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ACT V - SCENE V. Another part of the field.
KING EDWARD IV
1    Now here a period of tumultuous broils.
2    Away with Oxford to Hames Castle straight:
3    For Somerset, off with his guilty head.
4    Go, bear them hence; I will not hear them speak.
OXFORD
5    For my part, I'll not trouble thee with words.
SOMERSET
6    Nor I, but stoop with patience to my fortune.
Exeunt Oxford and Somerset, guarded

QUEEN MARGARET
7    So part we sadly in this troublous world,
8    To meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem.
KING EDWARD IV
9    Is proclamation made, that who finds Edward
10   Shall have a high reward, and he his life?
GLOUCESTER
11   It is: and lo, where youthful Edward comes!
Enter soldiers, with PRINCE EDWARD

KING EDWARD IV
12   Bring forth the gallant, let us hear him speak.
13   What! can so young a thorn begin to prick?
14   Edward, what satisfaction canst thou make
15   For bearing arms, for stirring up my subjects,
16   And all the trouble thou hast turn'd me to?
PRINCE EDWARD
17   Speak like a subject, proud ambitious York!
18   Suppose that I am now my father's mouth;
19   Resign thy chair, and where I stand kneel thou,
20   Whilst I propose the selfsame words to thee,
21   Which traitor, thou wouldst have me answer to.
QUEEN MARGARET
22   Ah, that thy father had been so resolved!
GLOUCESTER
23   That you might still have worn the petticoat,
24   And ne'er have stol'n the breech from Lancaster.
PRINCE EDWARD
25   Let AEsop fable in a winter's night;
26   His currish riddles sort not with this place.
GLOUCESTER
27   By heaven, brat, I'll plague ye for that word.
QUEEN MARGARET
28   Ay, thou wast born to be a plague to men.
GLOUCESTER
29   For God's sake, take away this captive scold.
PRINCE EDWARD
30   Nay, take away this scolding crookback rather.
KING EDWARD IV
31   Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm your tongue.
CLARENCE
32   Untutor'd lad, thou art too malapert.
PRINCE EDWARD
33   I know my duty; you are all undutiful:
34   Lascivious Edward, and thou perjured George,
35   And thou mis-shapen Dick, I tell ye all
36   I am your better, traitors as ye are:
37   And thou usurp'st my father's right and mine.
KING EDWARD IV
38   Take that, thou likeness of this railer here.
Stabs him

GLOUCESTER
39   Sprawl'st thou? take that, to end thy agony.
Stabs him

CLARENCE
40   And there's for twitting me with perjury.
Stabs him

QUEEN MARGARET
41   O, kill me too!
GLOUCESTER
42   Marry, and shall.
Offers to kill her

KING EDWARD IV
43   Hold, Richard, hold; for we have done too much.
GLOUCESTER
44   Why should she live, to fill the world with words?
KING EDWARD IV
45   What, doth she swoon? use means for her recovery.
GLOUCESTER
46   Clarence, excuse me to the king my brother;
47   I'll hence to London on a serious matter:
48   Ere ye come there, be sure to hear some news.
CLARENCE
49   What? what?
GLOUCESTER
50   The Tower, the Tower.
Exit

QUEEN MARGARET
51   O Ned, sweet Ned! speak to thy mother, boy!
52   Canst thou not speak? O traitors! murderers!
53   They that stabb'd Caesar shed no blood at all,
54   Did not offend, nor were not worthy blame,
55   If this foul deed were by to equal it:
56   He was a man; this, in respect, a child:
57   And men ne'er spend their fury on a child.
58   What's worse than murderer, that I may name it?
59   No, no, my heart will burst, and if I speak:
60   And I will speak, that so my heart may burst.
61   Butchers and villains! bloody cannibals!
62   How sweet a plant have you untimely cropp'd!
63   You have no children, butchers! if you had,
64   The thought of them would have stirr'd up remorse:
65   But if you ever chance to have a child,
66   Look in his youth to have him so cut off
67   As, deathmen, you have rid this sweet young prince!
KING EDWARD IV
68   Away with her; go, bear her hence perforce.
QUEEN MARGARET
69   Nay, never bear me hence, dispatch me here,
70   Here sheathe thy sword, I'll pardon thee my death:
71   What, wilt thou not? then, Clarence, do it thou.
CLARENCE
72   By heaven, I will not do thee so much ease.
QUEEN MARGARET
73   Good Clarence, do; sweet Clarence, do thou do it.
CLARENCE
74   Didst thou not hear me swear I would not do it?
QUEEN MARGARET
75   Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself:
76   'Twas sin before, but now 'tis charity.
77   What, wilt thou not? Where is that devil's butcher,
78   Hard-favour'd Richard? Richard, where art thou?
79   Thou art not here: murder is thy alms-deed;
80   Petitioners for blood thou ne'er put'st back.
KING EDWARD IV
81   Away, I say; I charge ye, bear her hence.
QUEEN MARGARET
82   So come to you and yours, as to this Prince!
Exit, led out forcibly

KING EDWARD IV
83   Where's Richard gone?
CLARENCE
84   To London, all in post; and, as I guess,
85   To make a bloody supper in the Tower.
KING EDWARD IV
86   He's sudden, if a thing comes in his head.
87   Now march we hence: discharge the common sort
88   With pay and thanks, and let's away to London
89   And see our gentle queen how well she fares:
90   By this, I hope, she hath a son for me.
Exeunt
91   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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