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The leaves and fruit maintain'd with beauty's sun r Exempt from envy," but not from disdain, Unless the lady Bona quit his pain. A. Lew. Now, sister, let us hear your firm resolve. Bona. Your grant, or your denial, shall be inine :Yet I confess, [To WAR.] that often ere this day, when I have heard your king's desert recounted, Mine ear hath tempted judgment to desire. A. Lew. Then, Warwick, thus, -Our sister shall be Edward’s ; And now forthwith shall articles be drawn Touching the jointure that your king must make, Which with her dowry shall be counterpois'd :— Draw near, queen Margaret; and be a witness, That Bona shall be wife to the English king. Prince. To Edward, but not to the English king. Q. Mar. Ireceitful Warwick 1 it was thy device By this alliance to make void my suit ; Before thy coming, Lewis was Henry's friend. A. Lew. And still is friend to him and Margaret : But if your title to the crown be weak, (As may appear by Edward's good success,) Then 'tis but reason that I be releas'd From giving aid, which late I promised. Yet shall you have all kindness at my hand, That your estate requires, and mine can yield. War. Henry now lives in Scotland, at his ease; Where having nothing, nothing he can lose. And as for you yourself, our quondam queen, You have a father able to maintain you ; Aud better 'twere, you troubled him than France. Q. Mar. Peace, impudent and shamcless War. wick, peace : Proud setter-up and puller-down of kings: I will not hence, till with my talk and tears, Both full of truth, I make king Lewis behold Thy o, conveyance, t and thy lord’s false ove ; For both of you are birds of self-same feather. [A Horn sounded within. A. Lew. Warwick, this is some post to us or thee.
This proveth Edward’s love and Warwick's
And by the hope I have of beavenly bliss,
And joy that thou becom'st king Heury's friend.
War. So much his friend, ay, his uufeigned friend,
That, if king Lewis vouchsafe to furnish us
Ps ar. This shall assure my coustaut loyalty:That, if our queen and this young prince agree,
I'll join mine eldest daughter, and my joy,
alliance, Would more have strengthen'd this our commonwealth 'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred marriage. Hast, Why, knows not Montague, that of
itself England is safe, if true within itself I Mont. Yes; but the safer, when with France. Hast. 'Tis better using France, than trusting France, Let us be back'd with God, and with the seas," Which he hath given for fence impregnable, Aud with their helps only defend ourselves; In them and in ourselves, our safety lies. Clar. For this one speech, lord Hastings well deserves To have the heir of the lord Hungerford. K. Eator. Ay, what of that 1 it was my will, and grant ; And, for this once, Iny will shall stand for law. Glo. And yet, methinks, your grace hath "10t done well, To give the heir and daughter of lord Scales Unto the brother of your loving bride ; She better would have fitted me or Clarence : But in your bride you bury brotherhood. Clar. or else you would not have bestow'd the heir + Of the lord Bonville on your new wife's sou
And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere. K. Etu. Alas, poor Clarence 1 is it for a wife That thou 'art maleconteut? I will provide thee. Clar. In choosing for yourself you show'd
your judgment : Which, being shallow, you shall give ine leave To play the broker in mine own behalf ; And, to that end, I shortly in ind to leave you. A. Edw. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king, And not be tied unto his brother's will. Q. Eliz. My lords, before it pleas'd his majesty To raise my state to title of a queen, Do me but right, and you must all confess lilat I was not ignoble of descent, And meaner than myself have had like fortune. But as this title honours ine and mine, So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing, I}o cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow. K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon their frowns: What danger, or what sorrow can befall thee So long as Edward is thy constant friend,
which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe, And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath. Gto. I hear, yet say not much, but think the intore. [Aside. M ess ENG En.
what letters, or
K. Edw. Now, inessenger, what news, From France 2 Mess. My sovereigu liege, no letters and few words; But such as 1, without your special pardon, Dare uot relate. A. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore, in brief, Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess them. What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters ? Mess. At my depart, these were his very words; Go tell false Edward, thy supposed king, That Lewis of France is sending over maskers, To revel it with him and his new bride. A. Edw. Is Lewis so brave 3 belike, he thinks me Henry. But what said lady Bona to my marriage f Mess. These were her words, utter'd with mild
disdain ; Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly,
I’ll wear the willow garland for his sake.
