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What danger, or what sorrow, can befall thee,
But such as I, without your special pardon,
K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore, in Tell me their words as near as thon canst guess them. What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters?
Mess. At my depart, these were his very words; Go tell false Edward, thy supposed king,— That Lewis of France is sending over maskers, To revel it with him and his new bride.
K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave? belike, he thinks me Henry.
But what said lady Bona to my marriage? Mess. These were her words, utter'd with mild disdain ;
Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly,
K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say 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.
Mess. He, more incens'd against your majesty Than all the rest, discharg'd 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 forewarn'd: They shall have wars, and pay for their presumption. But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret? Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign; they are so link'd in friendship, [daughter. That young prince Edward marries Warwick's Clar. Belike, the elder; Clarence will have the younger.
Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast,
Pembroke, and Stafford, you in our behalf
I rather wish you foes, than hollow friends:
Mont. So God help Montague, as he proves true!
Yet am I arm'd against the worst can happen; And haste is needful in this desperate case.-
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.
Enter CLARENCE and SOMERSET.
But, see, where Somerset and Clarence come ;-
1 Watch. Why, no: for he hath made a solemn vow, Nev to lie and take his natural rest, Till Warwick, or himself, be quite suppress'd. 2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, If Warwick 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. [king, 3 Watch. O, is it so? But why commands the 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 dangerous.
3 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,
1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up his passage.
2 Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal 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. 1 Watch. Who goes there? 2 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.
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 parted last, Thou call'dst me king? War. Ay, but the case is alter'd: When you disgrac'd me in my embassade, 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; Nor know not 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.-
It boots not to resist both wind and tide.
War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have to To free king Henry from imprisonment, And see him seated in the regal throne. [Exeunt. SCENE IV.-London. A Room in the Palace. Enter Queen ELIZABETH and RIVERS.
Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden change? [learn,
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 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 betray'd by falsehood of his guard, Or by his foe surpris'd 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. Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must hinder life's decay.
And I the rather wean me from despair,
But, to prevent the tyrant's violence,
Enter GLOSTER, HASTINGS, Sir WILLIAM STANLEY, and others.
Glo. 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 brother,
Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands
SCENE VI.-A Room in the Tower. Enter King 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;
K.Hen. For what, lieutenant? for well using me?
War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for virtuAnd now may seem as wise as virtuous, By spying, and avoiding, fortune's malice, For few men rightly temper with the stars: Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace, For choosing me, when Clarence is in place.
Cla. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway, To whom the heavens, in thy nativity, Adjudg'd an olive branch, and laurel crown, As likely to be blest in peace, and war; And therefore I yield thee my free consent.
War. And I choose Clarence only for protector. K. Hen. Warwick, and Clarence, give me both your hands; [hearts, Now join your hands, and, with your hands, your 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? [sent;
Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield conFor on thy fortune I repose myself.
War. Why then, though loath, yet must I be
K. Hen. Come hither, England's hope: If secret powers (Lays his hand on his head.) Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts, This pretty lad will prove our country's bliss. His looks are full of peaceful majesty; His head by nature fram'd to wear a crown, His hand to wield a sceptre; and himself Likely, in time, to bless a regal throne. Make much of him, my lords; for this is he, Must help you more than you are hurt by me. Enter a Messenger.
We'll yoke together, like a double shadow
Clar. What else? and that succession be deter-
Clar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all K. Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is that, Of whom you seem to have so tender care? Som. My liege, it is young Henry, earl of Richmond.
And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him;
War. My brother was too careless of his charge.-
[Exeunt King Henry, War. Clar. Lieut. 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 [mond; Did glad my heart, with hope of this young RichSo doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts What may befall 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, 'Tis 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.
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 My waned state for Henry's regal crown. Well have we pass'd, and now repass'd the seas, And brought desired help from Burgundy: What then remains, we being thus arriv'd From Ravenspurg haven before the gates of York, But that we enter, as into our dukedom?
Glo. The gates made fast!-Brother, I like not this;
For many men, that stumble at the threshold,
K. Edw. Tush man! abodements must not now affright us:
By fair or foul means we must enter in,
Hast. My liege, I'll knock once more, to summon them.
