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That we are those which chased you from the field 90
North. Yes, Warwick, I remember it to my grief;
West. Plantagenet, of thee and these thy sons,
Clif: Urge it no more; lest that, instead of words,
100 War. Poor Clifford! how I scoru his worthless threats!
York. Will you we show our title to the crown?
K. Hlen. What title hast thou, traitor, to the crown?
War. Talk not of France, sith thou hast lost it all. 110
K. Hen. The lord protector lost it, and not I: When I was crown'd I was but nine months old. Rich. You are old enough now, and yet, methinks, you
lose. Father, tear the crown from the usurper's head.
Elv. Sweet father, do so; set it on your head.
Mont. Good brother, as thou lovest and honourest arms, Let's fight it out and not stand cavilling thus.
Rich. Sound drums and trumpets, and the king will fly.
K. Hen. [Aside] I know not what to say; my title's
weak. Tell me, may not a king adopt an heir?
York. What then?
K. llen. An if he may, then am I lawful king;
140 York. Ile rose against him, being his sovereign, And made him to resiun his crown perforce.
War. Suppose, my lords, lie did it unconstrain’d, Think you 'twere prejudicial to his crown?
Ere. No; for he could not so resign his crown But that the next heir should succeed and reign.
K. Hen. Art thou against us, Duke of Exeter? Ere. His is the righi, and therefore pardon me. York. Why whisper you, my lords, and answer not? Ere. My conscience iells me he is lawful king. 150 K. llen. (Axude] All will revolt from me, and turn to him. North. Plantagenet, for all the claim thou lay'st, Think not that Henry shall be so deposcd.
War. Deposed he shall be, in despite of all.
North. Thou art deceived: 'lis not thy southern power, Of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, nor of Kent, Which makes thee thus presumptuons and proud, Can set the duke up in despite of me.
Clif: King Henry, bc thy title right or wrong, Lord Clifford vows to fight in thy defence:
160 May that ground gape and swallow me alive, Where I shall kncel to him that slew my father!
K. llen. O Clifford, how thy words revive my heart! York. JIenry of Lancaster, resign thy crown. What mutter you, or what conspire you, lords?
War. Do right unto this princely Duke of York, Or I will fill the house with armed men,
And over the chair of state, where now he sits, i Write up his title with usurping blood.
[Ile stamps with his foot, and the Soldiers shor themselres. K. Hen. My Lord of Warwick, hear me but one word: Let me for this my life-time reign as king.
171 York. Confirm ihe crown to me and to mine heirs, And thou shalt reign in quiet while thou livest.
king. I am content: Richard Plantagenet, Enjoy the kingdom after my decease.
Clif. What wrong is this into the prince your son!
C'if. How hast thou injured both thyself and us!
180 North. Nor I. Clif. Comc, cousin, let us tell the queen these news.
West. Farewell, faint-hearted and degenerate king, In whose cold blood no spark of honour bides.
North. Be thou a prey unto the house of York, And die in bands for this unmanly deed!
Clif. Ia dreadful war mayst thou be overcoine, Or live in peace abandon'd and despised!
[Ereunt North., Clifl., and West. War. Turn this way, Henry, and regard them not. Eve. They seek revenge and therefore will not yield. K. Hen. Ah, Exeter!
Why should you sigli, my lord? K. Hen. Not for myself, Lord Warwick, but my son, Whom I unnaturally shall disinherit. But be ii as it may: I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs for ever; Conditionally, that here thou take an oath To cease this civil war, and, whilst I live, To honour me as thy king and sovereign, And neither by treason nor hostility To seek to put me down and reign thyself.
200 York. This oath I willingly take and will perform.
War. Long live King Henry! Plantagenet, embrace him.
K. Hen. And long live thou and these thy forward sons!
[Sennet. Here they come down.
[Ereint York and his Sons, Warwick, Norfolk, Montague, their Soldiers, and Attendants. K. Hen. And I, with grief and sorrow, to the court. 210 Enter QUEEN MARGARET and the PRINCE OF WALES. Ere. Here comes the queen, whose looks bewray her
anger: I'll steal away. K. Hen. Exeter, so will I.
Mar. Nay, go not from me; I will follow thce.
yar. Who can be patient in such extremes?
Ah, wretched man! would I had died a maid,
Prince. Father, you cannot disiplcrit me: If you be king, why should not I succeed?
K. Hen. Pardon me, Margaret; pardon mc, sweet son: The Earl of Warwick and the duke enforced me. R. Mar. Enforced thee! art thou king, and wilt be forced ?
230 I shame to hear thee speak. Ah, timorous wretch! Thou hast undone thyself, thy son and ine; And given unto the liouse of York such head As thou shalt reign but by their sufferánce. To entail him and his heirs unto the crown, What is it, but to make thy sepulchre And creep into it far before thiy time? Warwick is chancellor and the lord of Calais; Stern Falconbridge commands the narrow seas; The duke is made protector of the realın;
240 And yet thou shalt be safe? such safety tinds The trembling lamb environed with wolves. Had I been there, which am a silly woman, The soldiers should have toss'd me on their pikes Before I would have granted 10 that act. But thou preferr'st thy life before thine lionour: And seeing thou dost, I here divorce myself Both from thy table, Henry, and thy bed, Until that act of parliament be repeal'd Whereby my son is disinherited,
K. Hen. Stay, gentle Margaret, and hear me spcak.
gone. K. Hen. Gentle son Edward, thou wilt stay with me? l. Mar. Ay, to be murder'd by his enemies. 260
Prince. When I return with victory from the field
[Ereunt Queen Margaret and the Prince.
Exe. And I, I hope, shall reconcile them all. [Exeunt.
SCENE II. Sandal Castle.
Enter the DUKE OF YORK.
Edu. No quarrel, but a slight contention.
Rich. About that which concerns your grace and us;
York. Mine, boy? not till King Henry be dead. 10 Rich. Your right depends not on his \ife or death.
Elio. Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it now: By giving the house of Lancaster leave to breathe, It will outrun you, father, in the end.
York. I took an oath that he should quietly reign.
Elo. But for a kingdom any oath may be broken:
Rich. An oath is of no moment, being not took