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Eitter a Messenger.
That Lewis of France is sending over maskers,
Thou stest what's past, so fear thy king withal.
Bona. Tell him, In hope he'll prove a widower And, madam, these for you ; from whom, I know not. shortly,
(T. Margaret. They all read their letters. I'll wear the willow garland for his sake. Oxf. I like it well, that our fair queen and mistress Q. Mar. Tell him, My mourning weeds are bid Smiles at her news, while Warwick frowns at his.
aside, Prince. Nay, mark, how Lewis stamps as he were And I am ready to put armour on. nettled :
War. Tell him from me, That he hath done ne I hope, all's for the best.
wrong; K. Lew. Warwick, what are thy, news? and yours, And therefore I'll uncrown him, ere't be long. fair queen?
There's thy reward; be gone. [Exit Messenger l. Mar. Mine, such as fill my heart with uuhop'd K. Low.
But, Warwick, thou,
And Oxford, with five thousand men,
And prince shall follow with a fresh supply.
Yet, ere thou go, but answer me one doubt;Sends me a paper to persuade me patience?
What pledge have we of thy firm loyalty? Is this the alliance that he seeks with France ?
War. This shall assure my constant loyalty :Dare he presume to scorn us in this manner ? That if our queen and this young prince agree,
l. Mar. I told your majesty as much before : I'll join mine eldest daughter, and my joy, This proveth Edward's love, and Warwick's honesty. | To him forth with in holy wedlock bands.
War. King Lewis, I here protest,-in sight of heaven, l. Mar. Yes, I agree, and thank you for your moAnd by the hope I have of heavenly bliss,
Therefore delay not, give thy hand to Warwick;
That only Warwick's daughter shall be thine.
Prince. Yes, I accept her, for she well deserves it ; Did I let pass the abuse done to my niece ?
And here, to pledge my vow, I give my hand. Did I impale him with the regal crown?
[He gives his hand to Warwick. Did I put Henry from his native right ;
K. Lew. Why stay we now? These soldiers shall be And am I gnierdon'd at the last with shame?
levied, Shame on himself! for my desert is honour.
And thou, lord Bourbon, our high admiral, And, to repair my honour lost for him,
Shall waft them over with our royal fleet. I here renounce him, and return to Henry :
I long, till Edward fall by war's mischance, My noble queen, let former grudges pass,
For mocking marriage with a dame of France. And henceforth I am thy true servitor ;
[Ereunt all but Warwick I will revenge his wrong to lady Bona,
War. I came from Edward as embassador, And replant Henry in his former state.
But I return his sworn and mortal foe: Q. Mar. Warwiek, these words have turn'd my liate Matter of marriage was the charge he gave me, to love;
But dreadful war sluall answer his demand. And I forgive and quite forget old faults,
Had he none else to make a stale, but me? And joy that thou becom'st king Henry's friend. Then none but I shall turn his jest to sorrow.
War. So much his friend, ay, his unfeigned friend, I was the chief that rais'd him to the crown, That, if king Lewis vouchsafe to furnish us
And I'll be chief to bring him down again. With some few bands of chosen soldiers,
Not that I pity Henry's misery,
But seek revenge on Edward's mockery.
SCENE I. -London. A Room in the Palace. Ender Or than for strength and safety of our country. Bona. Dear brother, how shall Bona be reveng'd,
Gloster, Clarence, Somerset, Montague, and Others But by thy help to this distressed queen?
Gloster. Queen. Renowned prince, how shall poor Henry NOW tell me, brother Clarence, what think you live,
of this new marriage with the lady Grey? Unless thou rescue him from foul despair ?
Hath not our brother made a worthy choice? Bona. My quarrel, and this English queen's, are one. Cla. Alas, you know, 'tis far from hence to France ; War. And mine, fair lady Bona, joins with yours. How could he stay till Warwick mado return? K. Lew. And mine, with hers, and thine, and Mar Som. My lords, forbear this talk; here comes the garet's.
king: Therefore, at last, I firmly am resolvid, You shall have aid.
Flourish. Enter King Edward, attended; Lady Gress Q. Mar. Let me give humble thanks for all at once.
as qucen : Pembroke, Stafford, Hastings, and Others. K. Lew. Then England's messenger, return in post; Gio. And his well-chosen bride. And tell false Edward, thy supposed king;-
Cla. I mind to tell him plainly what I think.
