Henry VI Part 3

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Warwick, the Mayor of Coventry, two Messengers,

and others upon the walls


Where is the post that came from valiant Oxford? –
post (n.) 1 express messenger, courier See Topics: Frequency count

How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow?


By this at Dunsmore, marching hitherward.
this, by by this time


How far off is our brother Montague?

Where is the post that came from Montague?


By this at Daintry, with a puissant troop.
puissant (adj.) powerful, mighty, strong

Enter Sir John Somerville


Say, Somerville, what says my loving son?

And, by thy guess, how nigh is Clarence now?
nigh (adj.) near, close


At Southam I did leave him with his forces,

And do expect him here some two hours hence.

A drum is heard


Then Clarence is at hand; I hear his drum.


It is not his, my lord. Here Southam lies;

The drum your honour hears marcheth from Warwick.


Who should that be? Belike, unlooked-for friends.
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count
unlooked-for (adj.) 1 unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen


They are at hand, and you shall quickly know.

March. Flourish. Enter Edward, Richard, and soldiers
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms] See Topics: Frequency count
trumpet (n.) 1 trumpeter; herald, announcer See Topics: Stage directions


Go, trumpet, to the walls and sound a parle.


See how the surly Warwick mans the wall!


O, unbid spite! Is sportful Edward come?
spite (n.) 1 annoyance, vexation, irritation
sportful (adj.) 2 playful, frolicsome, wanton
unbid (adj.) unbidden, unwelcome, uninvited

Where slept our scouts, or how are they seduced,

That we could hear no news of his repair?
repair (n.) 2 coming, arrival, approach


Now, Warwick, wilt thou ope the city gates,
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count

Speak gentle words, and humbly bend thy knee,
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

Call Edward king, and at his hands beg mercy?

And he shall pardon thee these outrages.


Nay, rather, wilt thou draw thy forces hence,
draw (v.) 12 withdraw, revoke

Confess who set thee up and plucked thee down,

Call Warwick patron, and be penitent?
patron (n.) 1 defender, protector, lord and master

And thou shalt still remain the Duke of York.
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]


I thought at least he would have said ‘ the King.’

Or did he make the jest against his will?


Is not a dukedom, sir, a goodly gift?


Ay, by my faith, for a poor earl to give;

I'll do thee service for so good a gift.


'Twas I that gave the kingdom to thy brother.


Why then, 'tis mine, if but by Warwick's gift.


Thou art no Atlas for so great a weight;

And, weakling, Warwick takes his gift again;

And Henry is my king, Warwick his subject.


But Warwick's king is Edward's prisoner;

And, gallant Warwick, do but answer this:

What is the body when the head is off?


Alas, that Warwick had no more forecast,
forecast (n.) forethought, prudence, foresight

But whiles he thought to steal the single ten,
single (adj.) 3 poor, feeble, slight, trivial

The king was slily fingered from the deck!

You left poor Henry at the Bishop's palace,

And ten to one you'll meet him in the Tower.


'Tis even so, yet you are Warwick still.


Come, Warwick, take the time; kneel down, kneel down.
time (n.) 8 right moment, favourable opportunity

Nay, when? Strike now, or else the iron cools.


I had rather chop this hand off at a blow,

And with the other fling it at thy face,

Than bear so low a sail to strike to thee.
strike (v.), past form stroke 6 [of sails] lower, take down [especially before a mightier vessel]


Sail how thou canst, have wind and tide thy friend,

This hand, fast wound about thy coal-black hair,

Shall, whiles thy head is warm and new cut off,

Write in the dust this sentence with thy blood:

‘ Wind-changing Warwick now can change no more.’
change (v.) 3 change sides
wind-changing (adj.) changing with the direction of the wind, fickle

Enter Oxford, with drum and colours
colours (n.) 2 colour-ensigns, standard-bearers
colours (n.) 1 battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners See Topics: Frequency count


O, cheerful colours! See where Oxford comes!


