1545I may remayne the map of infamy,
K. Ed: Then this our steelde Battailes shall be rainged,
The leading of the vowarde Ned is thyne,
To dignifie whose lusty spirit the more
We temper it with Audlys grauitie,
1550That courage and experience ioynd in one,
Your manage may be second vnto none,
For the mayne battells I will guide my selfe,
And Darby in the rereward march behind,
That orderly disposd and set in ray,
1555Let vs to horse and God graunt vs the daye.
Alarum. Enter a many French men flying.
After them Prince Edwardruning.
Then enter King Iohn and Duke of Loraine.
Iohn. Oh Lorrain say, what meane our men to fly,
1560Our nomber is far greater then our foes,
Lor. The garrison of Genoaes my Lorde,
That cam from Paris weary with their march,
Grudging to be soddenly imployd,
No sooner in the forefront tooke their place.
1565But straite retyring so dismaide the rest,
As likewise they betook themselues to flight
In which for hast to make a safe escape,
More in the clustering throng are prest to death,
Then by the ennimie a thousand fold.
1570K. Io: O haplesse fortune, let vs yet assay,
If we can counsell some of them to stay.
Enter King Edward and Audley.
Ki, E: Lord Audley, whiles our sonne is in the chase,
With draw our powers vnto this little hill,
1575And heere a season let vs breath our selues,
Au. I will my Lord.
Exit, sound Retreat.
K. Ed. Iust dooming heauen, whose secret prouidence,
To our grosse iudgement is inscrutable,
How are we bound to praise thy wondrous works,
1580That hast this day giuen way vnto the right,
And made the wicked stumble at them selues.
Enter Artoys.
Rescue king Edward, rescue, for thy sonne,
Kin: Rescue Artoys, what is he prisoner?
1585Or by violence fell beside his horse.
Ar. Neither my Lord, but narrowly beset,
With turning Frenchmen, whom he did persue,
As tis impossible that he should scape.
Except your highnes presently descend.
1590Kin: Tut let him fight, we gaue him armes to day,
And he is laboring for a knighthood man.
Enter Derby.
Da: The Prince my Lord, the Prince, oh succour him,
Hees close incompast with a world of odds.
1595Ki: Then will he win a world of honor to,
If he by vallour can redeeme him thence,
If not, what remedy, we haue more sonnes,
Then one to comfort our declyning age.
Enter Audley.
1600Au, Renowned Edward, giue me leaue I pray,
To lead my souldiers where I may releeue,
Your Graces sonne, in danger to be slayne,
The snares of French, like Emmets on a banke,
Muster about him whilest he Lion like,
1605Intangled in the net of their assaults,
Frantiquely wrends and byts the wouen toyle,
But all in vaine, he cannot free him selfe.
K: Ed: Audley content, I will not haue a man,
On paine of death sent forth to succour him:
1610This is the day, ordaynd by desteny,
To season his courage with those greeuous thoughts,
That if he breaketh out, Nestors yeares on earth,
Will make him sauor still of this exployt.
Dar: Ah but he shall not liue to see those dayes,
1615Ki: Why then his Ephitaph, is lasting prayse.
An: Yet good my Lord, tis too much wilfulnes,
To let his blood be spilt that may be saude,
Kin. Exclayme no more, for none of you can tell,
Whether a borrowed aid will serue or no,
1620Perhapps he is already slayne or tane:
And dare a Falcon when shees in her flight,
And euer after sheele be huggard like:
Let Edward be deliuered by our hands,
And still in danger hele expect the like,
1625But if himselfe, himselfe redeeme from thence,
He wil haue vanquisht cheerefull death and feare,
And euer after dread their force no more,
Then if they were but babes or Captiue slaues.
Aud. O cruell Father, farewell Edward then.
1630Da: Farewell sweete Prince, the hope of chiualry,
Art: O would my life might ransome him from death.
K. Ed: But soft me thinkes I heare,
The dismall charge of Trumpets loud retreat:
All are not slayne I hope that went with him,
1635Some will returne with tidings good or bad.
Enter Prince Edward in tryumph, bearing in his hande his
shiuered Launce, and the King of Boheme, borne before,
wrapt in the Coullours: They runne and imbrace him.
