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peace, or here my truthe I plight, I am the manfulst man of might,
take mynde on my manace. Al leedes in land bee at my likinge, Castle, couquerour, and kinge bayne be to do my byddynge,
yt will non other bee. Right as I thinke, soe (is all thinge), for all the word dose my willinge, and bayne bine when I bydd bringe
homage and feoaltye. sythen I was lord, withowten lesse, with my witt I can more increase the empire here then ever it was,
as all this world yt wiste. syth I was soverayne warre can cease, and through this world now is peace, for soe dreade a duke sate never on dayes
in Rome, that you may trust. Therfore, as lord, nowe likes mee to preeve my might and my postee, for I will send about and see
how many heades I have.
229 I plight ] Iplight HB Wh 230 manfulst] manliest Wh After 230 a blank in H
231 take ] takes H B Wh
on) of HBWh manace) mase Wh
232 leedes ) lordes W 234 be] bene H B h Dm do ) omit Wr. 236 as] omit Wh is all thinge) must all bee D, moste it be Wh 238 bine ) omit W bydd ) did H 240—244 ) omit h 243 yt] is H 244 can cease] cleare can cease D, clean can cease H Wr. 248 nowe ) omit B 249 preve) prove H B Wh 250 about] and about B 253 eych] his B
that dwell in shire or in cittye,
king, clarke, knight, and knave,
this gammon shall begine.
and travayle or thow bline.
his penye for to paye,
from that tyme after aye.
to Rome make them soe thrall. Warne them, boye, I commande thee, they doe the same, saye thus from mee, soe all this world shall witt that we
Bine soveraygne of them all.
258 middest) mydds H B h Dm., medeste Wr. 261 middest mydds H B h Dm., medest Wr. 263 or ] all B 264 there is ) is there h
270 Rome) come Wr. gift) geiste Wr. 271 aye) ever W 272 thus ] thir Wr. 273 of] omit h, in B 277 they ) the H B Wh thus ] this H B Wh
Have donne, boye, art thou not bowne? 280 Preco: All readye, my lorde, by (Mahoun,]
noe tayles tupp in all this towne
shall goe further, withowten fayle. Octavianus: Boye, therfore, by my crowne, Thow muste have thy warrysoun. /
285 the highest horse besydes (B)[r]oughton
take thow for thy travell. Preco: Graunt mercye, lord, perdye,
this hackney will well serve mee,
should ryde in such araye.
my deare lord, I you praye.
both shire and eke cyttye.
amonge them all chese thee one,
and freely I give her thee.
from all Rome, with good entent, 280 written in the margin of H 281 Mahoun ) Mahounde D Wr. mahound H B h Dm. 282 tayles tupp) so Wr., talls tupp H h Dm., tuppe tayles B
after 283 ) blank in H 284–295) omit Wh 286 Broughton] boughton & D, Boughton HB 292 bine ] lyve B 294 reverans ) remanes B 296–300) omit W But) omit h 297 will ] wilbe B 299 both shire ] both in shire H eke) omit H 300 Octavianus) omit AB bine ] be H B Wh manye ) many a W 300-304 ) omit h 304 My) from my Wh 305 good ] full H
thy men there have eychone Iment
'as god to honour thee;
poore and ryche in parlement;
was never in this cyttye.
to honour thee as god, with blys,
in worde, thought, ne deede.
to quite you this your meede.) 336 Octavianus: Welcome, my frendes, in good faye,
for you be baynable to my paye;
the homage yee doe to mee;
to desyre such dignitye.
sheweth not right in mee;
am I not wrought, you wott eych one, 308 assent] sent H Wh
312 sicker syr) seckerly B 315 ne] ner Wh 315 a, b, c, d] omit D 315 b ought] nought H 315 c now) so Wh 315 d this ] in H meede] neede H 317 baynable) penyble H, welckome Wh 324 of all) of HB, all the Wh 325 made ) man Wh 328 ne] nor H B Wh 329 am I] I ame B
and of my life moste parte is gone,
age shewes him soe in mee
and none of this have I.
This were unkynd(lie).
by ghoost of prophecye.
then I am well worthye.
to passe mee of degree?
a bab borne shalbe, blys to bringe,
331 in me ] I see H B Wh Shewes ] sheweth Wr. 332 thinge ] thinges h 335 this ] these H Wh 337 bee] omit H 339 This) it HW Bh unkyndlie) unkynd D Wh 340 of ] if Dm. will wee] wilbe W 341 of ] at H W Bh hath ) hast D, has H B to see ) for to see H B Wh 344 lore] lawe Wh lewtye ] bewtie Wh
346 I ] omit H B Wh not] no H B Wh on me) and more D
on) of h
349 hase) hast H W Bh
no] not D 350 shall ever ] shall ther ever Bh 353 bab) barne H B Wh borne shalbe) shall borne be H h, shalbe borne W