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Why, then I do but dream on sovereignty ;
Must strike her sail, and learn awhile to serve, Like one that stands upon a promontory,
Where kings command. I was, I must confess, And spies a far-off shore where he would tread,
Great Albion's queen in former golden days : Wishing his foot were equal with his eye;
But now mischance hath trod my title down, And chides the sea that sunders him from thence, And with dishonour laid me on the ground; Saying, he 'll lade it dry to have his way :
Where I must take like seat unto my fortune, So do I wish the crown, being so far ofl';
And to my humble seat conform myself. And so I chide the means that keep me from it;
K. Lew. Why, say, fair queen, whence springs this And so I say, I 'll cut the causes off,
deep despair ? Flattering me with impossibilities.
Q. Mar. From such a cause as fills mine eyes wilu My eye 's too quick, my heart o‘erweens too much,
tears, Unless my hand and strength could equal them. And stops my tongue, while heart is drown'd in cares. Well, say there is no kingdom then for Richard ;
K. Lew. Whate'er it be, be thou still like thyself, What other pleasure can the world afford ?
And sit thee by our side : yield not thy neck I 'll make my heaven in a lady's lap,
[Seats her by him. And deck my body in gay ornaments,
To fortune's yoke, but let thy dauntless mind
Be plain, queen Margaret, and tell thy grief;
It shall be eas'd if France can yield relief Why, love forswore me in my mother's womb :
Q. Mar. Those gracious words revive my drooping And, for I should not deal in her soft laws,
thoughts, She did corrupt frail nature with some bribe
And give my tongue-tied sorrows leave to speak. To shrink mine arm up like a wither'd shrub;
Now, therefore, be it known to noble Lewis, To make an envious mountain on my back,
That Henry, sole possessor of my love, Where sits deformity to mock my body;
Is, of a king, become a banish'd man, To shape my legs of an unequal size;
And forc'd to live in Scotland a forlorn ; To disproportion me in every part,
While proud ambitious Edward, duke of York, Like to a chaos, or an unlick'd bear-whelp,
Usurps the regal title, and the seat That carries no impression like the dam.
Of England's true-anointed lawful king. And am I then a man to be belov'd ?
This is the cause that I, poor Margaret, O, monstrous fault, to harbour such a thought! With this, my son, prince Edward, Henry's heit, Then, since this earth affords no joy to me
Am come to crave thy just and lawful aid ; But to command, to check, to o'erbear such
And if thou fail us all our hope is done : As are of better person than myself,
Scotland hath will to help, but cannot belp; I'll make my heaven to dream upon the crown: Our people and our peers are both misled, And, whiles I live, to account this world but hell, Our treasure seiz'd, our soldiers put to flight, Until my mis-shap'd trunk, that bears this hend, And, as thou seest, ourselves in heary plight. Be round impaled with a glorious crown.
K. Lew. Renowned queen, with patience calm tlie And yet I know not how to get the crown,
storm, For many lives stand between me and home;
While we bethink a means to break it off. And I,- like one lost in a thorny wood,
Q. Mar. The more we stay the stronger grows our fue That rents the thorns, and is rent with the thorns, K. Lew. The more I stay the more I 'll succour the Seeking a way, and straying from the way;
Q. Mar. O, but impatience waiteth un true sorrow : Not knowing how to find the open air,
And where comes the breeder of my sorrow, But toiling desperately to find it out, Torment myself to catch the English crown:
Enter Warwick, attended. And from that tormeat I will free myself,
K. Lew. What 's he approacheth boldly to our preOr hew my way out with a bloody axe.
sence? Why, I can smile, and murther whiles I smile :
Q. Mar. Our earl of Warwick, Edward's greatest And cry, content, to that which grieves my heart;
friend. And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
K. Lew. Welcome, brave Warwick : What brings And frame my face to all occasions.
thee to France ? I 'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall; [Descending from his state. QUXEN MARGARET rises, I 'll slay more gazers than the basilisk;
Q. Mar. Ay, now begins a second storm to rise ; I 'll play the orator as well as Nestor ;
For this is he that moves both wind and tide. Deceive more slily than Ulysses could ;
War. From worthy Edward, king of Albion, And, like a Sinon, take another Troy :
My lord and sovereign, and thy vowed friend, I can add colours to the cameleon;
I come, in kindness and unfeigned love, Change shapes with Proteus, for advantages,
First, to do greetings to thy royal person ; And set the murtherous Machiavel to school.
