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K. Lew. And mine, with her's, and thine, and K. Edw. Now, brother of Clarence, how like you Margaret's.

our choice, Therefore, at last, I firmly am resolv'd,

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you stand pensive, as half malcontent? You shall have aid.

Clar. As well as Lewis of France, or the earl of Q. Mar. Let me give humble thanks for all at once! Warwick, K. Lew. Then, England's messenger, return in post, Which are so weak of courage, and in judgment, And tell false Edward, thy supposed king,

That they'll take no offence at our abuse. That Lewis of France is sending over maskers, K. Edw. Suppose, they take offence without a cause, To revel it with him and his new bride.

They are but Lewis and Warwick; I am Edward, Thou seest what's past, go fear thy king withal. Your king and Warwick's, and must have my will. Buna. Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower Glo. And you shall have your will, because our king : shortly,

Yet hasty marriage seldom proveth well. I'll wear the willow garland for his sake.

K. Edw. Yea, brother Richard, are you offended too? Q. Mar. Tell him, my mourning weeds are laid aside, Glo. Not I, And I am ready to pat armour on.

No, God forbid, that I should wish them sever'd, War. Tell him from me, that he hath done me Whom God hath join'd together: ay, and 'twere pity wrong,

To sunder them, that yoke so well together. and therefore I'll uncrown him, ere't be long. K. Edw. Setting your scorns, and your mislike, aside, There's thy reward;' be gone! [Exit Mess. Tell me some reason, why the lady Grey K. Lew. But, Warwick, thou,

Should not become my wife, and England's queen !And Oxford, with five thousand men,

And you, too, Somerset, and Montague,
Shall cross the seas, and bid false Edward battle: Speak freely what think!
And, as occasion serves, this noble queen

Clar. Then this is my opinion, – that king Lewis
And prince shall follow with a fresh supply. Becomes your enemy, for mocking him
Yet, ere thou go, but answer me one doubt! - About the marriage of the lady Bova.
What pledge have we of thy firm loyalty ?

Glo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge, War. This shall assure my constant loyalty, Is now dishonoured by this new marriage. That, if our queen and this young prince agree, K, Edw. What, if both Lewis and Warwick be I'll join mine eldest daughter, and my joy,

appeas’d, To him forthwith in holy wedlock bands.

By such invention, as I can devise? 2. Mar. Yes, I agree, and thank you for your motion.- Mont. Yet to have join'd with France in such alliance, Son Edward, she is fair and virtuous,

Would more have strenghten'd this our commonTherefore delay not, give thy hand to Warwick,

wealth And, with thy hand, thy faith irrevocable, 'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred marriage. That only Warwick's daughter shall be thine! Hast. Why, knows not Montague, that of itself Prince. Yes, I accept her, for she well deserves it; England is safe, if true within itself? And here, to pledge my vow, I give my hand. Mont. Yes; but the safer, when 'tis back'd with

(He gives his hand to Warwick. France. K. Lew. Why stay we now? These soldiers shall Hust. ”Tis better using France, than trusting France: be levied,

Let us be back'd with God, and with the seas, And thou, lord Bourbon, our high admiral, Which he hath given for fence impregnable, Shall waft them over with our royal fleet.

And with their helps only defend ourselves! I long, till Edward fall by war's mischance, In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies. For mocking marriage with a dame of France. Clar. For this one speech lord Hastings well deserves

(Exeunt all but Warwick. To have the heir of the lord Hungerford. War. I came from Edward as ambassador, K. Edw. Ay, what of that? it was my will and grant: But I return his sworn and mortal foe.

And, for this once, my will shall stand for law. Matter of marriage was the charge, he gave me, Glo. And yet, methinks, your grace hath not done well, But dreadful war shall answer his demand.

To give the heir and daughter of lord Seales Had he none else to make a stale, but me? Unto the brother of your loving bride; Then none but I shall turn his jest to sorrow. She better would have fitted me, or Clarence : I was the chief, that rais'd him to the crown, But in your bride you bury brotherhood. And I'll be chief to bring him down again ; Clar. Or else you would not have bestow'd the heir Not that I pity Henry's misery,

of the lord Bonville on your new wife's son,
But seek revenge on Edward's mockery. [Exit. And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere.

K. Edw. Alas, poor Clarence! is it for a wife,
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That thou art malcontent? I will provide thee.