Enter on the walls, the Mayor of York, and his Brethren.
May. My lords, we were forewarned of your coming,
And shut the gates for safety of ourselves;
K.Edw. But,master mayor, if Henry be your king, Yet Edward, at the least, is duke of York.
May. True, my good lord; I know you for no [dukedom; K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but my As being well content with that alone.
Glo. But, when the fox hath once got in his nose,
But in the night, or in the time of war.
Glo. Brother, this is sir John Montgomery, Our trusty friend, unless I be deceiv'd.
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
By what safe means the crown may be recover'd.
K. Edw. When we grow stronger, then we'll make our claim:
Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning. Hast. Away with scrupulous wit! now arms must rule. [crowns. Glo. And fearless minds climb soonest unto Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand; The bruit thereof will bring you many friends. K. Edw. Then be it as you will; for 'tis my right, And Henry but usurps the diadem. [self; Mont. Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like himAnd now will I be Edward's champion. Hast. Sound, trumpet; Edward shall be here proclaim'd:Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation. (Gives him a paper. Flourish.) Sold. (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 By this I challenge him to single fight. [right, (Throws down his gauntlet.) All. Long live Edward the Fourth! K. Edw. Thanks, brave Montgomery ;— and thanks unto you all.
If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness.
To flatter Henry, and forsake thy brother! Yet, as we may, we'll meet both thee and Warwick.
Come on, brave soldiers; doubt not of the day; And, that once gotten, doubt not of large pay.
SCENE VIII.-London. A Room in the Palace. Enter King HENRY, WARWICK, CLARENCE, MONTAGUE, EXETER, and OXFOrd.
War. What counsel, lords? Edward from Belgia, With hasty Germans, and blunt Hollanders, Hath pass'd 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 suffer'd, rivers cannot quench. War. In Warwickshire I have true-hearted friends,
Not mutinous in peace, yet bold in war;
K. Hen. Sweet Oxford, and my loving Montague,
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, GLOSTER, and Soldiers. Edw. Seize on the shame-fac'd Henry, bear him hence,
And once again proclaim us king of England.—
How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow?
War. How far off is our brother Montague?— Where is the post that came from Montague?
2 Mess. By this at Daintry, with a puissant troop. Enter Sir JOHN SOMERVILLE.
War. Say, Somerville, what says my loving 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. [friends. War. Who should that be? belike, unlook'd-for Som. They are at hand, and you shall quickly know.
Drums. Enter King EDWARD, GLOSTER, and
K. Edw. Go, trumpet, to the walls, and sound a
Glo. See how the surly Warwick mans the wall. War. O, unbid spite! is sportful Edward come? Where slept our scouts, or how are they seduc'd, That we could hear no news of his repair?
K. Edw. Now, Warwick, wilt thou ope the city
Speak gentle words, and humbly bend thy knee?-
Or did he make the jest against his will?
War. Is not a dukedom, sir, a goodly gift? Glo. Ay, by my faith, for a poor earl to give; I'll do thee service for so good a gift.
War. 'Twas I that gave the kingdom to thy brother. [wick's gift. K. Edw. Why, then 'tis mine, if but by WarWar. Thou art no Atlas for so great a weight: And, weakling, Warwick takes his gift again; And Henry is my king, Warwick his subject.
K. Hen. But Warwick's king is Edward's pri
And, gallant Warwick, do but answer this,-
Glo. Alas, that Warwick had no more forecast,
K. Edw. 'Tis even so; yet you are Warwick still.
Nay, when? strike now, or else the iron cools.
[ACT V. K. Edw. Sail how thou canst, have wind and tide thy friend;
This hand, fast wound about thy coal-black hair,
Enter OXFORD, with drum and colours.
Oxf. Oxford, Oxford, for Lancaster!
(Oxford and his Forces enter the City.)
Even with the dearest blood your bodies bear.
Enter SOMERSET, with drum and colours.
Enter CLARENCE, with drum and colours.
Of force enough to bid his brother battle;
K. Edw. Now welcome more, and ten times
Than if thou never hadst deserv'd our hate. [like.
Or shall we beat the stones about thine ears?
K. Edw. Yes, Warwick, Edward dares, and leads