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PART III.

KING HENRY VI.

PART III.

PERSONS OF THE DRANA,
King HENRY the Sixth :
EDWARD, prince of Wales, his son.
LEWIS X1. king of France.
Duke of SOMERSET. Duke of EX-

ETER. Earl of OXFORD. Earl lords on
of NORTHUMBERLAND. Earl K.Henry's
of WESTMORELAND. Lord side.

CLIFFORD.
RICHARD PLANTAGENET, duke of York:
EDWARD, earl of March, afterwards

king Edward IV.
EDMUND, earl of Ratland,

his sons.
GEORGE, afterwards duke of Clarence,
RICHARD, afterwards duke of Glocester,
Duke of NORFOLK,
Marquis of MONTAGUE,
Earl of WARWICK, of the duke of York's
Earl of PEMBROKE,

party.
Lord HASTINGS,
Lord STAFFORD,
Sir JOHN MORTÍMER, (uncles to the duke of
Sir HUGH MORTIMER, York.
HENRY, earl of Richmond, a youth.
Lord RIVERS, brother to lady Grey. Sir WIL-

LIAM STANLEY. Sir JOHN MONTGO-
MERY. Sir JOHN SOMERVILLE. Tutor
to Rutland. Mayor of York. Lieutenant of the
Tower. A Nobleman. Two Keepers. A Hunts-
man. A Son that has killed his father. A Fa-

ther that has killed his son.
Queen MARGARET.
Lady GREY, afterwards queen to Edward IV,
BOŃA, sister to the French queen.
Soldiers, and other Attendants on King Henry and

King Edward, Messengers, Watchmen, &c.
Scene, -during part of the third act, in France ;

during all the rest of the play in England.

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ACT I. SCENE I.

London. The Parliament-house.
Drums. Some Soldiers of York's party break in.

Then, Enter the Duke of YORK, ÉDWARD,
RICHARD, NORFOLK, MONTAGUE,WAR-
WICK and Others, with white roses in their
War, I wonder, how the king escap'd our hands

York. While we pursu'd the horsemen of the north
He slily stole away, and left his men:
Whereat the great lord of Northumberland,
Whose warlike ears could never brook retreat,
Lord Clifford, and lord Stafford, all a-breast,
Charg'd our main battle's front, and, breaking in,
Were by the swords of common soldiers slain.
Edw. Lord Stafford's

father, duke of Buckingham, Is either slain, or wounded dangerous:

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Mont. And, brother, here's the earl of Wilt

(Showing his bloody sword. Whom I encounter'd as the battles join'd.

[To York, showing his. Rich. Speak thou for me, and tell them what I did

[Throwing down the duke of Somerset's kead. York. Richard Hath best deserv'd of all my sons.

What is your grace dead, my lord of Somerset ?
Norf. Such hope have all the line of John of Gaunti
Rich. Thus do I hope to shake king Henry's head.

War.

And so do 1.- Victorious prince of York,
Before I see thee seated in that throne

Which not the house of Lancaster usdrps,
I vow by beaven, these eyes shall never close.
This

is the palace of the fearful kinork:
And this the regal seal; possess it,
For this is thine, and not king Henry's heirs.

York. Assist me then, sweet Warwick, and I will; For hither we have broken in by force. Norf. We'll all assist you; he, that flies, shall die. York. Thanks, gentle Norfolk,-Stay by me, my

lords ;And, soldiers, stay, and lodge by me this night. Wur. And, when the king comes, offer him no

violence, Unless he seek to thrust you out by force.

(They retire. York, The queen, this day, here holds her par

liament, But little thinks we shall be of her council : By words, or blows, here let us win our right. Rich. Arm'd as we are, let's stay within this house.

War. The bloody parliament shall this be call's, Unless Plantagenet, duke of York, be king; And bashful Henry depos’d, whose cowardice Llath made us by-words to our enemies.

York. Then leave me not, my lords ; be resolute; I mean to take possession of my right.

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 hells. 1'11 plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares : Resolve thee, Richard; claim the English crown.

[Warwick leads York to the throne, who seats

himself. Flourish. Enter King HENRY, CLIFFORD,

NORTHUMBERLÅND, WESTMORELAND, EXETER, and Others, with red roses in their hats

K. Hen. My lords, look where the sturdy 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 me

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Which not the house of Lancaster tisdrps,
I row by bearen, these eyes shall never close.
This is the palace of the fearful king,
And this the regal seal: possess it, York:
For this is thine, and not king Henry's heirs.

York. Assist me shen, sweet Warwick, and I will;
For hither we have broken in by force.
Norf. We'llall assist you, he, thet flies, shall die.
fort. Thanks, gentle Norfolk, -- Stay by me, my

lords;
And, soldiers, stay, and lodge by me this night.
War. And, when the king comes, offer him no

violence,
Unless he seek to thrust you out by force.

(They retire. York, The queen, this day, here holds her par

liament,
But little thinks we shall be of her council:
By words, or blows, here let us win our right.
Rick. Arm'd as we are, let's stay within this house.

War. The bloody parliament shall this be callid,
Unless Plantagenet

, duke of York, be king; And bashful Henry depos’d, whose cowardice Ilath made us by-words to our enemies.

York. Then leave me not, my lords; be resolute;
I mean to take possession of my right.

Wer. 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.
111 plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares :-
Resolve thee, Richard, claim the Baglish crown.