And then to crave a league of amity :
And, lastly, to confirm that amity
That virtuous lady Bona, thy fair sister,
Q. Mar. If that go forward Henry's hope is done. Enter Lewis the French King, and
War. And, gracious madam (to Bonal, in our king's Lady Bona, attended ; the King takes his state.
behalf, Then enter Queen MARGARET, PRINCE EDWARD
I am commanded, with your leave and favour, her son, and the Earl of OXFORD.
Humbly to kiss your hand, and with my tongue K. Lev. Fair queen of England, worthy Margaret, To tell the passion of my sovereign's heart;
[Rising. Where fame, late entering at his heedful ears, Sit down with us; it ill befits thy state
Hath plac'd thy beauty's image, and thy virtue. And birth that thou shouldst stand, wbile Lewis doth sit. Q. Mar. King Lewis, and lady Bona, hear me speak.
Q. Yar. No, mighty king of France; wow Margaret Before you answer Warwick. His demand
Springs not from Edward's well-meant honest love, K. Leio. Then, Warwick, thus,–Our sister shall be But from deceit, bred by necessity;
Edward's ; For how can tyrants safely govern home,
And now forthwith shall articles be drawn Unless abroad they purchase great alliance ?
Touching the jointure that your king must make, To prove him tyrant, this reason may suffice,
Which with her dowry shall be counterpois'd : That Henry liveth still : but were he dead,
Draw near, queen Margaret, and be a witness Yet bere prince Edward stands, king Henry's son. That Bona shall be wife to the English king. Look therefore, Lewis, that by this league and marriage Prince. To Edward, but not to the English king. Thou draw not on thy danger and dishonour :
Q. Mar. Deceitful Warwick! it was thy device l'or though usurpers sway the rule awhile,
By this alliance to make void my suit;
K. Lev. And still is friend to him and Margaret : Prince.
And why not queen? But if your title to the crown be weak,
Then 't is but reason that I be releas d
Yet shall you have all kindness at my hand And, after John of Gaunt, Henry the fourth,
T'hat your estate requires, and mine can yield. Whose wisdom was a mirror to the wisest;
War. Henry now lives in Scotland, at his ease ; And, after that wise prince, Henry the fifth,
Where, having nothing, nothing he can lose. Who by his prowess conquered all France :
And as for you yourself, our quondam queen, From these our Henry lineally descends.
You have a father able to maintain you; War. Oxford, how haps it in this smooth discourse And better 't were you troubled him than France. You told not, how Henry the sixth hath lost
Q. Mar. Peace, impudent and shameless Warwick, All that wbich Henry the fifth had gotten?
peace; Methinks, these peers of France should smile at that. Proud setter-up and puller-down of kings! But for the rest, you tell a pedigree
I will not hence till with my talk and tears, Of threescore and two years ; a silly time
Both full of truth, I make king Lewis behold To make prescription for a kingdom's worth.
Thy sly conveyance," and thy lord's false love ; Orf. Why, Warwick, canst thou speak against thy For both of you are birds of self-same feather. liege,
(A horn sounded within. Whom thou obeyedst thirty and six years,
K. Leu. Warwick, this is some post to us, or thee. And not bewray thy treason with a blush?
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My lord ambassador, these letters are for you ;
These from our king unto your majesty ;My elder brother, the lord Aubrey Vere,
And, madam, these for you; from whom-I know not. Was done to death and more than so, my father,
To MARGARET. They all read their letters. Eren in the downfall of his mellow'd years,
Oxf. I like it well, that our fair queen and mistress When nature brought him to the door of death ? Smiles at her news, while Warwick frowns at his. No, Warwick, no; while life upholds this arm,
Prince. Nay, mark, how Lewis stamps as he were This arm upholds the house of Lancaster.
nettled : War. And I the house of York.
I hope all 's for the best. K. Lexo. Queen Margaret, prince Edward, and Ox
K. Lew. Warwick, what are thy news ? and yours, ford,
fair queen ? Vouchsafe at our request to stand aside,
Q. Mar. Mine, such as fill my heart with unhop'd joys. Ilile I use further conference with Warwick.
War. Mine, full of sorrow and heart's discontent Q. Mar. Heavens grant that Warwick's words be- K. Lew. What! has your king married the lady Grey? witch him not!
And now, to soothe your forgery and his, (Retiring with the Prince and Oxford. Sends me a paper to persuade me patience ? K. Lew. Now, Warwick, tell me, even upon thy Is this the alliance that he seeks with France ? conscience,
Dare he presume to scorn us in this manner ? Is Edward your true king? for I were loth
Q. Mar. I told your majesty as much before : To link with him that were not lawful chosen.
This proveth Edward's love and Warwick's honesty. War. Thereun I pawn my credit and mine honour. War. King Lewis, I here protest, in sight of Heaven, K. Lew. But is he gracious in the people's eye? And by the hope I have of heavenly bliss, War. The more, that Henry was unfortunate. That I am clear from this misdeed of Edward's ; K. Lew. Then further, all dissembling set aside, No more my king, for he dishonours me; Tell me for truth the measure of his love
But most himself, if he could see his shame.