Oxford, Oxford, for Lancaster!

He leads his forces into the city


The gates are open; let us enter too.


So other foes may set upon our backs.

Stand we in good array, for they no doubt

Will issue out again and bid us battle;
bid (v.), past form bade 4 offer, challenge

If not, the city being but of small defence,
small (adj.) 2 weak, poor

We'll quickly rouse the traitors in the same.
rouse (v.) 1 [hunting] startle from a lair, draw out


O, welcome, Oxford, for we want thy help.

Enter Montague, with drum and colours


Montague, Montague, for Lancaster!

He leads his forces into the city
buy (v.) pay for, suffer the consequences of


Thou and thy brother both shall buy this treason

Even with the dearest blood your bodies bear.
dear (adj.) 3 of great worth, valuable, precious


The harder matched, the greater victory;
hard (adj.) 1 strong, tough, powerful

My mind presageth happy gain and conquest.
happy (adj.) 1 fortunate, lucky, favoured
presage (v.) 2 predict, forecast

Enter Somerset, with drum and colours


Somerset, Somerset, for Lancaster!

He leads his forces into the city


Two of thy name, both Dukes of Somerset,

Have sold their lives unto the house of York,

And thou shalt be the third, if this sword hold.

Enter George, with drum and colours
sweep (v.) 1 strut, parade, move majestically


And lo, where George of Clarence sweeps along,

Of force enough to bid his brother battle;
bid (v.), past form bade 4 offer, challenge

With whom an upright zeal to right prevails
right (n.) 2 justice, rightfulness, justification

More than the nature of a brother's love!

Come, Clarence, come; thou wilt, if Warwick call.


Father of Warwick, know you what this means?

He takes his red rose out of his hat and throws it at


Look here, I throw my infamy at thee.

I will not ruinate my father's house,
ruinate (v.) reduce to ruins, bring to destruction

Who gave his blood to lime the stones together,
lime (v.) 3 cement, bind, fuse

And set up Lancaster. Why, trowest thou, Warwick,
trow (v.) 2 think, expect, believe

That Clarence is so harsh, so blunt, unnatural,
blunt (adj.) 4 rough, harsh, unsparing
unnatural (adj.) 1 against natural feeling, not in accord with kinship

To bend the fatal instruments of war
bend (v.) 1 aim, direct, level, turn

Against his brother and his lawful king?

Perhaps thou wilt object my holy oath;
object (v.) urge, adduce, bring up

To keep that oath were more impiety

Than Jephthah, when he sacrificed his daughter.

I am so sorry for my trespass made
trespass (n.) wrong, offence, injustice, crime

That, to deserve well at my brother's hands,

I here proclaim myself thy mortal foe,

With resolution, wheresoe'er I meet thee –

As I will meet thee, if thou stir abroad –
abroad (adv.) 3 away from home, out of the house

To plague thee for thy foul misleading me.

And so, proud-hearted Warwick, I defy thee,

And to my brother turn my blushing cheeks.

Pardon me, Edward, I will make amends;

And, Richard, do not frown upon my faults,
fault (n.) 1 sin, offence, crime

For I will henceforth be no more unconstant.
unconstant (adj.) changeable, fickle, unpredictable


Now welcome more, and ten times more beloved,

Than if thou never hadst deserved our hate.


Welcome, good Clarence; this is brother-like.


O passing traitor, perjured and unjust!
passing (adj.) 1 unsurpassed, extreme, pre-eminent
unjust (adj.) 2 unfaithful, false [to honour]


What, Warwick, wilt thou leave the town and fight?

Or shall we beat the stones about thine ears?


Alas, I am not cooped here for defence!
coop (v.) 1 shut in, enclose, confine

I will away towards Barnet presently,
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

And bid thee battle, Edward, if thou darest.


Yes, Warwick, Edward dares, and leads the way.

Lords, to the field; Saint George and victory!
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt Edward and his company

March. Warwick and his company follow

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