Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: Samuel Daniel
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
Peer Reviewed

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


Thus doth contentious proud mortality

Afflict each other and itself torment:


And thus, O thou mind-tort[u]ring misery

Restless ambition, born in discontent,

Turn'st and retossest with iniquity

The unconstant courses frailty did invent:

And foul'st fair order and defil'st the earth


Fost[e]ring up war, father of blood and dearth.