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Clar. For this one speech, lord Hastings well K. Edw. I blame not her, she could say little less; deserves

She had the wrong. But what said Henry's queen? To have the heir of the lord Hungerford.

For I have heard that she was there in place. K. Edw. Ay, what of that? it was my will, and Mess. Tell him, quoth she, my mourning weeds grant ;

are done, And, for this once, my will shall stand for law. And I am ready to prut armour on. Glo. And yet, methinks, your grace hath not K. Edw. Belike, she minds to play the Amazon. done well,

But what said Warwick to these injuries ? To give the heir and daughter of lord Scales

Mess. He, more incens'd against your majesty Unto the brother of your loving bride ;

Than all the rest, discharg'd me with these words; She better would have fitted me, or Clarence : Tell hint from me, that he hath done me wrong, But in your bride you bury brotherhood.

And therefore I'U uncrown him, ere't be long, Clar. Or else you would not have bestow'd the X. Edw. Ha! durst the traitor breathe out so heir

proud words? Of the lord Bonville on your new wife's son, Well, I will arm me, being thus forwarn'd: And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere. They shall have wars, and pay for their presumption.

K. Edw. Alas, poor Clarence! is it for a wife, But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret? That thou art malcontent? I will provide thee. Mess. Ay, gracious sovereign; they are so link'd Clar. In choosing for yourself, you show'd your

in friendship, judgment;

That young prince Edward marries Warwick's Which being shallow, you shall give me leave

daughter. To play the broker in mine own behalf;

Clar. Belike, the elder; Clarence will have the And, to that end, I shortly mind to leave you.

younger. K. Edw. Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast, king,

For I will hence to Warwick's other daughter ; And not be tied unto his brother's will.

That, though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage Q. Eliz. My lords, before it pleas'd his majesty I may not prove inferior to yourself. To raise my state to title of a queen,

You, that love me and Warwick, follow me. Do me but right, and you must all confess

(Erit CLARENCE, and SOMERSET folloinak That I was not ignoble of descent,

Glo. Not I.
And meaner than myself have had like fortune. My thoughts aim at a further matter ; I
But as this title honours me and mine,

Stay not for love of Edward, but the crown. (Asde. So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing, K. Edw. Clarence and Somerset both gone to Do cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow.

Warwick ! X. Edw. My love, forbear to fawn upon their Yet am I arm'd against the worst can happen ; frowns :

And haste is needful in this desperate case. What danger, or wnat sorrow can befall thee, Pembroke, and Stafford, you in our behalf So long as Edward is thy constant friend,

Go levy men, and make prepare for war. And their true sovereign, whom they must obey ? They are already, or quickly will be landed : Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too, Myself in person will straight follow you. Unless they seek for hatred at my hands :

[Ereunt PEMBROKE and STAFFORD Which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe, But, ere I go, Hastings, and Montague, And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath. Resolve my doubt. You twain, of all the rest, Glo. I hear, yet say not much, but think the Are near to Warwick, by blood, and by alliance :

[ Aside. Tell me, if you love Warwick more than me? Enter a Messenger.

If it be so, then both depart to him;

I rather wish you foes, than hollow friends; K. Edw. Now, messenger, what letters, or what But if you mind to hold your true obedience, news,

Give me assurance with some friendly vow, From France ?

That I may never have you in suspect. Mess. My sovereign liege, no letters; and few Mont. So God help Montague, as he proves true! words,

Hast. And llastings, as he favours Edward's But such as I, without your special pardon,

cause ! Dare not relate.

K. Edw. Now, brother Richard, will you stand K. Edw. Go to, we pardon thee : therefore, in

by us? brief, Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess

Glo. Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand yoth

X? Edw. Why so; then am I sure of victory. them.

Now therefore let us hence; and lose no bour, What answer makes king Lewis unto our letters ? Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power.

Mess. At my depart, these were his very words ;
Go tell false Edward, thy supposed king, —
That Lewis of France is sending over maskers,

SCENE II. - A Piam in Warwickshire. To revel it with him and his new bride.

