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ACT I - SCENE I. London. The Parliament-house.
Alarum. Enter YORK, EDWARD, RICHARD, NORFOLK, MONTAGUE, WARWICK, and Soldiers

WARWICK
1    I wonder how the king escaped our hands.
YORK
2    While we pursued the horsemen of the north,
3    He slily stole away and left his men:
4    Whereat the great Lord of Northumberland,
5    Whose warlike ears could never brook retreat,
6    Cheer'd up the drooping army; and himself,
7    Lord Clifford and Lord Stafford, all abreast,
8    Charged our main battle's front, and breaking in
9    Were by the swords of common soldiers slain.
EDWARD
10   Lord Stafford's father, Duke of Buckingham,
11   Is either slain or wounded dangerously;
12   I cleft his beaver with a downright blow:
13   That this is true, father, behold his blood.
MONTAGUE
14   And, brother, here's the Earl of Wiltshire's blood,
15   Whom I encounter'd as the battles join'd.
RICHARD
16   Speak thou for me and tell them what I did.
Throwing down SOMERSET's head

YORK
17   Richard hath best deserved of all my sons.
18   But is your grace dead, my Lord of Somerset?
NORFOLK
19   Such hope have all the line of John of Gaunt!
RICHARD
20   Thus do I hope to shake King Henry's head.
WARWICK
21   And so do I. Victorious Prince of York,
22   Before I see thee seated in that throne
23   Which now the house of Lancaster usurps,
24   I vow by heaven these eyes shall never close.
25   This is the palace of the fearful king,
26   And this the regal seat: possess it, York;
27   For this is thine and not King Henry's heirs'
YORK
28   Assist me, then, sweet Warwick, and I will;
29   For hither we have broken in by force.
NORFOLK
30   We'll all assist you; he that flies shall die.
YORK
31   Thanks, gentle Norfolk: stay by me, my lords;
32   And, soldiers, stay and lodge by me this night.
They go up

