Henry VI Part 2


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Enter York, Salisbury, and Warwick


YORK

Now, my good lords of Salisbury and Warwick,

Our simple supper ended, give me leave,

In this close walk, to satisfy myself
close (adj.) 2 private, secluded, sequestered
walk (n.) 1 garden path, walkway

In craving your opinion of my title,
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

Which is infallible, to the English crown.


SALISBURY

My lord, I long to hear it at full.


WARWICK

Sweet York, begin; and if thy claim be good,

The Nevils are thy subjects to command.


YORK

Then thus:

Edward the Third, my lords, had seven sons:

The first, Edward the Black Prince, Prince of Wales;

The second, William of Hatfield; and the third,

Lionel Duke of Clarence; next to whom

Was John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster;

The fifth was Edmund Langley, Duke of York;

The sixth was Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester;

William of Windsor was the seventh and last.

Edward the Black Prince died before his father,

And left behind him Richard, his only son,

Who, after Edward the Third's death, reigned as king

Till Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster,

The eldest son and heir of John of Gaunt,

Crowned by the name of Henry the Fourth,

Seized on the realm, deposed the rightful king,

Sent his poor queen to France, from whence she came,

And him to Pomfret; where, as all you know,

Harmless Richard was murdered traitorously.


WARWICK

Father, the Duke hath told the truth;

Thus got the house of Lancaster the crown.


YORK

Which now they hold by force and not by right;

For Richard, the first son's heir, being dead,

The issue of the next son should have reigned.
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count


SALISBURY

But William of Hatfield died without an heir.


YORK

The third son, Duke of Clarence, from whose line

I claim the crown, had issue Philippe, a daughter,
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

Who married Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March;

Edmund had issue, Roger Earl of March;

Roger had issue, Edmund, Anne, and Eleanor.


SALISBURY

This Edmund, in the reign of Bolingbroke,

As I have read, laid claim unto the crown,

And, but for Owen Glendower, had been king,

Who kept him in captivity till he died.

But to the rest.


YORK

                         His eldest sister, Anne,

My mother, being heir unto the crown,

Married Richard Earl of Cambridge, who was

To Edmund Langley, Edward the Third's fifth son, son.

By her I claim the kingdom; she was heir

To Roger Earl of March, who was the son

Of Edmund Mortimer, who married Philippe,

Sole daughter unto Lionel Duke of Clarence;

So, if the issue of the elder son
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

Succeed before the younger, I am king.


WARWICK

What plain proceedings is more plain than this?
proceeding (n.) 4 (plural) line of descent, pedigree

Henry doth claim the crown from John of Gaunt,

The fourth son; York claims it from the third.

Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign;
fail (v.) 2 die out, come to an end

It fails not yet, but flourishes in thee,

And in thy sons, fair slips of such a stock.
slip (n.) 1 seedling, sprig, shoot, cutting

Then, father Salisbury, kneel we together,

And in this private plot be we the first
private (adj.) 2 secluded, unfrequented, remote

That shall salute our rightful sovereign

With honour of his birthright to the crown.


WARWICK and SALISBURY

Long live our sovereign Richard, England's king!


YORK

We thank you, lords; but I am not your king

Till I be crowned, and that my sword be stained

With heart-blood of the house of Lancaster;

And that's not suddenly to be performed
suddenly (adv.) 1 immediately, at once, without delay

But with advice and silent secrecy.
advice (n.) 1 consideration, reflection, deliberation

Do you as I do in these dangerous days,

Wink at the Duke of Suffolk's insolence,
wink (v.) 1 shut one's eyes

At Beaufort's pride, at Somerset's ambition,

At Buckingham, and all the crew of them,

Till they have snared the shepherd of the flock,

That virtuous prince, the good Duke Humphrey.

'Tis that they seek; and they, in seeking that,

Shall find their deaths, if York can prophesy.


SALISBURY

My lord, break we off; we know your mind at full.
break off (v.) 2 stop talking, finish a discussion


WARWICK

My heart assures me that the Earl of Warwick

Shall one day make the Duke of York a king.


YORK

And, Neville, this I do assure myself:

Richard shall live to make the Earl of Warwick

The greatest man in England but the king.

Exeunt

 
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