Aud, O ioyfull sight, victorious Edward liues.
1640Der: Welcome braue Prince.
Ki: Welcome Plantagenet.
kneele and
kisse his
fathers hand
Pr. First hauing donne my duety as beseemed
Lords I regreet you all with harty thanks,
And now behold after my winters toyle,
1645My paynefull voyage on the boystrous sea,
Of warres deuouring gulphes and steely rocks,
I bring my fraught vnto the wished port,
My Summers hope, my trauels sweetreward:
And heere with humble duety I present,
1650This sacrifice, this first fruit of my sword,
Cropt and cut downe euen at the gate of death:
The king of Boheme father whome Islue,
Whom you sayd, had intrencht me round about,
And laye as thicke vpon my battered crest,
1655As on an Anuell with their ponderous glaues,
Yet marble courage, still did vnderprop,
And when my weary armes with often blowes,
Like the continuall laboring Wood-mans Axe,
That is enioynd to fell a load of Oakes,
1660Began to faulter, straight I would recouer:
My gifts you gaue me, and my zealous vow,
And then new courage made me fresh againe,
That in despight I craud my passage forth,
And put the multitude to speedy flyght:his Sword borne by a Soldier.
1665Lo this hath Edwards hand fild your request,
And done I hope the duety of a Knight
Ki: I well thou hast deserud a knight-hood Ned,
And therefore with thy sword, yet reaking warme,
With blood of those that fought to be thy bane,
1670Arise Prince Edward, trusty knight at armes,
This day thou hast confounded me with ioy,
And proude thy selfe fit heire vnto a king:
Pr: Heere is a note my gratious Lord of those,
That in this conflict of our foes were slaine,
1675Eleuen Princes of esteeme, Foure score Barons,
A hundred and twenty knights, and thirty thousand
Common souldiers, and of our men a thousand.
Our God be praised, Now Iohn of Fraunce I hope,
Thou knowest King Edward for no wantonesse,
1680No loue sicke cockney, nor his souldiers iades,
But which way is the fearefull king escapt?
Pr: Towards Poyctiers noble father, and his sonnes,
King. Ned, thou and Audley shall pursue them still,
Myselfe and Derby will to Calice streight;
1685And there be gyrt that Hauen towne with seege:
Now lies it on an vpshot, therefore strike,
And wistlie follow whiles the games on foote.
Ki. What Pictures this.
Pr: A Pellican my Lord,
1690Wounding her bosome with her crooked beak,
That so her nest of young ones might be fed,
With drops of blood that issue from her hart,
The motto Sic & vos, and so should you,
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.
Enter King Edward and Derby with Souldiers.
Kin: Since they refuse our profered league my Lord,
And will not ope their gates and let vs in,
We will intrench our selues on euery side,
That neithet vituals, nor supply of men,
1745May come to succour this accursed towne,
Famine shall combate where our swords are stopt.
Enter sixe poore Frenchmen.
Der. The promised aid that made them stand aloofe,
Is now retirde and gone an other way:
1750It will repent them of their stubborne will,
But what are these poore ragged slaues my Lord?
Ki: Edw: Aske what they are, it seemes they come from
Der. You wretched patterns of dispayre and woe,
1755What are you liuing men, er glyding ghosts,
Crept from your graues to walke vpon the earth,
Poore: No ghosts my Lord, but men that breath a life,
Farre worse then is the quiet sleepe of death:
Wee are distressed poore inhabitants,
1760That long haue been deseased, sicke and lame;
And now because we are not fit to serue,
The Captayne of the towne hath thrust vs foorth,
That so expence of victuals may be saued.
K. Ed. A charitable deed no doubt, and worthy praise:
1765But how do you imagine then to speed?
We are your enemies in such a case,
We can no lesse but put ye to the sword,
Since when we proffered truce, it was refusde,
So: And if your grace no otherwise vouchsafe,
1770As welcome death is vnto vs as life.
Ki: Poore silly men, much wrongd, and more distrest,
Go Derby go, and see they be relieud,
Command that victuals be appoynted them,
And giue to euery one fiue Crownes a peece:
1775The Lion scornes to touch the yeelding pray,
And Edwards sword must fresh it selfe in such,
As wilfull stubbornnes hath made peruerse.
