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the story of these past few weeks, and am well pleased with thee. Thou hast
governed the realm with right royal gentleness and mercy. Thou hast found thy
mother and thy sisters again? Good; they shall be cared for-and thy father shall
hang, if thou desire it and the law consent. Know, all ye that hear my voice, that
from this day, they that abide in the shelter of Christ’s Hospital and share the
king’s bounty, shall have their minds and hearts fed, as well as their baser parts;
and this boy shall dwell there, and hold the chief place in its honorable body of
governors, during life. And for that he hath been a king, it is meet that other
than common observance shall be his due; wherefore, note this his dress of state,
for by it he shall be known, and none shall copy it; and wheresoever he shall
come, it shall remind the people that he hath been royal, in his time, and none
shall deny him his due of reverence or fail to give him salutation. He hath the
throne’s protection, he hath the crown’s support, he shall be known and called
by the honorable title of the King’s Ward.’ The proud and happy Tom Canty
rose and kissed the king’s hand, and was conducted from the presence. He did
not waste any time, but flew to his mother, to tell her and Nan and Bet all about
it and get them to help him enjoy the great news.*(22)
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