Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act IV, Scene 1
London. A palace room.
- Enter Richard of Gloucester, Clarence, Somerset, and
Duke of Gloucester1 - 3
- Now tell me, brother Clarence, what think you
- Of this new marriage with the Lady Grey?
- Hath not our brother made a worthy choice?
Duke of Clarence4 - 5
- Alas, you know, ’tis far from hence to France;
- How could he stay till Warwick made return?
Duke of Somerset6
- My lords, forbear this talk; here comes the King.
- Flourish. Enter King Edward, Lady Grey, now Queen Elizabeth,
- Pembroke, Stafford, Hastings, and others. Four stand on one
- side and four on the other.
Duke of Gloucester7
- And his well-chosen bride.
Duke of Clarence8
- I mind to tell him plainly what I think.
King Edward9 - 10
- Now, brother of Clarence, how like you our choice,
- That you stand pensive as half malcontent?
Duke of Clarence11 - 13
- As well as Lewis of France or the Earl of Warwick,
- Which are so weak of courage and in judgment
- That they’ll take no offense at our abuse.
King Edward14 - 16
- Suppose they take offense without a cause;
- They are but Lewis and Warwick, I am Edward,
- Your king and Warwick’s, and must have my will.
Duke of Gloucester17 - 18
- And shall have your will, because our king.
- Yet hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
- Yea, brother Richard, are you offended too?
Duke of Gloucester20 - 23
- Not I.
- No; God forbid that I should wish them sever’d
- Whom God hath join’d together; ay, and ’twere pity
- To sunder them that yoke so well together.
King Edward24 - 28
- Setting your scorns and your mislike aside,
- Tell me some reason why the Lady Grey
- Should not become my wife and England’s queen.
- And you too, Somerset and Montague,
- Speak freely what you think.
Duke of Clarence29 - 31
- Then this is mine opinion: that King Lewis
- Becomes your enemy, for mocking him
- About the marriage of the Lady Bona.
Duke of Gloucester32 - 33
- And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge,
- Is now dishonored by this new marriage.
King Edward34 - 35
- What if both Lewis and Warwick be appeas’d
- By such invention as I can devise?
Marquess Montague36 - 38
- Yet, to have join’d with France in such alliance
- Would more have strength’ned this our commonwealth
- ’Gainst foreign storms than any home-bred marriage.
Lord Hastings39 - 40
- Why, knows not Montague that of itself
- England is safe, if true within itself?
- But the safer when ’tis back’d with France.
Lord Hastings42 - 46
- ’Tis better using France than trusting France.
- Let us be back’d with God, and with the seas,
- Which he hath giv’n for fence impregnable,
- And with their helps only defend ourselves:
- In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies.
Duke of Clarence47 - 48
- For this one speech Lord Hastings well deserves
- To have the heir of the Lord Hungerford.
King Edward49 - 50
- Ay, what of that? It was my will and grant,
- And for this once my will shall stand for law.
Duke of Gloucester51 - 55
- And yet methinks your Grace hath not done well
- To give the heir and daughter of Lord Scales
- Unto the brother of your loving bride.
- She better would have fitted me or Clarence;
- But in your bride you bury brotherhood.
Duke of Clarence56 - 58
- Or else you would not have bestow’d the heir
- Of the Lord Bonville on your new wive’s son,
- And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere.
King Edward59 - 60
- Alas, poor Clarence! Is it for a wife
- That thou art malcontent? I will provide thee.
Duke of Clarence61 - 64
- In choosing for yourself, you show’d your judgment;
- Which being shallow, you shall give me leave
- To play the broker in mine own behalf;
- And to that end I shortly mind to leave you.
King Edward65 - 66
- Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king,
- And not be tied unto his brother’s will.
Queen Elizabeth67 - 74
- My lords, before it pleas’d his Majesty
- To raise my state to title of a queen,
- Do me but right, and you must all confess
- That I was not ignoble of descent,
- And meaner than myself have had like fortune.
- But as this title honors me and mine,
- So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing,
- Doth cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow.
King Edward75 - 82
- My love, forbear to fawn upon their frowns.
- What danger or what sorrow can befall thee
- So long as Edward is thy constant friend
- And their true sovereign whom they must obey?
- Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too,
- Unless they seek for hatred at my hands;
- Which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe,
- And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath.
Duke of Gloucester83
- I hear, yet say not much, but think the more.
- Enter a Post.
King Edward84 - 85
- Now, messenger, what letters or what news
- From France?
Post86 - 88
- My sovereign liege, no letters, and few words,
- But such as I (without your special pardon)
- Dare not relate.
King Edward89 - 91
- Go to, we pardon thee; therefore, in brief,
- Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess them.
- What answer makes King Lewis unto our letters?
Post92 - 95
- At my depart, these were his very words:
- “Go tell false Edward, the supposed king,
- That Lewis of France is sending over masquers
- To revel it with him and his new bride.”
King Edward96 - 97
- Is Lewis so brave? Belike he thinks me Henry.
- But what said Lady Bona to my marriage?
Post98 - 100
- These were her words, utt’red with mild disdain:
- “Tell him, in hope he’ll prove a widower shortly,
- I’ll wear the willow garland for his sake.”
King Edward101 - 103
- I blame not her: she could say little less;
- She had the wrong. But what said Henry’s queen?
- For I have heard that she was there in place.
Post104 - 105
- “Tell him,” quoth she, “my mourning weeds are done,
- And I am ready to put armor on.”
King Edward106 - 107
- Belike she minds to play the Amazon.
- But what said Warwick to these injuries?
Post108 - 111
- He, more incens’d against your Majesty
- Than all the rest, discharg’d me with these words:
- “Tell him from me that he hath done me wrong,
- And therefore I’ll uncrown him ere’t be long.”
King Edward112 - 115
- Ha? Durst the traitor breathe out so proud words?
- Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarn’d.
- They shall have wars, and pay for their presumption.
- But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret?
Post116 - 117
- Ay, gracious sovereign, they are so link’d in friendship
- That young Prince Edward marries Warwick’s daughter.
Duke of Clarence118 - 123
- Belike the elder; Clarence will have the younger.
- Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast,
- For I will hence to Warwick’s other daughter,
- That though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage
- I may not prove inferior to yourself.
- You that love me and Warwick, follow me.
- Exit Clarence, and Somerset follow.
Duke of Gloucester124 - 126
- Not I;
- My thoughts aim at a further matter: I
- Stay not for the love of Edward, but the crown.
King Edward127 - 142
- Clarence and Somerset both gone to Warwick?
- Yet am I arm’d against the worst can happen;
- And haste is needful in this desp’rate case.
- Pembroke and Stafford, you in our behalf
- Go levy men, and make prepare for war;
- They are already or quickly will be landed.
- Myself in person will straight follow you.
- Exeunt Pembroke and Stafford.
- But ere I go, Hastings and Montague,
- Resolve my doubt. You twain, of all the rest,
- Are near to Warwick by blood and by alliance:
- Tell me if you love Warwick more than me?
- If it be so, then both depart to him;
- I rather wish you foes than hollow friends.
- But if you mind to hold your true obedience,
- Give me assurance with some friendly vow,
- That I may never have you in suspect.
- So God help Montague as he proves true!
- And Hastings as he favors Edward’s cause!
- Now, brother Richard, will you stand by us?
Duke of Gloucester146
- Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand you.
King Edward147 - 149
- Why, so! Then am I sure of victory.
- Now therefore let us hence, and lose no hour,
- Till we meet Warwick with his foreign pow’r.