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  • Title: Edward III (Quarto 1, 1596)
  • Editor: Sonia Massai

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

    The Raigne of King
    395Nor frosty winter, but in her disdayne,
    I 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.
    400Art thou thete Lodwicke, giue me incke and paper?
    Lo: 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.
    405Ki: This fellow is well read in poetrie,
    And 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,
    410Herselfe 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,
    415Make it our counsel house or cabynet:
    Since 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,
    420That may for sighes, set downe true sighes indeed:
    Talking 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,
    425And make a flynt heart Sythian pytifull,
    For 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 strlngs,
    430Could force attendance in the eares of hel: