Henry VI Part 3

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Richard, George, Somerset, and Montague


Now tell me, brother Clarence, what think you

Of this new marriage with the Lady Grey?

Hath not our brother made a worthy choice?


Alas, you know, 'tis far from hence to France;

How could he stay till Warwick made return?
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay


My lords, forbear this talk; here comes the King.
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count

Flourish. Enter Edward, attended; Lady Grey, as

queen; Pembroke, Stafford, Hastings, and other

courtiers. Four stand on one side and four on the



And his well-chosen bride.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]


I mind to tell him plainly what I think.
mind (v.) 1 intend, have a mind


Now, brother of Clarence, how like you our choice,

That you stand pensive, as half-malcontent?
malcontent (adj.) discontented, disaffected, dissatisfied


As well as Lewis of France, or the Earl of Warwick,

Which are so weak of courage and in judgement

That they'll take no offence at our abuse.
abuse (n.) 2 offence, wrong, insult, transgression


Suppose they take offence without a cause,

They are but Lewis and Warwick; I am Edward,

Your King and Warwick's, and must have my will.


And shall have your will, because our king;

Yet hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
hasty (adj.) rash, impetuous, impulsive


Yea, brother Richard, are you offended too?


Not I;

No, God forbid that I should wish them severed

Whom God hath joined together; ay, and 'twere pity

To sunder them that yoke so well together.
sunder (v.) 1 separate, split up, part
yoke (v.) 1 associate, link, join, couple


Setting your scorns and your mislike aside,
mislike (n.) dislike, distaste, displeasure

Tell me some reason why the Lady Grey

Should not become my wife and England's queen.

And you too, Somerset and Montague,

Speak freely what you think.


Then this is mine opinion: that King Lewis

Becomes your enemy, for mocking him

About the marriage of the Lady Bona.


And Warwick, doing what you gave in charge,
give in charge give orders, command, direct

Is now dishonoured by this new marriage.


What if both Lewis and Warwick be appeased

By such invention as I can devise?
invention (n.) 5 plan, scheme, stratagem


Yet, to have joined with France in such alliance

Would more have strengthened this our commonwealth

'Gainst foreign storms than any home-bred marriage.


Why, knows not Montague that of itself

England is safe, if true within itself?


But the safer when 'tis backed with France.
back (v.) 1 support, help, back up


'Tis better using France than trusting France;

Let us be backed with God and with the seas
back (v.) 1 support, help, back up

Which He hath given for fence impregnable,
fence (n.) 2 defence, barrier, protection

And with their helps only defend ourselves;
only (adj.) 2 sole, exclusive

In them and in ourselves our safety lies.


For this one speech Lord Hastings well deserves

To have the heir of the Lord Hungerford.


Ay, what of that? It was my will and grant;

And for this once my will shall stand for law.


And yet methinks your grace hath not done well
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

To give the heir and daughter of Lord Scales

Unto the brother of your loving bride.

She better would have fitted me or Clarence;

But in your bride you bury brotherhood.
bury (v.) 1 abandon forever, consign to oblivion, eliminate


Or else you would not have bestowed the heir

Of the Lord Bonville on your new wife's son,

And leave your brothers to go speed elsewhere.
speed (v.) 1 meet with success, prosper, flourish See Topics: Politeness


Alas, poor Clarence! Is it for a wife

That thou art malcontent? I will provide thee.
malcontent (adj.) discontented, disaffected, dissatisfied


In choosing for yourself, you showed your judgement;

Which being shallow, you shall give me leave

To play the broker in mine own behalf;
broker, broker-between (n.) go-between, intermediary, agent

And to that end I shortly mind to leave you.
mind (v.) 1 intend, have a mind


Leave me, or tarry. Edward will be king,

And not be tied unto his brother's will.


My lords, before it pleased his majesty

To raise my state to title of a queen,
state (n.) 2 status, rank, position

Do me but right, and you must all confess

That I was not ignoble of descent;

And meaner than myself have had like fortune.
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count
mean (adj.) 1 of low rank, inferior in position, less important

But as this title honours me and mine,

So your dislikes, to whom I would be pleasing,
dislike (n.) 1 displeasure, disapproval, antipathy

Doth cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow.