Clar. In choosing for yourself, you show'd your
SCENE I. — London. A room in the palace. judgment,
Enter Gloster, Clarence, Somerset, Montague, and Which being shallow, you shall give me leave
Others.

To play the broker in mine own behalf;
Glo. Now tell me, brother Clarence, what think you K. Edw. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king,

And, to that end, I shortly mind to leave you.
Of this new marriage with the lady Grey?

And pot be tied unto his brother's will.
Hath not our brother made a worthy choice?
Clur. Alas, you know,’tis far from hence to France; To raise my state to title of a queen,

Q. Eliz. My lords, before it pleas'd his majesty
How could he stay, till Warwick made retorn ?
Som. My lords,forbear this talk! here comes the king, That I was not ignoble of descent,

Do me but right, and you must all confess,
Flourish. Enter King Edward, attended; Lady Grey, And meaner than myself have had like fortane.
as Queen; PEMBROKE, STAFFORD, Hastings, and But as this title honours me and mine,
Others.

So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing,
Glo. And his well-chosen bride.

Do cloud may joys with danger and with sorrow. Clar. I mind to tell him plainly, what I think. K. Edw. My love, forbear to lawn npon their frowns :

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What danger, or what sorrow, can befall thee, Tell me, if you love Warwick more, than me?
So long as Edward is thy constant friend,

If it be so, then both depart to him!
And their true sovereign, whom they must obey? I rather wish you foes, than hollow friends :
Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too, But if you mind to hold your true obedience,
Unless they seek for hatred at my hands :

Give me assurance with some friendly vow,
Which, if they do, yet will I keep thee safe, That I may never have you in suspect.
And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath. Mont. So God help Montague, as he proves true!
Glo. I hear, yet say not much, but think the more. Hast. And Hastings, as he favours Edward's cause:

(Aside. K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you stand by us?
Enter a Messenger.

Glo. Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand you.
K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters, or what news, K. Edw. Why so; then am I sure of victory.
From France?
Now therefore let us hence, and lose no hour,

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Mess. My sovereign liege, no letters; and few words, Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power!
But such as I, without your special pardon,

(Exeunt. Dare pot relate.

SCENE I. A plain in Warwickshire.
K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore, in brief, Enter Warwick and Oxford, with French and
Tell me their words as near, as thou canst guess them!

other Forces.
What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters? War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well;

Mess. At my depart these were his very words ; The common people by numbers swarm to us.
Go tell Pulse Edward, thy supposed king,

Enter CLARENCE and SOMERSET.
That Lewis of France is sending over maskers, But, see, where Somerset and Clarence come: -
To revel it with him and his new bride!

Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends?
K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave? belike, he think3 me Clar. Fear not that, my lord !
Henry.

War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto War-
But what said lady Bona to my marriage?

wick!
Mess. These were her words, utter'd with mild And welcome, Somerset ! I hold it cowardice
disdain :

To rest mistrustful, where a noble heart
Tell himn, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly, Hath pawn'd an open hand in sigo of love;
I'll wear the willow garland for his sake. Else might I think, that Clarence, Edward's brother,

K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little less; Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings,
She had the wrong. But what said Henry's queen ? But welcome, Clarence! my daughter shall bethine.
For I have heard, that she was there in place. And now what rests, but, in night's coverture,

T Mess. Tell him, quoth she, my mourning weeds are Thy brother being carelessly encamp’d, done,

His soldiers lurking in the towns about,
And I am ready to put armour on.

Aud but attended by a simple guard,
K. Edw. Belike, slie minds to play the Amazon, We may surprize and take him at our pleasure ?
But what said Warwick to these injuries ?

Our scouts have found the adventure very easy:
Mess. He, more inceps'd agaiust your majesty, That as Ulysses, and stout Diomede,
Than all the rest, discharg'd me with these words With sleight and manhood stole to Rhesus' tents,
Tell him from me, that he hath done me wrong, And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds;
And therefore I'll uncrown him, ere't be long. So we, well cover'd with the night's black mantle,
K. Edw. Ha! durst the traitor breathe out so At unawares may beat down Edward's guard,
proud words?

And seize himself; I say not slaughter him,
Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarn’d: For I intend but only to surprize him.-
They shall have wars, and pay for their presumption. You, that will follow me to this attempt,
But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret? Applaud the name of Henry, with your leader!
Mess. Ay, gracious sovereigu; they are so link'd

[They all cry, Heriry! in friendship,

Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort! That young prince Edward marries Warwick's For Warwick and his friends, God ant Saint George!

daughter. Clar. Belike, the elder; Clarence will have the SCENE WI. – Edward's camp, near Warwick. younger.

