Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: Samuel Daniel
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
Peer Reviewed

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


Straight moves with equal motion equal rage


The like incensed armies unto blood,

One to defend, another side to wage

Foul civil war. Both vows their quarrel good:

Ah, too much heat to blood doth now enrage

Both who the deed provokes and who withstood,


That valor here is vice, here manhood sin,

The forward'st hands doth, O, least honor win.