My love, forbear to fawn upon their frowns;
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count

What danger or what sorrow can befall thee,

So long as Edward is thy constant friend,

And their true sovereign, whom they must obey?

Nay, whom they shall obey, and love thee too,

Unless they seek for hatred at my hands;

Which if they do, yet will I keep thee safe,

And they shall feel the vengeance of my wrath.



I hear, yet say not much, but think the more.

Enter a Post


Now, messenger, what letters or what news

From France?


My sovereign liege, no letters; and few words,

But such as I, without your special pardon,
pardon (n.) permission, consent, approval See Topics: Politeness

Dare not relate.


Go to, we pardon thee; therefore, in brief,
pardon (v.) excuse, give permission to

Tell me their words as near as thou canst guess them.
guess (v.) 2 recall, remember, bring to mind

What answer makes King Lewis unto our letters?


At my depart, these were his very words:
depart (n.) 1 departure, departing, leave-taking

‘ Go tell false Edward, thy supposed king,

That Lewis of France is sending over masquers

To revel it with him and his new bride.’


Is Lewis so brave? Belike he thinks me Henry.
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count
brave (adj.) 3 audacious, daring, bold

But what said Lady Bona to my marriage?


These were her words, uttered with mild disdain:

‘ Tell him, in hope he'll prove a widower shortly,

I'll wear the willow garland for his sake.’


I blame not her, she could say little less;

She had the wrong. But what said Henry's queen?

For I have heard that she was there in place.
place, in present, attending, at hand


‘ Tell him,’ quoth she, ‘ my mourning weeds are done,
done (adj.) finished with, put off
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

And I am ready to put armour on.’


Belike she minds to play the Amazon.
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

But what said Warwick to these injuries?
injury (n.) 2 insult, affront, slight


He, more incensed against your majesty

Than all the rest, discharged me with these words:
discharge (v.) 6 release from service, let go, dismiss

‘ Tell him from me that he hath done me wrong,

And therefore I'll uncrown him ere't be long.’


Ha! Durst the traitor breathe out so proud words?

Well, I will arm me, being thus forewarned;

They shall have wars and pay for their presumption.

But say, is Warwick friends with Margaret?


Ay, gracious sovereign; they are so linked in friendship,

That young Prince Edward marries Warwick's daughter.


Belike the elder; Clarence will have the younger.
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

Now, brother King, farewell, and sit you fast,
fast (adj.) 1 constant, firm, steadfast

For I will hence to Warwick's other daughter;

That, though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

I may not prove inferior to yourself.

You that love me and Warwick, follow me.

Exit George, and Somerset follows



Not I; my thoughts aim at a further matter.

I stay not for the love of Edward, but the crown.


Clarence and Somerset both gone to Warwick!

Yet am I armed against the worst can happen;
armed (adj.) 2 provided, ready, prepared [for]

And haste is needful in this desperate case.

Pembroke and Stafford, you in our behalf

Go levy men, and make prepare for war;
prepare (n.) preparation, readiness

They are already, or quickly will be, landed;

Myself in person will straight follow you.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt Pembroke and Stafford

But, ere I go, Hastings and Montague,

Resolve my doubt. You twain, of all the rest,
resolve (v.) 7 remove, dispel, clear away

Are near to Warwick by blood and by alliance;

Tell me if you love Warwick more than me.

If it be so, then both depart to him;

I rather wish you foes than hollow friends.
hollow (adj.) 1 empty, false, insincere

But if you mind to hold your true obedience,
mind (v.) 1 intend, have a mind
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance

Give me assurance with some friendly vow,
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee

That I may never have you in suspect.
suspect (n.) suspicion, mistrust, doubt


So God help Montague as he proves true!


And Hastings as he favours Edward's cause!


Now, brother Richard, will you stand by us?


Ay, in despite of all that shall withstand you.


Why, so. Then am I sure of victory.

Now therefore let us hence, and lose no hour

Till we meet Warwick with his foreign power.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count


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