The Bodleian First Folio

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Reference: p2v - Histories, p. 156

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The third Part of King Henry the Sixt. Foreslow no longer, make we hence amaine. Exeunt
[Act 2, Scene 4] Excursions. Enter Richard and Clifford. Rich. Now Clifford, I haue singled thee alone, Suppose this arme is for the Duke of Yorke,
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And this for Rutland, both bound to reuenge, Wer't thou inuironed with a Brazen wall.
Clif, Now Richard, I am with thee heere alone, This is the hand that stabb'd thy Father Yorke, And this the hand, that slew thy Brother Rutland,
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And here's the heart, that triumphs in their death, And cheeres these hands, that slew thy Sire and Brother, To execute the like vpon thy selfe, And so haue at thee.
They Fight, Warwicke comes, Clifford flies. Rich. Nay Warwicke, single out some other Chace,
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For I my selfe will hunt this Wolfe to death.
Exeunt.
[Act 2, Scene 5] Alarum. Enter King Henry alone. Hen. This battell fares like to the mornings Warre, When dying clouds contend, with growing light, What time the Shepheard blowing of his nailes, Can neither call it perfect day, nor night.
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Now swayes it this way, like a Mighty Sea, Forc'd by the Tide, to combat with the Winde: Now swayes it that way, like the selfe‑same Sea, Forc'd to retyre by furie of the Winde. Sometime, the Flood preuailes; and than the Winde:
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Now, one the better: then, another best; Both tugging to be Victors, brest to brest: Yet neither Conqueror, nor Conquered. So is the equall poise of this fell Warre. Heere on this Mole‑hill will I sit me downe,
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To whom God will, there be the Victorie: For Margaret my Queene, and Clifford too Haue chid me from the Battell: Swearing both, They prosper best of all when I am thence. Would I were dead, if Gods good will were so;
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For what is in this world, but Greefe and Woe. Oh God! me thinkes it were a happy life, To be no better then a homely Swaine, To sit vpon a hill, as I do now, To carue out Dialls queintly, point by point,
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Thereby to see the Minutes how they runne: How many makes the Houre full compleate, How many Houres brings about the Day, How many Dayes will finish vp the Yeare, How many Yeares, a Mortall man may liue.
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When this is knowne, then to diuide the Times: So many Houres, must I tend my Flocke;: So many Houres, must I take my Rest: So many Houres, must I Contemplate: So many Houres, must I Sport my selfe:
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So many Dayes, my Ewes haue bene with yong: So many weekes, ere the poore Fooles will Eane: So many yeares, ere I shall sheere the Fleece: So Minutes, Houres, Dayes, Monthes, and Yeares, Past ouer to the end they were created,
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Would bring white haires, vnto a Quiet graue. Ah! what a life were this? How sweet? how louely? Giues not the Hawthorne bush a sweeter shade To Shepheards, looking on their silly Sheepe, Then doth a rich Imbroider'd Canopie
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To Kings, that feare their Subiects treacherie? Oh yes, it doth; a thousand fold it doth. And to conclude, the Shepherds homely Curds,

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His cold thinne drinke out of his Leather Bottle, His wonted sleepe, vnder a fresh trees shade,
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All which secure, and sweetly he enioyes, Is farre beyond a Princes Delicates: His Viands sparkling in a Golden Cup, His bodie couched in a curious bed, When Care, Mistrust, and Treason waits on him.
Alarum. Enter a Sonne that hath killed his Father, at one doore: and a Father that hath killed his Sonne at ano­ ther doore. Son.
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Ill blowes the winde that profits no body, This man whom hand to hand I slew in fight, May be possessed with some store of Crownes, And I that (haply) take them from him now, May yet (ere night) yeeld both my Life and them
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To some man else, as this dead man doth me. Who's this? Oh God! It is my Fathers face, Whom in this Conflict, I (vnwares) have kill'd: Oh heauy times! begetting such Euents. From London, by the King was I prest forth,
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My Father being the Earle of Warwickes man, Came on the part of Yorke, prest by his Master; And I, who at his hands receiu'd my life, Haue by my hands, of Life bereaued him. Pardon me God, I knew not what I did:
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And pardon Father, for I knew not thee. My Teares shall wipe away these bloody markes: And no more words, till they haue flow'd their fill.
King. O pitteous spectacle! O bloody Times! Whiles Lyons Warre, and battaile for their Dennes,
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Poore harmlesse Lambes abide their enmity. Weepe wretched man: Ile ayde thee Teare for Teare, And let our hearts and eyes, like Ciuill Warre, Be blinde with teares, and break ore‑charged with griefe
Enter Father, bearing of his Sonne. Fa. Thou that so stoutly hath resisted me,
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Giue me thy Gold, if thou hast any Gold: For I haue bought it with an hundred blowes. But let me see: Is this our Foe‑mans face? Ah, no, no, no, it is mine onely Sonne., Ah Boy, if any life be left in thee,
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Throw vp thine eye: see, see, what showres arise, Blowne with the windie Tempest of my heart, Vpon thy wounds, that killes mine Eye, and Heart. O pitty God, this miserable Age! What Stragems? how fell? how Butcherly?
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Erreoneous, mutinous, and vnnaturall, This deadly quarrell daily doth beget ? O Boy! thy Father gaue thee life too soone, And hath bereft thee of thy life too late.
King. Wo aboue wo: greefe, more thē them common greefe
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O that my death would stay these ruthfull deeds: O pitty, pitty, gentle heauen pitty: The Red Rose and the White are on his face, The fatall Colours of our striuing Houses: The one, his purple Blood right well resembles,
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The other his pale Cheekes (me thinkes) presenteth: Wither one Rose, and let the other flourish: If you contend, a thousand liues must wither.
Son. How will my Mother, for a Fathers death Take on with me, and ne're be satisfi'd? Fa.
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How will my Wife, for slaughter of my Sonne, Shed seas of Teares, and ne're be satisfi'd?
King. How will the Country, for these woful chances, Mis‑thinke

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[Act 2, Scene 4] Excursions. Enter Richard and Clifford. Rich. Now Clifford, I haue singled thee alone, Suppose this arme is for the Duke of Yorke,
[1045]
And this for Rutland, both bound to reuenge, Wer't thou inuironed with a Brazen wall.
Clif, Now Richard, I am with thee heere alone, This is the hand that stabb'd thy Father Yorke, And this the hand, that slew thy Brother Rutland,
[1050]
And here's the heart, that triumphs in their death, And cheeres these hands, that slew thy Sire and Brother, To execute the like vpon thy selfe, And so haue at thee.
They Fight, Warwicke comes, Clifford flies. Rich. Nay Warwicke, single out some other Chace,
[1055]
For I my selfe will hunt this Wolfe to death.
Exeunt.
 

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