Henry VI Part 3

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Flourish. Enter Edward, Richard, Hastings, and



Now, brother Richard, Lord Hastings, and the rest,

Yet thus far Fortune maketh us amends,

And says that once more I shall interchange
interchange (v.) swap, exchange, substitute

My waned state for Henry's regal crown.
state (n.) 2 status, rank, position
waned (adj.) faded, diminished [in beauty]

Well have we passed and now repassed the seas

And brought desired help from Burgundy.

What then remains, we being thus arrived

From Ravenspurgh haven before the gates of York,

But that we enter, as into our dukedom?


The gates made fast! Brother, I like not this;
fast (adj.) 4 locked up, firmly bolted

For many men that stumble at the threshold

Are well foretold that danger lurks within.
foretell (v.), past form foretold 2 forewarn, alert, give notice


Tush, man, abodements must not now affright us;
abodement (n.) foreboding, omen, premonition
affright (v.) frighten, terrify, scare

By fair or foul means we must enter in,

For hither will our friends repair to us.
repair (v.) 1 come, go, make one's way


My liege, I'll knock once more to summon them.

Enter, on the walls, the Mayor of York and his



My lords, we were forewarned of your coming,

And shut the gates for safety of ourselves;

For now we owe allegiance unto Henry.


But, master Mayor, if Henry be your king,

Yet Edward at the least is Duke of York.


True, my good lord, I know you for no less.


Why, and I challenge nothing but my dukedom,
challenge (v.) 1 demand as a right, claim, call for, insist on

As being well content with that alone.
content (adj.) 2 contented, patient, accepting, undisturbed



But when the fox hath once got in his nose,

He'll soon find means to make the body follow.


Why, master Mayor, why stand you in a doubt?

Open the gates; we are King Henry's friends.


Ay, say you so? The gates shall then be opened.

He descends
captain (n.) commander, chief, leader See Topics: Address forms
stout (adj.) 1 brave, valiant, resolute


A wise stout captain, and soon persuaded!


The good old man would fain that all were well,
fain (v.) be glad, be delighted, rejoice

So 'twere not 'long of him; but being entered,

I doubt not, I, but we shall soon persuade

Both him and all his brothers unto reason.

Enter the Mayor and two aldermen, below


So, master Mayor: these gates must not be shut

But in the night or in the time of war.

What! Fear not, man, but yield me up the keys;

(He takes his keys)

For Edward will defend the town and thee,

And all those friends that deign to follow me.
deign (v.) 2 be willing, think fit

March. Enter Sir John Montgomery with drum and



Brother, this is Sir John Montgomery,

Our trusty friend, unless I be deceived.


Welcome, Sir John! But why come you in arms?


To help King Edward in his time of storm,

As every loyal subject ought to do.


Thanks, good Montgomery; but we now forget

Our title to the crown, and only claim

Our dukedom till God please to send the rest.


Then fare you well, for I will hence again;

I came to serve a king and not a duke.

Drummer, strike up, and let us march away.

The drum begins to march
debate (v.) 1 discuss, argue over, dispute about
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay


Nay, stay, Sir John, a while, and we'll debate

By what safe means the crown may be recovered.


What talk you of debating? In few words,
debate (v.) 1 discuss, argue over, dispute about

If you'll not here proclaim yourself our king,

I'll leave you to your fortune and be gone

To keep them back that come to succour you.
keep back (v.) prevent, restrain, forcibly hold back

Why shall we fight, if you pretend no title?
pretend (v.) 1 claim, avow, profess


Why, brother, wherefore stand you on nice points?
nice (adj.) 2 fine, precise, particular, subtle


When we grow stronger, then we'll make our claim;

Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning.
meaning (n.) design, intention, purpose


Away with scrupulous wit! Now arms must rule.
scrupulous (adj.) 2 hesitating, troubled with doubts
wit (n.) 3 reasoning, thinking, deliberation


And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.

Brother, we will proclaim you out of hand;
hand, out of 1 at once, immediately, straight away

The bruit thereof will bring you many friends.
bruit (n.) news, rumour, tidings


Then be it as you will; for 'tis my right,

And Henry but usurps the diadem.
diadem (n.) crown, sovereign power


Ay, now my sovereign speaketh like himself;

And now will I be Edward's champion.


Sound trumpet; Edward shall be here proclaimed.

Come, fellow soldier, make thou proclamation.

Flourish. Sound


Edward the Fourth, by the grace of God,

King of England and France, and Lord of Ireland, etc.


And whosoe'er gainsays King Edward's right,
gainsay (v.) 2 deny, refuse

By this I challenge him to single fight.

He throws down his gauntlet


Long live Edward the Fourth!


Thanks, brave Montgomery, and thanks unto you all;

If fortune serve me, I'll requite this kindness.
serve (v.) 3 provide opportunity [to], be favourable [to], favour

Now, for this night, let's harbour here in York;
harbour (v.) lodge, stay, shelter

And when the morning sun shall raise his car
car (n.) carriage, cart, chariot [often of the sun god]

Above the border of this horizon,

We'll forward towards Warwick and his mates;
forward (v.) go forward, advance, set out on foot
mate (n.) 1 companion, associate, comrade

For well I wot that Henry is no soldier.
wot (v.) 1 learn, know, be told See Topics: Frequency count

Ah, froward Clarence! How evil it beseems thee
beseem (v.) befit, be fitting [for], be seemly [for]
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable

To flatter Henry and forsake thy brother!

Yet, as we may, we'll meet both thee and Warwick.

Come on, brave soldiers; doubt not of the day,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
day (n.) 1 day of battle, contest

And, that once gotten, doubt not of large pay.


  Previous scene     Next scene