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ACT V - SCENE I. Coventry.
WARWICK
1    Where is the post that came from valiant Oxford?
2    How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow?
First Messenger
3    By this at Dunsmore, marching hitherward.
WARWICK
4    How far off is our brother Montague?
5    Where is the post that came from Montague?
Second Messenger
6    By this at Daintry, with a puissant troop.
Enter SIR JOHN SOMERVILLE

WARWICK
7    Say, Somerville, what says my loving son?
8    And, by thy guess, how nigh is Clarence now?
SOMERSET
9    At Southam I did leave him with his forces,
10   And do expect him here some two hours hence.
Drum heard

WARWICK
11   Then Clarence is at hand, I hear his drum.
SOMERSET
12   It is not his, my lord; here Southam lies:
13   The drum your honour hears marcheth from Warwick.
WARWICK
14   Who should that be? belike, unlook'd-for friends.
SOMERSET
15   They are at hand, and you shall quickly know.
KING EDWARD IV
16   Go, trumpet, to the walls, and sound a parle.
GLOUCESTER
17   See how the surly Warwick mans the wall!
WARWICK
18   O unbid spite! is sportful Edward come?
19   Where slept our scouts, or how are they seduced,
20   That we could hear no news of his repair?
KING EDWARD IV
21   Now, Warwick, wilt thou ope the city gates,
22   Speak gentle words and humbly bend thy knee,
23   Call Edward king and at his hands beg mercy?
24   And he shall pardon thee these outrages.
WARWICK
25   Nay, rather, wilt thou draw thy forces hence,
26   Confess who set thee up and pluck'd thee own,
27   Call Warwick patron and be penitent?
28   And thou shalt still remain the Duke of York.
GLOUCESTER
29   I thought, at least, he would have said the king;
30   Or did he make the jest against his will?
WARWICK
31   Is not a dukedom, sir, a goodly gift?
GLOUCESTER
32   Ay, by my faith, for a poor earl to give:
33   I'll do thee service for so good a gift.
WARWICK
34   'Twas I that gave the kingdom to thy brother.
KING EDWARD IV
35   Why then 'tis mine, if but by Warwick's gift.
WARWICK
36   Thou art no Atlas for so great a weight:
37   And weakling, Warwick takes his gift again;
38   And Henry is my king, Warwick his subject.
KING EDWARD IV
39   But Warwick's king is Edward's prisoner:
40   And, gallant Warwick, do but answer this:
41   What is the body when the head is off?
GLOUCESTER
42   Alas, that Warwick had no more forecast,
43   But, whiles he thought to steal the single ten,
44   The king was slily finger'd from the deck!
45   You left poor Henry at the Bishop's palace,
46   And, ten to one, you'll meet him in the Tower.
EDWARD
47   'Tis even so; yet you are Warwick still.
GLOUCESTER
48   Come, Warwick, take the time; kneel down, kneel down:
49   Nay, when? strike now, or else the iron cools.
WARWICK
50   I had rather chop this hand off at a blow,
51   And with the other fling it at thy face,
52   Than bear so low a sail, to strike to thee.
KING EDWARD IV
53   Sail how thou canst, have wind and tide thy friend,
54   This hand, fast wound about thy coal-black hair
55   Shall, whiles thy head is warm and new cut off,
56   Write in the dust this sentence with thy blood,
57   'Wind-changing Warwick now can change no more.'
Enter OXFORD, with drum and colours

WARWICK
58   O cheerful colours! see where Oxford comes!
OXFORD
59   Oxford, Oxford, for Lancaster!
He and his forces enter the city

GLOUCESTER
60   The gates are open, let us enter too.
KING EDWARD IV
61   So other foes may set upon our backs.
62   Stand we in good array; for they no doubt
63   Will issue out again and bid us battle:
64   If not, the city being but of small defence,
65   We'll quickly rouse the traitors in the same.
WARWICK
66   O, welcome, Oxford! for we want thy help.
Enter MONTAGUE with drum and colours

MONTAGUE
67   Montague, Montague, for Lancaster!
He and his forces enter the city

GLOUCESTER
68   Thou and thy brother both shall buy this treason
69   Even with the dearest blood your bodies bear.
KING EDWARD IV
70   The harder match'd, the greater victory:
71   My mind presageth happy gain and conquest.
Enter SOMERSET, with drum and colours

SOMERSET
72   Somerset, Somerset, for Lancaster!
He and his forces enter the city

GLOUCESTER
73   Two of thy name, both Dukes of Somerset,
74   Have sold their lives unto the house of York;
75   And thou shalt be the third if this sword hold.
Enter CLARENCE, with drum and colours

WARWICK
76   And lo, where George of Clarence sweeps along,
77   Of force enough to bid his brother battle;
78   With whom an upright zeal to right prevails
79   More than the nature of a brother's love!
80   Come, Clarence, come; thou wilt, if Warwick call.
CLARENCE
81   Father of Warwick, know you what this means?
Taking his red rose out of his hat
82   Look here, I throw my infamy at thee
83   I will not ruinate my father's house,
84   Who gave his blood to lime the stones together,
85   And set up Lancaster. Why, trow'st thou, Warwick,
86   That Clarence is so harsh, so blunt, unnatural,
87   To bend the fatal instruments of war
88   Against his brother and his lawful king?
89   Perhaps thou wilt object my holy oath:
90   To keep that oath were more impiety
91   Than Jephthah's, when he sacrificed his daughter.
92   I am so sorry for my trespass made
93   That, to deserve well at my brother's hands,
94   I here proclaim myself thy mortal foe,
95   With resolution, wheresoe'er I meet thee--
96   As I will meet thee, if thou stir abroad--
97   To plague thee for thy foul misleading me.
98   And so, proud-hearted Warwick, I defy thee,
99   And to my brother turn my blushing cheeks.
100  Pardon me, Edward, I will make amends:
101  And, Richard, do not frown upon my faults,
102  For I will henceforth be no more unconstant.
KING EDWARD IV
103  Now welcome more, and ten times more beloved,
104  Than if thou never hadst deserved our hate.
GLOUCESTER
105  Welcome, good Clarence; this is brotherlike.
WARWICK
106  O passing traitor, perjured and unjust!
KING EDWARD IV
107  What, Warwick, wilt thou leave the town and fight?
108  Or shall we beat the stones about thine ears?
WARWICK
109  Alas, I am not coop'd here for defence!
110  I will away towards Barnet presently,
111  And bid thee battle, Edward, if thou darest.
KING EDWARD IV
112  Yes, Warwick, Edward dares, and leads the way.
113  Lords, to the field; Saint George and victory!
114  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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