WARWICK
33   And when the king comes, offer no violence,
34   Unless he seek to thrust you out perforce.
YORK
35   The queen this day here holds her parliament,
36   But little thinks we shall be of her council:
37   By words or blows here let us win our right.
RICHARD
38   Arm'd as we are, let's stay within this house.
WARWICK
39   The bloody parliament shall this be call'd,
40   Unless Plantagenet, Duke of York, be king,
41   And bashful Henry deposed, whose cowardice
42   Hath made us by-words to our enemies.
YORK
43   Then leave me not, my lords; be resolute;
44   I mean to take possession of my right.
WARWICK
45   Neither the king, nor he that loves him best,
46   The proudest he that holds up Lancaster,
47   Dares stir a wing, if Warwick shake his bells.
48   I'll plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares:
49   Resolve thee, Richard; claim the English crown.
KING HENRY VI
50   My lords, look where the sturdy rebel sits,
51   Even in the chair of state: belike he means,
52   Back'd by the power of Warwick, that false peer,
53   To aspire unto the crown and reign as king.
54   Earl of Northumberland, he slew thy father.
55   And thine, Lord Clifford; and you both have vow'd revenge
56   On him, his sons, his favourites and his friends.
NORTHUMBERLAND
57   If I be not, heavens be revenged on me!
CLIFFORD
58   The hope thereof makes Clifford mourn in steel.
WESTMORELAND
59   What, shall we suffer this? let's pluck him down:
60   My heart for anger burns; I cannot brook it.
KING HENRY VI
61   Be patient, gentle Earl of Westmoreland.
CLIFFORD
62   Patience is for poltroons, such as he:
63   He durst not sit there, had your father lived.
64   My gracious lord, here in the parliament
65   Let us assail the family of York.
NORTHUMBERLAND
66   Well hast thou spoken, cousin: be it so.
KING HENRY VI
67   Ah, know you not the city favours them,
68   And they have troops of soldiers at their beck?
EXETER
69   But when the duke is slain, they'll quickly fly.
KING HENRY VI
70   Far be the thought of this from Henry's heart,
71   To make a shambles of the parliament-house!
72   Cousin of Exeter, frowns, words and threats
73   Shall be the war that Henry means to use.
74   Thou factious Duke of York, descend my throne,
75   and kneel for grace and mercy at my feet;
76   I am thy sovereign.
YORK
77   I am thine.
EXETER
78   For shame, come down: he made thee Duke of York.
YORK
79   'Twas my inheritance, as the earldom was.
EXETER
80   Thy father was a traitor to the crown.
WARWICK
81   Exeter, thou art a traitor to the crown
82   In following this usurping Henry.
CLIFFORD
83   Whom should he follow but his natural king?
WARWICK
84   True, Clifford; and that's Richard Duke of York.
KING HENRY VI
85   And shall I stand, and thou sit in my throne?
YORK
86   It must and shall be so: content thyself.
WARWICK
87   Be Duke of Lancaster; let him be king.
WESTMORELAND
88   He is both king and Duke of Lancaster;
89   And that the Lord of Westmoreland shall maintain.
WARWICK
90   And Warwick shall disprove it. You forget
91   That we are those which chased you from the field
92   And slew your fathers, and with colours spread
93   March'd through the city to the palace gates.
NORTHUMBERLAND
94   Yes, Warwick, I remember it to my grief;
95   And, by his soul, thou and thy house shall rue it.
WESTMORELAND
96   Plantagenet, of thee and these thy sons,
97   Thy kinsman and thy friends, I'll have more lives
98   Than drops of blood were in my father's veins.
CLIFFORD
99   Urge it no more; lest that, instead of words,
100  I send thee, Warwick, such a messenger
101  As shall revenge his death before I stir.
WARWICK
102  Poor Clifford! how I scorn his worthless threats!
YORK
103  Will you we show our title to the crown?
104  If not, our swords shall plead it in the field.
KING HENRY VI
105  What title hast thou, traitor, to the crown?
106  Thy father was, as thou art, Duke of York;
107  Thy grandfather, Roger Mortimer, Earl of March:
108  I am the son of Henry the Fifth,
109  Who made the Dauphin and the French to stoop
110  And seized upon their towns and provinces.
WARWICK
111  Talk not of France, sith thou hast lost it all.
