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Third Watch. O! is it so? But why commands the king That his chief followers lodge in towns about him, It boots not to resist both wind and tide. While he himself keeps in the cold field? Exeunt King EDWARD, led out; and SOMERSET. Orf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do
Second Watch. 'Tis the more honour, because
Third Watch. Ay, but give me worship and But march to London with our soldiers? quietness;
War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have
I like it better than a dangerous honour.
To free King Henry from imprisonment,
First Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up his passage.
Second Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his roval tent,
But to defend his person from night-foes?
K. Edw. What fates impose, that men must needs abide :
Drums beating, and trumpets sounding, re-enter
K. Edw. The duke! Why, Warwick, when we
To save at least the heir of Edward's right:
If Warwick take us we are sure to die, Exeunt.
Nay, then I see that Edward needs must down.
I'll follow you, and tell what answer
SCENE IV. London. A Room in the Palace.
Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to
What late misfortune is befall'n King Edward?
Riv. What! loss of some pitch'd battle against
Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person.
Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken
Riv. These news I must confess are full of grief;
And I the rather wean me from despair
Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then become?
Q. Eliz. I am informed that he comes towards
To set the crown once more on Henry's head.
But to prevent the tyrant's violence,
For trust not him that hath once broken faith,
SCENE V.-A Park near Middleham Castle
Glou. Now, my Lord Hastings and Sir William
Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither,
Thus stands the case. You know our king, my | May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars, brother,
Warwick, although my head still wear the crown, Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands I here resign my government to thee, He hath good usage and great liberty,
For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds. And often but attended with weak guard,
War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for Comes hunting this way to disport himself.
virtuous, I have advertis'd him by secret means
And now may seem as wise as virtuous, That if about this hour he make this way, 10 By spying and avoiding fortune's malice ; Under the colour of his usual game,
For few men rightly temper with the stars : He shall here find his friends with horse and Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace,
For choosing me when Clarence is in place.si To set him free from his captivity.
Clar. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the
sway, Enter King EDWARD and a Huntsman.
To whom the heavens in thy nativity Hunt. This way, my lord, for this way lies the Adjudg’d an olive branch and laurel crown, game.
As likely to be blest in peace and war; K. Edw. Nay, this way, man : see where the And therefore I yield thee my free consent. huntsmen stand.
War. And I choose Clarence only for protector. Now, brother of Gloucester, Lord Hastings, and K. Hen. Warwick and Clarence give me both the rest,
Four hands : Stand you thus close, to steal the bishop's deer? Now join your hands, and with your hands your Glou. Brother, the time and case requireth hearts, haste.
That no dissension binder government: Your horse stands ready at the park corner. I make you both protectors of this land,
K. Edw. But whither shall we then ? 20 While I myself will lead a private life, Hast. To Lynn, my lord; and ship from thence And in devotion spend my latter days, to Flanders.
To sin's rebuke and my Creator's praise. Glou. Well guess'd, believe me; for that was War. What answers Clarence to his sove. my meaning.
reign's will ? K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield conGlou. But wherefore stay we? 'tis no time to
For on thy fortune I repose myself. K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou ? wilt War. Why then, thongh loath, yet must I be thou go along?
While he enjoys the honour and his ease.
Exeunt. Forthwith that Edward be pronounc'd a traitor,
And all his lands and goods be confiscate.
Clar. What else ? and that succession be de
termin'd. Enter King HENRY, CLARENCE, WARWICK,
War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his SOMERSET, young RICHMOND, OXFORD, Mon
part. TAGUE, Licutenant of the Tower, and Attendants.
K. Hen. But, with the first of all your chief K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and affairs, friends
Let me entreat, for I command no more, Have shaken Edward from the regal seat, That Margaret your queen and my son Edward And turn d my captive state to liberty,
Be sent for, to return from France with speed: My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys,
For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear At our enlargement what are thy due fees? My joy of liberty is half eclips'd. Lieu. Subjects may challenge nothing of their Clar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all sovereigns ;
speed. But if an humble prayer may prevail,
K. Hen. My Lord of Somerset, what youth is I then crave pardon of your majesty.
that K. Hen. For what, lieutenant ? for well using Of whom you seem to have so tender care? me ?
Som. My liege, it is young Henry, Earl of Nay, be thou sure I'll well requite thy kindness, Richmond. For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure ; K. Hen. Come hither, England's hope. Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds
Lays his hand on his head. Conceive, when after many moody thoughts
If secret powers At last by notes of household harmony
Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts, They quite forgot their loss of liberty.
This pretty lad will prove our country's bliss. 70 But, Warwick, after God, thou sett'st me free, His looks are full of peaceful majesty, And chiefly therefore I thank God and thee; His head by nature fram'd to wear a crown, He was the author, thou the instrument. His hand to wield a sceptre, and himself Therefore, that I may conquer fortune's spite Likely in time to bless a regal throne. By living low, where fortune cannot hurt me, 20 Mike much of him, my lords, for this is he And that the people of this blessed land Must help you more than you are hurt by me
in his nose,
Enter a Post.
May. True, my good lord: I know you for no less. War. What news, my friend ?
K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but Post. That Edward' is escaped from your As being well content with that alone.
my dukedom, brother, And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy.
Glou. Aside. But when the fox hath once got War. Unsavoury news! but how made he escape
He'll soon find means to make the body follow. Post. He was convey'd by Richard Duke of Hast. Why, Master mayor, why stand you in Gloucester
a doubt? And the Lord Hastings, who attended him Open the gates; we are King Henry's friends. In secret ambush on the forest side,
May. Ay, say you so ? the gates shall then be And from the bishop's huntsmen rescu'd him ;
Exeunt from above. For hunting was bis daily exercise.
