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Rich. Say how he died, for I will hear it all.
Mess. Environed he was with many foes; And stood against them as the hope of Troy Against the Greeks, that would have enter'd Troy. But Hercules himself must yield to odds;. And many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timberd oak. By many hands your father was subdu’d; But only slaughter'd by the ireful arm Of unrelenting Clifford, and the queen: Who crown’d the gracious duke, in high despite; Laugh’d in his face; and, when with grief he wept, The ruthless queen gave him, to dry his cheeks, A napkin steeped in the harmless blood Of sweet young Rutland, by rough Clifford slain : 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 viewed.
Edw. Sweet duke of York, our prop to lean upon; Now thou art gone, we have no staff, no stay !O Clifford, boist'rous Clifford, thou hast slain The flower of Europe for his chivalry; And treacherously hast 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 hence! that this my body Might in the ground be closed up in rest : For never henceforth shall I joy again, Never, O 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 burden;
Edw. His name that valiant duke hath left with thee; His dukedom and his chair with me is left.
Rich. Nay, if thou be that princely eagle's bird, Show 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 and Montague, with Forces. War. How now, fair lords? What fare? what news
Edw. O Warwick! Warwick! that Plantagenet,
War. Ten days ago I drown'd these news in tears :
Were brought me of your loss, and his depart.
Edw. Where is the duke of Norfolk, gentle Warwick? And when came George from Burgundy to England ?
War. Some six miles off the duke is with the soldiers : And for your brother,—he was lately sent From your kind aunt, duchess 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 sceptre from his fist; Were he as famous and as bold in war, As he is fam’d for mildness, peace, and prayer.
Rich. I know 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-Marias 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 haught Northumberland, And of their feather, many more proud birds, Have wrought the easy-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,
Rich. Ay, now, methinks, I hear great Warwick speak:
Edw. Lord Warwick, on thy shoulder will I lean; And when thou fall'st, (as God forbid the hour !) Must Edward fall, which peril heaven forefend !
War. No longer earl of March, but duke of York; 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 shown it flinty by thy deeds) I come to pierce it,-or to give thee mine. Edw. Then strike up, drums;-God, and Saint George,
for us !