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Henry VI, Pt. 3: Act 4, Scene 4

Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act 4, Scene 4

London. A palace room.

  1. Enter Rivers and Lady Grey, now Queen Elizabeth.

Lord Rivers

2
  1. Madam, what makes you in this sudden change?

Queen Elizabeth

3 - 4
  1. Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn
  2. What late misfortune is befall’n King Edward?

Lord Rivers

5
  1. What? Loss of some pitch’d battle against Warwick?

Queen Elizabeth

6
  1. No, but the loss of his own royal person.

Lord Rivers

7
  1. Then is my sovereign slain?

Queen Elizabeth

8 - 13
  1. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner,
  2. Either betray’d by falsehood of his guard
  3. Or by his foe surpris’d at unawares;
  4. And as I further have to understand,
  5. Is new committed to the Bishop of York,
  6. Fell Warwick’s brother, and by that our foe.

Lord Rivers

14 - 16
  1. These news I must confess are full of grief,
  2. Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may:
  3. Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day.

Queen Elizabeth

17 - 25
  1. Till then fair hope must hinder live’s decay;
  2. And I the rather wain me from despair
  3. For love of Edward’s offspring in my womb.
  4. This is it that makes me bridle passion,
  5. And bear with mildness my misfortune’s cross;
  6. Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear,
  7. And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
  8. Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
  9. King Edward’s fruit, true heir to th’ English crown.

Lord Rivers

26
  1. But, madam, where is Warwick then become?

Queen Elizabeth

27 - 36
  1. I am inform’d that he comes towards London
  2. To set the crown once more on Henry’s head.
  3. Guess thou the rest; King Edward’s friends must down.
  4. But to prevent the tyrant’s violence
  5. (For trust not him that hath once broken faith),
  6. I’ll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
  7. To save, at least, the heir of Edward’s right;
  8. There shall I rest secure from force and fraud.
  9. Come therefore, let us fly while we may fly,
  10. If Warwick take us we are sure to die.
  1. Exeunt.
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