The oration and speech of Reimond vnto his companie, and of the recoucrie of the citie of Limerike.
"O YE worthie men, of nature valiant, and whose prowesse we haue well tried,
come ye awaie. The waie heretofore not knowne, and the riner hitherto though.
not passable, by our aduentures a foord is now found therein: let vs therefore
follow him that is gone before, and helpe him being now in distresse. Let vs not
suffer, nor sée so woorthie a gentleman, thus for our common cause and honor
oppressed, to perish and be cast awaie before our eies and in our sights for want of
our helpe, and by meanes of our sluggishnesse. It is no time now to vse manie
words, nor leisure serueth to make manie spéeches. The shortnesse of the time, the
present necessitie of this noble gentleman, & the state of our owne honors vrgeth
expedition, & requiveth hast." And euen with these words he put spurres to the
horsse, and aduentureth the riuer: after whome fellowed the whole companie, euerie
one strining who might be formost. And as God would they passed all safe oner,
sauing two souldiors and one gentleman named Guido, who were drowned. They
were no sooner come to land, but that their enimies all fled and ran awaie, whome
they pursued, and in the chase slue a number of them, as also entered and tooke
the towne. And hauing thus gotten both the citie and the victorie, they recouered
their small losse with gteat speiles & riches, as also reaped great honor and fame.
Now reader which of these thrée thinkest thou best valiant, and best woorthie of
honor? Him who first aduentured the riuer, and taught the way? Or him who séeing
the losse of his companion, the perill of the riuer, and the multitude of the enimies,
did yet not fearing death nor perill) aduenture himselfe in the midle of his enimies?
Or him who hastilie setting all feare apart, did hazard himselfe and all his hoast to
saue the friend, and to aduenture vpon the enimie? And this one thing by the waie is
A note concerning tuesdaie or the daie of Mars.
to be noted, that on a tuesdaie Limerike was first conquered, on a tuesdaie it was
againe recouered, on a tuesdaie Waterford was taken, on a tuesdaie Wexford was
gotten, and on a tuesdaie Dublin was woone. And these things came not thus to
passe, as it were by a set match, but euen of a common course of fortune, or by
Gods so appointment. And it is not altogither against reason, that martiall affaires
should haue good successe upon Mars his daie.