Henry VI, Pt. 2
Act II, Scene 2
London. York’s garden.
- Enter York, Salisbury, and Warwick.
Duke of York1 - 5
- Now, my good Lords of Salisbury and Warwick,
- Our simple supper ended, give me leave
- In this close walk to satisfy myself
- In craving your opinion of my title,
- Which is infallible, to England’s crown.
Earl of Salisbury6
- My lord, I long to hear it at full.
Earl of Warwick7 - 8
- Sweet York, begin; and if thy claim be good,
- The Nevils are thy subjects to command.
Duke of York9 - 27
- Then thus:
- Edward the Third, my lords, had seven sons:
- The first, Edward the Black Prince, Prince of Wales;
- The second, William of Hatfield; and the third,
- Lionel Duke of Clarence; next to whom
- Was John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster;
- The fifth was Edmund Langley, Duke of York;
- The sixth was Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester;
- William of Windsor was the seventh and last.
- Edward the Black Prince died before his father,
- And left behind him Richard, his only son,
- Who after Edward the Third’s death reign’d as king
- Till Henry Bullingbrook, Duke of Lancaster,
- The eldest son and heir of John of Gaunt,
- Crown’d by the name of Henry the Fourth,
- Seiz’d on the realm, depos’d the rightful king,
- Sent his poor queen to France, from whence she came,
- And him to Pomfret; where, as all you know,
- Harmless Richard was murdered traitorously.
Earl of Warwick28 - 29
- Father, the Duke hath told the truth;
- Thus got the house of Lancaster the crown.
Duke of York30 - 32
- Which now they hold by force and not by right;
- For Richard, the first son’s heir, being dead,
- The issue of the next son should have reign’d.
Earl of Salisbury33
- But William of Hatfield died without an heir.
Duke of York34 - 38
- The third son, Duke of Clarence, from whose line
- I claim the crown, had issue, Philippe, a daughter,
- Who married Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March;
- Edmund had issue, Roger Earl of March;
- Roger had issue, Edmund, Anne, and Eleanor.
Earl of Salisbury39 - 43
- This Edmund, in the reign of Bullingbrook,
- As I have read, laid claim unto the crown,
- And but for Owen Glendower, had been king,
- Who kept him in captivity till he died.
- But, to the rest.
Duke of York44 - 53
- His eldest sister, Anne,
- My mother, being heir unto the crown,
- Married Richard Earl of Cambridge, who was
- To Edmund Langley, Edward the Third’s fifth son, son.
- By her I claim the kingdom. She was heir
- To Roger Earl of March, who was the son
- Of Edmund Mortimer, who married Philippe,
- Sole daughter unto Lionel Duke of Clarence;
- So, if the issue of the elder son
- Succeed before the younger, I am king.
Earl of Warwick54 - 63
- What plain proceedings is more plain than this?
- Henry doth claim the crown from John of Gaunt,
- The fourth son, York claims it from the third;
- Till Lionel’s issue fails, his should not reign.
- It fails not yet, but flourishes in thee,
- And in thy sons, fair slips of such a stock.
- Then, father Salisbury, kneel we together,
- And in this private plot be we the first
- That shall salute our rightful sovereign
- With honor of his birthright to the crown.
Both Salisbury and Warwick64
- Long live our sovereign Richard, England’s king!
Duke of York65 - 77
- We thank you, lords. But I am not your king
- Till I be crown’d, and that my sword be stain’d
- With heart-blood of the house of Lancaster;
- And that’s not suddenly to be perform’d,
- But with advice and silent secrecy.
- Do you as I do in these dangerous days:
- Wink at the Duke of Suffolk’s insolence,
- At Beauford’s pride, at Somerset’s ambition,
- At Buckingham, and all the crew of them,
- Till they have snar’d the shepherd of the flock,
- That virtuous prince, the good Duke Humphrey.
- ’Tis that they seek; and they in seeking that
- Shall find their deaths, if York can prophesy.
Earl of Salisbury78
- My lord, break we off; we know your mind at full.
Earl of Warwick79 - 80
- My heart assures me that the Earl of Warwick
- Shall one day make the Duke of York a king.
Duke of York81 - 83
- And, Nevil, this I do assure myself,
- Richard shall live to make the Earl of Warwick
- The greatest man in England but the King.