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Glou. [Aside] But when the fox hath once got in
He'll soon find means to make the body follow. Hast. Why, master mayor, why stand you in a
doubt? Open the gates; we are King Henry's friends. May. Ay, say you so ? the gates shall then be open'd.
[They descend. Glou. A wise stout captain, and soon persuaded! Hast. The good old man would fain that all were
Enter the Mayor and two Aldermen, below.
not be shut But in the night or in the time of war. What! fear not, man, but yield me up the keys ;
[Takes his keys. For Edward will defend the town and thee, And all those friends that deign to follow me. March. Enter MONTGOMERY, with drum and soldiers.
Glov. Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery, Our trusty friend, unless I be deceived. K. Edw. Welcome, Sir John! But why come you
in arms? Mont. To help King Edward in his time of storm, As every loyal subject ought to do. K. Edw. Thanks, good Montgomery; but we
Our title to the crown and only claim
Mont. Then fare you well, for I will hence again:
[The drum begins to march. K. Edw. Nay, stay, Sir John, awhile, and we'll
debate By what safe means the crown may be recover'd.
Mont. What talk you of debating ? in few words, If you'll not here proclaim yourself our king, I'll leave
to your fortune and be gone To keep them back that come to succour you: Why shall we fight, if you pretend no title? Glou. Why, brother, wherefore stand you on
nice points ? K. Edw. When we grow stronger, then we'll
make our claim : Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning. Hast. Away with scrupulous wit! now arms
Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand;
K. Edw. Then be it as you will; for ʼtis my right,
the diadem. Mont. Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like himAnd now will I be Edward's champion.
self; Hast. Sound trumpet; Edward shall be here
Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation.
[Flourish. Sold. Edward the Fourth, by the grace of God, king of England and France, and lord of Ireland, etc. Mont. And whosoe'er gainsays King Edward's
right, By this I challenge him to single fight.
[Throws down his gauntlet. All. Long live Edward the Fourth! K. Edw. Thanks, brave Montgomery; and thanks
unto you all : If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness. Now, for this night, let's harbour here in York; And when the morning sun shall raise his car Above the border of this horizon, We'll forward towards Warwick and his mates; For well I wot that Henry is no soldier. Ah, froward Clarence ! how evil it beseems thee, To flatter Henry and forsake thy brother ! Yet, as we may, we'll meet both thee and Warwick. Come on, brave soldiers : doubt not of the day, And, that once gotten, doubt not of large pay.
Hath pass’d in safety through the narrow seas,
War. In Warwickshire I have true-hearted friends,
K. Hen. Sweet Oxford, and my loving Montague, And all at once, once more a happy farewell. War. Farewell, sweet lords: let's meet at
[Exeunt all but King Henry and EXETER. K. HEN. Here at the palace will I rest awhile. Cousin of Exeter, what thinks your
lordship? Methinks the power that Edward hath in field Should not be able to encounter mine.
ExE. The doubt is that he will seduce the rest. K. Hen. That's not my fear; my meed hath got
me fame: I have not stopp'd mine ears to their demands, Nor posted off their suits with slow delays; My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds, My mildness hath allay'd their swelling griefs, My mercy dried their water-flowing tears ; I have not been desirous of their wealth, Nor much oppress’d them with great subsidies, Nor forward of revenge, though they much err'd: Then why should they love Edward more than me? No, Exeter, these graces challenge grace: And when the lion fawns
the lamb, The lamb will never cease to follow him.
[Shout within, A Lancaster ! A Lancaster ! Exe. Hark, hark, my lord! what shouts are these? Enter KING EDWARD, GLOUCESTER, and Soldiers. K. Edw. Seize on the shame-faced Henry, bear
him hence; And once again proclaim us king of England. You are the fount that makes small brooks to flow :