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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
War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well; The common people by numbers swarm to us. 151
Enter CLARENCE, and SOMERSET.
Clar, Fear not that, my lord.
Thy brother being carelessly encamp'd,
[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,
Never to lie and take his natural rest,
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
tent, But to defend his person from night-foes ?
Enter WARWICK, CLARENCE, OXFORD, SOMERSET,
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. 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?
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.-
[Takes off his Crown.
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.