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I like it better than a dangerous honour.

K. Edw. What fates impose, that men must If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,

needs abide; 'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him. It boots not to resist both wind and tide. 1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up his [Exit King Edward, led out; Somerset passage.

with him. 2 Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his Oxf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do, royal tent,

But march to London with our soldiers ? But to defend his person from night-foes? War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have


To free king Henry from imprisonment,
MERSET, and Forces.

And see him seated in the regal throne. [Exeunt. War. This is his tent; and see, where stand his guard.

SCENE IV.-London. A room in the palace. Courage, my masters : honour now, or never !

Enter Queen ELIZABETH and RIVERS. But follow me, and Edward shall be ours. 1 Watch. Who goes there?

Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden 2 Watch. Stay, or thou diest.

change? [Warwick, and the rest, cry allWarwick ! Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to Warwick ! and set upon the guard ; who

learn, fly, crying-Arm! arm! Warwick, and What late misfortune is befall’n king Edward? the rest, following them.

Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against

Warwick ? The drum beating, and trumpets sounding, re

Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal enter Warwick, and the rest, bringing the

person. king out in a gown, sitting in a chair : Glos

Riv. Then is my sovereign slain? TER and Hastings fly.

Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken pri

soner ; Som. What are they that fly there?

Either betray'a by falsehood of his guard, War. Richard and Hastings : let them go, Or by his foe surpris'd at unawares : here's the duke.

And, as I further have to understand, K. Edw. The duke ! why, Warwick, when Is new committed to the bishop of York, we parted last,

Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe. Thou call’dst me king?

Riv. These news, I must confess, are full of War. Ay, but the case is alter'd :

grief: When you disgrac'd me in my embassade, Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may; Then I degraded you from being king,



lose, that now hath won the day. And come now to create you duke of York. Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must hinder life's Alas ! how should you govern any kingdom,

decay. That know not how to use ambassadors ; And I the rather wean me from despair, Nor how to be contented with one wife; For love of Edward's offspring in my womb: Nor know not how to use your brothers brotherly; This is it that makes me bridle passion, Nor how to study for the people's welfare ; And bear with mildness my misfortunes' cross ; Nor how to shrowd yourself from enemies ? Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear, K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs, here too?

Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown Nay, then I see, that Edward needs must down.- King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance, Of thee thyself, and all thy complices,

Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then Edward will always bear himself as king:

become? Though fortune's malice overthrow my state, Q. Eliz. I am informed, that he comes toMy mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.

wards London, War. Then, for his mind, be Edward Eng- To set the crown once more on Henry's head :

land's king: [Takes off his crown. Guess thou the rest ; king Edward's friends must But Henry now shall wear the English crown,

down. And be true king indeed; thou but the shadow. But, to prevent the tyrant's violence, My lord of Somerset, at my request,

(For trust not him, that hath once broken faith,) See that forthwith duke Edward be convey'd Ì'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary, Unto my brother, archbishop of York.

To save at least the heir of Edward's right; When I have fought with Pembroke and his There shall I rest secure from force, and fraud. fellows,

Come therefore, let us fly, while we may fly; I'll follow you, and tell what answer

If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. Lewis, and the lady Bona, send to him:

[Ereunt. Now, for a while, farewell, good duke of York.



the game.

the rest,

Lieu. Subjects may challenge nothing of their SCENE V.-A park near Middleham Castle in sovereigns; Yorkshire.

But, if an humble prayer may prevail,

I then crave pardon of your majesty. Enter Gloster, Hastings, Sir William

K. Hen. For what, lieutenant ? for well using STANLEY, and Others. Glo. Now, my lord Hastings, and sir William Nay, be thou sure, I'll well requite thy kindness, Stanley,

For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure : Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither, Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds Into this chiefest thicket of the park.

Conceive, when, after many moody thoughts, Thus stands the case : You know, our king, my At last, by notes of household harmony, brother,

They quite forget their loss of liberty.Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands But, Warwick, after God, thou set’st me free, He hath good usage and great liberty; And chiefly therefore I thank God, and thee; And often, but attended with weak guard, He was the author, thou the instrument. Comes hunting this way to disport himself. Therefore, that I may conquer fortune's spite, I have advertis'd him by secret means,

By living low, where fortune cannot hurt me; That if about this hour he make this way, And that the people of this blessed land Under the colour of his usual game,

May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars ; Hesball herefind his friends, with horse and men, Warwick, although my head still wear the crown, To set him free from his captivity.

