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Have shaken Edward from the regal seat,
And turn'd my captive state to liberty,
My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys,
At our enlargement what are thy due fees?
Lieu. Subjects may challenge nothing of their
But if an humble prayer may prevail,
I then crave pardon of your majesty.
K. Hen. For what, lieutenant? for well using
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 harmony
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 famed for
And now may seem 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
Adjudged an olive branch and laurel crown,
As likely to be blest in peace and war;
And therefore I yield thee my free consent.
WAR. And I choose Clarence only for protector. K. Hen. Warwick and Clarence, give me both your
hands : Now join your hands, and with your hands your That no dissension hinder government: [hearts, 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 I be
content: We'll yoke together, like a double shadow To Henry's body, and supply his place; I mean, in bearing weight of government, While he enjoys the honour and his ease. And, Clarence, now then it is more than needful Forthwith that Edward be pronounced a traitor, And all his lands and goods be confiscate. CLAR. What else ? and that succession be de
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,
That Margaret your queen and my son Edward
Be sent for, to return from France with speed ;
For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear
My joy of liberty is half eclipsed.
CLAR. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all
K. Hen. My Lord of Somerset, what youth is that,
Of whom you seem to have so tender care ?
Som. My liege, it is young Henry, earl of
K. Hen. Come hither, England's hope. [Lays
his hand on his head] If secret powers
Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts,
This pretty lad will prove our country's bliss.
His looks are full of peaceful majesty,
His head by nature framed to wear a crown,
His hand to wield a sceptre, and himself
Likely in time to bless a regal throne.
Make much of him, my lords, for this is he
Must help you more than you are hurt by me.
Enter a Post.
WAR. What news, my friend?
Post. That Edward is escaped from your brother,
And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy.
WAR. Unsavoury news! but how made he escape?
Post. He was convey'd by Richard Duke of
And the Lord Hastings, who attended him
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. [Exeunt all but SOMERSET, RICHMOND,
and OXFORD. Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of Edward's; For doubtless Burgundy will yield him help, And we shall have more wars before 't be long. As Henry's late presaging prophecy Didglad my heart with hope of this young Richmond, So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts What may befall him, to his harm and ours : Therefore, Lord Oxford, to prevent the worst, Forthwith we'll send him hence to Brittany, Till storms be past of civil enmity.
OxF. Ay, for if Edward repossess the crown, 'Tis like that Richmond with the rest shall down.
Som. It shall be so; he shall to Brittany. Come, therefore, let's about it speedily. [Exeunt.
Flourish. Enter King EDWARD, GLOUCESTER,
HASTINGS, and Soldiers.
K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, Lord Hastings,
and the rest,
Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends,
says that once more I shall interchange
My waned state for Henry's regal crown.
Well have we pass'd and now repass’d the seas
And brought desired help from Burgundy:
What then remains, we being thus arrived
From Ravenspurgh haven before the gates of York,
But that we enter, as into our dukedom?
Glou. The gates made fast! Brother, I like
For many men that stumble at the threshold
Are well foretold that danger lurks within.
K. Edw. Tush, man, abodements must not now
By fair or foul means we must enter in,
For hither will our friends repair to us.
Hast. My liege, I'll knock
Enter, on the walls, the Mayor of York, and
May. Mylords, we wereforewarned ofyourcoming,
And shut the gates for safety of ourselves;
For now we owe allegiance unto Henry.
K. Edw. But, master mayor, if Henry be your
Yet Edward at the least is Duke of York.
May. True, my good lord; I know you
for no less.
K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but my
dukedom, As being well content with that alone.