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What! was it you, that would be England's king?
Was't you, that revell'd in our parliament,
And made a preachment of your high descent?
Where are your mess of sons to back you now?
The wanton Edward, and the lusty George?
And where's that valiant crook-back prodigy,
Dicky, your boy, that, with his grumbling voice,
Was wont to cheer his dad in mutinies?
Or, with the rest, where is your darling Rutland?
Look, York; I stain'd this napkin with the blood
That valiant Clifford, with his rapier's point,
Made issue from the bosom of the boy :
And, if thine eyes can water for his death,
I give thee this to dry thy cheeks withal.
Alas, poor York! but that I hate thee deadly,
I should lament thy iniserable state.
I prythee, grieve, to make me merry, York:
Stamp, rave, and fret, that I may sing and dance
Whai, hath thy fiery heart so parch'd thine entrails,
That not a tear can fall for Rutland's death?
Why art thou patient, man? thou shouldst be mad;
And I, to make thee mad, do mock thee thus.
Thou wouldst be fee'd, I see, to make me sport;
York cannot speak, unless he wear a crown.
A crown for York;-and, lords, bow low to him.--
Hold you his bands, whilst I do set it on.-

. [Putting a Paper Crown upon his Head.
Ay, marry, sir, now looks be like a king!
Ay, this is he that took king Henry's chair;
And this is he was his adopted heir.-
But how is it, that great Plantagenet
Is crown'd so soon, and broke his solemn oath?
As I bethink me, you should not be king,
Till our king Heury had shook hands with death,
And will you pale your head in Henry's glory,
And rob his temples of the diadem,
Now in his life, against your holy oath?
0, 'tis a fault too too unpardonable!-
Off with the crown; and, with the crown, his head;
And, whilst we breathe, take time to do him dead.

Cliff. That is my office, for my father's sake.
Q. Mar. Nay, stay; let's hear the orisons hé inakes.
York. She-wolf of France, but worse than wolves

of France,. .
Whose tongue more poisons than the adder's tooth!.
How ill-beseeming is it in thy sex,
To triumph, like an Amazonian trull,
Upon their woes, whom fortune captivates?
But that thy face is, visor-like, unchanging,
Made impudent with use of evil deeds,
I would assay, proud queen, to make thee blush:
To tell thee whence thou cam'st, of whom derix'd,
Were shame enough to shame thee, wert thou not

shameless. . Thy father bears the type of king of Naples, or both the Sicils, and Jerusalem; Yet not so wealthy as an English yeoman. Hath that poor monarch taught thee to insult? It needs not, nor it boots thee pot, proud queen; Unless the adage must be verified, That beggars, mounted, run their horse to death. "Tis beauty, that doth oft make women proud; But, God he knows, thy share thereof is small: "Tis virtue, that doth make them most admir'd; The contrary doth make thee wonder'd at: "Tis government, that makes them seem divine; The want thereof makes thee abominable : Thou art as opposite to every good, As the Antipodes are unto us, Or as the south to the septentrion. 0, tiger's heart, wrapp'd in a woman's hide! How couldst thou drain the life-blood of the child, To bid the father wipe his eyes withal, And yet be seen to bear a woman's face? Women are sost, mild, pitiful, and flexible; Thou, stern, obdurate, flinty, rough, remorseless. Bid’st thou me rage? why, now thou hast thy wish: Wouldst have me weep? why, now thou bast thy will? For raging wind blows up incessant showers, And, when the rage allays, the rain begins.

These tears are my sweet Rutland's obsequies; And every drop cries vengeance for his death, 'Gainst thee, fellClifford,-and thee, false Frenchwoman.

North. Beshrew me, but his passions move me so, That hardly can I check my eyes from tears.

York. That face of his the hungry cannibals Would not have touch'd, would not have staind with

blood: But you are more inhuman, more inexorable,0, ten times more,-than tigers of Hyrcania. See, ruthless queen, a hapless father's tears: This cloth thou dipp'dst in blood of my sweet boy, And I with tears do wash the blood away. Keep thou the napkin, and go boast of this:

[He gives back the Handkerchief. And, if thou tell'st the heavy story right, Upon my soul, the hearers will shed tears; Yea, even my foes will shed fast-falling tears, And say,-Alas, it was a piteous deed”. There, take the crown, and, with the crown, my curse; And, in thy need, such comfort come to thee, As now I reap at thy too cruel hand !Hard-hearted Clifford, take me from the world; My soul to heaven, my blood upon your heads!

North. Had he been slaughterman to all my kin, I should not for my life but weep with him, To see how inly sorrow gripes his soul. Q. Mar. What, weeping-ripe, my lord Northumber- .

land? Think but upon the wrong he did us all, And that will quickly dry thy melting tears. Cliff. Here's for my oath, here's for my father's death.

[Stabbing him. Q. Mar. And here's to right our gentle-hearted king.

[Stabbing him. York. Open thy gate of mercy, gracious God! My soul flies throngh these wounds to seek out thee.

[Dies. Q. Mar. Off with his head, and set it on York gates; So York may overlook the town of York. [Exeunt.

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SCENE I. A Plain near MORTIMER'S Cross, in

Drums. Enter EDWARD and RICHARD, with their

Forces, marching.
Edw. I wonder, how our princely father 'scap';
Or whether he be 'scap'd away, or no,
From Clifford's and Northumberland's pursuit;
Had he been ta'en, we should have heard the news;
Had he been slain, we should have heard the news;
Or, had he 'scap'd, methinks, we should have heard
The happy tidings of his good escape.-
How fares my brother? why is he so sad?

Rich. I cannot joy, until I be resolv'd
Where our right valiant father is become.
I saw him in the battle range about;
And watch'd him, how he singled Clifford forth.
Methought, he bore him in the thickest troop,
As doth a lion in a herd of neat:

Or as a bear, encompass'd round with dogs;
· Who having pinch'd a few, and made them cry,

The rest stand all aloof, and bark at him.
So far'd our father with his enemies;
So fled bis enemies my warlike father;
Methinks, 'tis prize enough to be his son.
See, how the morning opes her golden gates,
And takes her farewell of the glorious sun!
How well resembles it the prime of youth,
Trimm'd like a younker, prancing to his love!

Edw. Dazzle mine eyes, or do I see three suns?

Rich. Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun; Not separated with the racking clouds, But sever'd in a pale clear-shining sky. See, see! they join, embrace, and seem to kiss, As if they vow'd some league inviolable: Now are they but one lamp, one light, one san. In this the heaven figures some event.

Edw. 'Tis wondrous strange, the like yet never I think, it cites us, brother, to the field; heard of. That we, the sons of brave Plantagenet, Each one already blazing by our meeds, Should, notwithstanding, join our lights together, And over-shine the earth, as this the world. Whate'er it bodes, henceforward will I bear Upon my target three fair shining suns. [speak it,

"Rich. Nay, bear three daughters ;-by your leave i You love the breeder better than the male.

Enter a Messenger.
But what art thou, whose heavy looks foretel
Some dreadful story hanging on thy tongue?

Mess. Ah, one that was a woful looker on,
When as the noble duke of York was slain,
Your princely father, and my loving lord.

Edw. 0, speak no more! for I have heard too much.
Rich. Say how he died, for I will hear it all.

Mess. Environed he was with many foes;
And stood against them, as the hope of Troy
Against the Greeks, that would have enter'd Troy.
But Hercules himself must yield to odds;
And many strokes, though with a little axe,

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