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Richard Duke Of Yorke Monologue

Richard Duke Of Yorke Monologue by Christopher Marlowe
Character: Queen
Gender: Female
Age (range): ?
Style: Drama
Length: 4 minutes

 

QUEEN: Braue warriors, Clifford & Northumberland
Come make him stand vpon this molehill here,
That aimde at mountaines with outstretched arme,
And parted but the shaddow with his hand.
Was it you that reuelde in our Parlement,
And made a prechment of your high descent?
Where are your messe of sonnes to backe you now?
The wanton Edward, and the lustie George?
Or where is that valiant Crookbacke prodegie?
Dickey your boy, that with his grumbling voice,
Was wont to cheate his Dad in mutinies?
Or amongs the rest, where is your darling Rutland?
Looke Yorke? I dipt this napkin in the bloud,
That valiant Clifford with his rapiers point,
Made issue from the bosome of thy boy.
And if thine eies can water for his death,
I giue thee this to drie thy cheeks withall.
Alas poore Yorke. But that I hate thee much,
I should lament thy miserable state.
I prethee greeue to make me merrie Yorke.
Stampe, raue and fret, that I maie sing and dance.
What? hath thy fierie hart so parcht thine entrailes,
That not a teare can fall for Rutlands death?
Thou wouuldst be feede I see to make me sport.
Yorke cannot speake, vnlesse he weare a crowne.
A crown for Yorke? and Lords bow low to him.
So: hold you his hands, while I doe set it on.
I, now lookes he like a king?
This is he that tooke king Henries chaire,
And this is he was his adopted aire.
But how is it that great Plantagenet,
Is crownd so soone, and broke his holie oath,
As I bethinke me you should not be king,
Till our Henry had shooke hands with death
And will you impale your head with Henries glorie,
And rob his temples of the Diadem
Now in his life against your holie oath?
Oh, tis a fault too too vnpardonable.
Off with the crowne, and with the crowne his head.

Credits: Reprinted from The Works. Christopher Marlowe. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910.