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For trust not him that once hath broken faith,
I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
To save at least the heir of Edward's right.
There shall I reft secure from force and fraud.
Come therefore, let us fly, while we may Ay;
If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. [Exeunt.



A Park near Middleham-Castle in Yorkshire.

Enter Gloucester, Lord Hastings, and Sir William

Stanley Glo.

my Lord ,

Stanley, Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither, Into the chiefest thicket of the park. Thus stands the case. You know, our King, my brother, Is pris’ner to the bishop, 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 advertis’d him by secret means, That if about this hour he make his way, Under the colour of his usual game; He shall here find his friends with horse and men, To fet him free from his captivity.

Enter King Edward and a Huntsman with him. Hunt. This way, my Lord, for this way lies the game. K. Edw. Nay, this way, man; see where the huntf

men stand. Now, brother Gloster, Hastings, and the rest, Stand you thus close to steal the bishop's deer?

Glo. Brother, the time and case requireth hafte, Your horse stands ready by at the park-corner.

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K. Edw


K. Edw. But whither shall we then ?

Hast. To Lyn, my Lord,
And ship from thence to Flanders.

Glo. Well guess’d, believe me, for that was my
K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness.
Glo. But wherefore stay we ? 'tis no time to talk.
K. Edw. Huntsman, what say'st thou ? wilt thou

go along?
Hunt. Better do so, than tarry and be hang'd,
Glo. Come then away, let's ha' no more ado.
K. Edw. Bishop, farewel; fhield thee from War-

wick's frown ; And pray that I may repossess the crown. (Exeunt.


Changes to the Tower in London. Enter King Henry, Clarence, Warwick, Somerset,

young Richmond, Oxford, Montague, and Lieutenant of the Tower. Henry. R. Lieutenant, now that God and

friends Have shaken Edward from the regal seat, And turn's 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 fo

vereigns, But if an humble prayer may prevail, I then crave pardon of your Majesty.

K. Henry. For what, lieutenant? for well using me? 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 hourhold harmony, They quite forget their loss of liberty.



-But Warwick, after God, thou seteft me free,
And chiefly therefore I thank God and thee,
He was the author, thou the instrument.
Therefore that I may conquer fortune's spight,
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, alchough my head ftill wear the crown,
I here resign my government to thee,
For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds.

War. Your grace has still been fam'd for virtuous,
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 chusing me, when Clarence is in place.

Clar. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway,
To whom the heav'ns in thy nativity
Adjudg'd an olive branch and lawrel crown,
As likely to be blest in peace and war;
And therefore 1 yield thee my free consent.

War. And I chuse Clarence only for protector.
K. Henry. Warwick and Clarence, give me both your



Now join your hands and with your hands, your hearts;
That no diffention 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 fin's rebuke and my Creator's praise.

War. What answers Clarence to his fov'reign's will ?

Clar. That he confents, if Warwick yield consent; For on thy fortune I repofe myself. War. Why then, though loth, yet must I be content:

few men rightly temper when finding himself unfortuwith the fars;] I fuppofe nate he gave the management of the meaning is, that few men publick affairs, to more prospe- , conform their temper to their de

rous hands. ftiny, which King Henry did,



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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,
Forth with that Edward be pronounc'd a traitor ;
And all his lands and goods confiscated.

Clar. What else? and that succession be determin’d,
War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part.

K. Hinry. But with the first of all our chief affairs, Let me intreat, for I command no more, That Margaret your Queen and my son Edward Be fenc for, to return from France with speed. For till I see them here, by doubtful fear My joy of liberty is half eclips'd.

Clar. It mall be done, my lov'reign, with all speed.

K. Henry. 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 Richmond. K. Henry. Come hither, England's hope: if secret powers

[Lays his hand on bis bead. 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 frani'd to wear a crown, His hand to wield a scepter, 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 Poft. · War. What news, my friend?

Polt. That Edward is escaped from your brother, And Aed, as he hears since, to Burgundy.

* This pretty lad.] He was Shakespeare knew his trade. Hen. afterwards Henry VII.

A man

was Grandfather to who put an end to the civil Queen Elizabeth, and the King war of the two houses, but not from whom James inherited. pilierwise remarkable for virtue.


ry VII,

War. Unsavory news ; but how made he escape ?

Post. He was convey'd by Richard Duke of Glofter,
And the Lord Hastings, who attended him
In secret ambush on the forest-side,
And from the bishops huntsmen rescu'd 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 fore that may betide. [Exeunt.

Manet Somerset, Richmond, and Oxford.
Som. My Lord, I like not of this fight of Edward's:
For, doubtless, Burgundy will yield him help,
And we shall have more wars befor't be long.
As Henry's late presaging prophesy
Did glad 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 Britany,
Till storms be part of civil enmity.

Oxf. Ay, for if Edward re poffefs the crown:
'Tis like that Richmond with the rest shall down.

Som. It shall be fo; he shall to Britany.
Come therefore let's about it speedily. [Exeunt.

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Changes to York,
Enter King Edward, Glocester, Hastings, and soldiers.
K. Edw.
OW, brother Ricbard, Hastings, and the

Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends,
And says, that once more I shall interchange
My wained state for Henry's regal crown.
Well have we pass'd, and now repass’d the seas,

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