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[Exit, bearing off his father.) Enter RICHARD and SOMERSET to fight. (SOM
ERSET is killed.) Rich. So, lie thou there; For underneath an alehouse' paltry sign, The Castle in Saint Alban's, Somerset Hath made the wizard famous in his death, Sword, hold thy temper; heart, be wrathful
still. Priests pray for enemies, but princes kill.
(Erit.) Fight : excursions. Enter King, QUEEN, and
others. Queen. Away, my lord ! you are slow; for
shame, away! King. Can we outrun the heavens? Good
fight nor fly.
[Alarum afar off.
Re-enter YOUNG CLIFFORD. Y, Clif. But that my heart 's on future mis
I would speak blasphemy ere bid you fly.
(Exeunt. (SCENE III. Fields near Saint Alban's.] Alarum. Retreat. Enter YORK, RICHARD,
WARWICK, and Soldiers, with drum and colours.
York. Of Salisbury, who can report of him, That winter lion, who in rage forgets Aged contusions and all brush of time, And, like a gallant in the brow of youth, Repairs him with occasion? This happy days Is not itself, nor have we won one foot, If Salisbury be lost. Rich.
My noble father, Three times to-day I holp him to his horse, Three times bestrid him; thrice I led him
fought to-day, By the mass, so did we all. I thank you,
Richard. God knows how long it is I have to live; And it hath pleas'd Him that three times to
day You have defended me from imminent death. Well, lords, we have not got that which we
have. 'T is not enough our foes are this time fled, Being opposites of such repairing nature.
York. I know our safety is to follow them; For, as I hear, the King is filed to London, To call a present court of parliament. Let us pursue him ere the writs go forth. What says Lord Warwick ? Shall we after
them? War. After them ? Nay, before them, if we Now, by my hand, lords, 't was a glorious
day. Saint Alban's battle won by famous York Shall be eterniz'd in all age to come. Sound drum and trumpets, and to London all; And more such days as these to us befall!
THE THIRD PART OF HENRY THE SIXTH
SIR. JOHN MOBETHALER:, } uncles to the duke of York.
KING HENRY VI.
, DUKE OF EXETER.
HENRY, earl of Richmond, a youth. LARL OF OXFORD.
LORD RIVERS, brother to Lady Grey. EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND.
SIR WILLIAM STANLEY. LARL OF WESTMORELAND.
SIR JOHN MONTGOMERY. LORD CLIFFORD.
SIR JOHN SOMERVILLE. RICHARD PLANTAGENET, duke of York.
Tutor to Rutland._Mayor of York. EDWARD, earl of March, afterwards King
Lieutenant of the Tower. A Nobleman. Edward IV,
Two Keepers. A Huntsman. EDMUND, earl of Rutland,
A Son that bas killed his father.
A Father that has killed his son.
LADY GREY, afterwards Queen to Edward IV. EARL OF WARWICK.
Bona, sister to the French Queen. EARL OF PEMBROKE.
Soldiers, Attendants, Messengers, Watchmen, etc.
SCENE : England and France.]
RICHARD, NORFOLK, MONTAGUE, War-
(Showing the Duke of Somerset's
Rich. Thus do I hope to shake King Henry's
I will ;
my lords ; And, soldiers, stay and lodge by me this night.
[They go up. War. And when the King comes, offer him
no violence, Unless he
seek to thrust you out perforce.
War. Neither the King, nor he that loves
him best, The proudest he that holds up Lancaster, Dares stir a wing, if Warwick shake his
bells. I'N plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares. Resolve thee, Richard ; claim the English
(York takes the throne.) Flourish. Enter King HENRY, CLIFFORD,
NORTHUMBERLAND, WESTMORELAND, EXE-
rebel sits, Even in the chair of state. Belike he means, Back'd by the power of Warwick, that false
peer, To aspire unto the crown and reign as king. Earl of Northumberland, he slew thy father, And thine, Lord Clifford ; and you both have
vow'd revenge On him, his sons, his favourites, and his
friends. North. If I be not, heavens be reveng'd on Clif. The hope thereof makes Clifford
mourn in steel. West. What, shall we suffer this ? Let's
pluck him down. My heart for anger burns; I cannot brook it. 60 K. Hen. Be patient, gentle Earl of West
moreland. Clif. Patience is for poltroons, such as he. He durst not sit there, had your father liv'd. My gracious lord, here in the parliament Let us assail the family of York.
North. Well hast thou spoken, cousin; be it K. Hen. Ah, know you not the city favours
them, And they have troops of soldiers at their beck ? West. But when the Duke is slain, they 'll
quickly fly: K. Hen. Farbe the thought of this from
I am thine.