I here resign my government to thee,

For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds.
Enter King EDWARD, and a Huntsman. War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for
Hunt. This way, my lord; for this


And now may seem as wise as virtuous,
K. Edw. Nay, this way, man ; see, where the Be spying, and avoiding, fortune's malice,
huntsmen stand.

For few men rightly temper with the stars : Now, brother of Gloster, lord Hastings, and Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace,

For choosing me, when Clarence is in place. Stand you thus close to steal the bishop's deer?

Clar. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the Glo Brother, the time and case requireth haste; To whom the heavens, in thy nativity, Your horse stands ready at the park corner. K. Edw. But whither shall we then ?

Adjudg'd an olive branch, and laurel crown, Hast. To Lynn, my lord; and ship from As likely to be blest in peace, and war ; thence to Flanders.

And therefore I yield thee my free consent. Glo. Well guess’d, believe me; for that was

War. And I choose Clarence only for protector. my meaning.

K. Hen. Warwick, and Clarence, give me both K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forward

your hands;

Now join your hands, and, with your hands, Glo. But wherefore stay we? 'tis no time to

your hearts, talk.

That no dissention hinder government : K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou ? wilt I make you both protectors of this land; thou go along?

While I myself will lead a private life, Hunt. Better do so, than tarry and be hang'a. And in devotion spend my latter days, Glo. Come then, away; let's have no more ado: To sin’s rebuke, and my Creator's praise. K. Edw. Bishop, farewell : shield thee from

War. What answers Clarence to his sovereign's Warwick's frown ;

will ? And pray that I may repossess the crown.

Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield [Exeunt.


For on thy fortune I repose myself.
SCENE VI.-A room in the Tower.

War. Why then, though loath, yet must I be

content: Enter King Henry, CLARENCE, WARWICK: To Henry's body, and supply his place;

We'll yoke together, like a double shadow SOMERSET, young Richmond, Oxford, Mon

I TAGUE, Lieutenant of the Tower, and Attend-While he enjoys the honour, and his ease.

mean, in bearing weight of government,

And, Clarence, now then it is more than needful, K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and Forthwith that Edward be pronounc'd a traitor, friends

And all his lands and goods be confiscate. Have shaken Edward from the regal seat ;

Clar. What else? and that succession be de. And turn'd my captive state to liberty,

termin’d. My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys ;

War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his At our enlargement what are thy due fees?




K. Hen. But, with the first of all your chief

SCENE VII.-Before York.
Let me entreat, (for I command no more,)
That Margaret your queen, and my son Edward,

Enter King EDWARD, GLOSTER, Hastings, Be sent for, to return from France with speed :

and Forces. For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, lord Hastings, My joy of liberty is half eclips’d.

and the rest; Clar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends, speed.

And says—that once more I shall interchange K. Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is My waned state for Henry's regal crown. that,

Well have we pass'd, and now repass’d the seas, Of whom you seem to have so tender care ? And brought desired help from Burgundy: Som. My liege, it is young Henry, earl of What then remains, we being thus arriv'd Richmond.

From Ravenspurg haven before the gates of York, K. Hen. Come hither, England's hope : If se- But that we enter, as into our dukedom? cret powers

[Lays his hand on his head. Glo. The gates made fast !-Brother, I like Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts,

not this; This pretty lad will prove our country's bliss. For many men, that stumble at the threshold, His looks are full of peaceful majesty ;

Are well foretold-that danger lurks within. His head by nature fram’d to wear a crown,

K. Edw. Tush, man! abodements must not His hand to wield a sceptre ; and himself

now affright us : Likely, in time, 10 bless a regal throne. By fair or foul means we must enter in, Make much of him, my lords; for this is he, For hither will our friends repair to us. Must help you more than you are hurt by me. Hast. My liege, I'll knock once more, to sum

mon them. Enter a Messenger. War. What news, my friend?

Enter, on the walls, the Mayor of York, and his Mess. That Edward is escaped from your

Brethren. brother,

May. My lords, we were forewarned of your And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy.

coming, War. Unsavoury news: But how made he And shut the gates for safety of ourselves; escape ?

For now we owe allegiance unto Henry. Mess. He was convey'd by Richard duke of K. Edw. But, master mayor, if Henry be your Gloster,

king, And the lord Hastings, who attended him Yet Edward, at the least, is duke of York. In secret ambush on the forest side,

May. True, my good lord ; I know you for And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him ;

no less. For hunting was his daily exercise.

K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but War. My brother was too careless of his my dukedom; charge.

As being well content with that alone. But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide Glo. But, when the fox hath once got in his A salve for any sore that may betide.

nose, [Exeunt King Hen. War. Clar. Lieut. He'll soon find means to make the body follow. and Attendants.