Did I forget, that by the house of York
My father came untimely to his death?
Did I let pass the abuse done to my niece? Jlyself have often beard him say, and swear,
Did I impale him with the regal crown? That this his love was an eternal plant,
Did I put Henry from his native right; Whereof the root was fix'd in virtue's ground,
And am I guerdon'd at the last with shame? The leaves and fruit maintain 'd with beauty's sun ;
Shame on himself: for my desert is honour. Exempt from envy, but not from disdain,
And to repair my honour lost for him,
I here renounce him, and return to Henry :
Q. Mar. Warwick, these words have turn'd my hate K. Leu.
But, Warwick, thou, to love;
And Oxford, with tive thousand men, And I forgive and quite forget old faults,
Shall cross the seas, and bid false Edward battle: And joy that thou becom'st king Henry's friend And, as occasion serves, this noble queen
War. So much his friend, ay, his unfeigned friend, And prince shall follow with a fresh supply. That if king Lewis vouchsafe to furnish us
Yet, ere thou go, but answer me one doubt; With some few bands of chosen soldiers,
What pledge have we of thy firm loyalty ? I 'll undertake to land them on our coast,
War. This shall assure my constant loyalty: And force the tyrant from his seat by war.
That if our queen and this young prince agree, 'T is not his new-made bride shall succour him : I 'll join mine eldest daughter, and my joy, And as for Clarence, as my letters tell me,
To him forthwith in holy wedlock bands. He's very likely now to fall from bim ;
Q. Mar. Yes, I agree, and thank you for your For matching more for wanton lust than honour,
motion : Or than for strength and safety of our country.
Son Edward, she is fair and virtuous,
And, with thy hand, thy faith irrevocable,
Prince. Yes, I accept her, for she well deserves it;
[He gives his hand to Warwick. K. Lew. And mine with hers, and thine, and Mar- K. Lero. Why stay we now? These soldiers siail garet's.
be levied, Therefore, at last, I firmly am resolv'd,
And thou, lord Bourbon, our high admiral,
Shall waft them over with our royal fleet.
K. Lew. Then, England's messenger, return in post; For mocking marriage with a dame of France.
[Exeunt all but WARWICK. That Lewis of France is sending over maskers,
War. I came from Edward as ambassador,
But I return his sworn and mortal foe :
Bona. Tell him, in hope he 'll prove a widower shortly, But dreadful war shall answer his demand
Had he none else to make a stale but me?
I was the chief that rais'd him to the crown,
[Ezit Mess. But seek revenge on Edwar l's mockery. Eril.
SCENE I.-London. A Room in the Palace. Whom God hath join'd together : ay, and 't were pity
To sunder them that yoke so well together. Enter GLOSTER, CLARENCE, SOMERSET, MONTAGUE,
K. Edv. Setting your scorns and your mislike aside, and others.
Tell me some reason, why the lady Grey Glo. Now tell me, brother Clarence, what think you Should not become my wife, and England's queen : Of this new marriage with the lady Grey ?
And you too, Somerset and Montague, Ilath not our brother made a worthy choice?
Speak freely what you think. Clar. Alas, you know, 't is far from hence to France; Clar. Then this is my opinion, that king Lewis How could he stay till Warwick made return? Becomes your enemy, for mocking him
Som. My lords, forbear this talk; here comes the king. About the marriage of the lady Bona. Flourish. Enter King Edward, attended; Lady Is now dishonoured by this new marriage.
Glo. And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge, GREY, as Queen; PEMBROKE, STAFFORD, Has
K. Edro. What, if both Lewis and Warwick be ap TINGS, and others.
peas'd Glo. And his well-chosen bride.
By such invention as I can devise ? Clar. I mind to tell him plainly what I think. Mont. Yet, to have join'd with France in such alliance, K. Edw. Now, brother of Clarence, how like you our Would more have strengthen'd this our commonwealth choice,
'Gainst foreign storms, than any home-bred marriage. That you stand pensive, as half malcontent?
Hast. Why, knows not Montague that of itself Clar. As well as Lewis of France, or the earl of England is safe, if true within itself? Warwick;
Mont. Yes, but the safer when it is back d with Which are so weak of courage and in judgment,
France. That they 'll take no offence at our abuse.
