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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth
 
Act IV. Scene II.
 
A Plain in Warwickshire.
 
Enter WARWICK and OXFORD, with French and other Forces.
  War.  Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well;
The common people by numbers swarm to us.
 
Enter CLARENCE and SOMERSET.
        5
But see where Somerset and Clarence come!
Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends?
  Clar.  Fear not that, my lord.
  War.  Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto Warwick;
And welcome Somerset: I hold it cowardice,        10
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.        15
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?        20
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,        25
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!’        30
Why, then, let’s on our way in silent sort.
For Warwick and his friends, God and Saint George!  [Exeunt.
 
 
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