Duke of York. York. 'T was my inheritance, as the earldom | Ere. Thy father was a traitor to the crown. War. Exeter, thou art a traitor to the
crown In following this usurping Henry. Clif. Whom should he follow but his natural
king? War. True, Clifford ; and that's Richard
Duke of York. K. Hen. And shall I stand, and thou sit in
my throne ?
York. It must and shall be so. Content thy
self. War. Be Duke of Lancaster; let him be
King. West. He is both King and Duke of Lan
caster; And that the Lord of Westmoreland shall
maintain. War. And Warwick shall disprove it. You
forget That we are those which chas'd you from the
field And slew your fathers, and with colours spread March'd through the city to the palace gates. North. No, Warwick, I remember it to my
grief; And, by his soul, thou and thy house shall rue
it. West. Plantagenet, of thee and these thy
sons, Thy kinsmen and thy friends, I 'll have more
lives Than drops of blood were in my father's veins. Clif. Urge it no more ; lest that, instead of
words, I send thee, Warwick, such a messenger As shall revenge his death before I stir. War. Poor Clifford ! how I scorn his worth
less threats! York. Will you we show our title to the
crown? If not, our swords shall plead it in the field. K. Hen. What title hast thou, traitor, to the
crown? Thy father was, as thou art, Duke of York ; 105 Thy grandfather, Roger Mortimer, Earl of
March : I am the son of Henry the Fifth, Who made the Dauphin and the French to
stoop And seiz'd upon their towns and provinces. War. Talk not of France, sith thou hast lost
it all. K. Hen. The Lord Protector lost it, and
not I. When I was crown'd I was but nine months
old. Rich. You are old enough now, and yet, me
thinks, you lose. Father, tear the crown from the usurper's head. Edw. Sweet father, do so; set it on your
head. Mont. Good brother, as thou lov'st and hon
ourest arms, Let's fight it out and not stand cavilling thus. Rich. Sound drums and trumpets, and the
King will fly. York. Sons, peace! K. Hen. Peace, thou ! and give King Henry
leave to speak. War. Plantagenet shall speak first. Hear
him, lords; And be you silent and attentive too, For he that interrupts him shall not live. K. Hen. Think'st thou that I will leave my
kingly throne, Wherein my grandsire and my father sat?
No! First shall war unpeople this my realm; Ay, and their colours, often borne in France, And now in England to our heart's great
sorrow, Shall be my winding-sheet. Why faint you,
lords? My title 's good, and better far than his. War. Prove it, Henry, and thou shalt be
the crown. York. 'Twas by rebellion against his king. K. Hen. (Aside.) I know not what to say;
my title 's weak.
York. What then ?
ereign, And made him to resign his crown perforce. War. Suppose, my lords, he did it uncon
strain'd, Think you 't were prejudicial to his crown? Exe. No; for he could not so resign his
crown But that the next heir should succeed and
king. K. Hen. (Aside.) All will revolt from me,
and turn to him. North. Plantagenet, for all the claim thou
War. Depos'd he shall be, in despite of all.
southern power, Of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, nor of Kent, Which makes thee thus presumptuous and
proud, Can set the Duke up in despite of me.
Clif. King Henry, be thy title right or wrong, Lord Clifford vows to fight in thy defence. 160 May that ground gape and swallow me alive, Where I shall kneel to him that slew my father! K. Hen. O Clifford, how thy words revive
my heart ! York. Henry of Lancaster, resign thy crown. What mutter you, or what conspire you, lords ? War. Do right unto this princely Duke of
York, Or I will fill the house with armed men, And over the chair of state, where now he
sits, Write up his title with usurping blood.
(He stamps with his foot, and the
Soldiers show themselves.
K. Hen. My Lord of Warwick, hear but one
word. Let me for this my life-time reign as king. York. Confirm the crown to me and to mine
heirs, And thou shalt reign in quiet while thou liv'st.
King. I am content. Richard Plantagenet, Enjoy the kingdom after my decease. Clif. What wrong is this unto the Prince
your son! War. What good is this to England and
himself! West. Base, fearful, and despairing Henry! Clif. How hast thou injur'd both thyself
and us! West. I cannot stay to hear these articles, 180 North. Nor I. Clif. Come, cousin, let us tell the Queen
these news. West. Farewell, faint-hearted and degener
ate king, In whose cold blood no spark of honour bides. North. Be thou a prey unto the house of
York, And die in bands for this unmanly deed ! Clif. In dreadful war mayst thou be over
come, Or live in peace abandon'd and despis'd!
(Exeunt North., Cliff., and West.) War. Turn this way, Henry, and regard
them not. Exe. They seek revenge and therefore will
not yield. K. Hen. Ah, Exeter!
