Henry VI Part 3


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Enter two Keepers, with cross-bows in their hands
brake (n.) 1 bush, thicket
shroud (v.) hide, conceal, shelter


FIRST KEEPER

Under this thick-grown brake we'll shroud ourselves;

For through this laund anon the deer will come,
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
laund (n.) clearing [in a wood], glade, grassy space

And in this covert will we make our stand,
stand (n.) 1 [hunting] standing-place, hiding-place

Culling the principal of all the deer.
cull (v.) select, pick out, choose


SECOND KEEPER

I'll stay above the hill, so both may shoot.


FIRST KEEPER

That cannot be; the noise of thy cross-bow

Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost.
lost (adj.) 2 prevented, missed, forestalled
shoot (n.) 1 shot, act of shooting

Here stand we both, and aim we at the best;
best, at the 1 as well as one can, in the best possible way

And for the time shall not seem tedious,

I'll tell thee what befell me on a day

In this self place where now we mean to stand.
self (adj.) same, selfsame, identical, exact


SECOND KEEPER

Here comes a man; let's stay till he be past.
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

Enter King Henry, disguised, with a prayer-book


KING

From Scotland am I stolen, even of pure love,

To greet mine own land with my wishful sight.
wishful (adj.) longing, yearning, wistful

No, Harry, Harry, 'tis no land of thine;

Thy place is filled, thy sceptre wrung from thee,

Thy balm washed off wherewith thou wast anointed;
balm (n.) 1 fragrant oil used for anointing, consecrated oil

No bending knee will call thee Caesar now,

No humble suitors press to speak for right,
press (v.) 2 push forward, thrust, come / go boldly
right (n.) 2 justice, rightfulness, justification
suitor (n.) petitioner, supplicant, entreater

No, not a man comes for redress of thee;
redress (n.) 1 relief, assistance, help, comfort

For how can I help them and not myself?


FIRST KEEPER

Ay, here's a deer whose skin's a keeper's fee:

This is the quondam king; let's seize upon him.
quondam (adj.) former, erstwhile, previous


KING

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity,
embrace (v.) 1 welcome, joyfully accept

For wise men say it is the wisest course.
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count


SECOND KEEPER

Why linger we? Let us lay hands upon him.


FIRST KEEPER

Forbear awhile; we'll hear a little more.
forbear (v.) 3 control oneself, have patience [for]


KING

My Queen and son are gone to France for aid;

And, as I hear, the great commanding Warwick

Is thither gone to crave the French King's sister
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count

To wife for Edward. If this news be true,

Poor Queen and son, your labour is but lost;

For Warwick is a subtle orator,

And Lewis a prince soon won with moving words.

By this account then Margaret may win him;

For she's a woman to be pitied much.

Her sighs will make a battery in his breast;
battery (n.) 2 breach, entry

Her tears will pierce into a marble heart;

The tiger will be mild whiles she doth mourn;

And Nero will be tainted with remorse,
remorse (n.) 1 pity, regret, sorrow
tainted (adj.) 4 tinged, unnaturally touched

To hear and see her plaints, her brinish tears.
brinish (adj.) salt, bitter
plaint (n.) lamentation, expression of sorrow

Ay, but she's come to beg, Warwick to give;

She, on his left side, craving aid for Henry,
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count

He, on his right, asking a wife for Edward.

She weeps, and says her Henry is deposed;

He smiles, and says his Edward is installed;

That she, poor wretch, for grief can speak no more;

Whiles Warwick tells his title, smooths the wrong,
smooth (v.) 1 gloss over, make less noticeable, camouflage
tell (v.) 6 disclose, reveal, explain
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

Inferreth arguments of mighty strength,
infer (v.) 1 adduce, bring up, put forward

And in conclusion wins the King from her,

With promise of his sister, and what else,

To strengthen and support King Edward's place.
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

O Margaret, thus 'twill be; and thou, poor soul,

Art then forsaken, as thou wentest forlorn!


SECOND KEEPER

Say, what art thou that talkest of kings and queens?


KING

More than I seem, and less than I was born to:

A man at least, for less I should not be;

And men may talk of kings, and why not I?


SECOND KEEPER

Ay, but thou talkest as if thou wert a king.


KING

Why, so I am, in mind, and that's enough.


SECOND KEEPER

But if thou be a king, where is thy crown?


KING

My crown is in my heart, not on my head;

Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
deck (v.) cover, adorn, decorate
stone (n.) 2 precious stone, gem

Nor to be seen; my crown is called content;
content (n.) 2 contentment, peace of mind

A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.


SECOND KEEPER

Well, if you be a king crowned with content,

Your crown content and you must be contented
content (adj.) 2 contented, patient, accepting, undisturbed
contented (adj.) 1 willing, ready, agreeable

To go along with us; for, as we think,

You are the king King Edward hath deposed;

And we his subjects, sworn in all allegiance,

Will apprehend you as his enemy.
apprehend (v.) 1 seize, arrest, lay hold of


KING

But did you never swear, and break an oath?


SECOND KEEPER

No, never such an oath, nor will not now.


KING

Where did you dwell when I was King of England?


SECOND KEEPER

Here in this country, where we now remain.
country (n.) district, region, quarter


KING

I was anointed king at nine months old;

My father and my grandfather were kings,

And you were sworn true subjects unto me;

And tell me, then, have you not broke your oaths?


FIRST KEEPER

No, for we were subjects but while you were king.
but (adv.) 1 merely, only


KING

Why, am I dead? Do I not breathe a man?

Ah, simple men, you know not what you swear!
simple (adj.) 2 foolish, silly, stupid

Look, as I blow this feather from my face,

And as the air blows it to me again,

Obeying with my wind when I do blow,
wind (n.) 1 breath

And yielding to another when it blows,

Commanded always by the greater gust;
command (v.) 1 force, control, drive

Such is the lightness of you common men.
lightness (n.) 1 irresponsibility, levity, frivolity, fickleness

But do not break your oaths; for of that sin

My mild entreaty shall not make you guilty.

Go where you will, the King shall be commanded;

And be you kings, command, and I'll obey.


FIRST KEEPER

We are true subjects to the King, King Edward.


KING

So would you be again to Henry,

If he were seated as King Edward is.


FIRST KEEPER

We charge you in God's name, and the King's,

To go with us unto the officers.


KING

In God's name, lead; your king's name be obeyed;

And what God will, that let your king perform;

And what he will, I humbly yield unto.

Exeunt

 
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