K. Edw. Now, brother of Clarence, how like you our || But as this title honours me and mine, cho be,
So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing, That you stand pensive, as half malcontent?
Do cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow. Cla. As well as Lewis of France, or the earl of War
K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon their wick;
frowns ; Which are so weak of courage, and in judgement, What danger, or what sorrow can befall thee, That they'll take no offence at our abuse.
So long as Edward is thy constant friend, K. Edw. Suppose, they take offence without a cause, And their true sovereign, whom they must obey? They are but Lewis and Warwick ; I am Edward,
Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too,
Gle. And you shall have your will, because our king ; || Which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe,
And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath. K. Edw. Yea, brother Richard, are you offended too?
Gle. I hear, yet say not much, but think the more. Cle. Not I:
[Aside. No; God forbid, that I should wish them sever'd
Enter a Messenger.
K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters, or what
From France? Should not become my wife, and England's queen:
Mess. My sovereign liege, no letters ; and few words, And you too, Somerset, and Montague,
But such as I, without your special pardon, Speak freely what you think.
Dare not relate. Cla. Then this is my opinion,-that king Lewis K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore, in brief, Becomes your enemy, for mocking him
Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess them. About the marriage of the lady Bona.
What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters ? Glo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge, Mess. At my depart, these were his very words; Is now dishonoured by this new marriage.
Go tell false Edward, thy supposed king,K. Edw. What, if both Lewis and Warwick be ap That Lewis of France is sending over maskers, peas'd,
To revel it with him and his new bride. By such invention as I can devise ?
K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave? belike he thinks me Mont. Yet to have join'd with France in such al Henry. liance,
But what said lady Bona to my marriage ? Would more have strengthen'd this our commonwealth Mess. These were her words, utter'd with mild dis'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred marriage.
dain ; Hast. Why, knows not Montague, that of itself Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly, England is safe, if' true within itself?
I'll wear the willow garland for his sake. Mont. Yes ; but the safer, when 'tis back'd with K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little less ; France.
She had the wrong. But what said Henry's queen? Hast. 'Tis better using France, than trusting France: For I have heard, that she was there in place. Let us be back d with God, and with the seas,
Mess. Tell him, quoth she, my mourning weeds are Which he hath given for fence impregnable,
done, And with their helps only defend ourselves;
And I am ready to put armour on. In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies.
K. Edw. Belike, she minds to play the Amazon. Cla. For this one speech, lord Hastings well deserves But what said Warwick to these injuries? To have the heir of the lord Hungerford.
Mess. He, more incens'd against your majesty K. Edw. Ay, what of that? it was my will, and grant; Than all the rest, discharg‘d me with these words ; And, for this once, my will shall stand for law. Tell him from me, that he hath done me wrong, Glo. And yet, methinks, your grace hath not done and therefore I'll uncrown him, ere't be long. well,
K. Edw. Ha! durst the traitor breathe out so proud To give the heir and daughter of lord Scales
words? Unto the brother of your loving bride ;
Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarn'd: She better woukl have fitted me, or Clarence: They shall have wars, and pay for their presumption. But in your bride you bury brotherhood.
But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret ? Cla. Or else you would not have bestowed the heir Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign ; they are so link’d in of the lord Bodville on your new wife's son,
friendship, And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere. That young prince Edward marries Warwick's daughi
K. Edw. Alas, poor Clarence! is it for a wife,
Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast,
That, though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage And, to that end, I shortly mind to leave you.
I may not prove inferior to yourself.K.Edrs. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king, You, that love me and Warwick, follow me. And not be tied unto his brother's will.
[Exit Clarence, and Somerset follo7vs. Q. Eliz. My lords, before it pleas'd his majesty Glo. Not I: To raise my state to title of a queen,
My thoughts aim at a further matter; I Do me but right, and you must all confess
Stay not for love of Edward, but the crown. [tside. That I was not ignoble of descent,
K. Edre. Clarence and Somerset both gove tv War: And meaner than myself have had like fortune.
Yet am I arm'd against the worst can happen ; Never to lie and take his natural rest,
2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, Go levy men, and make prepare for war;
If Warwick be so near as men report. They are already, or quickly will be landed :
3 Watch. But say, I pray, what nobleman is that, Myself in person will straight follow you.
That with the king here resteth in his tent? [Excuni Pembroke and Stafford. 1 Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the king's chiefest But, ere I go, Hastings,-and Montague,
friend. Resolve my doubt. You twain, of all the rest,
3 Watch. O, is it so ? But why commands the king, Are near to Warwick, by blood, and by alliance: That his chief followers lodge in towns about him, Tell me, if you love Warwick more than me?
