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WARWICKI wonder how the king escaped our hands.
YORKWhile we pursued the horsemen of the north,
He slily stole away and left his men:
Whereat the great Lord of Northumberland,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 5Whose warlike ears could never brook retreat,
Cheer'd up the drooping army; and himself,
Lord Clifford and Lord Stafford, all abreast,
Charged our main battle's front, and breaking in
Were by the swords of common soldiers slain.
EDWARDAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 10Lord Stafford's father, Duke of Buckingham,
Is either slain or wounded dangerously;
I cleft his beaver with a downright blow:
That this is true, father, behold his blood.
MONTAGUEAnd, brother, here's the Earl of Wiltshire's blood,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 15Whom I encounter'd as the battles join'd.
RICHARDSpeak thou for me and tell them what I did.
YORKRichard hath best deserved of all my sons.
But is your grace dead, my Lord of Somerset?
NORFOLKSuch hope have all the line of John of Gaunt!
RICHARDAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 20Thus do I hope to shake King Henry's head.
WARWICKAnd so do I. Victorious Prince of York,
Before I see thee seated in that throne
Which now the house of Lancaster usurps,
I vow by heaven these eyes shall never close.
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 25This is the palace of the fearful king,
And this the regal seat: possess it, York;
For this is thine and not King Henry's heirs'
YORKAssist me, then, sweet Warwick, and I will;
For hither we have broken in by force.
NORFOLKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 30We'll all assist you; he that flies shall die.
YORKThanks, gentle Norfolk: stay by me, my lords;
And, soldiers, stay and lodge by me this night.
WARWICKAnd when the king comes, offer no violence,
Unless he seek to thrust you out perforce.
YORKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 35The 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.
RICHARDArm'd as we are, let's stay within this house.
WARWICKThe bloody parliament shall this be call'd,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 40Unless Plantagenet, Duke of York, be king,
And bashful Henry deposed, whose cowardice
Hath made us by-words to our enemies.
YORKThen leave me not, my lords; be resolute;
I mean to take possession of my right.
WARWICKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 45Neither the king, nor he that loves him best,
The proudest he that holds up Lancaster,
Dares stir a wing, if Warwick shake his bells.
I'll plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares:
Resolve thee, Richard; claim the English crown.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 50My lords, look where the sturdy rebel sits,
Even in the chair of state: belike he means,
Back'd by the power of Warwick, that false peer,
To aspire unto the crown and reign as king.
Earl of Northumberland, he slew thy father.
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 55And thine, Lord Clifford; and you both have vow'd revenge
On him, his sons, his favourites and his friends.
NORTHUMBERLANDIf I be not, heavens be revenged on me!
CLIFFORDThe hope thereof makes Clifford mourn in steel.
WESTMORELANDWhat, shall we suffer this? let's pluck him down:
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 60My heart for anger burns; I cannot brook it.
KING HENRY VIBe patient, gentle Earl of Westmoreland.
CLIFFORDPatience is for poltroons, such as he:
He durst not sit there, had your father lived.
My gracious lord, here in the parliament
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 65Let us assail the family of York.
NORTHUMBERLANDWell hast thou spoken, cousin: be it so.
KING HENRY VIAh, know you not the city favours them,
And they have troops of soldiers at their beck?
EXETERBut when the duke is slain, they'll quickly fly.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 70Far 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 my throne,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 75and kneel for grace and mercy at my feet;
I am thy sovereign.
YORKI am thine.
EXETERFor shame, come down: he made thee Duke of York.
YORK'Twas my inheritance, as the earldom was.
EXETERAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 80Thy father was a traitor to the crown.
WARWICKExeter, thou art a traitor to the crown
In following this usurping Henry.
CLIFFORDWhom should he follow but his natural king?
WARWICKTrue, Clifford; and that's Richard Duke of York.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 85And shall I stand, and thou sit in my throne?
YORKIt must and shall be so: content thyself.
WARWICKBe Duke of Lancaster; let him be king.
WESTMORELANDHe is both king and Duke of Lancaster;
And that the Lord of Westmoreland shall maintain.
WARWICKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 90And Warwick shall disprove it. You forget
That we are those which chased you from the field
And slew your fathers, and with colours spread
March'd through the city to the palace gates.
NORTHUMBERLANDYes, Warwick, I remember it to my grief;
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 95And, by his soul, thou and thy house shall rue it.
