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you famish; that's a threefold death.
This speak I, lords, to let you understand,
If case some one of you would fly from us,
That there's no hoped-for mercy with the brothers
More than with ruthless waves, with sands and rocks.
Why, courage then! what cannot be avoided
'Twere childish weakness to lament or fear.

PRINCE. Methinks a woman of this valiant spirit
Should, if a coward heard her speak these words,
Infuse his breast with magnanimity
And make him, naked, foil a man at arms.
I speak not this as doubting any here;
For did I but suspect a fearful man,
He should have leave to go away betimes,
Lest in our need he might infect another
And make him of like spirit to himself.
If any such be here—as God forbid !
Let him depart before we need his help.

OxF. Women and children of so high a courage,
And warriors faint ! why, 'twere perpetual shame.
O brave young prince! thy famous grandfather
Doth live again in thee: long mayst thou live
To bear his image and renew his glories !

Som. And he that will not fight for such a hope,
Go home to bed, and like the owl by day,
If he arise, be mock'd and wonder'd at.
Q. MAR. Thanks, gentle Somerset; sweet Ox-

ford, thanks.
PRINCE. And take his thanks that yet hath

nothing else.


Enter a Messenger. Mess. Prepare you, lords, for Edward is at hand, Ready to fight; therefore be resolute.

Oxy. I thought no less : it is his policy
To haste thus fast, to find us unprovided.

Som. But he's deceived; we are in readiness.
Q. Mar. This cheers my heart, to see your for-

Oxf. Here pitch our battle; hence we will not

Flourish and march. Enter King EDWARD,

K. Edw. Brave followers, yonder stands the

thorny wood, Which, by the heavens' assistance and your

Must by the roots be hewn up yet ere night.
I need not add more fuel to your fire,
For well I wot ye blaze to burn them out:
Give signal to the fight, and to it, lords !

Q. Mar. Lords, knights, and gentlemen, what

I should say

My tears gainsay; for every word I speak,
Ye see, I drink the water of mine eyes.
Therefore, no more but this: Henry, your sovereign,
Is prisoner to the foe; his state usurp’d,
His realm a slaughter-house, his subjects slain,
His statutes cancell’d and his treasure spent;
And yonder is the wolf that makes this spoil.
You fight in justice : then, in God's name, lords,


Be valiant and give signal to the fight.

[Alarum : Retreat : Excursions.

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CLARENCE, and Soldiers ; with QUEEN MARGARET,
Oxford, and SOMERSET, prisoners.

K. Edw. Now here a period of tumultuous broils.
Away with Oxford to Hames Castle straight :
For Somerset, off with his guilty head.
Go, bear them hence; I will not hear them speak.

OxF.Formy part, I'll not trouble thee with words,
Som. Nor I, but stoop with patience to my fortune.

[Exeunt Oxford and SOMERSET, guarded.
Q. MAR. So part we sadly in this troublous world,
To meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem.
K. Edw. Is proclamation made, that who finds

Shall have a high reward, and he his life?
Glou. It is:and lo, where youthful Edward comes!

Enter Soldiers, with Prince EDWARD.
K. Edw. Bring forth the gallant, let us hear

him speak.
What! can so young a thorn begin to prick?
Edward, what satisfaction canst thou make
For bearing arms, for stirring up my subjects,
And all the trouble thou hast turn'd me to?
PRINCE. Speak like a subject, proud ambitious

York !

Suppose that I am now my father's mouth; Resign thy chair, and where I stand kneel thou, Whilst I propose the selfsame words to thee, Which, traitor, thou wouldst have me answer to.

Q. Mar. Ah, that thy father had been so resolved!

Glou. That you might stillhave worn the petticoat, And ne'er have stol'n the breech from Lancaster.

PRINCE. Let Æsop fable in a winter's night; His currish riddles sort not with this place. Glou. By heaven, brat, I'll plague ye for that

word. Q. Mar. Ay, thou wast born to be a plague to men. Glou. For God's sake, takeaway this captive scold. PRINCE. Nay, take away this scolding crook

back rather. K. Edw. Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm your

tongue. Clar. Untutor'd lad, thou art too malapert.

Prince. I know my duty; you are all undutiful : Lascivious Edward, and thou perjured George, And thou mis-shapen Dick, I tell ye all I am your better, traitors as ye are : And thou usurp'st my father's right and mine. K. Edw. Take that, thou likeness of this railer

here. Glou. Sprawl'st thou? take that, to end thy

agony. Clar. And there's for twitting me with perjury.

[Stabs him.

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Glou. Marry, and shall. [Offers to kill her.
K. Edw. Hold, Richard, hold; for we have

done too much.
Glou. Why should she live, to fill the world

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Glou. Clarence,excuse me to theking my brother;
I'll hence to London on a serious matter:
Ere ye come there, be sure to hear some news.

CLAR. What? what?
Glou. The Tower, the Tower.

[Exit. Q. Mar. 0 Ned, sweet Ned! speak to thy

mother, boy!
Canst thou not speak? O traitors ! murderers !
They that stabb’d Cæsar shed no blood at all,
Did not offend, nor were not worthy blame,
If this foul deed were by to equal it :
He was a man ; this, in respect, a child :
And men ne'er spend their fury on a child.
What's worse than murderer, that I may name it?
No, no, my heart will burst, an if I speak:
And I will speak, that so my


Butchers and villains ! bloody cannibals!
How sweet a plant have you untimely cropp'd !
You have no children, butchers ! if you

The thought of them would have stirr’d up remorse!
But if you ever chance to have a child,
Look in his youth to have him so cut off
As, deathsmen, you have rid this sweetyoungprince

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