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And birth, that thou should'st stand, while | Where fame, late entering at his heedful ears, Lewis doth sit.
Hath plac'd 'thy beauty's image, and thy virtue. Q. Mar. No, mighty king of France ; now R. Mar. King Lewis,--and lady Bona,-bear Margaret
hear me speak, Must strike ber sail, and learn a wbile to serve, Before you answer Warwick. His demand Where kings command. I was, I must con- Springs not from Edward's well-meant honest fess,
love, ireat Albion's queen in former golden days : But from deceit, bred by necessity; But now mischance bath trod my title down, For bow can tyrauts safely govern home, And with dishoujour laid me on the ground; Unless abroad they purchase great alliance ? Where I must take like seat unto my fortune, To prove hiin tyrant this reason may suffice, And to my bamble seat conform myself.
That Henry liveth still ; but were he dead, K. Lew. Why, say, fair queen, whence springs Yet bere prince Edward stands, king Henry's
this deep despair ? Q. Mar. From such a cause as fills mine eyes Look therefore, Lewis, that by this league and with tears,
marriage And stops my tougue, while heart is drown'd in Thon draw not on thy danger and dishonour : cares
For though usurpers sway the rule a while, K. Leto. Whate'er it be, be thou still like Yet heavens are just, and time suppresseth thyself,
wrongs. And sit thee by our side : yield not thy neck War. Injurious Margaret !
(Seats her by him. Prince. And why not queen ? To fortune's yoke, but let thy dauntless mind War. Because thy father Henry did usurp ; Still ride in triumph over all mischance.
And thou no more art prince, than she is Be plain, queen Margaret, and tell thy grief ;
queen. It shall be eas'd, if France can yield relief. Ouf. Then Warwick disannuls great John of Q. Mar. Those gracious words revive my
Gaunt. drooping thoughts,
Which did subdue the greatest part of Spain; And give my tongue-tied sorrows leave to And, after John of Gaunt, Henry the fourth, speak.
W bose wisdom was a mirror to the wisest ; Now, therefore, be it known to noble Lewis, And, after that wise prince, Henry the fifth, That Henry, sole possessor of my love,
Who by his prowess conquered ali France ; Is, of a king, become a banisb'd man,
From these our Henry lineally descends. And forc'd to live in Scotland a forlorn;
War. Oxford, bow haps it, in this smooth While proud ambitious Edward, duke of York,
discourse, Csorps tbe regal title, and the seat
You told not how Henry the sixth hath lost of England's true-anointed lawful king.
All that which Henry the fifth had gotten ? This is the cause, that I, poor Margaret, Methinks, these peers of France sbould smile at With this my son, prince Edward, Henry's
But for the rest,-You tell a pedigree Am come to crave thy just and lawful aid ; of threescore and two years ; a silly time And, if thon fail ns, all our hope is done : To make prescription for a kingdom's worth. Scotland hath will io help, but cannot help; Oxf. Why, Warwick, canst thou speak agaiust Oar people and our peers are both misled,
thy liege, Our treasure seiz'd, our soldiers put to flight. Whom thou obey'dst thirty and six years, And, as thou see'st, ourselves in heavy plight. And not bewray thy treason with a blush ? K. Lew. Renowued queen, with patience calm War. Can Oxford, tbat did ever feuce the the storm,
right, While we bethink a means to break it off, Now buckler falsehood with a pedigree? Q. Mar. The more we stay the stronger grows For shame, leave Henry, and call Edward king. our foe.
Oaf. Call him my king, by whose injurious K. Let'. The more I stay, the more I'll suc
doom cour thee.
My elder brother, the lord Aubrey Vere, Q. Mar. O but impatience waiteth on true was done to death ? and more than so, my SOTTOW:
father And see, where comes the breeder of my sorrow. Even in the downfall of his mellow'd years,
When nature brought him to the door of death Enter WARWICK, attended.
No, Warwick, no; while life upholds this arm, K. Let. What's be, approacheth boldly to This arm uplolds the bouse of Lancaster. our presence ?
l'ar. And I the house of York. Q. Mar. Our earl of Warwick, Edward's K. Lew. Queeu Margaret, prince Edward, and greatest friend.
Oxford, K. Leu. Welcome, brave Warwick! What Vouchsafe, at our request, to stand aside. brings thee tu France ?
Wbile I use further conference with Warwick. (Descending from his Slate, Queen Q. Mar. Heaven grant, that Warwick's words MARGARET rises.
bewitch him not ! Q. Mar. Ay, pow begins a second storm to [Retiring with the PRINCE and OXFORD.
