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Henry VI, Pt. 3: Act 4, Scene 6

Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act 4, Scene 6

London. The Tower.

  1. Flourish. Enter King Henry the Sixth, Clarence, Warwick,
  2. Somerset, young Henry Richmond, Oxford, Montague, and
  3. Lieutenant of the Tower.

King Henry the Sixth

4 - 8
  1. Master Lieutenant, now that God and friends
  2. Have shaken Edward from the regal seat,
  3. And turn’d my captive state to liberty,
  4. My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys,
  5. At our enlargement what are thy due fees?

Lieutenant of the Tower

9 - 11
  1. Subjects may challenge nothing of their sov’reigns,
  2. But if an humble prayer may prevail,
  3. I then crave pardon of your Majesty.

King Henry the Sixth

12 - 28
  1. For what, Lieutenant? For well using me?
  2. Nay, be thou sure, I’ll well requite thy kindness,
  3. For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure;
  4. Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds
  5. Conceive, when, after many moody thoughts,
  6. At last by notes of household harmony
  7. They quite forget their loss of liberty.
  8. But, Warwick, after God, thou set’st me free,
  9. And chiefly therefore I thank God and thee.
  10. He was the author, thou the instrument.
  11. Therefore that I may conquer fortune’s spite
  12. By living low, where fortune cannot hurt me,
  13. And that the people of this blessed land
  14. May not be punish’d with my thwarting stars,
  15. Warwick, although my head still wear the crown,
  16. I here resign my government to thee,
  17. For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds.

Earl of Warwick

29 - 34
  1. Your Grace hath still been fam’d for virtuous,
  2. And now may seem as wise as virtuous
  3. By spying and avoiding fortune’s malice,
  4. For few men rightly temper with the stars;
  5. Yet in this one thing let me blame your Grace,
  6. For choosing me when Clarence is in place.

Duke of Clarence

35 - 39
  1. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway,
  2. To whom the heav’ns in thy nativity
  3. Adjudg’d an olive branch and laurel crown,
  4. As likely to be blest in peace and war;
  5. And therefore I yield thee my free consent.

Earl of Warwick

40
  1. And I choose Clarence only for Protector.

King Henry the Sixth

41 - 47
  1. Warwick and Clarence, give me both your hands.
  2. Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts,
  3. That no dissension hinder government.
  4. I make you both Protectors of this land,
  5. While I myself will lead a private life,
  6. And in devotion spend my latter days,
  7. To sin’s rebuke and my Creator’s praise.

Earl of Warwick

48
  1. What answers Clarence to his sovereign’s will?

Duke of Clarence

49 - 50
  1. That he consents, if Warwick yield consent,
  2. For on thy fortune I repose myself.

Earl of Warwick

51 - 58
  1. Why then, though loath, yet must I be content.
  2. We’ll yoke together like a double shadow
  3. To Henry’s body, and supply his place;
  4. I mean, in bearing weight of government,
  5. While he enjoys the honor and his ease.
  6. And, Clarence, now then it is more than needful
  7. Forthwith that Edward be pronounc’d a traitor,
  8. And all his lands and goods confiscate.

Duke of Clarence

59
  1. What else? And that succession be determined.

Earl of Warwick

60
  1. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part.

King Henry the Sixth

61 - 66
  1. But with the first of all your chief affairs,
  2. Let me entreat (for I command no more)
  3. That Margaret your queen and my son Edward
  4. Be sent for, to return from France with speed;
  5. For till I see them here, by doubtful fear
  6. My joy of liberty is half eclips’d.

Duke of Clarence

67
  1. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all speed.

King Henry the Sixth

68 - 69
  1. My Lord of Somerset, what youth is that
  2. Of whom you seem to have so tender care?

Duke of Somerset

70
  1. My liege, it is young Henry, Earl of Richmond.

King Henry the Sixth

71 - 81
  1. Come hither, England’s hope.
  2. Lays his hand on his head.
  3.                              If secret powers
  4. Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts,
  5. This pretty lad will prove our country’s bliss.
  6. His looks are full of peaceful majesty,
  7. His head by nature fram’d to wear a crown,
  8. His hand to wield a sceptre, and himself
  9. Likely in time to bless a regal throne.
  10. Make much of him, my lords, for this is he
  11. Must help you more than you are hurt by me.
  1. Enter Warwick’s Messenger.

Earl of Warwick

83
  1. What news, my friend?

Warwick’s Messenger

84 - 85
  1. That Edward is escaped from your brother,
  2. And fled (as he hears since) to Burgundy.

Earl of Warwick

86
  1. Unsavory news! But how made he escape?

Warwick’s Messenger

87 - 91
  1. He was convey’d by Richard, Duke of Gloucester,
  2. And the Lord Hastings, who attended him
  3. In secret ambush on the forest side,
  4. And from the Bishop’s huntsmen rescu’d him;
  5. For hunting was his daily exercise.

Earl of Warwick

92 - 94
  1. My brother was too careless of his charge.
  2. But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide
  3. A salve for any sore that may betide.
  1. Exeunt. Manent Somerset, Richmond, and Oxford.

Duke of Somerset

96 - 105
  1. My lord, I like not of this flight of Edward’s;
  2. For doubtless Burgundy will yield him help,
  3. And we shall have more wars before’t be long.
  4. As Henry’s late presaging prophecy
  5. Did glad my heart with hope of this young Richmond,
  6. So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts
  7. What may befall him, to his harm and ours.
  8. Therefore, Lord Oxford, to prevent the worst,
  9. Forthwith we’ll send him hence to Brittany,
  10. Till storms be past of civil enmity.

Earl of Oxford

106 - 107
  1. Ay; for if Edward repossess the crown,
  2. ’Tis like that Richmond with the rest shall down.

Duke of Somerset

108 - 109
  1. It shall be so; he shall to Brittany.
  2. Come therefore, let’s about it speedily.
  1. Exeunt.
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