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  • Title: The History of King Leir (Quarto, 1605)
  • Editor: Andrew Griffin

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    The History of King Leir (Quarto, 1605)

    Enter the King of Gallia with a stil march, Mumford & soldiers.
    2465King. Now march our ensignes on the Brittish earth,
    And we are neere approching to the towne:
    Then looke about you, valiant Countrymen,
    And we shall finish this exployt with ease.
    Th'inhabitants of this mistrustfull place,
    2470Are dead asleep, as men that are secure:
    Here shall we skirmish but with naked men,
    Deuoyd of sence, new waked from a dreame,
    That know not what our comming doth pretend,
    Till they do feele our meaning on their skinnes:
    2475Therefore assaile: God and our right for vs. Exeunt.
    I2 Alarum,
    The History of King Leir