[Warwick leads York to the throne, ako seats

himself.
Flourish. Enter King HENRY, CLIFFORD,

NORTHUMBERLÅND, WESTMORELAND,
EXETER, and Others, with red rases is their

K. Hen. My lords, look where the sturdy rebel sits,
Even in the chair of state ! belike, he means,
(Back'd by the porver of Wariviek, that false peer)
To aspire unto the crown, and reign as ling.--
Earl of Northumberland, he slew thy father,
And thine, lord Clifford, and you both have pow'd
On him, his sons, his favourites, and his friends.

North. If I be not, heavens, be reveng'd on mo)

Clif. The hope thereof makes Clifford moum in
West. What, shall we suffer this ? let's pluck

him down :
My heart for anger burns, I cannot brook it.
'к. Неn. Be

e patient, gentle earl of Westmoreland.
Clif. Patience is for poltroons, and such as he ;
He durst not sit there, had your father liv'd.
My gracious lord, here in the parliament
Let as assail the family of York.

North. Well hast thou spoken, cousin ; be it so.

K. Hen. Ah, know you not, the city favours them,
And they have troops of soldiers at their beck!
Exe. But, when the duke is slain, they'll quickly fly.
K. Hen. Far be the thought of this from Henry's

heart,
To make a shambles of the parliament-house !
Cousin of Exeter, frowns, words, and threats,
Shall be the war, that Henry means to use.

[They advance to the Duke.
Thou factious duke of York, descend my

throne,
And kneel for grace and mercy at my feet ;
I am thy sovereign.

York. Thou art deceiv'a, I am thine.
Exe. For shame, come down; he made thee duke

of York.
York. 'Twas my inheritance, as the earldom was.
Exe. 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?
Wur. 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 thyself.
War. Be duke of Lancaster, let him be king.
West. He is both king and duke of Lancaster;
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 fiela,
And slew your fathers, and with colours spread
March'd through the city to the palace gates.

North. Yes, 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,

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Thy kinsmen, and thy friends, I'll have more lives, Than drops of blood were in my father's veing.

Clif. Urge it no more ; leat that, instead of words, I send thee, Warwick, such a messenger, As shall revenge his death, before I stir. War. Poor Clifford I how I scorn his worthless

threats! York. Will you, we slow our title to the crown? If not, our swords shall plead it in the field. K. Her. What title hast thou, traitor, to the

Crown? Thy father was, as thou art, duke of York ; 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. Rick. You are old enough now, and yet, methinks

you lose :Father, tear the crown from the usurper's head.

Edw. Sweet father, do so ; set it on your head. Mont. Good brother, [76 York.] as thou lov'st

and honour'st 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. But prove it, Henry, and thou shalt be king.
K. Hen. Henry the fourth by conquest got the
York, 'Twas by rebellion against his king,

crown.

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THIRD PART OF

Act 1
Tly kinsmen, and thy friends, 12 have more lives,
Than drops of blood were in my father's veins.
I send thes, Warwick, such a messenger,
Chif
. Unge it no more; lest that

, instead of words,
As shall revenge his death, before I stir.
Wa. Poor Clifford ! how I scorn his worthless

s!
Furt. Will you, we show our title to the crown?
If not, our swords shall plead it in the field.

X. Hon. What title hast thou, traitor, to the
Thy father was, as thou art, duke of York;
Thy grandfather, Roger Mortimer, carl of March:
Who made the dauphin and the French to stoop,
And seird upon

their towns and provinces.
Par Talk not of France, sith thou hast lost it all.
K. Han. The lord protector lost it, and not 1;
When I was crown'd, I was but nine months old.
Rick. You are old enough now, and yet, methinks

you lose:
Father, tear the crown from the usurper's head.
Edo. Sweet father, do so; set it on your head.
Mont. Good brother, [76 York.) as thou lov'st

and honour'st 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.Her. Peace thou! and give king Henry leave

to speak.
War. Plantagenet shall speak first :-hear him,

lords;
Ana 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 sorror-
Shall be my winding sheet ---Whyfaint you, lords?
My title's good, and better far than his.

War. But prove it, Henry, and thou súalt be king.
K. Hen. Henry the fourth by conquest got the

crown.
Yerk. 'Twas by rebellion against his king.

Sc. 1. KING HENRY VI.

K. Hen. I know not what to say; my title's weak.
Tell me, may not a king adopt an heir !

York. What then?
K. Hen. An if he may, then am I lawful king:
For Richard, in the view of many lords,
Resign'd the crown to Henry the fourth;
Whose heir my father was, and I am his.

York. He rose against him, being his sovereign,
And made him to resign his crown perforce.

War. Suppose, my lords, he did it unconstrain'd,
Think you, 'twere prejudicial to his crown?

Exe. No; for he could not so resign his crown,
But that the next heir should succeed and reign.

K. Hen. Art thou against us, duke of Exeter ?
Exe. His is the right, and therefore pardon me.
York. Why whisper you, my lords, and answer

not?
Eae. My conscience tells me he is lawful king.
K. Hen.

All will revolt from me, and turn to him.
North. Plantagenet, for all the claim thou lay'st,
Think not that Henry shall be so depos'd.
War. Depos'd he shall be, in despite of all.
North. Thou art deceiv'd: 'tis not thy southern

power,
Of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, nor of Kent,
Which makes thee thus presumptuous and proud,

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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 :
May that ground gape, and swallow me alive,
Where I shall kneel to him, that slew my father!
K. Hen.

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, o'er the chair of state where now he sits,
Write up his title with usurping blood.

(He stamps, 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.

K. Hen. I am content: Richard Plantagenet,
Enjoy the kingdom after my decease.

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