Henry VI Part 2


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter two Murderers running over the stage from

the murder of the Duke of Gloucester


FIRST MURDERER

Run to my Lord of Suffolk; let him know

We have dispatched the Duke as he commanded.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 3 kill, put to death, make away with, finish off


SECOND MURDERER

O that it were to do! What have we done?

Didst ever hear a man so penitent?

Enter Suffolk


FIRST MURDERER

Here comes my lord.


SUFFOLK

Now, sirs, have you dispatched this thing?
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly


FIRST MURDERER

Ay, my good lord, he's dead.


SUFFOLK

Why, that's well said. Go, get you to my house;
said, well well done

I will reward you for this venturous deed.
venturous (adj.) adventurous, daring, bold

The King and all the peers are here at hand.

Have you laid fair the bed? Is all things well,
fair (adv.) 3 tidily, neatly, becomingly

According as I gave directions?


FIRST MURDERER

'Tis, my good lord.


SUFFOLK

Away, be gone!

Exeunt Murderers

Sound trumpets. Enter the King, Queen, Cardinal,

and Somerset, with attendants


KING

Go, call our uncle to our presence straight;
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Say we intend to try his grace today.

If he be guilty, as 'tis published.
publish (v.) 1 announce, make public, make generally known


SUFFOLK

I'll call him presently, my noble lord.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Exit


KING

Lords, take your places; and, I pray you all,

Proceed no straiter 'gainst our uncle Gloucester
strait (adv.) stringently, strictly, harshly

Than from true evidence of good esteem,
esteem (n.) 1 value, estimation, worth
evidence (n.) 1 witness, testimony, avowal

He be approved in practice culpable.
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate
practice (n.) 2 trickery, treachery


QUEEN

God forbid any malice should prevail

That faultless may condemn a noble man!

Pray God he may acquit him of suspicion!


KING

I thank thee, Meg; these words content me much.

Enter Suffolk

How now? Why lookest thou so pale? Why tremblest thou?

Where is our uncle? What's the matter, Suffolk?


SUFFOLK

Dead in his bed, my lord. Gloucester is dead.


QUEEN

Marry, God forfend!


CARDINAL

God's secret judgement; I did dream tonight
tonight (adv.) last night, this past night

The Duke was dumb and could not speak a word.

The King swoons
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count


QUEEN

How fares my lord? Help, lords! The King is dead.


SOMERSET

Rear up his body; wring him by the nose.
rear (v.) 1 raise, lift up


QUEEN

Run, go, help, help! O Henry, ope thine eyes!
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count


SUFFOLK

He doth revive again. Madam, be patient.


KING

O heavenly God!


QUEEN

                         How fares my gracious lord?


SUFFOLK

Comfort, my sovereign! Gracious Henry, comfort!


KING

What, doth my lord of Suffolk comfort me?

Came he right now to sing a raven's note,
right (adv.) 2 just, precisely

Whose dismal tune bereft my vital powers;
bereave (v.) 1 take away [from], deprive, deny, rob
power (n.) 8 faculty, function, ability
vital (adj.) life-supporting, animating

And thinks he that the chirping of a wren,

By crying comfort from a hollow breast,
hollow (adj.) 1 empty, false, insincere

Can chase away the first-conceived sound?
first-conceived (adj.) first perceived, previously heard

Hide not thy poison with such sugared words;

Lay not thy hands on me; forbear, I say;
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count

Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting.

Thou baleful messenger, out of my sight!
baleful (adj.) deadly, mortal, malignant

Upon thy eyeballs murderous tyranny

Sits in grim majesty to fright the world.
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

Look not upon me, for thine eyes are wounding;

Yet do not go away; come, basilisk,
basilisk (n.) 1 mythical serpent which killed with its look

And kill the innocent gazer with thy sight;

For in the shade of death I shall find joy,

In life but double death, now Gloucester's dead.


QUEEN

Why do you rate my lord of Suffolk thus?
rate (v.) 1 berate, reproach, rebuke, scold

Although the Duke was enemy to him,

Yet he, most Christian-like, laments his death;

And for myself, foe as he was to me,

Might liquid tears or heart-offending groans
heart-offending (adj.) heart-damaging

Or blood-consuming sighs recall his life,

I would be blind with weeping, sick with groans,

Look pale as primrose with blood-drinking sighs,
blood-drinking (adj.) 2 draining the blood away [from the face]

And all to have the noble Duke alive.