Enter Warwick and OXFORT), with French and K. Edw. Is Lewis so brave? belike, be thinks me

other Forces. Henry. But what said lady Bona to my marriage ?

War. Trust me, my lord, all hitherto goes well; Mess. These were her words, utter'd with mild The common people by numbers swarm to us. disdain ;

Enter CLARENCE and SONEKSET. Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly, But, see, where Somerset and Clarence come; r'll wear the willow garland for his sake.

Speak suddenly, my lords, are we all friends ?

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Clar. Fear not that, my lord.

(Warwick, and the rest, cry all — Warwick ! War. Then, gentle Clarence, welcome unto War- Warwick! and set upon the Guard; who fly, wick;

crying - Arm! Arm! Warwick, and the And welcome, Somerset :- I hold it cowardice, rest, following them. To rest mistrustful where a noble heart Hath pawn'd an open hand in sign of love;

The drum beating, and trumpels sounding, re-enter

WARWICK, and the rest, bringing the King out in Else might I think, that Clarence, Edward's brother, Were but a feigned friend to our proceedings:

a gown, sitting in a chair: Gloster and HASTINGS But welcome, Clarence; my daughter shall be thine.

fly. And now what rests, but, in night's covertyre,

Som.

What are they that fly there? Thy brother being carelessly encamp’d,

War. Richard, and Hastings : let them go, here's His soldiers lurking in the towns about,

the duke. And but attended by a simple guard,

K. Edw. The duke ! why, Warwick, when we We may surprize and take him at our pleasure ?

parted last, Our scouts have found the adventure very easy :

Thou call dst me king ? That as Ulysses, and stout Diomede,

War.

Ay, but the case is alter'd: With slight and manhood stole to Rhesus' tents, When you disgrac'd me in my embassade, And brought from thence the Thracian fatal steeds ; Then I degraded you from being king, So we, well cover'd with the night's black mantle, And come now to create you duke of York. At unawares may beat down Edward's guard,

Alas ! how should you govern any kingdom, And seize himself; I say not -- slaughter him,

That know not how to use ambassadors ; For I intend but only to surprize him.

Nor how to be contented with one wife; You, that will follow me to this attempt,

Nor how to use your brothers brotherly ; Applaud the name of Henry, with your leader.

Nor how to study for the people's welfare ;

[They all cry HENRY! | Nor how to shrowd yourself from enemies ? Why, then, let's on our way in silent sort :

K. Edw. Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou For Warwick and his friends, God and Saint

here too? George!

[Exeunt. Nay, then I see, that Edward needs must down.

Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance, SCENE III. – Edward's Camp near Warwick.

Of thee thyself, and all thy complices,

Edward will always bear himself as king: Enter certain Watchmen, to guard the King's tent. Though fortune's malice overthrow my state, I Wach. Come on, my masters, each man take My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel. his stand;

War. Then, for his mind, be Edward England's The king, by this, is set him down to sleep.

king :

(Takes off his crown. 2 Watch. What, will he not to bed ?

But Henry now shall wear the English crown, 1 Walck. Why, no: for he hath made a solemn And be true king indeed; thou but the shadow.

My lord of Somerset, at my request, Never to lie and take his natural rest,

See that forthwith duke Edward be convey'd Til Warwick, or himself, be quite suppressid. Unto my brother, archbishop of York.

2 Watch. To-morrow then, belike, shall be the day, When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows, If Warwick be so near as men report.

I'll follow you, and tell what answer S Watch. But say, I pray, what nobleman is that, Lewis, and the lady Bona, send to him : That with the king here resteth in his tent ? Now, for a while, farewell, good duke of York. I Watch. 'Tis the lord Hastings, the king's K. Edw. What fates impose, that men must needs chiefest friend.

abide; 3 Walch. O, is it so? But why commands the It boots not to resist both wind and tide. king,

- [Exit King EDWARD, led out; SOMERSET with him. That bis chief followers lodge in towns about him, Orf. What now remains, my lords, for us to do, While he himself keepeth in the cold field ?

