Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: Samuel Daniel
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
Peer Reviewed

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



O war! begot in pride and luxury,

The child of wrath and of dissension,

Horrible good; mischief necessary,

The foul reformer of confusion,

Unjust-just scourge of our iniquity,


Cruel recurer of corruption:

O, that these sin-sick states in need should stand

To be let blood with such a boisterous hand!