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King H E N R r VI.

With the DEATH of the

DU K E of ro R K.


KING Henry VI.
Edward, Son to ibe King, and Prince of Wales.
Duke of Somerset,
Earl of Northumberland,
Earl of Oxford,

Lords of King Henry's fide.
Earl of Exeter,
Earl of Westmorland,
Lord Clifford,
Earl of Richmond, a Youth, afterwards King Henry VII.
Richard, Duke of York.
Edward, El ej Sen to the Duke of York, afterwards King Edward IV.
George, Duke of Clarence, secona Son to the Duke of York.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester, tbird Son to the Duke of York, after.

waras King Richard III.
Edmund, Earl of Rutland, youngeji Son to the Duke of York.
Duke of Nortolk,
Miz'quis of Montague,
Earl of v. arwick,
Eorl of Salisbury,

of the Duke of York's Party.
Earl of Pembroke,
Lord Hastings,
Lord Stafford,
Sir fol.n Mortimer, } Uncles to the Duke of York.
Sir Hugh Mortimer, S
Sir William Stanly, afterwards Earl of Derby.
Lord Rivers, "Brother to the Lady Gray.
Sir John Montgomery.
Lieutenant of the Tower,
Mayor of Coventry.
Mayor and Aldernen of York.
Humphry and Sinklo, two Huntsmen.
Lewis, King of France.
Lourbon, Admiral of France.
Queen Margaret.
Bona, Sfier to the French King.
Lady Gray, Widow of Sir John Gray, afterwards Queen to Edward IV.

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Soldiers and other Attendants on King Henry, and King Edward.

In part of the Third Act, the SCENE is laid in France,

during all the rest of the Play, in England.

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Alarum. Enter Duke of York, Edward, Richard,

Norfolk, Montague, Warwick, and Soldiers.



Wonder, how the King escap'd our hands !

York. While we pursu'd the horsemen of the north,

He fily stole away and left his men: Whereat the great Lord of Northumberland, Whose warlike ears could never brook retreat,

(1) The Third Part of King Henry VI.] The action of this play (which was at first printed under this title, Tbe true Tragedy of Richard Duke of York, and the good King Henry VI: or, The Second Part of the Content on of York and Lancaster) opens just after the first battle at St. Albans, wherein the York faction carries the day; and closes with the murder of King Henry VI, and the birth of Prince Edward, afterwards King Edward V. So that this history takes in the space of full 16 Years. The rancour of the contending factions, in this play, is painted too strongly to be agreeable: but the poet, in a great measure, goes on the authority of tradition : and if the noblemen appear more lavage than can fuit with their dignity or our present notion of foliteness; considerable allowances must be made for the inveteracy, with which this civil war was carried on in all its vicisitudes.


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Chcard up the drooping army; and himself,
Lord Clifford, and Lord Stafford, all a-breast,
Charg'd our main battle's front; and breaking in,
Vere by the swords of common soldiers slain.

Edw. Lord Stafford's father, Duke of Buckingham,
Is either flain or wounded dang'rously.
I cleft his beaver with a down-right blow :
That this is true, father, behold his blood.

Ment. And, brother, here's the Earl of Wiltshire's blood; Whom I encounter'd, as the battles join'd. Rich. Speak thou for me, and tell them what I did.

Throwing dorun the Duke of Somerset's head. York. Richard hath best deserv'd of all my sons : Is his Grace dead, my Lord of Somerset ?

Norf. 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 feated in that throne,
Which now the house of Lancaster usurps,
I vow by heav'n, these eyes shall never close.
This is the palace of that fearful King,
And this the regal feat; possess it, York;
For this is thine, and not King Henry's heirs.

York. Alift me then, sweet Warwick, and I will;
For hither we have broken in by force.

Norf. We'll all aslift you ; he, that flies, shall die.

York. Thanks, gentle Norfolk ; ftay by me, my Lords; And, foldiers, stay and lodge by me this night. [They go up.

War. And when the King comes, offer him no violence; Unless he seek to thrust you out by force.

York. The Queen this day here holds her Parliament, 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's,
Unless Plantagenet Duke of York, be King;
And bashful Henry depos’d; whose cowardise
Hath made us by-words to our enemies.

York. Then leave me not; my Lords, be resolute;
I mean to take posseflion of my right.


War. Neither the King, nor he that loves him best,
The proudeft he that holds up Lancaster,
Dares ftir a wing, if Warwick shake his bells.
I'll plant Plantagenet ; root him up, who dare :
Resolve thee, Richard; claim the English crown.
Enter King Henry, Clifford, Northumberland, West-

morland, Exeter, and others.
K. Henry. My Lords, look where the sturdy rebel fits,
Even in the chair of fate; belike, he means
(Back'd by the power of Warwick, that false Peer,)
T'aspire unto the crown, and reign as King.
Earl of Northumberland, he flew thy father;
And thine, Lord Clifford; and you vow'd revenge
On him, his fons, his fav’rites, and- his friends.

North. If I be not, heav'ns be reveng'd on me!
Clif. The hope thereof makes Clifford mourn in steel.
Weft. What, Thall we suffer this ! let's pluck him down;
My heart for anger burns, I cannot brook it.

K. Henry. Be patient, gentle Earl of Westmorland.

Cliff. Patience is for poltroons, and such is he:
He durst not fit there, had your father liv’d.
My gracious Lord, here in the parliament
Let us assail the Family of York.

North. Well halt thou spoken, cousin, be it so.

K. Henry. Ah! know you not, the city favours them, And they have troops of soldiers at their beck ?

Exe. But when the Duke is flain, they'll quickly fly. (2)

K. Henry. 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.
Thou factious Duke of York, descend


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(2) Weftm. But when the Duke is Nain, &c.] Ever fince the old edition by the players, hath this line been given to Wemorland: but, 'tis plain, the King in his speech immediately following replies as to Exeter, who in the modern books has not as yet spoke a word. I have, upon the authority of the oldest Quarta, restor'd this line, therefore, to Exeter E 4


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