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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.6

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.6
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bàstàrd! Friends I to God, and enemies to all mankind.9 • They were then well inclined to at-tack the town Of Befioufe, and declare war against'the king of Portugal. Sir Matthew Goirrnay and fir William Beau-champ had long argued against attacking Befi-oufe, but had been little attended to. At the moment they had difplayed the pennon of-St. George, and were quitting the church, the ca-non arrived, and, puflling through the crowd, got up to the head altar, when he cried aloud,—€ My fair firs, what are you going to do ? Be orderly and temperate, I conjure you; for I fee you are much difturbed.' • Sir John Sounder and fir William Helmon then advanced to him, and related what they had dohe and what weretheir intentions. The canon, by fair language, reftrained them: 4 Confider, gen-tlemen, what you are about : _ that which you in-tend is folly and madnefs. We cannot deftroy ourfelves more effectually. If we make war on this country, our enemies will hear of it, and will gain courage when they fee we • cannot oppofe them. ' We fhall thus ruin ourfelves two ways; _ for our enemies will be rejoiced and aflured of what at prefent they may only fufpect, and we (hall forfeit our loyalty to the earl of Cambridge.* * And what would you have us do, canon ?' faid Sounder : ( we have expended much more than our pay, and fince our arrival in Portugal we have noVhad any loan or any payment whatever. If you have been paid, we have not, and your complaints will be vain/ By .53


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