Alarum and excursions. Enter
KING EDWARD IV, bringing
|KING EDWARD IV||So, lie thou there: die thou, and die our fear;
For Warwick was a bug that fear'd us all.
Now, Montague, sit fast; I seek for thee,
That Warwick's bones may keep thine company.
|WARWICK||Ah, who is nigh? come to me, friend or foe,
And tell me who is victor, York or Warwick?
Why ask I that? my mangled body shows,
My blood, my want of strength, my sick heart shows.
That I must yield my body to the earth
And, by my fall, the conquest to my foe.
Thus yields the cedar to the axe's edge,
Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle,
Under whose shade the ramping lion slept,
Whose top-branch overpeer'd Jove's spreading tree
And kept low shrubs from winter's powerful wind.
These eyes, that now are dimm'd with death's black veil,
Have been as piercing as the mid-day sun,
To search the secret treasons of the world:
The wrinkles in my brows, now filled with blood,
Were liken'd oft to kingly sepulchres;
For who lived king, but I could dig his grave?
And who durst mine when Warwick bent his brow?
Lo, now my glory smear'd in dust and blood!
My parks, my walks, my manors that I had.
Even now forsake me, and of all my lands
Is nothing left me but my body's length.
Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?
And, live we how we can, yet die we must.
|[Enter OXFORD and SOMERSET]|
|SOMERSET||Ah, Warwick, Warwick! wert thou as we are.
We might recover all our loss again;
The queen from France hath brought a puissant power:
Even now we heard the news: ah, could'st thou fly!
|WARWICK||Why, then I would not fly. Ah, Montague,
If thou be there, sweet brother, take my hand.
And with thy lips keep in my soul awhile!
Thou lovest me not; for, brother, if thou didst,
Thy tears would wash this cold congealed blood
That glues my lips and will not let me speak.
Come quickly, Montague, or I am dead.
|SOMERSET||Ah, Warwick! Montague hath breathed his last;
And to the latest gasp cried out for Warwick,
And said 'Commend me to my valiant brother.'
And more he would have said, and more he spoke,
Which sounded like a clamour in a vault,
That mought not be distinguished; but at last
I well might hear, delivered with a groan,
'O, farewell, Warwick!'
|WARWICK||Sweet rest his soul! Fly, lords, and save yourselves;
For Warwick bids you all farewell to meet in heaven.
|OXFORD||Away, away, to meet the queen's great power!|
|[Here they bear away his body. Exeunt]|
Flourish. Enter KING
EDWARD IV in triumph; with
GLOUCESTER, CLARENCE, and the rest
|KING EDWARD IV||Thus far our fortune keeps an upward course,
And we are graced with wreaths of victory.
But, in the midst of this bright-shining day,
I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud,
That will encounter with our glorious sun,
Ere he attain his easeful western bed:
I mean, my lords, those powers that the queen
Hath raised in Gallia have arrived our coast
And, as we hear, march on to fight with us.
|CLARENCE||A little gale will soon disperse that cloud
And blow it to the source from whence it came:
The very beams will dry those vapours up,
For every cloud engenders not a storm.
|GLOUCESTER||The queen is valued thirty thousand strong,
And Somerset, with Oxford fled to her:
If she have time to breathe be well assured
Her faction will be full as strong as ours.
|KING EDWARD IV||We are advertised by our loving friends
That they do hold their course toward Tewksbury:
We, having now the best at Barnet field,
Will thither straight, for willingness rids way;
And, as we march, our strength will be augmented
In every county as we go along.
Strike up the drum; cry 'Courage!' and away.
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 3 France. KING LEWIS XI's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 1 London. The Parliament-house.||Act IV, Scene 1 London. The palace.|
|Act I, Scene 2 Sandal Castle.||Act IV, Scene 2 A plain in Warwickshire./Act IV, Scene 3 Edward's camp, near Warwick.|
|Act I, Scene 3 Field of battle betwixt Sandal Castle and Wakefield.||Act IV, Scene 4 London. The palace./Act IV, Scene 5 A park near Middleham Castle In Yorkshire.|
|Act I, Scene 4 Another part of the field.||Act IV, Scene 6 London. The Tower.|
|Act II, Scene 1 A plain near Mortimer's Cross in Herefordshire.||Act IV, Scene 7 Before York./Act IV, Scene 8 London. The palace.|
|Act II, Scene 2 Before York.||Act V, Scene 1 Coventry.|
|Act II, Scene 3 A field of battle between Towton and Saxton, in Yorkshire.||Act V, Scene 2 A field of battle near Barnet. /Act V, Scene 3 Another part of the field.|
|Act II, Scene 4 Another part of the field./Act II, Scene 5 Another part of the field.||Act V, Scene 4 Plains near Tewksbury.|
|Act II, Scene 6 Another part of the field.||Act V, Scene 5 Another part of the field.|
|Act III, Scene 1 A forest in the north of England.||Act V, Scene 6 London. The Tower.|
|Act III, Scene 2 London. The palace.||Act V, Scene 7 London. The palace.|
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