Henry VI Part 3

Act I
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Act IV
Act V
Enter Rivers and Lady Grey


Madam, what makes you in this sudden change?


Why, brother Rivers, are you yet to learn

What late misfortune is befallen King Edward?
late (adj.) 1 recent, not long past


What! Loss of some pitched battle against Warwick?


No, but the loss of his own royal person.


Then is my sovereign slain?


Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner,

Either betrayed by falsehood of his guard
falsehood (n.) 1 disloyalty, treachery, faithlessness

Or by his foe surprised at unawares;
surprise (v.) 2 take prisoner, capture [especially: suddenly, unexpectedly]
unawares, at unexpectedly

And, as I further have to understand,
have (v.) 2 be given

Is new committed to the Bishop of York,
commit (v.) 4 give in charge, consign, send in confinement

Fell Warwick's brother and by that our foe.
by (prep.) 3 as a result of, because of
fell (adj.) 1 cruel, fierce, savage


These news, I must confess, are full of grief;

Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may;

Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day.


Till then fair hope must hinder life's decay;

And I the rather wean me from despair

For love of Edward's offspring in my womb.

This is it that makes me bridle passion
bridle (v.) curb, restrain, keep control of
passion (n.) 5 passionate outburst, emotional passage

And bear with mildness my misfortune's cross;

Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear
draw in (v.) hold back, keep in

And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,

Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
blast (v.) 1 blight, wither, destroy

King Edward's fruit, true heir to th' English crown.


But, madam, where is Warwick then become?
become (v.) 5 come to (be), to be found, reach


I am informed that he comes towards London,

To set the crown once more on Henry's head.

Guess thou the rest: King Edward's friends must down.
down (v.) fall, go down, be overthrown

But to prevent the tyrant's violence –
prevent (v.) 1 forestall, anticipate
tyrant (n.) 2 usurper

For trust not him that hath once broken faith –

I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
sanctuary (n.) holy place, church, religious place of safety

To save at least the heir of Edward's right.
right (n.) 1 just claim, rights, title

There shall I rest secure from force and fraud.
fraud (n.) 2 trickery, stratagem, artifice
secure (adj.) 3 free [from], safe [from], untouched [by]

Come, therefore, let us fly while we may fly;

If Warwick take us, we are sure to die.


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