But what said Henry's
Tell me, if you love Warwick more than me ! if it be so, then both depart to him ; i rather wish you foes, than hollow friends: But if you mind to hold your true obedience, Give me assurance with some friendly vow, I hat I may never have you in suspect. Mont. So God help Moutague, as he prove true ! Hast. And Hastings, as he favours Edward's cause ! A. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you stand by us? Glo. Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand you, K. Edw. Why so; then an I sure of victory. Now therefore let us hence; and lose me hour, Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power. to east.
But see, where Somerset and Clarence come :-
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 hun, For I intend but only to surprise him.— You, that will follow me to this attempt, Applaud the name of Henry, with your leader.
[They all cry, Pierry.
Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort :
SCENE III.-Edward's Camp, near JFartwick.
2nter certain WArc HM FN, to guard the King's Tent. 1 Watch. Come on, my masters, each ulam take his stand : The king, by this, is set him down to sleep. 2 H atch. What, will he not to-bed 1 1 Watch. Why, no : for he hath made a solemn vow 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. 3 Watch. But say, I pray, what nobleman is that, That with the king here resteth in his tent 1
1 Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the king's chiefest friend. 3 Watch. Oh I is it so 1 But why commands the king, That his chief followers lodge in towns about him, while he himself keepeth in the cold field f 2 Ji utch. 'Tis the inore honour, because more daugerous. 3 Watch. Ay; quietness, I like it better than a dangerous honour. if Warwick knew in what estate he stands, 'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him. 1 Watch. Unless our halberts did shut up his passage. 2 Watch. Ay: wherefore else guard we his royal tent, But to defend his person from night-foes?
but give me worship and
Enter WAR wick, CLAR ENce, Oxford, Some Rset, and Forces. War. This is his tent; aud see, where stand his guard. Courage, my inasters: honour now, or never ! But follow me, and Edward shall be our's. 1 Watch. Who goes there 2 JP atch. Stay, or thou diest. IWA swick, and the rest, cry all–Warwick | Warwick and set upon the guard ; who fy, crying-Arm Arın l—WAR wick, and the rest following them.
The Drum beating, and Trumpets sounding, Re-enter WAR wick, and the rest, bringing the Ki Na out in a Gown, sitting in a Chair; Glost on and HAst ING's fly.
Sen. What are they that fly there 7 Pł ar. Richard and Hastings: let them go, here’s the duke. A. Ed te. The duke 1 why, Warwick, when we parted last, Thou call’dst une king f Js ar. Ay, but the case is alter'd : When you disgrac'd me in Iny embassade, Turn 1 degraded you from being king, And coine now to create you duke of York. Aias how should you govern any kingdom, hat know not how to use ambassadors; Nur 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 1 A. Ed tr. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here too? then I see that Edward needs must down.— Yet, war wick, 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 in ind, * be Edward England’s king ; [Takes off his Crown. But Henry now shall wear the English crown, Aad be true kiug indeed : thou but the shadow.— My lord of Somerset, at my request, See that forth with duke Edward be convey’d Unto my brother, archbishop of York. When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, rol follow you, and tell what answer *** is, and the lady Bona, send to him : — Now, for a while, farewell, good duke of York. A. Edw. What fates impose, that men must needs abide ; It boots not to resist both wind and tide. Erft King Edward, led out ; Sox Enser, roith him. of. * now remains, my lord, for us to o, But march to London with our soldiers ?
* * *. In his mind ; as far as his own mind goes.
Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden change 1 Q. rt. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to earn, What late misfortune is befall'n king Edward Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against Warwick f 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 prisoner; Either betray’d by falsehood of his guard, Or by his foe surpriz'd at unawares; And, as I further bave to unior land, ls new committed to the bishop of York, Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe. Riv. o; news, I must confess, are full of grief : Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may ; warnio, may lose, that now hath won the ay. Q. *(i. Till then, fair hope must hinder life's ecay. And I the rather wean me from despair, For love of Edward’s offspring in my womb : This is it that makes Ine 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 Iny sighs or tears I blast or drown King Edward’s fruit, true heir to the English crown. Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then becoune 1 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 o: 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. [Freunt.