K. L€w. Now, Warwick, tell me, even upon For this is he, that moves both wind and tide.
thy conscience, War, From worthy Edward, king of Albion, Is Edward your true king? for I were loath, My lord and sovereign, and thy vowed friend, To link with him that were not lawful chosen. I come,-ju kiudness and unfeigned love,– War. Thereon | pawn my credit and mine First, to do greetings to thy royal person ;
honour. And, then, to crave a league of amnity;
K. Lew. But is he gracious in the people's And, lastiy, to confirm that amity
eye ? With nuptial kuot, it thou vouchsafe to grant War. The more, that Henry was unfortunate. Toat virtuous lady Boni, tby fair sister,
K. Lew. Then further, all dissembling set 1. Eugland's king in lawful marriage.
aside, Q. Har. If that go forward, Henry's hope is Tell me for truth the measure of his love done.
Uuto our sister Bona. War. And, gracious madam, [To Bona.) in Wur. Such it scring, our king's behalf,
As may beseem a monarch like himself. I am commanded, with your leave and favour, Myself have often heard bim say, and swear, Humbly to kiss your hand, and with my tongue That this his love was an eternal plant ; To tell the passion of my sovereign's heart; Whereof the root was fix'd in virtue's ground,
The leaves and fruit maiutain'd with beauty's Q. Mur. I told your inajesty as much before sull;
This proveth Edward's love and Warrick's Exempt froni envy, but not from disdain,
bonesty. Unless the lady Bona quit his pain.
War. King Lewis, I bere protest,-in sight K. Lew. Now, sister, let us hear your firm
of heaven, resolve.
And by the hope I have of beavenly bliss, Bona. Your grant, or your denial, shall be That I am clear from this misdeed of Edward's; mine:
No more my king, for he dishonours me: Yet I confess, (TO WAR.] that often ere this But most bimself, if he could see his shame.day,
Did I forget, that by the bouse of York When I bave heard your king's desert re- My father came untimely to his death? counted,
Did I let pass the abuse done to my piece! Mine ear bath tempted judginent to desire. Did I impale him with the regal crowu ! K. Lew. Then, Warwick, thus, -Our sister Did I put Henry from his native right; shall be Edward's ;
And am I guerdon'd• at the last with shame! And now forthwith shall articles be drawn Shame on bimself! for my desert is bonour. Touching the jointure that your king must And, to repair my honour lost for him, make,
I bere renounce him, and return to Henry : Which with her dowry shall be counterpois'd :- My noble queen, let sormer grudges pass, Draw near, queen Margaret ; and be a witness, And henceforth I am thy true servitor ; That Bona shall be wife to the English king. I will revenge his wrong to lady Bona, Prince. To Edward, but not to the English and replant Henry in his former state. king.
Q. Mar. Warwick, these words hare tara' 2. Mar. Deceitful Warwick! it was thy de
my hate to love ; vice
And I forgive and quite forget old faults, By this alliance to make void my suit ;
And joy that thou becom’st king Heary's Before thy coming, Lewis was Henry's friend.
frieud. K. Lew. And still is friend to him and Mar- War. So much his friend, ay, bis unfcigned
garet : But if your title to the crown be weak,
That, if king Lewis vouchsafe to furnish us (As may appear by Edward's good success,) With some few bands of chosen soldiers, Then 'tis but reason that I be releas'd
l'll undertake to land them on our coast, From giving aid, which late I promised.
And force the tyrant from his seat by war. Yet shall you bave all kindness at my hand, 'Tis not his new-made bride shall succour him : That your estate requires, and mine can yield. And as for Clarence, as my letters tell me, War. Henry now lives in Scotland, at his He's very likely now to fall from him ; ease ;
For matching more for wanton lust tban honoer, Where having nothing, nothing he can lose. Or than for strength and safety of our country. And as for you yourself, our quondam queen,- Bona. Dear brother, bow shall Bona be leYou have a father able to maintain you ;
veng'd, Aud better 'twere, you troubled him than But by the help to this distressed queen France.
Q. Mar. Renowned prince, how sball poor Q. Mar. Peace, impudent and shamcless War
Heury live, wick, peace :
Unless thou rescue him from foul despair 1 Proud setter-up and puller-down of kings : Buna. My quarrel, and this English queen's, I will not hence, till with my talk and tears,
are one. Both full of truth, I make king Lewis behold War. And miue, fair lady Bona, joins with Thy sly, conveyance, t and thy lord's false
K. Lew. And mine, with her's, and thine, and For both of you are birds of self-same feather.
Margaret's. (A Horn sounded within. Therefore, at last, I firmly am resolvid, K, Lew, Warwick, this is some post to us You shall have aid. or thee,
Q. Mar. Let me give humble thanks for all
at once. Enter a MESSENGER.
K. Ler. Then England's messenger return is Mess. My lord ambassador, these letters are post; for you ;
And tell false Edward, thy supposed king, Sent from your brother, marquis Montague.
That Lewis of France is sending over masters, These from our king unto your majesty.
To revel it with him and his new bride : And, madam, these for you; from whom, 1 Thou seest what's past, go fear + thy king withal. know not,
Bona. Tell him, iu hope be'll prove a widor. (70 MARGARET. They all read their
er shortly, Letters.
I'll wear the willow garland for his sake 0.xf. I like it well, that our fair queen and Q. Mar. Tell him, my mourning weeds are mistress
laid aside, Smiles at her news, while Warwick frowns at And I am ready to put armour on. his.
War. Tell him from me, that he hath dose Prince. Nay, mark, how Lewis stamps as he
me wrong ; were nettled :
And therefore I'll uncrown him, ere't be long, I hope, all's for the best.
There's thy reward ; be gone. [Exit Mass K. Lew. Warwick, what are thy news ? and K. Lew. But, Warwick, thou, your's fair queen ?
And Oxford, with five thousand men, Q. Mar. Mine, such as fill my heart with Shall cross the seas, and bid false Edward unbop'd joys.
battle : War. Mine, full of sorrow and heart's dis- And, as occasion serves, this noble queen content.
And prince shall follow with a fresh supply, K. Lew. What! has your king married the Yet, ere thou go, but answer me oue doubt ;Tady Grey ?
What pledge bave we of thy firm loyalty ? And now, to sonch your forgery and bis,
War. This shall assure my cvastaut loySends mé a paper to persuade me patience?
alty : Is this the alliance that he seeks with France ? That, if our queen and this young prince Daie be presume to scoru us in this manver?
I'll join mine eldest daughter, and my joy, Tell me some reason, why the lady Grey
And you too, Somerset and Montague, Son Edward, she is fair and virtuous,
Speak freely what you think. Therefore delayuot, give thy hand to War. Clar. Then this is my opinion,-that king wick;
Lewis And, with the hand, thy faith irrevocable, Becomes your enemy, for mocking him That only Warwick's daughter shall be thine. About the marriage of the lady Bona. Prince. Yes, I accept ber, for she well de- G'lo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in serves it;
charge, And bere, tu pledge my vow, I give my band. Is now dishonoured by this new marriage.
(lle gives his hand to WARWICK. K. Edu. What, if both Lewis and Warwick K. Lere. Why stay we now? These soldiers
be appeas'd, sball be levied,
But such invention as I can devise 1 And thoa, lord Bourbon, our high admiral, Mont. Yet to have join'd with France in such Shalt want them over with our royal fleet.
alliance, I loug, till Edward fall hy war's mischance, Would more have strengthen'd this onr coinmon. For mocking marriage with a dame of France.
wealth (Ereunt all but WARWICK.'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred var. I came from Edward as ambassador,
marriage. But I return his sworn and mortal foe :
Hast, Why, knows not Montague, that of Matter of marriage was the charge he gave me,
itself But dreadful war shall answer his demand. England is safe, if true within itself ! Had be uone else to make a stale, but me? Alont. Yes ; but the safer, when 'tis back'd Tben none but I sball turn his jest to sorrow.
with France. I was the chief that rais'd him to the crown, Hast. "Tis better using France, than trusting And I'll be chief to bring him down again :
France, Not that I pity Henry's misery,
Let us be bach'd with God, and with the seas, But seek revenge on Edward's mockery. Which he hath given for fence impregnable,
(Erit. And with their belps only defend ourselves;
In them and in ourselves, our safety lies.
To have the heir of the lord Hungerlord.
K. Edu. Ay, what of that? it was iny will, SCENE 1.-London.--A Room in the Palace.
and grant ; Enter GLOSTER, CLARENCE, SOMERSET, Mon. And, for this once, my will sball stand for law.
Glo. And yet, methinks, your grace bath hot TAGUE, and others.
done well, Glo. Now tell me, brother Clarence, what To give the heir and daughter of Jord Scales think you
Unto the brother of your loving bride ; or this new marriage with the lady Grey ? She better would bave fitted me or Clarence : Haib not our brother made a worthy choice?
