Henry VI Part 3

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Flourish. Enter King Henry the Sixth, George, Warwick,

Somerset, young Henry Richmond, Oxford,

Montague, and the Lieutenant of the Tower


Master Lieutenant, now that God and friends

Have shaken Edward from the regal seat,

And turned my captive state to liberty,

My fear to hope, my sorrows unto joys,

At our enlargement what are thy due fees?
enlargement (n.) 1 release, liberation, freeing


Subjects may challenge nothing of their sovereigns;
challenge (v.) 1 demand as a right, claim, call for, insist on

But if an humble prayer may prevail,

I then crave pardon of your majesty.
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count


For what, Lieutenant? For well using me?

Nay, be thou sure I'll well requite thy kindness,

For that it made my imprisonment a pleasure;

Ay, such a pleasure as incaged birds
encaged, incaged (adj.) encaged, caged up

Conceive when, after many moody thoughts
conceive (v.) 5 begin to feel, take into the mind
moody (adj.) 2 melancholy, sombre, gloomy

At last by notes of household harmony
household (adj.) 1 throughout the house

They quite forget their loss of liberty.

But, Warwick, after God, thou settest me free,

And chiefly therefore I thank God and thee;

He was the author, thou the instrument.
author (n.) 1 creator, originator, instigator
instrument (n.) 1 agent, means, method

Therefore, that I may conquer Fortune's spite
spite (n.) 2 malice, ill-will, hatred

By living low, where Fortune cannot hurt me,
low (adv.) humbly, in a lowly manner

And that the people of this blessed land

May not be punished with my thwarting stars,
star (n.) 3 fate, fortune, destiny [as determined by the stars] See Topics: Cosmos
thwarting (adj.) malign, adverse, perverse

Warwick, although my head still wear the crown,

I here resign my government to thee,

For thou art fortunate in all thy deeds.
fortunate (adj.) 2 favoured by fortune, successful


Your grace hath still been famed for virtuous;
famed (adj.) reputed, celebrated, renowned
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

And now may seem as wise as virtuous

By spying and avoiding Fortune's malice,
spy (v.) perceive, observe, behold

For few men rightly temper with the stars.
temper with (v.) conform to, be moulded by

Yet in this one thing let me blame your grace,

For choosing me when Clarence is in place.
place, in present, attending, at hand


No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway,
sway (n.) 3 position of authority, powerful office

To whom the heavens in thy nativity
nativity (n.) 2 conjunction of stars at birth, horoscope

Adjudged an olive branch and laurel crown,
adjudge (v.) 2 award, grant, bestow

As likely to be blest in peace and war;

And therefore I yield thee my free consent.
consent (n.) 1 agreement, accord, unanimity, compact
free (adj.) 10 freely given, willing, unconstrained


And I choose Clarence only for Protector.


Warwick and Clarence, give me both your hands.

Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts,

That no dissension hinder government;

I make you both Protectors of this land,

While I myself will lead a private life

And in devotion spend my latter days,
latter (adj.) 1 last, dying, final

To sin's rebuke and my Creator's praise.


What answers Clarence to his sovereign's will?


That he consents, if Warwick yield consent;

For on thy fortune I repose myself.
repose (v.) confidently settle, happily rely


Why then, though loath, yet must I be content;
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

We'll yoke together, like a double shadow
yoke (v.) 1 associate, link, join, couple

To Henry's body, and supply his place;
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count
supply (v.) 1 fill up, take [the place of], occupy, substitute

I mean, in bearing weight of government,

While he enjoys the honour and his ease.

And, Clarence, now then it is more than needful

Forthwith that Edward be pronounced a traitor,

And all his lands and goods be confiscate.


What else? And that succession be determined.


Ay, therein Clarence shall not want his part.
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count


But with the first of all your chief affairs,

Let me entreat – for I command no more –

That Margaret your Queen and my son Edward

Be sent for, to return from France with speed;

For, till I see them here, by doubtful fear
doubtful (adj.) 3 worrisome, disquieting; or: of uncertain outcome
fear (n.) 2 apprehension, dread

My joy of liberty is half eclipsed.


It shall be done, my sovereign, with all speed.


My Lord of Somerset, what youth is that,

Of whom you seem to have so tender care?
tender (adj.) 3 thoughtful, considerate, solicitous


My liege, it is young Henry Earl of Richmond.


Come hither, England's hope.

He lays his hand on his head
power (n.) 8 faculty, function, ability

                         If secret powers

Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts,
divining (adj.) prophesying, foreseeing, foretelling

This pretty lad will prove our country's bliss.

His looks are full of peaceful majesty,

His head by nature framed to wear a crown,

His hand to wield a sceptre, and himself

Likely in time to bless a regal throne.

Make much of him, my lords, for this is he

Must help you more than you are hurt by me.

Enter a Post


What news, my friend?


That Edward is escaped from your brother

And fled, as he hears since, to Burgundy.


Unsavoury news! But how made he escape?


He was conveyed by Richard Duke of Gloucester
convey (v.) 1 carry off, make away with, take by force

And the Lord Hastings, who attended him
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with

In secret ambush on the forest side

And from the Bishop's huntsmen rescued him;

For hunting was his daily exercise.
exercise (n.) 2 manly sport, martial practice


My brother was too careless of his charge;

But let us hence, my sovereign, to provide

A salve for any sore that may betide.
betide (v.) 2 happen, take place, befall

Exeunt all but Somerset, Richmond,

and Oxford


My lord, I like not of this flight of Edward's;

For doubtless Burgundy will yield him help,

And we shall have more wars before't be long.

As Henry's late presaging prophecy
late (adj.) 1 recent, not long past
presaging (adj.) portending, discerning, insightful

Did glad my heart with hope of this young Richmond,
glad (v.) 1 gladden, brighten, cause to rejoice

So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts,
misgive (v.) 1 make one feel uneasy, cause one to be apprehensive

What may befall him, to his harm and ours.

Therefore, Lord Oxford, to prevent the worst,
prevent (v.) 1 forestall, anticipate

Forthwith we'll send him hence to Brittany,

Till storms be past of civil enmity.


Ay, for if Edward repossess the crown,

'Tis like that Richmond with the rest shall down.
down (v.) fall, go down, be overthrown
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count


It shall be so; he shall to Brittany.

Come, therefore, let's about it speedily.


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