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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 king
    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: