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Proud setter-up and puller-down of kings !
Bona. Dear brother, how shall Bona be revengd, I will not hence, till with my talk and tears, But by thy help to this distressed queen ? Both full of truth, I make king Lewis behold Q. Mar. Renowned prince, how shall poor Henry Thy sly conveyance, and thy lord's false love ;
live, For both of you are birds of self-same feather. Unless thou rescue him from foul despair ?
[A Horn sounded within. Bona. My quarrel, and this English queen's, are one. K. Lew. Warwick, this is some post to us, or thee. War. And mine, fair lady Bona, joins with yours.
K. Lew. And mine, with hers, and thine, and
R. Mar. Let me give humble thanks for all at once. And, madam, these for you ; from whom I know not. K. Lew. Then England's messenger, return in [ To MARGARET. They all read their Letters.
post; Orf. I like it well, that our fair queen and mistress And tell false Edward, thy supposed king, Smiles at her news, while Warwick frowns at his. That Lewis of France is sending over maskers, Prince. Nay, mark, how Lewis stamps as he were To revel it with him and his new bride : nettled ;
Thou seest what's past, go fear? thy king withal. I hope all's for the best
Bona. Tell him, In hope he'll prove a widower K. Lew. Warwick, what are thy news? and yours,
shortly, fair queen ?
I'll wear the willow garland for his sake. Q. Mar. Mine, such as fill my heart with unhop'd Q. Mar. Tell him, My mourning weeds are laid joys.
aside, War. Mine, full of sorrow, and heart's discontent. | And I am ready to put armour on. K. Lew. What! has your king married the lady War. Tell him from me, That he hath done me Grey ?
wrong ; And now, to soothe your forgery and his,
And therefore I'll uncrown him ere't be long. Sends me a paper to persuade me patience ? There's thy reward; be gone.
[Erit Mess, Is this the alliance that he seeks with France ?
But, Warwick, thou, Dare he presume to scorn us in this manner? And Oxford, with five thousand men,
Q. Mar. I told your majesty as much before : Shall cross the seas, and bid false Edward battle: This proveth Edward's love, and Warwick's honesty. | And, as occasion serves, this noble queen War. King Lewis, I here protest, - in sight of | And prince shall follow with a fresh supply. heaven,
Yet, ere thou go, but answer me one doubt ; And by the hope I have of heavenly bliss,
What pledge have we of thy firm loyalty ? That I am clear from this misdeed of Edward's ; War. This shall assure my constant loyalty : No more my king, for he dishonours me;
That if our queen and this young prince agree, But most himself, if he could see his shame. I'll join mine eldest daughter, and my joy, Did I forget, that by the house of York
To him forthwith in holy wedlock bands. My father came untimely to his death ?
Q. Mar. Yes, I agree, and thank you for your Did I let pass the abuse done to my niece ?
motion : Did I impale him with the regal crown?
Son Edward, she is fair and virtuous, Did I put Henry from his native right;
Therefore delay not, give thy hand to Warwick : And am I guerdon'd' at the last with shame? And, with thy hand, thy faith irrevocable, Shame on himself! for my desert is honour. That only Warwick's daughter shall be thine. And to repair my honour lost for him,
Prince. Yes, I accept her, for she well deserves it : I here renounce bim, and return to Henry: And here to pledge my vow, I give my hand. My noble queen, let former grudges pass,
[He gives his hand to WARWICK. And henceforth I am thy true servitor;
K. Lew. Why stay we now? These soldiers shall I will revenge his wrong to lady Bona,
be levied, And replant Henry in his former state.
And thou, lord Bourbon, our high admiral, Q. Mar. Warwick, these words have turn'd my Shall waft them over with our royal fleet. bate to love ;
I long, till Edward fall by war's mischance, And I forgive and quite forget old faults,
For mocking marriage with a dame of France. And joy that thou becom’st king Henry's friend.
