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* I rather wish you foes, than hollow friends;
• But if you mind to hold your true obedience,
• Give me assurance with some friendly vow,
« That I


in suspect. Mont. So God help Montague, as he proves true! Hast. And Hastings, as he favours Edward's

cause! · K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you stand

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Glo. Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand you. · K. Edw. Why so; then am I sure of victory. Now therefore let us hence; and lose no hour, « Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power.


SCENE II. A Plain in Warwickshire.

Enter WARWICK and OXFORD, with French and

other Forces. War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well; The common people by numbers swarm to us.

But, see, where Somerset and Clarence come :-
Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends?

Clar. Fear not that, my lord.
War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto War-

And welcome, Somerset :-I hold it cowardice,
To rest mistrustful where a noble heart
Hath pawn'd an open hand in sign of love;
Else might I think, that Clarence, Edward's brother,
Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings :
But welcome, sweet Clarence; my daughter shall

be thine. And now what rests, but, in night's coverture,

Thy brother being carelessly encamp'd, His soldiers lurking in the towns about, And but attended by a simple guard, We may surprise and take him at our pleasure ? Our scouts have found the adventure very easy : * That as Ulysses, and stout Diomede, * With sleight and manhood 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 surprise him.

You, that will follow me to this attempt, • Applaud the name of Henry, with your


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


SCENE III. Edward's Camp, near Warwick. Enter certain Watchmen, to guard the King's Tent. 1 Watch. Come on, my masters, each man take

his stand;
* The king, by this, is set him down to sleep.

2 Watch. What, will he not to bed ?
1 Watch. Why, no: for he hath made a solemn

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* Never to lie and take his natural rest, * Till Warwick, or himself, be quite suppress’d. * 2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the

day, * If Warwick be so near as men report.

i See the tenth book of the Iliad. These circumstances were accessible, however, without reference to Homer in the original.

? We are told by some of the writers of the Trojan story, that the capture of these horses was one of the necessary preliminaries of the fate of Troy.

*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. * 3 Watch. O, is 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 more

dangerous. *3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship and quietness, * I like it better than a dangerous honour1. * If Warwick knew in what estate he stands, * 'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him. *1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shut


his passage. * 2 Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal

tent, * But to defend his person from night foes ?

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SET, and Forces. • War. This is his tent; and see, where stand his

guard. Courage, my masters: honour now, or never! • But follow me, and Edward shall be ours. 1 Watch. Who


there? 2 Watch. Stay, or thou diest. [WARWICK, and the rest, cry all-Warwick!

Warwick! and set upon the Guard; who fly, crying, Arm! Arm! WARWICK, and the rest, following them.

| This honest watchman's opinion coincides with that of Falstaff. See the First Part of King Henry IV. Act v. Sc. 3.


The Drum beating, and Trumpets sounding. Re

enter WARWICK, and the rest, bringing the King out in a Gown, sitting in a Chair; GLOSTER and HASTINGS fly. « Som.

What are they that fly there? War. Richard, and Hastings: let them go, here's

the duke. K. Edw. The duke! why, Warwick, when we

parted last, Thou call’dst me king ?

Ay, but the case is alter’d: • When you disgrac'd me in my embassade, • 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 contented 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. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou

here too? Nay, then I see, that Edward needs must down.Yet, Warwick, in despite 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

? i. e. in his mind; as far as his own mind goes.

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• Unto my brother, archbishop of York, • When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, • I'll follow you, and tell what answer

Lewis, and the Lady Bona, send to him : Now, for a while, farewell, good duke of York. * K. Edw. What fates impose, that men must

needs abide; * It boots not to resist both wind and tide.

[Exit King EDWARD, led out; SOMERSET

with him. 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.

SCENE IV. London. A Room in the Palace.


Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and Rivers. Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden

change? Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to

learn, • What late misfortune is befall’n King Edward ? Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against

Warwick ? Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person. · Riv. Then is my sovereign slain?

Q.Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner; • Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard, Or by his foe surpris'd at unawares:

And, as I further have to understand, • Is new committed to the bishop of York, • Fell Warwick's brother, aud 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, that now hath won the day,


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