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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)

    To signifie thou camst to bite the world,
    And if the rest be true that I haue heard
    3130Thou camst into the world He stabs him.
    Glo. Die prophet in thy speech, Ile heare
    No more, for this amongst the rest, was I ordainde.
    Hen.I and for much more slaughter after this.
    3135O God forgiue my sinnes, and pardon thee. He dies.
    Glo. What? will the aspiring bloud of Lancaster
    Sinke into the ground, I had thought it would haue
    See how my sward weepes for the poore kings death.
    Now maie such purple teares be alwaies shed,
    3140For such as seeke the downefall of our house.
    If anie sparke of life remaine in thee,
    Stab him againe.
    Downe, downe to hell, and saie I sent thee thither.
    I that haue neither pittie, loue nor feare.
    3145Indeed twas true that Henry told me of,
    For I haue often heard my mother saie,
    That I came into the world with my legs forward,
    And had I not reason thinke you to make hast,
    And seeke their ruines that vsurpt our rights?
    3150The women wept and the midwife cride,
    O Iesus blesse vs, he is borne with teeth.
    And so I was indeed, which plainelie signifide,
    That I should snarle and bite, and plaie the dogge.
    Then since Heauen hath made my bodie so,
    3155Let hell make crookt my mind to answere it.
    I had no father, I am like no father,
    I haue no brothers, I am like no brothers,
    And this word Loue which graybeards tearme diuine,