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L. Grey. "Twill grieve your grace, my sons should And ery, content, to that which grieves my heart; call you-father.
[thee mother. And wet my cheeks with artificial tears; K. Edw. No more, than when thy daughters call And frame my face to all occasions. Thou art a widow, and thou hast some children; I'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall; And, by God's mother, I, being but a bachelor, I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk; Have other some : why, 'is a happy thing
I'll play the orator as well as Nestor, To be the father unto many sons.
Deceive more slily than Ulysses could, Answer no more, for thou shalt be my queen. And, like a Sinon, lake another Troy : Glo. The ghostly father now hath done his shrift. I can add colours to the cameleon ;
[ Aside. Change shapes, with Proteas, for advantages, Clar. When he was made a shriver, 'twas for shift. And set the murd'rous Machiavel to school.
(Aside. Can I do this, and cannot get a crown? K. Edw. thers, you muse what chat two Tut! were it further off, I'll pluck it down. (Esit.
have had. Glo. The widow likes it not, for she looks sad.
SCENE III. France. A Roorn in the Palace. K. Edw. You'd think it strange, if I should marry Flourish. Enter Lewis the French King, and Lady Clar. To whom, my lord !
[her. Bona, attended; the King takes his State. Then K. Edw.
Why, Clarence, to myself. enter Queen Margaret, Prince Edward her son, Glo. That would be ten days' wonder, at the least. and the Earl of Oxford. Clar. That's a day longer than a wonder lasts.
K. Lew. Fair queen of England, worthy Margaret, Glo. By so much is the wonder in extremes. K. Edu. Well, jest on, brothers: I can tell you sit down with us; it ill befits thy state,
(sit. Her suit is granted for her husband's lands. [both, Apd birth, that thou shouldst stand, while Lewis doth Enter a Nobleman.
Q. Mar. No, mighty king of France ; now Margaret
Must strike her sail, and learn awhile to serve, Nob. My gracious lord, Henry your foe is taken,
Where kings command. I was, I must confess, And brought your prisoner to your palace gate. Great Albion's queen in former golden days :
K. Edw. See, that he be convey'd onto the Tower:- But now mischance hath trod my title down,
Where I must take like seat anto my fortune,
K. Lew. Why, say, fair queen, whence springs this Glo. Ay, Edward will use women honourably.
(tears, 'Would he were wasted, marrow, bones, and all,
deep despair ?
Q. Mar. From such a cause as fills mine eyes with Thut from his loins no hopeful branch may spring, And stops my tongue, while heart is drown'a in cares. To cross me from the golden time I look for!
K. Lem. Whale'er it be, be thou still like thyself, And yet, between my soul's desire, and me
And sit thee by our side: yield not thy neck (The lustful Edward's title buried),
(Seats her by him. Is Clarence, Henry, and his son young Edward, To fortune's yoke, but let thy dauntless mind And all the unlook'd-for issue of their bodies,
Still ride in triumph over all mischance.
Be plain, queen Margaret, and tell thy grief;
It shall be eas'a, if France can yield relief. Why, then I do bat dream on sovereignty;
Q. Mar. Those gracious words revive my drooping Like one that standa upon a promontory,
thoughts, And spies a far-off shore where he would tread,
And give my tongue-tied sorrows leave to speak. Wishing his foot were equal with his eye ;
Now, therefore, be it known to noble Lewis,-
That Henry, sole possessor of my love,
Is, of a king, become a banish'd man,
And fore'd to live in Scotland a forlorn ; And so I chide the means that keep me from it;
While proud ambitious Edward, dake of York, And so I say-I'll cut the causes off,
Usurps the regal title, and the seat Flattering me with impossibilities.
of England's true-anointed lawfal king. My eye's too quick, my heart o'erweens too much,
This is the cause, that I, poor Margaret, Unless my hand and strength could equal them..
With this my son, prince Edward, Henry's heir,Well, say there is no kingdom then for Richard ;
Am come to crave thy just and lawful aid ; What other pleasure can the world afford ?
And, if thou fail us, all our hope is done : I'll make my heaven in a lady's lap,
Scotland bath will to help, but cannot help ; And deck my body in gay ornaments,
Our people and our peers are both misled, And witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.
Our treasure seiz'd, our soldiers put to light, O miserable thought! and more onlikely,
And, as thoa seest, ourselves in beavy plight. (storm, Than to accomplish twenty golden crowns !
