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Had he been slain, we should have heard the News;
Or had he scap’d, methinks we should have heard
The happy Tidings of his good escape.
my Brother? why is he fo sad?
Ricb. I cannot joy, until I be resolv'd,
Where our right valiant Father is become.
I saw him in the Battel range about,
And watcht him how he singled Clifford forth,
Methought be bore him in the thickest Troop,
As doth a Lion in a Herd of Neat;
Or as a Bear encompass'd round with Dogs,
Who having pincht a few, and made them cry,
The rest stand all aloof, and bark at him.
So far'd our Father with his Enemies,
So fled his Enemies my warlike Father:
Methinks 'tis prize enough to be his Son.
See how the Morning opes her Golden Gates,
And takes her farewel of the glorious - Sun,
How well resembles it the prime of Youth,
Trim'd like a Yonker, prancing to his Love?
Edw. Dazle mine Eyes? or do I see three Suns?
Rich. Three glorious Suns, each one a perfe& Sun,
Not separated with the racking Clouds,
But sever'd in a pale clear-shining Sky.
See, see they join, embrace, and seem to kiss,
As if they vow'd some League inviolable:
Now are they but one Lamp, one Light, one Suna
In this the Heaven figures some Event.
Edw. 'Tis wondrous strange,
The like yet never heard of.
I think it cites us, Brother, to the Field,
That we, the Sons of brave Plantagenet,
Each one already blazing by our Meeds,
Should notwithitanding join our Lights together,
And over-fhine the Earth, as this the World,
Whate'er it bodes, henceforward will I bear
Upon my Target three fair íhining Suns.
Rich. Nay, bear three Daughters :
By your leave, I sp. ak it,
You love the Breeder better than the Male.
Enter a Messenger.
But what art thou, whose heavy Looks foretel
Some dreadful Story hanging on thy Tongue?
Mes. Ah, one that was a wolul looker on,
When as the Noble Duke of York was flain,
Your Princely Father, and my loving Lord.
Edw, Oi, speak no more I for I have heard too much.
Rich. Say how he dy'd, for I will hear it all.
Mef. Environed he was with many Foes,
And stood against them, as the hope of Troy
Against the Greeks, that would have entred Troy.
But Hercules himself must yield to odds ;
And many Stroaks, though with a little Ax,
Hews down and fells the hardest-timber'd Oak.
By many Hands your Father was fubdu'd,
But only slaughter'd by the ireful Arm,
Of unrelenting Clifford, and the Queen:
Who crown'd the gracious Duke in high despight,
Laugh'd in his Face; and when with grief he wept,
The ruthless Queen gave him, to dry his Check,
A Napkin, steeped in the harmless Blood
Of fweet young Rutland, by rough Clifford Nain :
And after many Scorns, many foul Taunts,
They took his Head, and on the Gates of York
They set the same, and there it doth remain,
The saddest spectacle that e’er I view'd.
Edw. Sweet Duke of York, our prop to lean upon,
Now thou art gone, we have no Staff, no Stay,
Oh Clifford, boist'rous Clifford, thou hast flain
The Flower of Europe for his Chivalry,
And treacherously haft thou vanquish'd him,
For Hand to Hand he would have vanquish'd thee.
Now my Soul's Palace is become a Prison:
Ah, would she break from befice, that this my Body
Might in the Ground be closed up in reft;
For never herceforth fhall I joy again,
Never, oh never shall I see more joy.
Rich. I cannot weep, for all my Body's moisture
Scarce serves to quench my Furnace-burning Heart :
Nor can my Tongue unload my Heart's great burthen,
For self-fame Wind that I should speak withal,
Is kindling Coals that fire up all my Breast,
And burn me up with Flimes, that Tears would quench.
To weep, is to make less the depth of Grief:
Tears then for Babes; Blows and Revenge for me.
Richard, I bear thy Name, I'll venge thy Death,
Or die renowned by attempting it.
Edw. His Name that valiant Duke hath left with th:e: His Dukedom, and his Chair with me is left.
Rich. Nay, if thou be that Princely Eagle's Bird, Shew
thy descent, by gazing 'gainst the Sun: For Chair and Dukedom, Throne and Kingdom say, Either that is thine, or else thou wert not his. March. Enter Warwick, Marquess of Montague, and
their Army. War. How now, fair Lords? what fare? what News abroad?
Rich. Great Lord of Warwick, if we should recount Our baleful News, and at each Word's deliverance Stab Poinards in our Flesh, 'till all were told, The Words would add more anguish than the Wounds. , valiant Lord, the Duke of York is lliin.
Edw. O, Warwick! Warwick! that Plantagenet,
Which held thee dearly as his Soul's Redemption,
Is by the stern Lord Clifford done to Death.
