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SCENE VI. - A room in the Tower.
G] Enter King flesty, Clarence, Waawick, Soverset, K. Hen. Come hither, England's hope! If secret
He'l young RICHMOND, OXFORD, MONTAGUE, Lieutenant powers
(Lays his hand on his head.
Ha of the Tower, and Attendants.
Suggest but truth to my dividing thoughts,
MO And turn's my captive state to liberty,
His head by nature fram’d to wear a crown,
GI At our enlargement what are thy due fees? Likely, in time, to bless a regal throne.
HC Lieu. Subjects may challenge nothing of their so- Make much of him, my lords for this is he,
So vereigns; Must help you more than you are hurt by me.
Ida But, if an humble prayer may prevail,
Enter a Messenger.
Bot! I then crave pardon of your majesty. War. What news, my friend?
RE K. Hen. For what, lieutenant? for well using me? Mess. That Edward is escaped from your brother,
K. Nay, be thou sure, I'll well requite thy kindness, And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy. For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure; War. Unsavoury news! But how made he escape?
But Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds Mess. He was convey'd by Richard duke of Gloster,
15 Conceive, when, after many moody thoughts, And the lord Hastings, who attended him At last, by notes of household harmony, In secret ambush on the forest side,
For They quite forget their loss of liberty:
And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him; But, Warwick, after God, thou set'st me free, For hunting was his daily exercise.
Dr: And chiefly therefore I thank God, and thee; War. My brother was too careless of his charge.-
GI He was the author, thou the instrument. But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide
Oar Therefore, that I may conquer fortune's spite, A salve for any sore, that may betide!
K By living low, where fortune cannot hurt me,
(Exeunt King Hen. War. Clar. Lieut. Aud that the people of this blessed land
and Attendants. May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars, Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of Edward's:
As Warwick, although my head still wear the crown, For, doubtless, Burgundy will yield him help,
K I here resign my government to thee,
And we shall have more wars, before't be loug.
00 War. Your grace hath still been fum'd for virtuous ; Did glad my heart, withi hope of this young Richmond,
Ou And yow may seem as wise, as virtuous,
So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts
I For few men rightly temper with the stars : Therefore, lord Oxford, to prevent the worst,
D Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace,
Forthwith we'll send him hence to Britany,
Come therefore, let's about it speedily!
т K. llen. Warwick, and Clarence, give me both Enter King Edward, Gloster, Hastings, and Forces,
K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, lord Hastings, and Now join your hands, and, with your hands, your
the rest; hearts,
Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends, That no dissension hinder government!
And says, that once more I shall interchange I make you both protectors of this land;
My waned state for Henry's regal crown. While I myself will lead a private life,
Well have we pass’d, and now repass’d the seas, And in devotion spend my latter days,
And brought desired help from Burgundy: To siu's rebuke, and my Creators praise.
What then remains, we being thus arriv'd War. What answers Clarence to his sovereign's will? From Ravenspurg haven before the gates of York, Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield consent; But that we enter, as into our dukedom? For on thy fortune I repose myself.
Glo. The gates made fast!-
Brother, I like not this; War. Whythen, though loath,yet must I be content: For many men, that stumble at the threshold, We'll yoke together, like a double shadow
Are well foretold, that danger lurks within. To Henry's body, and supply his place;
K. Edw. Tush, man! abodements must not now I mean, in bearing weight of government,
allright us : While he enjoys the honour, and his ease. By fair or foul means we must enter is, And Clarence, pow then it is more than needful, For hither will our friends repair to us. Forthwith that Edward be provounc'd a traitor, Hast. My liege, I'll knock once more, to summon And all his lands and goods be confiscate.
them. Clar. What else? andehat succession be determin’d. Enter, on the walls the Mayor of York, and his War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part.
Brethren. K. llen. But, with the first of all your chief aflairs, May. My lords, we were forewarned of your coming, Let me entreat, (for I command no more,)
And shut the gates for safety of ourselves; That Margaret your queen, and my son Edward, For now we owe allegiance nuto llenry. Be sent for, to returu from France with speed: K. Edw. But, master mayor, if Henry be your king, For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear
Yet Edward, at the least, is duke of York. My joy of liberty is half eclips’d.
May. True, my good lord; I know you for no less. clar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all speed. K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but my daK. Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is that,
kedom, Of whom you seem to have so tender care? As being well content with that alone.
Glo. But, when the fox hath once got in his nose, We'll forward towards Warwick, and his mates ;
To flatter Henry, and forsake thy brother!
[Exeunt from above. And, that once gotten,doubt not of large pay![Exeunt. Glo. A wise stout captain, and persuaded soon!