K. Lew. Renowned queen, with patience calm the Why, love forswore me in my mother's womb :
While we bethink a means to break it off. (foe. And, for I should not deal in her soft laws,
Q. Mar. The more we stay, the stronger grows our She did corrupt frail nature with some bribe
K. Lew. The more I stay, the more I'll succour thee. To shrink mine arm ap like a wither'd shrub; Q. Mar. O, but impatience waiteth on true sorros : To make an envious mountain on my back,
And see, where comes the breeder of my sorrow. Where sits deformity to mock my body; To shape my legs of an unequal size ;
Enter Warwick, attended. To disproportion me in every part,
*K. Low. What's he, approacheth boldly to our preLike to a chaos, or an unlick'd bear-whelp,
[friend. That carries no impression like the dam.
Q. Mar. Our earl of Warwick, Edward's greatest And am I then a man to be belov'd ?
Å. Lew. Welcome, brave Warwick! What brings 0, moustrous fault, to harbour such a thought!
thee to France ! Then, since this earth affords no joy to me,
(Descending from his state. Q. Margaret rises. But to command, to check, to o'erbear such
Q. Mar. Ay, now begins a second storm to rise ; As are of better person than myself,
For this is he, that moves both wind and tide. I'll make my heaven---to dream upon the crown ; War. From worthy Edward, king of Albion, And, whiles I live, to account this world but hell, My lord and sovereign, and thy vowed friend, Until my mis-shap'd trunk that bears this head, I come,-in kindness, and onfeigned love, Be round impaled with a glorious crown.
First, to do greetings to thy royal person ;
Avd, then, to crave a league of amity;
With nuptial knot, if thou vouchsafe to grant
To England's king in lawfnl marriage. Not knowing how to find the open air,
Q. Mar. If that go forward, Henry's hope is done. But toiling desperately to find it out,
, Torment myself to catch the English crown:
king's behalf, And from that torment I will free myself,
I am commanded, with your lease and favoar, Or hew my way out with a bloody a xe.
Humbly to kiss your hand, and with my tongue Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile ; To tell the passion of my sovereiga's heart:
Where fame, late entering at his heedful ears, Then 'tis bat reason, that I be releas'a
Q. Mar. King Lewis,-and lady Bona,-hear me Yet shall you have all kindness at my hand, Before you answer Warwick. His demand (speak, That your estate requires, and mine can yield. Springs not from Edward's well-meant honest love, War. Henry now lives in Scotland, at his ease; But from deceit, bred by necessity :
Where, having nothing, nothing he can lose. For how can tyrants safely govern home,
And as for you yourself, our quondam queen,Unless abroad they purchase great alliance ?
You have a father, able to maintain you; To prove him tyrant, this reason may suffice, And better 'twere, you tronbled him'than France. That Henry liveth still : but were he dead,
Q. Mar. Peace, impudent and shameless Warwick, Yet here prince Edward stands, king Henry's son. Proud setter-up and paller-down of kings ! (peace; Look, therefore, Lewis, that by this league and mar- I will not hence, till with my talk and tears, riage,
Both full truth, I make king Lewis behold Thou draw not on thy danger and dishonour : Thy sly conveyance, and thy lord's false love; For though usurpers sway the role awhile,
For both of you are birds of self-same feather.' Yet heavens are just, and time suppresseth wrongs.
(A Horn sounded within. War. lujurious Margaret !
K. Lew. Warwick, this is some post to us, or thee. Prince.
And why not queen? War. Because thy father Henry did usurp;
Enter a Messenger. And thou no more art prince, than she is queen. Mess. My lord ambassador, these letters are for
Oxf: Then Warwick disannuls great John of Gaunt, Sent from your brother, marquis Montague. [you; Which did subdue the greatest part of Spain,
These from our king unto your majesty.--. And, after John of Gaunt, Henry the fourth, And, madam, these for you; from whom, I know not. Whose wisdom was a mirror to the wisest;
[To Margaret. I'hey all read their Letters. And, after that wise prince, Henry the fifth,
Oxf. I like it well, that our fair queen and mistress Who by his prowess conquered all France :
Smiles at her news, while Warwick f'rowns at his. From these our Henry lineally descends.
Prince. Nay, mark, how Lewis stamps as be were War. Oxford, how haps it, in thissmooth discourse, I hope, all's for the best.