KING HENRY VI
112  The lord protector lost it, and not I:
113  When I was crown'd I was but nine months old.
RICHARD
114  You are old enough now, and yet, methinks, you lose.
115  Father, tear the crown from the usurper's head.
EDWARD
116  Sweet father, do so; set it on your head.
MONTAGUE
117  Good brother, as thou lovest and honourest arms,
118  Let's fight it out and not stand cavilling thus.
RICHARD
119  Sound drums and trumpets, and the king will fly.
YORK
120  Sons, peace!
KING HENRY VI
121  Peace, thou! and give King Henry leave to speak.
WARWICK
122  Plantagenet shall speak first: hear him, lords;
123  And be you silent and attentive too,
124  For he that interrupts him shall not live.
KING HENRY VI
125  Think'st thou that I will leave my kingly throne,
126  Wherein my grandsire and my father sat?
127  No: first shall war unpeople this my realm;
128  Ay, and their colours, often borne in France,
129  And now in England to our heart's great sorrow,
130  Shall be my winding-sheet. Why faint you, lords?
131  My title's good, and better far than his.
WARWICK
132  Prove it, Henry, and thou shalt be king.
KING HENRY VI
133  Henry the Fourth by conquest got the crown.
YORK
134  'Twas by rebellion against his king.
KING HENRY VI
Aside
135   I know not what to say; my title's weak.--
136  Tell me, may not a king adopt an heir?
YORK
137  What then?
KING HENRY VI
138  An if he may, then am I lawful king;
139  For Richard, in the view of many lords,
140  Resign'd the crown to Henry the Fourth,
141  Whose heir my father was, and I am his.
YORK
142  He rose against him, being his sovereign,
143  And made him to resign his crown perforce.
WARWICK
144  Suppose, my lords, he did it unconstrain'd,
145  Think you 'twere prejudicial to his crown?
EXETER
146  No; for he could not so resign his crown
147  But that the next heir should succeed and reign.
KING HENRY VI
148  Art thou against us, Duke of Exeter?
EXETER
149  His is the right, and therefore pardon me.
YORK
150  Why whisper you, my lords, and answer not?
EXETER
151  My conscience tells me he is lawful king.
KING HENRY VI
Aside
152   All will revolt from me, and turn to him.
NORTHUMBERLAND
153  Plantagenet, for all the claim thou lay'st,
154  Think not that Henry shall be so deposed.
WARWICK
155  Deposed he shall be, in despite of all.
NORTHUMBERLAND
156  Thou art deceived: 'tis not thy southern power,
157  Of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, nor of Kent,
158  Which makes thee thus presumptuous and proud,
159  Can set the duke up in despite of me.
CLIFFORD
160  King Henry, be thy title right or wrong,
161  Lord Clifford vows to fight in thy defence:
162  May that ground gape and swallow me alive,
163  Where I shall kneel to him that slew my father!
KING HENRY VI
164  O Clifford, how thy words revive my heart!
YORK
165  Henry of Lancaster, resign thy crown.
166  What mutter you, or what conspire you, lords?
WARWICK
167  Do right unto this princely Duke of York,
168  Or I will fill the house with armed men,
169  And over the chair of state, where now he sits,
170  Write up his title with usurping blood.
KING HENRY VI
171  My Lord of Warwick, hear me but one word:
172  Let me for this my life-time reign as king.
YORK
173  Confirm the crown to me and to mine heirs,
174  And thou shalt reign in quiet while thou livest.
KING HENRY VI
175  I am content: Richard Plantagenet,
176  Enjoy the kingdom after my decease.
CLIFFORD
177  What wrong is this unto the prince your son!
WARWICK
178  What good is this to England and himself!
WESTMORELAND
179  Base, fearful and despairing Henry!
CLIFFORD
180  How hast thou injured both thyself and us!
WESTMORELAND
181  I cannot stay to hear these articles.
NORTHUMBERLAND
182  Nor I.
CLIFFORD
183  Come, cousin, let us tell the queen these news.
WESTMORELAND
184  Farewell, faint-hearted and degenerate king,
185  In whose cold blood no spark of honour bides.
NORTHUMBERLAND
186  Be thou a prey unto the house of York,
187  And die in bands for this unmanly deed!
CLIFFORD
188  In dreadful war mayst thou be overcome,
189  Or live in peace abandon'd and despised!
Exeunt NORTHUMBERLAND, CLIFFORD, and WESTMORELAND

