Whose top branch
And kept low shrubs from winter's powerful wind.
These eyes, that now are dimm'd with death's black veil,16
Have been as piercing as the mid-day sun,
To search the secret treasons of the world:
The wrinkles in my brows, now fill'd with blood,
Were liken'd oft to kingly sepulchres;20
For who liv'd king, but I could dig his grave?
And who durst smile when Warwick bent his brow?
Lo! now my glory in dust and blood;
My parks, my walks, my manors that I had,24
Even now forsake me; and of all my lands
Is nothing left me but my body's length.
Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?
And, live we how we can, yet die we must.28
Enter Oxford and Somerset.
Som. Ah! Warwick, Warwick, wert thou as we are,
We might recover all our loss again.
Even now we heard the news. Ah, couldst thou fly!32
War. Why, then, I would not fly. Ah! Montague,
If thou be there, sweet brother, take my hand,
And with thy lips keep in my soul awhile.
Thou lov'st me not; for, brother, if thou didst,36
Thy tears would wash this cold congealed blood
That glues my lips and will not let me speak.
Come quickly, Montague, or I am dead.
Som. Ah! Warwick, Montague hath breath'd his last;40
And to the latest gasp, cried out for Warwick,
And said, 'Commend me to my valiant brother.'
14 overpeer'd . . . tree: towered above the oak
23 smear'd: is soiled
31 Cf. n.