Enter Lord Pearsie.
Ki: Lord Persie welcome: whats the newes in England:
1780Per: The Queene my Lord comes heere to your Grace,
And from hir highnesse, and the Lord vicegerent,
I bring this happie tidings of successe,
Dauid of Scotland lately vp in armes,
Thinking belike he soonest should preuaile,
1785Your highnes being absent from the Realme,
Is by the fruitfull seruice of your peeres,
And painefull trauell of the Queene her selfe:
That big with child was euery day in armes,
Vanquisht, subdude, and taken prisoner.
1790Ki: Thanks Persie for thy newes with all my hart,
What was he tooke him prisoner in the field.
Per. A Esquire my Lord, Iohn Copland is his name:
Who since intreated by her Maiestie,
Denies to make surrender of his prize,
1795To anie but vnto your grace alone:
Whereat the Queene is greouously displeasd.
Ki: Well then wele haue a Pursiuaunt dispatch,
To summon Copland hither out of hand,
And with him he shall bring his prisoner king.
1800Per: The Queene my Lord her selfe by this at Sea,
And purposeth as soone as winde willserue,
To land at Callis, and to visit you,
Ki: She shall be welcome, and to wait her comming,
Ile pitch my tent neere to the sandy shore.
Enter a Captayne.
The Burgesses of Callis mighty king,
Haue by a counsell willingly decreed,
To yeeld the towne and Castle to your hands,
Vpon condition it will please your grace,
1810To graunt them benefite of life and goods.
K. Ed, They wil so: Then belike they may command,
Dispose, elect, and gouerne as they list,
No sirra, tell them since they didrefuse,
Our princely clemencie at first proclaymed,
1815They shall not haue it now although they would,
Will accept of nought but fire and sword,
Except within these two daies sixe of them
That are the welthiest marchaunts in the towne,
Come naked all but for their linnen shirts,
1820With each a halter hangd about his necke,
And prostrate yeeld themselues vpon their knees,
To be afflicted, hanged, or what I please,
And so you may informe their masterships.
Cap. Why this it is to trust a broken staffe.
1825Had we not been perswaded Iohn our King,
Would with his armie haue releeud the towne,
We had not stood vpon defiance so:
But now tis past that no man can recall,
And better some do go to wrack then all.
Enter Charles of Normandy and Villiers
Ch: I wounder Villiers, thou shouldest importune me
For one that is our deadly ennemie.
Vil: Not for his sake my gratious Lord so much,
Am I become an earnest aduocate,
1835As that thereby my ransome will be quit,
Ch: Thy ransome man: why needest thou talke of that?
Art thou not free? and are not all occasions,
That happen for aduantage of our foes,
To be accepted of, and stood vpon?
1840Vil: No good my Lord except the same be iust,
For profit must with honor be comixt,
Or else our actions are but scandalous:
But letting passe these intricate obiections,
Wilt please your highnes to subscribe or no?
1845Ch. Villiers I will not, nor I cannot do it,
Salisbury shall not haue his will so much,
To clayme a pasport how it, pleaseth himselfe,
Vil: Why then I know the extremitie my Loid,
I must returne to prison whence I came,
1850Ch. Returne, I hope thou wilt not,
What bird that hath escapt the fowlers gin,
Will not beware how shees insnard againe:
Or what is he so senceles and secure,
That hauing hardely past a dangerous gulfe,
1855Will put him selfe in perill there againe.
Vil: Ah but it is mine othe my gratious Lord,
Which I in conscience may not violate,
Or else a kingdome should not draw me hence.
Ch: Thine othe, why that doth bind thee to abide:
1860Hast thou not sworne obedience to thy Prince?
Vil: In all things that vprightly he commands:
But either to perswade or threaten me,
Not to performe the couenant of my word,
Is lawlesse, and I need not to obey.
1865Ch: Why is it lawfull for a man to kill,
And not to breake a promise with his foe?
Vil: To kill my Lord when warre is once proclaymd,
So that our quarrel be for wrongs receaude,
No doubt is lawfully permitted vs:
1870But in an othe we must be well aduisd,
How we do sweare, and when we once haue sworne,
Not to infringe it though we die therefore:
Therefore my Lord, as willing I returne,
As if I were to flie to paradise.
