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Henry VI, Part 3
Act 4, scene 4

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The English crown changes hands often in Henry VI, Part 3. At first, Richard, Duke of York, is allied with Warwick….

Act 1, scene 1

Richard, Duke of York, aided by the Earl of Warwick, occupies King Henry VI’s throne. Faced with Warwick’s soldiers, Henry…

Act 1, scene 2

York is persuaded by his sons Edward and Richard to break his oath to Henry and fight for the crown….

Act 1, scene 3

Rutland, youngest son of York, is killed by Lord Clifford as revenge against York, who killed Clifford’s father.

Act 1, scene 4

At the battle of Wakefield, York is captured by the victorious Queen Margaret, Prince Edward, Lord Clifford, and the Earl…

Act 2, scene 1

Edward and Richard receive the news of their father’s death. Warwick then brings news of the Yorkist defeat at St….

Act 2, scene 2

Warwick and the Yorkists confront King Henry, Margaret, the newly knighted Prince Edward, and the other Lancastrians. Both the Lancastrian…

Act 2, scene 3

Warwick retires from the battle and meets Edward, Richard, and George. They all fear defeat, but take their farewells and…

Act 2, scene 4

Richard and Clifford fight. When Warwick enters, Clifford flees. Richard prepares to search for Clifford in order to fight to…

Act 2, scene 5

As the battle of Towton proceeds, King Henry contemplates his unhappy life as king and then observes as a young…

Act 2, scene 6

Lord Clifford enters wounded to the death. Warwick, Edward, Richard, and George find Clifford’s body and taunt him. They prepare…

Act 3, scene 1

King Henry is captured by two gamekeepers, who now owe allegiance to King Edward.

Act 3, scene 2

King Edward, while hearing Lady Grey’s petition for her dead husband’s land, decides he wants her for his mistress; she…

Act 3, scene 3

As Queen Margaret persuades the French king Lewis to support her and Prince Edward, Warwick arrives with the offer of…

Act 4, scene 1

King Edward learns of Warwick’s defection and orders that troops be levied in preparation for war. Clarence decides to join…

Act 4, scene 2

Warwick and Clarence prepare to surprise King Edward, who awaits the French troops in a lightly guarded camp.

Act 4, scene 3

Warwick, Clarence, and their troops capture King Edward, remove his crown, and send him captive to the Archbishop of York….

Act 4, scene 4

King Edward’s wife, Queen Elizabeth, hearing of Edward’s capture, fears for her life and that of her unborn child. She…

Act 4, scene 5

Richard rescues King Edward from his captivity. They prepare to sail to Flanders.

Act 4, scene 6

Warwick rescues King Henry from imprisonment in the Tower of London. Henry turns over the government to Warwick and Clarence.

Act 4, scene 7

Edward, having returned from Flanders with a supporting army, enters the city of York, claiming that he wants only his…

Act 4, scene 8

King Henry, left at the Bishop’s Palace in London while Warwick and other Lancastrian leaders search for additional troops, is…

Act 5, scene 1

At Coventry, Warwick awaits the arrival of Clarence. Other forces arrive in Warwick’s support. King Edward then arrives, and is…

Act 5, scene 2

At the battle of Barnet, King Edward brings in a wounded Warwick and leaves him to his death. Lancastrian lords…

Act 5, scene 3

King Edward, Richard, and Clarence are triumphant after the battle of Barnet, but they know they must now meet Queen…

Act 5, scene 4

Queen Margaret rallies her forces despite Henry’s capture and Warwick’s death. King Edward and his forces enter. The battle of…

Act 5, scene 5

Queen Margaret and other Lancastrian leaders are brought in as captives. King Edward sends out orders to find Prince Edward….

Act 5, scene 6

Richard kills King Henry in the Tower, and then begins to plot his own way to the crown, now that…

Act 5, scene 7

King Edward celebrates the Yorkist triumph by having Richard and Clarence kiss his infant son. Richard, while outwardly loving the…

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Scene 4
Enter Rivers and Queen Elizabeth,
wearing the white rose.


RIVERS 
 Madam, what makes you in this sudden change?
QUEEN ELIZABETH 
 Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn
 What late misfortune is befall’n King Edward?
RIVERS 
 What, loss of some pitched battle against Warwick?
QUEEN ELIZABETH 
5 No, but the loss of his own royal person.
RIVERS Then is my sovereign slain?
QUEEN ELIZABETH 
 Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner,
 Either betrayed by falsehood of his guard
 Or by his foe surprised at unawares;
10 And, as I further have to understand,
 Is new committed to the Bishop of York,
 Fell Warwick’s brother and by that our foe.

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RIVERS 
 These news I must confess are full of grief;
 Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may.
15 Warwick may lose that now hath won the day.
QUEEN ELIZABETH 
 Till then fair hope must hinder life’s decay;
 And I the rather wean me from despair
 For love of Edward’s offspring in my womb.
 This is it that makes me bridle passion
20 And bear with mildness my misfortune’s cross.
 Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear
 And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
 Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
 King Edward’s fruit, true heir to th’ English crown.
RIVERS 
25 But, madam, where is Warwick then become?
QUEEN ELIZABETH 
 I am informèd that he comes towards London
 To set the crown once more on Henry’s head.
 Guess thou the rest: King Edward’s friends must
 down.
30 But to prevent the tyrant’s violence—
 For trust not him that hath once broken faith—
 I’ll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary
 To save at least the heir of Edward’s right.
 There shall I rest secure from force and fraud.
35 Come, therefore, let us fly while we may fly.
 If Warwick take us, we are sure to die.
They exit.