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Vouchsafe, at our request, to stand aside,
bewitch him not!
[Retiring with the Prince and Oxford. K. Lew. Now Warwick tell me, even upon
thy conscience, Is Edward your true King? for I were loath To link with him that were not lawful chosen.
War. Thereon I pawn my credit and mine
I will not hence till with my talk and tears, Both full of truth, I make King Lewis behold Thy sly conveyance and thy lord's false love: For both of you are birds of self-same feather.
[ A horn sounded within, K. Lew.Warwick, this is some post to us or thee.
Enter a Messenger. Mess. My lord ambassador, these letters are
K. Lew. But is he gracious in the people's eye?
K. Lew. Then further, all dissembling set aside,
War Such it seems As may beseem a monarch like himself. Myself have often heard him say and swear That this his love was an eternal plant; Whereof the root was fixed in virtue's ground, The leaves and fruit maintained with beauty's sun: Exempt from envy, but not from disdain, Unless the Lady Bona quit his pain.
K. Lew. Now sister, let us hear your firm resolve.
Bona. Your grant or your denial shall be mine: Yet I confess [to Warwick.] that often ere this
day, When I have heard your King's desert recounted, Mine ear hath tempted judgment to desire. K. Lew. Then, Warwick, thus :
:-our sister shall be Edward's : And now forth with shall articles be drawn Touching the jointure that your King must make, Which with her dowry shall be counterpoised.Draw near, Queen Margaret, and be a witness That Bona shall be wife to the English King. Prince. To Edward, but not to the English
King. Q. Mar. Deceitful Warwick, it was thy device By this alliance to make void my suit: Before thy coming Lewis was Henry's friend.
K. Lew. And still is friend to him and Margaret: But if your title to the crown be weak, As may appear by Edward's good success, Then 't is but reason that I be released From giving aid, which late I promised. Yet shall you have all kindness at my hand That your estate requires, and mine can yield.
War. Henry now lives in Scotland at his ease;
Warwick, peace :
Sent from your brother, Marquis Montague :
mistress Smiles at her news, while Warwick frowns at his
. Prince. Nay, mark how Lewis stainps as he
were nettled : I hope all's for the best. K. Lew. Warwick, what are thy news; and
yours fair Queen ? Q. Mar. Mine such as fill my heart with
unhoped joys. War. Mine full of sorrow and heart's discon.
tent. K. Lew. What! has your King married the
Lady Grey; And now, to sooth your forgery and his, Sends me a paper to persuade me patience? Is this the alliance that he seeks with France : Dare he presume to scorn us in this manner?
Q. Mar. I told your majesty as much before : This proveth Edward's love and Warwick's
honesty. War. King Lewis, I here protest in sight of
Heaven, And by the hope I have of heavenly bliss, That I am clear from this misdeed of Edward's : No more my King, for he dishonours me; But most himself, if he could see his shame. Did I forget that by the house of York My father came untimely to his death : Did I let pass the abuse done to my niece: Did I impale him with the regal crown: Did I put Henry from his native right: And am I guerdoned at the last with shame! Shame on himself! for my desert is honour. And to repair my honour, lost for him, I here renounce him, and return to Henry. My noble Queen, let former grudges pass, And henceforth I am thy true servitor. I will revenge his wrong to Lady Bona, And replant Henry in his former state. Q. Mar. Warwick, these words have turned
my hate to love,
And I forgive and quite forget old faults;
K. Lew. But, Warwick, thou And joy that thou becom'st King Henry's friend. And Oxford, with five thousand men,
War. So much his friend, ay his unfeignéd friend, Shall cross the seas and bid false Edward battle: That if King Lewis vouchsafe
furnish us And, as occasion serves, this noble Queen With some few bands of chosen soldiers,
And Prince shall follow with a fresh supply. I'll undertake to land them on our coast,
Yet ere thou go but answer me one doubt: And force the tyrant from his seat by war. What pledge have we of thy firm loyalty ? 'Tis not his new-made bride shall succour him : War. This shall assure my constant loyalty : And as for Clarence,-as my letters tell me, That if our Queen and this
Prince agree, He's very likely now to fall from him,
I'll join mine eldest daughter and my joy For matching more for wanton lust than honour, To him forth with, in holy wedlock bands. Or than for strength and safety of our country. Q. Mar. Yes, I agree, and thank you your Bona. Dear brother, how shall Bona be revenged
motion.But by thy help to this distresséd Queen ? Son Edward, she is fair and virtuous : R. Mar. Renowned prince, how shall poor Therefore delay not, give thy hand to Warwick; Henry live,
And, with thy hand, thy faith irrevocable Unless thou rescue him from foul despair ? [one. That only Warwick's daughter shall be thine. Bona. My quarrel and this English Queen's are Prince. Yes, I accept her, for she well deWar. Andmine, fair Lady Bona,joins with yours.
serves it: K. Lew. And mine with hers and thine and And here, to pledge my vow, I give my
[He gives his hand to WARWICK. Therefore, at last I firmly am resolved
K. Lew. Why stay we now? These soldiers You shall have aid.
shall be levied, Q. Mar. Let me give humble thanks for all And thou Lord Bourbon, our high admiral, at once.