1875Ch: Stay my Villeirs, thine honorable minde,
Deserues to be eternally admirde,
Thy sute shalbe no longer thus deferd:
Giue me the paper, Ile subscribe to it,
And wheretofore I loued thee as Villeirs,
1880Heereafter Ile embrace thee as my selfe,
Stay and be still in fauour with thy Lord.
Vil: I humbly thanke your grace, I must dispatch,
And send this pasport first vnto the Earle,
And then I will attend your highnes pleasure.
1885Ch. Do so Villeirs, and Charles when he hath neede,
Be such his souldiers, howsoeuer he speede.
Exit Villeirs.
Enter King Iohn.
K. Io: Come Charles and arme thee, Edward is intrapt,
The Prince of Wales is falne into our hands,
1890And we haue compast him he cannot scape.
Ch: But will your highnes fight to day.
Io: What else my son, hees scarse eight thousand
and we are threescore thousand at the least,
Ch: I haue a prophecy my gratious Lord,
1895Wherein is written what successe is like
To happen vs in this outragious warre,
It was deliuered me at Cresses field,
By one that is an aged Hermyt there,
when fethered foul shal make thine army tremble,
1900and flint stones rise and breake the battell ray:
Then thinke on him that doth not now dissemble
For that shalbe the haples dreadfull day,
Yet in the end thy foot thou shalt aduance,
as farre in England, as thy foe in Fraunce,
1905Io: By this it seemes we shalbe fortunate:
For as it is impossible that stones
Should euer rise and breake the battaile ray,
Or airie foule make men in armes to quake,
So is it like we shall not be subdude:
1910Or say this might be true, yet in the end,
Since he doth promise we shall driue him hence,
And forrage their Countrie as they haue don ours
By this reuenge, that losse will seeme the lesse,
But all are fryuolous, fancies, toyes and dreames,
1915Once we are sure we haue insnard the sonne,
Catch we the father after how we can.
Enter Prince Edward, Audley andothers.
Pr: Audley the armes of death embrace vs round,
And comfort haue we none saue that to die,
1920We pay sower earnest for a sweeter life,
At Cressey field our Clouds of Warlike smoke,
chokt vp those French mouths, & disseuered them
But now their multitudes of millions hide
Masking as twere the beautious burning Sunne,
1925Leauing no hope to vs but sullen darke,
And eie lesse terror of all ending night.
Au. This suddaine, mightie, and expedient head,
That they haue made, faire Prince is wonderfull.
Before vs in the vallie lies the king,
1930Vantagd with all that heauen and earth can yeeld,
His partie stronger battaild then our whole:
His sonne the brauing Duke of Normandie,
Hath trimd the Mountaine on our right hand vp,
In shining plate, that now the aspiring hill,
1935Shewes like a siluer quarrie, oran orbe
Aloft the which the Banners bannarets,
And new replenisht pendants cuff the aire,
And beat the windes, that for their gaudinesse,
Struggles to kisse them on our left handlies,
1940Phillip the younger issue of the king,
Coting the other hill in such arraie,
That all his guilded vpright pikes do seeme,
Streight trees of gold, the pendant leaues,
And their deuice of Antique heraldry,
1945Quartred in collours seeming sundy fruits,
Makes it the Orchard of the Hesperides,
Behinde vs two the hill doth beare his height,
For like a halfe Moone opening but one way,
It rounds vs in, there at our backs are lodgd,
1950The fatall Crosbowes, and the battaile there,
Is gouernd by the rough Chattillion,
Then thus it stands, the valleie for our flight,
The king binds in, the hils on either hand,
Are proudly royalized by his sonnes,
1955And on the Hill behind stands certaine death,
In pay and seruice with Chattillion.
