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Henry VI, Pt. 3: Act 4, Scene 5

Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act 4, Scene 5

Yorkshire. A park near Middleham Castle.

  1. Enter Richard of Gloucester, Lord Hastings, and Sir William
  2. Stanley.

Duke of Gloucester

3 - 15
  1. Now, my Lord Hastings and Sir William Stanley,
  2. Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither
  3. Into this chiefest thicket of the park.
  4. Thus stands the case: you know our king, my brother,
  5. Is prisoner to the Bishop here, at whose hands
  6. He hath good usage and great liberty,
  7. And often but attended with weak guard,
  8. Comes hunting this way to disport himself.
  9. I have advertis’d him by secret means
  10. That if about this hour he make this way,
  11. Under the color of his usual game,
  12. He shall here find his friends with horse and men
  13. To set him free from his captivity.
  1. Enter King Edward, and a Huntsman with him.

Huntsman

17
  1. This way, my lord, for this way lies the game.

King Edward

18 - 20
  1. Nay, this way, man, see where the huntsmen stand.
  2. Now, brother of Gloucester, Lord Hastings, and the rest,
  3. Stand you thus close to steal the Bishop’s deer?

Duke of Gloucester

21 - 22
  1. Brother, the time and case requireth haste,
  2. Your horse stands ready at the park-corner.

King Edward

23
  1. But whither shall we then?

Lord Hastings

24 - 26
  1.                            To Lynn, my lord
  2. To Gloucester.
  3. And shipp’d from thence to Flanders?

Duke of Gloucester

27
  1. Well guess’d, believe me, for that was my meaning.

King Edward

28
  1. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness.

Duke of Gloucester

29
  1. But wherefore stay we? ’Tis no time to talk.

King Edward

30
  1. Huntsman, what say’st thou? Wilt thou go along?

Huntsman

31
  1. Better do so than tarry and be hang’d.

Duke of Gloucester

32
  1. Come then away, let’s ha’ no more ado.

King Edward

33 - 34
  1. Bishop, farewell! Shield thee from Warwick’s frown,
  2. And pray that I may repossess the crown.
  1. Exeunt.
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