Hast. 'T is better using France than trusting France: K. Edw. Suppose they take offence without a cause, Let us be backd with God, and with the seas, They are but Lewis and Warwick; I am Edward, Which he hath given for fence impregnable, Your king and Warwick's, and must have my will. And with their helps only defend ourselves;
Glo. And you shall have your will, because our king; In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies. Yet hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
Clar. For this one speech, lord Hastings well deserver K. Edro. Yea, brother Richard, are you offended too? To have the heir of the lord Hungerford. Glo. Not I : no.
K. Edr. Ay, what of that it was my will and grant; God forbid that I should wish them sever'd
And, for this once, my will shall stand for law. * Fear-affright.
• Stale-stalk az-horse.
Glo. And yet, methinks, your grace hath not done well Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign; they are so link'd in To give the heir und daughter of lord Scales
friendship Unto the brother of your loving bride;
That young prince Edward marries Warwick's daughter. She better would have fitted me, or Clarence :
Clar. Belike, the elder; Clarence will have the But in your bride you bury brotherhood.
younger. Clar. Or else you would not have bestow'd the heir Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast, Of the lord Bonville on your new wife's son,
For I will hence to Warwick's other daughter; And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere.
That, though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage K. Edv. Alas, poor Clarence! is it for a wife I may not prove inferior to yourself. That thou art malcontent? I will provide thee. You that love me and Warwick, follow me. Clar. In choosing for yourself you show'd your judg
[Exit CLARENCE, and SOMERSET follows. ment;
Glo. Not I. Which being shallow, you shall give me leave
My thoughts aim at a further matter ; To play the broker in mine own behalf;
I stay not for love of Edward, but the crown. [Aside. And, to that end, I shortly mind to leave you.
K. Edw. Clarence and Somerset both gone to Warwick! K. Edro. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king, Yet am I arm‘d against the worst can happen; And not be tied unto his brother's will.
And haste is needful in this desperate case. Q. Eliz. My lords, before it pleas’d his majesty Pembroke, and Stafford, you in our behalf To raise my state to title of a queen,
Gą levy men, and make prepare for war. Do me but right, and you must all confess
They are already, or quickly will be landed : That I was not ignoble of descent,
Myself in person will straight follow you. And meaner than myself have had like fortune.
[Exeunt PEMBROKE and STAFFORD But as this title honours me and mine,
But, ere I go, Hastings and Montague, So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing,
Resolve my doubt. You twain, of all the rest,
K. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon their frowns: Tell me, if you love Warwick more than me?
If it be so, then both depart to him;
I rather wish you fues than hollow friends ; And their true sovereign, whom they must obey ? But if you mind to hold your true obedience, Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too,
Give me assurance with some friendly vow, Unless they seek for hatred at my hands :
That I may never have you in suspect. Which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe,
Mont. So God help Montague, as he proves true! And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath.
Hast. And Hastings, as he favours Edward's cause! Glo. I hear, yet say not much, but think the more. K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you stand by us?
[Aside. Glo. Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand you.
K. Edw. Why so ; then am I sure of victory. Enter a Messenger.
Now therefore let us hence; and lose no hour,
Mess. My sovereign liege, no letters; and few words, SCENE II.-A Plain in Warwickshire.
Enter WARWICK and Oxford, with French and other
Forces. K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee: therefore, in brief, Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess them. War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well ; What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters ? The common people by numbers swarm to us. Mess. At my.depart, these were his very words :
Enter CLARENCE and SomeRSET. "Go tell false Edward, thy supposed king, That Lewis of France is sending over maskers
But, see, where Somerset and Clarence come;
Speak suddenly, my lords; are we all friends ?
War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto Warwick; But what said lady Bona to my marriage?
And welcome, Somerset : I hold it cowardice, Mess. These were her words, utter'd with mild dis- | To rest mistrustful where a noble heart
Kath pawn d an open hand in sign of love ; * Tell him, in hope he 'll prove a widower shortly, Else might I think that Clarence, Edward's brother, I'll wear the willow garland for his sake."
Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings : K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little less ; But welcome, sweet Clarence; my daughter shall be She had the wrong. But what said Henry's queen ?
thine. For I have heard that she was there in place."
And now what rests, but, in night's coverture, Mess. “Tell him," quoth she, "my mourning weeds Thy brother being carelessly encamp'd, are done,
His soldiers lurking in the towns about,
And but attended by a simple guard,
Our scouts have found the adventure very easy :
And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds; And therefore I 'll uncrown him ere 't be long." So we, weil cover'd with the night's black mantle, K. Edu. Ha! durst the traitor breathe out so proud At unawares may beat down Edward's guard, words?
