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Henry VI, Part 3 - Act 4, scene 2
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Act 4, scene 2
Warwick and Clarence prepare to surprise King Edward, who awaits the French troops in a lightly guarded camp.Enter Warwick and Oxford in England,
⌜wearing the red rose,⌝ with French Soldiers.
2033 Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well.
2034 The common people by numbers swarm to us.
Enter Clarence and Somerset.
2035 But see where Somerset and Clarence comes.—
2036 Speak suddenly, my lords: are we all friends?
CLARENCE 2037 5Fear not that, my lord.
2038 Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto Warwick,
2039 And welcome, Somerset. I hold it cowardice
2040 To rest mistrustful where a noble heart
2041 Hath pawned an open hand in sign of love;
2042 10 Else might I think that Clarence, Edward’s brother,
2043 Were but a feignèd friend to our proceedings.
2044 But welcome, sweet Clarence; my daughter shall be
2046 And now, what rests but, in night’s coverture
2047 15 Thy brother being carelessly encamped,
2048 His soldiers lurking in the town about,
2049 And but attended by a simple guard,
p. 1772050 We may surprise and take him at our pleasure?
2051 Our scouts have found the adventure very easy;
2052 20 That, as Ulysses and stout Diomed
2053 With sleight and manhood stole to Rhesus’ tents
2054 And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds,
2055 So we, well covered with the night’s black mantle,
2056 At unawares may beat down Edward’s guard
2057 25 And seize himself. I say not “slaughter him,”
2058 For I intend but only to surprise him.
2059 You that will follow me to this attempt,
2060 Applaud the name of Henry with your leader.
They all cry “Henry!”
2061 Why then, let’s on our way in silent sort.
2062 30 For Warwick and his friends, God and Saint George!