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i' DR. JOHN R. HAYNES WILLIAM L. UONNOLD

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SHAKESPEARE'S WORKS.

[WHITE.]

IX TWELVE VOLUMES.
Volume VIII.



HISTORIES.

King Henkt the Sixth, Part Third.
King Richard the Third.
King Hexry the Eighth.



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THE WORKS OF



WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE



THE PLAYS EDITED FHOM THE FOLIO OF MDCXXIII, -WITH VARIOUS

READINGS FROM ALL THE EDITIONS AND ALL THE COMMENTATORS,

NOTES, INTRODUCTORY REMARKS, A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF

THE TEXT, AN ACCOUNT OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF

THE ENGLISH DRAMA, A MEMOIR OF THE POET,

AND AN ESSAY UPON HIS GENIUS



By RICHARD GRANT WHITE



VOL. VIII.



BOSTON

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THE THIRD PART OF



KING HENRY THE SIXTH.



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253u^



" The True Tragedie of Kicliarcl Dxike of Yorke, and the death
of good King Hcnrie the Sixt, with the whole contention beticeene
the two Hou^ics Lancaster and Yorke, as it was simdrie times
acted by the Right Honourable the Earle of Pcmbrooke his ser-
uants. Printed at London by P. S. for Thomas Miiling^o?*, and
are to be sold at his shoppe vnder Saint Peters Church in Comical.
1.595." 8vo. 40 leaves.

Reprinted in 1600 for the same bookseller; and about 1619
for T.[homas] P.[avier], with the Fu-st Part of the Contention.
See the reverse of the bastard title to the Second Part of
Henry VI.

The third Part of Henry the Sixt, with the death of the Dnke
of Yorke, occupies twenty-six pages in the folio of 1623, viz.,
from p. 147 to p. 172, inclusive ; in the division of Histories,
pages 16-5 and 166 being misprinted 167 and 168, these numbers
are twice inserted. It is there divided into Acts and Scenes ;
but is without a list of Dramatis Persona;, which Rowe sup-
plied.



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KING HENRY VI. PART III,



INTRODUCTION,



WHEN the authors of The First Part of the Ccmte^ition be-
twixt the ttco famous Houses of York and Lancaster com-
pleted, in the early version of the following play, their dramatic
picture of Henry the Sixth's eventful reign, they did not call the
thu-d compartment of their work The Second, or The Last Part
of the Contention, but The True Tragedy of Richard DuJce of York
The reason which has been sought for this disappointment of
natural expectation may not improbably be found in the over-
shadowing importance to which, under the hand of Shakespeare,
the character of Richard shot up in the writing of the third
part of this " dramatic trilogy," and in the hatred of the last
Yorkist king, which had been grafted on the popular mind, and
well nurtured dtu'ing the reigns of his four successors. The
play which was intended to present only a continuation of the
struggle between two factions became a historic tragedy, from
the di'amatis personse of which stepped forth a hero whose
name and whose traditional character were known to every
Englishman, and to the representation of which the public could
be invited, to feed at once their hati-ed of a tjTant and their
love of those bloody horrors upon the rising degrees of which
tjTants* of old mounted to their thrones. This, in my judg-
ment, determined (as in a similar case with a shrewd manager it
would now determine) the name first given to the Thu-d Part of
King Henry the Sixth.

The Essay upon the Authorship of these three plays renders
other introductory remark ujion this one superfluous, except
that the period of its action is from the battle of St. Albans,
1461, to that of Tewksbury, 1471.

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*■ On King Henry's side.



■' Of the Duke of York's party.



DRAMATIS PERSON^E,

KixG Hexiiy the Sixth.

Edward, Prince of Wales, his Son.

Louis XI., Ki^ig of France.

Duke op Somerset,

Duke of Exeter,

Earl of Oxford,

Earl of Northumberland,

Earl of Westmoreland,

Lord Clifford,

Richard Plaxtagenet, Duke of York.

Edward, Earl of March, afterwards King Edward IT. ^

Edmund, Earl of Rutland, i

George, afterwards Duke of Clarence, j ^^" '^''"**

Richard, aftcrtcards Duke of Glocester, J

Duke of Norfolk,

Marquess of Montague,

Earl of Warwick,

Earl of Pembroke,

Lord Hastings,

Lord Stafford,

Sir John ^Iortimer, )

Sir Hugh Mortimer, 5 ^^"'^''' ^^ ^^^ ^^'^ ^^ "^"^"^-

Henry, pMrl of Richmond, a Youth.

Lord Rivers, Brother to Lady Grey. Sir William Stanley.
Sir John ^Montgomery. Sir John Somerville. Tutor
to Rutland. Mayor of York. Lieutenant of the Tower.
A Nobleman. Two Keepers. A Huntsman. A Son
that has killed his Father. A Father that has killed his
Son.