Pr: Deathes name is much more mightie then his deeds,
Thy parcelling this power hath made it more,
As many sands as these my hands can hold,
1960are but my handful of so many sands,
Then all the world, and call it but a power:
Easely tane vp and quickly throwne away,
But if I stand to count them sand by sand
The number would confound my memorie,
1965And make a thousand millions of a taske,
Which briefelie is no more indeed then one,
These quarters, spuadrons, and these regements,
Before, behinde vs, and on either hand,
Are but a power, when we name a man,
1970His hand, his foote, his head hath seuerall strengthes,
And being al but one selfe instant strength,
Why all this many, Audely is but one,
And we can call it all but one mans strength:
He that hath farre to goe, tels it by miles,
1975If he should tell the steps, it kills his hart:
The drops are infinite that make a floud,
And yet thou knowest we call it but a Raine:
There is but one Fraunce, one king of Fraunce,
That Fraunce hath no more kings, and that same king
1980Hath but the puissant legion of one king?
And we haue one, then apprehend no ods,
For one to one, is faire equalitie.
Enter an Herald from king Iohn.
Pr: What tidings messenger, be playne and briefe.
1985He: The king of Fraunce my soueraigne Lord and master,
Greets by me his fo, the Prince of Wals,
If thou call forth a hundred men of name
Of Lords, Knights, Esquires and English gentlemen,
And with thy selfe and those kneele at his feete,
1990He straight will fold his bloody collours vp,
And ransome shall redeeme liues forfeited:
If not, this day shall drinke more English blood,
Then ere was buried in our Bryttish earth,
What is the answere to his profered mercy?
1995Pr, This heauen that couers Fraunce containes the mercy
That drawes from me submissiue orizons,
That such base breath should vanish from my lips
To vrge the plea of mercie to a man,
The Lord forbid, returne and tell the king,
2000My tongue is made of steele, and it shall beg
My mercie on his coward burgonet.
Tell him my colours are as red as his,
My men as bold, our English armes as strong,
returne him my defiance in his face.
2005He. I go.
Enter another.
Pr: What newes with thee?
He. The Duke of Normandie my Lord & master
Pittying thy youth is so ingirt with perill,
2010By me hath sent a nimble ioynted iennet,
As swift as euer yet thou didst bestride,
And therewithall he counsels thee to flie,
Els death himself hath sworne that thou shalt die.
P: Back with the beast vnto the beast that sent him
2015Tell him I cannot sit a cowards horse,
Bid him to daie bestride the iade himselfe,
For I will staine my horse quite ore with bloud,
And double guild my spurs, but I will catch him,
So tell the capring boy, and get thee gone.
Enter another.
He: Edward of Wales, Phillip the second sonne
To the most mightie christian king of France,
Seeing thy bodies liuing date expird,
All full of charitie and christian loue,
2025Commends this booke full fraught with prayers,
To thy faire hand, and for thy of lyfe,
Intreats thee that thou meditate therein,
And arme thy soule for hir long iourney towards.
Thus haue I done his bidding, and returne.
2030Pr. Herald of Phillip greet thy Lord from me,
All good that he can send I can receiue,
But thinkst thou not the vnaduised boy,
Hath wrongd himselfe in this far tendering me,
Happily he cannot praie without the booke,
2035I thinke him no diuine extemporall,
Then render backe this common place of prayer,
To do himselfe good in aduersitie,
Besides, he knows not my sinnes qualitie,
and therefore knowes no praiers for my auaile,
2040Ere night his praier may be to praie to God,
To put it in my heart to heare his praier,
So tell the courtly wanton, and be gone.
He. I go.
Pr. How confident their strength and number makes them,
2045Now Audley sound those siluer winges of thine,
And let those milke white messengers of time,
Shew thy times learning in this dangerous time,
Thy selfe art busie, and bit with many broiles,
And stratagems forepast with yron pens,
2050Are texted in thine honorable face,
Thou art a married man in this distresse.
But danger wooes me as a blushing maide,
Teach me an answere to this perillous time.
Aud. To die is all as common as to liue,
2055The one in choice the other holds in chase,
For from the instant we begin to liue,
We do pursue and hunt the time to die,
First bud we, then we blow, and after seed,
Then presently we fall, and as a shade
2060Followes the bodie, so we follow death,
If then we hunt for death, why do we feare it?
If we feare it, why do we follow it?
If we do feare, how can we shun it?