And seize himself: I say not, slaughter him, Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarnd :
For I intend but only to surprise him. They shall have wars, and pay for their presumption. You that will follow me to this attempt But say, is Warwick' friends with Margaret ?
Applaud the name of Henry, with your leader. • In place, there present.
(They all cry Henry !
Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort :
War. Then, for his mind, be Edward England's king : For Warwick and his friends, God and St. George!
[Takes off his croon. [Exeunt. | But Henry now shall wear the English crown,
And be true king indeed; thou but the shadow. SCENE III.-Edward's Camp near Warwick. My lord of Sonierset, at my request,
See that forthwith duke Edward be convey'd Enter certain Watchmen, to guard the King's tent.
Unto my brother, archbishop of York. 1 Watch. Come on, my masters, each man take his When I have fought with Pernbroke and his fellows, stand;
I 'll follow you, and tell what answer The king, by this, is set him down to sleep.
Lewis, and the lady Bona, send to him : 2 Watch. What, will he not to bed ?
Now, for a while, farewell, good duke of York. 1 Watch. Why, no : for he hath made a solemn vow K. Edr. What fates impose, that men must needs Never to lie and take his natural rest
abide; Till Warwick, or himself, be quite suppress'd.
It boots not to resist both wind and tide. 2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, [Exit King EDWARD, led out; SOMERSET with him. If Warwick be so near as men report.
Oxf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do, 3 Watch. But say, I pray, wbat nobleman is that But march to London with our soldiers ? That with the king here resteth in his tent?
War. Ay, that 's the first thing that we have to do; 1 Watch. "T is the lord Hastings, the king's chiefest To free king Henry from imprisonment, friend.
And see him seated in the regal throne. (Ezernt. 3 Watch. O, is it so ? But why commands the king That his chief followers lodge in towns about him,
SCENE IV.-London. A Room in the Palace. While he himself keepeth in the cold field ? 2 Watch. 'T is the more honour, because more dan
Enter Queen ELIZABETH and Rivers. gerous.
Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden change! 3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship, and quietness, Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn I like it better than a dangerous honour.
Wbat late misfortune is befallin king Elvard ! If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,
Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against War"T is to be doubted he would waken him.
wick? 1 Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up his pas
Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person. sage.
Riv. Then is my sovereign slain ! 2 Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal tent, Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner ; But to defend his person from night-foes ?
Either betray'd by falsehood of his guaru, Inter Warwick, CLARENCE, Oxford, Somerset, And, as I further have to understand,
Or by his foe surpris d at unawares : and Forces.
Is new committed to the bishop of York, War. This is his tent; and see, where stands his Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe. guard.
Riv. These news, I must confess, are full of grief: C'ourage, my masters : honour now, or never!
Yel, gracious madam, bear it as you may; But follow me, and Edward shall be ours.
Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day. I Watch. Who goes there?
Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must hinder life's decar. 2 Watch. Stay, or thou diest.
And I the rather wean me from despair,
Warwick! and set upon the Guard ; who fly, i This is it that makes me bridle passion,
Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear,
And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs, l'he drum beating, and trumpets sounding, re-enter
Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown Warwick, and the rest, bringing the King out in King Edward's fruit
, true heir to the English crown. a gown, sitting in a chair : GLOSTER and HASTINGS
Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then become! fly.
Q. Eliz. I am informed that he comes towarus Som. What are they that fly there?
London, War. Richard and Hastings : let them go, here is To set the crown once more on Henry's head: the duke.
Guess thou the rest ; king Edward's friends must down. K. Edw. The duke! why, Warwick, when we parted But, to prevent the tyrant's violence, last,
(For trust not him that hath once broken faith) Thou callidst me king
Ì 'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary, War.
Ay, but the case is alter'd : To save at least the heir of Edward's right; When you disgrac'd me in my ambassade,
There shall I rest secure from force and fraud. Then I degraded you from being king,
Come therefore, let us fly, wbile we may fly;
If Warwick take us we are sure to die.
SCENE V.-A Park near Middleham Castle cas Nor how to be contented with one wife;
Enter Gloster, HASTINGS, Sir WILLIAM STANLEY,
and others. Nor how to shround yourself from enemies ?
K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here to f Glo. Now, my lord Hastings, and sir Willian Nay, then I see that Edward needs must down.
Stanley, Yet, Warwick, in despite of all inischance,
Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither, nif thee thyself, and all thy complices,
Into this chiefest thicket of the park. Mward will always bear himself as king :
Thus stands the case : You know our king, my brothers Though fortune's malice overthrow my state,
Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose bands My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel
lle liath good usage and great liberty ;