But march to London with our soldiers ? 2 Watch. 'Tis the more honour, because more War. Ay, that's the first thing that we have to do; dangerous.

To free king Henry from imprisonment, 3 Watch. Ay; but give me worship, and quietness, And see him seated in the regal throne. (Ereunt. I like it better than a dangerous honour. If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,

SCENE IV. - London. A Room in the Palace. 'Tis to be doubted, he would waken him. I Watch. Unless our halberds did shut up luis

Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and RIVERS. passage.

Riv. Madam, what makes you in this sudden 2 Watch. Ay; wherefore else guard we his royal

change? tent,

Q. Eliz. Why, brother Rivers, are you get to But to defend his person from night-foes ?

learn,

What late misfortune is befall'n king Edward ? Enter WarWICK, CLARENCE, OXFORD, SOMERSE,

Riv. What, loss of some pitch'd battle against and Forces.

Warwick ? wer. This is his tent; and see, where stand his Q. Eliz. No, but the loss of his own royal person. guard.

Riv. Then is my sovereign slain ? Courage, my masters : honour now, or never ! Q. Eliz. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner; But follow me, and Edward shall be ours.

Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard, 1 Watch. Who goes there?

Or by his foe surpriz'd at unawares : 9 Walch. Stay, or thou diest.

And, as I further have to understand,

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me ?

Is new committed to the bishop of York,

Glo. Come then, away; let's have no more ado. Fell Warwick's brother, and by that our foe.

X. Edw. Bishop, farewell: shield thee from War. Riv. These news, I must confess, are full of grief:

wick's frown; Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may;

And pray that I may repossess the crown. (Breuent. Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day. Q. Eliz. Till then, fair hope must hinder life's SCENE VI. - A Room in the Tower.

decay. And I the rather wean me from despair,

Enter King HENRY, CLARENCE, WARWICK, SoFor love of Edward's offspring in my womb :

MERSET, young RICHMOND, OXFORD, MONTAGCE, This is it that makes me bridle passion

Lieutenant of the Tower, and Attendants. And bear with mildness my misfortune's'cross ;

K. Hen. Master lieutenant, now that God and Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear,

friends And stop the rising of blcod-sucking sighs,

Have shaken Edward from the regal seat; Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown And turn'd my captive state to liberty, King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown. My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys; Riv. But, madam, where is Warwick then be- At our enlargement what are thy due fees? come?

Lieu. Subjects may challenge nothing of their Q. Eliz. I am informed, that he comes towards

sovereigns; London,

But, if an humble prayer may prevail, To set the crown once more on Henry's head : I then crave pardon of your majesty. Guess thou the rest; king Edward's friends must

K. Hen. For what, lieutenart ? for well using down. But, to prevent the tyrant's violence,

Nay, be thou sure, I'll well requite thy kindness, (For trust not him that hath once broken faith,) For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure : I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,

Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds To save at least the heir of Edward's right; Conceive, when, after many moody thoughts, There shall I rest secure from force, and fraud. At last, by notes of household harmony, Come therefore, let us fly, while we may fly; They quite forget their loss of liberty. If Warwick take us, we are sure to die. (Ereunt. But, Warwick, after God, thou set'st me free,

And chiefly therefore, I thank God, and thee ; SCF V. - A Park near Middleham Castle in He was the author, thou the instrument. Yorkshire.

Therefore, that I may conquer fortune's spite,

By living low, where fortune cannot hurt me; Enter Gloster, HASTINGS, Sir William STANLEY, And that the people of this blessed land and others.

May not be punish'd with my thwarting stars; Glo. Now, my lord Hastings, and sir William Warwick, although my head still wear the crown, Stanley,

I here resign my government to thee, Leave off to wonder, why I drew you hither, For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds. Into this chiefest thicket of the park.

