Henry VI Part 2

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter the King, Salisbury, and Warwick, to the

Cardinal in bed


How fares my lord? Speak, Beaufort, to thy sovereign.
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count


If thou beest Death, I'll give thee England's treasure,

Enough to purchase such another island,

So thou wilt let me live, and feel no pain.


Ah, what a sign it is of evil life

Where death's approach is seen so terrible!


Beaufort, it is thy sovereign speaks to thee.


Bring me unto my trial when you will.

Died he not in his bed? Where should he die?

Can I make men live whe'er they will or no?

O, torture me no more! I will confess.

Alive again? Then show me where he is;

I'll give a thousand pound to look upon him.

He hath no eyes; the dust hath blinded them.

Comb down his hair; look, look, it stands upright,

Like lime-twigs set to catch my winged soul.
lime-twig (n.) twig smeared with birdlime

Give me some drink; and bid the apothecary
apothecary, pothecary (n.) one who prepares and sells medicinal drugs

Bring the strong poison that I bought of him.


O thou eternal mover of the heavens,

Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch;
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

O, beat away the busy meddling fiend
meddling (adj.) interfering, intruding

That lays strong siege unto this wretch's soul,

And from his bosom purge this black despair.


See how the pangs of death do make him grin!
grin (v.) bare the teeth, grimace, snarl


Disturb him not; let him pass peaceably.
pass (v.) 18 pass away, pass from life, die


Peace to his soul, if God's good pleasure be!

Lord Cardinal, if thou thinkest on heaven's bliss,

Hold up thy hand, make signal of thy hope.
signal (n.) sign, indication, token

The Cardinal dies

He dies and makes no sign. O God, forgive him!


So bad a death argues a monstrous life.
argue (v.) 1 indicate, betoken, be evidence of


Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.
forbear (v.) 2 leave alone, avoid, stay away [from] See Topics: Frequency count

Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close;

And let us all to meditation.
meditation (n.) 2 prayer, spiritual contemplation


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