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King Henry the Sixth:
Edward, Prince of Wales, his Son.
Duke of Somerset. Duke of Exeter.
- Earl of Oxford. Earl of Northum- Lords on K. berland. Earl of Westmoreland. (Henry's side. Lord Clifford..
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York:
Edward, Earl of March, afterwards King"
Edmund, Earl of Rutland,
George, afterwards Duke of Clarence,
Marquis of Montague,
of the Duke of York's
Earl of Warwick,
Earl of Pembroke,
Sir John Mortimer,
Sir Hugh Mortimer,
Uncles to the Duke of York.
Henry, Earl of Richmond, a Youth.
Lord Rivers, Brother to Lady Grey. Sir William Stanley. Sir John Montgomery. Sir John Somerville. Tutor to Rutland. Mayor of York. Lieutenant of the Tower. A Nobleman. Two Keepers. A Huntsman. A Son that has killed his Father. A Father that has killed his Son.
Lady Grey, afterwards Queen to Edward IV.
Soldiers, and other Attendants on King Henry and
SCENE, during part of the third Act, in France; during all the rest of the Play, in England.
THIRD PART OF
KING HENRY VI.
SCENE I. London. The Parliament-House.
Drums. Some Soldiers of York's Party break in. Then, Enter the Duke of YORK, EDWARD, RI CHARD, NORFOLK, MONTAGUE, WARWICK, and Others, with white Roses in their Hats.
War. I wonder, how the king escap'd our hands. York. While we pursu'd the horsemen of the north,
He slily stole away, and left his men: Whereat the great lord of Northumberland, Whose warlike ears could never brook retreat, 'Cheer'd up the drooping army; and himself, 'Lord Clifford, and lord Stafford, all a-breast, Charg'd our main battle's front, and, breaking in, 'Were by the swords of common soldiers slain. Edw. Lord Stafford's father, duke of Buckingham, Is either slain, or wounded dangerous:
I cleft his beaver with a downright blow;
That this is true, father, behold his blood.
[Showing his bloody Sword.
1 Third Part of King Henry VI.] This play is only divided from the former for the convenience of exhibition; for the series of action is continued without interruption, nor are any two scenes of any play more closely connected than the first scene of this play with the last of the former. JOHNSON.
Mont. And, brother, here's the earl of Wiltshire's [To YORK, showing his. Whom I encounter'd as the battles join'd.
Rich. Speak thou for me, and tell them what I did. [Throwing down the Duke of SOMERSET'S Head. *York. Richard hath best deserv'd of all my
What, is your grace dead, my lord of Somerset? Norf. Such hope have all the line of John of Gaunt!
Rich. Thus do I hope to shake king Henry's head. War. And so do I.-Victorious prince of York, Before I see thee seated in that throne
Which now the house of Lancaster usurps,
• And this the regal seat: possess it York:
York. Assist me then, sweet Warwick, and I will; • For hither we have broken in by force.
Norf. We'll all assist you; he, that flies, shall die, York. Thanks, gentle Norfolk,-Stay by me, my lords;
And, soldiers, stay, and lodge by me this night. War. And, when the king comes, offer him no
• Unless he seek to thrust you out by force.
[They retire. *York. The queen, this day, here holds her parliament,
*But little thinks we shall be of her council: * By words, or blows, here let us win our right. Rich. Arm'd as we are, let's stay within this house. War. The bloody parliament shall this be call'd, Unless Plantagenet, duke of York, be king; And bashful Henry depos'd, whose cowardice Hath made us by-words to our enemies.