Shall waft them over with our royal fleet. K. Lew. Then, England's messenger, return I long till Edward fall by war's mischance, And tell false Edward, thy supposéd King, For mocking marriage with a dame of France. That Lewis of France is sending over maskers
[Exeunt all but WARWICK. To revel it with him and his new bride.
War. I came from Edward as ambassador, Thou seest what's past; go fear thy King withal But I return his sworn and mortal foe : Bona. Tell him, in hope he 'U prove a widower Matter of marriage was the charge he gave me, shortly,
But dreadful war shall answer his demand. I'll wear the willow garland for his sake. (aside, Had he none else to make a stale but me?
Q. Mar. Tell him, my mourning weeds are laid Then none but I shall turn his jest to sorrow. And I am ready to put armour on. [wrong,
I was the chief that raised him to the crown, War. Tell him from me that he hath done me And I'll be chief to bring him down again : And therefore I'll uncrown him ere't be long. Not that I pity Henry's misery, There's thy reward; be gone. [Exit Messenger. But seek revenge on Edward's mockery. (Exit.
Clar. As well as Lewis of France, or the Earl She better would have fitted me or Clarence. of Warwick :
bride you bury brotherhood. Which are so weak of courage and in judgment, Clar. Or else you would not have bestowed That they 'll take no offence at our abuse.
the heir K. Edw. Suppose they take offence without a Of the Lord Bonville on your new wife's son, cause,
And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere. They are but Lewis and Warwick : I am Edward, K. Edw. Alas, poor Clarence! is it for a wife Your King and Warwick's, and must have my will. That thou art malcontent? I will provide thee.
Glo. And shall have your will, because our King: Clar. In choosing for yourself you shewed Yet hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
your judgment: K. Edw. Yea, brother Richard, are you offended Which being shallow, you shail give me leave too?
To play the broker in mine own behalf: Glo. Not I:
And to that end I shortly mind to leave you. No, God forbid that I should wish them severed K. Edv. Leave me or tarry, Edward will be King, Whom God hath joined together : ay and 't were And not be tied unto his brothers' will. pity
Q. Eliz. My lords, before it pleased his majesty To sunder them that yoke so well together. To raise my state to title of a queen, K. Edw. Setting your scorns and your mielike Do me but right, and you must all confess aside,
That I was not ignoble of descent, Tell me some reason why the Lady Grey And meaner than myself have had like fortune. Should not become my wife and England's Queen. But as this title honours me and mine, And you too, Somerset and Montague,
So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing, Speak freely what
Do cloud my joys with danger and with sorror. Cla. Then this is my opinion : that King Lewis K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon
their Becomes your enemy, for mocking him
frowns: About the marriage of the Lady Bona.
What danger or what sorrow can befal thee Glo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in So long as Edward is thy constant friend, charge,
And their true sovereign, whom they must obey? Is now dishonouréd by this new marriage. Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too, K. Edw. What if both Lewis and Warwick Unless they seek for hatred at my hands : be appeased
Which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe, By such invention as I can devise?
And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath. Mont. Yet to have joined with France in such Glo. I hear, yet say not much, but think the alliance, [wealth
(Aside. Would more have strengthened this our common'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred
Enter a Messenger. marriage.
K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters or Hast. Why, knows not Montague that of itself
what news England is safe, if true within itself?
From France ? Mont. Yes; but the safer when it is backed Mess. My sovereign liege, no letters, and few with France.
words; Hast. "T is better using France than trusting But such as I, without your special pardon, France. Dare not relate.
brief, Let us be backed with God, and with the seas K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore in Which he has given for fence impregnable, Tell me their words as near as thou canstguess them And with their helps only defend ourselves : What answer makes King Lewis unto our letters? In them and in ourselves our safety lies.
Mess. At my depart these were his very
words: Clar. For this one speech Lord Hastings well “Go tell false Edward, thy supposéd King, deserves
That Lewis of France is sending over maskers To have the heir of the Lord Hungerford. To revel it with him and his new bride." K. Edw. Ay, what of that? it was my will K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave? belike he thinks and grant:
me Henry. And for this once my will shall stand for law. But what said Lady Bona to my marriage? Glo. And yet methinks your grace has not Mess. These were her words, uttered with done well
mild disdain : To give the heir and daughter of Lord Scales "Tell him, in hope he 'll prove a widower shortly: Unto the brother of your loving bride:
I'll wear the willow garland for his sake."
less : She had the wrong.
K. Edw. I blame not her, she could
stand by us?
K. Edw. Why so; then am I sure of victory. For I have heard that she was there in place. Now therefore let us hence; and lose no hour Mess. “Tell him," quoth she, “my mourning
Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power. weeds are done,
[Exeunt. And I am ready to put armour on." K. Edw. Belike she minds to play the Amazon.
