« AnteriorContinuar »
Rich. You are old enough now, and yet, methinks you
Edw. Sweet father, do so; set it on your head.
Rich. Sound drums and trumpets, and the king will fly.
throne, Wherein my grandsire, and my father, sat? No: first shall war unpeople this my realm; Ay, and their colours—often borne in France; And now in England, to our heart's great sorrow,Shall be my winding sheet.-Why faint you, lords ? My title's good, and better far than his. War. But prove it, Henry, and thou shalt be king. K. Hen. Henry the fourth by conquest got the crown. York. 'Twas by rebellion against his king.
K. Hen. I know not what to say; my title's weak. Tell me, may not a king adopt an heir ?
York. What then?
K. Hen. An if he may, than am I lawful king :
Whose heir my father was, and I am his.
York. He rose against him, being his sovereign, And made him to resign his crown perforce.
War. Suppose, my lords, he did it unconstrain'd, Think you, 'twere prejudicial to his crown ?
Exe. No; for he could not so resign his crown, But that the next heir should succeed and reign.
K. Hen. Art thou against us, duke of Exeter? Exe. His is the right, and therefore pardon me. York. Why whisper you, my lords, and answer not? Exe. My conscience tells me he is lawful king. · K. Hen. All will revolt from me, and turn to him. :
North. Plantagenet, for all the claim thou lay'st, Think not, that Henry shall be so depos’d.
War. Depos'd he shall be, in despite of all.
North. Thou art deceiv’d: 'tis 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 :-
War. Do right unto this princely duke of York;
[He stamps, and the Soldiers show themselves.
K. Hen. My lord of Warwick, hear me 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. IIen. I am content: Richard Plantagenet,
Clif. What wrong is this unto the prince your son?
West. Farewell, faint-hearted and degenerate king,
Clif. In dreadful war may’st thou be overcome ! Or live in peace, abandon’d, and despis’d!
[Exeunt North. Clif. and West. War. Turn this way, Henry, and regard them not. Exe. They seek revenge, and therefore will not yield. K. Hen. Ah, Exeter! War. Why should you sigh, my lord ?
K. Hen. Not for myself, lord Warwick, but my son, Whom I unnaturally shall disinherit. But, be it as it may :- I here entail The crown to thee, and to thine heirs for ever; Conditionally, that here thou take an oath To cease this civil war, and, whilst I live, To honour me as thy king and sovereign;
And neither by treason, nor hostility,
[Coming from the Throne. War. Long live king Henry !—Plantagenet, embrace
him. K. Hen. And long live thou, and these thy forward
sons ! York. Now York and Lancaster are reconcild. Exe. Accurs'd be he, that seeks to make them foes!
[Senet. 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.
Enter Queen MARGARET and the Prince of WALES. Ere. Here comes the queen, whose looks bewray her
anger: I'll steal away.
K. Hen. Exeter, so will I.
Q. Mar. Who can be patient in such extremes ?
Or felt that pain which I did for him once;
Prince. Father, you cannot disinherit me:
son; The earl of Warwick, and the duke, enforc'd me. Q. Mar. Enforc'd thee! art thou king, and wilt be