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Compare 1577 edition: 1 The king, when his mother had said,The kings answer to his mother. made hir an|swer, part in earnest, part in plaie merilie, as he that wist himselfe out of hir rule. And albeit he would gladlie that she should take it well, yet was at a point in his owne mind, tooke she it well or otherwise. Howbeit somewhat to satisfie hir, he said, that albeit mariage (being a spirituall thing) ought rather to be made for the respect of God, where his grace incli|neth the parties to loue togither, as he trusted it was in his, than for the regard of anie temporall aduan|uantage: yet neuerthelesse, him séemed that this ma|riage, euen worldlie considered, was not vnprofita|ble. For he reckoned the amitie of no earthlie nation so necessarie for him, as the fréendship of his owne, which he thought likely to beare him so much the more hartie fauour, in that he disdeined not to marie with one of his owne land.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 And yet if outward aliance were thought so re|quisite, he would find the means to enter thereinto, much better by other of his kin, where all the parties could be contented, than to marie himselfe whome he should happilie neuer loue; and for the possibilitie of more possessions, leese the fruit and pleasure of this that he had alreadie. For small pleasure taketh a man of all that euer he hath beside, if he be wiued a|gainst his appetite. And I doubt not (quoth he) but there be (as ye say) other, that be in euerie point com|parable with hir. And therefore I let not them that like them to wed them. No more is it reason, that it mislike anie man, that I marrie where it liketh me. And I am sure that my cousine of Warwike neither loueth me so little, to grudge at that I loue; nor is so vnreasonable, to looke that I should in choise of a wise, rather be ruled by his eie, than by mine owne: as though I were a ward that were bound to marie by the appointment of a gardian.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 I would not be a king with that condition,Libertie pre|ferred before [...] kingdome. to for|beare mine owne libertie in choise of mine owne mariage. As for possibilitie of more inheritance by new affinitie in strange lands, is oft the occasion of more trouble than profit. And we haue alreadie title by that meanes vnto so much, as sufficeth to get and kéepe well in one mans daies. That she is a widow, and hath alreadie children; by Gods blessed ladie, I am a bacheler, and haue some too, and so ech of vs hath a proofe that neither of vs is like to be barren. And therefore (madame) I praie you be content, I trust in God she shall bring foorth a yoong prince that shall please you. And as for the bigamie, let the bishop EEBO page image 727 hardlie laie it in my waie when I come to take or|ders. For I vnderstand it is forbidden a préest, but I neuer wist it yet, that it was forbidden a prince. [This spake he as alluding to the libertie of princes, whose lust standeth oftentimes for law, and their opi|nion for reason, according to the saieng of the poet;

—tunc omnia iure tenebis,
Cùm poteris rex esse. [...].]

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