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CHILDREN

Ah, for our father, for our dear lord Clarence!

CHILDREN

Our poor father, Clarence!

DUCHESS

Alas for both, both mine, Edward and Clarence!

DUCHESS

My sons Edward and Clarence!

QUEEN ELIZABETH

What stay had I but Edward? And he’s gone.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

What support did I have other than Edward? And now he’s gone.

CHILDREN

75What stay had we but Clarence? And he’s gone.

CHILDREN

What support did we have besides our father? And now he’s gone.

DUCHESS

What stays had I but they? And they are gone.

DUCHESS

What support did I have besides my two sons? And now they’re both gone.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Was never widow had so dear a loss.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

There has never been a widow who suffered such loss as me.

CHILDREN

Were never orphans had so dear a loss.

CHILDREN

There have never been orphans who’ve suffered what we have.

DUCHESS

Was never mother had so dear a loss.
80Alas, I am the mother of these griefs.
Their woes are parceled; mine are general.
She for an Edward weeps, and so do I;
I for a Clarence weep; so doth not she.
These babes for Clarence weep and so do I;
85I for an Edward weep; so do not they.
Alas, you three, on me, threefold distressed,
Pour all your tears. I am your sorrow’s nurse,
And I will pamper it with lamentations.

DUCHESS

There was never a mother who suffered so much loss. Alas, I am the mother of all these others' griefs. Each of them has a single loss, while I share them all. She weeps for Edward and so do I, while she does not weep for Clarence, though I do. These young children cry for Clarence and so do I, though they don’t cry for Edward, as I do. Alas, all of you can turn to me with your sorrow, because I feel all of it. I will comfort you by adding my own grief to your sorrow.