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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
    To execute the like vpon thy selfe,
    1130And so haue at thee.
    Alarmes. They fight, and then enters Warwike
    and rescues Richard, & then exeunt omnes.
    Alarme still, and then enter Henry solus.
    1135Hen. Oh gratious God of heauen looke downe on vs,
    And set some endes to these incessant griefes,
    How like a mastlesse ship vpon the seas,
    This woful battaile doth continue still,
    Now leaning this way, now to that side driue,
    1140And none doth know to whom the daie will fall.
    O would my death might staie these ciuilliars!
    Would I had neuer raind, nor nere bin king,
    Margret and Clifford, chide me from the fielde,
    Swearing they had best successe when I was thence.
    1145Would God that I were dead so all were well,
    Or would my crowne suffice, I were content
    To yeeld it them and liue a priuate life.
    Enter a souldier with a dead man in his armes.
    Sould Il blowes the wind that profits no bodie,
    This man that I haue slaine in fight to daie,
    Maie be possessed of some store of crownes,
    1195And I will search to find them if I can,
    But stay. Me thinkes it is my fathers face,
    1200Oh I tis he whom I haue slaine in fight,
    From London was I prest out by the king,
    My father he came on the part of Yorke,
    And in this conflict I haue slaine my father:
    Oh pardon God, I knew not what I did,
    And pardon father, for I knew thee not.
    Enter another souldier with a dead man.
    2. Sould.