Henry VI Part 2

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter the witch, Margery Jourdain, the two priests,

Hume and Southwell, and Bolingbroke


Come, my masters, the Duchess, I tell you, expects

performance of your promises.


Master Hume, we are therefore provided.
provided (adj.) prepared, ready, provided with necessities

Will her ladyship behold and hear our exorcisms?
exorcism (n.) calling up of spirits, conjuration


Ay, what else? Fear you not her courage.
fear (v.) 3 doubt, mistrust


I have heard her reported to be a woman of

an invincible spirit; but it shall be convenient, Master

Hume, that you be by her aloft, while we be busy below;

and so I pray you go in God's name, and leave us.

Exit Hume

Mother Jourdain, be you prostrate and grovel on the

earth. John Southwell, read you; and let us to our work.

Enter the Duchess of Gloucester aloft, Hume following


Well said, my masters, and welcome all. To this

gear the sooner the better.
gear (n.) 1 business, affair, matter


Patience, good lady; wizards know their times.

Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night,
silent (n.) time of silence

The time of night when Troy was set on fire,

The time when screech-owls cry and ban-dogs howl,
ban-dog (n.) chained dog, tethered hound
screech-owl (n.) barn-owl [thought to be a bird of ill omen]

And spirits walk, and ghosts break up their graves,
break up (v.) 3 break out of, rise up from

That time best fits the work we have in hand.

Madam, sit you and fear not. Whom we raise

We will make fast within a hallowed verge.
hallowed verge magic circle, charmed ring

Here they do the ceremonies belonging, and make the

circle. Bolingbroke or Southwell reads ‘Conjuro

te' etc. It thunders and lightens terribly; then the

Spirit riseth





By the eternal God, whose name and power
power (n.) 3 authority, government

Thou tremblest at, answer that I shall ask;

For till thou speak, thou shalt not pass from hence.


Ask what thou wilt. That I had said and done!



First, of the King: what shall of him become?


The duke yet lives that Henry shall depose;

But him outlive, and die a violent death.

As the Spirit speaks, Bolingbroke writes the answer



What fates await the Duke of Suffolk?


By water shall he die, and take his end.
end (n.) 4 death, ending [of life]



What shall befall the Duke of Somerset?


Let him shun castles;

Safer shall he be upon the sandy plains

Than where castles mounted stand.

Have done, for more I hardly can endure.


Descend to darkness and the burning lake!

False fiend, avoid!
avoid (v.) 1 be off, be gone, go away
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

Thunder and lightning. Exit Spirit

Enter the Duke of York and the Duke of Buckingham

with their guard, Sir Humphrey Stafford as captain,

and break in


Lay hands upon these traitors and their trash.
break in (v.) burst in, enter abruptly
trash (n.) 1 rubbish, stuff, paraphernalia

Beldam, I think we watched you at an inch.
beldam, beldame (n.) 3 hag, witch, loathsome old woman
inch, at an very closely, instantly ready [to act]
watch (v.) 5 keep in view, catch in the act

What, madam, are you there? The King and commonweal
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic

Are deeply indebted for this piece of pains.
pain (n.) effort, endeavour, exertion, labour

My Lord Protector will, I doubt it not,

See you well guerdoned for these good deserts.
desert, desart (n.) 3 worthy deed, meritorious action
guerdon (v.) reward, recompense


Not half so bad as thine to England's king,

Injurious duke, that threatest where's no cause.
injurious (adj.) 2 insulting, slanderous, offensive
threat (v.) threaten


True, madam, none at all. What call you this?

Away with them, let them be clapped up close,
clap up (v.) 2 shut up, imprison
close (adv.) 7 securely, in strict confinement

And kept asunder. You, madam, shall with us.
asunder (adv.) separated, apart from each other

Stafford, take her to thee.

Exeunt above the Duchess and Hume, guarded

We'll see your trinkets here all forthcoming.
forthcoming (adj.) 1 producable in court, available as evidence / as a witness
trinkets (n.) bits and pieces, paraphernalia

All away!

Exeunt Jourdain, Southwell,

Bolingbroke, escorted by Stafford

and the guard


Lord Buckingham, methinks you watched her well.
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
watch (v.) 5 keep in view, catch in the act

A pretty plot, well chosen to build upon!

Now pray, my lord, let's see the devil's writ.
writ (n.) 4 writing, text

What have we here?

(Reads) The duke yet lives that Henry shall depose;

But him outlive and die a violent death.

Why, this is just
just (adv.) 1 exactly, precisely

Aio te, Aeacida, Romanos vincere posse.
aio te... I proclaim... See Topics: Latin

Well, to the rest:

Tell me what fate awaits the Duke of Suffolk?

By water shall he die, and take his end.

What shall befall the Duke of Somerset?

Let him shun castles;

Safer shall he be upon the sandy plains

Than where castles mounted stand.

Come, come, my lords, these oracles

Are hardly attained and hardly understood.
attain (v.) obtain, acquire, gain
hardly (adv.) 1 with great difficulty, only with difficulty

The King is now in progress towards Saint Albans;
progress (n.) 2 state passage, royal journey

With him the husband of this lovely lady.

Thither goes these news, as fast as horse can carry them –

A sorry breakfast for my Lord Protector.


Your grace shall give me leave, my lord of York,

To be the post, in hope of his reward.
post (n.) 1 express messenger, courier See Topics: Frequency count


At your pleasure, my good lord. Who's within there, ho?

Enter a servingman

Invite my lords of Salisbury and Warwick

To sup with me tomorrow night. Away!
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count


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