Henry VI Part 2


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Enter the King, Queen, Gloucester, Cardinal, and

Suffolk, with falconers hallooing


QUEEN

Believe me, lords, for flying at the brook,
fly (v.) 4 hawk, hunt with hawks

I saw not better sport these seven years' day;
day, these seven years' this past seven years, in a long time
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

Yet, by your leave, the wind was very high,

And, ten to one, old Joan had not gone out.


KING

But what a point, my lord, your falcon made,
point (n.) 9 [falconry] rising in the air, position [to attack prey]

And what a pitch she flew above the rest!
pitch (n.) 1 height [to which a bird of prey soars before swooping]

To see how God in all his creatures works!

Yea, man and birds are fain of climbing high.
fain (adj.) 3 fond, inclined [to], apt [to]


SUFFOLK

No marvel, an it like your majesty,
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness

My Lord Protector's hawks do tower so well;
tower (v.) [falconry] mount up to a great height, circle, soar

They know their master loves to be aloft,

And bears his thoughts above his falcon's pitch.


GLOUCESTER

My lord, 'tis but a base ignoble mind
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.


CARDINAL

I thought as much; he would be above the clouds.


GLOUCESTER

Ay, my lord Cardinal, how think you by that?

Were it not good your grace could fly to heaven?


KING

The treasury of everlasting joy.


CARDINAL

Thy heaven is on earth; thine eyes and thoughts

Beat on a crown, the treasure of thy heart,
beat on / upon (v.) be obsessed by, be preoccupied with

Pernicious Protector, dangerous peer,
dangerous (adj.) threatening, severe, menacing
pernicious (adj.) destructive, dangerous, ruinous

That smoothest it so with King and commonweal!
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic
smooth (v.) 2 adopt a flattering manner, make a plausible show, conciliate


GLOUCESTER

What, Cardinal, is your priesthood grown peremptory?
peremptory (adj.) 2 overbearing, imperious, dictatorial

Tantaene animis coelestibus irae?
tantaene... is there so much anger in heavenly minds? See Topics: Latin

Churchmen so hot? Good uncle, hide such malice;
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate

With such holiness can you do it?


SUFFOLK

No malice, sir; no more than well becomes
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

So good a quarrel and so bad a peer.
good (adj.) 7 just, right, commendable


GLOUCESTER

As who, my lord?


SUFFOLK

                         Why, as you, my lord,

An't like your lordly Lord's Protectorship.


GLOUCESTER

Why, Suffolk, England knows thine insolence.
insolence (n.) overbearing pride, haughtiness, presumptuous arrogance


QUEEN

And thy ambition, Gloucester.


KING

                         I prithee, peace,

Good Queen, and whet not on these furious peers;
whet on (v.) encourage, incite, egg on

For blessed are the peace-makers on earth.


CARDINAL

Let me be blessed for the peace I make

Against this proud Protector with my sword!


GLOUCESTER

(aside to Cardinal)

Faith, holy uncle, would 'twere come to that!


CARDINAL

(aside to Gloucester)

Marry, when thou darest.


GLOUCESTER

(aside to Cardinal)
factious (adj.) 1 sectarian, partisan, arising from factions

Make up no factious numbers for the matter;

In thine own person answer thy abuse.
abuse (n.) 2 offence, wrong, insult, transgression


CARDINAL

(aside to Gloucester)
peep (v.) 1 appear, show one's face

Ay, where thou darest not peep; an if thou darest,

This evening on the east side of the grove.


KING

How now, my lords?


CARDINAL

                         Believe me, cousin Gloucester,

Had not your man put up the fowl so suddenly,
put up (v.) 5 make rise from cover, raise

We had had more sport. (aside to Gloucester) Come with thy two-hand sword.


GLOUCESTER

True, uncle.


CARDINAL

(aside to Gloucester)
advised, avised (adj.) 2 agreed, in accord, determined

Are ye advised? The east side of the grove.


GLOUCESTER

(aside to Cardinal)

Cardinal, I am with you.


KING

                         Why, how now, uncle Gloucester?


GLOUCESTER

Talking of hawking; nothing else, my lord.

(aside to Cardinal)

Now, by God's mother, priest, I'll shave your crown for this,

Or all my fence shall fail.


CARDINAL

(aside to Gloucester)
fail (v.) 1 fall short, let down, disappoint
fence (n.) 1 fencing ability, skill at swordplay

                         Medice, teipsum
medice... physician, heal thyself See Topics: Latin

Protector, see to't well; protect yourself.


KING

The winds grow high; so do your stomachs, lords.
stomach (n.) 5 anger, resentment, vexation

How irksome is this music to my heart!

When such strings jar, what hope of harmony?
jar (v.) 2 grate, sound discordantly

I pray, my lords, let me compound this strife.
compound (v.) 1 agree, settle

Enter a Man crying ‘ A miracle!’


