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King Henry VI, Part 3: Act 4 Scene 2
Scene II A plain in Warwickshire.
- [Enter WARWICK and OXFORD, with French soldiers]
- Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well;
- The common people by numbers swarm to us.
- [Enter CLARENCE and SOMERSET]
- But see where Somerset and Clarence come!
- Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends?
- Fear not that, my lord.
- Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto Warwick;
- And welcome, Somerset: I hold it cowardice
- To rest mistrustful where a noble heart
- Hath pawn'd an open hand in sign of love;
- Else might I think that Clarence, Edward's brother,
- Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings:
- But welcome, sweet Clarence; my daughter shall be thine.
- And now what rests but, in night's coverture,
- Thy brother being carelessly encamp'd,
- His soldiers lurking in the towns about,
- And but attended by a simple guard,
- We may surprise and take him at our pleasure?
- Our scouts have found the adventure very easy:
- That as Ulysses and stout Diomede
- With sleight and manhood stole to Rhesus' tents,
- And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds,
- So we, well cover'd with the night's black mantle,
- At unawares may beat down Edward's guard
- And seize himself; I say not, slaughter him,
- For I intend but only to surprise him.
- You that will follow me to this attempt,
- Applaud the name of Henry with your leader.
- [They all cry, 'Henry!']
- Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort:
- For Warwick and his friends, God and Saint George!