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ACT I - SCENE II. Sandal Castle.
Enter RICHARD, EDWARD, and MONTAGUE

RICHARD
1    Brother, though I be youngest, give me leave.
EDWARD
2    No, I can better play the orator.
MONTAGUE
3    But I have reasons strong and forcible.
Enter YORK

YORK
4    Why, how now, sons and brother! at a strife?
5    What is your quarrel? how began it first?
EDWARD
6    No quarrel, but a slight contention.
YORK
7    About what?
RICHARD
8    About that which concerns your grace and us;
9    The crown of England, father, which is yours.
YORK
10   Mine boy? not till King Henry be dead.
RICHARD
11   Your right depends not on his life or death.
EDWARD
12   Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it now:
13   By giving the house of Lancaster leave to breathe,
14   It will outrun you, father, in the end.
YORK
15   I took an oath that he should quietly reign.
EDWARD
16   But for a kingdom any oath may be broken:
17   I would break a thousand oaths to reign one year.
RICHARD
18   No; God forbid your grace should be forsworn.
YORK
19   I shall be, if I claim by open war.
RICHARD
20   I'll prove the contrary, if you'll hear me speak.
YORK
21   Thou canst not, son; it is impossible.
RICHARD
22   An oath is of no moment, being not took
23   Before a true and lawful magistrate,
24   That hath authority over him that swears:
25   Henry had none, but did usurp the place;
26   Then, seeing 'twas he that made you to depose,
27   Your oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous.
28   Therefore, to arms! And, father, do but think
29   How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown;
30   Within whose circuit is Elysium
31   And all that poets feign of bliss and joy.
32   Why do we finger thus? I cannot rest
33   Until the white rose that I wear be dyed
34   Even in the lukewarm blood of Henry's heart.
YORK
35   Richard, enough; I will be king, or die.
36   Brother, thou shalt to London presently,
37   And whet on Warwick to this enterprise.
38   Thou, Richard, shalt to the Duke of Norfolk,
39   And tell him privily of our intent.
40   You Edward, shall unto my Lord Cobham,
41   With whom the Kentishmen will willingly rise:
42   In them I trust; for they are soldiers,
43   Witty, courteous, liberal, full of spirit.
44   While you are thus employ'd, what resteth more,
45   But that I seek occasion how to rise,
46   And yet the king not privy to my drift,
47   Nor any of the house of Lancaster?
Enter a Messenger
48   But, stay: what news? Why comest thou in such post?
Messenger
49   The queen with all the northern earls and lords
50   Intend here to besiege you in your castle:
51   She is hard by with twenty thousand men;
52   And therefore fortify your hold, my lord.
YORK
53   Ay, with my sword. What! think'st thou that we fear them?
54   Edward and Richard, you shall stay with me;
55   My brother Montague shall post to London:
56   Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,
57   Whom we have left protectors of the king,
58   With powerful policy strengthen themselves,
59   And trust not simple Henry nor his oaths.
MONTAGUE
60   Brother, I go; I'll win them, fear it not:
61   And thus most humbly I do take my leave.
Exit
Enter JOHN MORTIMER and HUGH MORTIMER
62   Sir John and Sir Hugh Mortimer, mine uncles,
63   You are come to Sandal in a happy hour;
64   The army of the queen mean to besiege us.
JOHN MORTIMER
65   She shall not need; we'll meet her in the field.
YORK
66   What, with five thousand men?
RICHARD
67   Ay, with five hundred, father, for a need:
68   A woman's general; what should we fear?
A march afar off

EDWARD
69   I hear their drums: let's set our men in order,
70   And issue forth and bid them battle straight.
YORK
71   Five men to twenty! though the odds be great,
72   I doubt not, uncle, of our victory.
73   Many a battle have I won in France,
74   When as the enemy hath been ten to one:
75   Why should I not now have the like success?
Alarum. Exeunt
76   3 KING HENRY VI

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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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