GLOUCESTER

What means this noise?

Fellow, what miracle dost thou proclaim?


MAN

A miracle! A miracle!


SUFFOLK

Come to the King and tell him what miracle.


MAN

Forsooth, a blind man at Saint Alban's shrine
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count

Within this half-hour hath received his sight,

A man that ne'er saw in his life before.


KING

Now God be praised, that to believing souls

Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair!

Enter the Mayor of Saint Albans and his brethren,

with music, bearing the man Simpcox between two

in a chair; Simpcox's Wife and others following


CARDINAL

Here comes the townsmen, on procession,

To present your highness with the man.


KING

Great is his comfort in this earthly vale,

Although by his sight his sin be multiplied.


GLOUCESTER

Stand by, my masters; bring him near the King.

His highness' pleasure is to talk with him.


KING

Good fellow, tell us here the circumstance,

That we for thee may glorify the Lord.

What, hast thou been long blind and now restored?


SIMPCOX

Born blind, an't please your grace.


WIFE

Ay, indeed was he.


SUFFOLK

What woman is this?


WIFE

His wife, an't like your worship.


GLOUCESTER

Hadst thou been his mother, thou couldst

have better told.


KING

Where wert thou born?


SIMPCOX

At Berwick in the north, an't like your grace.


KING

Poor soul, God's goodness hath been great to thee.

Let never day nor night unhallowed pass,
unhallowed (adj.) 2 without saying prayers, without devotion

But still remember what the Lord hath done.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


QUEEN

Tell me, good fellow, camest thou here by chance,

Or of devotion, to this holy shrine?


SIMPCOX

God knows, of pure devotion, being called

A hundred times and oftener, in my sleep,

By good Saint Alban, who said ‘ Simon, come;

Come, offer at my shrine, and I will help thee.’
offer (v.) 3 bring an offering, make a donation


WIFE

Most true, forsooth; and many time and oft
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

Myself have heard a voice to call him so.


CARDINAL

What, art thou lame?


SIMPCOX

                         Ay, God Almighty help me!


SUFFOLK

How camest thou so?


SIMPCOX

                         A fall off of a tree.


WIFE

A plum-tree, master.


GLOUCESTER

                         How long hast thou been blind?


SIMPCOX

O, born so, master.


GLOUCESTER

                         What! And wouldst climb a tree?


SIMPCOX

But that in all my life, when I was a youth.


WIFE

Too true; and bought his climbing very dear.


GLOUCESTER

Mass, thou loved'st plums well, that wouldst venture so.


SIMPCOX

Alas, good master, my wife desired some damsons,

And made me climb with danger of my life.


GLOUCESTER

A subtle knave! But yet it shall not serve.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
serve (v.) 2 suffice, be enough, do [for]
subtle, subtile (adj.) 1 crafty, cunning, wily

Let me see thine eyes; wink now; now open them.
wink (v.) 1 shut one's eyes

In my opinion yet thou seest not well.


SIMPCOX

Yes, master, clear as day, I thank God and

Saint Alban.


GLOUCESTER

Sayst thou me so? What colour is this cloak of?


SIMPCOX

Red, master, red as blood.


GLOUCESTER

Why, that's well said. What colour is my gown of?


SIMPCOX

Black, forsooth, coal-black as jet.
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count
jet (n.) type of black coal


KING

Why then, thou knowest what colour jet is of?


SUFFOLK

And yet, I think, jet did he never see.


GLOUCESTER

But cloaks and gowns before this day a many.


WIFE

Never, before this day, in all his life.


GLOUCESTER

Tell me, sirrah, what's my name?


SIMPCOX

Alas, master, I know not.


GLOUCESTER

What's his name?


SIMPCOX

I know not.


GLOUCESTER

Nor his?


SIMPCOX

No indeed, master.


GLOUCESTER

What's thine own name?


SIMPCOX

Saunder Simpcox, an if it please you, master.


GLOUCESTER

Then, Saunder, sit there, the lyingest knave
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
sit there there you are

in Christendom. If thou hadst been born blind, thou

mightest as well have known all our names as thus to

name the several colours we do wear. Sight may distinguish
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

of colours; but suddenly to nominate them all, it
nominate (v.) 2 give names to, mention by name
suddenly (adv.) 2 extempore, spontaneously, off the cuff

is impossible. My lords, Saint Alban here hath done a

miracle; and would ye not think his cunning to be great,
cunning (n.) 1 skill, ability, expertise

that could restore this cripple to his legs again?


SIMPCOX

O master, that you could!


GLOUCESTER

My masters of Saint Albans, have you not

beadles in your town, and things called whips?


MAYOR

Yes, my lord, if it please your grace.