Queen Margaret.

Lady Grey, aftencards Queen to Edward IV.

Bona, Sister to the French Queen.

Soldiers, and other Attendants on King Henry and King Edward,
Messengers, AVatchmen, &c.

SCENE : During part of the Third Act, in France ; duri)ig the
rest of the Plmj, in England.



THE THIRD PART OF

KING HENRY THE SIXTH,

WITH THE DEATH OF THE DUKE OF YORK.



ACT I.

Scene I. — London. The Parliament-House.

Drums. Some Soldiers of Yokk's party break in.
Then enter the Duke of York, Edwakd, Richakd,
Norfolk, Montague, Warwick, and others, with
white roses in their hats.

Warwick.

I WONDER how the King escap'd our hands.
York. While we pursu'd the horsemen of the
North,
He slyly 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 Cliiford, and Lord Stafford, all a-breast,
Charg'd our main battle's front, and, breaking in.
Were by the swords of common soldiers slain.

Edward. Lord Stafford's father, Duke of Buck- ]
ingham,

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8 THIRD PART OF ACT I.

Is either slain or wounded dangerously :
I cleft his beaver with a downright blow ;
That this is true, father, behold his blood.

\_Shou-i7ig his Moody sword.
Montague. And, brother, here's the Earl of Wilt-
shire's blood, \_To York, showing his.
Whom I encounter'd as the battles join'd.

Richard. Speak thou for me, and tell them what
I did.

\_Throwing doivn 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 ?

Norfolk. 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 perforce.

Norf We'll all assist you: he that flies sliall die.
York. Thanks, gentle Norfolk. — Stay by mc, 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.

[^Thcij retire.



sc. I. KING HENRY VI. 9

York. The Queen this day here holds her parlia-
ment,
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,
m plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares. —
Resolve thee, Richard ; claim the English crown. J
[Warwick leads York to the throne, who seats
himself.

Flourish. Enter King Henkt, Cliffokd, Nokth-

XJMBERLAND, WESTMORELAND, ExETER, and OtheVS,

with red roses in their hats.

King Henry. 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.

Northumberland. If I be not. Heavens be reveng'd^



on me !



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10 THIRD PART OF ACT i.

Clifford. The hope thereof makes Clifford mourn

in steel.
Westmoreland. "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 Westmore-'

land.
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.

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?
Exeter. 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.

l^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. '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 ?



sc. I. KING HENRY VI. U

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 for-
get
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 my father's veins.

Clif. Urge it no more ; lest that instead of word.^
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 shew 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 gi-andfathcr, Roger Mortimer, Earl of March :
I am the son of Henry the Fifth,
Who made the Dolphin 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.



12 THIRD PART OF ACT i.

RicJi. 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, [/o 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,

wiU fly.
York. Sons, peace !
K. Hen. Peace thou, and give King Henry leave J

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 wiU 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? J
My title's good, and better far than his.

War. Prove it, Henry, and thou shalt be King.
K. Hen. Henry the Fourth by conquest got the

crown.
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. And if he may, tlicn am I lawful '
King;
Flt Kichard, in the view of many lords, 1



sc. I. KING HENEY VI. • 13

Resign'd the crown to Henry the Fourth,
Whose hen- my father was, and I am his.

York. He rose against him, heing 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 shaU 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,
Can set the Duke up in despite of me.

Clif. King Henry, be thy title right or wrong.
Lord Clififord 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. O 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,



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And over the chair of state, Avhere now he sits, )

Write up his title with usurping blood. J

[He stamps, and the Soldiers show themselves.

K. Hen. My Lord of Warwick, hear me 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.

Clif. What wrong is this unto the Prince your '

son ?
War. What good is this to England and liim-

self?
West. Base, fearful, and despairing Henry !
Clif. How hast thou injur'd both thyself and us !
West. I cannot stay to hear these articles.
North. Nor I.
Clif. Come, cousin, let us tell the Queen these

news.
West. Farewell, faint-hearted and degenerate King,
In whose cold blood no spark of honour bides.

North. Be thou a prey unto the house of York,
And die in bands for this unmanly deed!

Clif. In dreadful war may'st thou be overcome,
Or live in peace, abandon'd, and despis'd !

[Exeunt Northumberland, Clifford, and
Westmoreland.
War. Turn this way, Henry, and regard them

not.
Exe. They seek revenge, and therefore will not

yield.
K. Hen. Ah, Exeter!
War. Why should you sigh, my lord ?



sc. I. KING HENRY VI. 15

K. Hen. Xot for myself, Lord Warwick, but my'
son,
Whom I unnaturally shall disinherit.
But be it as it may, I here entail ,

The croMTi to thee, and to thine heirs for ever ; '

Conditionally, that here thou take an oath
To cease this civil Avar, and, whil'st I live.
To honour me as thy King and sovereign ;
And neither by treason nor hostility
To seek to put me down, and reign thyself.

