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Som. Have with thee, pool: farewel, ambitious

[Exit. Plan. How I am bray'd, and must perforce en

dure it! War. This blot that they object against your house, Shall be wip'd out in the next parliament, Callid for the truce of Winchester and Gloucester : And if thou be not then created York, I will not live to be accounted W'arwick. Mean time in signal of my love to thee, Against proud Somerset and William Pool, Will I upon thy party wear this rose. And here I prophesie; this brawl to-day, Grown to this faction, in the Temple-garden, Shall send between che red rose and the white A thousand souls to death and deadly night.


Enter Mortimer, brought in a chair, and jailors. Mor.


IND keepers of my weak decaying age,

Let dying Mortimer here reft him relf.
Ev'n like a man new haled from the rack,
So fare my limbs with long imprisonment :
And there grey locks, the pursuivants of death,
Neftor-like aged in an age of care,
Argue the end of Edmund Mortimer.


death and deadly night,
Plan. Good master Vernon I am bound to you,
That you on my behalf would pluck a flow'r.

Ver. In your behalf still will I wear the same.
Lawyer. And so will I.

plan. Thanks, gentle Sir. Come, let us four to dinner; I dare say This quarrel will drink blood another day, (Exeunt,


These eyes like lamps whose wasting oil is spene
Wax dim, as drawing to their exigent.
Weak shoulders over-born with burthening grief,
And pithless arms, like to a wither'd vine
That droops his fapless branches to the ground:
Yet are these feet whose strengthless stay is numb,
(Unable to support this lump of clay)
Swift-winged with desire to get a grave,
As witting I no other comfort have.
But tell me, keeper, will my nephew come?

Keep. Richard Plantagenet, my lord, will come ;
We sent unto the Temple, to his chamber,
And answer was return'd that he will come..

Mor. Enough; my soul then shall be satisfy d.
Paor gentleman, his wrong doth equal mine.
Since Henry Monmouth first began to reign,
(Before whose glory I was great in arms,)
This loathsom sequestration have I had ;
And ey'n since then hath Richard been obscurid,
Depriv'd of honour and inheritance..
But now the arbitrator of despairs,
Just death, kind umpire of men's miseries,
With sweet enlargement doth dismiss me hence.
I would his troubles likewise were expir'd,
That so he might recover what was lost,

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Enter Richard Plantagenet. Keep. My lord, your loving nephew now is come Mor. Richard Plantagenet, my friend, is he come?

Plan. I, noble uncle, thus ignobly us'd, Your nephew, late despised Richard, comes.

Mor. Direct mine arms, I may embrace his neck, And in his bosom spend my latest gasp. Oh tell me when my lips do touch his cheeks, That I may kindly give one fainting kiss. And now declare, sweet stem from York's great stock, Why didst thou say of late thou wert despis’d?

Plan. First lean thine aged back against mine arm., And in that ease I'll tell thee my displeasure.


This day, in argument upon a case,
Some words there grew 'twixt Somerset and me:
Amongst which terms he us'd his lavish tongue,
And did upbraid me with my father's death
Which obloquy set bars before my tongue,
Else with the like I had requited him.
Therefore, good uncle, for my father's sake,
In honour of a true Plantagenet,
And for alliance sake, declare the cause
My father Earl of Cambridge lost his head.

Mor. This cause, fair nephew, that imprison’d me,
And hath detain'd me all my flow'ring youth
Within a loathsome dungeon there to pine,
Was cursed instrument of his decease.

Plar. Discover more at large what cause that was, For I am ignorant and cannot guess.

Mor. I will, if that my fading breath permit,
And death approach not ere my tale be done.
Henry the Fourth, grandfather to this King,
Depós'd his cousin Richard, Edward's fon,
The first begotten, and the lawful heir
Of Edward King, the third of that descent.
During whose reign the Piercies of the north,
Finding his usurpation most unjust,
Endeavour'd my advancement to the throne.
The reason moy'd these warlike lords to this,
Was, for that young King Richard thus remov'd
Leaving no heir begotten of his body,
I was the next by birth and parentage :
For by my mother I derived am
From Lyonel Duke of Clarence, the third son

To the Third Edward; whereas Bolingbroke
From John of Gaunt doth bring his pedigree,
Being but the fourth of that heroick line.
But mark; as in this haughty great attempt
They laboured to plant the rightful heir,
I lost my liberty, and they their lives.
Long after this, when Henry the Fifth
After his father Bolingbroke did reign,
Thy father, Earl of Cambridge, (chen deriy'd


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From famous Edmund Langley Duke of York
Marrying my fifter that thy mother was ;)
Again in pity of my hard distress
Levied an army, weening to redeem
And re-instal me in the diadem :
But as the rest, so fell that noble Earl,
And was beheaded. Thus the Mortimers,
In whom the title rested, were supprest.

Plan. Of which, my lord, your honour is the last

Mor. True ; and thou seest that I no issue have, And that my fainting words do warrant death : Thou art my heir ; the rest I wish thee gather: But yet be

wary in thy studious care. plan. Thy grave admonishments prevail with me : But yet methinks


s execution Was nothing less than bloody tyranny.

Mor. With filence, nephew, be thou politick :
Strong fixed is the house of Lancaster,
And like a mountain, not to be remov'd.
But now thy uncle is removing hence,
As Princes do their courts when they are cloyd
With long continuance in a settled place.
Plan. O uncle, would some


my young years Might but redeem the passage of your age !

Mor. Thou dost then wrong me, as that Naughter doth Which giveth many wounds when one will kill. Mourn not, except thou forrow for my good ; Only give order for my funeral. And so farewel; and fair be all thy hopes, And prosp'rous be thy life, in peace and war. Diese

Plan. And peace, no war, befal thy parting foul ! In prison halt thou spent a pilgrimage, And like a hermit over-past thy days. Well I will lock his council in my breast, And what I do imagine let that rest. Keepers convey him hence, and I my self Will see his .burial better than his life. Here dies the dusky torch of Mortimer, Choakd with ambition of the meaner fort.


And for those wrongs, thofe bitter injuries
Which Somerset hath offer'd to my house,
I doubt not but with honour to redress.
And therefore haste I to the Parliament,
Either to be restored to my blood,
Or make my will th? advantage of my good.

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The Parliament.

Flourish. Enter King Henry, Exeter, Gloucester, Win.

chester, Warwick, Somerset, Suffolk, and Richard Plantagenet. Gloucester offers to put up a bill : Win. chester snatches it, and tears it.


OM'ST thou with deep premeditated lines,

With written pamphlets studiously deyis'd'? с Humphrey of Glo'ster, if thou can't accuse

Or ought intend't to lay unto my charge,

Do it without invention suddenly;
As I with sudden and extemporal speech
Purpose to answer what thou canst object.
Glou. Presumptuous Priest, this place commands my

Or thou should'st find thou hast dishonour'd me.
Think not, altho in writing I prefer'd
The manner of thy vile outragious crimes,
That therefore I have forg’d, or am not able
Verbatim to rehearse the method of my pen.
No, Prelate, such is thy audacious wickedness,
Thy leud, peftifrous, and diffentious pranks,
The very infants prattle of thy pride,


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