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[Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and RIVERS]
RIVERS: Madam, what makes you in this sudden change?
QUEEN ELIZABETH: Why brother Rivers, are you yet to learn
What late misfortune is befall'n King Edward?
RIVERS: What! loss of some pitch'd battle against Warwick?
QUEEN ELIZABETH: No, but the loss of his own royal person.
RIVERS: Then is my sovereign slain?
QUEEN ELIZABETH: Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner,
Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard
Or by his foe surprised at unawares:
And, as I further have to understand,
Is new committed to the Bishop of York,
Fell Warwick's brother and by that our foe.
RIVERS: These news I must confess are full of grief;
Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may:
Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day.
QUEEN ELIZABETH: Till then fair hope must hinder life's decay.
And I the rather wean me from despair
For love of Edward's offspring in my womb:
This is it that makes me bridle passion
And bear with mildness my misfortune's cross;
Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear
And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown.
RIVERS: But, madam, where is Warwick then become?
QUEEN ELIZABETH: I am inform'd that he comes towards London,
To set the crown once more on Henry's head:
Guess thou the rest; King Edward's friends must down,
But, to prevent the tyrant's violence,--
For trust not him that hath once broken faith,--
I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
To save at least the heir of Edward's right:
There shall I rest secure from force and fraud.
Come, therefore, let us fly while we may fly:
If Warwick take us we are sure to die.
3 KING HENRY VI