(Ereunt all but WARWICK. War. So much his friend, ay, his unfeigned friend, War. I came from Edward as ambassador, That, if king Lewis vouchsafe to furnish us
But I return his sworn and mortal foe: With some few bands of chosen soldiers,
Matter of marriage was the charge he gave me, I'll undertake to land them on our coast,
But dreadful war shall answer his demand. And force the tyrant from his seat by war.
Had he none else to make a stale', but me 'Tis not his new-made bride shall succour him: Then none but I shall turn his jest to sorrow. And as for Clarence, - as my letters tell me, I was the chief that rais'd him to the crown, He's very likely now to fall from him ;
And I'll be chief to bring him down again : For matching more for wanton lust than honour, Not that I pity Henry's misery, Or than for strength or safety of our country. But seek revenge on Edward's mockery. [Erit. 9 Juggling. I Rewarded.
2 Frighten. 3 A stalking-horse, a pretence.
SCENE I. - London. A Room in the Palace. Clar. For this one speech, lord Hastings well
deserves Enter Gloster, CLARENCE, SOMERSET, MONTAGUE, To have the heir of the lord Hungerford. and others.
K. Edw. Ay, what of that? it was my will, and Glo. Now tell me, brother Clarence, what think you
grant ; Of this new marriage with the lady Grey ?
And, for this once, my will shall stand for law, Hath not our brother made a worthy choice?
Glo. And yet, methinks, your grace hath nut Clar. Alas, you know, 'tis far from hence to France;
done well, How could he stay till Warwick made return? To give the heir and daughter of lord Scales Som. My lords, forbear this talk; here coines the Unto the brother of your loving bride ; king.
She better would have fitted me, or Clarence :
But in your bride you bury brotherhood.
Grey, as Queen ; PEMBROKE, STAFFORD, Hast of the lord Bonville on your new wife's son,
And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere. Glo. And his well-chosen bride.
X. Edw. Alas, poor Clarence! is it for a wife, Clar. I mind to tell him plainly what I think.
That thou art malcontent? I will provide thee. K. Edw. Now, brother of Clarence, how like you
Clar. In choosing for yourself, you show'd your our choice,
And, to that end, I shortly mind to leave you. Which are so weak of courage, and in judgment, K. Edw. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king, That they'll take no offence at our abuse.
And not be tied unto his brother's will. K. Edw. Suppose they take offence without a cause,
Q. Eliz. My lords, before it pleas'd his majesty They are but Lewis and Warwick; I am Edward, To raise my state to title of a queen, Your king and Warwick's, and must have my will. Do me but right, and you must all confess Glo. And you shall have your will, because our That I was not ignoble of descent, king:
And meaner than myself have had like fortune. Yet hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
But as this title honours me and mine, K. Edw. Yea, brother Richard, are you offended So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing, too?
Do cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow. Glo. Not I:
K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon their No; God forbid, that I should wish them sever'd
frowns : Whom he hath join'd together : ay, and 'twere pity, What danger, or what sorrow can befal thee, To sunder them that yoke so well together.
So long as Edward is thy constant friend, K. Edw. Setting your scorns, and your mislike, And their true sovereign, whom they must obey ? aside,
Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too, Tell me some reason, why the lady Grey
Unless they seek for hatred at my hands : Should not become my wife, and England's queen:
Which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe, And you too, Somerset, and Montague,
And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath. Speak freely what
Glo. I hear, yet say not much, but think the Clar. Then this is my opinion, that king Lewis
[ Aside. Becomes your enemy, for mocking him
Enter a Messenger, About the marriage of the lady Bona.
Glo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge, K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters, or what Is now dishonoured by this new marriage.
news, X. Edw. What, if both Lewis and Warwick be From France ? appeas'd,
Mess. My sovereign liege, no letters; and few By such invention as I can devise ?
words, Mont. Yet to have join'd with France in such al. But such as I without your special pardon, liance,
Dare not relate. Would more have strengthen'd this our common- K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore, in wealth
brief, 'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred marriage. Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess them.
