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Speeches (Lines) for Edmond, Earl of Rutland
in "Henry VI, Part III"

Total: 7

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(stage directions). [Alarums. Enter RUTLAND and his Tutor]

Edmond, Earl of Rutland. Ah, whither shall I fly to 'scape their hands?
Ah, tutor, look where bloody Clifford comes!



Lord Clifford. How now! is he dead already? or is it fear
That makes him close his eyes? I'll open them.

Edmond, Earl of Rutland. So looks the pent-up lion o'er the wretch
That trembles under his devouring paws;
And so he walks, insulting o'er his prey,
And so he comes, to rend his limbs asunder.
Ah, gentle Clifford, kill me with thy sword,
And not with such a cruel threatening look.
Sweet Clifford, hear me speak before I die.
I am too mean a subject for thy wrath:
Be thou revenged on men, and let me live.



Lord Clifford. In vain thou speak'st, poor boy; my father's blood
Hath stopp'd the passage where thy words should enter.

Edmond, Earl of Rutland. Then let my father's blood open it again:
He is a man, and, Clifford, cope with him.



(stage directions). [Lifting his hand]

Edmond, Earl of Rutland. O, let me pray before I take my death!
To thee I pray; sweet Clifford, pity me!



Lord Clifford. Such pity as my rapier's point affords.

Edmond, Earl of Rutland. I never did thee harm: why wilt thou slay me?



Lord Clifford. Thy father hath.

Edmond, Earl of Rutland. But 'twas ere I was born.
Thou hast one son; for his sake pity me,
Lest in revenge thereof, sith God is just,
He be as miserably slain as I.
Ah, let me live in prison all my days;
And when I give occasion of offence,
Then let me die, for now thou hast no cause.



(stage directions). [Stabs him]

Edmond, Earl of Rutland. Di faciant laudis summa sit ista tuae!