Why should you sigh, my lord ? K. Hen. Not for myself, Lord 'Warwick,
but my son, Whom I unnaturally shall disinherit. But be it as it may. (70 York.) I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs for ever, Conditionally, that here thou take an oath To cease this civil war, and, whilst I live, To honour me as thy king and sovereign, And neither by treason nor hostility To seek to put me down and reign thyself. 200 York. This oath I willingly take and will
perform. War. Long live King Henry! Plantagenet,
embrace him. K. Hen. And long live thou, and these thy
forward sons ! York. Now York and Lancaster are recon
cil'd. Ere. Accurs'd be he that seeks to make them foes !
(Sennet. Here they come down. York. Farewell, my gracious lord; I'll to War. And I'll keep London with my soldiers. Norf. And I to Norfolk with my followers. Mont. And I unto the sea from whence I K. Hen. And I, with grief and sorrow, to the court.
(Exeunt York and his sons, War
wick, Norfolk, Montague, their Soldiers, and Attendants.]
Enter QUEEN MARGARET (and the PRINCE OF
K. Hen. Gentle son Edward, thou wilt stay
with me? WALES).
Q. Mar. Ay, to be murder'd by his enemies Exe. Here comes the Queen, whose looks Prince. When I return with victory from the bewray her anger.
field I'll steal away.
I'll see your Grace; till then I 'll follow her. K. Hen. Exeter, so will I.
Q. Mar. Come, son, away; we may not Q. Mar. Nay, go not from me; I will follow linger thus. thee.
[Exeunt Queen Margaret and the K. Hen. Be patient, gentle queen, and I will
K. Hen. Poor queen l'how love to me and to Q. Mar. Who can be patient in such ex
her son tremes ?
Hath made her break out into terms of rage ! Ah, wretched man! would I had died a maid, Reveng'd may she be on that hateful duke, * And never seen thee, never borne thee son, Whose haughty spirit, winged with desire, Seeing thou hast prov'd so unnatural a father! Will coast my crown, and like an empty eagle Hath he deserv'd to lose his birthright thus ? Tire on the flesh of me and of my son! Hadst thou but lov'd him half so well as I, 220 The loss of those three lords torments my Or felt that pain which I did for him once,
heart. Or nourish'd him as I did with my blood, I'll write unto them and entreat them fair. Thou wouldst have left thy dearest heart- Come, cousin, you shall be the messenger. blood there,
Exe. And I, I hope, shall reconcile them all. Rather than have made that savage duke thine
(Eseunt. heir And disinherited thine only son.
[SCENE II. Sandal Castle.) Prince. Father, you cannot disinherit me. If you be King, why should not I succeed?
Enter RICHARD, EDWARD, and MONTAGUE. K. Hen. Pardon me, Margaret; pardon me,
Rich. Brother, though I be youngest, give sweet son.
me leave. The Earl of Warwick and the Duke enforc'd Edw. No, I can better play the orator.
Mont. But I have reasons strong and forcible. Q. Mar. Enforc'd thee! art thou King, and wilt be forc'd ?
Enter the DUKE OF YORK. I shame to hear thee speak. Ah, timorous York. Why, how now, sons and brother! at wretch !
a strife? Thou hast undone thyself, thy son, and me; What is your quarrel! How began it first? And given unto the house of York such head Edw. No quarrel, but a slight contention. As thou shalt reign but by their sufferance.
York. About what ? To entail him and his heirs unto the crown,
Rich. About that which concerns your Grace What is it, but to make thy sepulchre And creep into it far before thy time ?
The crown of England, father, which is yours. Warwick'is chancellor and the lord of Calais ; York. Mine, boy? Not till King Henry be Stern Falconbridge commands the narrow seas;
dead. The Duke is made Protector of the realm ; 240 Rich. Your right depends not on his life or And yet shalt thou be safe? Such safety finds
death. The trembling lamb environed with wolves. Edw. Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it Had I been there, which am a silly woman, The soldiers should have toss'd me on their By giving the house of Lancaster leave to pikes
breathe, Before I would have granted to that act. It will outrun you, father, in the end. But thou preferr'st thy life before thine hon- York. I took an oath that he should quietly our;
reign. And seeing thou dost, I here divorce myself Edw. But for a kingdom any oath may be Both from thy table, Henry, and thy bed,
broken. Until that act of parliament be repeald I would break a thousand oaths to reign one Whereby my son is disinherited. The northern lords that have forsworn thy col- Rich. No; God forbid your Grace should be
forsworn. Will follow mine, if once they see them spread; York. I shall be, if I claim by open war. And spread they shall be, to thy foul disgrace Rich. I'll prove the contrary, if you 'n hear And utter ruin of the house of York..
me speak. Thus do I leave thee. Come, son, let's away. York. Thou canst not, son; it is impossible. Our army is ready; come, we'll after them. 256 Rich. An oath is of no moment, being not K. Hen. Stay, gentle Margaret, and hear me
Before a true and lawful magistrate, Q. Mar. Thou hast spoke too much already; That hath authority over him that swears. get thee gone.
Henry had none, but did usurp the place :