Hast. Why, knows not Montague, that of itself What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters ? England is safe, if true within itselt?
Mess. At my depart these were his very words;
That Lewis of France is sending over maskers,
K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave ? belike, he thinks Let us be back'd with heaven, and with the seas,
me Henry. Which God hath given for fence impregnable, But what said lady' Bona to my marriage ? And with their helps only defend ourselves;
Mess. These were her words, utter'd with mild In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies.
Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly,
Entr CLARENCE and SOMERSET. I'll wear the willow garland for his sake.
But, see, where Somerset and Clarence come ; K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little less; Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends? She had the wrong. But what said Henry's queen?
Clar. Fear not that, my lord. For I have heard that she was there in place.
War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto WarMess. Tell him, quoth she, my mourning weeds
wick; are done,
And welcome, Somerset : I hold it cowardice, And I am ready to put armour on.
To rest mistrustful where a noble heart
Else might I think, that Clarence. Edward's brother,
Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings : Than all the rest, discharg'd me with these words ;
But welcome, Clarence; my daughter shall be thine. Tell him from me, that he hath done me wrong,
And now what rests, but, in night's coverture, And therefore, I'll uncrown him, ere't be long,
Thy brother being carelessly encamp'd, K. Edw. Ha! durst the traitor breathe out so
His soldiers lurking in the towns about, proud words?
And but attended by a simple guard, Well, I will arın me, being thus forewarn'd : They shall have wars, and pay for their presumption. Our scouts have found the adventure very easy :
We may surprize and take him at our pleasure? But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret ?
That as Ulysses, and stout Diomede, Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign; they are so link'd With sleight and manhood stole to Rhesus' tents,
in friendship, That young prince Edward marries Warwick's So we, weil cover'd with the night's black mantle,
And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds; daughter. Clar. Belike, the elder; Clarence will have the And seize himself: I say not — slaughter him,
At unawares may beat down Edward's guard, younger.
For I intend but only to surprize him.
You, that will follow me to this attempt,
Applaud the name of Henry, with your leader. That, though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage
[They all cry HENRY! I may not prove inferior to yourself.
Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort : You, that love me and Warwick, follow me.
For Warwick and his friends, God and saint George! (Erit CLARENCE, and SOMERSET follows.
[Ereunt. Glo. Not I: My thoughts aim at a further matter I
SCENE III. - Edward's Camp near Warwick. Stay not for love of Edward, but the crown. [ Aside. K. Edw. Clarence and Somerset both gone to Enter certain Watchmen, lo guard the King's Tent. Warwick!
1 Watch. Come on, my masters, each man take Yet am I arm'd against the worst can happen;
his stand; And haste is needful in this desperate case.
The king by this, is set him down to sleep. Pembroke, and Stafford, you in our behalf
2 Watch. What, will he not to bed ? Go levy men, and make prepare for war ;
1 Watch. Why, no: for he hath made a solemn They are already, or quickly will be landed: Myself in person will straight follow you.
Never to lie and take his natural rest, [Ereunt PEMBROKE and StaffORD. Till Warwick, or himself, be quite suppress'd. But, ere I go, Hastings, — and Montague,
2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, Resolve my doubt. You twain, of all the rest, If Warwick be so near as men report. Are near to Warwick, by blood, and by alliance : 3 Watch. But say, I pray, what nobleman is that,
if you love Warwick more than me? That with the king here resteth in his tent? If it be so, then both depart to him ;
1 Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the king's chiefI rather wish you foes than hollow friends ;
est friend. But if you mind to hold your true obedience,
3 Watch. O, is it so? But why commands the king, Give me assurance with some friendly vow, That his chief followers lodge in towns about him, That I may never have you in suspect.
While he himself keepeth in the cold field ? Mont. So God help Montague, as he proves 2 Watch. 'Tis the more honour, because more true !
dangerous. Hast. And Hastings, as he favours Edward's 3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship and quietness, cause !
I like it better than a dangerous honour. K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you stand If Warwick knew in what estate he stands, by us?