[nettled : You told not, how Henry the sixth bath lost
K Lew. Warwick, what are thy news ! and yours, All that which Henry the fifth had gotten?
Ljoys. Metbinks, these peers of France should smile at that. Q. Mar. Mine, such as fill my heart with anhop'd But for the rest, -You tell a pedigree
War. Mine, full of sorrow and heart's discontent. of threescore aod two years; a silly tiine
K. Lew. What! has your king married the lady To make prescription for a kingdom's worth. And now, to sooth your forgery and his, [Grey?
Oxf. Why, Warwick, canst thou speak against thy Sends me a paper to persuade me patience ? Whom thou obey'dst thirty and six years, (liege, Is this the alliance that he seeks with France ! And not bewray thy treason with a blushi?
Dare he presume to scorn us in this manner? War. Can Oxford, that did ever fence the right, 9. Mar. I told your majesty as much before : Now buckler falsehood with a pedigree?
This proveth Edward's love, and Warwick's honesty. For shame, leave Henry, and call Edward king. War. King Lewis, I here protest,--in sight of hea
Oxf. Call him my king, by whose injurious doom And by the hope I have of beavenly bliss,- [ven, My elder brother, the lord Aubrey Vere,
That I am clear from this misdeed of Edward's;
Bat most himself, if he could see his shame.
Díd I let pass the abuse done to my niece ?
Did I impale him with the regal crown!
I here renounce him, and return to Henry : (Retiring with the Prince and Oxford. My noble queeu, let former grudges pass, K. Lew. Now, Warwiek, tell me, even upon thy And henceforth I am thy true servitor : conscience,
I will revenge bis wrong to lady Bona, Is Edward your true king? for I were loath, And replant Henry in his former state. (to love; To link with him that were not lawful chosen. Q. Mar. Warwick, these words have turn'd my hate War. Thereon I pawn my credit and mine honour. And I forgive and quite forget old faults, K. Lew. But is he gracions in the people's eye! And joy that thou becom'st king Henry's friend. War. The more, that Henry was unfortunate. War. So much his friend, ay, bis unteigned friend, K. Ler. Then further,-all dissembling set aside, That, if king Lewis vonchsafe to furnish us Tell me for truth the measure of his love
With some few bands of chosen soldiers, Unto our sister Bopa.
l'll undertake to land them on our coast, War. Such it seems,
And force the tyrant from his sent by war. As may beseem a monarch like himself.
'Tis not his new-made bride shall suceour him : Myself have often heard him say, and swear,
And as for Clarence,-as my letters tell me, That this his love was an eternal plant;
He's very likely now to fall froin him ; Whereof the root was fix'd in virtue's ground, For matching more for wanton lust than honour, The leaves and fruit maintain'd with beauty's sun ; Or than for strength and safety of our country. Exempt from envy, but not from disdain,
Bona. Dear brother, how shall Bona be reveng'd, Unless the lady Bona quit his pain.
But by thy help to this distressed queen! Clive, K. Lew. Now, sister, let us hear your firm resolve. Q. Mari Renowned prince, how shall poor Henry
Bona. Your grant, or your denial, shall be mine : Unless thon rescue him from foul despair? Cone. Yet I confess, (To War.) that often ere this day, Bona. My quarrel, and this English queen's, are When I have heard your king's desert recounted, War. And mine, fair lady Bona, joins with yours. Mive ear hath tempted judgment to desire.
K. Lev. And mine, with hers, and thine, and MarK. Lew. Then, Warwick, thus -Our sister shall | Therefore, at last, I firmly am resolv'd, (garet's. be Edward's :
You shall have aid. And now forth with shall articles be drawn
Q. Mar. Let me give humble thanks for all at once. Touching the jointure that your king must make, Ă. Lew. Then England's messenger, return in post; Which with her dowry shall be counterpois'd :- And tell false Edward, thy supposed king, Draw near, queen Margaret; and be a witness, That Lewis of France is sending over maskers, That Bona shall be wife to the English king. To revel it with him and his new bride :
Prince. To Edward, but not to the English king. Thou seest what's past, go fear thy king withal.
Q. Mar. Deceitful Warwick ! it was thy device Bona. Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower By this alliance to make void my suit;
I'll wear the willow garland for his sake. [shortly, Before thy coming, Lewis was Henry's friend. Q. Mar. Tell bim, My mourning weeds are laid K. Ler. And still is friend to him and Margaret :
aside, But if yoar title to the crown be weak,
And I am ready to put armour on. [wrong: As may appear by Edward's good success,
War. Tell him from me, That he hath done me
And therefore I'll uncrown him, ere't be long.
