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Hard-favour'd Richard? Ricbard, where art Shall rue the hour that ever thou wast born. thou?

The owl shriek'd at thy birth, an evil sigu; Thou art not here: Murder is thy alms-deed ; The night-crow cried, aboding luckless time; Petitioners for blood thou ne'er put'st back. Dogs howl'd, and bideous leinpests shook down K. Edw. Away, I say : I charge ye, bear her

trees ; hence.

The raven rook'd • her on the chimney's top, Q. Mar. So coine to you and your's, as to And chattering pies in dismal discords sung.

this prince! (Exit, led out forcibly. Thy mother relt more than a mother's paiu, K. Edw. Where's Richard gone ?

And yet brought forth less than a mother's Clar. To London, all in post; and, as I guess,

hope ; To make a bloody supper in the Tower.

To wit,-an indigest deformed lump, K. Edw. He's sudden, if a thing comes in Not like the fruit of such a goodly tree. bis head.

Teeth hadst thou iu iby head, when tbou wast Now march we hence : discharge the common

bora, sort

To signify, thou cam'st to bite the world : With pay and thanks, and let's away to London, And, if the rest be true wbich I have heard, And see our gentle queen how well she fares ;

'Thou cam'stBy this, I hope, she bath a son for me.

Glo. I'll hear no more ;-Die, prophet, in thy [Exeunt. speech ;

(Stabs kim

For this, amongst the rest, was I ordain'd. SCENE VI.-London.A Room in the K. Hen. Ay, and 'for much more slaughter Tower.

after this.

O God! forgive my sins, and pardon thee! King HENRY is discovered sitting with a

(Dies. Book in his Hand, the Lieutenant attending. Glo. What, will the aspiring blood of LanEnter GLOSTER.

caster Glo. Good day, my lord l What, at your book Sink in the ground ? I thought it would hare so hard 3

mounted, K. Hen. Ay, ny good lord : My lord, I should See, how my sword weeps for the poor king's say rather

death! 'Tis sin to flatter, good was little better : O may such purple tears be always sbed Good Gloster and good devil were alike,

From those that wish the downfal of our And both preposterous ; therefore, not good

house ! lord.

If any spark of life be yet remaining, Glo. Sirrah, leave us to ourselves : we must Down, dowu to hell, and say I sent thee thi. confer. (Exit Lieutenant.


(Stabs him again. K. Hen. So flies the reckless shepherd from 1, that have neither pity, love, nor fear.the wolf :

Indeed, 'tis true, that Henry told me of; So first the harmless sheep doth yield his feece, For I bave often beard my mother say, And next his throat unto the butcher's knife. I came into the world with my legs forward : What scene of death hath Roscius now to act ? Had I not reason, think ye, to make haste, Glo. Suspicion always haunts the guilty And seek their ruin that usurp'd our right?

The midwife wonder'd ; and ibe wonnen cried The thief doth fear each bush an officer.

0 Jesus bless us, he is born with teeth! K. Hen. The bird that hath been limed in a And so I was; which plainly signified bush,

That I should snarl, and bite, and play the With trembling wings misdoubteth + every bush :

dog. And I, the hapless male to one sweet bird, Then since the heavens bave sbap'd my body Have now tbe fatal object in my eye,

so, Where my poor young was lim'd, was caught, Let hell make crook'd my mind to answer it. and kill'd.

I have no brother, I am like no brother : Glo. Why, what a peevish I fool was that of And this word-love, which greybeards call Crete,

divine, That taught his son the office of a fowls

Be resident in men like one another, And yet, for all his wings, the fool was And not in me: I am myself alone.drown'd.

Clarence beware ; thou keep'st me from the K. Hen. I, Dædalus ; my poor boy, Icarus

Thy father, Minos, that denied our course ; But I will sort + a pitchy day for thee :
The sun that seard the wings of my sweet boy, For I will buz abroad such prophecies,
Thy brother Edward ; and thyself, the sea,

That Edward shall be fearful of his life; Whose envious gull did swallow up his lire. And then, to purge bis fear, I'll be thy death. AbI kill me with thy weapon, not with words ! King Henry, and the prince his son, are gone : My breast can better brook thy dagger's point, Clarence, thy turn is next, and then the rest; Than can my ears that tragic history.

Counting myself but bad, till I be best.But wherefore dost thou come ? is't for my life? I'll throw thy body in another room,

Glo. Tbink'st thou, I am an executioner? And triumph Henry, in thy day of doom. K. Hon. A persecutor, I am sure thou art;

(Erit. If murdering innocents be executing, Why, then thou art an executioner.

SCENE VII.-The same.-A Room in the Glo. Thy son I kill'd for his presumption.

Palace. K. Hen, Had'st thou been kill'd, when first thou didst presume,

King EDWARD is discovered sitting on his Thou hadst not liv'd to kill a son of mine,

Throne ; Queen ELIZABETA with the infant And thus ' prophesy,—that many a thousand,

Prince, CLARENCE, GLOSTER, HASTINGS, Which now mistrust no parcel of my fear;

and others, near him. And many an old man's sigh, and many a wi. K. Edr. Once more we sit in England's royal dow's,

throne, And many an orphan's water-standing eye ; Re-purchas'd with the blood of enemies. Men for their sons, wives for their husbands' What valiant foe-men, like to autumn's corn, fate,

Have we mow'd dowu, in tops of all their And orphans for their parents' timeless death;

pride ?

Three dukes of Somerset, Ihreefold renown'd • Careless. + To misdoubt is to suspect danger, to fear. • To rook, siguified to squat down or ledgo us felis Chiblish. No part of what my fears presage. I thing.