GLOUCESTER

Then send for one presently.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


MAYOR

Sirrah, go fetch the beadle hither straight.
beadle (n.) 1 parish constable
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Exit an attendant


GLOUCESTER

Now fetch me a stool hither by and by.
by and by (adv.) 1 immediately, straightaway, directly

Now, sirrah, if you mean to save yourself from whipping,

leap me over this stool and run away.


SIMPCOX

Alas, master, I am not able to stand alone. You

go about to torture me in vain.
go about (v.) 2 take in hand, make busy, set in motion

Enter a Beadle with whips


GLOUCESTER

Well, sir, we must have you find your legs.

Sirrah beadle, whip him till he leap over that same

stool.


BEADLE

I will, my lord. Come on, sirrah, off with your

doublet quickly.


SIMPCOX

Alas, master, what shall I do? I am not able

to stand.

After the Beadle hath hit him once, he leaps over the

stool and runs away; and they follow and cry ‘ A

miracle!’


KING

O God, seest thou this, and bearest so long?
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 6 tolerate, endure, put up with


QUEEN

It made me laugh to see the villain run.


GLOUCESTER

Follow the knave, and take this drab away.
drab (n.) harlot, slut, whore


WIFE

Alas, sir, we did it for pure need.


GLOUCESTER

Let them be whipped through every market-town

Till they come to Berwick, from whence they came.

Exeunt Mayor and townspeople,

and the Beadle dragging Simpcox's Wife


CARDINAL

Duke Humphrey has done a miracle today.


SUFFOLK

True; made the lame to leap and fly away.


GLOUCESTER

But you have done more miracles than I;

You made in a day, my lord, whole towns to fly.
fly (v.) 1 leave, run away [from], flee

Enter Buckingham


KING

What tidings with our cousin Buckingham?


BUCKINGHAM

Such as my heart doth tremble to unfold:
unfold (v.) 1 display, reveal, show

A sort of naughty persons, lewdly bent,
bent (adj.) 1 determined, intent, resolved
lewdly (adv.) 1 wickedly, evilly, mischievously
naughty (adj.) 1 wicked, evil, vile
sort (n.) 2 pack, crowd, gang

Under the countenance and confederacy
confederacy (n.) 2 complicity, collusion, connivance
countenance (n.) 6 favour, patronage, approval

Of Lady Eleanor, the Protector's wife,

The ringleader and head of all this rout,
head (n.) 4 leader, chief, director
rout (n.) 1 band, company, crowd

Have practised dangerously against your state,
practise (v.) 1 plot, scheme, conspire

Dealing with witches and with conjurers,

Whom we have apprehended in the fact,
fact, in the in the act, red-handed

Raising up wicked spirits from under ground,

Demanding of King Henry's life and death,
demand (v.) 1 request to tell, question, ask [about]

And other of your highness' Privy Council,

As more at large your grace shall understand.
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly


CARDINAL

And so, my Lord Protector, by this means

Your lady is forthcoming yet at London.
forthcoming (adj.) 2 in custody, awaiting trial

(aside to Gloucester)
turn (v.) 1 change, transform, alter

This news, I think, hath turned your weapon's edge;

'Tis like, my lord, you will not keep your hour.
hour (n.) 2 [time of] appointment, engagement, meeting
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count


GLOUCESTER

Ambitious churchman, leave to afflict my heart.
leave (v.) 1 cease, stop, give up

Sorrow and grief have vanquished all my powers;
power (n.) 8 faculty, function, ability

And, vanquished as I am, I yield to thee

Or to the meanest groom.
mean (adj.) 1 of low rank, inferior in position, less important


KING

O God, what mischiefs work the wicked ones,

Heaping confusion on their own heads thereby!
confusion (n.) 1 destruction, overthrow, ruin


QUEEN

Gloucester, see here the tainture of thy nest,
tainture (n.) tainting, staining, defilement

And look thyself be faultless, thou wert best.


GLOUCESTER

Madam, for myself, to heaven I do appeal,

How I have loved my king and commonweal;
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic

And for my wife I know not how it stands.
stand (v.) 1 be, appear

Sorry I am to hear what I have heard.

Noble she is; but if she have forgot

Honour and virtue, and conversed with such
converse (v.) associate, keep company

As, like to pitch, defile nobility,
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with
pitch (n.) 3 black tar-like substance [used to waterproof planks, etc; often, a symbol of defilement]

I banish her my bed and company,

And give her as a prey to law and shame

That hath dishonoured Gloucester's honest name.


KING

Well, for this night we will repose us here;

Tomorrow toward London back again,

To look into this business thoroughly,

And call these foul offenders to their answers,
answer (n.) 2 interrogation, cross-examination, appearance in court, trial

And poise the cause in Justice' equal scales,
poise (v.) balance, weigh, make even

Whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails.
beam (n.) 2 balance, scales, counterpoise
sure (adj.) 1 certain, definite, reliable

Flourish. Exeunt

 
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