Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: Samuel Daniel
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
Peer Reviewed

The Civil Wars Between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York (Selection)


But this refus'd, the king, with wrath incens'd,

Rage against fury doth with speed prepare:


And "O," saith he, "though I could have dispens'd

With this day's blood, which I have sought to spare

That greater glory might have recompens'd

The forward worth of these that so much dare,

That we might honor had by th'overthrown


That th'wounds we make, might not have been our own.