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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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choofe to bring with him; and that, when her should fee us in this fituation, with joined hands, crying out for mercy, he would, if he pleafed, take compaflion on us. But I could not learn from his council, that there was the leaft plea of juftice to put to death fuch numbers of people as would be therç that day. Now, confider if you Will have peacç on thefe terms ?' When Philip had done fpeaking, it was a me-lancholy fight to behold men, women and chiU dren, bewailing, with tears, their hufbands, fa-thers, brothers and neighbours. After this tu-* mult and noife had lafted fome time, Philip again addreffed them, and cried out, € Silence, filence !' when, on his beginning to fpeak, they xeafed lamenting,—4 Worthy inhabitants of Ghent, you who are here affembled, are the ma-jority of its citjzens, and you have heard all I had to report to you : I fee no means of retoedy but a determined conduct. You know how very much we are ftraitened for all forts of provifion, apd that there are thirty thoufand perfqns in this town, who, in fifteen days, will not have bread to eat. In my opinion, we have but the choice of three things ; the firft, that we clofe all our gatesj and then, after having confeffed ourfelves, moil fully, retire into the churches and monafte-ries, and there die confeffed and repentant, like martyrs, to whom no mercy has been shewn. In this ftate God will have pity on us, and on our ' fouls; and wherever this shall be told or heard, they will fay, that we died nobly, like loyal mer^ at arms. * Or, S6


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