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Compare 1577 edition: 1 He was a goodlie personage, and princelie to be|hold,Description of Edward the fourth. of heart couragious, politike in counsell, in ad|uersitie nothing abashed, in prosperitie rather ioifull than proud, in peace iust and mercifull, in warre sharpe and fierce, in the field bold and hardie, and na|theles no further (than wisdome would) aduenturous, whose warres who so well considered, he shall no lesse commend his wisedome where he voided, than his manhood where he vanquished. He was of visage louelie, of bodie mightie, strong, and cleane made: howbeit, in his latter daies with ouer liberall diet somewhat corpulent and boorelie, and nathelesse not vncomelie. He was of youth greatlie giuen to flesh|lie wantonnesse: from which health of bodie, in great prosperitie and fortune, without a speciall grace hard|lie refraineth, the poet implieng no lesse and saieng:

Mens erit apta capi tunc cùm laetissima rerum,
Vt seges in pingui luxuriabit humo.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 This fault not greatlie gréeued the people: for neither could anie one mans pleasure stretch and ex|tend to the displeasure of verie manie, and was with|out violence, and ouer that in his latter daies lessed, and well left. In which time of his latter daies this realme was in quiet and prosperous estate, no feare of outward enimies, no warre in hand, nor none to|ward, but such as no man looked for. The people to|ward the prince, not in a constreined feare, but in a willing and louing obedience: among themselues the commons in good peace. The lords, whome hée knew at variance, himselfe in his death bed appea|sed: he had left all gathering of monie (which is the onelie thing that withdraweth the hearts of English men from the prince) nor anie thing intended he to take in hand, by which he should be driuen therto: for his tribute out of France he had before obteined; and the yeare foregoing his death, he had obteined Berwike.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 And albeit that all the time of his reigne he was with his people, so benigne, courteous, and so fami|liar, that no part of his vertues was more estéemed: yet the condition in the end of his daies (in which ma|nie princes by a long continued souereigntie decline into a proud port from debonair behauior of their be|ginning) maruellouslie in him grew and increased: so farre foorth, that in summer (the last that euer hée saw) his highnes being at Windsor in hunting,Sée before pag. 705. sent for the maior & aldermen of London to him for none other errand, but to haue them hunt & be merrie with him, where he made them not so statelie, but so fréendlie and familiar cheere, and sent venison from thence so freelie into the citie, that no one thing in manie daies before gat him either more hearts, or more heartie fauour amongest the common people; which oftentimes more estéeme and take for greater kindnesse a little courtesie, than a great benefit.

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