The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Reign of King Edward the Third by William Shakespeare:|
And after feel the stroke of quartering steel:
This is your doom;--go, soldiers, see it done.
Ah, be more mild unto these yielding men!
It is a glorious thing to stablish peace,
And kings approach the nearest unto God
By giving life and safety unto men:
As thou intendest to be king of France,
So let her people live to call thee king;
For what the sword cuts down or fire hath spoiled,
Is held in reputation none of ours.