5. SCENE V. A park near Middleham Castle in Yorkshire
[Enter GLOSTER, HASTINGS, SIR WILLIAM STANLEY, and others.]
Now, my Lord Hastings, and Sir William Stanley,
Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither
Into this chiefest thicket of the park.
Thus stands the case: you know our King, my brother,
Is prisoner to the Bishop here, at whose hands
He hath good usage and great liberty,
And often, but attended with weak guard,
Comes hunting this way to disport himself.
I have advertis'd him by secret means
That if about this hour he make this way,
Under the colour of his usual game,
He shall here find his friends, with horse and men,
To set him free from his captivity.
[Enter KING EDWARD and a Huntsman.]
This way, my lord, for this way lies the game.
Nay, this way, man; see, where the huntsmen
Now, brother of Gloster, Lord Hastings, and the rest,
Stand you thus close to steal the bishop's deer?
Brother, the time and case requireth haste;
Your horse stands ready at the park corner.
But whither shall we then?
To Lynn, my lord, and shipt from thence to Flanders.
Well guess'd, believe me, for that was my meaning.
Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness.
But wherefore stay we? 't is no time to talk.
Huntsman, what say'st thou? wilt thou go along?
Better do so than tarry and be hang'd.
Come then; away! let's have no more ado.
Bishop, farewell; shield thee from Warwick's frown,
And pray that I may repossess the crown.