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Which sounded like a clamour in a vault,
War. Alas! I am not coop'd here for defence: I will away towards Barnet presently, And bid thee battle, Edward, if thou dar'st. K. Edw. Yes, Warwick, Edward dares, and leads the way.
Lords, to the field! Saint George and victory! March. Exeunt.
SCENE II-A Field of Battle near Barnet. Alarums, and excursions. Enter King EDWARD, bringing in WARWICK wounded.
K. Edw. So lie thou there: die thou, and die our fear;
For Warwick was a bug that fear'd us all.
War. Ah! who is nigh? come to me, friend or foe,
And tell me who is victor, York or Warwick?
Lo! now my glory smear'd in dust and blood;
And, live we how we can, yet die we must.
Enter OXFORD and SOMERSET.
Som. Ah! Warwick, Warwick, wert thou as we are,
We might recover all our loss again. The queen from France hath brought a puissant power;
Even now we heard the news. Ah! could'st thou fly.
War. Why, then I would not fly. Montague, If thou be there, sweet brother, take my hand, And with thy lips keep in my soul awhile. Thou lov'st me not; for, brother, if thou didst, Thy tears would wash this coli congealed blood That glues my lips and will not let me speak. Come quickly, Montague, or I am dead.
Som. Ah! Warwick, Montague hath breath'd his last;
And to the latest gasp cried out for Warwick, And said Commend me to my valiant brother.' And more he would have said; and more he spoke,
War. Sweet rest his soul! Fly, loids, and save yourselves;
For Warwick bids you all farewell, to meet in heaven. Dies. Oxf. Away, away, to meet the queen's great power! Exeunt, bearing off WARWICK'S body.
SCENE III.-Another Part of the Field. Flourish. Enter King EDWARD in triumph; with CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, and the rest.
K. Edw. Thus far our fortune keeps an upward
And we are grac'd with wreaths of victory.
I mean, my lords, those powers that the queen
Clar. A little gale will soon disperse that cloud, And blow it to the source from whence it came: Thy very beams will dry those vapours up, For every cloud engenders not a storm. Glou. The queen is valu'd thirty thousand strong,
And Somerset, with Oxford, fled to her:
K. Edw. We are advertis'd by our loving friends That they do hold their course toward Tewksbury, We, having now the best at Barnet field, Will thither straight, for willingness rids way; And, as we march, our strength will be augmented In every county as we go along.
Strike up the drum! cry Courage !' and away. Flourish. E.ceunt.
SCENE IV.-Plains near Tewksbury.
March. Enter Queen MARGARET, Prince EDWARD, SOMERSET, OXFORD, and Soldiers.
Q. Mar. Great lords, wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss,
But cheerly seek how to redress their harms.
Whiles in his moan the ship splits on the rock,
We will not from the helm to sit and weep, Therefore, no more but this : Henry, your sove-
His realm a slaughter-house, his subjects slain, As good to chide the waves as speak them fair. His statutes cancell'd, and his treasure spent ; And what is Edward but a ruthless sea ?
And yonder is the wolf that makes this spoil. 80 What Clarence but a quicksand of deceit ? You fight in justice: then, in God's name, lords, And Richard but a ragged fatal rock?
Be valiant, and give signal to the fight. All these the enemies to our poor bark.
Alarum. Retreat. Excursions. Exeunt. Say you can swim ; alas ! 'tis but a while : Tread on the sand; why, there you quickly sink:
SCENE V.-Another Part of the field. Best ride the rock; the tide will wash you off, 31 Or else yon famish; that's a threefold death. Flourish. Enter King EDWARD, CLARENCE, This speak I, lords, to let you understand,
GLOUCESTER, and Forces ; with Queen MARIn case some one of you would fly from us,
GARET, OXFORD, and SOMERSET, Prisoners. That there's no hop'd-for mercy with the brothers K. Edw. Now here a period of tumultuous More than with ruthless waves, with sands and broils. rocks.
Away with Oxford to Hames castle straight : Why, courage then! what cannot be avoided For Somerset, off with his guilty head. 'Twere childish weakness to lament or fear. Go, bear them hence ; I will not hear them speak.
Prince. Methinks a woman of this valiant spirit Oxf. For my part, I'll not trouble thee with Should, if a coward heard her speak these words, words. Infuse his breast with magnanimity,
Som. Nor I; but stoop with patience to my And make him, naked foil a man at arms.
fortune. I speak not this as doubting any here;
Exeunt OXFORD and SOMERSET, guarded. For did I but suspect a fearful man,
Q. Mar. So part we sadly in this troublous He should have leave to go away betimes,
world, Lest in our need he might infect another, To meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem. And make him of like spirit to himself.
K. Edw. Is proclamation made, that who finds If any such be here, as God forbid !
Edward Let him depart before we need his help. 49 Shall have a high reward, and he his life?
Orf. Women and children of so high a courage, Glou. It is : and lo! where youthful Edward And warriors faint! why,'twere perpetual shame. comes. O brave young prince! thy famous grandfather Doth live again in thee: long may'st thou live
Enter Soldiers, with Prince EDWARD. To bear his image and renew his glories !
K. Edw. Bring forth the gallant: let us hear Som. And he that will not fight for such a hope,
him speak. Go home to bed, and like the owl by day, What! can so young a thorn begin to prick ? If he arise, be mock'd and wonder'd at.
Edward, wbat satisfaction canst thou make Q. Mar. Thanks, gentle Somerset: sweet For bearing arms, for stirring up my subjects, Oxford, thanks.
And all the trouble thou hast turn'd me to? Prince. And take his thanks that yet hath Prince. Speak like a subject, proud ambitious nothing else.
Suppose that I am now my father's mouth : Enter a Messenger.
