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The silver livery of advised age ; 6
And, in thy reverence, and thy chair-days, thus
To die in ruffian battle ?-Even at this sight,
My heart is turn'd to stone : and, while 'tis mine,
It shall be stony. York not our old men spares ;
No more will I their babes : tears virginal
Shall be to me even as the dew to fire ;
And beauty, that the tyrant oft reclaims,
Shall to my flaming wrath be oil and flax.
Henceforth, I will not have to do with pity ;
Meet I an infant of the house of York,
Into as many gobbets will I cut it,
As wild Medea young Absyrtus did : ?
In cruelty will I seek out my fame.
Come, thou new ruin of old Clifford's house ;

[Taking up the body. As did Æneas old Anchises bear, So bear I thee upon my manly shoulders : But then Æneas bare a living load, Nothing so heavy as these woes of mine. [Exit. "Enter RICHARD PLANTAGENET and SOMERSET, fighting, and

SOMERSET is killed. Rich. So, lie thou there ; For, underneath an ale-house' paltry sign, The Castle in St. Alban's, Somerset Hath made the wizard famous in his death.8 Sword, hold thy temper ; heart, be wrathful still ; Priests pray for enemies, but princes kill. [Exit. Alarums : Excursions. Enter King HENRY, Queen

MARGARET, and others, retreating. Q.Mar. Away, my lord! you are slow; for shame,away ! X.Hen. Can we outrun the heavens? good Marga,

ret, stay. Q.Mar.What are you made of? you'll not fight nor fy: Now is it manhood, wisdom, and defence,

[6] Advised is cautious, considerate. STEEV.

(7) When Medea fled with Jason from Colchos, she murdered her brother Absyrtus, and cut his body into several pieces, that her father might be prevented for some time from pursuing her. See Ovid, Trist. Lib. III. E!. 9.

MAL. [8] The death of Somerset here accomplishes that equivocal prediction given by Jourdan the witch, concerning

this duke :
"Let him shun Castles :
Safer shall he be upon the sandy plains,

Than where Castles, mounted, stand.” i.e, the representation of a castle, inounted for a sign: THEQBALD:

To give the enemy way; and to secure us
By what we can, which can no more but fly.

[Alarum afar off If you be ta’en, we then should see the bottom Of all our fortunes : but if we haply scape, (As well we may, if not through your neglect,) We shall to London get ; where you are lov’d; And where this breach, now in our fortunes made, May readily be stopp'd.

Enter young CLIFFORD.
Y.Clif. But that my heart's on future mischief set,
I would speak blasphemy ere bid you fly ;
But fly you must ; uncurable discomfit
Reigns in the hearts of all our present parts. 9
Away, for

your

relief! and we will live To see their day, and them our fortune give : Away, my lord, away!

[Exeunt.

SCENE III.
Fields near Saint Albans. Alarum : Retreat. Flourish : then
enter YORK, RICHARD PLANTAGENET, WARWICK, and
Soldiers, with Drum and Colours.

York. Of Salisbury, who can report of him ;
That winter lion, who, in rage, forgets
Aged contusions and all brush of time ;'
And, like a gallant in the brow of youth, 2
Repairs him with occasion ? this happy day
Is not itself, nor have we won one foot,
If Salisbury be lost.

Rich. My noble father,
Three times to-day I holp him to his horse,
Three times bestrid him, thrice I led him off,
Persuaded him from any further act :
But still, where danger was, still there I met him ;
And like rich hangings in a homely house,
So was his will in his old feeble body.
But, noble as he is, look where he comes.

[9] Part and party were synonymously used. STEEV.

ti) Read, bruise of time. WARB.-The brush of time, is the gradual detrition of time. STEEV.

[2] I read,-the blow of youth ; the blossom, the spring. JOHNS. The brow of youth is the height of youth, as the brow of a hill is its sum. mit. STEEV.

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SECOND PART OF KING HENRY VI.

ACR v.

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Enter SALISBURY.
Sal. Now, by my sword, well hast thou fought to-day;
By the mass, so did we all.--I thank you, Richard :
God knows, how long it is I have to live ;
And it hath pleas'd him, that three times to-day
You have defended me from imminent death.-
Well, lords, we have not got that which we have ;3
'Tis not enough our foes are at this time fled,
Being opposites of such repairing nature.

York. I know, our safety is to follow them ;
For, as I hear, the king is fled to London,
To call a present court of parliament.
Let us pursue him, ere the writs go forth :-
What says lord Warwick ? shall we after them?

War. After them ! nay, before them, if we can.
Now by my faith, lords, 'twas a glorious day ;
Saint Alban's battle, won by famous York,
Shall be eterniz'd in all age to come.-
Sound, drums and trumpets ;-and to London all :
And more such days as these to us befall ! [Exeunt.

(3) i. e. we have not secured, we are not sure of retaining, that which we have acquired. MAL.

[4] Being enemies that are likely so soon to rally and recover themselves from this defeat. MAL.

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