Henry VI Part 3


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Flourish. Enter Edward and Lady Grey, as king and

queen, George, Richard, Hastings, a nurse carrying

the infant prince, and attendants


EDWARD

Once more we sit in England's royal throne,

Repurchased with the blood of enemies.

What valiant foemen, like to autumn's corn,
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with

Have we mowed down in tops of all their pride!
pride (n.) 2 prime, best condition, fullness of growth
top / tops of, in (prep.) at the highest level of, at the peak of, in the forefront of

Three Dukes of Somerset, threefold renowned

For hardy and undoubted champions;
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
champion (n.) warrior, fighter, man of valour
undoubted (adj.) 2 absolute, assured, true

Two Cliffords, as the father and the son;

And two Northumberlands – two braver men

Ne'er spurred their coursers at the trumpet's sound;
courser (n.) swift horse, sprinter, charger

With them, the two brave bears, Warwick and Montague,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

That in their chains fettered the kingly lion

And made the forest tremble when they roared.

Thus have we swept suspicion from our seat
seat (n.) 1 throne
suspicion (n.) anxiety, apprehension, trepidation

And made our footstool of security.

Come hither, Bess, and let me kiss my boy.

Young Ned, for thee, thine uncles and myself

Have in our armours watched the winter's night,
watch (v.) 1 stay awake, keep vigil

Went all afoot in summer's scalding heat,

That thou mightst repossess the crown in peace;

And of our labours thou shalt reap the gain.


RICHARD

(aside)
blast (v.) 1 blight, wither, destroy
lay (v.) 8 flatten, bring down, lay low

I'll blast his harvest, if your head were laid;

For yet I am not looked on in the world.
look on (v.) 1 respect, hold in esteem, regard highly

This shoulder was ordained so thick to heave;
thick (adj.) 3 thickset, strong, sturdy

And heave it shall some weight or break my back.

Work thou the way, and that shall execute.


EDWARD

Clarence and Gloucester, love my lovely Queen;

And kiss your princely nephew, brothers both.


GEORGE

The duty that I owe unto your majesty
duty (n.) 1 act of loyalty, expression of homage

I seal upon the lips of this sweet babe.


LADY GREY

Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.


RICHARD

And that I love the tree from whence thou sprangest,

Witness the loving kiss I give the fruit.

(aside) To say the truth, so Judas kissed his master,

And cried ‘ All hail!’ when as he meant all harm.


EDWARD

Now am I seated as my soul delights,

Having my country's peace and brothers' loves.


GEORGE

What will your grace have done with Margaret?

Reignier, her father, to the King of France

Hath pawned the Sicils and Jerusalem,

And hither have they sent it for her ransom.


EDWARD

Away with her and waft her hence to France.
waft (v.) 2 carry, convey, transport [over the sea]

And now what rests but that we spend the time
rest (v.) 2 remain [to be done], be left

With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows,
triumph (n.) 1 public festivity, pageant, display of celebration, tournament

Such as befits the pleasure of the court?

Sound drums and trumpets! Farewell, sour annoy!
annoy (n.) 1 trouble, vexation, distress
sour (adj.) bitter, harsh, painful

For here, I hope, begins our lasting joy.

Exeunt

 
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