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Enter the Queen, Clifford, Northumberland, the
Prince of Wales, and Soldiers.
North. Yield to our Mercy, proud Plantagenet.
Clif. Ay, to such Mercy as his ruthless arm
York. My ashes, as the Phænix, may bring forth
Clif. So cowards fight, when they can fly no further ; So Doves do peck the Faulcon's piercing talons ; So desp'rate thieves, all hopeless of their lives, Breathe out invectives 'gainst the officers.
York. Oh Clifford, but bethink thee once again, And in thy thought o'er-run my former time; And, if thou canst for blushing, view this face, And bite thy tongue that Nanders him with cowardise, Whose frown hath made thee faint, and fly ere this.
Clif. I will not bandy with thee word for word. But buckle with thee blows twice two for one. [Draws.
Queen. Hold, valiant Clifford; for a thousand causes I would prolong a while the traitor's life. -Wrath makes him deaf. Speak thou, Northumberland.
North. Hold, Clifford; do not honour him so much, To prick thy finger, though to wound his heart. What valour were it, when a cur doch grin, For one to thrust his hand between his teeth, When he might spurn him with his foot away? * It is war's prize to take all 'vantages ; * Noon-tide prick, or noon-tide
I think the old reading right, point on the dial.
which means, that all vantages ? It is war's Priz-] Read are in war lawful prize ; that is, PRAISE. WARBURTON. may be lawfully taken and wed.
And ten to one is no impeach of valour.
[They lay bands on York, who struggles. Clif. Ay, ay, lo strives the woodcock with the gin, Norib. So doth the cony struggle in the net.
(York is taken Prisoner, York. So triumph thieves upon their conquer'd booty; So true men yield with robbers fo o'er-matcht. North. What would your Grace have done unto him
now? Queen. Brave warriors, Clifford and Northumberland, Come make him stand upon this mole-hill here; That raught at mountains with out-stretched arms, Yet parted but the shadow with his hand. --What! was it you that would be England's King? Was't you, that revell’d in our Parliament, And made a preachment of your high Descent? Where are your mess of fons to back you now, The wanton Edward, and the lusty George ! And where's that valiant crook-back’a Prodigy, Dicky your boy, that with his grumbling voice Was wont to cheer his Dad in mutinies? Or, with the rest, where is your darling Rutland? Look York; I fained ? this napkin with the blood, Thar valiant Clifford with his rapier's point Made issue from the bofom of the boy : And if thine eyes can water for his death, I give thee this to dry thy cheeks withal. Alas! poor York; but that I hate thee deadly, I should lament thy miserable state, I pr’ythee, grieve, to make me merry, York. What, hath thy fiery heart so parche thine Entrails, That not a tear can fall for Ruitland's death? Why art thou patient, man? thou shouldit be mad; And I, to make thee mad, do mock thee thus: Stamp, rave and fret, that I may sing and dance. Thou wouldst be feed, I see, to make me sport :
* This nupkin.) A napkin is an handkerchief.
York cannot speak, unless he wear a Crown.
[Putting a Paper Crown on bis Head.
3 And whilst we breathe, take time to do him dead.
Cliff. That is my office, for my father's sake. .
an Amazonian trull, Upon their woes, whom fortune captivates ? But that thy face is vizor-like, unchanging, Made impudent with use of evil deeds, I would assay, proud Queen, to make thee blush. To tell thee whence thou cam'ft, of whom deriv’d, Were shame enough to shame thee, wert thou not
shameless : Thy father bears the type of King of Naples, Of both the Sicils and Jerusalem, Yet not so wealthy as an English yeoman. Hath that poor monarch taught thee to insult ? It needs not, nor it boots thee not, proud Queen, Unless the adage must be verify'd, " That beggars, mounted, run their horse to death."
'Tis Beauty that doth oft make women proud ;
North. Beshrew me, but his passions move me so ; That hardly can I check mine eyes from tears.
York. That face of his the hungry Cannibals Would not have touch'd,+ would not have stain'd with blood :
3 'Tis government that makes better authority have it thus,
them feem divine] Govern That face of his the hungry caniment, in the language of that bals cime, signified evenness of tem Would not have toucb'd, would per, and decency of manners. not have staind with blood. 4 Wculd not bave staind the And this is sense.
roses juft WITH BLOOD ;] one now have believed that an So the second folio nonsensically editor of common understanding reads the passage ; but the old should reject this, and faften quarto, and first folio editions of upon the nonsense of a latter
But you are more inhuman, more inexorable,
[He gives back the bandkerchief. There-Take the crown; and, with the crown my
North. Had he been Naughter man to all my kin,
with him, To see how inly sorrow gripes his soul. Queen. What, weeping ripe my Lord Northumber.
land ? Think but upon the wrong he did us all, And that will quickly dry thy melting tears. Clif. Here's for my oath, here's for my father's death.
[Stebbing him. Queen. And here's to right our gentle-hearted King.
[Stabs bim, York. Open the gate of mercy, gracious God! My soul flies through these wounds to seek out thee.
edition only because it afforded any meaning in the line it was matter of conjecture : And yet thus expressed, Mr. Theobald will needs correct, Would not have flain'd the roses roles juft with blood, to roses juic'd
jult in bud. with blood, that is, change one And this the 'Oxford Editor hath blundering Editor's nonsense for espoused. WARBURTON. another's, But if there ever was