If we do feare, with feare we do but aide
2065The thing we feare, to seizeon vs the sooner,
If wee feare not, then no resolued proffer,
Can ouerthrow the limit of our fate,
For whether ripe or rotten, drop we shall,
as we do drawe the lotterie of our doome.
2070Pri. Ah good olde man, a thousand thousand armors,
These wordes of thine haue buckled on my backe,
Ah what an idiot hast thou made of lyfe,
To seeke the thing it feares, and how disgrast,
The imperiall victorie of murdring death,
2075Since all the liues his conquering arrowes strike,
Seeke him, and he not them, to shame his glorie,
I will not giue a pennie for a lyfe,
Nor halfe a halfepenie to shun grim death,
Since for to liue is but to seeke to die,
2080And dying but beginning of new lyfe,
Let come the houre when he that rules it will,
To liue or die I hold indifferent.
Enter king Iohn and Charles.
Ioh: A sodaine darknes hath defast the skie,
2085The windes are crept into their caues for feare,
the leaues moue not, the world is husht and still,
the birdes cease singing, and the wandring brookes,
Murmure no wonted greeting to their shores,
Silence attends some wonder, and expecteth
2090That heauen should pronounce some prophesie,
Where or from whome proceeds this silence Charles?
Ch: Our men with open mouthes and staring eyes,
Looke on each other, as they did attend
Each others wordes, and yet no creature speakes,
2095A tongue-tied feare hath made a midnight houre,
and speeches sleepe through all the waking regions.
Ioh: But now the pompeous Sunne in all his pride,
Lookt through his golden coach vpon the worlde,
and on a sodaine hath he hid himselfe,
2100that now the vnder earth is as a graue,
Darke, deadly, silent, and vncomfortable.
A clamor of rauens
Harke, what a deadly outcrie do I heare?
Ch. Here comes my brother Phillip.
Ioh. All dismaid. What fearefull words are those thy lookes presage?
2105Pr. A flight, a flight.
Ioh: Coward what flight? thou liest there needs no flight.
Pr. A flight.
Kin: Awake thy crauen powers, and tell on
the substance of that verie feare in deed,
2110Which is so gastly printed in thy face,
What is the matter?
Pr. A flight of vgly rauens
Do croke and houer ore our souldiers heads
And keepe in triangles and cornerd squares,
2115Right as our forces areimbatteled,
With their approach there came this sodain fog,
Which now hath hid the airie flower of heauen,
And made at noone a night vnnaturall,
Vpon the quaking and dismaied world,
2120In briefe, our souldiers haue let fall their armes,
and stand like metamorphosd images,
Bloudlesse and pale, one gazing on another.
Io: I now I call to mind the prophesie,
But I must giue no enterance to afeare,
2125Returne and harten vp these yeelding soules,
Tell them the rauens seeing them in armes,
So many faire against a famisht few,
Come but to dine vpon their handie worke,
and praie vpon the carrion that they kill,
2130For when we see a horse laid downe to die,
although not dead, the rauenous birds
Sit watching the departure of his life,
Euen so these rauens for the carcases,
Of those poore English that are markt to die,
2135Houer about, and if they crie to vs,
Tis but for meate that we must kill for them,
Awaie and comfort vp my souldiers,
and sound the trumpets, and at once dispatch
This litle busines of a silly fraude.
Exit Pr.
Another noise, Salisbury brought in by a
French Captaine.
Cap: Behold my liege, this knight and fortie mo,
Of whom the better part are slaine and fled,
With all indeuor sought to breake our rankes,
2145And make their waie to the incompast prince,
Dispose of him as please your maiestie.
Io: Go, & the next bough, souldier, that thou seest,
Disgrace it with his bodie presently,
Eor I doo hold a tree in France too good,
2150To be the gallowes of an English theefe.
Sa: My Lord of Norman die, I haue your passe,
And warrant for my safetie through this land.
Ch. Villiers procurd it for thee, did he not?
Sal: He did.
2155Ch: And it is currant, thou shalt freely passe.
En: Io: I freely to the gallows to be hangd,
Without deniall or impediment.
Awaie with him.
