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Henry VI, Part 3 - Act 4, scene 3
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Navigate this workHenry VI, Part 3 - Act 4, scene 3
Act 4, scene 3
Warwick, Clarence, and their troops capture King Edward, remove his crown, and send him captive to the Archbishop of York. They then prepare to march to London to free King Henry.Enter three Watchmen to guard ⌜King Edward’s⌝ tent,
⌜all wearing the white rose.⌝
2063 Come on, my masters, each man take his stand.
2064 The King by this is set him down to sleep.
SECOND WATCH 2065 What, will he not to bed?
2066 Why, no, for he hath made a solemn vow
2067 5 Never to lie and take his natural rest
2068 Till Warwick or himself be quite suppressed.
2069 Tomorrow, then, belike shall be the day,
2070 If Warwick be so near as men report.
2071 But say, I pray, what nobleman is that
2072 10 That with the King here resteth in his tent?
p. 179FIRST WATCH
2073 ’Tis the Lord Hastings, the King’s chiefest friend.
2074 O, is it so? But why commands the King
2075 That his chief followers lodge in towns about him,
2076 While he himself keeps in the cold field?
2077 15 ’Tis the more honor, because more dangerous.
2078 Ay, but give me worship and quietness;
2079 I like it better than a dangerous honor.
2080 If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,
2081 ’Tis to be doubted he would waken him.
2082 20 Unless our halberds did shut up his passage.
2083 Ay, wherefore else guard we his royal tent
2084 But to defend his person from night foes?
Enter Warwick, Clarence, Oxford, Somerset, ⌜all wearing
the red rose,⌝ and French Soldiers, silent all.
2085 This is his tent, and see where stand his guard.
2086 Courage, my masters. Honor, now or never!
2087 25 But follow me, and Edward shall be ours.
FIRST WATCH 2088 Who goes there?
SECOND WATCH 2089 Stay, or thou diest!
Warwick and the rest cry all “Warwick, Warwick!”
and set upon the guard, who fly, crying “Arm, Arm!”
Warwick and the rest following them.
The drum playing and trumpet sounding,
enter Warwick, Somerset, and the rest, bringing
King ⌜Edward⌝ out in his gown, sitting in a chair.
Richard and Hastings flies over the stage.
2090 What are they that fly there?
WARWICK 2091 Richard and Hastings.
2092 30 Let them go. Here is the Duke.
KING EDWARD 2093 The Duke?
2094 Why, Warwick, when we parted, thou call’dst me king.
WARWICK 2095 Ay, but the case is altered.
2096 When you disgraced me in my embassade,
2097 35 Then I degraded you from being king
2098 And come now to create you Duke of York.
2099 Alas, how should you govern any kingdom
2100 That know not how to use ambassadors,
2101 Nor how to be contented with one wife,
2102 40 Nor how to use your brothers brotherly,
2103 Nor how to study for the people’s welfare,
2104 Nor how to shroud yourself from enemies?
2105 Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here too?
2106 Nay, then, I see that Edward needs must down.
2107 45 Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance,
2108 Of thee thyself and all thy complices,
2109 Edward will always bear himself as king.
2110 Though Fortune’s malice overthrow my state,
2111 My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.
2112 50 Then for his mind be Edward England’s king,
Takes off his crown.
2113 But Henry now shall wear the English crown
2114 And be true king indeed, thou but the shadow.—
2115 My lord of Somerset, at my request,
2116 See that forthwith Duke Edward be conveyed
2117 55 Unto my brother, Archbishop of York.
2118 When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows,
2119 I’ll follow you and tell what answer
2120 Lewis and the Lady Bona send to him.—
2121 Now for awhile farewell, good Duke of York.
p. 183They ⌜begin to⌝ lead him out forcibly.
2122 60 What Fates impose, that men must needs abide;
2123 It boots not to resist both wind and tide.
⌜Somerset and Soldiers⌝ exit, ⌜guarding King Edward.⌝
2124 What now remains, my lords, for us to do
2125 But march to London with our soldiers?
2126 Ay, that’s the first thing that we have to do,
2127 65 To free King Henry from imprisonment
2128 And see him seated in the regal throne.