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And I with tears do wash the blood away.
Keep thou the napkin, and go boast of this:
And, if thou tell'st the heavy story right,
Upon my soul, the hearers will shed tears;
Yea, even my soes will shed fast-falling tcars;
And say,–Alas, it was a piteous deed i

ACT II.
THE DUKE OF YORK IN BATTLE.
Methought, he bore him* in the thickest troop
As doth a lion in a herd of neat;t
Or as a bear, encompass'd round with dogs;
Who having pinch'd a few, and made them cry
The rest stand all aloof, and bark at him.

MORNING.

See, how the morning opes her golden gates,
And takes her farewell of the glorious sun !
How well resembles it the prime of youth,
Trimm'd like a younker, prancing to his love!

THE MORNING's Dawn.
This battle fares like to the morning's war,
When dying clouds contend with growing light;
What time ihe shepherd, blowing of his nails,
Can neither call it perfect day, or night.

THE BLESSINGS OF A SHEPHERD'S LIFE
O God! methinks, it were a happy life,
To be no better than a homely swain;
To sit upon a hill, as I do now,
To carve out dials quaintly, point by point,
Thereby to see the minutes how they run:
How many make the hour full complete,
How many hours bring about the day,
How many days will finish up the year,
How many years a mortal man may live.
When this is known, then to divide the times:
So many hours must I tend my flock;

* Demeaned himself. † Neat cattle, cows, oxen, &c.

# Aurora takes for a time her farewell of the sun, when she dismisses him to his diurnal course.

THIRD PART OF KING HENRY VI. 149 So many hours must I take my rest; So many hours must I contemplate;

I So many hours must I sport myself; So many days my ewes have been with young, So many weeks ere the poor fools will yean; So many years ere I shall sheer the fleece: So minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years, Pass'd over to the end they were created, Would bring white hairs unto a quict grave, Ah, what a life were this! how sweet! how lovel;! Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade To shepherds, looking on their silly sheep, Than doth a rich embroidered canopy To kings, that fear their subjects' treachery? 0, yes it doth: a thousand fold it doth. And to conclude,--the shepherd's homely curds, His cold tnin drink out of his leather bottle, His wonted sleep under a fresh tree's shade, All which secure and sweetly he enjoys, Is far beyond a prince's delicates, His viands sparkling in a golden cup, His body couched in a curious bed, When care, mistrust, and treason wait on him.

ACT III.

NO STABILITY IN A MOB.

Look, as I blow this feather from my face, And as the air blow's it to me again, Obeying with my windowhen I do blow, And yielding to another when it blows, Commanded always by the greater gust; Such is the likeness of you common men.

A SIMILE ON AMBITIOUS THOUGHTS.

Why, then I do but dream on sovereignty;
Like one that stands upon a promontory,
And spies a far-off shore where he would tread,
Wishing his foot were equal with his eye;
And chides the sea that sunders him from thence
Saying--he'll lade it dry to have his way.

GLOSTER'S DEFORMITY. Why, love forswore me in my mother's womb: And, for I should not deal in her soft laws She did corrupt frail nature with some bribe To shrink mine arm up like a wither'd shrub; To make an envious mountain on my back, Where sits deformity to mock my body; To shape my legs of an unequal size; To disproportion me in every part, Like to a chaos, or an unlick'd bear whelp, That carries no impression like the dam. And am I then a man to be belov'd?

GLOSTER'S DISSIMULATION. Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile; And cry, content, to that which grieves my heart; And wet my cheeks with artificial tears, And frame my face to all occasions. L'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall; I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk; I'll play the orator as well as Nestor, Deceive more slily then Ulysses could And, like a Sinon, take another Troy; I can add colours to the chameleon; Change shapes, with Proteus, for advantages, And set the murd'rous Machiavel to school, Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?

ACT IV. HENRY VI. ON HIS OWN LENITY. I have not stopp'd mine ears to their demands, Nor posted off their suits with slow delays; My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds, My mildness hath allay'd their swelling griess, My mercy dry'd their water-flowing tears: I have not been desirous of their wealth, Nor much oppress'd them with great subsidies, Nor forward of revenge, though they much err’d.

151

THIRD PART OF KING HENRY VI.

ACT V.

DYING SPEECH OF THE EARL OF WARWICK. Ah who is nigh? come to me, friend or foe, And tell me, who is victor, York, or Warwick? Why ask I that? my mangled body shows, My blood, my want of strength, my sick heart shows That I must yield my body to the earth, And, by my fall, the conquest to my soe. Thus yields the cedar to the axe's edge, Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle, Under whose shade the ramping lion slept! Whose top-branch over-peerd Jove's spreading tree, And kept low shrubs from winter's powerful wind. Thesc eyes, that now are dimm'd with death's black

veil, Have been as piercing as the mid-day sun, To search the secret treasons of the world: The wrinkles in my brows, now fill'd with blood, Were liken'd oft to kingly sepulchres; For who liv'd king, but I could dig his grave? And who durst smile, when Warwick bent his brow! Lo, now my glory smear’d in dust and blood ! My parks, my walks, my manors that I had, Even now forsake me: and, of all my lands, Is nothing left me, but my body's length! QUEEN MARGARET'S SPEECH BEFORE THE BATTLE OF

TEWKSBURY.

Lords, knights, and gentlemen, what I should say
My tears gainsay;* for every word I speak,
Yë see, I drink the water of mine eyes.
Therefore, no more but this:-Henry, your sove-

reign,
Is prisoner to the foe; his state usurp'd,
His realm a slaughter-house, his subjects slain,
His statutes cancell’d, and his treasure spent;
And yonder is the wolf, that makes this spoil.
You light in justice: then, in God's name, lords,
Be valiant, and give signal to the fight.

* Unsay, deny.

OMENS ON THE BIRTH OF RICHARD III. The owl shriek'd at thy birth, an evil sign; The night-crow cried, aboding luckless time; Dogs howl'd, and hi leous tempests shook down trees; The raven rook’d* her on the chimney's top, And chattering pies in dismal discords sung. Thy mother felt more than a mother's pain, And yet brought forth less than a mother's hope; To wit,-an indigest deformed lump, Not like the fruit of such a goodly tree. Teeth hadst thou in thy head, when thou wast bora To signify,--thou cam’st to bite the world.

KING RICHARD III.

ACT I. THE DUKE OF GLOSTER ON HIS OWN DEFORMITY NOW are our brows bound with victorious wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for monuments; Our stern alarums chang’d to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures, Grim-visag'd war hath smooth’d his wrinkled front: And now,-instead of mounting barbedt steeds, To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber, To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I,--that am not shap'd for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking glass: I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty, To strut before a wanton ambling nymph; I, that am curtailid of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform’d, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up And that so lamely and unfashionable,

* To rook, signified to squat down or lodge on any thing | Dances.

| Armed.

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