Henry VI Part 2

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Enter the King, Salisbury, and Warwicke, to theEnter the King, Salisbury, and Warwick, to the 2H6 III.iii.1.1
Cardinal in bed.Cardinal in bed 2H6 III.iii.1.2
King. KING 
How fare's my Lord? Speake Beauford to thy Soueraigne.How fares my lord? Speak, Beaufort, to thy sovereign.fare (v.)
get on, manage, do, cope
2H6 III.iii.1
If thou beest death, Ile giue thee Englands Treasure,If thou beest Death, I'll give thee England's treasure, 2H6 III.iii.2
Enough to purchase such another Island,Enough to purchase such another island, 2H6 III.iii.3
So thou wilt let me liue, and feele no paine.So thou wilt let me live, and feel no pain. 2H6 III.iii.4
King. KING 
Ah, what a signe it is of euill life,Ah, what a sign it is of evil life 2H6 III.iii.5
Where death's approach is seene so terrible.Where death's approach is seen so terrible! 2H6 III.iii.6
Beauford, it is thy Soueraigne speakes to thee.Beaufort, it is thy sovereign speaks to thee. 2H6 III.iii.7
Bring me vnto my Triall when you will.Bring me unto my trial when you will. 2H6 III.iii.8
Dy'de he not in his bed? Where should he dye?Died he not in his bed? Where should he die? 2H6 III.iii.9
Can I make men liue where they will or no?Can I make men live whe'er they will or no? 2H6 III.iii.10
Oh torture me no more, I will confesse.O, torture me no more! I will confess. 2H6 III.iii.11
Aliue againe? Then shew me where he is,Alive again? Then show me where he is; 2H6 III.iii.12
Ile giue a thousand pound to looke vpon him.I'll give a thousand pound to look upon him. 2H6 III.iii.13
He hath no eyes, the dust hath blinded them.He hath no eyes; the dust hath blinded them. 2H6 III.iii.14
Combe downe his haire; looke, looke, it stands vpright,Comb down his hair; look, look, it stands upright, 2H6 III.iii.15
Like Lime-twigs set to catch my winged soule:Like lime-twigs set to catch my winged soul.lime-twig (n.)
twig smeared with birdlime
2H6 III.iii.16
Giue me some drinke, and bid the ApothecarieGive me some drink; and bid the apothecaryapothecary, pothecary (n.)

old form: Apothecarie
one who prepares and sells medicinal drugs
2H6 III.iii.17
Bring the strong poyson that I bought of him.Bring the strong poison that I bought of him. 2H6 III.iii.18
King. KING 
Oh thou eternall mouer of the heauens,O thou eternal mover of the heavens, 2H6 III.iii.19
Looke with a gentle eye vpon this Wretch,Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch;gentle (adj.)
soft, tender, kind
2H6 III.iii.20
Oh beate away the busie medling Fiend,O, beat away the busy meddling fiendmeddling (adj.)

old form: medling
interfering, intruding
2H6 III.iii.21
That layes strong siege vnto this wretches soule,That lays strong siege unto this wretch's soul, 2H6 III.iii.22
And from his bosome purge this blacke dispaire.And from his bosom purge this black despair. 2H6 III.iii.23
See how the pangs of death do make him grin.See how the pangs of death do make him grin!grin (v.)
bare the teeth, grimace, snarl
2H6 III.iii.24
Disturbe him not, let him passe peaceably.Disturb him not; let him pass peaceably.pass (v.)

old form: passe
pass away, pass from life, die
2H6 III.iii.25
King. KING 
Peace to his soule, if Gods good pleasure be.Peace to his soul, if God's good pleasure be! 2H6 III.iii.26
Lord Card'nall, if thou think'st on heauens blisse,Lord Cardinal, if thou thinkest on heaven's bliss, 2H6 III.iii.27
Hold vp thy hand, make signall of thy hope.Hold up thy hand, make signal of thy hope.signal (n.)
sign, indication, token
2H6 III.iii.28
The Cardinal dies 2H6 III.ii.28
He dies and makes no signe: Oh God forgiue him.He dies and makes no sign. O God, forgive him! 2H6 III.iii.29
So bad a death, argues a monstrous life.So bad a death argues a monstrous life.argue (v.)
indicate, betoken, be evidence of
2H6 III.iii.30
King. KING 
Forbeare to iudge, for we are sinners all.Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.forbear (v.)

old form: Forbeare
leave alone, avoid, stay away [from]
2H6 III.iii.31
Close vp his eyes, and draw the Curtaine close,Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close; 2H6 III.iii.32
And let vs all to Meditation. And let us all to meditation.meditation (n.)
prayer, spiritual contemplation
2H6 III.iii.33
Exeunt.Exeunt 2H6 III.iii.33
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