While he himself keepeth in the cold field? If it be so, then both depart to him;
2 Watch. 'Tis the more honour, because more danI rather wish you foes, than hollow friends ;
gerous. But if you mind to hold your true obedience,
3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship and quietness, Give me assurance with some friendly vow,
I like it better than a dangerous honour. That I may never have you in suspeet.
If Warwick knew in what estate he stands, Mont. So God help Montague, as he proves true! 'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him. Hast. And Hastings, as he favours Edward's cause! 1 Watch. Unless our balberds did shut up his pas• K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you stand by
2 Watch. Ay, wherefore else guard we his royal tent, Glo. Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand you. But to defend his person from night-foes?
K. Hen. Why so ; then am I sure of victory. Now therefore let us hence; and lose no hour,
Enter Warwick, Clarence, Oxford, Somerset, and Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power.
Forces. [Exeunt. War. This is his tent; and see, where stand his guard
Courage, my masters : honour now, or tk ver! SCENE II.-A Plain in Warwickshire. Enter War. But follow me. and Edward shall be ours.
wick and Oxford, with French and other Forces. i Watch. Who goes there? War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well ;
2 Watch, Stay, or thou diest. The common people by numbers swarm to us.
[Warwick, and the rest cry all.-Warwick! War Enter Clarence and Somerset.
wick ! and set upon the Guard; who fly, crying
Arm! Arm! Warwick, and the rest, following But, see, where Somerset and Clarence come ;
them. Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends ? Cla. Fear not that, my lord.
The drum beating and trumpets sounding, Reenter War. Then, gentle Clarence, weicome unto War
Warwick, and the rest, bringing the King out in & wick;
gown, sitting in a chair : Gloster and Hastings fly. And welcome, Somerset :-I hold it cowardice,
What are they that fly there! To rest mistrustful where a noble heart
War. Richard, and Hastings: let them go, here's Hath pawnd an open hand in sign of love;
the duke, Else might I think, that Clarence, Edward's brother, K. Edw. The duke! why, Warwick, when we part Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings :
ed last, But welcome, Clarence; my daughter shall be thine. Thou callidst me king? And now what rests, but, in night's coverture,
Ay, but the case is alter'd: Thy brother being carelessly encamp'd,
When you disgrac'd me in my embassade, His soldiers lurking in the towns about,
Then I degraded you from being king, And but attended by a simple guard,
And come now to create you duke of York, We may surprise and take him at our pleasure ? Alas! how should you govern any kingdom, Our scouts have found the adventure very easy : That know not how to use ambassadors ; That as Ulysses, and stout Diomede,
Nor how to be contented with one wife; With sleight and manhood stole to Rhesus' tents, Nor how to use your brotbers brotherly; And brought from thence the Thracian fåtal steeds ; Nor how to study for the people's welfare ; So we, well cover'd with the night's black mantle, Nor how to shroud yourself from enemies? At unawares may beat down Edward's guard,
K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here too? And seize himself; I say not-slaughter him,
Nay, then I see, that Edward nerds must down. For I intend but only to surprise him.
Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance, You, that will follow me to this attempt,
Of thee thyself, and all thy 'complices, Applaud the name of Henry, with your leader. Edward will always bear himself as king:
[They all cry, Henry! || Though fortune's malice overthrow my state, Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort:
My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel. For Warwick and his friends, God and Saint George! War. Then, for his mind, be Edward England's (Excunt. king:
[Takes off his crewno SCENE III.-Edward's Camp, near Warwick. En
But Henry now shall wear the English crown, ter certain Watchmen to guard the King's Tent,
And be true king indeed : thou but the shadow
My lord of Somerset, at my request, 1 Watch. Come on, my masters, each Man take his See that forthwith duke Edward be convey'd stand ;
Unto my brother, archbishop of York. The king, by this, is set him down to sleep.
When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, 2 Watch. What, will he not to-bed?
I'll follow you, and tell what answer 1 Watch. Why, po: for be bath made a solemn vow | Lewis, and the lady Bona, send to him :
Now, fr a while, farewell, good duke of York.
