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Author: William Shakespeare
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Henry VI, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1594)

The first part of the contention of the two famous
Thus like a splitted barke so sunder we.
2130This way fall I to death.
Exet Suffolke.
Queene. This way for me.
Exet Queene.
Enter King and Salsbury, and then the Curtaines be drawne, and
the Cardinall is discouered in his bed, rauing and staring as if he
2133.1were madde.
Car. Oh death, if thou wilt let me liue but one whole yeare,
Ile giue thee as much gold as will purchase such another Iland.
King. Oh see my Lord of Salsbury how he is troubled,
2140Lord Cardinall, remember Christ must saue thy soule.
Car. Why died he not in his bed?
2143.1What would you haue me to do then?
Can I make men liue whether they will or no?
Sirra, go fetch me the strong poison which the Pothicary sent me.
Oh see where duke Humphreys ghoast doth stand,
And stares me in the face. Looke, looke, coame downe his haire,
2149.1So now hees gone againe: Oh, oh, oh.
Sal. See how the panges of death doth gripe his heart.
King. Lord Cardinall, if thou diest assured of heauenly blisse,
Hold vp thy hand and make some signe to vs.
The Cardinall dies.
Oh see he dies, and makes no signe at all.
2163.1Oh God forgiue his soule.
Salb. So bad an ende did neuer none behold,
2164.1But as his death, so was his life in all.
2165King. Forbeare to iudge, good Salsbury forbeare,
2164.1For God will iudge vs all.
Go take him hence, and see his funerals be performde.
Exet omnes.
Alarmes within, and the chambers be discharged, like as it
2168.1were a fight at sea. And then enter the Captaine of the ship
and the Maister, and the Maisters Mate, & the Duke of Suf-
2169.1folke disguised, and others with him, and Water Whick-
Cap. Bring forward these prisoners that scorn'd to yeeld,
2177.1Vnlade their goods with speed and sincke their ship,
Here Maister, this prisoner I giue to you.