'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him. Glo. Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand you. 1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up his K. Edw. Why so; then am I sure of victory.
passage. Now therefore let us hence; and lose no hour, 2 Walch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power.
[Ereunt. But to defend his person from night-foes? SCENE II. — A Plain in Warwickshire,
Enter WARWICK, CLARENCE, OXFORD, SOMERSET,
and Forces. Enter WARWICK and OXFORD, with French and
War. This is his tent; and see, where stand bis other Forces.
guard. War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well; Courage, my masters; honour now, or never ! 'l be cominon people by numbers swarm to us. But follow me, and Edward shall be ours.
I Watch. Who goes there?
Or by his foe surpriz’d at unawares : 2 Watch. Stay, or thou diest.
And, as I further have to understand,
Warwick ! and set upon the guard; who fly, Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe.
Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may;
Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day. The Drum beating, and Trumpets sounding, re-enter
Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must hinder life's Warwick, and the rest, bringing the King out in a Gown, sitting in a Chair ; Gloster anel Hast- and I the rather wean me from despair,
decay, INGS, fly.
For love of Edward's offspring in my womb: Som. What are they that fly there?
This is it that makes me bridle passion, War. Richard, and Hastings: let them go, here's And bear with mildness my misfortune's cross; the duke.
Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear, K. Edw. The duke; why, Warwick, when we
And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
, true heir to the English crown.
Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then become? When you disgrac'd me in my embassade,
Q. Eliz. I am informed, that he comes towards Then I degraded you from being king,
London, And come now to create you duke of York.
To set the crown once more on Henry's head: Alas! how should you govern any kingdom,
Guess thou the rest; king Edward's friends must That know not how to use ambassadors;
down. Nor how to be contented with one wife;
But to prevent the tyrant's violence, Nor how to use your brothers brotherly ;
(For trust not him that hath once, broken faith,) Nor how to study for the people's welfare ; I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary, Nor how to shroud yourself from enemies ?
To save at least the heir of Edward's right; K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here There shall I rest secure from force, and fraud. too?
Come therefore, let us fly, while we may fly; Nay, then I see, that Edward needs must down. –
If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. (Ereunt. Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance, Of thee thyself, and all thy complices,
SCENE V. A Park near Middleham Castle in Edward will always bear himself as king :
Yorkshire. Though fortune's malice overthrow my state, My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel. Enter Gloster, Hastings, Sir William STANLEY, War. Then, for his mind 4, be Edward England's
and others. king :
( Takes off his crown. Glo. Now, my lord Hastings, and sir William But Henry now shall wear the English crown,
Stanley, And be true king indeed; thou but the shadow.
Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither, My lord of Somerset, at my request,
Into this chiefest thicket of the park. See that forthwith duke Edward be convey'd
Thus stands the case : You know, our king, my Unto my brother, archbishop of York.
brother, When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands I'll follow you, and tell what answer
He hath good usage and great liberty;
And often, but attended with weak guard,
Comes hunting this way to disport himself,
That if about this hour, he make this way, It boots not to resist both wind and tide.
Under the colour of his usual game,
To set him free from his captivity.
Enter King EDWARD, and a Huntsman.
Hunt. This way, my lord; for this way lies the
game. And see him seated in the regal throne. (Exeunt.
K. Edw. Nay, this way, man ; see, where the SCENE IV. - London. A Room in the Palace. Now, brother of Gloster, lord Hastings, and the rest,
huntsmen stand. Enter Queen Elizabeth and Rivers.
Stand you thus close, to steal the bishop's deer? Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden Glo. Brother, the time and case requireth haste; change?
Your horse stands ready at the park corner. Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn, K. Edw. But whither shall we then ? What late misfortune is befall'n king Edward ? Hast. To Lynn, my lord, and ship from thence Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against
to Flanders. Warwick ?
Glu. Well guess'd, believe me; for that was my Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person.
meaning Riv. Then is my sovereign slain ?