What know I how the world may deem of me?
deem (v.) judge, estimate, appraise

For it is known we were but hollow friends;
hollow (adj.) 1 empty, false, insincere

It may be judged I made the Duke away;
judge (v.) 1 suppose, consider, think

So shall my name with slander's tongue be wounded,

And princes' courts be filled with my reproach.
reproach (n.) 1 blame, disgrace, shame

This get I by his death. Ay me, unhappy,

To be a queen and crowned with infamy!


KING

Ah, woe is me for Gloucester, wretched man!


QUEEN

Be woe for me, more wretched than he is.
woe (adj.) sorry, sorrowful, sad See Topics: Regrets

What, dost thou turn away and hide thy face?

I am no loathsome leper; look on me.

What! Art thou like the adder waxen deaf?
wax (v.) 1 grow, become, turn

Be poisonous too and kill thy forlorn Queen.

Is all thy comfort shut in Gloucester's tomb?

Why, then, Dame Margaret was ne'er thy joy.

Erect his statue and worship it,

And make my image but an alehouse sign.

Was I for this nigh wrecked upon the sea,
nigh (adv.) nearly, almost

And twice by awkward wind from England's bank
awkward (adj.) 1 unfavourable, contrary, adverse
bank (n.) 1 coast, shore

Drove back again unto my native clime?
clime (n.) land, region, realm

What boded this, but well forewarning wind
bode (v.) 1 forebode, portend, predict, augur
well-forwarning (adj.) giving an accurate early warning, truth-predicting

Did seem to say ‘ Seek not a scorpion's nest,

Nor set no footing on this unkind shore?’
footing, set set foot
unkind (adj.) 1 hostile, cruel, harsh

What did I then, but cursed the gentle gusts
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

And he that loosed them forth their brazen caves;
brazen (adj.) 2 made of brass, very strong, powerful
loose (v.) 2 release, let out, set free

And bid them blow towards England's blessed shore,

Or turn our stern upon a dreadful rock.

Yet Aeolus would not be a murderer,

But left that dreadful office unto thee;
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

The pretty vaulting sea refused to drown me,
vaulting (adj.) rising and falling

Knowing that thou wouldst have me drowned on shore

With tears as salt as sea through thy unkindness.

The splitting rocks cowered in the sinking sands,
splitting (adj.) capable of causing ships to be split asunder

And would not dash me with their ragged sides,

Because thy flinty heart, more hard than they,

Might in thy palace perish Margaret.
perish (v.) destroy, wither, become ruined

As far as I could ken thy chalky cliffs,
ken (v.) 1 see, make out, espy

When from thy shore the tempest beat us back,

I stood upon the hatches in the storm,

And when the dusky sky began to rob

My earnest-gaping sight of thy land's view,
earnest-gaping (adj.) eagerly peering, gazing with special intensity

I took a costly jewel from my neck –

A heart it was, bound in with diamonds –

And threw it towards thy land. The sea received it,

And so I wished thy body might my heart;

And even with this I lost fair England's view,

And bid mine eyes be packing with my heart,
pack (v.) 1 take [oneself] off, be off, depart

And called them blind and dusky spectacles
spectacles (n.) 1 instruments of vision, eyes

For losing ken of Albion's wished coast.
ken (n.) range of sight, view, visible distance
wished (adj.) longed-for, desired

How often have I tempted Suffolk's tongue –
tempt (v.) 2 persuade, entice, invite

The agent of thy foul inconstancy –

To sit and witch me, as Ascanius did
witch (v.) bewitch, charm, enchant

When he to madding Dido would unfold
madding (adj.) 1 becoming mad, frenzied
unfold (v.) 3 relate, recount, narrate

His father's acts, commenced in burning Troy!

Am I not witched like her? Or thou not false like him?
witch (v.) bewitch, charm, enchant

Ay me! I can no more. Die, Margaret!

For Henry weeps that thou dost live so long.