[Aside. Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of Ed- Hast. Why, master mayor, why stand you in ward's:

a doubt? For, doubtless, Burgundy will yield him help; Open the gates, we are king Henry's friends. And we shall have more wars, before't be long. May, Ay, say you so ? the gates shall then As Henry's late presaging prophecy

be open'd. [Exeunt from above. Did glad my heart, with hope of this young Glo. A wise stout captain,

and persuaded soon! Richmond ;

Hast. The good old man would fain that all So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts were well, What may befall him, to his harm and ours : So 'twere not 'long of him: but, being enter’d, Therefore, lord Oxford, to prevent the worst, I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persusade Forthwith we'll send him hence to Britany, Both him, and all his brothers, unto reason. Till storms be past of civil enmity. Orf. Ay; for, if Edward repossess the crown,

Re-enter the Mayor, and two Aldermen, below. 'Tis like, that Richmond with the rest shall down. K. Edw. So, master mayor: these gates must Som. It shall be so; he shall to Britany.

not be shut, Come therefore, let's about it speedily. But in the night, or in the time of war. [Exeunt. What! fear not, man, but yield me up the keys;

[Takes his keys.

For Edward will defend the town, and thee, And, when the morning sun shall raise his car And all those friends that deign to follow me. Above the border of this horizon,

We'll forward towards Warwick, and his mates; Drum. Enter MontgomERY, and Forces,

For, well I wot, that Henry is no soldier. marching

Ah, froward Clarence !-howevil it beseems thee, Glo. Brother, this is sir John Montgomery, To flatter Henry, and forsake thy brother ! Our trusty friend, unless I be deceiv'd. Yet, as we may, we'll meet both thee and WarK. Edw. Welcome, sir John! But why come


you in arms?

Come on, brave soldiers ; doubt not of the day; Mont. To help king Edward in his time of And, that once gotten, doubt not of large pay. storm,

[Ereunt. As every loyal subject ought to do. K. Edw. Thanks, good Montgomery: But

SCENE VIII.-Londen. A room in the we now forget

palace. Our title to the crown ; and only claim Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest.

Enter King Henry, WARWICK, CLARENCE, Mont. Then fare you well, for I will hence

MONTAGUE, Exeter, and Oxrord. again ;

War. What counsel, lords ? Edward from I came to serve a king, and not a duke.

Belgia, Drummer, strike up, and let us march away. With hasty Germans, and blunt Hollanders,

[A march begun. Hath pass'd in safety through the narrow seas, K. Edw. Nay, stay, sir John, awhile ; and And with his troops doth march amain to London; we'll debate,

And many giddy people flock to him. By what safe means the crown may be recover’d. Orf. Let's levy men, and beat him back again. Mont. What talk you of debating ? in few Clar. A little fire is quickly trodden out; words,

Which, being suffer'd, rivers cannot quench. If you'll not here proclaim yourself our king, War. In Warwickshire I have true-hearted 111 leave you to your fortune ; and be gone

friends, To keep them back, that come to succour you: Not mutinous in peace, yet bold in war; Why should we fight, if you pretend no title? Those will I muster up:-and thou, son Cla-, Glo. Why, brother, wherefore stand you on rence, nice points ?

Shalt stir, in Suffolk, Norfolk, and in Kent, K. Edw. When we grow stronger, then we'll The knights and gentlemen to come with thee:make our claim :

Thou, brother Montague, in Buckingham, Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning. Northampton, and in Leicestershire, shalt find Hast. Away with scrupulous wit! now arms Men well inclin'd to hear what thou commust rule.

mand'st :Glo. And fearless minds climb soonest unto And thou, brave Oxford, wondrous well belov'l, crowns.

In Oxfordshire shalt muster up thy friends. Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand ; My sovereign, with the loving citizens,The bruit thereof will bring you many friends. Like to his island, girt in with the ocean, K. Edw. Then be it as you will; for 'tis my Or modest Dian, circled with her nymphs,right,

Shall rest in London, till we come to him.And Henry but usurps the diadem.

Fair lords, take leave, and stand not to reply.Mont. Áy, now my sovereign speaketh like Farewell, my sovereign. himself;

K. Hen. Farewell, my Hector, and my Troy's And now will í be Edward's champion.

true hope. Hast. Sound, trumpet ; Edward shall be here Clar. In sign of truth I kiss your highness' proclaim'd :

hand. Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation. K. Hen. Well-minded Clarence, be thou for

[Gives him a paper. Flourish. tunate! Sold. [Reads.] Edward the fourth, by the Mont. Comfort, my lord !-and so I take my ruce of God, king of England and France, and leave. lord of Ireland, &c.

