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  • Title: Henry VI, Part 3 (Octavo 1, 1595)

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Henry VI, Part 3 (Octavo 1, 1595)

    The Tragedie of Richard D. of
    I am a subiect fit to iest withall,
    But far vnfit to be a Soueraigne.
    K Edw. Sweet widdow, by my state I sweare, I speake
    No more then what my hart intends,
    1610And that is to enioie thee for my loue.
    La. And that is more then I will yeeld vnto,
    I know I am too bad to be your Queene,
    And yet too good to be your Concubine.
    K Edw. You cauill widdow, I did meane my Queene.
    1615La. Your grace would be loath my sonnes should call
    you father.
    K Edw. No more then when my daughters call thee
    Mother. Thou art a widow and thou hast some children,
    1620And by Gods mother I being but a bacheler
    Haue other some. Why tis a happy thing
    To be the father of manie children.
    Argue no more, for thou shalt be my Queene.
    Glo. The ghostlie father now hath done his shrift.
    1625Cla. When he was made a shriuer twas for shift.
    K Edw. Brothers, you muse what talke the widdow
    1630And I haue had, you would thinke it strange
    If I should marrie her.
    Cla. Marrie her my Lord, to whom?
    K Edw. Why Clarence to my selfe.
    Glo. That would be ten daies wonder at the least.
    1635Cla. Why thats a daie longer then a wonder lastes.
    Glo. And so much more are the wonders in extreames.
    K Edw. Well, ieast on brothers, I can tell you, hir
    Sute is granted for her husbands lands.
    Enter a Messenger.
    1640Mes. And it please your grace, Henry your foe is