Derricke's The Image of Irelande (1581) - Print 8


And marching on in warlicke wiſe, ſet out in battayle ray,
He doth pronounce by heauy doome, the enemies pryde to lay,
And all the rable of the foes by bloudy blade to quell
That riſing ſhall aſſiſte the ſorte which trayterouſly rebell.
Deliuering them to open ſpoyle from moſt unto the leaſt,
And byd them welcome hartely unto that golden feaſt.
For what is he of all the Karne, that may withstand her power,
Or yet reſiſt so great a Prince, one minute of an houre,
If he or they both tagge and ragge, for mayntenaunce of their cauſe,
Durſt uenture to approache the fielde, to try it by marſhall lawes.
Not one of this rebelling ſort, that thinkes himſelf most ſure
Is able to abide the Knight, or preſence his endure.

And marching on in warlike wise, set out in battle array,
He does pronounce by heavy doomjudgement, the enemy's pride to lay,
And all the rabble of the foes by bloody blade to quell
That rising shall assist the sort which traitorously rebel.
Delivering them to open spoil from most unto the least,
And bid them welcome heartily unto that golden feast.

For what is he of all the Kern, that may withstand her power,
Or yet resist so great a Prince one minute of an hour,
If he or they both tagge and rage for maintenance of their cause,
Did venture to approach the field, to try it by marshal laws.
Not one of this rebelling sort, that thinks himself most sure
Is able to abide the Knight, or presence his endure.


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