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King Henry VI, Part III

ACT IV SCENE VA park near Middleham Castle In Yorkshire.
[Enter GLOUCESTER, HASTINGS, and STANLEY]
GLOUCESTERNow, 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 hands5
He hath good usage and great liberty,
And, often but attended with weak guard,
Comes hunting this way to disport himself.
I have advertised him by secret means
That if about this hour he make his way10
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 IV and a Huntsman with him]
HuntsmanThis way, my lord; for this way lies the game.
KING EDWARD IVNay, this way, man: see where the huntsmen stand.15
Now, brother of Gloucester, Lord Hastings, and the rest,
Stand you thus close, to steal the bishop’s deer?
GLOUCESTERBrother, the time and case requireth haste:
Your horse stands ready at the park-corner.
KING EDWARD IVBut whither shall we then?20
HASTINGSTo Lynn, my lord,
And ship from thence to Flanders.
GLOUCESTERWell guess’d, believe me; for that was my meaning.
KING EDWARD IVStanley, I will requite thy forwardness.
GLOUCESTERBut wherefore stay we? ’tis no time to talk.25
KING EDWARD IVHuntsman, what say’st thou? wilt thou go along?
HuntsmanBetter do so than tarry and be hang’d.
GLOUCESTERCome then, away; let’s ha’ no more ado.
KING EDWARD IVBishop, farewell: shield thee from Warwick’s frown;
And pray that I may repossess the crown.30
[Exeunt]

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