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Henry VI, Part 3
Act 4, scene 7

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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 7
Flourish. Enter King Edward, Richard, Hastings,
and Soldiers, all wearing the white rose.


KING EDWARD 
 Now, brother Richard, Lord Hastings, and the rest:
 Yet thus far Fortune maketh us amends,
 And says that once more I shall interchange
 My wanèd state for Henry’s regal crown.
5 Well have we passed, and now re-passed, the seas,
 And brought desirèd help from Burgundy.
 What then remains, we being thus arrived
 From Ravenspurgh Haven before the gates of York,
 But that we enter as into our dukedom?
Hastings knocks at the gate.
RICHARD 
10 The gates made fast? Brother, I like not this.

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 For many men that stumble at the threshold
 Are well foretold that danger lurks within.
KING EDWARD 
 Tush, man, abodements must not now affright us.
 By fair or foul means we must enter in,
15 For hither will our friends repair to us.
HASTINGS 
 My liege, I’ll knock once more to summon them.
He knocks.

Enter on the walls the Mayor of York and his brethren,
the Aldermen.


MAYOR 
 My lords, we were forewarnèd of your coming,
 And shut the gates for safety of ourselves,
 For now we owe allegiance unto Henry.
KING EDWARD 
20 But, master mayor, if Henry be your king,
 Yet Edward, at the least, is Duke of York.
MAYOR 
 True, my good lord, I know you for no less.
KING EDWARD 
 Why, and I challenge nothing but my dukedom,
 As being well content with that alone.
RICHARD, aside 
25 But when the fox hath once got in his nose,
 He’ll soon find means to make the body follow.
HASTINGS 
 Why, master mayor, why stand you in a doubt?
 Open the gates. We are King Henry’s friends.
MAYOR 
 Ay, say you so? The gates shall then be opened.
He descends with the Aldermen.
RICHARD 
30 A wise stout captain, and soon persuaded.

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HASTINGS 
 The good old man would fain that all were well,
 So ’twere not long of him; but being entered,
 I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade
 Both him and all his brothers unto reason.

Enter the Mayor and two Aldermen.

KING EDWARD 
35 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.

RICHARD 
40 Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery,
 Our trusty friend, unless I be deceived.
KING EDWARD 
 Welcome, Sir John. But why come you in arms?
MONTGOMERY 
 To help King Edward in his time of storm,
 As every loyal subject ought to do.
KING EDWARD 
45 Thanks, good Montgomery. But we now forget
 Our title to the crown, and only claim
 Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest.
MONTGOMERY 
 Then fare you well, for I will hence again.
 I came to serve a king and not a duke.—
50 Drummer, strike up, and let us march away.
The Drum begins to march.
KING EDWARD 
 Nay, stay, Sir John, a while, and we’ll debate
 By what safe means the crown may be recovered.

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MONTGOMERY 
 What talk you of debating? In few words,
 If you’ll not here proclaim yourself our king,
55 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?
RICHARD 
 Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice points?
KING EDWARD 
 When we grow stronger, then we’ll make our claim.
60 Till then ’tis wisdom to conceal our meaning.
HASTINGS 
 Away with scrupulous wit! Now arms must rule.
RICHARD 
 And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.
 Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand;
 The bruit thereof will bring you many friends.
KING EDWARD 
65 Then be it as you will, for ’tis my right,
 And Henry but usurps the diadem.
MONTGOMERY 
 Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like himself,
 And now will I be Edward’s champion.
HASTINGS 
 Sound, trumpet! Edward shall be here proclaimed.—
70 Come, fellow soldier, make thou proclamation.
Flourish. Sound.
SOLDIER reads Edward the Fourth, by the Grace of
 God, King of England and France, and Lord of
 Ireland, &c.

MONTGOMERY 
 And whosoe’er gainsays King Edward’s right,
75 By this I challenge him to single fight.
Throws down his gauntlet.
ALL Long live Edward the Fourth!

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KING EDWARD 
 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,
80 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
85 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.
They exit.