WARWICK
190  Turn this way, Henry, and regard them not.
EXETER
191  They seek revenge and therefore will not yield.
KING HENRY VI
192  Ah, Exeter!
WARWICK
193  Why should you sigh, my lord?
KING HENRY VI
194  Not for myself, Lord Warwick, but my son,
195  Whom I unnaturally shall disinherit.
196  But be it as it may: I here entail
197  The crown to thee and to thine heirs for ever;
198  Conditionally, that here thou take an oath
199  To cease this civil war, and, whilst I live,
200  To honour me as thy king and sovereign,
201  And neither by treason nor hostility
202  To seek to put me down and reign thyself.
YORK
203  This oath I willingly take and will perform.
WARWICK
204  Long live King Henry! Plantagenet embrace him.
KING HENRY VI
205  And long live thou and these thy forward sons!
YORK
206  Now York and Lancaster are reconciled.
EXETER
207  Accursed be he that seeks to make them foes!
Sennet. Here they come down

YORK
208  Farewell, my gracious lord; I'll to my castle.
WARWICK
209  And I'll keep London with my soldiers.
NORFOLK
210  And I to Norfolk with my followers.
MONTAGUE
211  And I unto the sea from whence I came.
KING HENRY VI
212  And I, with grief and sorrow, to the court.
Enter QUEEN MARGARET and PRINCE EDWARD

EXETER
213  Here comes the queen, whose looks bewray her anger:
214  I'll steal away.
KING HENRY VI
215  Exeter, so will I.
QUEEN MARGARET
216  Nay, go not from me; I will follow thee.
KING HENRY VI
217  Be patient, gentle queen, and I will stay.
QUEEN MARGARET
218  Who can be patient in such extremes?
219  Ah, wretched man! would I had died a maid
220  And never seen thee, never borne thee son,
221  Seeing thou hast proved so unnatural a father
222  Hath he deserved to lose his birthright thus?
223  Hadst thou but loved him half so well as I,
224  Or felt that pain which I did for him once,
225  Or nourish'd him as I did with my blood,
226  Thou wouldst have left thy dearest heart-blood there,
227  Rather than have that savage duke thine heir
228  And disinherited thine only son.
PRINCE EDWARD
229  Father, you cannot disinherit me:
230  If you be king, why should not I succeed?
KING HENRY VI
231  Pardon me, Margaret; pardon me, sweet son:
232  The Earl of Warwick and the duke enforced me.
QUEEN MARGARET
233  Enforced thee! art thou king, and wilt be forced?
234  I shame to hear thee speak. Ah, timorous wretch!
235  Thou hast undone thyself, thy son and me;
236  And given unto the house of York such head
237  As thou shalt reign but by their sufferance.
238  To entail him and his heirs unto the crown,
239  What is it, but to make thy sepulchre
240  And creep into it far before thy time?
241  Warwick is chancellor and the lord of Calais;
242  Stern Falconbridge commands the narrow seas;
243  The duke is made protector of the realm;
244  And yet shalt thou be safe? such safety finds
245  The trembling lamb environed with wolves.
246  Had I been there, which am a silly woman,
247  The soldiers should have toss'd me on their pikes
248  Before I would have granted to that act.
249  But thou preferr'st thy life before thine honour:
250  And seeing thou dost, I here divorce myself
251  Both from thy table, Henry, and thy bed,
252  Until that act of parliament be repeal'd
253  Whereby my son is disinherited.
254  The northern lords that have forsworn thy colours
255  Will follow mine, if once they see them spread;
256  And spread they shall be, to thy foul disgrace
257  And utter ruin of the house of York.
258  Thus do I leave thee. Come, son, let's away;
259  Our army is ready; come, we'll after them.
KING HENRY VI
260  Stay, gentle Margaret, and hear me speak.
QUEEN MARGARET
261  Thou hast spoke too much already: get thee gone.
KING HENRY VI
262  Gentle son Edward, thou wilt stay with me?
QUEEN MARGARET
263  Ay, to be murder'd by his enemies.
PRINCE EDWARD
264  When I return with victory from the field
265  I'll see your grace: till then I'll follow her.
QUEEN MARGARET
266  Come, son, away; we may not linger thus.
Exeunt QUEEN MARGARET and PRINCE EDWARD

KING HENRY VI
267  Poor queen! how love to me and to her son
268  Hath made her break out into terms of rage!
269  Revenged may she be on that hateful duke,
270  Whose haughty spirit, winged with desire,
271  Will cost my crown, and like an empty eagle
272  Tire on the flesh of me and of my son!
273  The loss of those three lords torments my heart:
274  I'll write unto them and entreat them fair.
275  Come, cousin you shall be the messenger.
EXETER
276  And I, I hope, shall reconcile them all.
Exeunt
277  3 KING HENRY VI

ACT I, SCENE II (Next) >
Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII

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