Oxf. And thus [ Kissing Henry's hand. ] I Mont. And whosoe'er gainsays king Edward's seal my truth, and bid adieu. right,

K. Hen. Sweet Oxford, and my loving MonBy this I challenge him to single fight.

tague, [Throws down his gauntlet. And all at once, once more a happy farewell. AN. Long live Edward the fourth !

War. Farewell, sweet lords; let's meet at CoK. Edw. Thanks, brave Montgomery ;-and ventry. thanks unto you all.

[Ereunt War. Clar. Orf. and Mont. If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness. K. Hen. Here at the palace will I rest a while. Now, for this night, let's harbour here in York: Cousin of Exeter, what thinks your lordship?


Methinks, the power, that Edward hath in field,
Should not be able to encounter mine.

Enter King EDWARD, GLOSTER, and Soldiers.
Ere. The doubt is, that he will seduce the rest. K. Edw. Seize on the shame-fac'd Henry, bear
K. Hen. That's not my fear, my meed hath him hence,
got me fame.

And once again proclaim us king of England. I have not stopp'd mine ears to their demands, You are the fount, that makes small brooks to Nor posted off their suits with slow delays ; My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds, Now stops thy spring ; my sea shall suck them My mildness hath allay'd their swelling griefs, dry, My mercy dry'd their water-flowing tears : And swell so much the higher by their ebb.I have not been desirous of their wealth, Hence with him to the Tower; let him not Nor much oppress’d them with great subsidies, speak. [Exeunt some with King Henry. Nor forward of revenge, though they much err’d; And, lords, towards Coventry bend we our course, Then why should they love Edward more than me? Where peremptory Warwick now remains : No, Exeter, these graces challenge grace ; The sun shines hot, and, if we use delay, And, when the lion fawns upon the lamb, Cold biting winter mars our hop’d-for hay: The lamb will never cease to follow him.

Glo. Away betimes, before his forces join, [Shout within. A Lancaster ! A Lancaster ! And take the great-grown traitor unawares : Exe. Hark, hark, my lord ! what shouts are Brave warriors, march amain towards Coventry. these?



Wur. O, unbid spite! is sportful Edward SCENE I.-Coventry.

come? Enter, upon the walls, WARWICK, the Mayor of That we could hear no news of his repair ?

Where slept our scouts, or how are they seduc'd, Coventry, two Messengers, and Others.

K. Edw. Now, Warwick, wilt thou ope

the War. Where is the post that came from valiant city gates, Oxford ?

Speak gentle words, and humbly

bend thy knee?How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow ? Call Edward-king, and at his hands beg mercy, 1 Mess. By this at Dunsmore, marching hither- And he shall pardon thee these outrages. ward.

Wur. Nay, rather, wilt thou draw thy forces War. How far off is our brother Montague ? - hence, Where is the post that came from Montague ? Confess who set thee upand pluck'd thee down?2 Mess. By this at Daintry, with a puissant Call Warwick-patron, and be penitent, troop.

And thou shalt still remain the duke of York.

Glo. I thought, at least, he would have said, Enter Sir John SOMERVILLE.

the king; War. Say, Somerville, what says my loving son? Or did he make the jest against his will ? And, by the guess, how nigh is Clarence now? War. Is not a dukedom, sir, a goodly gift? Som. At Southam, I did leave him with his Glo. Ay, by my faith, for a poor earl to give; forces,

I'll do thee service for so good a gift. And do expect him here some two hours hence. War. 'Twas I that gave the kingdom to thy

[Drum heard. brother. War. Then Clarence is at hand, I hear his drum. K. Edw. Why, then 'tis mine, if but by WarSom. It is not his, my lord; here Southam lies; wick's gift. The drum, your honour hears, marcheth from War. Thou art no Atlas for so great a weight: Warwick.

And, weakling, Warwick takes his gift again ; War. Who should that be? belike, unlook'd And Henry is my king, Warwick his subject. for friends.

K. Edw. But Warwick's king is Edward's Som., They are at hand, and you shall quickly prisoner: know.

And, gallant Warwick, do but answer this,

What is the body, when the head is off? Drums. Enter King EDWARD, GLOSTER, and

Glo. Alas, that Warwick had no more forecast, Forces, marching.

But, whiles he thought to steal the single ten, K. Edw. Go, trumpet, to the walls, and sound The king was slily finger’d from the deck ! a parle.

You left poor Henry at the bishop's palace, Glo. See how the surly Warwick mans the wall. ! And, ten to one, you'll meet bim in the Tower,

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