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K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you stand by

us? Glo. Ay, in despight of all that shall withstand you.

K. Edw. Why so; then am I sure of victory. Now therefore let us hence; and lose no hour, 'Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power.



Warwickshire. Enter WARWICK, and OXFORD, with

French Soldiers.

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War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well; The common people by numbers swarm to us. 151

But, see, where Somerset and Clarence comes;-
Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends ?

Clar, Fear not that, my lord.
War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto War-

And welcome, Somerset :- I hold it cowardice,
To rest mistrustful where a noble heart
Hath pawn'd an open hand in sign of love;
Else might I think, that Clarence, Edward's brother,
Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings : 160
But welcome, Clarence; my daughter shall be thine.
And now what rests, but, in night's coverture, .


Thy brother being carelessly encamp'd,
His soldiers lurking in the towns about,
And but attended by a simple guard,
We may surprise and take him at our pleasure ?
Our scouts have found the adventure very easy :
That as Ulysses, and stout Diomede,
With slight and manhood stole to Rhesus' tents,
And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds ;
So we, well cover'd with the night's black mantle,
At unawares may beat down Edward's guard,
And seize himself; I say not-slaughter him,
For I intend but only to surprise him.-
You, that will follow me to this attempt, '
Applaud the name of Henry, with your leader.

[They all cry, Henry ! Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort: For Warwick and his friends, God and saint George!




EDWARD's Camp. Enter the Watchmen to guard his


i Watch. Come on my masters, each man take his

stand; The king, by this, is set him down to sleep, 180

2 Watch. What, will he not to bed ? 1 Watch. Why no: for he hath made a solemn VOW,

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Never to lie and take his natural rest,
'Till Warwick, or himself, be quite supprest.

2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, If Warkwick be so near as men report.

3 Watch. But say, I pray, what nobleman is that, That with the king here resteth in his tent? 1 Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the king's chiefest friend.

189 3 Watch. O, is it so ? But why commands the king, That his chief followers lodge in towns about him, While he himself keepeth in the cold field ? 2 Watch. 'Tis the more honour, because more dan

3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship, and quietness,
I like it better than a dangerous honour.
If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,
'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him.
1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shut


2 Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal

tent, But to defend his person from night-foes ?



and French Soldiers, silent all.

War. This is his tent; and see, where stand his

guard. Courage, my masters: honour now, or never! But follow me, and Edward shall be ours.

1 Watch,

1 Watch. Who goes there? 2 Watch. Stay, or thou diest. [WARWICK, and the Rest, cry allWarwick !

Warwick ! and set upon the Guard; who fly, crying-Arm! Arm! WARWICK, and the Rest, following them.

The Drum beating, and Trumpets sounding. Enter WARWICK, SOMERSET, and the Rest, bringing

the King out in a Gown, sitting in a Chair: GLOSTER and HASTINGS fly over the Stage.

Som. What are they that fly there?
War. Richard, and Hastings : let them go, here's

the duke. K. Edw. The duke! why, Warwick, when we

parted last, Thou calld'st me king ! War. Ay, but the case is alterid:

210 When you disgrac'd me in my embassage, Then I degraded you from being king, And come now to create you duke of York. Alas! how should you govern any kingdom, That know not how to use embassadors ; Nor how to be contented with one wife; Nor how to use your brothers brotherly ; Nor how to study for the people's welfare ; Nor how to shrowd yourself from enemies? K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here too?


Nay, then I see, that Edward needs must down.-
Yet, Warwick, in despight of all mischance,
Of thee thyself, and all thy complices,
Edward will always bear himself as king:
Though fortune's malice overthrow my state,
My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.
War. Then, for his mind, be Edward England's
king :

[Takes off his Crown.
But Henry now shall wear the English crown,
And be true king indeed; thon but the shadow.--
My lord of Somerset, at my request,

230 See that forthwith duke Edward be convey'd Unto my brother, archbishop of York. When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, I'll follow you, and tell what answer Lewis, and the lady Bona, send to him :Now, for a while, farewel, good duke of York. K. Edw. What fates impose, that men must needs

abide; It boots not to resist both wind and tide, [Exit King EDWARD,

led cut. Oxf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do, But march to London with our soldiers ?

240 War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have to do; To free king Henry from imprisonment, And see him seated in the regal throne. Exeunt.


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