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Chorus 4

Enter Raynulph.

RAYNULPH
Of pagan blood a queen being chose,
Roxena hight
[1], the Britons rose,
For [Vortimer] the[y] crowned king,
But she soon poisoned that sweet spring.
Then to rule they did restore
Vortiger, and him they swore
Against the Saxons; they, constrain'd,
Begg'd peace treaty, and obtain'd.
And now in numbers equally
Upon the plain near Salisbury,
A peaceful meeting they decreen
[2]
Like men of love, no weapon seen.
But Hengist, that ambitious lord,
Full of guile, corrupts his word,
As the sequel too well proves;
On that your eyes, on us your loves.

Exit.

NOTES

[1] hight: called (archaic).
[2] decreen: decreed

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