William Shakespeare: King Henry VI, Third Part

3. SCENE III. Edward's Camp near Warwick. (continued)

[Warwick and the rest cry all, 'Warwick! Warwick!' and
set upon the guard, who fly, crying 'Arm! Arm!' Warwick
and the rest following them.]

[Drum beating and trumpet sounding; enter WARWICK
and the rest, bringing the KING out in his gown sitting in
a chair. GLOSTER and HASTINGS fly over the stage.]

What are they that fly there?

Richard and Hastings. Let them go; here is the duke.

The duke! why, Warwick, when we parted,
Thou call'dst me king?

Ay, but the case is alter'd;
When you disgrac'd me in my embassade,
Then I degraded you from being king,
And come now to create you Duke of York.
Alas! how should you govern any kingdom
That know not how to use ambassadors,
Nor how to be contented with one wife,
Nor how to use your brothers brotherly,
Nor how to study for the people's welfare,
Nor how to shroud yourself from enemies?

Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here too?
Nay, then I see that Edward needs must down.--
Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance
Of thee thyself and all thy complices,
Edward will always bear himself as king;
Though fortune's malice overthrow my state,
My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.

Then for his mind be Edward England's king;

[Takes off his crown.]

But Henry now shall wear the English crown
And be true king indeed, thou but the shadow.--
My Lord of Somerset, at my request,
See that forthwith Duke Edward be convey'd
Unto my brother, Archbishop of York.
When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows,
I'll follow you and tell what answer
Lewis and the Lady Bona send to him.--
Now, for a while farewell, good Duke of York.

What fates impose, that men must needs abide;
It boots not to resist both wind and tide.

[Exit King Edward, led out; Somerset with him.]

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