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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 What, 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.

Wur. 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 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’d, 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 himself.

Flourish. Enter King Henry, CLIFFORD, NOR

THUMBERLAND, 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, and such as he; He durst not sit there had your father livid. My gracious lord, here in the parliament Let us assail the family of York.

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

- if Warwick shake his bells.] The allusion is to falconry. The hawks had sometimes little bells hung upon them, perhaps to dare the birds; that is, to fright them from rising:


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 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’d, 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? War. 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 field, 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, Thy kinsmen, and thy friends, I'll have more lives, Than drops of blood were in


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

threats! York. Will you, we show our title to the crown? • If not, our swords shall plead it in the field. K. Hen. 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. Rich. 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, [To 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, 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


-sith - ) i. e, since.

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


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York. 'Twas by rebellion against his king.

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?
Exe. 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.

prejudicial to his crown?] i. e, to the prerogative of the


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