War. Ten days ago I drown'd these News in tears,
And now to add more measure to your Woes,
I come to tell you things fith then befaln.
After the bloody Fray at Wakefield fought,
Where your brave Father fought his latest Gafp,
Tidings, as swiftly as the Poft could ren,
Were brought me of your Lofs, and his depart.
I then in London, Keeper of the King,
Muster'd my Soldiers, gather'd flocks of Friends,
March'd towards S. Albans to intercept the Q eel,
Bearing the King in my behalf along :
For by my Scouts I was advertised
That she was coming, with a full intent
To dash our late Decree in Parliament,
Touching King Henry's Oath, ard your Succession:
Short Tale to make, we at St. Albans mer,
Our Battels join'd, and both sides Gercely fought;
But whether 'twas the coldness of the King,
Who lock'd full gently on his Warlike Queen,
That robb’d my Soldiers of their heated Spleen;
Or whether 'twas report of her Success,
Or more than common fear of Clifford's Rigour,
Who thunders to his Captives Blood and Death,
I cannot judge ; but to conclude with Truth,
Their Weapons like to Lightning, came and went :
Our Soldiers like the Night Owl's lazy fight,
Or like a lazy Thresher with a Flail,
Fell gently down, as if they struck their Friends.
I cheer'd them up with Justice of our Cause,
With Promise of high Pay, and great Reward :
But all in vain, they had no heart to fight,
And we, in th:m, no hope to win the Day,
So that we'A:d; the King unto the Queen,
Lord George your Brother, Norfolk, and my self,
In haste, Poft-haste, are come to join with you:
For in the Marches here we heard you were,
Making another Head, to fight again,
Edw. Where is the Duke of Norfolk, gentle Warwick?
And when came George from Burgundy to England?
War. Some fix miles off the Duke is with the Soldiers;
'And for your Brother, he was lately sent
From your kind Aunt, Dutchess of Burgundy,
With aid of Soldiers to this needful War.
Rich. 'Twas odds belike when valiant Warwick fled;
Oft have I heard his Praises in Pursuit,
But ne'er, 'till now, his Scandal of Retire.
War. Nor now my Scandal, Richard, dost thou hear :
For thou shalt know this strong right Hand of mine
Can pluck the Diadem from faint Henry's Head,
And wring the awful Scepter from his Fift,
Were he as famous, and as bold in War,
And he is fam'd for Mildness, Peace and Prayer.
Rich. I knew it well, Lord Warwick, blame me not,
'Tis love I bear thy Glories makes me speak.
But in this troublous time what's to be done?
Shall we go throw away our Coats of Steel,
And wrap our Bodies in black mourning Gowns,
Numb'ring our Ave Maries with our Beads.
Or shall we on the Helmets of our Foes,
Tell our Devotion with revengeful Arms?
If for the last, say Ay, and to it Lords.
War. Why therefore Warwick came to seek you out,
And therefore comes my Brother Montague:
Attend me Lords, the proud insulting Queen,
With Clifford, and the kaught Northumberland,
And of their Feather many more proud Birds,
Have wrought the easie-melting King, like Wax ;
He swore consent to your Succession,
His Oath enrolled in the Parliament,
And now to London all the Crew are gone,
To frustrate both his Oath, and what beside
May make against the House of Lancaster.
Their Power, I think, is thirty thousand strong :
Now if the help of Norfolk, and my self,
With all the Friends that thou brave Earl of March,
Amozgst the loving Welchmen, canst procure,
Will but amount to five and twenty thousand,
Why Via! to London will we march,
And once again bestride our foaming Steeds,
And once again cry, Charge upon our Foes,
But never once again turn back and fly.
Rich. Ay, now methinks I hear great Warwick speak;
Ne'er may he live to see a Sunshine Day,
That crys Retire, if Warwick bid him stay.
Edw. Lord Warwick, on thy Shoulder will I lean,
And when thou fail'lt (as God forbid the Hour)
Must Edward fall, which peril Heaven forfend.
War. No longer Earl of March, but Duke of Tork :
The next degree is England's Royal Throne:
For King of England shalt thou be proclaim'd
In every Borough as we pass along,
And he that throws not up his Cap for Joy,
Shall for the fault make forfeit of his Head.
King Edward, valiant Richard, Montague,
Stay we no longer, dreaming of Renown,
But sound the Trumpets, and about our Task.
Rich. Then Clifford, were thy Heart as hard as Steel,
As thou hast thewn it flinty by chy Deeds,
I come to pierce it, or to give thee mine.
Edw. Then strike up Drums, God and St. George for us.