Enter King Edward, and a Huntsman. K. Edw. What fates impose, that men must needs Hunt. This way; my lord; for this way lies the games abide ;
K. Edw. Nay, this way, man; see, where the hunts It boots not to resist both wind and tide.
men stand. [Exit King Edward, led out; Somerset with him.
Now, brother of Gloster, lord Hastings, and the rest, Oxf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do,
Stand you thus close, to steal the bishop's deer? But march to London with our soldiers ?
Glo. Brother, the time and case requireth haste; War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have to do; Your horse stands ready at the park corner. To free king Henry from imprisonment,
K. Edw. But whither shall we then? And see him seated in the regal throne. [Eacunt.
Hast. To Lynn, my lord ; and ship from thence to
Flanders. SCENE IV.-London. A Room in the Palace. En.
Glo. Well guess'd, believe me; for that was my ter Queen Elizabeth and Rivers.
meaning Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden change! K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn,
Glo. But wherefore stay we? 'tis no time to talk. What late misfortune is befali'n king Edward ?
K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou? wilt thou go Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against War along? wick?
Hunt. Better do so, than tarry and be hang'd. Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person.
Glo. Come then, away; let's have no more ado. Riv. Then is my sovereign slain ?
K. Edw. Bishop, farewell: shield thee from War2. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner ;
wick's frown; Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard,
And pray that I may repossess the crown. [Exeunt. Or by bus foe surpris'd at unawares: And, as I further have to understand,
SCENE VI-A Room in the Torver. Enter King Is new committed to the bishop of York,
Henry, Clarence, Warwick, Somerset, Young Richa Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe.
mond, Oxford, Montague, Lieutenant of the Tower, Riv. These news, I must confess, are full of grief: and Attendants. Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may;
K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and friends Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day.
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 ; Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear,
But if an humble prayer may prevail, Aral stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
I then crave pardon of your majesty. Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
K. Hen. For what, lieutenant? for well using me? King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown.
Nay, be thou stre, I'll well requite thy kindness, Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then become?
For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure : 2. Eliz. I am informed, that he comes towards Lon
Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds don,
Conceive, when, after many moudy thoughts, To set the crown once more on Henry's head:
At last, by notes of household harmony, Guess thou the rest ; king Edward's frieuds must down.
They quite forget their loss of liberty.But, to prevent the tyrant's violence,
But, Warwick, after God, thou set'st me free, (For trust not him that hath once broken faith) I'll hence forth with unto the sanctuary,
And chiefly therefore I thank God, and thee;
He was the author, thou the instrument. To save at least the heir of Edward's right;
Therefore, that I may conquer fortune's spite, There shall I rest secure from force, and fraud.
By living low, where fortune cannot hurt me; Come therefore, let us fly, while we may fly;
And that the people of this blessed land If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. [E.reunt.
May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars;
Warwick, although my head still wear the crown, SCENE V.- A Park near Middleham-Castle in York
I here resign my government to thee, xhire. Enter Gloster', Hastings, Sir William Stan
For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds. ley, and Others.
War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for virtuous ; Gle. Now my lord Hastings, and sir William And now may seem as wise as virtuous, Stanley,
By spying, and avoiding, fortune's malice, leave off to wonder why I drew you hither,
For few men rightly temper with the stars : Into this chiefest thicket of the park.
Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace, Thus stands the case : You know, our king, my For choosing me, when Clarence is in place. brother,
Cla. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway, Is prisoner to the bishop bere, at whose bands To whom the heavens, in thy nativity, He hath good usage and great liberty:
Adjudg’d an olive branch, and laurel crown, Arad often, but attended with weak guard,
As likely to be blest in peace, and war; Coules hunting this way to disport himself.
And therefore I yield thee my free consent. I have advertis'd him by secret means,
Irr. And I choose Clarence only for protector. That is about this hour, he make this way,
K. Hen. Warwick, and Clarence, give me byth your Under the colour of his usual game,
hands; Ile shall here find luis friends, with horse and men,
Now join your hands, a: d, with your hands, your hearts, Tuset his free from his captivity.
That no dissension liud. r government :
I make you both protectors of this land;
Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends, While I myself will lead a private life,
And says—that once more I shall interchange And in devotion spend my latter days,
My wained state for Henry's regal crown. To sin's rebuke, and my Creator's praise.