York. This oath I willingly take, and will per- '
form. \_Coming from the throne.

War. Long live King Henry ! — Plantagenet, em-
brace him.
K. Hen. And long live thou, and these thy for-
ward sons !
York. Now York and Lancaster are reconcil'd.
Exe. Accurs'd be he that seeks to make them foes!
\_Sennet. The Lords come forward.
York. Farewell, my gracious lord : I'll to my

castle.
War. And I'll keep London with my soldiers.
Noif. And I to Norfolk with my followers.
Mont. And I unto the sea from whence I came.
\_Exeunt YoKK, and his Sons, Waeavick, Nok-
'^ FOLK, Montague, Soldiers, and Attend-
ants.
K. Hen. And I, with grief and sorrow, to the
Court.

Enter Queen Margahet and the Prince of Wales.

Exe. Here comes the Queen, whose looks bewray '
her anger :
I'll steal away. '

K. Hen. Exeter, so will I. \_Going. '



IG THIRD PART OF act t.

Queen Margaret. Nay, go not from me ; I will '
follow thee.

K. Hen. Be patient, gentle Queen, and I will stay. ]

Q. Mar. Who can be patient in such extremes ? '
Ah, wretched man ! would I had di'd a maid.
And never seen thee, never borne thee son.
Seeing thou hast prov'd so unnatural a father !
Hath he deserv'd to lose his birthright thus ?
Hadst thou but lov'd him half so well as I,
Or felt that pain which I did for him once,
Or nourish'd him as I did with my blood,
Thou would'st have left thy dearest heart-blood there
Rather than have made that savage Duke thine heir,
And disinherited thine only son.

Prince. Father, you cannot disinherit me.
If you be King, why should not I succeed ?

K. Hen. Pardon me, Margaret ; — pardon me, sweet
son : —
The Earl of Warwick and the Duke enforc'd me.

Q. Mar. Enforc'd thee ! art thou King, and wilt
be forc'd ?
I shame to hear thee speak. Ah, timorous MTetch ! '
Thou hast undone thyself, thy son, and me, ]

And given unto the House of York such head, '

As thou shalt reign but by their sufferance.
To entail him and his heirs unto the crown,
What is it, but to make thy sepulchre
And creep into it far before thy time ?
Warwick is Chancellor and the Lord of Calais ;
Stern Faulconbridge commands the narrow seas ; >

The Duke is made protector of the realm ; J

And yet shalt thou be safe ? such safety finds
The trembling lamb environed with wolves.
Had I been there, which am a silly woman, '

The soldiers should have toss'd me on tlieir pikes '



sc. 1. KING HENRY VI. 17

Before I would have granted to that act ; '

But thou preferr'st thy life before thy honour :
And seeing thou dost, I here divorce myself, '

Both from thy table, Henry, and thy bed, *

Until that act of parliament be repeal'd *

Whereby my son is disinherited. *

The northern lords, that have forsworn thy colours, ,
Will follow mine if once they see them spread ; J

And spread they shall be to thy foul disgrace, '

And utter ruin of the House of York. '

Thus do I leave thee. — Come, son, let's away : '

Our army is ready ; come, we'll after them.

K. Hen. Stay, gentle Margaret, and hear me speak. 1

Q. Mar. Thou hast spoke too much already : get
thee gone.

K. Hen. Gentle son Edward, thou wilt stay with
me ?

Q. Mar. Ay, to be murther'd by his enemies.

Prince. When I return with victory from the field
I'll see your Grace ; till then I'll follow her. )

Q. Mar. Come, son, away ! we may not linger
thus.

\_Exeunt Queen Makgakex and the Prince.

K. Hen. Poor Queen ! how love to me and to her
son
Hath made her break out into terms of rage !
Reveng'd may she be on that hateful Duke
Whose haughty spirit, winged with desire,
Will coast my crown, and like an empty eagle
Tire on the flesh of me and of my son.
The loss of those three lords torments my heart :
I'll write unto them and entreat them fair. —
Come, cousin ; you shaU be the messenger.

Exe. And I, I hope, shall reconcile them all.

l^Exeunt,

VOL. VIII. B



18 THIRD PART OF ACT I.

Scene II.
A Room in Sandal Castle, near Wakefield.

Enter Edward, Richard, and Montague.