Hast. The good old man would fain, that all were well, SCENE VIJI. – London. A room in the palace. So 'twere not 'long of him: but, being enter'd, Enter King Henry, WARWICK, CLARENCE, MontaI doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade
gue, Exeter, and OXFORD, Both him, and all his brothers, unto reason. War. What counsel, lords ? Edward from Belgia, Re-enter the Mayor, and two Aldermen, below. With hasty Germans, and blunt Hollanders, K. Edw. So, master mayor: these gates must not be Hath pass'd in safety through the narrow seas, shut,
And with his troops duth march amain to London, But in the night, or in the time of war.
And many giddy people flock to him. What! fear not, man, but yield me up the keys ! Oxf. Let's levy men, and beat him back again!
(Takes his keys. clar, A little fire is quickly trodden out, For Edward will defend the town, and thee, Which, being suffer'd, rivers cannot quench. And all those friends that deign to follow me. War. In Warwickshire I have true-hearted friends, Drum. Enter Montgomery, and forces, marching. Not mutinous in peace, yet bold in war";
Glo. Brother, this is sir John Montgomery, Those will I muster up: --and thou, son Clarence, Our trusty friend, unless I be deceiv'd.
Shalt stir, in Suffolk, Norfolk, and in Kent, K. Edw. Welcome, sir John! But why come you in the knights and gentlemen to come with thee :arms?
Thou, brother Montague, in Buckingham, Mont. To help king Edward in his time of storm, Northampton, and in Leicestershire, shalt find As every loyal subject ought to do.
Men well inclin'd to hear, what thou command'st. K. Edw. Thauks, good Montgomery! but we now And thou, brave Oxford, wondrous well belov’d, forget
In Oxfordshire shalt muster ap thy friends. Our title to the crown, and only claim
My sovereign, with the loving citizens, Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest. Like to his island, girt in with the ocean, Mont. Then fare you well, for I will hence again; Or modest Dian, circled with her nymphs, I came to serve a king, and not a duke.
Shall rest in London, till we come to him. Drummer, strike up, and let us march away! Fair lords, take leave, and stand not to reply !-
[-4 murch begun. Farewell, my sovereign! K. Edw. Nay, stay, sir John, awhile, and we'll K. Ilen. Farewell, my Hector, and my Troy's true debate,
hope! By what save means the crown may be recover'd. Clar. In sign of truth I kiss your Nighness' hand."
Ilont. What talk you of debating? in few words, K. Hen. Well-minded Clarence, bethou fortunate! If you'll not here proclaim yourself our king, Mont. Comfort, my lord !-- and so I take my leave. I'll leave you to your fortune, and be gone
Oxf. And thus [kissing Henry's hand.] I seal my To keep them back, that come to succour you.
truth, and bid adieu. Why should we fight, if you pretend no title? K. Hen. Sweet Oxford, and my loving Montague, Glo. Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice And all at once, once more a happy farewell! points ?
War. Farewell, sweet lords ! Let’s-meet at Coventry! K. Edw. When we grow stronger, then we'll make
[Exeunt War. Clar. Oxf. and Mont. our claim:
K. Hen. Here at the palace will I rest a while. Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning Cousin of Exeter, what thinks your lordship? Hast. Away with scrupulous wit! now arms must rule. Methinks, the power, that Edward hath in field, Glo. And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns. Should not be able to encounter mine. Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand;
Exe. The doubt is, that he will seduce the rest. The bruit thereof will bring you many friends. K. Hen. That's not my fear, my need hath got me
K. Edw. Then be it as you will! for 'tis my right, fame.
I have not stopp'd mine ears to their demands,
My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds, Hust. Sound, trumpet! Edward shall be here pro- My mildness hath allay'd their swelling griefs, claim'd :
My mercy dry'd their water-flowing tears; Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation! I have not been desirous of their wealth,
[Gives him a paper. Flourish. Nor much oppress’d them with great subsidies, Sold. (Reads.) Edward the fourth, by the grace Nor forward of revenge, thongh they much err'd ; of God, king of England and France, and lord of Then why should they love Edward' more than me? Ireland, etc.
No, Exeter, these graces challenge grace; Mont. And whosoe'er gainsays king Edward's right, And, when the lion fawns upon the lamb, By this I challenge him to single fight.
The lamb will never cease to follow him. (Throws down his gauntlet. [Shout within. A Lancaster! A Lancaster! All. Long live Edward the fourth !
Exe. Hark, hark, my lord!,what shouts are these? K. Edw. Thanks, brave Montgomery; - and thanks Enter King EDWARD, Gloster, and Soldiers. anto you all!