Noise within. Enter Warwick, Salisbury, and many

commons


WARWICK

It is reported, mighty sovereign,
common (n.) 1 (people) common people, ordinary citizens

That good Duke Humphrey traitorously is murdered

By Suffolk and the Cardinal Beaufort's means.

The commons, like an angry hive of bees
common (n.) 1 (people) common people, ordinary citizens

That want their leader, scatter up and down
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

And care not who they sting in his revenge.

Myself have calmed their spleenful mutiny,
mutiny (n.) 1 riot, civil disturbance, state of discord
spleenful (adj.) passionate, furious, hot-headed

Until they hear the order of his death.
order (n.) 5 manner, process, method


KING

That he is dead, good Warwick, 'tis too true;

But how he died God knows, not Henry.

Enter his chamber, view his breathless corpse,
breathless (adj.) lifeless, dead

And comment then upon his sudden death.
comment (v.) 1 speculate, conjecture, give an opinion


WARWICK

That shall I do, my liege. Stay, Salisbury,

With the rude multitude till I return.
rude (adj.) 4 uncivilized, uncultivated, unrefined

Exeunt Warwick, then Salisbury

and the commons


KING

O Thou that judgest all things, stay my thoughts,
stay (v.) 11 retain, keep back, withhold
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

My thoughts that labour to persuade my soul

Some violent hands were laid on Humphrey's life.

If my suspect be false, forgive me, God,
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken
suspect (n.) suspicion, mistrust, doubt

For judgement only doth belong to Thee.

Fain would I go to chafe his paly lips
chafe (v.) 3 warm, inflame, rouse
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count
paly (adj.) 1 pallid, bloodless, colourless

With twenty thousand kisses, and to drain

Upon his face an ocean of salt tears,

To tell my love unto his dumb deaf trunk,

And with my fingers feel his hand unfeeling;
unfeeling (adj.) incapable of feeling, insensible

But all in vain are these mean obsequies,
mean (adj.) 3 unworthy, insignificant, unimportant
obsequy (n.) funeral rite, burial ceremony

And to survey his dead and earthy image,
earthy (adj.) 1 of the earth, made of clay

What were it but to make my sorrow greater?

Bed put forth with Gloucester's body in it. Enter

Warwick


WARWICK

Come hither, gracious sovereign, view this body.


KING

That is to see how deep my grave is made;

For with his soul fled all my worldly solace,

For, seeing him, I see my life in death.


WARWICK

As surely as my soul intends to live

With that dread King that took our state upon Him
dread (adj.) 1 revered, deeply honoured, held in awe
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs

To free us from His Father's wrathful curse,

I do believe that violent hands were laid

Upon the life of this thrice-famed Duke.


SUFFOLK

A dreadful oath, sworn with a solemn tongue!

What instance gives Lord Warwick for his vow?
instance (n.) 1 sign, evidence, proof


WARWICK

See how the blood is settled in his face.
settled (adj.) 5 not flowing, still, congealed

Oft have I seen a timely-parted ghost
ghost (n.) 2 dead body, corpse
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count
timely-parted (adj.) naturally departed, who has died a natural death

Of ashy semblance, meagre, pale, and bloodless,
meagre (adj.) 1 lean, gaunt, emaciated
semblance (n.) 1 appearance, outward show

Being all descended to the labouring heart;

Who, in the conflict that it holds with death,

Attracts the same for aidance 'gainst the enemy;
aidance (n.) aid, assistance, help

Which with the heart there cools, and ne'er returneth

To blush and beautify the cheek again.

But see, his face is black and full of blood,

His eyeballs further out than when he lived,

Staring full ghastly like a strangled man;

His hair upreared, his nostrils stretched with struggling;
stretch (v.) 3 open wide, extend
upreared (adj.) standing on end

His hands abroad displayed, as one that grasped
abroad (adv.) 4 wide apart
displayed (adj.) 2 extended, stretched, spread

And tugged for life, and was by strength subdued.
tug (v.) contend, vie, strive in opposition

Look, on the sheets his hair, you see, is sticking;

His well-proportioned beard made rough and rugged,
rugged (adj.) 1 hairy, shaggy, bristling

Like to the summer's corn by tempest lodged.
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with
lodge (v.) 2 beat down, flatten, make level

It cannot be but he was murdered here;

The least of all these signs were probable.
probable (adj.) 3 worthy of belief, sufficient proof


SUFFOLK

Why, Warwick, who should do the Duke to death?

