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Enter young CLIFFORD.

But still, where danger was, still there I met himn; Y. Clif. But that my heart's on future mis- and like rich bangings in a homely house, cbief set,

So was his will in his old feeble body, I would speak blasphemy ere bid you fly;

But, noble as he is, look where be comes. But fly you must ; uncurable discomfit

Enter SALISBURY. Reigns in the hearts of all our present parts.

Sal. Now, by my sword, well bast thou fought Away, for your relief! and we will live

to-day; To see their day, and them our fortune give :

By the mass, so did we all.-I thank you, Richard : Away, my lord, away!

(Ereunt.

God knows how long it is I have to live ;

And it hath pleas'd him, that three times to-day SCEVE 111.-Fields near Saint Albans.

You have defended me from imminent death. Alarum : Retreat. Flourish ; then enter York, Well, lords, we have not got that which we have :*

RICHARD PLANTAGENET, WARWICK, and 'Tis not enough our foes are this time fled, Soldiers, with Drum and Colours.

Being opposites of such repairing nature. + York. Of Salisbury, who can report or him ;

York. I know our safety is to follow them; That winter lion, who in rage forgets

For, as I bear, the king is fed to Londou,

To call a present court of parliament.
Aged contusions and all brush of time ; +

Let us pursue bin ere the writs go forth :-
And, like a gallant in the brow of youth, 1
Repairs him with occasion ? this happy day

What says lord Warwick ; shall we after them!

War. After them ! nay, before them, if we can. Is not itself, nor have we won one foot,

Now by my faith, lords, 'twas a glorious day: If Salisbury be lost. Rich. My noble father,

Saint Alban's battle, won by famous York,

Shall be eterniz'd in all age to come.Three times to-day I holp him to his horse,

Sound, drums and trumpets ;--and to London all : Three times bestrid him, thrice I led him off, Persuaded him from any further act :

And more such days as these to us befall!

(Ereunt. • For parties.

• 1. e. We have not secured that which we have ac+ 1. e. The gradual detrition of time.

quired. * 1. c. The height of youth the brow of a bill is its + 1. e. Being enemies that are likely so soon to rallo summit.

and recover themselves from this defeat

THIRD PART

OP

KING HENRY VI.

LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. THE action of this play comprehends a period of sixteen years. It commences with the events immediately sue.

ceeding the disastrous battle of St. Alban's, 165, and concludes with the murder of King Henry VI. and the birth of Prince Edward, (afterwards Edward V.) 1471. Dr. Johnson says, “Of these three plays, I thiu. the second the best. The truth is, they have not sufficient variety of action, for the incidents are too often of the same kind ; yet many of the characters are well discriminated. King Henry and his quecu, King F.Award, the Duke of Gloucester, and the Earl of Warwick, are very strongly and distinctly painted."

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. KING HENRY TRE SIXTH.

Sir JOHN MORTIMER, Uncles to the Duke EDWARD, Prince of Wales, his Son.

Sir Hugh MORTIMER, I of York. LEWIS XI. King of France.

HENRY, Earl of Richmond, a Youth. DURE OF SOMERSET,

LORD RIVERS, Brother to Lady Grey. DUKE or EXETER,

SIR WILLIAM STANLEY. EARL OF OXFORD,

Lords on King Sir John MONTGOMERY. EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND, Henry's side, Sir John SOMERVILLE. EARL OF WESTMORELAND.

TUTOR to Rutland.
LORD CLIFFORD,

MAYOR of York.
RICHARD PLANTAGENET, Duke of York, LIEUTENANT of the Tower.
EDWARD Earl of March, aster.

A NOBLEMAN.
wards King Edward IV.

Two KEEPERS.-A HUNTSMAN.-A Son that EDXUND, Earl of Rutland,

has killed his Father.-A Father that has GEOROB, afterwards Duke of His Sons. killed his Son.

Clarence,
RICHARD, afterwards Duke of

QUEEN MARGARET.
Glocester.

LADY GREY, afterwards Queen to Ed. DUKE OF NORFOLK,

ward VI. MARQUIS OF MONTAGUE,

BONA, Sister to the French Queen. LARL OF WARWICK, of the Duke of EARL OF PEMBROKE, York's Party. Soldiers, and other attendants on King HenLORD HASTINGS,

ry and King Edward, Messengers, watchLORD STAFFORD,

&c. SCENE, during part of the third Act, in France ; during all the rest of the Play, in England.

men,

ACT I.

SCENE 1.- London --The Parliament.

House.
Drums. Some Soldiers of York's party

break in. Then, enter the Duke of YORK,
EDWARD, RICHARD, NORFOLK, MONTAGUE,
WARWICK, and others with White Roses ta
their Hats.
War. I wonder how the king escap'd our hands.

York. Wbile we pursued the horsemen of the
He slily stole away, and left bis men : (north,
Whereat the great lord of Northumberland,
Whose warlike ears could never brook retreat,
Cheer'd up the drooping army, and himself,
Lord Clifford, and lord Stafford, all abreast,
Charg'd our main battle's front, and, break

ing in, Were by the swords of common soldiers slain.

Edw. Lord Stafford's father, duke of Buck

ingham ;
Is either slain, or wounded Jangerous :
I cleft bis beaver with a downright blow;
That this is true, father, behold his blood.

