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Comes hunting this way to disport himself.
Enter King EDWARD and a Huntsman. Hunt. This way, my lord; for this way lies the
game. K. Edw. Nay, this way, man: see where the
huntsmen stand.Now, brother of Gloster, Lord Hastings, and the
rest, Stand you thus close to steal the bishop's deer?
Glo. Brother, the time and case requireth haste: Your horse stands ready at the park corner.
K. Edw. But whither shall we then?
to Flanders. Glo. Well guessed, believe me; for that was
my meaning. K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. Glo. But wherefore stay we? 't is no time to talk. K. Edw. Huntsman, what sayst thou: wilt thou
go along? Hunt. Better do so than tarry and be hanged. Glo. Come then, away; let's have no more ado. K. Edw. Bishop, farewell : shield thee from
Warwick's frown, And pray that I may repossess the crown. [Exeunt.
And chiefly therefore I thank God and thee:
War. Your grace hath still been famed for virtuous
Cla. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway,
War. And I choose Clarence only for protector.
hands : Now join your hands, and with your hands your
hearts, That no dissention hinder government. I make
you both protectors of this land: While I myself will lead a private life, And in devotion spend my latter days, To sin's rebuke and my Creator's praise. War. What answers Clarence to his sovereign's
will? Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield consentFor on thy fortune I repose myself. War. Why then, though loath, yet must I be
content: We 'll yoke together, like a double shadow To Henry's body, and supply his place : I mean, in bearing weight of government, While he enjoys the honour and his ease. And, Clarence, now then it is more than needful Forthwith that Edward be pronounced a traitor, And all his lands and goods be confiscate. Clar. What else ? and that succession be de
termined. War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his
part. K. Hen. But with the first of all your chief affairs Let me entreat (for I command no more) That Margaret your Queen, and my son Edward, Be sent for to return from France with speed: For till I see them here, by doubtful fear My joy of liberty is half eclipsed. Clar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all
speed. K.Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is that Of whom you seem to have so tender care?
Scene VI.-A Room in the Tower.
Enter Kino Henry, CLARENCE, WARWICK,
SOMERSET, Young RICHMOND, OXFORD, MONTAGUE, Lieutenant of the Tower, and Attendants. K. Hen. Master Lieutenant, now that God and
friends Have shaken Edward from the regal seat, And turned my captive state to liberty, My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys, At our enlargement what are thy due fees? Lieut. Subjects may challenge nothing of their
sovereigns : But if an humble prayer may prevail, I then crave pardon of your majesty.
K. Hen. For what, lieutenant; for well using me? Nay, be thou sure I 'll well requite thy kindness, For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure : Ay, such a pleasure as incagéd birds Conceive when, after many moody thoughts, At last, by notes of household harmony, They quite forget their loss of liberty.But, Warwick, after God thou set'st me free,
My wanéd state for Henry's regal crown.
not this :
now affright us. By fair or foul means we must enter in; For hither will our friends repair to us. Hast. My liege, I 'll knock once more to sum
Som. My liege, it is young Henry, Earl of
secret powers (Lays his hand on his head.
Enter a Messenger.
brother, And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy. War. Unsavoury news ! But how made he
escape? Mess. He was conveyed by Richard, Duke of
Gloster, And the Lord Hastings, who attended him In secret am bush on the forest side, And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him : For hunting was his daily exercise.
War. My brother was too careless of his charge. But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide A salve for any sore that may betide.
[Exeunt King Henry, WARWICK, CLA
RENCE, Lieutenant and Attendants. Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of
Edward's: For doubtless Burgundy will yield him help, And we shall have more wars before 't be long. As Henry's late presaging prophecy Did glad my heart with hope of this young
Richmond, So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts What may
befal him, to his harm and ours : Therefore, Lord Oxford, to prevent the worst, Forthwith we 'll send him hence to Britany, Till storms be past of civil enmity.
Oxf. Ay: for if Edward repossess the crown 'T is like that Richmond with the rest shall down,
Som. It shall be so: he shall to Britany. Come therefore, let 's about it speedily. [Exeunt.
Enter on the walls the Mayor of York and his
Brethren. May. My lords, we were forewarnéd of your
May.True, my good lord: I know you for no less.
dukedom: As being well content with that alone.
Glo. But when the fox hath once got in his nose, He 'll soon find means to make the body follow,
[Aside. Hast. Why, master mayor, why stand you in
a doubt? Open the gates; we are King Henry's friends. May Ay, say you so ? the gates shall then be
opened. [Exeunt from above. Glo. A wise stout captain, and soon persuaded! Hast. The good old man would fain that all
were well, So 't were not ʼlong of him: but being entered, I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade Both him and all his brothers unto reason.
Scene VII.- Before York. Enter King EDWARD, Gloster, Hastings, and
Forces. K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, Lord Hastings,
and the rest, Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends, And says that once more I shall interchange
Re-enter the Mayor and two Aldermen, below. K. Edw. So master mayor: these gates must
not be shut But in the night or in the time of war. What! fear not, man, but yield me up the keys :
Takes his keys. For Edward will defend the town and thee, And all those friends that deign to follow me. Drum. Enter MONTGOMERY and Forces,marching.
Glo. Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery, Our trusty friend, unless I be deceived.
