Henry VI Part 2


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Enter the King with a supplication, and the Queen

with Suffolk's head, the Duke of Buckingham, and

the Lord Say


QUEEN

(aside)
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count
supplication (n.) petition, written request

Oft have I heard that grief softens the mind,

And makes it fearful and degenerate;
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear

Think therefore on revenge and cease to weep.

But who can cease to weep and look on this?

Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast;
throbbing (adj.) with heart strongly beating, grief-stricken

But where's the body that I should embrace?


BUCKINGHAM

What answer makes your grace to the

rebels' supplication?
supplication (n.) petition, written request


KING

I'll send some holy bishop to entreat;
entreat, intreat (v.) 3 negotiate, intervene, parley

For God forbid so many simple souls

Should perish by the sword! And I myself,

Rather than bloody war shall cut them short,

Will parley with Jack Cade their general.
parle, parley (v.) 1 discuss terms, treat, negotiate with

But stay, I'll read it over once again.


QUEEN

(aside)

Ah, barbarous villains! Hath this lovely face

Ruled like a wandering planet over me,
wandering (adj.) 1 [astrology] having its own motion

And could it not enforce them to relent,
enforce (v.) 2 force, compel, constrain, drive

That were unworthy to behold the same?


KING

Lord Say, Jack Cade hath sworn to have thy head.


SAY

Ay, but I hope your highness shall have his.


KING

How now, madam?

Still lamenting and mourning for Suffolk's death?
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

I fear me, love, if that I had been dead,

Thou wouldst not have mourned so much for me.


QUEEN

No, my love; I should not mourn, but die for thee.

Enter First Messenger


KING

How now? What news? Why comest thou in such haste?


FIRST MESSENGER

The rebels are in Southwark; fly, my lord!

Jack Cade proclaims himself Lord Mortimer,

Descended from the Duke of Clarence' house,

And calls your grace usurper, openly,

And vows to crown himself in Westminster.

His army is a ragged multitude
ragged (adj.) 4 dressed in rags, unkempt, tattered

Of hinds and peasants, rude and merciless:
hind (n.) 1 boor, fellow, rustic, peasant
rude (adj.) 1 violent, harsh, unkind

Sir Humphrey Stafford and his brother's death

Hath given them heart and courage to proceed.

All scholars, lawyers, courtiers, gentlemen,

They call false caterpillars and intend their death.
caterpillar (n.) parasite, exploiter, sponger
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count


KING

O, graceless men, they know not what they do.
graceless (adj.) wicked, ungodly, immoral


BUCKINGHAM

My gracious lord, retire to Killingworth,

Until a power be raised to put them down.
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count


QUEEN

Ah, were the Duke of Suffolk now alive,

These Kentish rebels would be soon appeased!
appease (v.) pacify, subdue, made obedient


KING

Lord Say, the traitors hateth thee;

Therefore away with us to Killingworth.


SAY

So might your grace's person be in danger.

The sight of me is odious in their eyes;

And therefore in this city will I stay,

And live alone as secret as I may.

Enter Second Messenger


SECOND MESSENGER

Jack Cade hath gotten London Bridge;

The citizens fly and forsake their houses;

The rascal people, thirsting after prey,
rascal (adj.) worthless, good-for-nothing

Join with the traitor; and they jointly swear

To spoil the city and your royal court.
spoil (v.) 1 plunder, pillage, sack


BUCKINGHAM

Then linger not, my lord. Away! Take horse!


KING

Come, Margaret. God, our hope, will succour us.


QUEEN

My hope is gone, now Suffolk is deceased.


KING

(to Lord Say)

Farewell, my lord. Trust not the Kentish rebels.


BUCKINGHAM

Trust nobody, for fear you be betrayed.


SAY

The trust I have is in mine innocence,

And therefore am I bold and resolute.

Exeunt

 
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