Vil. I hope your highnes will not so disgrace me,
2160and dash the vertue of my seale at armes,
He hath my neuer broken name to shew,
Carectred with this princely hande of mine,
and rather let me leaue to be a prince,
Than break the stable verdict of a prince,
2165I doo beseech you let him passe in quiet,
Ki: Thou and thy word lie both in my command,
What canst thou promise that I cannot breake?
Which of these twaine is greater infamie,
To disobey thy father or thy selfe?
2170Thy word nor no mans may exceed his power,
Nor that same man doth neuer breake his worde,
That keepes it to the vtmost of his power.
The breach of faith dwels in the soules consent,
Which if thy selfe without consent doo breake,
2175Thou art not charged with the breach of faith,
Go hang him, for thy lisence lies in mee,
and my constraint stands the excuse for thee.
Ch. VVhat am I not a soldier in my word?
Then armes adieu, and let them fight that list,
2180Shall I not giue my girdle from my wast,
But with a gardion I shall be controld,
To saie I may not giue my things awaie,
Vpon my soule, had Edward prince of VVales
Ingagde his word, writ downe his noble hand,
2185For all your knights to passe his fathers land,
The roiall king to grace his warlike sonne,
VVould not alone safe conduct giue to them.
But with all bountie feasted them and theirs.
Kin: Dwelst thou on presidents, then be it so,
2190Say Englishman of what degree thou art.
Sa: An Earle in England, though a prisoner here,
And those that knowe me call me Salisburie.
Kin: Then Salisburie, say whether thou art bound.
Sa. To Callice where my liege king Edward is.
2195Kin: To Callice Salisburie, then to Callice packe,
and bid the king prepare a noble graue,
To put his princely sonne blacke Edward in,
and as thou trauelst westward from this place,
Some two leagues hence there is a loftie hill,
2200Whose top seemes toplesse, for the imbracing skie,
Doth hide his high head in her azure bosome,
Vpon whose tall top when thy foot attaines,
Looke backe vpon the humble vale beneath,
Humble of late, but now made proud with armes,
2205and thence behold the wretched prince of Wales,
Hoopt with a bond of yron round about,
After which sight to Callice spurre amaine,
and saie the prince was smoothered, and not slaine,
and tell the king this is not all his ill,
2210For I will greet him ere he thinkes I will,
Awaie be gone, the smoake but of our shot,
Will choake our foes, though bullets hit them not.
Allarum. Enter prince Edward and Artoys.
Art: How fares your grace, are you not shot my Lord?
2215Pri: No deare Artoys, but choakt with dust and smoake,
And stept aside for breath and fresher aire.
Art. Breath then, and too it againe, the amazed French
are quite distract with gazing on the crowes,
and were our quiuers full of shafts againe,
2220Your grace should see a glorious day of this,
O for more arrowes Lord, thats our want.
Pri. Courage Artoys, a fig for feathered shafts,
When feathered foules doo bandie on our side,
What need we fight, and sweate, and keepe a coile,
2225When railing crowes outscolde our aduersaries
Vp, vp Artoys, the ground it selfe is armd,
Fire containing flint, command our bowes
To hurle awaie their pretie colored Ew,
and to it with stones, awaie Artoys, awaie,
2230My soule doth prophesie we win the daie.
Allarum. Enter king Iohn.
Our multitudes are in themselues confounded,
Dismayed, and distraught, swift starting feare
Hath buzd a cold dismaie through all our armie,
2235and euerie pettie disaduantage promptes
The feare possessed abiect soule to flie,
My selfe whose spirit is steele to their dull lead,
What with recalling of the prophesie,
and that our natiue stones from English armes
2240Rebell against vs, finde my selfe attainted
With strong surprise of weake and yeelding feare.
Enter Charles.
Fly father flie, the French do kill the French,
Some that would stand, let driue at some that flie,
2245Our drums strike nothing but discouragement,
Our trumpets sound dishonor, and retire,
The spirit of feare that feareth nought but death,
Cowardly workes confusion on it selfe.
Enter Phillip.
2250Plucke out your eies, and see not this daies shame,
An arme hath beate an armie, one poore Dauid
Hath with a stone foild twentie stout Goliahs,
Some twentie naked staruelings with small flints,
Hath driuen backe a puisant host of men,
2255Araid and fenst in al accomplements,
Ioh: Mordiu they quait at vs, and kill vs vp,
No lesse than fortie thousand wicked elders,
Haue fortie leane slaues this daie stoned to death.
