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THE THIRD PART OF

KING HENRY THE SIXTH.

This tragedy was first printed in its present form, in the folio of 1623. It is an enlarged and improved version by Shakespeare, of “The True Tragedie of Richard, Duke of Yorke," &c. before adverted to, as that, we conceive, was an alteration and improvement by him of an earlier drama, the work of one or more of his contemporaries.

From the circumstance of Robert Greene's paraphrasing a line of “ The True Tragedy :”—

0, tiger's hart, wrapt in a woman's hide ;"

when reflecting on Shakespeare, in his “Groatsworth of Wit,” 1592,* and of some resemblances between passages in his acknowledged dramas and passages in “ The True Tragedy,” it may be inferred that he had some share in the production of the piece or pieces, on which were based “ The First Part of the Contention,” and “The True Tragedie of Richard, Duke of Yorke.” This deduction is strengthened by a passage in “Greene's Funeralls, By R. B. Gent.” 4to. Lond. 1594, a small tract of twelve leaves preserved in the Bodleian Library :

Greene is the pleasing Obiect of an eie ;

Greene pleasde the eies of all that lookt upon him.
Greene is the ground of everie Painter's die ;
Greene gave the ground to all that wrote upon him.
Nay, more, the men that so Eclipst his fame,
Purloynde his Plumes, can they deny the same?”

* "Yes, trust them not: for there is an upstart crow beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygre's heart urapt in a player's hyde, supposes hee is as well able to

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bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you; and, being an absolute Johannes Factotum, is, in his own conceyt, the onely Shake-scene in a countrey."

Persons Represented.

King HENRY THE SIXTH.
EDWARD, Prince of Wales, his Son.
LEWIS XI., King of France.
DUKE of SOMERSET,
Duke of EXETER,
EARL of OXFORD,
EARL of NORTHUMBERLAND,

On King Henry's side.
EARL of WESTMORELAND,
Lord CLIFFORD,
RICHARD PLANTAGENET, Duke of York.
EDWARD, Earl of March, afterwards King Edward IV.
GEORGE, afterwards Duke of Clarence,
RICHARD, afterwards Duke of Gloucester,
EDMUND, Earl of Rutland,
DUKE of NORFOLK.
MARQUIS of MontagUE.
EARL of WARWICK.
Earl of PEMBROKE.
LORD HASTINGS.
LORD STAFFORD.
Sir John MORTIMER,

Uncles to the Duke of York.

his Sons.

Sir Ivan MORTIMER

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Soldiers, and other Attendants on King Henry and King Edward, Messengers,

Watch men, &c.

SCENE,—During part of the Third Act, in France ; during the rest of the Play,

in England.

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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 in their hats.

I cleft his 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 Wilt

shire's blood, [To YORK, showing his. Whom I encounter'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 But, is your grace dead, my lord of Somerset ? Norf. Such hope have all the line of John of Gaunt!

[head. Rich. Thus do I hope to shake king Henry's

Wan. And so do I.- Victorious prince of York, Before I see thee seated in that throne Which now the house of Lancaster usurps,

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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, Cheer'd up the drooping army; and himself, Lord Clifford, and lord Stafford, all abreast, 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 Bucking

ham, Is either slain, or wounded dangerous : VOL. II.

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sons.

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