Myself and Beaufort had him in protection;

And we, I hope, sir, are no murderers.


WARWICK

But both of you were vowed Duke Humphrey's foes,

And you, forsooth, had the good Duke to keep;
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count
keep (v.) 3 guard, watch, tend

'Tis like you would not feast him like a friend,
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

And 'tis well seen he found an enemy.
well (adv.) 1 easily, clearly, readily


QUEEN

Then you belike suspect these noblemen
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

As guilty of Duke Humphrey's timeless death.
timeless (adj.) untimely, premature, ill-timed


WARWICK

Who finds the heifer dead and bleeding fresh,

And sees fast by a butcher with an axe,
fast (adj.) 5 close, very near [to]

But will suspect 'twas he that made the slaughter?

Who finds the partridge in the puttock's nest,
puttock (n.) kite; greedy scavenger

But may imagine how the bird was dead,
dead (adj.) 7 deprived of life, killed

Although the kite soar with unbloodied beak?

Even so suspicious is this tragedy.


QUEEN

Are you the butcher, Suffolk? Where's your knife?

Is Beaufort termed a kite? Where are his talons?


SUFFOLK

I wear no knife to slaughter sleeping men;

But here's a vengeful sword, rusted with ease,
ease (n.) 2 disuse, neglect, idleness

That shall be scoured in his rancorous heart
scour (n.) rub clean, restore to brightness

That slanders me with murder's crimson badge.

Say, if thou darest, proud Lord of Warwickshire,

That I am faulty in Duke Humphrey's death.
faulty (adj.) guilty, blameworthy, culpable

Exit Cardinal


WARWICK

What dares not Warwick, if false Suffolk dare him?
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count


QUEEN

He dares not calm his contumelious spirit,
contumelious (adj.) contemptuous, arrogant, insolent

Nor cease to be an arrogant controller,
controller (n.) 2 detractor, censorious critic, slanderer

Though Suffolk dare him twenty thousand times.


WARWICK

Madam, be still, with reverence may I say,
still (adj.) 1 silent, quiet

For every word you speak in his behalf

Is slander to your royal dignity.


SUFFOLK

Blunt-witted lord, ignoble in demeanour!

If ever lady wronged her lord so much,

Thy mother took into her blameful bed
blameful (adj.) guilty, blameworthy, shameful

Some stern untutored churl, and noble stock
churl (n.) 1 peasant, serf, rustic
stern (adj.) 2 coarse, rough, rugged
stock (n.) 1 tree, family-tree, ancestry
untutored (adj.) badly brought up, untaught, inexperienced

Was graft with crab-tree slip, whose fruit thou art,
graft (v.) insert, implant, make grow
slip (n.) 1 seedling, sprig, shoot, cutting

And never of the Nevils' noble race.


WARWICK

But that the guilt of murder bucklers thee
buckler (v.) 2 shield, protect, defend

And I should rob the deathsman of his fee,
deathsman (n.) executioner

Quitting thee thereby of ten thousand shames,
quit (v.) 1 rid, free, relieve

And that my sovereign's presence makes me mild,

I would, false murderous coward, on thy knee
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

Make thee beg pardon for thy passed speech,
passed (adj.) recently uttered, just expressed

And say it was thy mother that thou meantest;

That thou thyself was born in bastardy;

And, after all this fearful homage done,
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear
homage (n.) 2 submission, servility, respectful acknowledgement

Give thee thy hire and send thy soul to hell,
hire (n.) wages, payment, earnings

Pernicious blood-sucker of sleeping men!
pernicious (adj.) destructive, dangerous, ruinous


SUFFOLK

Thou shalt be waking while I shed thy blood,
waking (adj.) awake, wakeful

If from this presence thou darest go with me.
presence (n.) 2 royal reception chamber


WARWICK

Away even now, or I will drag thee hence.

Unworthy though thou art, I'll cope with thee,
cope, cope with (v.) 1 encounter, face, have to do [with], come into contact [with]

And do some service to Duke Humphrey's ghost.