War. Your grace hath still been fam'd for virtuous Thus stands the case : You know, our king, my And now may seem as wise as virtuous, brother,

By spying, and avoiding, fortune's malice, Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands For few men rightly temper with the stars : He hath good usage and great liberty ;

Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace, And often, but attended with weak guard,

For choosing me, when Clarence is in place. Comes hunting this wảy to disport himself.

Clar. No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway, I have advertis'd him by secret means,

To whom the heavens, in thy nativity, That if, about this hour, he make this way,

Adjudg'd an olive branch, and laurel crown,
Under the colour of his usual game,

As likely to be blest in peace, and war;
He shall here find his friends, with horse and men, And therefore I yield thee my free consent.
To set him free from his captivity.

War. And I choose Clarence only for protector,

K. Hen. Warwick, and Clarence, give me both Enter King Edward, and a Huntsman.

your hands; Hunt. This way, my lord ; for this way lies the Now join your hands, and, with your hands, your game.

hearts, X. Edw. Nay, this way, man ; see, where the That no dissention hinder government : huntsmen stand.

I make you both protectors of this land; Now, brother of Gloster, lord Hastings, and the rest, while I myself will lead a private life, Stand you thus close, to steal the bishop's deer? And in devotion spend my latter days,

Glo. Brother, the time and case requireth haste; To sin's rebuke, and my Creator's praise. Your horse stands ready at the park corner.

War. What' answers Clarence to his sovereiga's K. Edw. But whither shall we then ?

will ? Hast. To Lynn, my lord ; and ship from thence Clar. That he consents, if Warwick yield consent; to Flanders.

For on thy fortune I repose myself. Glo. Well guess'd, believe me ; for that was my War. Why then, though loath, yet must I be cose meaning

tent: K. Edw. Stanley, I will requite thy forwardness. We'll yoke together, like a double shadow Glo. But wherefore stay we ? 'tis no time to talk. To Henry’s body, and supply his place ; K. Edu. Huntsman, what say'st thou? wilt thou I mean, in bearing weight of government, go along?

While he enjoys the honour, and his ease. Hunt. Better do so, than tarry and be bang'd. And, Clarence, now then it is more than needful,

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Forthwith that Edward be pronounc'd a traitor, What then remains, we being thus arriv'd
And all his lands and goods be confiscate.

From Ravenspurg haven before the gates of York, Clar. What else? and that succession be deter- But that we enter, as into our dukedom? inin'd.

Glo. The gates made fast ! — Brother, I like not War. Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part. K. Hen. But, with the first of all your chief affairs, For many men, that stumble at the threshold, Let me entreat, (for I command no more,)

Are well foretold - that danger lurks within. That Margaret your queen, and my son Edward, K. Edw. Tush, man ! abodements must not now Be sent for, to return from France with speed :

affright us : For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear

By fair or foul means we must enter in, My joy of liberty is half eclips'd.

For hither will our friends repair to us. Clar. It shall be done, my sovereign, with all speed. Hast. My liege, I'll knock once more, to sumK. Hen. My lord of Somerset, what youth is that,

mon them. Of whom you seem to have so tender care? Som. My liege, it is young Henry, earl of Rich

Enter on the walls, the Mayor of York, and his

brethren. mond. X. Hen. Come hither, England's hope: If secret May, My lords, we were forewarned of your powers [Lays his hand on his head.

coming, Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts,

And shut the gates for safety of ourselves; Thuis pretty lad will prove our country's bliss. For now we owe allegiance unto Henry. His looks are full of peaceful majesty ;

K. Edw. But, master mayor, if Henry be your His head by nature fram'd to wear a crown,

king, His hand to wield a scepter ; and himself

Yet Edward, at the least, is duke of York. Likely, in time, to bless a regal throne.

May. True, my good lord ; I know you for no less. Make much of him, my lords ; for this is he

K. Edw. Why, and I challenge nothing but my Must help you more than you are hurt by me.

dukedom;

As being well content with that alone.
Enter a Messenger.