SCENE II.-A Plain in Warwickshire. But what said Warwick to these injuries ?
Mess. He, more incensed against your majesty Enter Warwick and OXFORD, with French and Than all the rest, discharged me with these words:
other Forces. “Tell him from me that he hath done me wrong, War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well; And therefore I'll uncrown him ere 't be long." | The common people by numbers swarm to us. K. Edw. Ha ! durst the traitor breathe out so But see where Somerset and Clarence come! proud words?
Speak suddenly, my lords ; are we all friends? Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarned : They shall have wars, and pay for their pre
Enter CLARENCE and Somerset. sumption.
Clar. Fear not that, my lord. But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret ? War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign : they are so
Warwick; linked in friendship
And welcome Somerset.-I hold it cowardice That young Prince Edward marries Warwick's
To rest mistrustful where a noble heart daughter.
Hath pawned an open hand in sign of love: Clar. Belike the elder : Clarence will have the
Else might I think that Clarence, Edward's brother, younger.
Were but a feignéd friend to our proceedings : Now, brother-King, farewell, and sit you fast, But welcome, Clarence; my daughter shall be thine. For I will hence to Warwick's other daughter; And now what rests, but, in night's coverture, That, though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage Thy brother being carelessly encamped, I may not prove inferior to yourself.
His soldiers lurking in the towns about, You that love me and Warwick, follow me. And but attended by a simple guard,
[Exit CLARENCE, and Somerset follows. We may surprise and take him at our pleasure ? Glo. Not I:
Our scouts bave found the adventure very easy : My thoughts aim at a further matter: I
That as Ulysses and stout Diomede Stay not for love of Edward, but the crown. With sleight and manhood stole to Rhesus tents,
[Aside. And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds; K. Edw. Clarence and Somerset both gone to So we, well covered with the night's black mantle, Warwick!
At unawares may beat down Edward's guard, Yet am I armed against the worst can happen; And seize himself: I say not, slaughter him, And haste is needful in this desperate case.- For I intend but only to surprise him.Pembroke and Stafford, you in our behalf You that will follow me to this attempt, Go levy men, and make prepare for war : Applaud the name of Henry with your leader. They are already, or quickly will be landed.
[They all cry "Henry." Myself in person will straight follow you. Why, then, let 's on our way in silent sort :
[Exeunt PEMBROKE and Stafford. For Warwick and his friends, God and Saint But ere I go, Hastings and Montague,
doubt. You twain, of all the rest, Are near to Warwick by blood and by alliance : Tell me if you love Warwick more than me?
Scene III.-EDWARD's Camp near Warwick.
take his stand :
The King by this is set him down to sleep. Mont. So God help Montague as he proves true. 2nd Watch. What, will he not to bed ? llast. And Hastings as he favours Edward's 1st Watch. Why, no: for he hath made a
Never to lie and take his natural rest Till Warwick or himself be quite suppressed. 2nd Watch. To-morrow, then, belike shall be
the day, If Warwick be so near as men report. 3rd Watch. But say, I pray, what nobleman
is that That with the King here resteth in his tent? 1st Watch. 'T is the Lord Hastings, the King's
chiefest friend. 3rd Watch. Oh 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 ? 2nd Watch. "T is the more honour, because
more dangerous. 3rd Watch. Ay, but give me worship and
quietness : I like it better than a dangerous honour. If Warwick knew in what estate he stands, 'T is to be doubted he would waken him. 1st Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up
his passage. 2nd Watch. Ay: wherefore else guard we his
royal tent, But to defend his person from night-foes ?
Nor know not how to use your brothers brotherly;
[Takes off his crown. But Henry now shall wear the English crown, And be true King indeed; thou but the shadow. My lord of Somerset, at my request, See that forth with Duke Edward be conveyed 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 farewell, 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 out; Somerset with him.
Oxf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do, But march to London with our soldiers ? 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.
Enter WARWICK, CLARENCE, Oxford, Somerset,
and Forces. 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.
1st Watch. Who goes there?
2nd Watch. Stay or thou diest. [Warwick and the rest cry all, “Warwick !
Warwick !" and set upon the Guard; who fly, crying, “ Arm! arm!” Warwick and the rest following them.
Scene IV.-London.—A Room in the Palace.
The drum beating and trumpets sounding, re-enter
Warwick and the rest, bringing the King out
here's the duke. K. Edw. The duke! why, Warwick, when we
parted last Thou call’dst me King.
War. Ay, but the case is altered :
Enter Queen ELIZABETH and Rivers. Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden
change? Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to
learn What late misfortune is befall’n King Edward ? Riv. What, loss of some pitched battle against
Warwick ? Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person. Riv. Then is my sovereign slain? Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken
prisoner: Either betrayed by falsehood of his guard, Or by his foes surprised at unawares : And, as I further have to understand, Is new committed to the Bishop of York, Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe.
Riv. These news I must confess are full of grief: Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may: Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day.