Exeunt Suffolk and Warwick


KING

What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted!
untainted (adj.) 1 unblemished, unsullied, pure

Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just;
quarrel (n.) cause of complaint, reason for hostility, difference, claim

And he but naked, though locked up in steel,
naked (adj.) 1 defenceless, undefended, unarmed
steel (n.) 1 armour

Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.

A noise within


QUEEN

What noise is this?

Enter Suffolk and Warwick, with their weapons

drawn


KING

Why, how now, lords! Your wrathful weapons drawn

Here in our presence? Dare you be so bold?
presence (n.) 2 royal reception chamber

Why, what tumultuous clamour have we here?


SUFFOLK

The traitorous Warwick, with the men of Bury,

Set all upon me, mighty sovereign.

Enter Salisbury


SALISBURY

(to the commons within)

Sirs, stand apart; the King shall know your mind.

Dread lord, the commons send you word by me,
common (n.) 1 (people) common people, ordinary citizens
dread (adj.) 1 revered, deeply honoured, held in awe

Unless Lord Suffolk straight be done to death,
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Or banished fair England's territories,

They will by violence tear him from your palace

And torture him with grievous lingering death.

They say by him the good Duke Humphrey died;

They say in him they fear your highness' death;

And mere instinct of love and loyalty,
instinct (n.) impulse, prompting, urge
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count

Free from a stubborn opposite intent,
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count
opposite (adj.) opposed, hostile, adverse, antagonistic [to]

As being thought to contradict your liking,
contradict (v.) oppose, go against, thwart
liking (n.) 1 desire, will, pleasure

Makes them thus forward in his banishment.
forward (adj.) 4 insistent, demanding, eager

They say, in care of your most royal person,

That if your highness should intend to sleep,

And charge that no man should disturb your rest
charge (v.) 1 order, command, enjoin

In pain of your dislike, or pain of death,
dislike (n.) 1 displeasure, disapproval, antipathy
pain of, in (prep.) on pain of, under the penalty of

Yet, notwithstanding such a strait edict,
strait (adj.) 1 stringent, strict, harsh

Were there a serpent seen, with forked tongue,

That slily glided towards your majesty,

It were but necessary you were waked,

Lest, being suffered in that harmful slumber,
harmful (adj.) perilous, dangerous, full of harm
suffer (v.) 2 put up with, tolerate, do nothing about

The mortal worm might make the sleep eternal;
mortal (adj.) 1 fatal, deadly, lethal
worm (n.) 1 serpent, snake

And therefore do they cry, though you forbid,

That they will guard you, whe'er you will or no,

From such fell serpents as false Suffolk is;
fell (adj.) 1 cruel, fierce, savage

With whose envenomed and fatal sting,
envenomed (adj.) poisoned, infected with venom

Your loving uncle, twenty times his worth,

They say is shamefully bereft of life.
bereave (v.) 1 take away [from], deprive, deny, rob


COMMONS

(within)

An answer from the King, my lord of Salisbury!


SUFFOLK

'Tis like the commons, rude unpolished hinds,
common (n.) 1 (people) common people, ordinary citizens
hind (n.) 1 boor, fellow, rustic, peasant
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count
rude (adj.) 4 uncivilized, uncultivated, unrefined

Could send such message to their sovereign.

But you, my lord, were glad to be employed,

To show how quaint an orator you are;
quaint (adj.) 1 ingenious, clever, skilful

But all the honour Salisbury hath won

Is that he was the lord ambassador
embassador (n.) variant form of ‘ambassador’

Sent from a sort of tinkers to the King.
sort (n.) 2 pack, crowd, gang
tinker (n.) vagabond, beggar, rascal


COMMONS

(within)

An answer from the King, or we will all break in!


KING

Go, Salisbury, and tell them all from me

I thank them for their tender loving care;

And had I not been cited so by them,
cite (v.) 1 urge, call on, arouse, summon

Yet did I purpose as they do entreat;

For sure my thoughts do hourly prophesy

Mischance unto my state by Suffolk's means.
mischance (n.) misfortune, calamity, mishap
state (n.) 12 welfare, well-being, prosperity

And therefore by His majesty I swear

Whose far unworthy deputy I am,

He shall not breathe infection in this air
infection (n.) 1 contamination, rottenness, bad influence

But three days longer, on the pain of death.

