Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act IV, Scene 7
- Flourish. Enter King Edward, Richard of Gloucester,
- Hastings, and Soldiers, a troop of Hollanders.
King Edward1 - 9
- Now, brother Richard, Lord Hastings, and the rest,
- Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends,
- And says that once more I shall interchange
- My waned state for Henry’s regal crown.
- Well have we pass’d and now repass’d the seas,
- And brought desired help from Burgundy.
- What then remains, we being thus arriv’d
- From Ravenspurgh haven before the gates of York,
- But that we enter as into our dukedom?
Duke of Gloucester10 - 12
- The gates made fast? Brother, I like not this;
- For many men that stumble at the threshold
- Are well foretold that danger lurks within.
King Edward13 - 15
- Tush, man, abodements must not now affright us.
- By fair or foul means we must enter in,
- For hither will our friends repair to us.
- My liege, I’ll knock once more to summon them.
- Enter on the walls the Mayor of York and his brethren the
Mayor of York17 - 19
- My lords, we were forewarned of your coming,
- And shut the gates for safety of ourselves;
- For now we owe allegiance unto Henry.
King Edward20 - 21
- But, Master Mayor, if Henry be your king,
- Yet Edward, at the least, is Duke of York.
Mayor of York22
- True, my good lord, I know you for no less.
King Edward23 - 24
- Why, and I challenge nothing but my dukedom,
- As being well content with that alone.
Duke of Gloucester25 - 26
- But when the fox hath once got in his nose,
- He’ll soon find means to make the body follow.
Lord Hastings27 - 28
- Why, Master Mayor, why stand you in a doubt?
- Open the gates, we are King Henry’s friends.
Mayor of York29
- Ay, say you so? The gates shall then be opened.
- He descends with the Aldermen.
Duke of Gloucester30
- A wise stout captain, and soon persuaded!
Lord Hastings31 - 34
- The good old man would fain that all were well,
- So ’twere not long of him; but being ent’red,
- I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade
- Both him and all his brothers unto reason.
- Enter the Mayor and two Aldermen below.
King Edward35 - 39
- So, Master Mayor; these gates must not be shut,
- But in the night, or in the time of war.
- What, fear not, man, but yield me up the keys,
- Takes his keys.
- For Edward will defend the town and thee,
- And all those friends that deign to follow me.
- March. Enter Montgomery with Drum and Soldiers.
Duke of Gloucester40 - 41
- Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery,
- Our trusty friend, unless I be deceiv’d.
- Welcome, Sir John! But why come you in arms?
Sir John Montgomery43 - 44
- To help King Edward in his time of storm,
- As every loyal subject ought to do.
King Edward45 - 47
- Thanks, good Montgomery; but we now forget
- Our title to the crown, and only claim
- Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest.
Sir John Montgomery48 - 50
- Then fare you well, for I will hence again,
- I came to serve a king and not a duke.
- Drummer, strike up, and let us march away.
- The Drum begins to march.
King Edward51 - 52
- Nay, stay, Sir John, a while, and we’ll debate
- By what safe means the crown may be recover’d.
Sir John Montgomery53 - 57
- What talk you of debating? In few words,
- If you’ll not here proclaim yourself our king,
- I’ll leave you to your fortune, and be gone
- To keep them back that come to succor you.
- Why shall we fight if you pretend no title?
Duke of Gloucester58
- Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice points?
King Edward59 - 60
- When we grow stronger, then we’ll make our claim;
- Till then, ’tis wisdom to conceal our meaning.
- Away with scrupulous wit! Now arms must rule.
Duke of Gloucester62 - 64
- And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.
- Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand,
- The bruit thereof will bring you many friends.
King Edward65 - 66
- Then be it as you will; for ’tis my right,
- And Henry but usurps the diadem.
Sir John Montgomery67 - 68
- Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like himself,
- And now will I be Edward’s champion.
Lord Hastings69 - 70
- Sound trumpet, Edward shall be here proclaim’d.
- Come, fellow soldier, make thou proclamation.
- Gives him a paper. Flourish. Sound.
- “Edward the Fourth, by the grace of God, King of England and France, and Lord of Ireland, etc.”
Sir John Montgomery72 - 73
- And whosoe’er gainsays King Edward’s right,
- By this I challenge him to single fight.
- Throws down his gauntlet.
- Long live Edward the Fourth!
King Edward75 - 86
- Thanks, brave Montgomery, and thanks unto you all.
- If fortune serve me, I’ll requite this kindness.
- Now for this night, let’s harbor here in York;
- And when the morning sun shall raise his car
- Above the border of this horizon,
- We’ll forward towards Warwick and his mates;
- For well I wot that Henry is no soldier.
- Ah, froward Clarence, how evil it beseems thee
- To flatter Henry and forsake thy brother!
- Yet as we may, we’ll meet both thee and Warwick.
- Come on, brave soldiers; doubt not of the day,
- And that once gotten, doubt not of large pay.