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Edward III: Act 4, Scene 9

Edward III
Act 4, Scene 9

Poitou. Fields near Poitiers. The English camp.

  1. Enter Prince Edward, King John, Charles, and all, with
  2. ensigns spread.

Prince Edward

3 - 11
  1. Now, John in France, and lately John of France,
  2. Thy bloody ensigns are my captive colors;
  3. And you, high vaunting Charles of Normandy,
  4. That once today sent me a horse to fly,
  5. Are now the subjects of my clemency.
  6. Fie, lords! Is it not a shame that English boys,
  7. Whose early days are yet not worth a beard,
  8. Should in the bosom of your kingdom thus,
  9. One against twenty, beat you up together?

John de Valois, King of France

12
  1. Thy fortune, not thy force, hath conquered us.

Prince Edward

13 - 29
  1. An argument that heaven aides the right.
  2. Enter Artois with Philip.
  3. See, see! Artois doth bring with him along
  4. The late good counsel giver to my soul.
  5. Welcome, Artois; and welcome, Philip, too:
  6. Who now of you or I have need to pray?
  7. Now is the proverb verified in you:
  8. Too bright a morning breeds a low’ring day.”
  9. Sound trumpets. Enter Audley.
  10. But say, what grim discouragement comes here!
  11. Alas, what thousand armed men of France
  12. Have writ that note of death in Audley’s face?
  13. Speak, thou that wooest death with thy careless smile,
  14. And lookst so merrily upon thy grave,
  15. As if thou were enamored on thine end:
  16. What hungry sword hath so bereaved thy face,
  17. And lopped a true friend from my loving soul?

Audley

30 - 31
  1. O Prince, thy sweet bemoaning speech to me
  2. Is as a mournful knell to one dead-sick.

Prince Edward

32 - 40
  1. Dear Audley, if my tongue ring out thy end,
  2. My arms shall be thy grave: what may I do
  3. To win thy life, or to revenge thy death?
  4. If thou wilt drink the blood of captive kings,
  5. Or that it were restorative, command
  6. A health of kings’ blood, and I’ll drink to thee;
  7. If honor may dispense for thee with death,
  8. The never dying honor of this day
  9. Share wholly, Audley, to thyself, and live.

Audley

41 - 47
  1. Victorious Prince,—that thou art so, behold
  2. A Caesar’s fame in king’s captivity
  3. If I could hold him death but at a bay,
  4. Till I did see my liege thy royal father,
  5. My soul should yield this castle of my flesh,
  6. This mangled tribute, with all willingness,
  7. To darkness, consummation, dust, and worms.

Prince Edward

48 - 53
  1. Cheerily, bold man, thy soul is all too proud
  2. To yield her city for one little breach;
  3. Should be divorced from her earthly spouse
  4. By the soft temper of a Frenchman’s sword?
  5. Lo, to repair thy life, I give to thee
  6. Three thousand marks a year in English land.

Audley

54 - 59
  1. I take thy gift, to pay the debts I owe:
  2. These two poor esquires redeemed me from the French
  3. With lusty and dear hazard of their lives:
  4. What thou hast given me, I give to them;
  5. And, as thou lovest me, prince, lay thy consent
  6. To this bequeath in my last testament.

Prince Edward

60 - 68
  1. Renowned Audley, live, and have from me
  2. This gift twice doubled to these esquires and thee:
  3. But live or die, what thou hast given away
  4. To these and theirs shall lasting freedom stay.
  5. Come, gentlemen, I will see my friend bestowed
  6. With in an easy litter; then we’ll march
  7. Proudly toward Callice, with triumphant pace,
  8. Unto my royal father, and there bring
  9. The tribute of my wars, fair France his king.
  1. Exit.
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