Ch: O that I were some other countryman,
2260This daie hath set derision on the French,
and all the world wilt blurt and scorne at vs.
Kin: What is there no hope left?
Pr: No hope but death to burie vp our shame,
Ki. Make vp once more with me the twentith part
2265Of those that liue, are men inow to quaile,
The feeble handfull on the aduerse part.
Ch. Then charge againe, if heauen be not opposd
VVe cannot loose the daie.
Kin. On awaie.
Enter Audley wounded, & rescued by two squirs.
Esq. How fares my Lord;
Aud. Euen as a man may do
That dines at such a bloudie feast as this.
Esq. I hope my Lord that is no mortall scarre,
2275Aud. No matter if it be, the count is cast,
and in the worst ends but a mortall man,
Good friends conuey me to the princely Edward
That in the crimson brauerie of my bloud,
I may become him with saluting him,
2280Ile smile and tell him that this open scarre,
Doth end the haruest of his Audleys warre.
Enter prince Edward, king Iohn, Charles, andall
with Ensignes spred.
Retreat sounded.
2285Pri. Now Iohn in France, & lately Iohn of France,
Thy bloudie Ensignes are my captiue colours,
and you high vanting Charles of Normandie,
That once to daie sent me a horse to flie,
are now the subiects of my clemencie.
2290Fie Lords, is it not a shame that English boies,
VVhose early daies are yet not worth a beard,
Should in the bosome of your kingdome thus,
One against twentie beate you vp together.
Kin. Thy fortune, not thy force hath conquerd vs.
2295Pri. an argument that heauen aides the right,
See, see, Artoys doth bring with him along,
the late good counsell giuer to my soule,
VVelcome Artoys, and welcome Phillip to,
VVho now of you or I haue need to praie,
2300Now is the prouerbe verefied in you,
Too bright a morning breeds a louring daie.
Sound Trumpets, enter Audley.
But say, what grym discoragement comes heere,
Alas what thousand armed men of Fraunce,
2305Haue writ that note of death in Audleys face:
Speake thou that wooest death with thy careles
and lookst so merrily vpon thv graue,
As if thou wert enamored on thyne end,
What hungry sword hath so bereuad thy face,
2310And lopt a true friend from my louing soule:
Au. O Prince thy sweet bemoning speech to me.
Is as a morneful knell to one dead sicke.
Pr: Deare Audley if my tongue ring out thy end:
My armes shalbethe graue, what may I do,
2315To win thy life, or to reuenge thy death,
If thou wilt drinke the blood of captyue kings,
Or that it were restoritiue, command
A Heath of kings blood, and Ile drinke to thee,
If honor may dispence for thee with death,
2320The neuer dying honor of this daie,
Share wholie Audley to thy selfe and liue.
Aud: Victorious Prince, that thou art so, behold
A Cæsars fame in kings captiuitie;
If I could hold dym death but at a bay,
2325Till I did see my liege thy loyall father,
My soule should yeeld this Castle of my flesh,
This mangled tribute with all willingnes;
To darkenes consummation, dust and Wormes.
Pr: Cheerely bold man, thy soule is all to proud,
2330To yeeld her Citie for one little breach,
Should be diuorced from her earthly spouse,
By the soft temper of a French mans sword:
Lo, to repaire thy life, I giue to thee,
Three thousand Marks a yeere in English land.
2335Au: I take thy gift to pay the debts I owe:
These two poore Esquires redeemd me from the
With lusty & deer hazzard of their liues;
What thou hast giuen me I giue to them,
And as thou louest me Prince, lay thy consent.
2340To this bequeath in my last testament.
Pr: Renowned Audley, liue and haue from mee,
This gift twise doubled to these Esquires and thee
But liue or die, what thou hast giuen away,
To these and theirs shall lasting freedome stay,
2345Come gentlemen, I will see my friend bestowed,
With in an easie Litter, then wele martch.
Proudly toward Callis with tryumphant pace,
Vnto my royall father, and there bring,
The tribut of my wars, faire Fraunce his king.
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.