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294 queen eleanoe's fall.
In vestures clad, as brave to see As any Spaniard then.
She crav'd the king, that ev'ry man
That wore long locks of hair, Might then be cut and polled all, 3a
Or shaved very near. Whereat the king did seem content,
And soon thereto agreed; And first commanded, that his own
Should then be cut with speed: *>
And after that, to please his queen,
Proclaimed thro' the land, That ev'ry man that wore long hair
Should poll him out of hand. But yet this Spaniard, not content, «
To women bore a spite, And then requested of the king,
Against all law and right,
That ev'ry womankind should have
Their right breast cut away; sc
And then with burning irons sear'd,
The blood to stanch and stay 1 King Edward then, perceiving well
Her spite to womankind, Devised soon by policy «
To turn her bloody mind.
He sent for burning irons straight,
All sparkling hot to see ; And said, " O queen, come on thy way;