Exit Salisbury


QUEEN

O Henry, let me plead for gentle Suffolk!
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


KING

Ungentle Queen, to call him gentle Suffolk!
ungentle (adj.) 2 unkind, callous, inconsiderate

No more, I say; if thou dost plead for him,

Thou wilt but add increase unto my wrath.

Had I but said, I would have kept my word;
say (v.) 4 speak the words as an ordinary utterance

But when I swear, it is irrevocable.

(to Suffolk)

If after three days' space thou here beest found

On any ground that I am ruler of,

The world shall not be ransom for thy life.

Come, Warwick, come, good Warwick, go with me;

I have great matters to impart to thee.
great (adj.) 1 important, weighty, serious

Exeunt all but the Queen and Suffolk


QUEEN

Mischance and sorrow go along with you!
mischance (n.) misfortune, calamity, mishap

Heart's discontent and sour affliction
sour (adj.) bitter, harsh, painful

Be playfellows to keep you company!

There's two of you, the devil make a third,

And threefold vengeance tend upon your steps!
tend on / upon (v.) serve, follow, wait upon, escort


SUFFOLK

Cease, gentle Queen, these execrations,
execration (n.) curse, imprecation, denunciation
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

And let thy Suffolk take his heavy leave.
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count


QUEEN

Fie, coward woman and soft-hearted wretch!

Hast thou not spirit to curse thine enemy?


SUFFOLK

A plague upon them! Wherefore should I curse them?

Would curses kill, as doth the mandrake's groan,
mandrake (n.) 1 variety of poisonous plant [thought to emit a lethal shriek when pulled from the ground]

I would invent as bitter searching terms,
searching (adj.) 1 piercing, wounding, sharp

As curst, as harsh, and horrible to hear,
curst (adj.) 2 angry, furious, fierce

Delivered strongly through my fixed teeth,
fixed (adj.) 4 gritted, grinding, grated

With full as many signs of deadly hate,

As lean-faced Envy in her loathsome cave.

My tongue should stumble in mine earnest words,

Mine eyes should sparkle like the beaten flint,

Mine hair be fixed on end, as one distract;
distract (adj.) 1 deranged, mad, mentally disturbed

Ay, every joint should seem to curse and ban;
ban (v.) 2 excommunicate, pronounce anathema

And even now my burdened heart would break,

Should I not curse them. Poison be their drink!

Gall, worse than gall, the daintiest that they taste!
dainty (n.) 2 delicious flavour, choice taste
gall (n.) 1 bile [reputed for its bitterness]

Their sweetest shade, a grove of cypress trees!

Their chiefest prospect, murdering basilisks!
basilisk (n.) 1 mythical serpent which killed with its look
prospect (n.) field of view, vista, outlook

Their softest touch as smart as lizards' stings!
smart (adj.) biting, stinging, painful

Their music frightful as the serpent's hiss,
frightful (adj.) frightening, terrifying, full of horror

And boding screech-owls make the consort full!
boding (adj.) ominous, full of foreboding
consort (n.) 3 company of musicians, ensemble
screech-owl (n.) barn-owl [thought to be a bird of ill omen]

All the foul terrors in dark-seated hell –


QUEEN

Enough, sweet Suffolk; thou tormentest thyself,

And these dread curses, like the sun 'gainst glass,
dread (adj.) 2 frightening, terrifying, fearful

Or like an overcharged gun, recoil
overcharged (adj.) 3 overloaded, filled too full of powder

And turns the force of them upon thyself.


SUFFOLK

You bade me ban, and will you bid me leave?
ban (v.) 1 curse, damn, revile
leave (v.) 1 cease, stop, give up

Now, by the ground that I am banished from,

Well could I curse away a winter's night,

Though standing naked on a mountain top,

Where biting cold would never let grass grow,

And think it but a minute spent in sport.
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count


QUEEN

O, let me entreat thee cease. Give me thy hand

That I may dew it with my mournful tears;

Nor let the rain of heaven wet this place

To wash away my woeful monuments.
monument (n.) 1 memory, memorial, remembrance
woeful (adj.) full of woe, sorrowful, mournful

O, could this kiss be printed in thy hand,

That thou mightst think upon these by the seal,

Through whom a thousand sighs are breathed for thee.