Glo. But, when the fox hath once got in his nose, War. What news, my friend ?

He'll soon find means to make the body follow. Mess. That Edward is escaped from your brother,

(Aside. And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy.

Hast. Why, master mayor, why stand you in a War. Unsavoury news: But how made he escape ?

doubt ? Mess. He was convey'd by Richard duke of Gloster, Open the gates, we are king Henry's friends. And the lord Hastings, who attended him

May. Ay, say you so ? the gates shall then be In secret ambush on the forest side,

open'd.

[Exeunt from above. And from the bishop's huntsmen rescued him; Glo. A wise stout captain, and persuaded soon! For hunting was his daily exercise.

Hast. The good old man would fain that all were War. My brother was too careless of his charge.

well, But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide

So 'twere not 'long of him : but, being enter'd, A salve for any sore that may betide.

I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade
(Ereunt King HENRY, WAR. Clar. Lieut. Both him, and all his brothers, unto reason.

and Attendants.
Som. My lord, I like not of this flight of Ed-

Re-enter the Mayor, and two Aldermen, below. ward's :

K. Edw. So, inaster mayor : these gates must not For, doubtless, Burgundy, will yield him help ;

be shut, And we shall have more wars, before't be long. But in the night, or in the time of war. As Henry's late presaging prophecy

What! fear not, man, but yield me up the keys ; Did glad my heart, with hope of this young Rich

[Takes his keys. mond;

For Edward will defend the town, and thee, Sn doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts And all those friends that deign to follow me. What may befall him, to his arm, and ours : Therefore, lord Oxford, to prevent the worst,

Drum. Enter MONTGOMERY, and Forces, marching. Forthwith we'll send him hence to Britany,

Glo. Brother, this is sir John Montgomery, Til storms be past of civil enmity.

Our trusty friend, unless I be deceiv'd. Orf. Ay; for, if Edward repossess the crown,

K. Edw. Welcome, sir John ! But why come you lis like, that Richmond with the rest shall down.

in arms? Som. It shall be so; he shall to Britany.

Mont. To help king Edward in his time of storm. Corpe, therefore, let's about it speedily. (Ereunt. As every loyal subject ought to do.

K. Edw. Thanks, good Montgomery : But we SCENE VII. - Before York.

now forget

Our title to the crown; and only claim Enter King EDWARD, GLOSTER, Hastings, and

Our dukedom, till God please to send the rest. Forces.

Mont. Then fare you well, for I will hence again; X. Edw. Now, brother Richard, lord Hastings, I came to serve a king, and not a duke,and the rest ;

Drummer, strike up, and let us march away. Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends,

(A march begun. that once more I shall interchange X. Edw. Nay, stay, sir Johın, awhile; and we'll My waned state for Henry's regal crown.

debate, Well have we pass'd, and now repass'd the seas, By what safe means the crown may be recover'd. And brought desired help from Burgundy:

Mont. What talk you of debating ? in few words,

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If you'll not nere proclaim yourself our king, The knights and gentlemen to come with thee :-
I'll leave you to your fortune ; and be gone, Thou, brother Montague, in Buckingham,
To keep them back that come to succour you : Northampton, and in Leicestershire, shalt find
Why should we fight, if you pretend no title ? Men well inclin'd to hear what thou command'st:-
Glo. Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice And thou, brave Oxford, wondrous well belor'd,
points ?

In Oxfordshire shalt muster up thy friends. K. Edw. When we grow stronger, then we'll My sovereign, with the loving citizens, make our claim :

Like to his island, girt in with the ocean, Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning. Or modest Dian, circled with her nymphs, Hast. Away with scrupulous wit! now arms must Shall rest in London, till we come to him. rule.

Fair lords, take leave, and stand not to reply. – Glo. And fearless minds climb soonest unto Farewell, my sovereign. crowns.