Enter certain Watchman, to guard the king's terh. Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast! 1 Watch. Come on, my masters, each man take For I will hence to Warwick's other daughter;

his stand! That, though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage The king, by this, is set him down to sleep. may not prove inferior to yourself.

2 Watch. What, will he not to bed ? You, that love me and Warwick, follow me! 1 Watch. Why, no: for he hath made a solemn Exit Clarence, and Somerset follows.

vow, Glo. Not I :

Never to lie and take his nataral rest, My thoughts aim at a farther matter; I

Till Warwick, or himself, be quite suppress'd. Stay not for

love of Edward, but the crown. (Aside. 2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, K. Edw. Clarence and Somerset both gone to If Warwick be so near, as men report. Warwick!

3 Watch. But say, I pray, what nobleman is that, Yet am I arm'd against the worst, can happen ; That with the king here resteth in his tent? And haste is needful in this desperate case.

1 Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the kiug's Pembroke, and Stafford, you in our behalf

est friend. Go levy men, and make prepare for war!

3 Watch. O, is it so? But why commands the kivas They are already, or quickly will be landed: That his chief followers lodge in towns about him, Myself in person will straight follow you.

While he himself keepeth in the cold field ? [Exeunt Pembroke and Stafford. 2 Watch. 'Tis the more honour, because more daaBut, ere I go, Hastings, — and Montague,

gerous. Resolve my doubt! You twain, of all the rest, 3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship and quietness ; Are near to Warwick, by blood, and by alliance; I like it better than dangerous honour.

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If Warwick knew, in what estate he stands,

Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against 'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him.

Warwick ? 1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shut np his Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person. passage.

Riv. Then is my sovereign slain? 2 Watch, Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner ; tent,

Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard, Bat to defend lris person from night-foes?

Or by his foe suspris’d at unawares : Enter WARWICK, CLARENCE, OXFORD, SOMERSET, and And, as I further have to understand, Forces.

Is new committed to the bishop of York, War. This is his tent; and see, where stand his Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe. guard.

Riv. These news, I must confess, are full of grief: Courage, my masters ! honour now, or never! Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may ! But follow me, and Edward shall be ours.

Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day. 1 Watch, Who goes there?

Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must hiuderlife's decay, 2 Watch. Stay, or thou diest.

And I the rather wean me from despair,
[Warwick, and the rest,cry all Warwick ! For love of Edward's olispring in my womb:

Warwick! and set upon the gourd, who This is it that makes me bridle passion,
fly, crying Arm! urm! Warwick and And bear with mildness my misfortunes' cross;
the rest, following them.

Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear, The drum beating, and trumpets soundir:g, re-en- And stop the rising of blood-sueking sighs, ter Warwick, and the rest, bringing the king Lest with my sighs, or tears I blast, or drown out in a gown, sitting in a chair: Glosten and King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown, Hastings fly.

Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then becomc? Som. What are they, that fly there?

Q. Eliz. I am informed, that lre comes towards War. Richard and Hastings: let them go, here's London, the duke.

To set the crown once more on Henry's head. K. Edw. The duke, why, Warwick, when we part- Guess thon the rest !king Edward's friends must down. ed last,

But, to prevent the tyrant's violence, Thou call’dst me king?

(For trust not him, that hath once broken faith,) War. Ay, but the case is alter'd:

I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
When you disgrac'd me in my embassade, To save at least the heir of Edward's right;
Then I degraded you from being king,

There shall I rest secure from force, and fraud.
And come now to create you duke of York. Come therefore, let us fly, while we may fly!
Alas! how should you govern any kingdom, If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. (Exeunt.
That know not, how to use ambassadors,

SCENE Y.- A park near Middleham Castle in YorkNor how to be contented with one wife

shire. Nor know not, how to use your brothers brotherly, Enter Gloster, Hastings, Sir William STANLEY, and Nor how to study for the people's welfare,

Others. Nor how to shroud yourself from enemies? Glo.Now,my lord Hastings, and sir William Stanley, K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here Leave off to wonder , why I drew you hither, too?

