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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 But when the king had abused hir, anon hir hus|band (as he was an honest man, and one that could his good, not presuming to touch a kings concubine) left hir vp to him altogither. When the king died, the lord chamberleine tooke hir, which in the kings daies, albeit he was sore inamoured vpon hir, yet he forbare hir; ether for reuerence, or for a certeine friendlie faithfulnesse. Proper she was and faire; no|thing in hir bodie that you would haue changed, but if ye would haue wished hir somewhat higher. Thus saie they that knew hir in hir youth. Albeit some that now sée hir (for yet [...] when this storie was written. she liueth) deem hir neuer to haue béene well visaged: whose iudgement seemeth me somewhat like, as though men should gesse the beau|tie of one long before departed, by hir scalpe taken out of the charuell house.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 For now is she old, leane, withered, and dried vp, nothing left but riuelled skin, and hard bone. And yet EEBO page image 725 being euen such, who so well aduise hir visage, might gesse and deuise, which parts how filled would make it a faire face. Yet delighted not men so much in hir beautie, as in hir pleasant behauiour. For a proper wit had she, and could both read well and write, mer|rie in companie, readie and quicke of answer, nei|ther mute, nor full of bable, somtime tawnting with|out displeasure, and not without disport. The king would saie that he had thrée concubins, which in thrée diuerse properties diuerslie excelled.K. Edwards three concu|bines. One the mer|riest, another the wiliest, the third the holiest harlot in his realme, as one whome no man could get out of the church lightlie to any place, but it were to his bed.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The other two were somewhat greater persona|ges, and nathelesse of their humilitie content to be namelesse, and to forbeare the praise of those proper|ties: but the meriest was this Shores wife, in whom the king therefore tooke speciall pleasure. For manie he had, but hir he loued; whose fauour to say the truth (for sin it were to beelie the diuell) she neuer abused to anie mans hurt, but to manie a mans comfort and reléefe. Where the king tooke displeasure, shée would mitigate and appease his mind: where men were out of fauour, she would bring them in his grace. For manie that had highlie offended shée ob|teined pardon. Of great forfeitures she gat men re|mission.

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