Hast. Why, knows not Montague, that of itself There's thy reward : be gone. (Exit Messenger. England is safe, if true within itself?
[France. K. Lew.
But, Warwick, thou, Mont. Yes; but the safer, when 'tis back'd with And Oxford, with tive thousand men,
Hast. 'Tis better using France, than trasting France: Shall cross the seas, and bid false Edward battle: Let us be back'd with God, and with the seas, And, as occasion serves, this noble queen
Which he hath given for fence impregnable, And prince shall follow with a fresh supply. And with their belps only defend ourselves ; Yet, ere thou go, but answer me one doubt; In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies. What pledge bave we of thy firm loyalty?
Clar. For this one speeeh, lord Hastings well deWar. This sball assure my constant loyalty :--- To have the heir of the lord Hungerford, (serves That if our queen and this young prince agree, X. Edw. Ay, what of that it was my will, and I'll join mine eldest daughter, and my joy,
grant; To him forth with in holy wedlock bands.
And, for this once, my will shall stand for law. Q. Mar. Yes, I agree, and thank you for your mo- Glo. And yet, methinks, your grace hath not done Son Edward, she is fair and virtuous, (tion :- To give the beir and daughter of lord Scales (well, Therefore delay not, give thy hand to Warwick; Unto the brother of your loving bride ; And, with thy hand, thy faith irrevocable,
She better would have fitted me, or Clarence : That only Warwick's daughter shall be thine. But in your bride you bury brotherhood.
Prince. Yes, I accept her, for she well deserves it; Clar. Or else you would not have bestow'd the heir, And here, to pledge my vow, I give my hand. Of the lord Bonville on your new wife's son,
[He gives his Hand to Warwick. And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere. K. Lew. Why stay we now? These soldiers shall K. Edw. Alas, poor Clarence ! is it for a wife, be levied,
That thou art malcontent i I will provide thee. And thou, lord Bourbon, our high admiral,
Clar. In eboosing for yonrself, you show'd your Shall waft them over with our royal fleet.
judgment; I long, till Edward fall by war's mischance, Which being shallow, you shall give me leate For mocking marriage with a dame of France. To play the broker in mine own behalf ;
[Exeunt all but Warwick. And, to that end, I shortly mind to leave you. War. I came from Edward as ambassador,
K. Edw. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king, But I return his swore and mortal foe :
And not be tied up to his brother's will. Matter of marriage was the charge he gave me, Q. Elis. My lords, before it pleas'd his majesty But dreadful war shall answer his demand.
To raise my state to title of a queen, Had he none else to make a stale, but me?
Do me but right, and you must all confess Then none but I shall tarn his jest to sorrow. That I was not ignoble of descent, I was the chief that rais'd him to the crown, And meaner than myself have had like fortune. And I'll be chief to bring him down again :
But as this title honours me and mine, Not that I pity Henry's
So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing, But seek revenge on Edward's mockery. (Exit. Do cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow.
K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon their
frowns : ACT IV.
What danger, or what sorrow, can befall thee, SCENE I. London. A Room in the Palace.
So long as Edward is thy constant friend,
And their true sovereign, whom they must obey ! Enter Gloster, Clarence, Somerset, Montague, and Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too, others.
Unless they seek for hatred at my hands : Glo. Now tell me, brother Clarence, what think you Which if they do, yet will 1 keep thee safe, of this new marriage with the laddy Grey ?
And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath. Hath not our brother made a worthy choice?
Glo. I hear, yet say not much, but think the more. Clar. Alas, you know, 'tis far from hence to France;
[A side. How could he stay till Warwick made return!
Enter a Messenger. Som. My lords, forbear this talk; here comes the K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters, or what king From France !
(news, Flourish. Enter King Edward, attended; Lady
Mess. My, sovereign liege, no letters; and few
But such as I, without your special pardon, [words, Grey, as Queen ; Pembroke, Stafford, Hastings, Dare not relate. and others.