Into this chiefest thicket of the park! Nay, then I see, that Edward needs must down. - Thas stands the case : You know, our king, my brother, Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance, Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands of thee thyself, and all thy complices,

He hath good usage and great liberty ; Edward will always bear himself as king:

And often, but attended with weak guard, Though fortunes malice overthrow my state, Comes hunting this way to disport himself. My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel. I have advertis'd him by secret means, War. Then, for his mind, be Edward England's That, if about this hour he make this way, king!

(Takes off' his crown. Under the colour of his risual game, But Henry now shall wear the English crown,

He shall here find his friends, with horse and men, And be true king indeed ; thou but the shadow. – To set him free from his captivity. My lord of Somerset, at my request,

Enter King EDWARD, and a Huntsman. See, that forth with duke Edward be convey'd Hunt. This way, my lord! for this way lies the game. Unto my brother, archbishop of York.

K. Edw. Nay, this way, man! see, where the huntsWhen I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, men stand. I'll follow yon, and tell what answer

Now, brother of Gloster, lord Hastings, and the rest, Lewis, and the lady Bona, send to him:

Stand you thus close to steal the bishop's deer?
Now, for a while, farewell, good duke of York ! Glo. Brother, the time and case requireth haste:
K. Edw. What fates impose, that men must needs Your horse stands ready at the park corner.
abide;

K. Edw. But whither shall we then ?
It boots not to resist both wind and tide.

Hast. To Lynn, 'my lord, and ship from thence (Exit King Edward, led out; Somerset to Flanders. with him.

Glo. Well guess’d,believe me; for that was my meanOxf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do,

iog. But march to London with our soldiers ?

K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have to do: Glo. But wherefore stay we? 'tis no time to talk. To free king Henry from imprisonment,

K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou? wilt thou And see him seated in the regal throne. (Exeunt. SCENE IV.- London. A room in the palace. Hunt. Better do so, than tarry and be hang’d. Enter Queen ELIZABETH and Rivers.

Glo. Come then, away! let's have no more ado! Riv. Madam,what makes you in this sudden ehange? K. Edw. Bishop, farewell! shield thee from WarQ. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn,

wick's frown, What late misfortune is befall’n king Edward ? And

pray

that I may repossess the crown! (Exeunt.

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SCENE VI. A room in the Tower. Som. My liege, it is young Henry, earl of Richmond. Enter King Hexey, CLARENCE, Wadwick, SOMERSET, K. Hen. Come hither, England's hope! If secret young RICHMOND, OXFORD, MosTAGUE, Lieutenant powers

(Lays his hand on his head. of the Tower, and Attendants.

Suggest but truth to my dividing thoughts, K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and friends This pretty lad will prove our country's bliss. Have shaken Edward from the regal seat;

His looks are full of peaceful majesty ; And turn'd my captive state to liberty,

His head by nature fram'd to wear a crown,
My fear to hope, my sorrows upto joys,

His hand to wield a sceptre; and himself
At our enlargement what are thy due fees? Likely, in time, to bless a regal throne.
Lieu. Subjects may challenge nothing of their so- Make much of him, my lords for this is he,
vereigos;

Must help you more than you are hart by me.
But, if an humble prayer may prevail,

Enter a Messenger. I then crave pardon of your majesty.

War. What news, my friend? K. Hen. For what, lieutenant ? for well using me? | Mess. That Edward is escaped from your brother, Nay, be thou sure, I'll well requite thy kinduess, And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy. For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure; War. Upsavoury news! But how made he escape? Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds

Mess. He was convey'd by Richard duke of Gloster, Conceive, when, after many moody thoughts, And the lord Hastings, who attended him At last, by notes of household harmony,

In secret ambush on the forest side,
They quite forget their loss of liberty: –

And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him ;'
Bat, Warwick, after God, thou set’st me free, For hunting was his daily exercise.
And chiefly therefore I thank God, and thee; War. My brother was too careless of his charge.
He was the author, thou the instrument,

But let us hence, my sovereigo, to provide
Therefore, that I may conquer fortune's spite, A salve for any sore, that may betide!
By living low, where fortune cannot hurt me,

[Exeunt King Hen. War. Clar. Lieul. And that the people of this blessed land

and Attendants. May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars, Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of Edward's: Warwick, although my head still wear the crown, For, doubtless, Burgundy will yield him help, I here resign my government to thee,

And we shall have more wars, before't be long.
For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds.