Well have we pass'd, and now repass'd the seas, War. What answers Clarence to his sovereign's will? And brought desired help from Burgundy:
Cla. That he consents, if Warwick yield consent; What then remains, we being thus arrivid For on thy fortune I repose myself.
From Ravenspurg haven before the gates of York, War. Why then, though loath, yet must I be content: But that we enter, as into our dukedom? We'll yoke together, like a double shadow
Glo. The gates made fast !- Brother, I like not this; To Henry's body, and supply his place;
For many men, that stumble at the threshold I mean, in bedring weight of government,
Are well foretold, that danger lurks within. While he enjoys the honour, and his ease.
K. Edw. Tush, man! abodements must not now afAnd, Clarence, now then it is more than needful,
fright us: Forthwith that Edward be pronoune'd a traitor, By fair or foul means we must enter in, And all his lands and goods be confiscate.
For hither will our friends repair to us. Cla. What else ? and that succession be determind. Hast. My liege, I'll knock once more, to summar War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part. them.
K. Hen. But, with the first of all your chief affairs, Let me entreat, (for I command no more.)
Enter, on the walls, the Mayor of York, and his Breath That Margaret your queen, and my son Edward,
ren. Be sent for, to return froro France with speed : May. My lords, we were forewarned of your coming, For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear
And shut the gates for safety of ourselves; My joy of liberty is half eclips'd.
For now we owe allegiance unto Henry. Cla, It shall be done, my sovereign, with all speed. K. Edw. But, master mayor, if Henry be your king,
K. Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is that, Yet Edward, at the least, is duke of York. Of whom you seem to have so tender care?
May. True, my good lord; I know you for no less. Som. My liege, it is young Henry, earl of Richmond. K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but my K. Hen. Come hither, England's hope: If secret dukedom; powers (Lays his hand on his head.
As being well content with that alone. Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts,
Glo. But, when the fox hath once got in his nose, This pretty lad will prove our country's bliss. He'll soon find means to make the body follow. (Aside. His looks are full of peaceful majesty ;
Hast. Why, master mayor, why stand you in a His head by nature fram'd to wear a crown,
doubt? His hand to wield a sceptre; and himself
Open the gates, we are king Henry's friends. Likely, in time, to bless a regal throne.
May. Ay, say you so ? the gates shall then be open'd. Make much of him, my lords ; for this is he,
(Exeunt from deres Must help you more than you are hurt by me.
Glo. A wise stout captain, and persuaded soon! Enter a Messenger.
Hast. The good old man would fain that all were War. What news, my friend?
well, Mess. That Edward is escaped from your brother, So 'twere not 'long of him: bat, being enter'd, And fed, as he hears since, to Burgundy.
I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade War. Unsavoury news: But how made he escape? | Both him, and all his brothers, unto reason. Mess. He was convey'd by Richard duke of Gloster,
Re-enter the Mayor and two Aldermen, belexo. And the lord Hastings, who attended him
K. Edw. So, master mayor: these gates must not In secret ambush on the forest side,
be shut, And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him ;
But in the night, or in the time of war. For hunting was his daily exercise.
What! fear nos, man, but yield me up the keys; War. My brother was too careless of his charge.But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide
(Takes his keys.
For Edward will defend the town, and thee, A salve for any sore that may betide. (Exeunt King.
And all those friends that deign to follow me.
Gio. Brother, this is sir John Montgomery,
K. Edw. Welcome, sir John! But why come pot
Mont. To help king Edward in his time of storm, What may befall him, to his harm, and ours:
As every loyal subject ought to do. Therefore, lord Oxford, to prevent the worst,
K. Edw. Thanks, good Montgomery: Bat we not Forthwith we'll send him hence to Britany,
forget Till storms be past of civil enmity.
Our title to the crown; and only claim Oaf. Ay; for, if Edwart repossess the crown, Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest. 'Tis like, that Richmond with the rest shall down. Mont. Then fare you well, for I will bence again; Som. It shall be so ; he shall to Britany.
I came to serve a king, and not a duke, Come therefore, let's about it speelily. [Exeunt. || Drummer, strike up, and let us mareh away..
(A march begun. SCENE VII.-Before York. Enter King Edward,
K. Edw. Nay, stay, sir John, a while ; and we'll de Gloster, Hastings, and Forces. K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, lord Hastings, and By what safe means the crown may be recover'd. the rest;
Mont. What talk you of debating? in few words,