Resign thy chair, and where I stand kneel thou, Mess. Prepare you, lords, for Edward is at hand, which, traitor, thou would'st have me answer to.
Whilst I propose the self-same words to thee, 20 Ready to fight; therefore be resolute. Orf. I thought no less: it is his policy
Q. Mar. Ah! that thy father had been so
resolv'd. To haste thus fast, to find us unprovided. Som. But he's deceiv'd; we are in readiness.
Glou. That you might still have worn the Q. Mar. This cheers my heart to see your And ne'er have stol'n the breech from Lancaster.
petticoat, forwardness. Oxf. Here pitch our battle ; hence we will not
Prince. Let Æsop fable in a winter's night;
His currish riddles sort not with this place. budge.
Glou. By heaven, brat, I 'll plague ye for that
word. Plourish and March. Enter King EDWARD, CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, and Porces.
Q. Mar. Ay, thou wast born to be a plague to K. Edw. Brave followers, yonder stands the Glou. For God's sake, take away this captive thorny wood,
scold. Which, by the heavens' assistance and your Prince. Nay, take away this scolding crookstrength,
back rather. Must by the roots be hewn up yet ere night. K. Edw. Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm I need not add more fuel to your fire,
your tongue. For well I wot ye blaze to burn them out :
Clar. Untutor'd lad, thou art too malapert. Give signal to the fight, and to it, lords !
Prince. I know my duty; you are all undutiful. Q. Mar. Lords, knights, and gentlemen, what Lascivious Edward, and thou perjurd George, I should say
And thou misshapen Dick, I tell ye all My tears gainsay; for every word I speak, I am your better, traitors as ye are ; Ye see, I drink the water of mine eyes.
And thou usurp’st my father's right and mine.
K. Edw. Take that, thou likeness of this railer |
Q. Mar. O kill me too.
Glou. Why should she live, to fill the world
K. Edw. What! doth she swoon? use means for her recovery.
K. Hen. Ay, my good lord: my lord, I should say rather;
Glou. Clarence, excuse me to the king my 'Tis sin to flatter; 'good' was little better: brother; Good Gloucester' and 'good devil' were alike, And both preposterous; therefore, not good lord.'
I'll hence to London on a serious matter:
Glou. The Tower! the Tower!
Q. Mar. O Ned! sweet Ned! speak to thy
Canst thou not speak? O traitors! murderers!
But if you ever chance to have a child,
K. Edw. Away with her! go, bear her hence
Q. Mar. Nay, never bear me hence, dispatch me here:
Here sheathe thy sword, I'll pardon thee my death. 70 What! wilt thou not? then, Clarence, do it thou. Clar. By heaven, I will not do thee so much
Now march we hence: discharge the common sort
King HENRY is discovered sitting with a book in his hand, the Lieutenant attending. Enter GLOUCESTER.
Glou. Good day, my lord. What! at your book so hard?
Glou. Sirrah, leave us to ourselves: we must
So first the harmless sheep doth yield his fleece,
Glou. Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;
K. Hen. The bird that hath been limed in a bush,
With trembling wings misdoubteth every bush;
Where my poor young was lim'd, was caught,
Glou. Why, what a peevish fool was that of
That taught his son the office of a fowl!
Q. Mar. Good Clarence, do; sweet Clarence, do thou do it.
Clar. Didst thou not hear me swear I would not do it?
Q. Mar. Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself: "Twas sin before, but now 'tis charity.
What wilt thou not? Where is that devil's
Thou art not here: murder is thy alms-deed;
Q. Mar. So come to you and yours, as to this
K. Edw. Where's Richard gone?
Glou. Thy son I kill'd for his presumption.
The raven rook'd her on the chimney's top,
THIRD PART OF KING HENRY VI.
To wit an undigest deformed lump,
Glou. I'll hear no more: die, prophet, in thy Stabs him. speech:
For this amongst the rest, was I ordain'd.
O! God forgive my sins, and pardon thee.
What valiant foemen, like to autumn's corn,
Glou. What! will the aspiring blood of Lan
Three Dukes of Somerset, threefold renown'd
Sink in the ground? I thought it would have
See how my sword weeps for the poor king's death!
That in their chains fetter'd the kingly lion,
I, that have neither pity, love, nor fear.
Thus have we swept suspicion from our seat,
And of our labours thou shalt reap the gain. 20
For yet I am not look'd on in the world.
Work thou the way, and thou shalt execute.
Clar. The duty that I owe unto your majesty
Q. Eliz. Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.
Be resident in men like one another
Glou. And, that I love the tree from whence thou sprang'st,
And not in me: I am myself alone.
Aside. To say the truth, so Judas kiss'd his
Clarence, beware; thou keep'st me from the light; Witness the loving kiss I give the fruit.
And cried 'all hail!' when as he meant all harm.
K. Edw. Now am I seated as my soul delights, Clar. What will your grace have done with Having my country's peace and brothers' loves. Margaret?
Reignier, her father, to the King of France
SCENE VII.-The Same. A Room in the Palace. King EDWARD is discovered sitting on his throne; Queen ELIZABETH, CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, HASTINGS, a Nurse with the young Prince, and
K. Edw. Once more we sit in England's royal throne, Re-purchas'd with the blood of enemies.
And now what rests but that we spend the
With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows,
EARL OF OXFORD.
LORD STANLEY, called also EARL OF DERBY.
Lords and other Attendants; a Pursuivant, Scrivener, Citizens, Murderers, Messengers, Soldiers, etc.
Ghosts of those murdered by Richard the Third.
Lord Mayor of London. Sheriff of Wiltshire.
LADY ANNE, Widow of Edward Prince of Wales,
A young Daughter of Clarence, Margaret Plantagenet.
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
SCENE I.-London. A Street.
Glou. Now is the winter of our discontent
And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds 10