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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.

[4 horn sounded within, K. Lew.Warwick, this is some post to us or thee.

Enter a Messenger. Mess. My lord ambassador, these letters are

for you;

Vouchsafe, at our request, to stand aside,
While I use further conference with Warwick.
Q. Mar. Heaven grant that Warwick's words

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

honour. K. Lew. But is he gracious in the people's eye? War. The more that Henry was unfortunate.

K. Lew. Then further, all dissembling set aside, Tell me for truth the measure of his love Unto our sister Bona.

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;
Where, having nothing, nothing he can lose.
And as for you yourself, our quondam Queen,
You have a father able to maintain you:
And better 't were you troubled him than France.
Q. Mar. Peace, impudent and shameless

Warwick, peace :
Proud setter-up and puller-down of kings !

Sent from your brother, Marquis Montague :
These from our King unto your majesty:
And, madam, these for you; from whom I know

not. [To MARGARET.—They all read their letters. Oxf. I like it well that our fair Queen and

mistress Smiles at her news, while Warwick frowns at his

. Prince. Nay, mark how Lewis stamps 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. Somuch hisfriend, ay his unfeignéd friend, Shall cross the seas and bid false Edward battle :
That if King Lewis vouchsafe to 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 young 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 : Q. 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. And mine, 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 hand. Margaret's :

[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,

[in post;

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 'Ul 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.

at once.


Som. My lords, forbear this talk : here comes

the King. Glo. And his well-chosen bride. Clar. I mind to tell him plainly what I think.

SCENE J.-London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter Gloster, Clarence, Somerset, Mon-

TAGUE, and others.
Glo. Now tell me, brother Clarence, what think

Of this new marriage with the Lady Grey:
Hath not our brother made a worthy choice?
Clar. Alas, you know 't is far from hence to

France :
How could he stay till Warwick made return?

Flourish. Enter King EDWARD, attended; Lady

INGS, and others.
K. Edw. Now, brother of Clarence, how like

you our choice,
That you stand pensive, as half malcontent?

Clar. As well as Lewis of France, or the Earl She better would have fitted me or Clarence. of Warwick :

But in


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. Edro. 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 you think.

Do cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow. 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 Would more have strengthened this our common

Enter a Messenger. 'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred 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. 'Tis better using France than trusting But such as I, without your special pardon, France.

Dare not relate. 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 bis 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."


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K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you

stand by us? Glo. Ay, in despite 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.


SCENE II.-A Plain in Warwickshire. Enter Warwick and OXFORD, with French and

other Forces. War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well; The common people by numbers swarm to us. But see where Somerset and Clarence come! Speak suddenly, my lords ; are we all friends ?

K. Edw. I blame not her, she could


little less : She had the wrong.

But what said Henry's Queen? For I have heard that she was there in place. Mess. “Tell him," quoth she, “my mourning

weeds are done, And I am ready to put armour on."

K. Edw. Belike she minds to play the Amazon. But what said Warwick to these injuries ?

Mess. He, more incensed against your majesty Than all the rest, discharged me with these words: “Tell him from me that he hath done me wrong, And therefore I 'll uncrown him ere 't be long." K. Edw. Ha! durst the traitor breathe out so

proud words? Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarned : They shall have wars, and pay for their pre

sumption. But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret ? Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign : they are so

linked in friendship That young Prince Edward marries Warwick's

daughter. Clar. Belike the elder : Clarence will have the

younger. Now, brother-King, farewell, and sit you fast, For I will hence to Warwick's other daughter; That, though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage I may not prove inferior to yourself.— You that love me and Warwick, follow me.

[Exit CLARENCE, and Somerset follows. Glo. Not I: My thoughts aim at a further matter: I Stay not for love of Edward, but the crown.

[Aside. K. Edw. Clarence and Somerset both gone to

Warwick! Yet am I armed against the worst can happen; And haste is needful in this desperate case.Pembroke and Stafford, you in our behalf Go levy men, and make prepare for war : They are already, or quickly will be landed. Myself in person will straight follow you.

[Exeunt PEMBROKE and STAFFORD. But ere I go, Hastings and Montague, Resolve my 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? If it be so, then both depart to him : I rather wish you foes than hollow friends : But if you

mind to hold your true obedience, Give me assurance with some friendly vow, That I may never have you in suspect.

Mont. So God help Montague as he proves true. llast. And Hastings as he favours Edward's

Enter CLARENCE and SOMERSET. Clar. Fear not that, my lord. War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto

Warwick; And welcome Somerset.-I hold it cowardice To rest mistrustful where a noble heart Hath pawned an open hand in sign of love: Else might I think that Clarence, Edward's brother, Were but a feignéd friend to our proceedings : But welcome, Clarence; my daughter shall be thine. And now what rests, but, in night's coverture, Thy brother being carelessly encamped, 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 bave found the adventure very easy : That as Ulysses and stout Diomede With sleight and manhood stole to Rhesus tents, And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds; So we, wellcovered 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!


Scene III.--EDWARD's Camp near Warwick. Enter certain Watchmen to guard the King's tent. 1st Watch. Come on, my masters, each man

take his stand: The King by this is set him down to sleep.

2nd Watch. What, will he not to bed ? 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

solemn vow


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, 'Tis to be doubted he would waken him.

1st Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up

Nor know not how to use your brothers brotherly;
Nor how to study for the people's welfare :
Nor how to shroud 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 despite 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; thou but the shadow. My lord of Somerset, at my request, See that forthwith 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.

his passage.

2nd Watch. Ay: wherefore else guard we his

royal tent, But to defend his person from night-foes? 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. The drum beating and trumpets sounding, re-enter

Warwick and the rest, bringing the King out
in a gown, sitting in a chair : Gloster and
Hastings fly.
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

Scene IV.-London.--A Room in the Palace.

Enter Queen ELIZABETH and Rivers. Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden

change? Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you get 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.

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Thou call'dst me e-King.

War. Ay, but the case is altered : When you disgraced me in my ambassade, 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 ambassadors; Nor how to be contented with one wife ;

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