K. Edw. Seize on the shame-fac'd Henry, bear him If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness.
hence, Now, for this night, let's harbour liere in York: And once again proclaim us king of England ! And, when the morning sun shall raise his car You are the fount, that makes small brooks to flow; Above the border of this horizon,
Now stops thy spring; my sea shall suck them dry,
l'ar. I will av And bid
K. Ed For Wa
And swell so much the higher by their ebb. — Glo. Come, Warwick, take the time, kneel down,
Than bear so low a sail, to strike to thee. Cold biting winter mars our hop’d-for hay.
K, Edw. Sail how thou canst, have wind and tide Glo. Away betimes, before his forces join,
thy friend! And take the great-grown traitor unawares :
This hand, fast wound abont thy coal-black hair, Brave warriors, march amain towards Coventry! Shall, whiles the head is warm, and new cut off,
[Excunt. Write in the dust this sentence with thy blood :
Wind-changing Warwick now can change no more.
Enter OXFORD, with drum and colours.
War. O cheerful colours ! see, where Oxford comes !
Oxf, Oxford, Oxford, for Lancaster!
[0.xford and his forces enter the city. Corentry, two Messengers, and Others. Glo. The gates are open, let us enter too! War. Where is the post, that came from valiant Ox- K. Edw. So other foes may set upon our backs: ford ?
Stand we in good array; for they, no doubt, How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow ? Will issue out again, and bid us battle: 1 Mess. By this at Dunsmore, marching hitherward. If not, the city being of small defence, lar. How far off is our brother Montague? – We'll quickly rouse the traitors in the same. Where is the post that came from Montague ? War. O, welcome, Oxford! for we waot thy help. 2 mless. By this at Daintry, with a puissant troop. Enter Montague, with drum and colours. Enter Sir Jonx SOMERVILLE,
Mon. Montague, Montague, for Lancaster ! Il'ar. Say, Somerville, what says my loving son?
(Ile and his forces enter the city. And, by the guess, how nigh is Clarence now? Glo.Thou and thy brother both shall buythis treason,
Som. At Southam I did leave him with his forces, Even with the dearest blood, your bodies bear. And do expect him here some two hours hence. K. Edw. The harder match’d, the greater victory; [Drum heard. My mind presageth happy gain, and
conquest. War. Then Clarence is at hand, I hear his drum. Enter SOMERSET, with drum and colours. Som. It is not his, my lord; here Southam lies; Som. Somerset, Somerset, for Lancaster! The druin, your honour hears, marcheth from War
(He and his forces enter the city. wick.
Glo. Two of thy pame, both dukes of Somerset, Iar. Who should that be? belike, unlook'd for Have sold their lives unto the house of York; friends.
And thou shalt be the third, if this sword hold. Som. They are at hand, and you shall quickly know. Enter CLARENCE, with drum and colours. Drums. Enter King EDWARD, Glosten, and Forces, War.And lo,where George of Clarence sweeps along, marching
of force enough to bid his brother battle;
. More than the nature of a brother's love; —
[Taking the red rose out of his cap.
And set up Lancaster. Why, trow'st thon, Warwick
, Confess, who set thee up and pluck'd thee down? - To bend the fatal instruments of war Call Warwick patron, and be penitent,
Against his brother, and his lawful king? And thou shalt still remain the duke of York, Perhaps, thou wilt object my holy oath: Glo. I thought, at least, he would have said the To keep that vath, were more impiety kingi
Than Jephtha's, when he sacrilic'd his daughter. Or did he make the jest against his will ?
am so sorry for my trespass made, War. Is not a dukedom, sir, a goodly gift? That, to deserve well at my brother's hands, Glo, Ay, by my faith, for a poor arl to give;
ere proclaim myself thy mortal foe; I'll do thee service for so good a gift.
With resolution, wheresoe'er I meet thee,
And so, proud-hearted Warwick, I defy thee
K. Edw. But Warwick's king is Edward's prisoner: For I will henceforth be no more unconstant.
War. Alas, I am not coop'd here for defence: And we are grac'd with wreaths of victory.
But, in the midst of this bright-shining day,
Ere he attain his easeful western bed :
[March. Exeunt. Hath rais'd in Gallia, have arriv'd our coast,
And, as we hear, march on to fight with us.
bringing in Warwick wounded. Thy very beams will dry those vapours up;
And Somerset, with Oxford, fled to her;
(Èxit. Her faction will be full as strong, as ours !
We, having now the best at Barnet field,
And, as we march, our strength will be augmented
In every county, as we go along. –
Strike up the drum, cry Courage! and away!
(Exeunt. Under whose shade the ramping lion slept ;
SCENE IV. - Plains near Tewksbury.
And half our sailors swallow'd in the flood,
Which industry and courage might have sav'd ?
And Montague onr top-mast; what of him?
Why, is not Oxford here another anchor ?
The friends of France our shrouds and tacklings?
War. Why, then I would not fly. – Ah, Montague, For once allow'd the skilful pilot's charge?
