Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act IV, Scene 3
Edward’s camp near Warwick.
- Enter three Watchmen to guard the King’s tent.
First Watchman1 - 2
- Come on, my masters, each man take his stand,
- The King by this is set him down to sleep.
- What, will he not to bed?
First Watchman4 - 6
- Why, no; for he hath made a solemn vow
- Never to lie and take his natural rest
- Till Warwick or himself be quite suppress’d.
Second Watchman7 - 8
- Tomorrow then belike shall be the day,
- If Warwick be so near as men report.
Third Watchman9 - 10
- But say, I pray, what nobleman is that
- That with the King here resteth in his tent?
- ’Tis the Lord Hastings, the King’s chiefest friend.
Third Watchman12 - 14
- O, is it so? But why commands the King
- That his chief followers lodge in towns about him,
- While he himself keeps in the cold field?
- ’Tis the more honor, because more dangerous.
Third Watchman16 - 19
- Ay, but give me worship and quietness,
- I like it better than a dangerous honor.
- If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,
- ’Tis to be doubted he would waken him.
- Unless our halberds did shut up his passage.
Second Watchman21 - 22
- Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal tent
- But to defend his person from night-foes?
- Enter Warwick, Clarence, Oxford, Somerset, and French
- Soldiers, silent all.
Earl of Warwick23 - 25
- This is his tent, and see where stand his guard.
- Courage, my masters! Honor now or never!
- But follow me, and Edward shall be ours.
- Who goes there?
- Stay, or thou diest!
- Warwick and the rest cry all, “Warwick! Warwick!” and set
- upon the Guard, who fly, crying, “Arm! Arm!”, Warwick and
- the rest following them.
- The Drum playing and Trumpet sounding, enter Warwick,
- Somerset, and the rest, bringing the King Edward out in his
- gown, sitting in a chair.
- Richard of Gloucester and Hastings fly over the stage.
Duke of Somerset28
- What are they that fly there?
Earl of Warwick29
- Richard and Hastings. Let them go, here is The Duke.
King Edward30 - 31
- The Duke? Why, Warwick, when we parted,
- Thou call’dst me King.
Earl of Warwick32 - 41
- Ay, but the case is alter’d.
- When you disgrac’d me in my embassade,
- Then I degraded you from being king,
- And come now to create you Duke of York.
- Alas, how should you govern any kingdom,
- That know not how to use ambassadors,
- Nor how to be contented with one wife,
- Nor how to use your brothers brotherly,
- Nor how to study for the people’s welfare,
- Nor how to shroud yourself from enemies?
King Edward42 - 48
- Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here too?
- Nay then I see that Edward needs must down.
- Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance,
- Of thee thyself and all thy complices,
- Edward will always bear himself as king.
- Though Fortune’s malice overthrow my state,
- My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.
Earl of Warwick49 - 58
- Then for his mind, be Edward England’s king.
- Takes off his crown.
- But Henry now shall wear the English crown,
- And be true king indeed, thou but the shadow.
- My Lord of Somerset, at my request,
- See that forthwith Duke Edward be convey’d
- Unto my brother, Archbishop of York.
- When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows,
- I’ll follow you, and tell what answer
- Lewis and the Lady Bona send to him.
- Now for awhile farewell, good Duke of York.
- They lead him out forcibly.
King Edward59 - 60
- What fates impose, that men must needs abide;
- It boots not to resist both wind and tide.
- Exit guarded, with Somerset.
Earl of Oxford61 - 62
- What now remains, my lords, for us to do
- But march to London with our soldiers?
Earl of Warwick63 - 65
- Ay, that’s the first thing that we have to do,
- To free King Henry from imprisonment,
- And see him seated in the regal throne.