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ACT IV - SCENE IV. London. The palace.
Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and RIVERS

RIVERS
1    Madam, what makes you in this sudden change?
QUEEN ELIZABETH
2    Why brother Rivers, are you yet to learn
3    What late misfortune is befall'n King Edward?
RIVERS
4    What! loss of some pitch'd battle against Warwick?
QUEEN ELIZABETH
5    No, but the loss of his own royal person.
RIVERS
6    Then is my sovereign slain?
QUEEN ELIZABETH
7    Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner,
8    Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard
9    Or by his foe surprised at unawares:
10   And, as I further have to understand,
11   Is new committed to the Bishop of York,
12   Fell Warwick's brother and by that our foe.
RIVERS
13   These news I must confess are full of grief;
14   Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may:
15   Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day.
QUEEN ELIZABETH
16   Till then fair hope must hinder life's decay.
17   And I the rather wean me from despair
18   For love of Edward's offspring in my womb:
19   This is it that makes me bridle passion
20   And bear with mildness my misfortune's cross;
21   Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear
22   And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
23   Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
24   King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown.
RIVERS
25   But, madam, where is Warwick then become?
QUEEN ELIZABETH
26   I am inform'd that he comes towards London,
27   To set the crown once more on Henry's head:
28   Guess thou the rest; King Edward's friends must down,
29   But, to prevent the tyrant's violence,--
30   For trust not him that hath once broken faith,--
31   I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
32   To save at least the heir of Edward's right:
33   There shall I rest secure from force and fraud.
34   Come, therefore, let us fly while we may fly:
35   If Warwick take us we are sure to die.
Exeunt
36   3 KING HENRY VI

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII

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