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* Never to lie and take his natural rest, * Till Warwick, or himself, be quite suppressed. *2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, * If wano be so near as men report. *3 Watch. But say, I pray, what nobleman is that * That with the king here resteth in his tent P * I Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the king's chiefest friend. *3 Watch. O, is it so F But why commands the king, *That his chief followers lodge in towns about him, *While he himself keepeth in the cold field P * 2 Watch. 'Tis the more honor because more dangerous. *3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship and quietness; * I like it better than a dangerous honor. * If Warwick knew in what estate he stands, * "Tis to be doubted, he would waken him. * 1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up his passage. *2 Watch. Ay, wherefore else guard we his royal tent, *But to defend his person from night foes P
Enter WARwick, CLARENCE, OxFord, SoMERSET, and Forces.
* War. This is his tent; and see, where stand his guard. Courage, my masters: honor now, or never ! But follow me, and Edward shall be ours. 1 Watch. Who goes there 2 *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.
The drum beating, and trumpets sounding. Reenter WARwick, and the rest, bringing the King out in a gown, sitting in a chair; GLOSTER and
* Som. What are they that fly there P * War. Richard, and Hastings; let them go; here’s the duke. R. Edw. The duke why, Warwick, when we parted last, Thou call’dst me king ! War. Ay, but the case is altered; * When you disgraced 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 shroud yourself from enemies? * K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here too P * 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 conveyed “ Unto my brother, archbishop of York. ‘When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, “I’ll follow you, and tell what answer
! i. e. in his mind; as far as his own mind goes,
* 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. [Evit 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. [Ereunt.
SCENE IV. London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and RIVERS.
‘ Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden change f * Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn ‘What late misfortune is befallen king Edward P Riv. What, loss of some pitched battle against - Warwick P * Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person. ‘ Riv. Then is my sovereign slain f * Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisOmer; * Either betrayed by falsehood of his guard, ‘ Or by his foe surprised at unawares; * And, as I further have to understand, * Is now committed to the bishop of York, * 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, that now hath won the day. Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must hinder life’s decay. - *And I the rather wean me from despair, * For love of Edward's offspring in my womb;
* This is it that makes me bridle passion, *And bear with mildness my misfortune's cross; * Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear, * And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs, * Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown * King Edward’s fruit, true heir to the English crown. * Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick them become P - . - . * Q. Eliz. I am informed, that he comes towards - London, . *To set the crown once more on Henry's head : * Guess thou the rest; king Edward's friends must down. “But, to prevent the tyrant’s violence, * (For trust not him that hath once broken faith,) * I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary, * To save at least the heir of Edward’s right ; * There shall I rest secure from force and fraud. * Come, therefore, let us fly, while we may fly; * If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. [Eveunt.
SCENE W. A Park near Middleham Castle in Yorkshire." r
Enter GLosTER, HASTINGs, SIR WILLIAM STANLEY, and others.
* Glo. Now, my lord Hastings, and sir William Stanley, • Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither, * Into this chiefest thicket of the park. • Thus stands the case:—You know, our king, my brother, * Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands * He hath good usage and great liberty; • And often, but attended with weak guard,
1 Shakspeare follows Holinshed in the representation here given of king Edward's capture and imprisonment. The whole, however, is untrue Edward was never in the hands of Warwick.
* Comes hunting this way to disport himself. * I have advértised him by secret means, * That if, about this hour, he make this way, “ Under the color of his usual game, • He shall here find his friends, with horse and men, * To set him free from his captivity.
Enter KING Edward and a Huntsman.
Hunt. This way, my lord; for this way lies the game. • K. Edw. Nay, this way, man; see, where the huntsmen stand.• Now, brother of Gloster, lord Hastings, and the rest, • Stand you thus close to steal the bishop's deer f * Glo. Brother, the time and case requireth haste; * Your horse stands ready at the park corner. • K. Edw. But whither shall we then P • Hast. To Lynn, my lord; and ship from thence to Flanders. • Glo. Well guessed, believe me; for that was my meaning. • K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. * Glo. But wherefore stay we ? 'tis no time to talk. • K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou? wilt thou go along f • Hunt. Better do so, than tarry and be hanged. * Glo. Come then, away; let's have no more ado. • K. Edw. Bishop, farewell: shield thee from Warwick’s frown ; And pray that I may repossess the crown. [Ereunt.
SCENE WI. A Room in the Tower.
Enter KING HENRY, CLARENCE, WARWICK, SoMERSET, Young RICHMOND, OxForD, MONTAGUE, Lieutenant of the Tower, and Attendants.
* K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and friends * Have shaken Edward from the regal seat;