K. Edr. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore, in brief, Glo. And his well-chosen bride.
Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess them. Clar. I mind to tell him plainly what I think. What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters! K. Edw. Now, brother of Clarence, how like you Mess. At my depart, these were his very words; our choice,
Go tell false Edward, thy supposed king, That you stand pensive, as half malcontent? That Lewis of France is sending over maskers, Clar. As well as Lewis of France, or the earl of To revel it with him and his new bride. Warwick i
K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave? belike, he thinks Which are so weak of courage, and in judgment,
me Henry. That they'll take no offence at our abuse.
But what said lady Bona to my marriage ? K. Edw. Sappose they take offence without a cause, Mess. These were ber words, utter'd with mild They are but Lewis and Warwick; I am Edward,
disdain, Your king and Warwick's, and must have my will. Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly,
Glo. And you shall have your will, because our I'll wear the willow garland for kis sake. Yet hasty marriage seldom proveth well. [king : K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little less;
K. Edw. Yea, brother Richard, are you offended She had the wrong. But what said Henry's queen? Glo. Not 1 :
(too? For I have heard, that she was there in place. No; God forbid, that I should wish them sever'd Mess. Tell him, quoth she, my mourning weeils are Whom God hath join'd together : ay, and 'twere And I am ready to put armour on.
(done. To sander them that yoke so well together. (pity, K. Edw. Belike, she minds to play the Amazon.
K. Edw. Setting your scorns, and your mislike, aside, But what said Warwick to these injuries ? Tell me some reason, wby the lady Grey
Mess. He, more incens'd against your majesty Should not become my wife, and England's queen :- Than all the rest, discharg'd me with these words; And you too, Somerset, and Montague,
Tell him, from me, that he hath done me wrong, Speak freely what you think.
And therefore I'll uncrown him, ere't be long Clar. Then this is my opinion, that king Lewis K. Edw. Ha! durst the traitor breathe out so Becomes your enemy, for mocking him
proud words? About the marriage of the lady Bona,
Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarn'd : Glo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge, They shall bave wars, and pay for their presumption. Is now dishonoured by this new marriage.
But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret! K. Edro, What, if both Lewis and Warwick be
Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign ; they are so link'd By such invention as I can devise ! (appeas'd,
(ter. Mont. Yet to bave join'd with France in such That young prince Edward marries Warwick's daughalliance,
Clar. Belike, the elder; Clarence will have the Would more have strengthen'd this onroommonwealth
younger 'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred marriage. Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast,
For I will hence to Warwick's other daughter : 3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship and quietness,
If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,
[Exit Clarence, and Somerset follows. 1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shot up his pasGlo. Not I:
2 Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal My thoughts aim at a farther matter; I
But to defend his person from night-foes ! (lent, Stay not for love of Edward, but the crown. [ Aside.
Enter Warwick, Clarence, Oxford, Somerset, K. Edo, Clarence and Somerset both gone to
and Forces. Warwick! Yet am I arm'd against the worst can bappen ;
War. This is his tent; and see, where stand his And haste is needful in this desperate case.
guard. Pembroke, and Stafford, you in our behalf
Courage, my masters : honour now, or never ! Go levy men, and make prepare for war;
But follow me, and Edward shall be ours. They are already, or quickly will be landed :
1 Watch. Who goes there! Myself in person will straight follow yon.
2 Watch. Stay, or thou diest. (Exeunt Pembroke and Stafford. Warwick, and the rest, cry all-Warwick! But, ere I go, Hastings,- and Montague,
Warrick ! and set upon the Guard; who fly, Resolve my doubt. You twain, of all the rest,
crying-Arm! Arm Warwick, and the rest, Are near tó Warwick, by blood, and by alliance :
following them. Tell me, if you love Warwick more than me! The Drum beating and Trumpets sounding, Re-enter If it be so, then both depart to bim;
Warwick and i he rest, bringing the King out in a I rather wish you foes, than hollow friends ;
Goun, silting in a Chair; Gloster and Hastings But if you mind to hold your true obedience,
Ay. Give me assurance with some friendly vow,
Som. That I may never bave you iu suspect.
What are they that fly there! Mont. So God help Montagne, as he proves true!
War. Richard, and Hastings : let them go, here's Hast. And Hastings, as he favours Edward's cause !
[last, K. Edw. Now, broiher Richard, will you stand by us!
K. Edw. The dake! why, Warwick, when we parted
Thou call'dst me king!
Ay, but the case is alter'd : Now therefore let us hence; and lose no hour,
When you disgrac'd me in my embassade,
Then I degraded you from being king,
Alas! how should you govern any kingdom,
Nor how to be contented with one wife ; other Forces.
