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ACT I - SCENE III. Field of battle betwixt Sandal Castle and Wakefield.
Alarums. Enter RUTLAND and his Tutor

RUTLAND
1    Ah, whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?
2    Ah, tutor, look where bloody Clifford comes!
Enter CLIFFORD and Soldiers

CLIFFORD
3    Chaplain, away! thy priesthood saves thy life.
4    As for the brat of this accursed duke,
5    Whose father slew my father, he shall die.
Tutor
6    And I, my lord, will bear him company.
CLIFFORD
7    Soldiers, away with him!
Tutor
8    Ah, Clifford, murder not this innocent child,
9    Lest thou be hated both of God and man!
Exit, dragged off by Soldiers

CLIFFORD
10   How now! is he dead already? or is it fear
11   That makes him close his eyes? I'll open them.
RUTLAND
12   So looks the pent-up lion o'er the wretch
13   That trembles under his devouring paws;
14   And so he walks, insulting o'er his prey,
15   And so he comes, to rend his limbs asunder.
16   Ah, gentle Clifford, kill me with thy sword,
17   And not with such a cruel threatening look.
18   Sweet Clifford, hear me speak before I die.
19   I am too mean a subject for thy wrath:
20   Be thou revenged on men, and let me live.
CLIFFORD
21   In vain thou speak'st, poor boy; my father's blood
22   Hath stopp'd the passage where thy words should enter.
RUTLAND
23   Then let my father's blood open it again:
24   He is a man, and, Clifford, cope with him.
CLIFFORD
25   Had thy brethren here, their lives and thine
26   Were not revenge sufficient for me;
27   No, if I digg'd up thy forefathers' graves
28   And hung their rotten coffins up in chains,
29   It could not slake mine ire, nor ease my heart.
30   The sight of any of the house of York
31   Is as a fury to torment my soul;
32   And till I root out their accursed line
33   And leave not one alive, I live in hell.
34   Therefore--
Lifting his hand

RUTLAND
35   O, let me pray before I take my death!
36   To thee I pray; sweet Clifford, pity me!
CLIFFORD
37   Such pity as my rapier's point affords.
RUTLAND
38   I never did thee harm: why wilt thou slay me?
CLIFFORD
39   Thy father hath.
RUTLAND
40   But 'twas ere I was born.
41   Thou hast one son; for his sake pity me,
42   Lest in revenge thereof, sith God is just,
43   He be as miserably slain as I.
44   Ah, let me live in prison all my days;
45   And when I give occasion of offence,
46   Then let me die, for now thou hast no cause.
CLIFFORD
47   No cause!
48   Thy father slew my father; therefore, die.
Stabs him

RUTLAND
49   Di faciant laudis summa sit ista tuae!
Dies

CLIFFORD
50   Plantagenet! I come, Plantagenet!
51   And this thy son's blood cleaving to my blade
52   Shall rust upon my weapon, till thy blood,
53   Congeal'd with this, do make me wipe off both.
Exit
54   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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