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And now what rests, but in night's overture *,
Thy brother being carelesly encamp’d,
His soldiers lurking in the towns about,
And but attended by a simple guard,
We may surprize and take him at our pleasure ?
Our scouts have found ih' adventure very eafy;
That as Ulysses and stout Diomede
With slight and inanhood stole to Rhesus' tents,
And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds,
So we, well cover'd with the night's black mantle,
At unawares may beat down Edward's guard,
And seize himself, I say not slaughter him,
For I intend but only to surprize him.
You that will follow me to this attempt,
Applaud the name of Henry with your leader.

[They all cry, Henry ! Why then, let's on our way in filent fort, For Warwick and his friends, God and Saint George!

[Exeunt. S CE N E IV. Enter the Watchmen to guard the King's tent. 1 IMatch. Come on, my masters, each 'man take

his stand : The King by this hath set him down to sleep.

2 Watch. What, will he not to bed ?

1 Watch. Why, no; for he hath made a folemn Never to ly and take his natural rest, [vow, Till Warwick or himself be quite supprefs'd.

2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the If Warwick be so near as men report, [day.

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. 3Watch. O, is it so?--But why commands the King, That his chief followers lodge, in towns about him, While he himself keepeth in the cold field? 2 Watch. 'Tis the more honour, because the more

dangerous.
Night's coverture. Johnson.

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3 Watch. Ay, but give me worship and quietness; I like it better than a dang’rous honour. If Warwick knew in what estate he stands, 'Tis to be doubted he would waken him. i Watch. Unless our halberds did ihut up his passage.

2 Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we this royal But to defend his person from night-foes? [tent, Enter Warwick, Clarence, Oxford, Somerset, and

French Soldiers, silent all. War. This is his tent; and see where stands his

guard. -Courage, my masters: honour now, or never ! But follow me, and Edward Thall be ours.

1 Watch. Who goes there? 2 Watch. Stay, or thou dieft. [Warwick and the rest cry all, Warwick! War

wick! and set upon the Guard; who fly, crying, Arms! Armis! Warwick and the rest following them.

The drum beating and trumpets founding. Enter Warwick, Somerset, and the rest, bringing the

King out in a gown, sitting in a chair; Glo'ster
und Hastings flying over the stage.
Som. What are they that fly there?
War. Richard and Hastings. Let them go, here

is the Duke. K. Edw. The Duke! why, Warwick, when we Thou call’dst me King.

[parted "Var. Ay, but the case is alter'd. When you disgrac'd me in my ambassade, 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 contened with one wife, Nor how to use your brothers brotherly, Nor how to study for the people's welfare, Nor how to shrowd yourself from enemies?

K. Edw. Brother of Clarence, and art thou here Nay, then I see that Edward needs must down. [too? VOL. VI,

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"Yet, Warwick, in despight of all mischance,

Of thee thyself, and all thy complices,
Edward will always bear himself as King;
Though fortune's malice overthrow my state,
My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.
War. Then, for his mind, be Edward England's
King,

[Takes off his crown.
But Henry now shall wear the English crown,
And be true King, indeed; thou but the shadow.
-My Lord of Somerset, at my request,
See that forthwith Duke Edward be convey'd
Unto my brother, archbishop of York.
When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows,
I'll follow you, and tell you what reply
Lewis and Lady Bona sent to him.
--Now for a while farewell, good Duke of York.

K. Edw. What fates impose, that man must needs It boots not to resist both wind and tide. [abide;

ÇExit King Edward led out. Oxf. What 'now remains, my Lords, for us to do, But march to London with our soldiers ?

War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have to do; To free king Henry from imprisonment, And see him seated in the regal throne. [Exeunt.

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Enter Rivers and the Queen,
Riv. Madam, what makes you in this fudden

change?
Queen. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn
What late misfortune has befaln King Edward ?
Riv. What! loss of some pitch'd battle against

Warwick?
Queen. No, but the loss of his own royal perfon.
Riv. Then is my sovereign flain?

Queen. Ay, almost Nain, for he is taken prisones,
Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard,
Or by his foe furpriz'd at unawares;
And, as I further have to understand,
Is now committed to the bishop of York,

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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, ihat now hath won ihe day.

Queen. Till then fair hope must hinder life's de-
And I the rather wean me from despair, [cay.
For love of Edward's offspring in my womb:
This is't that makes me bridle in my pallion,
And bear with mildness my misfortune's crois.
Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear,
And hop the rising of blood-fucking fighs,
Lest with my sighis or tears I blast or drown
King Edward's fruit, true heir to th’English crown,

Riv. But, Madam, where is Warwick then become?

Queen. I am informed that he comes tow'rds Lon.
To let the crown once inore on Henry's head: [don, .
Guess thou the rest, King Edward's friends must
But to prevent the tyrant's violence, [down.
For trust not him that once hath broken faith,
I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
To save at least the heir of Edward's right.
There shall I rest secure froin force and fraud.
Come therefore, let us fly while we may fly;
If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. [Exeunt,

S CE N E VI.
A Park near Middlebam-Castle in Yorkshire.
Enter Gloucester, Lord Hastings, and Sir William

Stanley.
Glo. Now, my Lord Hastings, and Sir William -

Stanley,
Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither,
Into the chiefest thicket of the park.
Thus itands the case. You know, our King, my bro-
Is pris'ner to the bithop, at whole hands [ther,
He haih 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 his way, .
Under the colour of liis usual gane;.

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He fall here find his friends with horfe and men, To set him free from his captivity.

Enter King Edward and a Huntsman with him. Hunt. This way, my Lord, for this way lyes the

gaine. K. Edb. Nay, this way, man; see where the

buntsmen stand. Now, brother Glo'ster, Hastings, and the rest, Srand you thus close 10 steal the bishop's deer?

Glo. Brother, the time and care requiresh haften Your horse stands ready by at the park corner.

K. Edw. But whither thall we then?

Haft. To Lyn, my Lord, And ship from thence to Flanders. Glou. Well guess’d, believe me, for that was my

meaning. K. Edw, Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. Glou. But wherefore stay we? 'is no time 10 talk, K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou? wilt thou

go along? Hunt. Better do fo than tarry and be hang'd. Glou, Come then away, let's ha' no more ado. X. Edw. Bishop, farewell; shield thee from War

wick's frown, And pray that I may repossess the crown. [Exeunt.

S CE N E VII.

Changes to the Tower in London. Enter King Henry, Clarence, Warwick, Somerfer,

young Richmond, Oxford, Montague, and Lieutinant of the Tower.

K.Henry. Mr Lieutenant, now that God and friends! Have fhaken Edward from the renal feat, And surn'd my capure state to liberty, Ny fear to hope, my forrow's unto joys.. At our enlargement what are thy due fees?

Liew Subjects may challenge nothing of their loveBut if iuiliumble praver may prevail, [reigns; I then crave pardon of your Majeity.

K. Hen. Forsbar, Lieutenant for well- using me

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