What Clarence, but a quicksand of deceit?
Bestride the rock; the tide will wash you off,
This speak I, lords, to let you
In case some one of you would fly from us,
That there's no hop'd-for mercy with the brothers,
Should, if a coward heard her speak these words,
I speak not this, as doubting any here:
He should have leave to go away betimes,
Lest, in our need, he might infect another, Resign thy chair, and where I stand, kneel thou,
Whilst I propose the self-same words to thee,
Which, traitor, thou wouldst have me answer to! Let him depart, before we need his help.
Q. Mar. Ah, that thy father had been so resolvid! Oxf. Women and children of no liigh a courage! Gło. That you might still have worn the petticoat, TO And warriors faint! why, 'twere perpetual shame. And ne'er have stoľn the breech from Lancaster! K. O, brave young prince! thy famous grandfather Prince. Let Aesop fable in a winter's night;
No Doth live again in thee; long may'st thou live, His currish riddles sort not with this place.
W To bear his image, and renew his glories !
Glo. By heaven, brat, I'll plague you for that word. And Som. And he, that will not fight for such a hope, Q. Mar. Ay, thou wast born to be a plague to men. BY Go home to bed, and, like the owl by day,
Glo. For God's sake, take away this captive scold! If he arise, be mockd and wonder'dat!
Prince. Nay, take away this scolding crookback KIT Q. Mar. Thanks, gentle Somerset; sweet Oxford, rather.
K. Edw. Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm your G. Prince. And take his thanks, that yet hath nothing tongue!
Clar. Untulor'd lad, thou art too malapert.
Prince. I know my duty, you are all undutiful: Ti
An Oxf. I thought no less: it is his policy, I am your better, traitors as ye are ! -
G To haste thus fast, to find us naprovided.
And thou usurp'st my father's right and mine. Som. But he's deceiv'd, we are in readiness. K. Edw. Take that, the likeness of this railer here. Q. Mar. This cheers my heart, to see your forward
So Glo. Sprawl'st thou? take that, to end ihy agony! Oxf. Here pitch our battle, hence we will not budge.
(Glo. stabs hin W March. Enter, at a distance , King Edward, Cla- Clar. And there's for twitting me with perjury; RENCE, GLOSTER, and Forces.
[Clar. stabs him.
TE K. Edw. Brave followers, yonder stands the thorny C. Mar. O, kill me too! wood,
Glo. Marry, and shall.
[Offers to kill her. Which, by the heavens'assistance, and your strength, K. Edw. Hold, Richard, hold, for we have done too Must by the roots be hewn up yet ere night.
H I need not add more fuel to your fire ;
Glo. Why should she live, to fill the world with IL For, well I wot, ye blaze to burn them out!
words? Give signal to the fight, and to it, lords!
K. Edw. What! doth she swoon? use means for Q. Mar. Lords , kuights, and gentlemen, what I her recovery!
Glo. Clarence, excuse me to the king, my brother!
Ere ye come there, be sure to hear some pews!
Glo. The Tower, the Tower!
[Esit. His realm a slaughterhouse, his subjects slain, Q.Mar.0, Ned, sweet Ned! speak to thy mother, boy! His statutes cancell'd, and his treasure spent; Canst thou not speak! - O traitors! murderers!~ And yonder is the wolf, that makes this spoil. They, that stabb’d Caesar, shed no blood at all, You fight in justice: then, in God's name, lords, Did not offend, nor were not worthy blame, Be valiant, and give signal to the fight!
If this foul deed were by, to equal it. (Exeunt both Armies. He was a man; this, in respect, a child; SCENE V. - Another part of the same, And men ne'er spend their fury on a child. Alarums: Excursions: and afterwards a Retreat. What's worse, than murderer, that I may name it? Then enter King Edward, Clarence, Gloster, No, no; my heart will burst, an if I speak :-and forces; with Queen Margaret, Oxfond, and And I will speak, that so my heart may burst.“ Somerset, prisoners.
Butchers and villains, bloody cannibals !
The thought of them would have stirr'd up remorse-
(Exeunt Oxford and Somerset, guarded. K. Edw. Away with her! go, bear her hence perforce! O Mar. So part we sadly in this troublous world, Q. Mar. Nay, never bear me hence, despatch To meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem.
here; K. Edw. Is proclamation made,
that, who finds Here sheath thy sword! I'll pardon thee my death; Edward,
What! wilt thou not?
- then, Clarence, do it thon! Shall have a high reward, and he his life?
Clar. By heaven, I will not do thee so much ease. Glo. It is: and lo, where youthful Edward comes. Q. Mar. Good Clarence, do! sweet Clarence, do Enter Soldiers, with Prince Edward.
thou do it!
Q. Mar. Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself ;