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Author: William Shakespeare
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Henry VI, Part 3 (Octavo 1, 1595)


Enter Edward and Richard, and Hastings with a
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troope of Hollanders.
Edw. Thus far from Belgia haue we past the seas,
2500And marcht from Raunspur hauen vnto Yorke:
But soft the gates are shut, I like not this.
Rich. Sound vp the drum and call them to the wals.
Enter the Lord Maire of Yorke vpon the wals.
Mair. My Lords we had notice of your comming,
And thats the cause we stand vpon our garde,
2515And shut the gates for to preserue the towne.
Henry now is king, and we are sworne to him.
Edw. Why my Lord Maire, if Henry be your king,
Edward I am sure at least, is Duke of Yorke.
Mair. Truth my Lord, we know you for no lesse.
Edw I craue nothing but my Dukedome.
Rich. But when the Fox hath gotten in his head,
Heele quicklie make the bodie follow after.
2525Hast. Why my Lord Maire, what stand you vpon points
Open the gates, we are king Henries friends.
Mair. Saie you so, then Ile open them presentlie.
Exit Maire.
Ri. By my faith, a wise stout captain & soone perswaded.
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The Maire opens the dore, and brings the
keies in his hand.
2535Edw. So my Lord Maire, these gates must not be shut,
But in the time of warre, giue me the keies:
What, feare not man for Edward will defend
the towne and you, despight of all your foes.
Enter sir Iohn Mountgommery with
drumme and souldiers.
How now Richard, who is this?
Rich. Brother, this is sir Iohn Mountgommery,
A trustie friend vnlesse I be deceiude.
2545Edw. Welcome sir Iohn. Wherfore come you in armes?
Sir Iohn. To helpe king Edward in this time of stormes,
As euerie loyall subiect ought to doe.
Edw. Thankes braue Mountgommery,
2550But I onlie claime my Dukedom,
Vntil it please God to send the rest.
Sir Iohn. Then fare you wel: Drum strike vp and let vs
March away, I came to serue a king and not a Duke.
Edw. Nay staie sir Iohn, and let vs first debate,
With what security we maie doe this thing.
Sir Iohn. What stand you on debating, to be briefe,
2560Except you presently proclaime your selfe our king,
Ile hence againe, and keepe them backe that come to
Succour you, why should we fight when
You pretend no title?
Rich. Fie brother, fie, stand you vpon tearmes?
2565Resolue your selfe, and let vs claime the crowne.
Edw. I am resolude once more to claime the crowne,
And win it too, or else to loose my life.
Sir Iohn. I now my soueraigne speaketh like himselfe,
And now will I be Edwards Champion,
Sound Trumpets, for Edward shall be proclaimd.
Edward the fourth by the grace of God, king of England
2580and France, and Lord of Ireland, and whosoeuer gain-
saies king Edwards right: by this I challenge him to
single fight, long liue Edward the fourth.
All. Long liue Edward the fourth.
Edw. We thanke you all. Lord Maire leade on the waie.
2590For this night weele harbour here in Yorke,
And then as earlie as the morning sunne,
Liftes vp his beames aboue this horison
Weele march to London, to meete with VVarwike:
And pull false Henry from the Regall throne.
Exeunt Omnes.