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ACT IV - SCENE VII. Before York.
KING EDWARD IV
1    Now, brother Richard, Lord Hastings, and the rest,
2    Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends,
3    And says that once more I shall interchange
4    My waned state for Henry's regal crown.
5    Well have we pass'd and now repass'd the seas
6    And brought desired help from Burgundy:
7    What then remains, we being thus arrived
8    From Ravenspurgh haven before the gates of York,
9    But that we enter, as into our dukedom?
GLOUCESTER
10   The gates made fast! Brother, I like not this;
11   For many men that stumble at the threshold
12   Are well foretold that danger lurks within.
KING EDWARD IV
13   Tush, man, abodements must not now affright us:
14   By fair or foul means we must enter in,
15   For hither will our friends repair to us.
HASTINGS
16   My liege, I'll knock once more to summon them.
Enter, on the walls, the Mayor of York, and his Brethren

Mayor
17   My lords, we were forewarned of your coming,
18   And shut the gates for safety of ourselves;
19   For now we owe allegiance unto Henry.
KING EDWARD IV
20   But, master mayor, if Henry be your king,
21   Yet Edward at the least is Duke of York.
Mayor
22   True, my good lord; I know you for no less.
KING EDWARD IV
23   Why, and I challenge nothing but my dukedom,
24   As being well content with that alone.
GLOUCESTER
Aside
25    But when the fox hath once got in his nose,
26   He'll soon find means to make the body follow.
HASTINGS
27   Why, master mayor, why stand you in a doubt?
28   Open the gates; we are King Henry's friends.
Mayor
29   Ay, say you so? the gates shall then be open'd.
They descend

GLOUCESTER
30   A wise stout captain, and soon persuaded!
HASTINGS
31   The good old man would fain that all were well,
32   So 'twere not 'long of him; but being enter'd,
33   I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade
34   Both him and all his brothers unto reason.
Enter the Mayor and two Aldermen, below

KING EDWARD IV
35   So, master mayor: these gates must not be shut
36   But in the night or in the time of war.
37   What! fear not, man, but yield me up the keys;
Takes his keys
38   For Edward will defend the town and thee,
39   And all those friends that deign to follow me.
March. Enter MONTGOMERY, with drum and soldiers

GLOUCESTER
40   Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery,
41   Our trusty friend, unless I be deceived.
KING EDWARD IV
42   Welcome, Sir John! But why come you in arms?
MONTAGUE
43   To help King Edward in his time of storm,
44   As every loyal subject ought to do.
KING EDWARD IV
45   Thanks, good Montgomery; but we now forget
46   Our title to the crown and only claim
47   Our dukedom till God please to send the rest.
MONTAGUE
48   Then fare you well, for I will hence again:
49   I came to serve a king and not a duke.
50   Drummer, strike up, and let us march away.
The drum begins to march

KING EDWARD IV
51   Nay, stay, Sir John, awhile, and we'll debate
52   By what safe means the crown may be recover'd.
MONTAGUE
53   What talk you of debating? in few words,
54   If you'll not here proclaim yourself our king,
55   I'll leave you to your fortune and be gone
56   To keep them back that come to succor you:
57   Why shall we fight, if you pretend no title?
GLOUCESTER
58   Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice points?
KING EDWARD IV
59   When we grow stronger, then we'll make our claim:
60   Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning.
HASTINGS
61   Away with scrupulous wit! now arms must rule.
GLOUCESTER
62   And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.
63   Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand:
64   The bruit thereof will bring you many friends.
KING EDWARD IV
65   Then be it as you will; for 'tis my right,
66   And Henry but usurps the diadem.
MONTAGUE
67   Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like himself;
68   And now will I be Edward's champion.
HASTINGS
69   Sound trumpet; Edward shall be here proclaim'd:
70   Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation.
Flourish

Soldier
71   Edward the Fourth, by the grace of God, king of
72   England and France, and lord of Ireland, &c.
MONTAGUE
73   And whosoe'er gainsays King Edward's right,
74   By this I challenge him to single fight.
Throws down his gauntlet

All
75   Long live Edward the Fourth!
KING EDWARD IV
76   Thanks, brave Montgomery; and thanks unto you all:
77   If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness.
78   Now, for this night, let's harbour here in York;
79   And when the morning sun shall raise his car
80   Above the border of this horizon,
81   We'll forward towards Warwick and his mates;
82   For well I wot that Henry is no soldier.
83   Ah, froward Clarence! how evil it beseems thee
84   To flatter Henry and forsake thy brother!
85   Yet, as we may, we'll meet both thee and Warwick.
86   Come on, brave soldiers: doubt not of the day,
87   And, that once gotten, doubt not of large pay.
Exeunt
88   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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