But in your bride you bury brotherhood. Clar. Alas, you know, 'lis far from hence to
Clar. Or else you would not have bestow'd France ;
the heir + How could he stay till Warwick made return ? of the lord Bonville on your new wife's sou Som. My lords, forbear this talk; here comes and leave your brothers to go speed elsethe king.
where. Flourish. Enter King EDWARD, altended ;
K. Etu. Alas, poor Clarence! is it for a Lady GREY, as Queen ; PEMBROKE, STAF That thou 'art malecontent? I will provide
wire, VORD, HASTINGs, and others.
thee. Glo. And his well-chosen bride.
Clar. in choosing for yourself you show'd Clar. ! miod to tell him plainly what I
your judgment : think.
Which, being shallow, you shall give ine Icave K. Edw. Now brother of Clarence, how like to play the broker in mine owu behall ; you our choice,
Ami, lo that end, I shortly mind to leave you. That you stand pensive, as half malecontent?
K. Edw. Leave me, or larry, Edward will be Clar. As well as Lewis of France, or the
king, earl of Warwick;
And not be tied unto his brother's will. Which are so weak of courage, and in judg
Q. Elir. My lords, before it pleas'd his maineut
jesty That they'll take no offrnce at our abuse. To raise my state to title of a queen, K. Edw. Suppose they take offence without a Do me but right, and you must all confess cause.
That I was not ignoble of descent, They are but Lewis and Warwick; I am Ed. Alld meaner than myself have had like fortune. ward,
But as this title honours me and mine, Your king and Warwick's, and niust have my su your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing,
Do cloud my joys with danger and with sos• Gle. And you shall have your will, because
row. our king;
K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn mpon their Yet lasty marriage seldom proveth well.
frowns : K. Era. Yea, brother Richard, are you of. What danger, or what sorrow can befall thee fended too 3
So long as Edward is thy constant friend, Glo. Vol 1:
Aud their true sovereigu, whom they must No ; God forbid that I should wish them se
obey ? ver'a
Nay, whom they shall obey, and love tree Whom (od bath joiu'd together :
too, were pity,
l'uless they seek for hatred at my hands : To suuder then that yoke so well together. K. Eda. Selling your scoins, and your mis. • This has been the advice of every man who in any like aside,
age understvort and favoured the mterest of England.
The heiresses of real estates were in the wardship
of the king, who arbitrarily wisdofteu scaunulously • A stalking house, a pretence.
malched them to his favores.
which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe, Te And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath. Glo. I hear, yet say uot much, but think ibe In inore.
(Aside. Bu Enter a MESSENGER. K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters, or
No ther. Wbat answer makes king Lewis unto our letters? Mess. At my depart, these were his
very words; Go tell false Eduard, thy supposed king, That Lewis of France is sending over
maskers, To revel it with him and his new bride. K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave? belike, he thiuks me Henry.
Th But what said lady Bopa to my marriage ? Mess. These were her words, utler'd with mild disdain ;
Bu Tell him, in hope he'll prove a uidower Sp
shortly, PU wear the willow garland for his sake. K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little
less; She had the wrong. But what said Henry's To queen ;
Ha For I have heard, that she was there in place, Els Mess. Tell him, quoth she, my mourning
weeds are done, t And I am ready to put armour on.
But K. Edu. Belike, she minds to play the
Amazon. But what said Warwick to these injuries? Th
Mess. He, more inceps'd against your majesty Hi Than all the rest, discharg'd me' with ibesc AuWords ;
We Tell him from me, that he hath done me wrong,
Ou And therefore l'ú uncrown him, ere't be long. K. Edw. Ha! durst the traitor breathe out so Th proud words?
Wi Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarn’d : They shall have wars, and pay for their pre-An
sumption. But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret ? So Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign ; they are so link'd in friendship,
At That young prince Edward marries Warwick's All daughter.
For Clar. Belike, the elder; Clarence will have You the younger:
Api Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast, For I will hence to Warwick's other daughter ; That, though I want a kingdom, yet in mar. For
riage I may not prove inferior to yourself.You, that love me and Warwick, follow me. SI
(Exit CLARENCE, and SOMERSET follows. Glo. Not I: My thoughts aim at a further matter; I
En Stay not for love of Edward, but the crown.
(Aside. K. Edw. Clarence and Somerset both gone to
1 Warwick! Yet am I arm'd against the worst can happen ;
The And haste is neediul in this desperate case.
