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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)

    Edward the third.
    I bring this happie tidings of successe,
    Dauid of Scotland lately vp in armes,
    Thinking belike he soonest should preuaile,
    Your highnes being absent from the Realme,
    1785Is 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.
    Ki: Thanks Persie for thy newes with all my hart,
    1790What 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,
    To anie but vnto your grace alone:
    1795Whereat 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.
    Per: The Queene my Lord her selfe by this at Sea,
    1800And purposeth as soone as winde will serue,
    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.
    1805 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,
    To graunt them benefite of life and goods.
    1810K. Ed. They wil so: Then belike they may command,
    Dispose, elect, and gouerne as they list,
    No sirra, tell them since they did refuse,
    Our princely clemencie at first proclaymed,
    They shall not haue it now although they would,
    I will