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King Henry VI, Part 2: Act 5 Scene 3
Scene III Fields near St. Alban's.
- [Alarum. Retreat. Enter YORK, RICHARD, WARWICK,
- and Soldiers, with drum and colours]
- Of Salisbury, who can report of him,
- That winter lion, who in rage forgets
- Aged contusions and all brush of time,
- And, like a gallant in the brow of youth,
- Repairs him with occasion? This happy day
- Is not itself, nor have we won one foot,
- If Salisbury be lost.
- My noble father,
- Three times to-day I holp him to his horse,
- Three times bestrid him; thrice I led him off,
- Persuaded him from any further act:
- But still, where danger was, still there I met him;
- And like rich hangings in a homely house,
- So was his will in his old feeble body.
- But, noble as he is, look where he comes.
- [Enter SALISBURY]
- Now, by my sword, well hast thou fought to-day;
- By the mass, so did we all. I thank you, Richard:
- God knows how long it is I have to live;
- And it hath pleased him that three times to-day
- You have defended me from imminent death.
- Well, lords, we have not got that which we have:
- 'Tis not enough our foes are this time fled,
- Being opposites of such repairing nature.
- I know our safety is to follow them;
- For, as I hear, the king is fled to London,
- To call a present court of parliament.
- Let us pursue him ere the writs go forth.
- What says Lord Warwick? shall we after them?
- After them! nay, before them, if we can.
- Now, by my faith, lords, 'twas a glorious day:
- Saint Alban's battle won by famous York
- Shall be eternized in all age to come.
- Sound drums and trumpets, and to London all:
- And more such days as these to us befall!