Henry VI Part 3


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Flourish. Enter King Henry, Warwick, Montague,

George, and Oxford


WARWICK

What counsel, lords? Edward from Belgia,

With hasty Germans and blunt Hollanders,
blunt (adj.) 3 rough, unrefined, uncivilized
hasty (adj.) rash, impetuous, impulsive

Hath passed in safety through the narrow seas,

And with his troops doth march amain to London;
amain (adv.) 1 in all haste, at full speed

And many giddy people flock to him.
giddy (adj.) 1 frivolous, flighty, fickle, irresponsible


KING

Let's levy men and beat him back again.


GEORGE

A little fire is quickly trodden out;

Which, being suffered, rivers cannot quench.
suffer (v.) 2 put up with, tolerate, do nothing about


WARWICK

In Warwickshire I have true-hearted friends,

Not mutinous in peace, yet bold in war;

Those will I muster up; and thou, son Clarence,

Shalt stir up in Suffolk, Norfolk, and in Kent,

The knights and gentlemen to come with thee.

Thou, brother Montague, in Buckingham,

Northampton, and in Leicestershire, shalt find

Men well inclined to hear what thou commandest.

And thou, brave Oxford, wondrous well-beloved

In Oxfordshire, shalt muster up thy friends.

My sovereign, with the loving citizens,

Like to his island girt in with the ocean,
gird in (v.) encircle, surround, ring
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with

Or modest Dian circled with her nymphs,

Shall rest in London till we come to him.
rest (v.) 1 remain, stay, stand

Fair lords, take leave and stand not to reply.
stand (v.) 8 waste time, delay, wait

Farewell, my sovereign.


KING

Farewell, my Hector and my Troy's true hope.


GEORGE

In sign of truth, I kiss your highness' hand.


KING

Well-minded Clarence, be thou fortunate!
well-minded (adj.) right-minded, well-disposed, loyal


MONTAGUE

Comfort, my lord; and so I take my leave.


OXFORD

And thus I seal my truth and bid adieu.
seal (v.) 1 confirm, ratify, approve
truth (n.) 1 loyalty, allegiance, faithfulness


KING

Sweet Oxford, and my loving Montague,

And all at once, once more a happy farewell.
once, at (adv.) all together, jointly, collectively


WARWICK

Farewell, sweet lords; let's meet at Coventry.

Exeunt

Enter King Henry and Exeter


KING

Here at the palace I will rest a while.

Cousin of Exeter, what thinks your lordship?

Methinks the power that Edward hath in field
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Should not be able to encounter mine.
encounter (v.) 5 oppose, thwart, defeat


EXETER

The doubt is that he will seduce the rest.
doubt (n.) 2 danger, risk, fear


KING

That's not my fear. My meed hath got me fame;
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character
meed (n.) 2 merit, worth, excellence

I have not stopped mine ears to their demands,

Nor posted off their suits with slow delays;
post off (v.) postpone, put off, defer
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds,

My mildness hath allayed their swelling griefs,

My mercy dried their water-flowing tears;

I have not been desirous of their wealth,

Nor much oppressed them with great subsidies,
subsidy (n.) special tax assessment

Nor forward of revenge, though they much erred.
err (v.) go astray from duty, turn away
forward (adj.) 1 ready, eager, inclined

Then why should they love Edward more than me?

No, Exeter, these graces challenge grace;
challenge (v.) 1 demand as a right, claim, call for, insist on
grace (n.) 2 virtue, good quality

And when the lion fawns upon the lamb,

The lamb will never cease to follow him.

Shout within. ‘ À York! À York!’
a (part.) particle used in front of a proper name, as a supportive war-cry


EXETER

Hark, hark, my lord! What shouts are these?

Enter Edward, Richard, and their soldiers
shame-faced, shamefast (adj.) modest, retiring, shy


EDWARD

Seize on the shame-faced Henry, bear him hence;

And once again proclaim us King of England.

You are the fount that makes small brooks to flow;

Now stops thy spring; my sea shall suck them dry,

And swell so much the higher by their ebb.

Hence with him to the Tower; let him not speak.

Exeunt some soldiers with King Henry

And, lords, towards Coventry bend we our course,
bend (v.) 1 aim, direct, level, turn

Where peremptory Warwick now remains.
peremptory (adj.) 2 overbearing, imperious, dictatorial

The sun shines hot; and, if we use delay,
use (v.) 6 permit, allow, tolerate

Cold biting winter mars our hoped-for hay.
hay (n.) 1 hay-making, harvest


RICHARD

Away betimes, before his forces join,
betimes (adv.) 4 at once, forthwith, right now
join (v.) 2 link up, unite, combine

And take the great-grown traitor unawares.
unawares (adv.) without warning, by surprise, unexpectedly

Brave warriors, march amain towards Coventry.
amain (adv.) 1 in all haste, at full speed

Exeunt

 
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