SCENE W.-A Park near Middleham Castle in Yorkshire.
Enter Gloster, Hasti Ncs, 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 iny brother, Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands He hath good usage and great liberty; And often, but attended with weak guard, Comes hunting this way to disport himself. I have advértis'd him by secret means, That if about this hour, he make this way, Under the colour 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 Hunts MAN.
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 Glo. Brother, the time and case requireth haste ; Your horse stands ready at the park corner. A. Edw. But whither shall we then 7 Hast. To Lynn, my lord ; and ship from thence to Flauders. Glo. Well guess'd, 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. R. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou? wilt thou go along 3 Hunt. Better do so, than tarry and be hang'd. Glo. Come then, away; let's have no more ado. A. Edw. Bishop, farewell : shield thee from Warwick’s frown ; And pray that I may repossess the crown. [Ereunit.
SCENE WI.-A Room in the Tower.
Enter King HENRY, CLARENce, WAR wick, Soxi erser, young Rich Mo ND, Oxfor D, MoxTAG UE, LIEUTENANT of the Tower, and Attendants.
K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and friends Have shaken Edward from the regal seat, And turn’d iny captive state to liberty, My fear to hope, Iny sorrows unto joys ; At our enlargeinent what are thy due fees 7 Lieu. Subjects may challenge nothing of their sovereigns; But, if an humble prayer may prevail, I then crave pardon of your majesty. A. Hen. For what, lieutenant t for well using Ine of Nay, be thou sure, I’ll well requite thy kindness, For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure: Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds Conceive, when, after many moody thoughts, At last, by notes of household barinony, They quite forget their loss of liberty.— But, Warwick, after God, thou set'st me free, And chiefly therefore I thank God and thee; He was the author, thou the instrument. Therefore, that I may conquer fortune's spite, By living low, where fortune cannot hurt me; And that the people of this blessed land May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars; Warwick, although my head still wear the crown, I here resign my government to thee, For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds. War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for virtuous; And now may seen as wise as virtuous, By spying and avoiding fortune's malice, For few men rightly temper with the stars : * Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace, For choosing me, when Clarence is in place. ? Clar. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway, To whom the heavens, in thy nativity, Adjudg’d an olive branch and laurel crown, As likely to be blessed in peace and war; And therefore I yield thee my free consent. War. And I choose Clarence only for protector.
**** men conform their temper to their destiny. + Present.
R. Hen. Warwick and Clarence, give Ine bott your hands; Now join your bands, and, with your hands, your hearts; That no dissention hinder government: I make you both protectors of this land ; While I myself will lead a private life, And in devotion spend my latter days, To sin’s rebuke, and my Creator’s praise. War. What answers Clarence to his sovereign's will Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield consent ; For on thy fortune I repose myself. War. Why then, though loath, yet must 1 be content : We'll yoke together, like a double shadow To Henry’s body, and supply his place; I inean, in bearing weight of government, While he enjoys the honour and his ease. And, coco, now then it is more than needul, Forthwith that Edward be pronounc'd a traitor, And all his lands and goods be confiscate.
Clar. What else 7 and that succession be de termin'd.
War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part.
K. Hen. But, with the first of all your chief affairs,
Let me entreat, (for I command no more,”
Enter a Mess ENGER.
War. What news, my friend ? Mess. That Edward is escaped from your brother, And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy. War. Unsavoury news: But how made be escape Mess. He was convey’d by Richard duke of Gloster, And the lord Hastings, who attended thim In secret ambush on the forest side, And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him; For hunting was his daily exercise. War. My brother was too careless of his charge.— But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide A salve for any sore that may betide. [Eaeunt King HENRY, WAR. CLAn. List T. and Attendants. Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of Edward's : For, doubtless, Burgundy will yield him help : And wo shall have more wars, before’t be ori .. As Henry’s late presaging prophecy Did glad my heart, with hope of this young Richinoud;