WESTMORELANDPlantagenet, of thee and these thy sons,
Thy kinsman and thy friends, I'll have more lives
Than drops of blood were in my father's veins.
CLIFFORDUrge it no more; lest that, instead of words,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 100I send thee, Warwick, such a messenger
As shall revenge his death before I stir.
WARWICKPoor Clifford! how I scorn his worthless threats!
YORKWill you we show our title to the crown?
If not, our swords shall plead it in the field.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 105What title hast thou, traitor, to the crown?
Thy father was, as thou art, Duke of York;
Thy grandfather, Roger Mortimer, Earl of March:
I am the son of Henry the Fifth,
Who made the Dauphin and the French to stoop
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 110And seized upon their towns and provinces.
WARWICKTalk not of France, sith thou hast lost it all.
KING HENRY VIThe lord protector lost it, and not I:
When I was crown'd I was but nine months old.
RICHARDYou are old enough now, and yet, methinks, you lose.
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 115Father, tear the crown from the usurper's head.
EDWARDSweet father, do so; set it on your head.
MONTAGUEGood brother, as thou lovest and honourest arms,
Let's fight it out and not stand cavilling thus.
RICHARDSound drums and trumpets, and the king will fly.
YORKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 120Sons, peace!
KING HENRY VIPeace, thou! and give King Henry leave to speak.
WARWICKPlantagenet shall speak first: hear him, lords;
And be you silent and attentive too,
For he that interrupts him shall not live.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 125Think'st thou that I will leave my kingly throne,
Wherein my grandsire and my father sat?
No: first shall war unpeople this my realm;
Ay, and their colours, often borne in France,
And now in England to our heart's great sorrow,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 130Shall be my winding-sheet. Why faint you, lords?
My title's good, and better far than his.
WARWICKProve it, Henry, and thou shalt be king.
KING HENRY VIHenry the Fourth by conquest got the crown.
YORK'Twas by rebellion against his king.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 135 I know not what to say; my title's weak. —
Tell me, may not a king adopt an heir?
KING HENRY VIAn if he may, then am I lawful king;
For Richard, in the view of many lords,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 140Resign'd the crown to Henry the Fourth,
Whose heir my father was, and I am his.
YORKHe rose against him, being his sovereign,
And made him to resign his crown perforce.
WARWICKSuppose, my lords, he did it unconstrain'd,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 145Think you 'twere prejudicial to his crown?
EXETERNo; for he could not so resign his crown
But that the next heir should succeed and reign.
KING HENRY VIArt thou against us, Duke of Exeter?
EXETERHis is the right, and therefore pardon me.
YORKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 150Why whisper you, my lords, and answer not?
EXETERMy conscience tells me he is lawful king.
KING HENRY VI All will revolt from me, and turn to him.
NORTHUMBERLANDPlantagenet, for all the claim thou lay'st,
Think not that Henry shall be so deposed.
WARWICKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 155Deposed he shall be, in despite of all.
NORTHUMBERLANDThou art deceived: 'tis not thy southern power,
Of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, nor of Kent,
Which makes thee thus presumptuous and proud,
Can set the duke up in despite of me.
CLIFFORDAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 160King Henry, be thy title right or wrong,
Lord Clifford vows to fight in thy defence:
May that ground gape and swallow me alive,
Where I shall kneel to him that slew my father!
KING HENRY VIO Clifford, how thy words revive my heart!
YORKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 165Henry of Lancaster, resign thy crown.
What mutter you, or what conspire you, lords?
WARWICKDo right unto this princely Duke of York,
Or I will fill the house with armed men,
And over the chair of state, where now he sits,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 170Write up his title with usurping blood.
KING HENRY VIMy Lord of Warwick, hear me but one word:
Let me for this my life-time reign as king.
YORKConfirm the crown to me and to mine heirs,
And thou shalt reign in quiet while thou livest.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 175I am content: Richard Plantagenet,
Enjoy the kingdom after my decease.
CLIFFORDWhat wrong is this unto the prince your son!
WARWICKWhat good is this to England and himself!
WESTMORELANDBase, fearful and despairing Henry!
CLIFFORDAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 180How hast thou injured both thyself and us!
WESTMORELANDI cannot stay to hear these articles.
CLIFFORDCome, cousin, let us tell the queen these news.
WESTMORELANDFarewell, faint-hearted and degenerate king,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 185In whose cold blood no spark of honour bides.
