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Henry VI, Part 3 - Act 4, scene 7
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Navigate this workHenry VI, Part 3 - Act 4, scene 7
Act 4, scene 7
Edward, having returned from Flanders with a supporting army, enters the city of York, claiming that he wants only his dukedom. Once inside the gates, and at the urging of his followers, he again asserts his right to the crown.Flourish. Enter ⌜King⌝ Edward, Richard, Hastings,
and Soldiers, ⌜all wearing the white rose.⌝
2301 Now, brother Richard, Lord Hastings, and the rest:
2302 Yet thus far Fortune maketh us amends,
2303 And says that once more I shall interchange
2304 My wanèd state for Henry’s regal crown.
2305 5 Well have we passed, and now re-passed, the seas,
2306 And brought desirèd help from Burgundy.
2307 What then remains, we being thus arrived
2308 From Ravenspurgh Haven before the gates of York,
2309 But that we enter as into our dukedom?
⌜Hastings knocks at the gate.⌝
2310 10 The gates made fast? Brother, I like not this.
p. 1992311 For many men that stumble at the threshold
2312 Are well foretold that danger lurks within.
2313 Tush, man, abodements must not now affright us.
2314 By fair or foul means we must enter in,
2315 15 For hither will our friends repair to us.
2316 My liege, I’ll knock once more to summon them.
Enter on the walls the Mayor of York and his brethren,
2317 My lords, we were forewarnèd of your coming,
2318 And shut the gates for safety of ourselves,
2319 For now we owe allegiance unto Henry.
2320 20 But, master mayor, if Henry be your king,
2321 Yet Edward, at the least, is Duke of York.
2322 True, my good lord, I know you for no less.
2323 Why, and I challenge nothing but my dukedom,
2324 As being well content with that alone.
2325 25 But when the fox hath once got in his nose,
2326 He’ll soon find means to make the body follow.
2327 Why, master mayor, why stand you in a doubt?
2328 Open the gates. We are King Henry’s friends.
2329 Ay, say you so? The gates shall then be opened.
He descends ⌜with the Aldermen.⌝
2330 30 A wise stout captain, and soon persuaded.
2331 The good old man would fain that all were well,
2332 So ’twere not long of him; but being entered,
2333 I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade
2334 Both him and all his brothers unto reason.
Enter the Mayor and two Aldermen.
2335 35 So, master mayor, these gates must not be shut
2336 But in the night or in the time of war.
2337 What, fear not, man, but yield me up the keys.
Takes his keys.
2338 For Edward will defend the town and thee
2339 And all those friends that deign to follow me.
March. Enter Montgomery, with Drum and Soldiers.
2340 40 Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery,
2341 Our trusty friend, unless I be deceived.
2342 Welcome, Sir John. But why come you in arms?
2343 To help King Edward in his time of storm,
2344 As every loyal subject ought to do.
2345 45 Thanks, good Montgomery. But we now forget
2346 Our title to the crown, and only claim
2347 Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest.
2348 Then fare you well, for I will hence again.
2349 I came to serve a king and not a duke.—
2350 50 Drummer, strike up, and let us march away.
The Drum begins to march.
2351 Nay, stay, Sir John, a while, and we’ll debate
2352 By what safe means the crown may be recovered.
2353 What talk you of debating? In few words,
2354 If you’ll not here proclaim yourself our king,
2355 55 I’ll leave you to your fortune and be gone
2356 To keep them back that come to succor you.
2357 Why shall we fight if you pretend no title?
2358 Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice points?
2359 When we grow stronger, then we’ll make our claim.
2360 60 Till then ’tis wisdom to conceal our meaning.
2361 Away with scrupulous wit! Now arms must rule.
2362 And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.
2363 Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand;
2364 The bruit thereof will bring you many friends.
2365 65 Then be it as you will, for ’tis my right,
2366 And Henry but usurps the diadem.
2367 Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like himself,
2368 And now will I be Edward’s champion.
2369 Sound, trumpet! Edward shall be here proclaimed.—
2370 70 Come, fellow soldier, make thou proclamation.
SOLDIER ⌜reads⌝ 2371 Edward the Fourth, by the Grace of
2372 God, King of England and France, and Lord of
2373 Ireland, &c.
2374 And whosoe’er gainsays King Edward’s right,
2375 75 By this I challenge him to single fight.
Throws down his gauntlet.
ALL 2376 Long live Edward the Fourth!
p. 205KING EDWARD
2377 Thanks, brave Montgomery, and thanks unto you all.
2378 If fortune serve me, I’ll requite this kindness.
2379 Now, for this night let’s harbor here in York,
2380 80 And when the morning sun shall raise his car
2381 Above the border of this horizon,
2382 We’ll forward towards Warwick and his mates;
2383 For well I wot that Henry is no soldier.
2384 Ah, froward Clarence, how evil it beseems thee
2385 85 To flatter Henry and forsake thy brother!
2386 Yet, as we may, we’ll meet both thee and Warwick.
2387 Come on, brave soldiers; doubt not of the day;
2388 And that once gotten, doubt not of large pay.