I shall be, if I claim by open war.
I'll prove the contrary, if you'll hear me speak.
Thou canst not, son; it is impossible.
An oath is of no moment, being not took
Before a true and lawful magistrate,
That hath authority over him
Henry had none, but did usurp the place;
Then, seeing 'twas he that made you to depose,
oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous.
Therefore, to arms! And, father, do but think
How sweet a thing it is to
wear a crown;
Within whose circuit is Elysium
And all that poets feign of bliss and joy.
Why do we finger
thus? I cannot rest
Until the white rose that I wear be dyed
Even in the lukewarm blood of Henry's heart.
Richard, enough; I will be king, or die.
Brother, thou shalt to London presently,
And whet on Warwick to
Thou, Richard, shalt to the Duke of Norfolk,
And tell him privily of our intent.
shall unto my Lord Cobham,
With whom the Kentishmen will willingly rise:
In them I trust; for they are
Witty, courteous, liberal, full of spirit.
While you are thus employ'd, what resteth more,
But that I
seek occasion how to rise,
And yet the king not privy to my drift,
Nor any of the house of Lancaster?
Enter a Messenger
But, stay: what news? Why comest thou in such post?
The queen with all the northern earls and lords
Intend here to besiege you in your castle:
She is hard by
with twenty thousand men;
And therefore fortify your hold, my lord.
Ay, with my sword. What! think'st thou that we fear them?
Edward and Richard, you shall stay with me;
brother Montague shall post to London:
Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,
Whom we have left
protectors of the king,
With powerful policy strengthen themselves,
And trust not simple Henry nor his
Brother, I go; I'll win them, fear it not:
And thus most humbly I do take my leave.
Enter JOHN MORTIMER and HUGH MORTIMER
Sir John and Sir Hugh Mortimer, mine uncles,
You are come to Sandal in a happy hour;
The army of the
queen mean to besiege us.
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