Rich. Brother, though I be youngest, give me ''

leave.
Edw. No ; I can better play the orator. n

Mont. But I have reasons strong and forcible. J

Enter York.

York. Why, how now, sons and brother! at a '
strife ?
What is your quarrel ? how began it first ?

Edxo. No quarrel, but a slight contention. ]

York. About what ?

Ricli. About that which concerns your Grace and us ; '
The crown of England, father, which is yours. '

York. Mine, boy? not till King Henry be dead. '

Rich. Your right depends not on his life or death.

Edw. Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it now :
By giving the House of Lancaster leave to breathe,
It will outrun you, father, in the end.

York. I took an oath that he should quietly reign. '

Edio. But for a kingdom any oath may be broken : '
I would break a thousand oaths to reign one year. ]

Rich. No ; God forbid your Grace should be for-
sworn.

York. I shall be, if I claim by open war.

Rich. I'll prove the contrary if you'll hear me '
speak.

York. Thou canst not, son : it is impossible.

Rich. An oath is of no moment, being not took '
Before a true and lawful magistrate '



sc. II. KING HENRY VI. 19

That hath authority over him that swears : '

Henry had none, 'but did usurp the place ; '

Then, seeing 'twas he that made you to depose,

Your oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous.

Therefore, to arms. And, father, do but think

How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown,

Within whose circuit is Elysium,

And aU that poets feign of bliss and joy.

Why do we linger thus ? I cannot rest

Until the white rose that I wear be dy'd '

Even in the lukewarm blood of Henry's heart. '

York. Richard, enough: I will be King, or die. —
Brother, thou shalt to London presently, '

And whet on Warwick to this enterprise. — '

Thou, Richard, shalt to the Duke of Norfolk,
And tell him privily of our intent. —
You, Edward, shall unto my Lord Cobham, '

With whom the Kentishmen will willingly rise : 1

In them I trust ; for they are soldiers.
Witty, courteous, liberal, full of spirit. —
While you are thus employ' d, Avhat resteth more,
But that I seek occasion how to rise.
And yet the King not privy to my drift,
Nor any of the House of Lancaster ?

Enter a Messenger.

But stay. — What news? Why com' st thou in such '
post ?
Messenger. The Queen, with all the northern earls. '
and lords.
Intend here to besiege you in your castle. *"

She is hard by with twenty thousand men, '

And therefore fortify your hold, my lord.

York. Ay, with my sword. AVhat ! think' st thou
that we fear them ? —



20 THIRD PART OF act I.

Edward and Richard, you shall stay with rae : '

My brother Montague shall post to London.

Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and rest.

Whom we have left protectors of the King,

With powerful policy strengthen themselves.

And trust not simple Henry, nor his oaths.

Mont. Brother, I go ; I'll win them, fear it not :
And thus most humbly I do take my leave. [_Exit.

Enter Sir John and Sir Hugh Mortimer.

York. Sir John and Sir Hugh Mortimer, mine]
uncles,
You are come to Sandal in a happy hour ; '

The army of the Queen mean to besiege us.

Sir John. She shall not need ; we'll meet her in

the field.
York. What, with five thousand men ?
Rich. Ay, with five hundred, father, for a need.
A woman-general ! what should we fear ?

\^A march afar off.
Edw. I hear their drums : let's set our men in
order.
And issue forth, and bid them battle straight.

York. Five men to twenty ! — though the odds be
great,
I doubt not, uncle, of our victory.
Many a battle have I won in France,
When as the enemy hath been ten to one :
Why should I not now have the like success?

\_AIarum. Exeunt.



sc. III. KING HEXRY VI. 21

Scene III.

Plains near Sandal Castle.

Alarums : Excursions. Enter Rutland and his

Tutor.

Rutland. All ! whither shall I fly to 'scape their
hands ?
Ah, tutor ! look, where bloody Clifi'ord comes.

Enter Cliffokd and Soldiers.

Clif. Chaplain, away : thy priesthood saves thy life.
As for the brat of this accursed Duke,
Whose father slew my father, he shall die.

Tutor. And I, my lord, will bear him company.

Clif. Soldiers, away with him.

Tut. Ah, Clifford, murder not this innocent child, '
Lest thou be hated both of God and man ! '

l^Exit, forced off by Soldiers.

Clif How now ! is he dead already ? Or, is it fear '
That makes him close his eyes ? — I'll open them.

Rut. So looks the pent-up lion o'er the wretch '
That trembles under his devouring paws : '

And so he walks, insulting o'er his prey, ]

And so he comes to rend his limbs asunder. —
Ah, gentle Clifford, kill me with thy sword, *

And not with such a cruel threat'ning look.
Sweet Clifi'ord, hear me speak before I die :
I am too mean a subject for thy -wrath ;



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