K. Edw. Welcome, Sir John. But why come
you in arms ? Mont. To help King Edward in his time of storm; As every loyal subject ought to do. K. Edw. Thanks, good Montgomery. But we
now forget Our title to the crown; and only claim Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest. Mont. Then fare you well, for I will hence
again : I came to serve a king, and not a duke.Drummer, strike up, and let us march away,
[A march begun. K. Edw. Nay stay, Sir John, awhile; and
we 'll debate By what safe means the crown may be recovered. Mont. What talk you of debating? In few
words, If you ʼll not here proclaim yourself our King, I 'll leave you to your fortune, and be gone To keep them back that come to succour you. Why should we fight if you pretend no title? Glo. Why, brother, wherefore stand you on
nice points ? K. Edw. When we grow stronger, then we 'll
make our clain : Till then 't is wisdom to conceal our meaning. Hast. Away with scrupulous wit : now arms
must rule. Glo. And fearless minds climb soonest unto
crowns. Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand: The bruit thereof will bring you many friends. K. Edw. Then be it as
you right, And Henry but usurps the diadem. Mont. Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like
himself; And now will I be Edward's champion. Hast. Sound, trumpet: Edward shall be here
proclaimed. Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation.
[Gives him a paper. Flourish.
for 't is my
Enter King Henry, WARWICK, CLARENCE,
Montague, Exeter, and OXFORD. War. What counsel, lords? Edward from Belgia, With hasty Germans and blunt Hollanders, Hath passed in safety through the narrow seas, And with his troops doth march amain to London; And many giddy people flock to him.
Oxf. Let's levy men, and beat him back again.
Clar. A little fire is quickly trodden out; Which being suffered, rivers cannot quench. War. In Warwickshire I have true-hearted
friends, Not mutinous in peace, yet bold in war: Those will I muster up. And thou, son Clarence, Shall stir up in Suffolk, Norfolk, and in Kent, The knights and gentlemen to come with thee. Thou, brother Montague, in Buckingham, Northampton, and in Leicestershire, shalt find Men well inclined to hear what thou command'st
. And thou, brave Oxford, wondrous well beloved, In Oxfordshire shalt muster up thy friends. My sovereign, with the loving citizens, Like to his island girt in with the ocean, Or modest Dian circled with her nymphs, Shall rest in London till we come to him. Fair lords, take leave, and stand not to reply. Farewell, my sovereign. K. Hen. Farewell, my Hector and my Troy's
true hope. Clar. In sign of truth I kiss your highness'hand. K. Hen. Well-minded Clarence, be thou fortu
nate. Mont. Comfort, my lord: and so I take my
leave. Oxf. And thus [Kissing Henry's hand.] !
seal my truth, and bid adieu. K. Hen. Sweet Oxford and my loving Mon
tague, And all at once, once more a happy farewell. War. Farewell, sweet lords : let's meet at
Coventry. [Exeunt Warwick, CLARENCE, OXFORD,
Soldier reads. “Edward the fourth, by the grace of God, King of England and France, and Lord of Ireland," &c. Mont. And whosoe'er gainsays King Edward's
right, By this I challenge him to single fight.
[Throws down his gauntlet. All. Long live Edward the fourth! K. Edw. Thanks, brave Montgomery: and thanks unto
all. If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness. Now, for this night let's harbour here in York: And when the morning sun shall raise his car
[Shout within. “A Lancaster! a Lancaster!" Exe. Hark, hark, my lord! what shouts are these?
K. Hen. Here at the palace will I rest awhile. Cousin of Exeter, what thinks your lordship? Methinks the power that Edward hath in field Should not be able to encounter mine.
Exe. The doubt is that he will seduce the rest. K. Hen. That's not my fear; my meed hath
got me fame. I have not stopped mine ears to their demands, Nor posted off their suits with slow delays ; My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds, My mildness hath allayed their swelling griefs, My mercy dried their water-flowing tears : I have not been desirous of their wealth : Nor much oppressed them with great subsidies ; Nor forward of revenge, though they much err’d: Then why should they love Edward more than me? No, Exeter, these graces challenge grace ; And, when the lion fawns upon the lamb, The lamb will never cease to follow him.
Enter King EDWARD, Gloster, and Soldiers. K. Edw. Seize on the shame-faced Henry;
bear him hence : And once again proclaim us King of England. You are the fount that makes small brooks to flow: Now stops thy spring, my sea shall suck them dry, And swell so much the higher by their ebb.Hence with him to the Tower: let him not speak.
[Exeunt some with King Henry. And, lords, towards Coventry bend we our course, Where peremptory Warwick now remains. The sun shines hot, and if we use delay Cold biting winter mars our hoped-for hay.
Glo. Away betimes before his forces join, And take the great-grown traitor unawares. Brave warriors, narch amain towards Coventry.
Enter, upon the walls, Warwick, the Mayor of
Coventry, two Messengers, and others.
Oxford ? How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow? 1st Mess. By this at Dunsmore, marching
hitherward. War. How far off is our brother Montague ? Where is the post that came from Montague? 2nd Mess. By this at Daintry, with a puissant
Enter Sir John SOMERVILLE.
son? And, by the guess, how nigh is Clarence now?
Som. At Southam I did leave him with his
forces, And do expect him here some two hours hence.
[Drum heard. War. Then Clarence is at hand I hear his
drum. Som. It is not his, my lord : here Southam lies; The drum your honour hears marcheth from
Warwick. War. Who should that be? belike unlooked
for friends. Som. They are at hand, and you shall quickly
Drums, Enter King EDWARD, GLOSTER, and
Forces, marching. K. Edw. Go, trumpet, to the walls, and sound
a pa le.