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Henry VI, Part 3 - Act 4, scene 5
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Navigate this workHenry VI, Part 3 - Act 4, scene 5
Act 4, scene 5
Richard rescues King Edward from his captivity. They prepare to sail to Flanders.Enter Richard ⌜of Gloucester,⌝ Lord Hastings,
and Sir William Stanley, ⌜with Soldiers,
all wearing the white rose.⌝
2165 Now, my Lord Hastings and Sir William Stanley,
2166 Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither
2167 Into this chiefest thicket of the park.
2168 Thus ⌜stands⌝ the case: you know our king, my brother,
2169 5 Is prisoner to the Bishop here, at whose hands
2170 He hath good usage and great liberty,
2171 And, often but attended with weak guard,
2172 ⌜Comes⌝ hunting this way to disport himself.
2173 I have advertised him by secret means
2174 10 That, if about this hour he make this way
2175 Under the color of his usual game,
2176 He shall here find his friends with horse and men
2177 To set him free from his captivity.
Enter King Edward, ⌜wearing the white rose,⌝
and a Huntsman with him.
2178 This way, my lord, for this way lies the game.
2179 15 Nay, this way, man. See where the huntsmen stand.—
2180 Now, brother of Gloucester, Lord Hastings, and the
2182 Stand you thus close to steal the Bishop’s deer?
2183 Brother, the time and case requireth haste.
2184 20 Your horse stands ready at the park corner.
KING EDWARD 2185 But whither shall we then?
2186 To Lynn, my lord, and shipped from thence
2187 to Flanders.
2188 Well guessed, believe me, for that was my meaning.
2189 25 Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness.
2190 But wherefore stay we? ’Tis no time to talk.
2191 Huntsman, what sayst thou? Wilt thou go along?
2192 Better do so than tarry and be hanged.
2193 Come then, away! Let’s ha’ no more ado.
2194 30 Bishop, farewell; shield thee from Warwick’s frown,
2195 And pray that I may repossess the crown.