2 Pembroke, and Stafford, you in our behalf Go levy inen, and make prepare for war : They are already, or quickly will be landed :
Till Myself in person will straight follow you.
(Exeunt PEMBROKE and STAFFORD. 2 But, ere I go, Hastings, and Montague, Resolve my doubt. You twain, of all ihe rest, Are siear to Warwick, by blood and by alliance : • Present.
+ Thrown off. Tha
I Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the king's! War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have chiefest friend.
to do ; 3 Watch. Ob! is it so ? But why commands To free king Henry from imprisonment, the king,
Aud see him seated in the regal throne. That his chief followers lodge in towns about
(Eseunt. him, While he himself keepeth in the cold field ?
SCENE IV.-London.-A Room in the 2 Watch. 'Tis the inore honour, because more
Palace. daugerous. 3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship and
Enter Queen ELIZABETH and RIVERS. quietness, I like it better than a dangerous honour.
Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,
change 1 'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him.
Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to i Watch. Unless our balberts did shut up his
What late mistortune is befall'n king Edward ? 2 Walch, Ay: wherefore else guard we his Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle agaiust royal tent
Warwick ? But to defend bis person from night-foes ? Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal
person. Enter WARWICK, CLARENCE, OXFORD, SOMER
Riv. Then is my sovereign slain?
Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken priWar. This is his tent; aud see, where stand
Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard,
Is new committed to the bishop of York, 2 Watch. Stay, or thou diest.
Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe. (WARWICK, and the rest, cry all-Warwick! Riv. These news, I must confess, are full of Warwick! and set upon the guard ; who
grief : fy, crying-Arm | Ari!-WARWIC&, and Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may; the rest following them.
Warwick may lose, ibat now bath won the
day. The Drum beating, and Trumpets sounding, Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must binder life's Re-enter WARWICK, and the rest, bringing
decay. the KING out in a Gown, sitting in a Chair ; And I the rather wean me from despair, GLOSTER and HASTINGS 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, And bear with milduess misfortune's here's the duke.
cross ; K. Edw. The duke! why, Warwick, when we Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear, parted last,
And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs, Thou call'dst me king ?
Lest with my sighis or tears I blast or drown War. Ay, but the case is alter'd :
King Edward's fruit, true beir to the English When you diegrac'd me in my embassade,
crown. Then I degraded you from being king,
Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then be. And come now to create you duke of York.
come? Aias! bow should you govern any kingdom, Q. Eliz. I am informed, that he comes towards Thal know not how to use ambassadors ;
London, Nor bow to be contented with one wife ; To set the crown once more on Henry's head : Nor bow to use your brothers brotherly ; Guess thou the rest; king Edward's friends must Nur how to study for the people's welfare ;
down. Nor bow to shroud yourself from enemies ? But, to prevent the tyrant's violence, K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou (For trust not bim that hath once broken here too!
faith,) Say, then I see that Edward needs must l'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary, dovu.
To save at least the heir of Edward's right; Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance, There sball rest secure from force and or ibee thyself, and all thy coinplices,
fraud. Edward will always bear biunselí as king : Come therefore, let us fly, while we may fiy; Though fortune's malice overthrow my state, If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.
[Exeunt. War. Then, for his mind, be Edward Eng.
land's king ; [Takes off his Crown. SCENE V.--A Park near Middleham Castle Bat Henry now shall wear the English crown,
in Yorkshire. & ad be true kiug indeed : thou but the shadow.
Enter GLOSTER, HASTINGS, Sir WILLIAM My lord of Somerset, at my request,
STANLEY, and others.
Glo. Now, my lord Hastings, and Sir William W ben I have fought with Pembroke and his
Leave off to wonder why I drew yon bither, 1'u follow you, and tell what answer
Into this chiefest thícket of the park. 1*nis, and the lady Bona, send to him :- Thus stands the case : You know, our king my **, for a while, farewell, good duke of York.
brother, K. Edw. What fates impose, tbat men must Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands needs abide ;
He hath good usage and great liberty : JE boots not to resist both wind and tide.
And often, but attended with weak guard, (Exit King EDWARD, led out ; SOMERSET, Comes hunting this way to disport hinself. with him.
I have advertis'd him by secret means, 02f. What now remains, my lord, for us to That if about this bour, he make this way, do,
Under the colour of his usual game, But march to London with our soldiers ? He sball here tind his friends, with bo-se and
men, • 1.e. In his mind; as far as his own mind goes. To set him free from his captivity.