Henry VI Part 1


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Act I
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Enter Gloucester, with his servingmen in blue coats
survey (v.) 2 inspect, look over, examine carefully


GLOUCESTER

I am come to survey the Tower this day;

Since Henry's death, I fear, there is conveyance.
conveyance (n.) 6 bad management, underhand dealing, dishonesty

Where be these warders that they wait not here?
warder (n.) 2 guard, sentry, watchman

Open the gates! 'Tis Gloucester that calls.

Servingmen knock


FIRST WARDER

(within)

Who's there that knocks so imperiously?


FIRST SERVINGMAN

It is the noble Duke of Gloucester.


SECOND WARDER

(within)

Whoe'er he be, you may not be let in.


FIRST SERVINGMAN

Villains, answer you so the Lord Protector?


FIRST WARDER

(within)

The Lord protect him! So we answer him.

We do no otherwise than we are willed.
will (v.), past form would 2 command, order, direct


GLOUCESTER

Who willed you? Or whose will stands but mine?
stand (v.) 2 continue, remain, wait, stay put
will (v.), past form would 2 command, order, direct

There's none Protector of the realm but I.

Break up the gates; I'll be your warrantize.
break up (v.) 2 burst open, break through
warrantise, warrantize (n.) authorization, surety, guarantee

Shall I be flouted thus by dunghill grooms?

Gloucester's men rush at the Tower gates, and Woodville

the Lieutenant speaks within


WOODVILLE

(within)

What noise is this? What traitors have we here?


GLOUCESTER

Lieutenant, is it you whose voice I hear?

Open the gates; here's Gloucester that would enter.


WOODVILLE

(within)

Have patience, noble Duke; I may not open;

The Cardinal of Winchester forbids.

From him I have express commandment
commandment, commandement (n.) 1 command, instruction, order
express (adj.) 1 explicit, specific, clear

That thou nor none of thine shall be let in.


GLOUCESTER

Faint-hearted Woodville, prizest him 'fore me?
prize (v.) 1 esteem, value, hold

Arrogant Winchester, that haughty prelate,

Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could brook?
brook (v.) 1 endure, tolerate, put up with

Thou art no friend to God or to the King.

Open the gates, or I'll shut thee out shortly.


SERVINGMEN

Open the gates unto the Lord Protector,

Or we'll burst them open if that you come not quickly.

Enter to the Protector at the Tower gates Winchester

and his men in tawny coats


WINCHESTER

How now, ambitious Humphrey, what means this?


GLOUCESTER

Peeled priest, dost thou command me to be shut out?
peeled (adj.) tonsured, shaven, bald


WINCHESTER

I do, thou most usurping proditor,
proditor (n.) traitor, betrayer, renegade

And not Protector of the King or realm.


GLOUCESTER

Stand back, thou manifest conspirator,

Thou that contrived'st to murder our dead lord;
contrive (v.) 1 scheme, plot, conspire

Thou that givest whores indulgences to sin.

I'll canvass thee in thy broad cardinal's hat
canvass (v.) toss about [as if in a canvas sheet], beat, thrash

If thou proceed in this thy insolence.


WINCHESTER

Nay, stand thou back; I will not budge a foot.

This be Damascus; be thou cursed Cain,

To slay thy brother Abel, if thou wilt.
brother (n.) 1 kinsman, relative, relation See Topics: Family


GLOUCESTER

I will not slay thee, but I'll drive thee back.

Thy scarlet robes as a child's bearing-cloth
bearing-cloth (n.) christening-garment, baptismal shawl

I'll use to carry thee out of this place.


WINCHESTER

Do what thou darest; I beard thee to thy face.
beard (v.) defy, affront, oppose openly


GLOUCESTER

What? Am I dared and bearded to my face?
beard (v.) defy, affront, oppose openly
dare (v.) 1 challenge, confront, defy

Draw, men, for all this privileged place;
for (prep.) 3 despite

Blue coats to tawny coats! Priest, beware your beard;
beware (v.) take care of, have a care for

I mean to tug it and to cuff you soundly.

Under my feet I stamp thy cardinal's hat;

In spite of Pope or dignities of Church,
dignity (n.) 3 dignitary, high officer

Here by the cheeks I'll drag thee up and down.


WINCHESTER

Gloucester, thou wilt answer this before the Pope.


GLOUCESTER

Winchester goose! I cry a rope, a rope!
rope (n.) [cry of derision, imitating a parrot's cry] hangman's rope, halter See Topics: Exclamations
Winchester goose [contemptuous] groin swelling caused by venereal disease

Now beat them hence; why do you let them stay?

Thee I'll chase hence, thou wolf in sheep's array.
array (n.) 1 attire, clothes, clothing, dress

Out, tawny coats! Out, scarlet hypocrite!

Here Gloucester's men beat out the Cardinal's men,

and enter in the hurly-burly the Mayor of London,

and his officers


MAYOR

Fie, lords, that you, being supreme magistrates,
hurly-burly (n.) commotion, uproar, turmoil
magistrate (n.) member of the government, leader of the community

Thus contumeliously should break the peace!
contumeliously (adv.) disgracefully, contemptuously, arrogantly


GLOUCESTER

Peace, Mayor, thou knowest little of my wrongs:

Here's Beaufort, that regards nor God nor King,
regard (v.) 2 esteem, repute, respect

Hath here distrained the Tower to his use.
distrain (v.) seize, confiscate, commandeer


WINCHESTER

Here's Gloucester, a foe to citizens;

One that still motions war and never peace,
motion (v.) advocate, propose, promote
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

O'ercharging your free purses with large fines;
fine (n.) 4 tax, levy
free (adj.) 1 liberal, lavish, generous

That seeks to overthrow religion,

Because he is Protector of the realm,

And would have armour here out of the Tower,

To crown himself king and suppress the Prince.


GLOUCESTER

I will not answer thee with words, but blows.

Here they skirmish again
rest (v.) 2 remain [to be done], be left
skirmish (v.) do battle, wage war


MAYOR

Naught rests for me in this tumultuous strife

But to make open proclamation.

Come, officer, as loud as e'er thou canst,

Cry.


OFFICER

All manner of men assembled here in arms this

day against God's peace and the King's, we charge and

command you, in his highness' name, to repair to your

several dwelling-places, and not to wear, handle, or use
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

any sword, weapon, or dagger henceforward, upon pain

of death.


GLOUCESTER

Cardinal, I'll be no breaker of the law;

But we shall meet and break our minds at large.
break (v.) 5 reveal, disclose, impart
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly


WINCHESTER

Gloucester, we'll meet to thy cost, be sure;

Thy heart-blood I will have for this day's work.


MAYOR

I'll call for clubs if you will not away.

This cardinal's more haughty than the devil.


GLOUCESTER

Mayor, farewell; thou dost but what thou mayst.


WINCHESTER

Abominable Gloucester, guard thy head;
abominable, abhominable (adj.) inhuman, unnatural, loathsome

For I intend to have it ere long.

Exeunt Gloucester and

Winchester with their servingmen


MAYOR

See the coast cleared, and then we will depart.

Good God, these nobles should such stomachs bear!
stomach (n.) 5 anger, resentment, vexation

I myself fight not once in forty year.

Exeunt

 
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