K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner; Glo. But wherefore stay we? 'tis no time to talk. Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard,
K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou ? wilt ulivu 4 4. e. In his mind; as far as his own mind goce.
Hunt. Better do su, than tarry and be hang'd. To Henry's body, and supply bis place ;
And, Clarence, now then it is more than needful, And pray that I may repossess the crown. [Exeunt. Forthwith that Edward be pronounc'd a traitor,
And all his lands and goods be confiscate. SCENE VI. - A Room in the Tower,
Clar. What else? and that succession be deter
min'd. Enter King HENRY, CLARENCE, WARWICK, So
War. Ay, therein Clarence shall want his MERSET, Young RICHMOND, Oxford, Monta
part. GUE, Lieutenant of the Tower, and Attendants. K. Hen. But, with the first of all your chief K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and
Let me entreat, (for I command no more,) Have shaken Edward from the regal seat ;
That Margaret your queen, and my son Edward, And turn’d my captive state to liberty,
Be sent for, to return from France with speed : My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys;
For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear At our enlargement what are thy due fees
My joy of liberty is half eclips'd. Lieut. Subjects may challenge nothing of their Clar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all sovereigns;
speed. But, if an humble prayer may prevail,
K. Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is I then crave pardon of your majesty.
that, K. Hen. For what, lieutenant? for well using me? Of whom you seem to have so tender care? Nay, be thou sure, I'll well requite thy kindness, Som. My liege, it is young Henry, earl of RichFor that it made my imprisonment a pleasure :
mond. Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds
K. Hen. Come hither, England's hope: If secret Conceive, when, after many moody thoughts,
powers, [Lays his hand on his head. At last, by notes of household harmony,
Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts, They quite forget their loss of liberty.
This pretty lad 7 will prove our country's bliss. But, Warwick, after God, thou set'st me free,
His looks are full of peaceful majesty ;
His hand to wield a scepter; and himself
Make much of him, my lords; for this is he, And that the people of this blessed land
Must help you more than you are hurt by me. May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars; Warwick, although my head still wear the crown,
Enter a Messenger. I here resign my government to thee,
War. What news, my friend ? For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds.
Mess. That Edward is escaped from your brother, War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for vir
And tled, as he hears since, to Burgundy. tuous;
War. Unsavoury news : But how made ho And now may seem as wise as virtuous,
escape ? By spying and avoiding fortune's malice,
Mess. He was convey'd by Richard duke of For few men rightly temper with the stars 5:
In secret ambush on the forest side,
For hunting was his daily exercise. Adjudg’d an olive branch, and laurel crown,
War. My brother was too careless of his charge.As likely to be blest in peace, and war ;
But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide And therefore I yield thee my free consent.
A salve for any sore that may betide. War. And I choose Clarence only for protector.
[Exeunt King HENRY, War., CLAR., Lieut., K. Hen. Warwick, and Clarence, give me both
and Altendants. your hands;
Som. My lord, I like not of this fight of Ed. Now join your hands, and with your hands, your
ward's : hearts, That no dissension binder government:
For, doubtless, Burgundy will yield him help;
And we shall have more wars, before't be long. I make you both protectors of this land ;
As Henry's late presaging prophecy While I myself will lead a private life,
Did glad my heart, with hope of this young RichAnd in devotion spend my latter days,
mond; To sin's rebuke, and my Creator's praise.
So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts War. What answers Clarence to his sovereign’s What may befall him, to his harm, and ours : will?
Therefore, lord Oxford, to prevent the worst, Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield con.
Forthwith we'll send him hence to Britany, sent;
Till storms be past of civil enmity. For on thy fortune I repose myself.
Oxf. Ay; for, if Edward repossess the crown, War. Why then, though loath, yet must I be 'Tis like that Richmond with the rest shall down. content:
Som. It shall be so; he shall to Britany. We'll yoke together, like a double shadow
Come therefore, let's about it speedily. [Exeunt. 5 Few men conform their temper to their destiny. 6 Present,
7 Afterward Henry VII.