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Nay, be thou sure I'll well requite thy kindness,
For that it made my imprisonment a plealure;
Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds
Conceive, when after inany moody thoughts,
At last, by notes of houtehold harmony,
They quite forget their loss of liberty.
-But Warwick, after God, thou feri'it me free,
And chiefly therefore I thank God and thee;
He was the author, thou the instrument.
Therefore, that I may conquer Fortune's spight,
Bv living low where Fortune cannot hurt me,
And that the people of this blessed land
May not be punith'd with my thwarting stars,
Warwick, although my head still wear the crown,
I here resign my government to thee,
For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds.

[Var. Your Grace has still been fain'd for virtuous, ,
And now may feem as wise aš virtuous,
By spying and avoiding Fortune's malice;
For few men rightly temper with the stars *
Yet in this one thing let me blame your Grace,
For chusing me when Clarence is in place.

Clar. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the fway,
To whom the heav'ns in thy nativity
Adjudg'dan olive branch and laurel crown,
As likely to be blefs'd in peace and war ;
And therefore I yield thee my free consent.

War. And I chuse Clarence only for Protector.
K. Henry, Warwick and Clarence, give me both

your hands;
Now join your hands, and with your hands your
That no diflention hinder government, [hearts.
I inake you both protectors of this land,
While I myself will lead a private life,
And in devotion spend my latter days,
To fin's rebuke and my Creator's praise.
War. What answers Clarence to his Sovereign's

will ? * I suppose the meaning is, that few men conform their temper to their destiny, which King Henry did, when finding hinself unfortunate, he gave the manage. ment of public affairs to more prosperous bands. John,

Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield conFor on thv fortune I repose myself. [fent;

IV 1r. Why then, though loth, yet must I be con We'll voke together like a double thadow [tent: 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, Forth vith that Edward be pronounc'd a traitor, And all his lands and goods confiscated.

Clar. What else? and that fuccession be determin'd., l'ar. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part.

K. Henry. But with the first of all our chief affairs, Let me intreat, for I command 110 more, Thar Margaret your Queen and my son Edward Be fent 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. Henry. My Lord of Somerset, what youth is that, Of whom you seem to have so tender caré ? Son. My Liege, it is young Henry, Earl of Richa

mond.. K. Henry. Come hither, England's hope: if lecret powers

[Lays his hand on his head.
Suggeit but truth to my divining thoughts,
This pretty lad * will prove our country's bliss,
His looks are full of peaceful majesty,
His head by nature fram'd to wear a crown,
His hand to wield a sceptre, and himself
Likely in time to bless a regal throne.
Make much of him, my Lords; for this is he
Must help you more than you are hurt by me.

Enter a Post.
IVar. What news, my friend?

* He was afterwards Henry VII. ; a man who put an end to the civil war of the two houses, but not orber. wife remarkable for viriue. Shakespeare knew 'his trade. Henry VII. was grandfather to Queen Elizabeth, and the King from whom James inherited, Johnson.

Post. That Edward is e caped from your broiher,
and fied, as he bears since, io Burgundy.
War. Unfavoury ne vs; but how made he escape ?
Poft. He was convey'd by Richard Duke of

And the Lord Hastings, who attended him
In secret ambul, on the forest-fide,
And from the bilhop's huntimen rescu'd him ;
For hunting was his daily exercile.

War. My brother was too careless of his charge.
-But let us hence, my Sorereig'i, to provide
A talve for any fore that may betide. [Exeunt.

Manent Somerset, Richmond, and Oxford.
Som. My Lord, I like not of this flight of Ed.

ward's :
For, doubtless, Burgundy will yield him help,
And we shall have more wars before't be long.
As Henry's late presaging prophesy
Did glad my heart with hope of this young Richa

So doth my heart misgive me in these conflicts
What may befal him to his harm and ours.
Therefore, Lord Oxford, to prevent the worst,
Forthwith we'll send him bence to Britany,
Till storms be part of evil eninity

Oxf. Ay, for if Edward reposless the crown,
'Tis like that Richmond with the rest thall down.

Som. It shall be so; he shall to Britany Come therefore, let's about it speedily. [Exeunt.


Changes to York. Enter King Edward, Gloucester, Hastings, and

Soldiers. K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, Hastings, and the Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends,

[relt, And says, that once more I Mall interchange My wained Itate for Henry's regal crown, Well have we pals’d, and now repais'd the seas,

And brought desired help from Burgundy.
What then remains, we being thus arriv'd
From Ravenfpurg, before the gates of York,
Bui that we enter as into our dukedom?

Glou. The gates inade fast! brother, I like not For many men that stumble at the threshold, [this. Are well foretold that danger lurks within.

K. Edw. Tush! man, aboadments must not now Bv fair or soul means we nuust enter in, [affright us: For bither will our friends repair to us. Haft. My Liege, I'll knock once more to summon

them. Enter on the wal's the Mayor of York and his

brethren. Mayor. My Lords, we were forewarned of your And thut the gates for safety of ourselves; (coming, For now we owe allegiance unto Henry.

K. Edw. But, Master Mayor, if Henry be your Yet Edward at the least is Duke of York. (King, Mayor. True, my good Lord, I know you for no

less. K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but my As being well content with that alone. [dukedem, .

Glou. But when the fox has once got in his nose, He'll foon find means to make the body follow.

[Aside. Haft. Why, Master Mayor, why stand you in a :


gates. We are King Henry's friends. Mayor. Ay, say you so ? the gates thall then be open'd..

[He descends. Glou. A wise stout captain, and persuaded soon! Haft. The good old man would fain that all were So'twere not long of him; but being enter'd(well, I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade Both him and all his brothers unto reason.

Enter the Mayor and two Aldermen. X. Edw. So, Master Mayor, these gates must not : But in the night, or in the time of war.. [be fhut What, fear not, man, but yield me up the keys;

[Takes his keys,

Open the

For Edward will defend the town and thee,
And all those friends that deign to follow me.
March. Enter Montgomery, with Drum and Soldiers

Glou. Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery,
Our trusty friend, unlefs I be deceived.
K. Edw. Welcome, Sir John; but why conie you

in arms? Montg. To help King Edward in his time of storm, As every loyal subject ought to do

K. Edw. Thanks, good Montgou’ry; but we now Our title to the crown, and only claim [forget Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest. Montg. Then fare you well, for I will hence: ;

again; I came to serve a king, and not a duke. - Drummer, strike up, and let us march away.

[The drum begins a mirch. K. Edw. Nay, stay, Sir John, a while, and we'll

debate By what safe means the crown may be recover'd.

Montg. What talk you of debating? in few words, If you'll not here proclaim yourself our king, I'll leave you to your fortune, and be gone To keep them back that come to succour you. Why shall we fight, if you pretend no title? Glou. Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice

points? K. Edw. When we grow stronger then we'll maka

our claim : 'Till then 'tis wildom to conceal our meaning. Hast. Away with scrupulous wit, now arins must.

rule. Gla, And fearless minds climb sooneft unto crowns -Brother, they will proclaim you out of hand; The bruit thereof will bring you many friends.

K Edw. Then be it as you will, for 'tis may right, And Henry but usurps the diadem.

Monty. Av, now inv Sovereign speakethulike him. And now will I be Edward's champioa. [relf: Haft: Sound, trumpet, Edward Thall be here proa


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