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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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m * Or, let usrefolve to mar eb out, men, women and children, with halters about our necks, bare-headed, and with naked feet, and implore the mercy of my lord the earl : hç is not fo • hard-hearted, nor fo obftinate, but when he shall fee us in fuch an humiliating condition, he will be foftened, and take pity on his fabjects ; and I will be th£ firft to offer him my head, in order, to afluage his hatred, and façrifice myfeif for the city of Ghent. . . • .." . • Or, let us choofe from five to fix thoufaijd of the mou determined mçn in the town, and iar ftantly m§rch to attack the earl in Bruges ;. we will give him combat i afd if we&ould he flain in the attempt, at leaft we fhall die.wfth honour, and God will have mercy upon us ; ttfid the world will fay, tfcat wp haye gallantly and valoroufly maintained our quarrel If, however, in tbi.^ bat-tle we be victorious, and our Lord God,, who in ancient times delegated his power into the hwute of Judas Maccabeus, the chief of , his J#wi& people, fo that the Syrians were. defeated and flail), would be indulgent enough to grants this Jtindnefe,.we Ihouldbe every whert the moft ho-noured people finoe the time pf the. Romans; Now, confider which of thqfe three propofitiopi you will make choice of, for. one of them muft be adopted;' - : • Thofe who were near to him, and had moft distinctly heard what he had faid, replied,—~c-Ah* dear lord, we put our whole confidence in you ; what would you advife #s? fo.Twe will do what? *ver you think will be moft fe lour advantage/ 'By


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