NORTHUMBERLANDBe thou a prey unto the house of York,
And die in bands for this unmanly deed!
CLIFFORDIn dreadful war mayst thou be overcome,
Or live in peace abandon'd and despised!
WARWICKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 190Turn this way, Henry, and regard them not.
EXETERThey seek revenge and therefore will not yield.
KING HENRY VIAh, Exeter!
WARWICKWhy should you sigh, my lord?
KING HENRY VINot for myself, Lord Warwick, but my son,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 195Whom I unnaturally shall disinherit.
But be it as it may: I here entail
The crown to thee and to thine heirs for ever;
Conditionally, that here thou take an oath
To cease this civil war, and, whilst I live,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 200To honour me as thy king and sovereign,
And neither by treason nor hostility
To seek to put me down and reign thyself.
YORKThis oath I willingly take and will perform.
WARWICKLong live King Henry! Plantagenet embrace him.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 205And long live thou and these thy forward sons!
YORKNow York and Lancaster are reconciled.
EXETERAccursed be he that seeks to make them foes!
YORKFarewell, my gracious lord; I'll to my castle.
WARWICKAnd I'll keep London with my soldiers.
NORFOLKAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 210And I to Norfolk with my followers.
MONTAGUEAnd I unto the sea from whence I came.
KING HENRY VIAnd I, with grief and sorrow, to the court.
EXETERHere comes the queen, whose looks bewray her anger:
I'll steal away.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 215Exeter, so will I.
QUEEN MARGARETNay, go not from me; I will follow thee.
KING HENRY VIBe patient, gentle queen, and I will stay.
QUEEN MARGARETWho can be patient in such extremes?
Ah, wretched man! would I had died a maid
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 220And never seen thee, never borne thee son,
Seeing thou hast proved so unnatural a father
Hath he deserved to lose his birthright thus?
Hadst thou but loved him half so well as I,
Or felt that pain which I did for him once,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 225Or nourish'd him as I did with my blood,
Thou wouldst have left thy dearest heart-blood there,
Rather than have that savage duke thine heir
And disinherited thine only son.
PRINCE EDWARDFather, you cannot disinherit me:
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 230If you be king, why should not I succeed?
KING HENRY VIPardon me, Margaret; pardon me, sweet son:
The Earl of Warwick and the duke enforced me.
QUEEN MARGARETEnforced thee! art thou king, and wilt be forced?
I shame to hear thee speak. Ah, timorous wretch!
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 235Thou hast undone thyself, thy son and me;
And given unto the house of York such head
As thou shalt reign but by their sufferance.
To entail him and his heirs unto the crown,
What is it, but to make thy sepulchre
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 240And creep into it far before thy time?
Warwick is chancellor and the lord of Calais;
Stern Falconbridge commands the narrow seas;
The duke is made protector of the realm;
And yet shalt thou be safe? such safety finds
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 245The trembling lamb environed with wolves.
Had I been there, which am a silly woman,
The soldiers should have toss'd me on their pikes
Before I would have granted to that act.
But thou preferr'st thy life before thine honour:
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 250And seeing thou dost, I here divorce myself
Both from thy table, Henry, and thy bed,
Until that act of parliament be repeal'd
Whereby my son is disinherited.
The northern lords that have forsworn thy colours
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 255Will follow mine, if once they see them spread;
And spread they shall be, to thy foul disgrace
And utter ruin of the house of York.
Thus do I leave thee. Come, son, let's away;
Our army is ready; come, we'll after them.
KING HENRY VIAct 1 Sc 1 Ln 260Stay, gentle Margaret, and hear me speak.
QUEEN MARGARETThou hast spoke too much already: get thee gone.
KING HENRY VIGentle son Edward, thou wilt stay with me?
QUEEN MARGARETAy, to be murder'd by his enemies.
PRINCE EDWARDWhen I return with victory from the field
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 265I'll see your grace: till then I'll follow her.
QUEEN MARGARETCome, son, away; we may not linger thus.
KING HENRY VIPoor queen! how love to me and to her son
Hath made her break out into terms of rage!
Revenged may she be on that hateful duke,
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 270Whose haughty spirit, winged with desire,
Will cost my crown, and like an empty eagle
Tire on the flesh of me and of my son!
The loss of those three lords torments my heart:
I'll write unto them and entreat them fair.
Act 1 Sc 1 Ln 275Come, cousin you shall be the messenger.
EXETERAnd I, I hope, shall reconcile them all.
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