Henry VI Part 3


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Alarum and excursions. Enter Edward, bringing forth

Warwick wounded


EDWARD

So, lie thou there; die thou, and die our fear;

For Warwick was a bug that feared us all.
bug (n.) 1 bogey, bugbear, imaginary terror
fear (v.) 1 frighten, scare, terrify, daunt

Now, Montague, sit fast; I seek for thee,
fast (adj.) 1 constant, firm, steadfast

That Warwick's bones may keep thine company.

Exit


WARWICK

Ah, who is nigh? Come to me, friend or foe,
nigh (adj.) near, close

And tell me who is victor, York or Warwick?

Why ask I that? My mangled body shows,

My blood, my want of strength, my sick heart shows,
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth

That I must yield my body to the earth,

And, by my fall, the conquest to my foe.

Thus yields the cedar to the axe's edge,

Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle,

Under whose shade the ramping lion slept,
ramping (adj.) rampant, rearing up

Whose top branch over-peered Jove's spreading tree
overpeer (v.) 1 look down on, look out over, overlook

And kept low shrubs from winter's powerful wind.
keep (v.) 9 protect, defend, preserve

These eyes, that now are dimmed with death's black veil,

Have been as piercing as the midday sun,

To search the secret treasons of the world;
search (v.) 2 perceive, penetrate, discover

The wrinkles in my brows, now filled with blood,
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

Were likened oft to kingly sepulchres;
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

For who lived king, but I could dig his grave?

And who durst smile when Warwick bent his brow?
bend (v.) 4 [of brows] knit, wrinkle, frown
brow (n.) 3 eyebrow

Lo, now my glory smeared in dust and blood!

My parks, my walks, my manors that I had,
park (n.) hunting ground
walk (n.) 1 garden path, walkway

Even now forsake me, and of all my lands

Is nothing left me but my body's length.

Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?

And, live we how we can, yet die we must.

Enter Oxford and Somerset


SOMERSET

Ah, Warwick, Warwick! Wert thou as we are,

We might recover all our loss again.

The Queen from France hath brought a puissant power;
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
puissant (adj.) powerful, mighty, strong

Even now we heard the news. Ah, couldst thou fly!


WARWICK

Why, then I would not fly. Ah, Montague,

If thou be there, sweet brother, take my hand,

And with thy lips keep in my soul a while!

Thou lovest me not; for, brother, if thou didst,

Thy tears would wash this cold congealed blood

That glues my lips and will not let me speak.

Come quickly, Montague, or I am dead.


SOMERSET

Ah, Warwick! Montague hath breathed his last;

And to the latest gasp cried out for Warwick,
latest (adj.) last, final

And said ‘ Commend me to my valiant brother.’
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

And more he would have said, and more he spoke,

Which sounded like a cannon in a vault,

That mought not be distinguished; but at last

I well might hear, delivered with a groan,

‘ O, farewell, Warwick!’


WARWICK

Sweet rest his soul! Fly, lords, and save yourselves;

For Warwick bids you all farewell, to meet in heaven.

He dies


OXFORD

Away, away, to meet the Queen's great power.

Here they bear away his body. Exeunt

 
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