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ACT V - SCENE II. A field of battle near Barnet.
KING EDWARD IV
1    So, lie thou there: die thou, and die our fear;
2    For Warwick was a bug that fear'd us all.
3    Now, Montague, sit fast; I seek for thee,
4    That Warwick's bones may keep thine company.
Exit

WARWICK
5    Ah, who is nigh? come to me, friend or foe,
6    And tell me who is victor, York or Warwick?
7    Why ask I that? my mangled body shows,
8    My blood, my want of strength, my sick heart shows.
9    That I must yield my body to the earth
10   And, by my fall, the conquest to my foe.
11   Thus yields the cedar to the axe's edge,
12   Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle,
13   Under whose shade the ramping lion slept,
14   Whose top-branch overpeer'd Jove's spreading tree
15   And kept low shrubs from winter's powerful wind.
16   These eyes, that now are dimm'd with death's black veil,
17   Have been as piercing as the mid-day sun,
18   To search the secret treasons of the world:
19   The wrinkles in my brows, now filled with blood,
20   Were liken'd oft to kingly sepulchres;
21   For who lived king, but I could dig his grave?
22   And who durst mine when Warwick bent his brow?
23   Lo, now my glory smear'd in dust and blood!
24   My parks, my walks, my manors that I had.
25   Even now forsake me, and of all my lands
26   Is nothing left me but my body's length.
27   Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?
28   And, live we how we can, yet die we must.
Enter OXFORD and SOMERSET

SOMERSET
29   Ah, Warwick, Warwick! wert thou as we are.
30   We might recover all our loss again;
31   The queen from France hath brought a puissant power:
32   Even now we heard the news: ah, could'st thou fly!
WARWICK
33   Why, then I would not fly. Ah, Montague,
34   If thou be there, sweet brother, take my hand.
35   And with thy lips keep in my soul awhile!
36   Thou lovest me not; for, brother, if thou didst,
37   Thy tears would wash this cold congealed blood
38   That glues my lips and will not let me speak.
39   Come quickly, Montague, or I am dead.
SOMERSET
40   Ah, Warwick! Montague hath breathed his last;
41   And to the latest gasp cried out for Warwick,
42   And said 'Commend me to my valiant brother.'
43   And more he would have said, and more he spoke,
44   Which sounded like a clamour in a vault,
45   That mought not be distinguished; but at last
46   I well might hear, delivered with a groan,
47   'O, farewell, Warwick!'
WARWICK
48   Sweet rest his soul! Fly, lords, and save yourselves;
49   For Warwick bids you all farewell to meet in heaven.
Dies

OXFORD
50   Away, away, to meet the queen's great power!
Here they bear away his body. Exeunt
51   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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