So get thee gone, that I may know my grief;

'Tis but surmised whiles thou art standing by,
surmise (v.) imagine, suppose, conjecture

As one that surfeits thinking on a want.
surfeit (v.) 1 feed to excess, overindulge, glut
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth

I will repeal thee, or, be well assured,
repeal (v.) recall, call back [from exile]

Adventure to be banished myself;
adventure (v.) venture, dare, chance, risk

And banished I am, if but from thee.

Go, speak not to me; even now be gone.

O, go not yet. Even thus two friends condemned

Embrace and kiss and take ten thousand leaves,

Loather a hundred times to part than die.

Yet now farewell, and farewell life with thee.


SUFFOLK

Thus is poor Suffolk ten times banished,

Once by the King and three times thrice by thee.

'Tis not the land I care for, wert thou thence;

A wilderness is populous enough,

So Suffolk had thy heavenly company;

For where thou art, there is the world itself,

With every several pleasure in the world;
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

And where thou art not, desolation.

I can no more. Live thou to joy thy life;
joy (v.) 2 add joy to, enjoy, gladden, brighten

Myself no joy in naught but that thou livest.

Enter Vaux


QUEEN

Whither goes Vaux so fast? What news, I prithee?


VAUX

To signify unto his majesty
signify (v.) report, make known, declare

That Cardinal Beaufort is at point of death;

For suddenly a grievous sickness took him,

That makes him gasp, and stare, and catch the air,
catch the air struggle for breath

Blaspheming God, and cursing men on earth.

Sometimes he talks as if Duke Humphrey's ghost

Were by his side; sometime he calls the King,
sometime (adv.) 2 sometimes, now and then

And whispers to his pillow, as to him,

The secrets of his overcharged soul;
overcharged (adj.) 1 overburdened, overtaxed, overwrought

And I am sent to tell his majesty

That even now he cries aloud for him.


QUEEN

Go tell this heavy message to the King.
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count

Exit Vaux

Ay me! What is this world! What news are these!

But wherefore grieve I at an hour's poor loss,

Omitting Suffolk's exile, my soul's treasure?
omit (v.) neglect, disregard, forget about

Why only, Suffolk, mourn I not for thee,

And with the southern clouds contend in tears,
contend (v.) 2 compete, vie, rival

Theirs for the earth's increase, mine for my sorrows?
increase (n.) 1 produce, growth, yield, crop

Now get thee hence; the King, thou knowest, is coming;

If thou be found by me thou art but dead.


SUFFOLK

If I depart from thee I cannot live,

And in thy sight to die, what were it else

But like a pleasant slumber in thy lap?

Here could I breathe my soul into the air,

As mild and gentle as the cradle-babe
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence

Dying with mother's dug between its lips;
dug (n.) nipple, teat, breast

Where, from thy sight, I should be raging mad,

And cry out for thee to close up mine eyes,

To have thee with thy lips to stop my mouth;

So shouldst thou either turn my flying soul,

Or I should breathe it so into thy body,

And then it lived in sweet Elysium.

To die by thee were but to die in jest;

From thee to die were torture more than death.

O, let me stay, befall what may befall!
befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell 1 happen, occur, take place, turn out See Topics: Frequency count


QUEEN

Away! Though parting be a fretful corrosive,
corrosive (n.) painful cure, sharp remedy
fretful (adj.) 2 irritating, aggravating, gnawing

It is applied to a deathful wound.
deathful (adj.) mortal, fatal, deadly

To France, sweet Suffolk! Let me hear from thee;

For wheresoe'er thou art in this world's globe,

I'll have an Iris that shall find thee out.
find out (v.) 1 discover, find, come upon


SUFFOLK

I go.


QUEEN

                         And take my heart with thee.

She kisseth him
cask (n.) casket, jewel-box


SUFFOLK

A jewel, locked into the woefullest cask

That ever did contain a thing of worth.

Even as a splitted bark so sunder we;
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
splitted (adj.) split in two, broken apart
sunder (v.) 1 separate, split up, part

This way fall I to death.


QUEEN

                         This way for me.

Exeunt in opposite directions

 
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