Glou. A wise stout captain, and soon persuaded ! War. My brother was too careless of his charge.
Hast. The good old man would fain that all But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide
were well, A salve for any sore that may betide.
So 'twere not ’long of him ; but being enter'd, Exeunt all but SOMERSET, RICHMOND,
I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade
and OxfORD. Both him and all his brothers unto reason. Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of
Enter the Mayor and two Aldermen.
K. Edw. So, Master mayor: these gates must And we shall have more wars before 't be long.
not be shut As Henry's late presaging prophecy
But in the night or in the time of war. Did glad my heart with hope of this young What ! fear not, man, but yield me up the keys ; Richmond,
Takes his keys. So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts For Edward will defend the town and thee, What may befall him to his harm and ours :
And all those friends that deign to follow me. Therefore, Lord Oxford, to prevent the worst, March. Enter MONTGOMERY and Forces. Forthwith we'll send him hence to Brittany, Till storms be past of civil enmity.
Glou. Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery, Oxf. Ay, for if Edward repossess the crown,
Our trusty friend, unless I be deceiv'd. 'Tis like that Richmond with the rest shall down.
K. Edw. Welcome, Sir John! but why come Som. It shall be so; he shall to Brittany.
you in arms ? Come, therefore, let's about it speedily. Ereunt. Mont. To help King Edwardin his timeof storm,
As every loyal subject ought to do.
K. Edw. Thanks, good Montgomery ; but we
now forget Enter King EDWARD, GLOUCESTER, HASTINGS, Our title to the crown, and only claim and Forces.
Our dukedom till God please to send the rest. K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, Lord Hastings,
Mont. Then fare you well, for I will hence and the rest,
again : Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends,
I came to serve a king and not duke. And says that once more I shall interchange
Drummer, strike up, and let us march away. 50 My waned state for Henry's regal crown.
A march bejun. Well have we pass'd, and now repass d the seas,
K. Edw. Nay, stay, Sir John, awhile ;- and And brought desired help from Burgundy :
we'll debate What then remains, we being thus arriv'd
By what safe means the crown may be recover'd. From Ravenspurgh haren before the gates of
Mont. What talk you of debating? in few York,
words, But that we enter, as into our dukedom ?
If you ’ll not here proclaim yourself our king, Glou. The gates made fast! Brother, I like I'll leave you to your fortune, and be gone not this;
To keep them back that come to succour you. For many men that stumble at the threshold Why shall we fight, if you pretend no title? Are well foretold that danger lurks within.
Glou. Why, brother, wherefore stand you on K. Edw. Tush, man! abodements must not now
nice points ? affright us:
K. Edw. When we grow stronger, then we 'll
make our claim. By fair or foul means we must enter in, For hither will our friends repair to us.
Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning. Hast. My liege, I'll knock once more to sum
Hust. Away with scrupulous wit! now arms
Glou. And fearless minds climb soonest unto Enter, on the walls, the Mayor of York, and his
Brother, we will proclaim you out of land ; May. My lords, we were forewarned of your The bruit thereof will bring you many friends. coming,
K. Edw. Then be it as you will; for 'tis my And shut the gates for safety of ourselves ;
right, For now we owe allegiance unto Henry.
And Henry but usurps the diadem. K. Edw. But, Master mayor, if Henry be your Mont. Av, now my sovereign speaketh like king,
himself; Yet Edward at the least is Duke of York. And now will I be Edward's champion.
Hast. Sound, trumpet! Edward shall be here proclaim'd.
Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation.
By this I challenge him to single fight.
If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness.
Not mutinous in peace, yet bold in war;
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 fortunate!
K. Hen. Sweet Oxford, and my loving Montague,
And all at once, once more a happy farewell. War. Farewell, sweet lords: let's meet at Coventry.
Exeunt all but King HENRY and EXETER 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.
Mont. Comfort, my lord; and so I take my
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 stopp'd mine ears to their demands,
Shout within, A Lancaster! a Lancaster !' Exe, Hark, hark, my lord! what shouts are these?
Enter King EDWARD, GLOUCESTER, and
K. Edw. Seize on the shame-fac'd Henry! bear him hence,
And once again proclaim us King of England.
You are the fount that makes small brookstoflow:
Glou. Away betimes, before his forces join, And take the great-grown traitor unawares : Brave warriors, march amain towards Coventry. Excust.
Enter, upon the walls, WARWICK, the Mayor of Coventry, two Messengers, and Others.
War. Where is the post that came from valiant Oxford?
How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow' First Mess. By this at Dunsmore, marching hitherward.
War. How far off is our brother Montague! Where is the post that came from Montague? Second Mess. By this at Daintry, with a puissant troop.
Enter Sir JOHN SOMERVILLE.
War. Say, Somerville, what says my loving son! And, by thy 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. Thou art no Atlas for so great a weight:
And, gallant Warwick, do but answer this:
My mind presageth happy gain and conquest.
Clar. Father of Warwick, know you what this means? Taking the red rose out of his hat. Look here, I throw my infamy at thee: I will not ruinate my father's house, Who gave his blood to lime the stones together, And set up Lancaster. Why, trow'st thou, Warwick,
Against his brother and his lawful king?
K. Edw. Sail how thou canst, have wind and
This hand, fast wound about thy coal-black hair,
Enter OXFORD, with drum and colours. War. O cheerful colours! see where Oxford comes!
Than if thou never hadst deserv'd our hate.
War. O passing traitor, perjur'd and unjust!
Or shall we beat the stones about thine ears?