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Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner; Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard, Or by his foes surpriz’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.
Rio. 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,
Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then become?
SCENE V.-A Park near Middleham Castle in
· Enter Gloster, Hastings, Sir William STANLEY,
and Others. Glo. Now, my lord Hastings, and sir William Stanley, Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither, Into this chiefest thicket of the park. Thus stands the case: You know, our king, my brother, Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands He hath good usage and great liberty; And often, but attended with weak guard, Comes hunting this way to disport himself. I have advertis’d him by secret means, That if, about this hour, he make this way, Under the colour of his usual game, He shall here find his friends, with horse and men, To set him free from his captivity.
Enter King EDWARD, and a Huntsman.
men 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;
K. Edw. But whither shall we then?
Glo. Well guess’d, believe me; for that was my mean
ing. K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. Glo. But wherefore stay we? 'tis no time to talk. K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou? wilt thou go
along? Hunt. Better do so, than tarry and be hang’d. 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.
SCENE VI.- A Room in the Tower.
Enter King HENRY, CLARENCE, WARWICK, SOMER
set, young RicHMOND, OXFORD, MONTAGUE, Lier tenant of the Tower, and Attendants.
K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and friends Have shaken Edward from the regal seat; And turn'd my captive state to liberty, My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys; At our enlargement what are thy due fees? Lieu. Subjects may challenge nothing of their sove.
reigns ; 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 incaged birds Conceive, when, after many moody thoughts,
At last, by notes of household harmony,
War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for virtuous ;
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 consent; For 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 pronounc'd a traitor, And all his lands and goods be confiscate.
Clar. What else ? and that succession be determin’d. 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 eclips’d.
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?
Som. My liege, it is young Henry, earl of Richmond.
powers [Lays his Hand on his Head.