Scene VI.

THIRD PART OF KING HENRY VI. For hardy and undoubted champions :

K. Edw. Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy Two Cliffords, as the father and the son,

brother, thanks. And two Northamberlands; two braver men Glo. 'And, that I love the tree from whence Ne'er spurr'd their coursers at the trumpet's

thou sprang'st, sound:

Witness the loving kiss I give the fruit :With them the two brave bears, Warwick and to say the truth, 50 Judas kiss'd his Montague,

master; That in their chains fetter'd the kingly lion, And cried-all hail ! when as he meant

Aside. Aud made the forest tremble when they roar'd.

-all harm. Thus have we swept suspicion from our seat, K. Edw. Now am I seated as my soul deAnd made our footstool of security.

Tights, Come bither, Bess, and let me kiss my boy : Having my country's peace, and brothers! Young Ned, for thee, thine uncles, and myself,

loves. Have in our armours watch'd the winter's night; Clar. What will your grace bave done with Went all afoot in summer's scalding heat,

Margaret? That thou might'st repossess the crown in peace ; Reignier, ber father, to the king of France And of our labours thou shalt reap the gain. Hath pawn'd tbe Sicils and Jerusalem, Glo. I'll blast bis harvest, if your bead were And hither have they sent it for her ransom. laid ;

K. Edw. Away with her, and waft ber hence for yet I am not look'd on in the world.

to France. This shoulder was ordain'd so thick, to heave ; And now what rests, but that we spend the And heave it shall some weight or break my

time back :

With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows, Work thou the way, and thou shalt execute. Such as befit the pleasures of the court 3

(Aside. Sound, drums and trumpets l_farewell, sour K. Edw. Clarence and Gloster, love my lovely

annoy! queen,

Por bere, I hope, begins our lasting joy. and kiss your princely Depbew, brothers both.

Exernt. Cler. The duty that I owe unto your majesty, seal upon the lips of this sweet babe.

• Public shows.




LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. IN this very popular tragedy, there is another specimen of historical jumble, and poetical license. The red

scene commences with the funeral of Henry VI. who is said to have been murdered in May, 101, wbila the imprisonment of Clarence, which did not take place till 1478, is represented in the Krst. Thus the real length of time comprised in this drama, (nating from the former event) is fourteen years; as it cozclades sith the death of Richard, at Bosworth Field, in August, 1485. With respect to Richard's character, though grertiz blackened by Lancasterian historians, be was certainly one of the most odious tyrants that ever ebtained possession of a throne. Yet it appears from some accounts still preserved in the Exchequer, that King Heary lived twenty-two days after the time assigned for his pretended assassination ; tbat his body lay in kate * & Paul's, and that it was afterwards interred at Chertsey, with much solemnity. Shakspeare has made the usurper deformed in figure, as well as in mind; though popular detestation bad probably aggravated the treditionary story of his bodily defects. In this drama, the events appear admirably connected with, and conse quedtial to, each other : the characters and incidents are natural; the sentiment and language free frem bombast. But Malone and Dr. Johnson consider it as popular beyond its merits ; with “ some parts trißing, others shocking, and some improbable:" whilst Stevens maintains, that above all others the tragedy Richard must command approbation, as it is indefinitely variegated, and comprehends every species of com racter---" the hero, the lover, the statesman, the buffoon, the hypocrite, and the hardened or repeatset sinner.” Its present success in representation, is, however, chiefly attributable to the admirable alterations of Colly Cibber, which evince a very extensive and seuled knowledge of stage effect, and by which reformasis the more valuable parts of the piece, could alone have attained their present effect and consequence. Shaks peare probably formed the play in 1591; though he is not supposed to have been indebted to any of the sur rous existing compositions on the same subject.



Sons to the

CLIYY. wards King Eduard V.

King. RICHARD, Duke of York.



Brothers to

SIR ROBERT BRAKENBURY, Lieutenant of the RICHARD, Duke of Gloster, af:

Tower. terwards King Richard (11.)

the King

CHRISTOPHER URSWICK, a Priest.-Another A young Son of Clarence.

Priest. HENRY, Earl of Richmond, afterwards King | LORD MAYOR OF LONDON.-SHERIFF OF Henry VIŤ.

WILTSHIRE. CARDINAL BOUCHIER, Archbishop of Canter. bury.

ELIZABETH, Queen of King Edward IF. Thomas ROTHERAM, Archbishop of York. MARGARET, Queen of King Henry FI. JOHN MONTON, Bishop of Ely.


ward IV., CLARENCE, and GLOSTER. DUKE OF NORFOLK : EARL OF SURREY, his LADY ANNE, Widow of Edward, Prince of Son.

Wales, Son to King Henry VI., afier. EARL RIVERS, Brother to King Edward's wards married to the Duke of Glester. Queen.

A young DAUGHTER of Clarence.

Lords and other Attendants ; two Gentlemen, EARL OF OXFORD.-LORD HASTINGS.-LORD a Pursuivant, Scrirener, Citizers, Mar. STANLEY, LORD LOVIL.

derers, Messengers, Ghosts, Soldiers, 46. SCENE, England.


SCENE 1.London.-A Street.

Glo. Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorivus summer by this sun of York;

And all the clouds, that lowrid upon

In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Now are

our brows bound with victorious

wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for mojuments ; Our stem alarums chang'd to merry meetings :

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2. Mar. Cancel his bond of life, dear God, I pray, hat I may live to say,—The dog is dead !

K. Rich. Give me another horse ;-bind up my

wounds! Hare mercy, Jesu!

Act V. Scene III.

Act IV. Scene IV.

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