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Shall be my winding sheet. Why faint you,
lords? My title 's good, and better far than his.
War. Prove it, Henry, and thou shalt be king.
K. Hen. I know not what to say: my title 's weak.
York. What then?
K. Hen.' An if he may, then am I lawful king;
York. He rose against him, being his sovereign,
War. Suppose, my lords, he did it unconstrain'd, Think you, 't were prejudicial to his crown?
Exe. No; for he could not so resign his crown,
K. Hen. Art thou against us, duke of Exeter?
North. Plantagenet, for all the claim thou lay'st,
War. Depos'd he shall be in despite of all.
North. Thou art deceiv'd: 't is not thy southern power,
Clif. King Henry, be thy title right or wrong,
K. Hen. O Clifford, how thy words revive my heart!
York. Henry of Lancaster, resign thy crown. What mutter you, or what conspire you, lords?
War. Do right unto this princely duke of York,
[He stamps, and the Soldiers show themselves. K. Hen. My lord of Warwick, hear but one word. Let me for this my life-time reign as king.
York. Confirm the crown to me, and to mine heirs, And thou shalt reign in quiet while thou liv'st.
K. Hen. I am content: Richard Plantagenet,
Clif. What wrong is this unto the prince your son?
West. Farewell, faint-hearted and degenerate king,
North. Be thou a prey unto the house of York, And die in bands for this unmanly deed!
Clif. In dreadful war may'st thou be overcome, Or live in peace, abandon'd, and despis'd ! [Exeunt NORTHUMBERLAND,
Why should you sigh, my lord?
And neither by treason, nor hostility,
[Coming from the Throne.
[Sennet. The Lords come forward. York. Farewell, my gracious lord: I'll to my castle. War. And I'll keep London with my soldiers. Norf. And I to Norfolk with my followers. Mont. And I unto the sea from whence I came.
[Exeunt YORK, and his Sons, WARWICK , NORFOLK,
MONTAGUE, Soldiers, and Attendants. K. Hen. And I, with grief and sorrow, to the court.
Enter Queen MARGARET and the Prince of WALES. Exe. Here comes the queen, whose looks bewray her anger: I 'll steal away. K. Hen. Exeter, so will I.
[Going. Q. Mar. Nay, go not from me; I will follow thee. K. Hen. Be patient, gentle queen, and I will stay.
l. Mar. Who can be patient in such extremes?
Prince. Father, you cannot disinherit me.
K. Hen. Pardon me, Margaret; - pardon me, sweet son: The earl of Warwick, and the duke, enforc'd me.
Q. Mar. Enforc'd thee! art thou king, and wilt be forc'd ? I shame to hear thee speak. Ah, timorous wretch! Thou hast undone thyself, thy son, and me, And given unto the house of York such head, As thou shalt reign but by their sufferance. To entail him and his heirs unto the crown, What is it, but to make thy sepulchre, And creep into it far before thy time? Warwick is chancellor, and the lord of Calais; Stern Faulconbridge commands the narrow seas; The duke is made protector of the realm; And yet shalt thou be safe? such safety finds 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 to that act; But thou preferr'st thy life before thine honour : And seeing thou dost, I here divorce myself, Both from thy table, Henry, and thy bed, Until that act of parliament be repeald, Whereby my son is disinherited. The northern lords, that have forsworn thy colours, Will follow mine, if once they see them spread; And spread they shall be, to thy foul disgrace, And utter ruin of the house of York. Thus do I leave thee. - Come, son,
let's away: Our army is ready; come, we'll after them.
K. Hen. Stay, gentle Margaret, and hear me speak.
Prince. When I return with victory from the field,
Exe. And I, I hope, shall reconcile them all. [Exeunt.
Enter EDWARD, RICHARD, and MONTAGUE.
Edw. No quarrel, but a slight contention.
Rich. About that which concerns your grace, and us;
York. Mine, boy? not till king Henry be dead.
Edw. Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it now:
York. I took an oath that he should quietly reign.
Edw. But for a kingdom any oath may be broken:
Rich. No; God forbid, your grace should be forsworn.