Henry VI Part 3

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Alarum. Excursions. Enter Warwick
forspent (adj.) exhausted, worn out


Forspent with toil, as runners with a race,

I lay me down a little while to breathe;
breathe (v.) 2 catch breath, pause, rest

For strokes received, and many blows repaid,

Have robbed my strong-knit sinews of their strength,
sinew (n.) 1 muscle

And, spite of spite, needs must I rest a while.
spite of spite whatever happens, come what may

Enter Edward, running
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind
ungentle (adj.) 2 unkind, callous, inconsiderate


Smile, gentle heaven, or strike, ungentle death!

For this world frowns, and Edward's sun is clouded.


How now, my lord! What hap? What hope of good?
hap (n.) 1 fortune, lot, fate

Enter George
hap (n.) 1 fortune, lot, fate
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy


Our hap is loss, our hope but sad despair;

Our ranks are broke, and ruin follows us.

What counsel give you? Whither shall we fly?


Bootless is flight; they follow us with wings,
bootless (adj.) useless, worthless, fruitless, unavailing

And weak we are and cannot shun pursuit.

Enter Richard


Ah, Warwick, why hast thou withdrawn thyself?

Thy brother's blood the thirsty earth hath drunk,

Broached with the steely point of Clifford's lance;
broach (v.) 3 draw out, set flowing, cause to spurt out [by piercing]

And in the very pangs of death he cried,

Like to a dismal clangour heard from far,
clangor, clangour (n.) clanging, ringing, reverberation
dismal (adj.) 2 sinister, ominous, malign
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with

‘ Warwick, revenge! Brother, revenge my death!’

So, underneath the belly of their steeds,

That stained their fetlocks in his smoking blood,
smoking (adj.) steaming hot, sending up spray

The noble gentleman gave up the ghost.


Then let the earth be drunken with our blood;

I'll kill my horse, because I will not fly.

Why stand we like soft-hearted women here,
stand (v.) 2 continue, remain, wait, stay put

Wailing our losses, whiles the foe doth rage;
wail (v.) bewail, lament, grieve [for]

And look upon, as if the tragedy
look upon (v.) 2 look on, act like a spectator

Were played in jest by counterfeiting actors?
counterfeiting (n.) 2 role-playing, pretending

Here on my knee I vow to God above

I'll never pause again, never stand still,

Till either death hath closed these eyes of mine

Or fortune given me measure of revenge.
measure (n.) 3 due proportion, appropriate degree, full quantity


O Warwick, I do bend my knee with thine;

And in this vow do chain my soul to thine!

And, ere my knee rise from the earth's cold face,

I throw my hands, mine eyes, my heart to Thee,

Thou setter-up and plucker-down of kings,

Beseeching Thee, if with Thy will it stands
stand (v.) 12 accord, agree, hold good, be compatible

That to my foes this body must be prey,

Yet that Thy brazen gates of heaven may ope
brazen (adj.) 1 everlasting, imperishable, impenetrable

And give sweet passage to my sinful soul!
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count

Now, lords, take leave until we meet again,

Where'er it be, in heaven or in earth.


Brother, give me thy hand; and, gentle Warwick,

Let me embrace thee in my weary arms.

I, that did never weep, now melt with woe

That winter should cut off our spring-time so.


Away, away! Once more, sweet lords, farewell.


Yet let us all together to our troops,

And give them leave to fly that will not stay;

And call them pillars that will stand to us;
stand to (v.) 2 stand by, side with, support

And, if we thrive, promise them such rewards

As victors wear at the Olympian games.

This may plant courage in their quailing breasts;

For yet is hope of life and victory.

Forslow no longer; make we hence amain.
amain (adv.) 1 in all haste, at full speed
forslow (v.) be slow, delay, put off


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