Nor how to use your brothers brotherly;
Nor how to study for the people's welfare ; War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well; Nor how to shroud yourself from enemies?
[too! The common people by numbers swarm to us.
K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here Enter Clarence and Somerset.
Nay, then I see, that Edward needs must down.-But, see, where Somerset and Clarence come;
Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance, Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends? of thee thyself, and all thy complices, Clar. Fear not that, my lord.
(wick; Edward will always bear himself as king : War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto War- Though fortune's malice overthrow my stale, And welcome, Somerset :--I hold it cowardice,
My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel. To rest mistrustful where a noble heart
War. Then, for his mind, be Edward England's Hath pawo'd an open hand in sign of love;
(Takes off his Croton. Else might I think, that Clarence, Edward's brother, Bat Henry, now shall wear the English erown, Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings :
And be true king indeed; thon but the shadow. Bat welcome, Clarence; my daughter shall be thine. My lord of Somerset, at my request, And now what rests, but, in night's coverture,
See that forth with dake Edward be convey'd Thy brother being carelessly encamp'd,
Unto my brother, archbishop of York. His soldiers lurking in the towns about,
When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, And but attended by a simple guard,
I'll follow you, and tell what answer
Now, for awhile, farewell, good duke of York. That as Ulysses, and stout Diomede,
K. Edro. What fates impose, that men must needs With sleight and manhood stole to Rhesus' tents,
It boots not to resist both wind and tide. Cabide ; And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds ;
[Exit K. Edw.led out; Somerset with him. So we, well cover'd with the night's black mantle, Oxf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do, At unawares may beat down Edward's guard, But march to London with our soldiers ! Aud seize himself ; I say not-slaughter him,
War. Ay; that's the first thing that we have to do; For I intend but only to surprise him.
To free king Henry from imprisonment, You, that will follow me to this attempt,
And see him seated in the regal throue. (Eseunt. Applaud the name of Henry, with your leader.
SCENE IV. London. A Room in the Palace.
They all cry, Henry! Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort:
Enter Queen Elizabeth and Rivers, For Warwick and his friends, God and saint George ! Riv. Madam, wbat makes you in this sudden
change 1 SCENE III. Edward's Camp, near Warwick.
Q. Eli:. Why, brother Rivers, are you yot to learn,
What late misfortune is befall'n king Edward ? Enter certain Watchmen, to guard the King's Tent.
Kiv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against 1 Watch. Come on, my masters, each man take his
Warwick 1 The king, by this, is set him down to sleep. (stand; Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person, 2 Watch. What, will he not to-bed?
Riv. Then is my sovereign slain! 1 Watch. Why, no : for he hath made a solemn vow Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner: Never to lie and take his natural rest,
Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard, Till Warwiek, or himself, be quite suppress'd. Or by his foo surpris'd at unawares :
2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, And, as I further have to understand, If Warwick be so near as men report.
Is new committed to the bisbop of York, 3. Watch. But say, I pray, whai nobleman is that, Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe. That with the king here resteth in bis tent?
Riv. These news, I must confess, are full of grief : I Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the king's chiefest Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may; friend.
Warwick may lose, that now haih won the day. 3 Watch. O, is it so ! But why commands the king, Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must hinder life's decay. That bis chief followers lodge in towns abont him, And I the rather wean ine from despair, While he himself keepeth in the cold field?
For lore of Edward's offspring in my womb: 2 Watch. 'Tis the more honour, because more dan- This is it that makes me bridle passion, geroas.
And bear with mildness muy misfortune's cross ;
Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear,
Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace, And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
For choosing me, when Clarence is in place. Lest with iny sighs or tears I blast or drown
Clar. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway, King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown. To whom the heavens, in thy nativity,
Riv. Bat, madam, where is Warwick then become! Adjudg'd an olive brauch, and laurel crown,
And therefore I yield thee my free consent.
[hearts, (For trust not bim that hath once broken faith), Now, join your hands, and, with your hands, your I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
That no dissension binder government : To save at least the heir of Edward's right;
I make you both protectors of this land ; There shall I rest secare from force, and fraud. While I myself will lead a private life, Come therefore, let us fly, while we may Aly;
And in devotion spend my latter days, If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. [Eseunt. To sin's rebuke, and Diy Creator's praise. [will?
War. What answers Clarence to his sovereiga's SCENE V.
Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield conseut; A Park near Middleham Castle, in Yorkshire. For on thy fortune I repose myself.
(tent : Enter Gloster, Hastings, Sir William Stanley, and we'll yoke together, like a double shadow
War. Why then, though loath, yet must I be conothers. Glo. Now, my lord Hastings, and sir William
To Henry's body, and supply his place ;
I mean, in bearing weight of government,
While he enjoys the honour, and his ease. Into this chiefest thicket of the park. [ther, Porth with that Edward be pronounc'd a traitor,
And, Clarence, now then it is more than peedful, Thus stands the case : You know our king, my broIs prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands
And all his lands and goods be confiscate. He hath good usage and great liberty ;
Clar. What else! and that succession be determin'd. And often, but attended with weak
War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part. Comes hunting this way to disport himself.
K. Hen. But, with the first of all your chief affairs, I have advertis'd him by secret means,
Let me entreat (for I command no more), That if, about this boor, he make this way,
That Margaret your queen, and my son Edward, Under the colour of his usual game,
Be sent for, to return from France with speed :
For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear
My joy of liberty is halteclips'd.
Clar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all speed. Enter King Edward and a Huntsman.
K. Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is that, Hunt. This way, my lord; for this way lies the Of whom you seem to have so tender care? [mond game.
[men stand.- Som. My liege, it is young Henry, eart of RichK. Edw. Nay, this way, man; see, where the hunts- K. Hen. Come hitber, England's hope : lf secret Now, brother of Gloster, lord Hastings, and the rest,
powers [ Lays his Hand on his Head. Stand you thus close, to steal the bishop's deer? Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts,
Glo Brother, the time and case requireth haste; This pretty lad will prove our country's bliss.
His looks are full of peaceful majesty ;
Make much of him, niy lords; for this is be,
Enter a Messenger. K. Edw. Huntsman, what sayst thou ! wilt thou go along!
War. What news, my friend ? Hunt. Better do so, then tarry and be hang'd.
Mess. That Edward is escaped from your brother,
And fled, as be hears since, to Burgundy.
War. Unsavory news: But how made he escape ? wick's frown;
Mess. He was convey'd by Richard, duke of Gloster, And pray that I may repossess the crown. [Exeunt. In secret ambush on the forest side,
And the lord Hastings, who attended him SCENE VI, A Room in the Tower.. And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him; Enter King Henry, Clarence, Warwick, Somerset, For hunting was his daily exercise.
Young Richm Oxford, Montag ae, Lieutenant War. My brother was too careless of his charge. of the Tower, and Attendants.
But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and
A salve for any sore that may betide. Have shaken Edward from the regal seat, [friends
(Exeunt K.Hen. War. Clar. Lieut, and Atten
dants, And turn'd my captive state to liberty, My fear to bope, my sorrows unto joys;
Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of Edward's : At our enlargement what are thy due fees?
For, doubtless, Burgundy will yield him help ; Lieut. Subjects may challenge nothing of their sove
And we shall have more wars before't be long. But, if an humble prayer may prevail, [reigns ;
As Henry's late presaging prophecy I then crave pardon of your majesty.
Did glad my heart, with hope of this young Richmond; K. Hen. For what, lieutenant ! for well using me?
So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts Nay, be thou sure, I'll well requite thy kindness,
What may befall him, to his barm, and ours: For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure :
Therefore, lord Oxford, to prevent the worst, Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds
Porthwith we'll send him hence to Britany, Conceire, when, after many moody thoughts,
Till storms be past of civil enmity. At last, by notes of household barmony,
Oxf. Ay; for, if Edward repossess the crown, They quite forget their loss of liberty
'Tis like, that Richmond with the rest shall down.
SCENE VII. Before York.
Enter King Edward, Gloster, Hastings, and Forces And that the people of this blessed land
K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, lord Hastings, and May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars ; Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends, (the rest; Warwick, although my head still wear the crown, And says--that once more I shall interchange I here resign my government to thee,
My waned state for Henry's regal crown. For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds.
Well have we pass'd, and now repass'd the seas, War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for virtuous; And brought desired help from Burgundy: And now may seen as wise as virtuoas.
What then remains, we being thus arriv'd? By spying, and avoiding, fortune's malice,
From Ravenspurg haven before the gates of York, For few men rightly temper with the stars :
But that we enter, as into our dukedom !