As Henry's late presaging prophecy
War. Your grace hath still been fum'd for virtuous; Did glad my heart, with hope of this young Richmond,
And yow may seem as wise, as virtuous,

So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts
By spying and avoiding fortune's malice;

What may befall him, to his harm and ours. For few men righ

temper with the stars : Therefore, lord Oxford, to prevent the worst, Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace,

Forthwith we'll send him hence to Britany,
For choosing me, when Clarence is in place. Till storms be past of civil enmity.

Clar. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway, 0.af. Ay; for, if Edward repossess the crown,
To whom the heavens, in thy nativity,

'Tis like, that Richmond with the rest shall down.
Adjudg'd an olive branch, and laurel crown, Som. It shall be so; he shall to Britany.
As likely to be blest in peace, and war;

Come therefore, let's about it speedily!' (Exeunt

. And therefore 1 yield thee my free consent. War. And I choose Clarence only for protector.

SCENE VII. — Before York. K. Hen. Warwick, and Clarence, give me both Enter King Edward, Gloster, Hastings, and Forces

. your hands!

K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, lord Hastings, and Now join your hands, and, with your hands, your hearts,

Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends, That no dissension hinder government!

And says, that once more I shall interchange I make you both protectors of this land;

My waned state for Henry's regal crown. While I myself will lead a private life,

Well have we pass'd, and now repass'd the seas, And in devotion spend my latter days,

And brought desired help from Burgundy:
To sin's rebuke, and my Creators praise.

What then remains, we being thus arriv'd
War. What answers Clarence to his sovereign's will? From Ravenspurg haven before the gates of Yorks

Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield conseat; But that we enter, as into our dukedom?
For on thy fortune I repose myself.

Glo. The gates made fast!--Brother, Ilike not this;
War. Whythen,though loath,yet must be content: For many men, that stumble at the threshold,
We'll yoke together, like a double shadow Are well foretold, that danger lurks within.
To Henry's body, and supply his place;

K. Edw. Tush, man! abodements must not now
I mean, in bearing weight of government,

atlright us :
While he enjoys the honour, and his ease. By fair or foni means we must enter in,
And Clarence, pow then it is more than needful, For hither will our friends repair to us.
Forthwith that Edward be prouounc'd a traitor, Hast. My liege, I'll knock once more, to summod
And all his lands and goods be confiscate.

them.
Clar. What else ? and that succession be determin’d. Enter, on the walls the Mayor of York, and his
War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part.

Brethren.
K. Hen. But, with the first of all your chief all'airs, May. My lords, we were forewarned of your coming,
Let me entreat, (for I command no more,) And shut the gates for safety of ourselves;
That Margaret your queen, and my son Edward, For now we owe allegiance noto fleory.
Be sent for, to return from France with speed: K. Edw. But, master mayor, if Henry be your king,
For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear Yet Edward, at the least, is duke of York.
My joy of liberty is half eclips'd.

May. True, my good lord ; I know you for no less.
člar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all speed. K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but my da-
K. Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is that, kedom,
Of whom you seem to have so tender care? As being well content with that alone.

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Glo. But, when the fox hath once got in his nose, We'll forward towards Warwick, and his mates;
He'll soon find means to make the body follow. (Aside. For, well I wot, that Henry is no soldier. -
Hast. Why, master mayor, why stand you in a Ah, froward Clarence! how evil it beseenis thee,
doubt?

To llatter Henry, and forsake thy brother!
Open the gates! we are king Henry's friends. Yet, as we may, we'll meet both thee and Warwick.
May. Ay, say you so ? the gates shall then be open'd. Come on, brave soldiers ! doubt not of the day!

[Exeunt from above. And, that once gotten,doubt not of large pay![Exeunt. Glo. A wise stout captain, and persuaded soon!

Hast. The good old man would fain, that all were well, SCENE VIII. - London. A room in the palace.
So 'twere not ’long of him: but, being enter'd, Enter King HENRY, WARWICK, Clarence, Monta-
I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade

GUE, Exeter, and OXFORD.
Both him, and all his brothers, unto reason. War. What counsel, lords ? Edward from Belgia,
Re-enter the Mayor, and two Aldermen, below. With hasty Germans, and blunt Hollanders,
K. Edw. So, master mayor: these gates must not be Hath pass'd in safety through the narrow seas,
shut,

And with his troops doth march amain to London,
But in the night, or in the time of war.

