Henry VI Part 2

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Sound trumpets. Enter the King, Queen, and Somerset,

on the terrace


Was ever king that joyed an earthly throne,
joy (v.) 2 add joy to, enjoy, gladden, brighten

And could command no more content than I?
content (n.) 2 contentment, peace of mind

No sooner was I crept out of my cradle

But I was made a king at nine months old;

Was never subject longed to be a king

As I do long and wish to be a subject.

Enter Buckingham and Clifford


Health and glad tidings to your majesty!


Why, Buckingham, is the traitor Cade surprised?
surprise (v.) 2 take prisoner, capture [especially: suddenly, unexpectedly]

Or is he but retired to make him strong?

Enter multitudes, with halters about their necks
halter (n.) 2 rope, noose [for leading a beast]
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count


He is fled, my lord, and all his powers do yield,

And humbly thus with halters on their necks,
halter (n.) 2 rope, noose [for leading a beast]

Expect your highness' doom of life or death.
doom (n.) 1 judgement, sentence, decision
expect (v.) await, wait for


Then, heaven, set ope thy everlasting gates
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count

To entertain my vows of thanks and praise!
entertain (v.) 1 receive, admit, let in

Soldiers, this day have you redeemed your lives,

And showed how well you love your prince and country;

Continue still in this so good a mind,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

And, Henry, though he be infortunate,
infortunate (adj.) unfortunate

Assure yourselves, will never be unkind.
unkind (adj.) 1 hostile, cruel, harsh

And so, with thanks and pardon to you all,

I do dismiss you to your several countries.
country (n.) district, region, quarter
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count


God save the King! God save the King!

Enter a Messenger
advertise, advertize (v.) 1 make aware, inform, notify; warn


Please it your grace to be advertised

The Duke of York is newly come from Ireland,

And with a puissant and a mighty power
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
puissant (adj.) powerful, mighty, strong

Of gallowglasses and stout kerns
galloglass, gallowglass (n.) axe-wielding Irish soldier
kern (n.) lightly armed Irish foot-soldier
stout (adj.) 1 brave, valiant, resolute

Is marching hitherward in proud array;

And still proclaimeth, as he comes along,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

His arms are only to remove from thee
arms (n.) 1 weapons, armaments

The Duke of Somerset, whom he terms a traitor.


Thus stands my state, 'twixt Cade and York distressed;
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs

Like to a ship that, having 'scaped a tempest,
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

Is straightway calmed and boarded with a pirate.
calm (v.) becalm, come to a halt, delay

But now is Cade driven back, his men dispersed,

And now is York in arms to second him.
second (v.) 1 support, assist, reinforce

I pray thee, Buckingham, go and meet him,

And ask him what's the reason of these arms.

Tell him I'll send Duke Edmund to the Tower;

And, Somerset, we will commit thee thither,

Until his army be dismissed from him.


My lord,

I'll yield myself to prison willingly,

Or unto death, to do my country good.


In any case, be not too rough in terms,
rough (adj.) 1 violent, harsh, cruel
term (n.) 1 word, expression, utterance

For he is fierce and cannot brook hard language.
brook (v.) 1 endure, tolerate, put up with
deal (v.) 1 proceed, behave, conduct oneself


I will, my lord, and doubt not so to deal

As all things shall redound unto your good.
redound (v.) fall out, contribute, turn out


Come, wife, let's in, and learn to govern better;

For yet may England curse my wretched reign.

Flourish. Exeunt

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