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THIRD PART

OF

KING HENRY

VI.

man.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. KING HENRY THE SIXTH. SIR JOHN MOREDWARD, Prince of Wales, his Son. TIMER,

Uncles to the LEWIS XI., King of France. SIR HUGH MOR- Duke of York. DUKE OF SOMERSET,

TIMER, DUKE OF EXETER,

HENRY, Earl of Richmond, a EARL OF OXFORD,

Youth. EARL OF NORTHUM

on King BERLAND,

Henry's LORD RIVERS, Brother to Lady

side. EARL OF WESTMORE

Grey. SIR WILLIAM STANLEY.

SIR JOHN MONTGOMERY. SIR LAND,

JOHN SOMERVILLE. Tutor to LORD CLIFFORD, RICHARD PLANTAGENÉT, Duke

Rutland. Mayor of York. Lieu

tenant of the Tower. A Nobleof York.

man. EDWARD, Earl of March, af

Two Keepers. A Hunts

A Son that has killed bis terwards King Edward IV.

Father. A Father that has killed EDMUND, Earl of Rutland,

his GEORGE, afterwards Duke

his Son, of Clarence,

Sons. RICHARD, afterwards Duke

QUEEN MARGARET. of Glocester,

LADY GREY, afterwards Queen to DUKE OF NORFOLK,

Edward IV.
MARQUESS OF MON-

of the
BONA ,

Sister to the French TAGUE,

Duke of

Queen.
EARL OF WARWICK,

York's
EARL OF PEMBROKE,
LORD HASTINGS,

party. LORD STAFFORD, Soldiers, and other Attendants on King Henry and King Edward,

Messengers, Watchmen, &c. SCENE, during part of the Third Act, in France; during the rest

of the Play, in England.

IV.

ACT I. SCENE I.

London. The Parliament-House.

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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.
War. I wonder how the king escap'd our hands.

York. While we pursued 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 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
I cleft his beaver with a dor right 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 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 sons. —
But, is your grace dead, my lord of Somerset?

Norf. Such hope have all the line of John of Gaunt!
Rich. Thus do I hope to shake king Henry's head.

War. And so do I. Victorious prince of York,
Before I see thee seated in that throne,
Which now the house of Lancaster usurps,
I vow by heaven these eyes shall never close:
This is the palace of the fearful king,
And this the regal seat: possess it, York;
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.

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 parliament, 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 callid,
Unless Plantagenet, duke of York, be king,
And bashful Henry depos’d, whose cowardice
Hath 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 bells.
I'll plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares.
Resolve thee, Richard; claim the English crown.

[WARWICK leads YORK to the Throne, who seats him

self

Flourish. Enter King Henry, CLIFFORD, NORTHUMBERLAND,

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!
Clif. The hope thereof makes Clifford mourn in steel.

West. What! shall we suffer this? let 's pluck him down: My heart for anger burns, I cannot brook it.

K. Hen. Be patient, gentle earl of Westmoreland.

Clif. Patience is for poltroons, such as he:
He durst not sit there had your father liv'd.
My gracious lord, here in the parliament
Let us assail the family of York.

rth. Well hast thou spoken, cousin: e 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.

I am thine. Exe. For shame! come down: he made thee duke of York. York. 'T was 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?
War. True, Clifford; that is 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 field,
And slew your fathers, and with colours spread
March'd through the city to the palace gates.

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