And many giddy people flock to him.
What! fear not, man, but yield me up the keys ! Oxf. Let's levy men, and beat him back again!

(Takes his keys. Clar. A little fire is quickly trodden out,
For Edward will defend the town, and thee, Which, being suffer'd, rivers cannot quench.
And all those friends that deign to follow me. War. In Warwickshire I have true-hearted friends,
Drum. Enter Montgomery, and forces, marching. Not mutinous in peace, yet bold in war";

Glo. Brother, this is sir John Montgomery, Those will I muster up:—and thou, son Clarence,
Our trusty friend, unless ( be deceiv’d.

Shalt stir, in Satfolk, Norfolk, and in Kent,
K. Edu. Welcome, sir John! But why come you in The knights and gentlemen to come with thee:-
arms?

Thou, brother Montague, in Buckingham, Mont. To help king Edward in his time of storm, Northampton, and in Leicestershire, shalt find As every loyal subject ought to do.

Men well inclin'd to hear, what thou command'st. K. Edw. Thauks, good Montgomery! but we now And thon, brave Oxford, wondrous well belov’d, forget

In Oxfordshire shalt muster up thy friends.
Our title to the crown, and only claim

My sorereign, with the loving citizens,
Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest. Like to his island, girt in with the ocean,
Mont. Then fare you well, for I will hence agaio; Or modest Dian, circled with her nymphs,-
I came to serve a king, and not a duke. -

Shall rest in London, till we come to him.
Drummer, strike up, and let us march away! Fair lords, take leave, and stand not to reply!-

(.4 march begun. Farewell, my sovereign! K. Edw. Nay, stay, sir John, awhile, and we'll K. Hen. Farewell, my Hector, and my Troy's true debate,

hope!
By what save means the crown may be recover'd. Clar. In sign of truth I kiss your Nighness' hand.

Dlont. What talk you of debating? in few words, K. Hen. Well-minded Clarence, bethou fortunate!
If you'll not here proclaim yourself our king, Mont. Comfort, my lord ! -- and so I take my

leave,
I'll leave you to your fortune, and be gone Oxf. And thus [kissing Henry's hand.] I seal my
To keep them back, that come to succour you. truth, and bid adieu.
Why should we fight, if you pretend no title? K, Hen. Sweet Oxford, and my loving Montague,
Glo. Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice And all at once, once more a happy farewell!
points?

War. Farewell, sweet lords ! Let's-meet at Coventry! K. Edw. When we grow stronger, then we'll make

[Exeunt War. Clar. Oxf. and Mont. our claim:

K. Hen. Here at the palace will I rest a while.
Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning. Cousin of Exeter, what thinks your lordship?
Hast. Away with scrupulous wit! now arms must rule. Methinks, the power, that Edward hath in field,
Glo. And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns. Should not be able to encounter mine.
Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand;

Exe. The doubt is, that he will seduce the rest.
The bruit thereof will bring you many friends. K. Hen. That's not my fear, my meed hath got me

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

I have not stopp'd mine ears to their demands,
Mont.. Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like himself; Nor posted off their suits with slow delays ;
And now will I be Edward's champion.

My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds, Hast. Sound, trumpet! Edward shall be liere pro- My mildness hath allay'd their swelling griefs, claim'd :

My mercy dry'd their water-flowing tears;
Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation! I have not been desirous of their wealth,

{Gives him a paper. Flourish. Nor much oppress’d them with great subsidies,
Sold. [Reads] Edward the fourth, by the grace Nor forward of revenge, though they much errid;
of God, king of England and France, and lord of Then why should they love Edward' more than me?
Ireland, etc.

No, Exeter, these graces challenge grace;
Mont. And whosoe'er gainsays king Edward's right, And, when the lion fawns upon the lamb,
By this I challenge him to single fight.

The lamb will never cease to follow him.
(Throws down his gauntlet. [Shout within. A Lancaster! A Lancaster!
All. Long live Edward the fourth !

Exe. Hark, hark, my lord!,what shouts are these? K. Edw. Thanks, brave Montgomery; - and thanks Enter King EDWARD, Gloster, and Soldiers. unto you all!

K. Edw. Seize on the shame-fac'd Henry, bear him
If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness.

hence,
Now, for this night, let's harbour here in York: And once again proclaim us king of England !
And, when the morning sun shall raise his car You are the fount, that makes small brooks to flow;
Above the border of this horizon,

Now stops thy spring; my sea shall suck them dry,

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