(Showing his bloody Sword. Mont. And, brother, here's the earl of wiltshire's blood,

'[TO YORK, showing his Whom I encourter'd as the battles join'd. Rich. Speak thou for me, and tell them what

I did,
[Throwing down the duke of SOMERSET'S

Head.
York. Richard hath best deserv'd of all my

sons.-
What, is your grace dead, my lord of Somer.

set? Norf. Soch hope bave all the line of John of

Gaunt ;

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Rich. Thus do I hope to shake king Henry's K. Hen. Far be the thought of this from head,

Henry's heart, War. And so do 1.- Victorious prince of To make a shambles of the parliament-bouse! York,

Cousin of Exeter, frowns, words, and threats, Before I see thee seated in that throne

Shall be the war that Henry means to use. Which now the house of Lancaster usurps,

[They advance to the Duke. I vow by heaven these eyes shall never close.

Thou factious duke of York, descend my throne, This is the palace of the fearful king,

And kneel for grace and mercy at my feet; And this the regal seat : possess it, York: I am thy sovereign. For this is thine, and not king Henry's heirs. York. Thou art deceiv’d, I am thine. York. Assist me then, sweet Warwick, and I Exe. For shame, come down ; he made thee will ;

duke of York. For hither we have broken in by force.

York. 'Twas my inheritance, as the earldom Norf. We'll all assist you ; he that flies shall

was. die.

Ere. Thy father was a traitor to the crown. York. Thanks, gentle Norfolk,-Stay by me, War. Exeter, thou art a traitor to the crown, my lords ;

In following this usurping Henry. And, soldiers, stay, and lodge by me this night. Clif. Whom should be follow, but his natural War. And wben the king comes, offer him no

king? violence,

War. True, Clifford; and that's Richard, duke Unless he scek to thrust you out by force.

of York.

[They retire. K. Hen. And shall I stand, and thou sit in York. The queen, this day, here holds her

my throne ? parliament,

York. It must and shall be so. Content thyBut little thinks we shall be of her council :

sell. By words, or blows, here let us win our right. War. Be duke of Lancaster, let him be king. Rich, Arm'd as we are, let's stay within this West. He is both king and duke of Lancashouse.

ter: War. The bloody parliament shall this be and that the lord of Westmoreland shall maincallid,

tain. Unless Plantagenet, duke of York, he king ; War. And Warwick shall disprove it. You And basbful Henry depos’d, whose cowardice

forget, Hath made us by-words to our enemies.

That we are those which chas'd you from the York. Then leave me not, my lords : be re- field, solute ;

And slew your fathers, and with colours spread I mean to take possession of my right.

March'd through the city to the palace gates. War. Neither the king, nor he that loves North. Yes, Warwick, I remember it to iny him best,

grief; The proudest he that holds up Lancaster, And, by his soul, thou and thy house shall Dares stir a wing, if Warwick sbake bis bells. •

rue it. I'll plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares :- West. Plantagenet, of thee, and these thy Resolve thee, Richard ; claim the English

sons, crown.

Thy kinsmen, and thy friends, I'll have more [WARWICK leads YORK to the Throne, who

lives, seats himself.

Than drops of blood were in my father's veins.

Clif. Urge it no more ; lest that, instead of Flourish. Enter King HENRY, CLIFFORD,

words,
NORTHUMBERLAND, WEST MORELAND, Exk- I send thee, Warwick, such a messenger,
TER, and others, with red Roses in their As shall revenge his death, before I stir.
Hats.

War. Poor Clifford I bow I scorn his worthK. Hen. My lords, look where the sturdy

less threats! rebel sits,

York. Will you we show our title to the Even in the chair of state ! belike, he means

crowp ? (Back'd by the power of Warwick, that false if not, our swords shall plead it in the field. peer,)

K. Hen. What title bast thou, traitor, to the To aspire unto the crown, and reign as king.

crown? Earl of Northumberland, he slew thy father :

Thy father was, as thou art, duke of York ; And thine, lord Clifford ; and you both bave Thy grandfather, Roger Mortimer, earl of vow'd revenge

March : On him, his sons, his favourites, and his friends. I am the son of Henry the Fifth, North. If I bé not, heavens, be reveng'd on who made the Dauphin and the French to me 1

stoop, Clif. The hope thereof makes Clifford mourn And seiz'd upon their towns and provinces. in steel.

War. Talk not of France, sith • thou hast lost West. What, shall we suffer this ? let's pluck

it all. him down :

K. Hen. The lord protector lost it, and not I; My heart for anger burns, I cannot brook it. When I was crown'd, I was but nine months K. Hen. Be patient, gentle earl of Westmore

old. land.

Rich. You are old enough now, and yet meOlif. Patience is for poltroons, and such as thinks, you lose :

Father, tear the crown from the usurper's head. He durst not sit there had your father liv'd. Edw. Sweet father, do so; set it on your My gracious lord, bere in the parliament

head. Let us assail the family of York.

Mont. Good brother, [TO YORK.) as thou North. Well hast thou spoken, cousin ; be it

lov'st aud honour'st arins, 80.

Let's fight it out, and not stand cavilling thus. K. Hen. Ab ! know you not, the city favours Rich. Sound drums and trumpets, and the them,

king will fly. And they have troops of soldiers at their beck ? York. Sons, peace! Exe. But when the duke is slain, they'll K. Hen. Peace thou! and give king Henry quickly fly.

leave to speak.

War. Plantagenet shall speak first :-hear • Hawks had sometimes little bells hung on them,

him, lords ; perhaps to darc the birds; that is, fright them from rising.

• Since.

be;

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