K. Hen. Farewell, my Hector, and my Troy's Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand ;

true hope. The bruit thereof will bring you many friends. Clar. In sign of truth, I kiss your highness' hand.

K. Edw. Then be it as you will : for 'tis my right, K. Hen. Well-minded Clarence, be thou fortuAnd Henry but usurps the diadem. ,

nate: Mont. Ay, now, my sovereign speaketh like Mont. Comfort, my lord ;- and so I take my himself ;

leave. And now will I be Edward's champion.

Oxf. And thus (kissing Henry's hand.) I seal Hast. Sound, trumpet ; Edward shall be here pro

my truth, and bid adieu. claim'd :

K. Hen. Sweet Oxford, and my loving Montague, Come, fellow-soldier, make thou proclamation. And all at once, once inore a happy farewell.

[Gives him a paper. Flourish. War. Farewell, sweet lords ; let's meet at Co Sold. [Reads.] Edward the Fourth, by the grace

ventry. of God, king of England and France, and lord of

(Exeunt War. Clar. Oxr. and Most. Ireland, &c.

K. Hen. Here at the palace will I rest a whilo. Mont And whosoe'er gainsäys king Edward's Cousin of Exeter, what thinks your lordship? right,

Methinks, the power, that Edward hath in field, By this I challenge him to single fight.

Should not be able to encounter mine. [Throws down his gauntlet. Exe. The doubt is, that he will seduce the rest An. Long live Edward the Fourth !

Ki Hen. That's not my fear, my meed hath gues X. Edw. Thanks, brave Montgomery ; - and

me fame. thanks unto you all.

I have not stopp'd mine ears to their demands, If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness. Nor posted off their suits with slow delays ; Now, for this night, let's harbour here in York: My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds, And, when the morning sun shall raise his car My mildness hath allay'd their swelling griefs, Above the border of this horizon,

My mercy dry'd their water-flowing tears: We'll forward towards Warwick, and his mates; I have not been desirous of their wealth, For, well I wot, that Henry is no soldier. - Nor much oppress'd them with great subsidies, Ah, froward Clarence ! - how evil it beseems thee, Nor forward of revenge, though they much err'd; To fatter Henry, and forsake thy brother !

Then

why should they love Edward more than me? Yet, as we may, we'll meet both thee and War- No, Exeter, these graces challenge grace : wick.

And, when the lion fawns upon the lambi

, Come on, brave soldiers ; doubt not of the day; The lamb will never cease to follow him. And, that once gotten, doubt not of large pay.

(Shout within. A Lancaster! A Lancaster!

[Ereunt. Exe. Hark, hark, my lord ! what shouts are these? SCENE VIII. - London. A Room in the Palace.

Enter King EDWARD, GLOSTER, and Soldiers. Enter King HENRY, WARWICK, CLARENCE, Mon

Edw. Seize on the shame-fac'd Henry, bear bin

hence, Tague, EXETER, and Oxford.

And once again proclaim us king of England. War. What counsel, lords ? Edward from Belgia, You are the fount, that makes sniall brooks to flow, With hasty Germans, and blunt Hollanders, Now stops thy spring; my sea shall suck them dry, Hath pass'd in safety through the narrow seas, And swell so much the higher by their ebb. And with his troops doth march amain to London ; Hence with him to the Tower; let him not speak. And many giddy people flock to him.

[Exeunt some urith King Hexr. Oxf. Let's levy men, and beat him back again. And, lords, towards Coventry bend we our course, Clar. A little fire is quickly trodden out; Where peremptory Warwick now remains : Which, being suffer'd, rivers cannot quench. The sun shines hot, and, if we use delay, War. In Warwickshire I have true-hearted Cold-biting winter mars our hop'd-for hay: friends,

Glo. Away betimes, before his forces join, Not mutinous in peace, yet bold in war ;

And take the great-grown traitor unawares : Those will I muster up: - and thou, son Clarence, Brave warriors march amain towards Coventry. Shalt otir, in Suffolk, Norfolk, and in Kent,

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