Henry VI Part 2

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Alarums to the battle. Enter Warwick


Clifford of Cumberland, 'tis Warwick calls;

And if thou dost not hide thee from the bear,

Now when the angry trumpet sounds alarum,
alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 1 call to arms, call to battle, signal to begin fighting See Topics: Stage directions

And dead men's cries do fill the empty air,
dead (adj.) 1 dying, near to death

Clifford, I say, come forth and fight with me.

Proud northern lord, Clifford of Cumberland,

Warwick is hoarse with calling thee to arms.

Enter York
afoot (adv.) 1 on foot

How now, my noble lord? What, all afoot?


The deadly-handed Clifford slew my steed;
deadly-handed (adj.) death-dealing, murderous

But match to match I have encountered him,
match (n.) 6 opponent, rival, foe

And made a prey for carrion kites and crows
carrion (n.) 2 dead putrifying flesh, rotting carcass

Even of the bonny beast he loved so well.
bonny (adj.) 2 fine, beautiful, splendid

Enter Clifford


Of one or both of us the time is come.


Hold, Warwick! Seek thee out some other chase,
chase (n.) 2 prey, game, victim, quarry

For I myself must hunt this deer to death.


Then nobly, York; 'tis for a crown thou fightest.

As I intend, Clifford, to thrive today,

It grieves my soul to leave thee unassailed.



What seest thou in me, York? Why dost thou pause?


With thy brave bearing should I be in love,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

But that thou art so fast mine enemy.
fast (adj.) 1 constant, firm, steadfast


Nor should thy prowess want praise and esteem,
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

But that 'tis shown ignobly and in treason.


So let it help me now against thy sword,

As I in justice and true right express it.


My soul and body on the action both!
action (n.) 2 engagement, combat, fighting


A dreadful lay! Address thee instantly!
address (v.) 1 prepare, make ready, poise to act
lay (n.) 2 wager, stake, bet

They fight and York kills Clifford


La fin couronne les œuvres.

He dies


Thus war hath given thee peace, for thou art still.
still (adj.) 1 silent, quiet

Peace with his soul, heaven, if it be thy will!


Enter Young Clifford
confusion (n.) 1 destruction, overthrow, ruin
rout, on the put to rout, in disordered flight


Shame and confusion! All is on the rout;

Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds
frame (v.) 1 fashion, make, form, create

Where it should guard. O war, thou son of hell,

Whom angry heavens do make their minister,
minister (n.) messenger, agent, servant

Throw in the frozen bosoms of our part
part (n.) 2 side, camp, party

Hot coals of vengeance! Let no soldier fly.

He that is truly dedicate to war
dedicate (adj.) dedicated, devoted, committed

Hath no self-love; nor he that loves himself

Hath not essentially, but by circumstance,
circumstance (n.) 1 detail(s), particular(s), specifics

The name of valour.

He sees his dead father

                         O, let the vile world end,

And the premised flames of the last day
premised (adj.) preordained, predestined

Knit earth and heaven together.

Now let the general trumpet blow his blast,
general (adj.) 1 common, of everyone, public

Particularities and petty sounds
particularity (n.) personal matter, individual issue

To cease! Wast thou ordained, dear father,
ordain (v.) 2 fate, destine, decree

To lose thy youth in peace, and to achieve
lose (v.) 7 spend, pass through, while away

The silver livery of advised age,
advised, avised (adj.) 3 judicious, wise, prudent
livery (n.) 1 uniform, costume, special clothing See Topics: Frequency count
silver (adj.) white-haired

And, in thy reverence and thy chair-days, thus
chair-days (n.) old age, days for resting in a chair
reverence (n.) 1 respected state, venerable condition

To die in ruffian battle? Even at this sight
ruffian (adj.) violent, brutal, villainous

My heart is turned to stone, and while 'tis mine

It shall be stony. York not our old men spares;
stony (adj.) pitiless, unfeeling, obdurate

No more will I their babes; tears virginal
virginal (adj.) 2 of young girls

Shall be to me even as the dew to fire;

And beauty, that the tyrant oft reclaims,
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count
reclaim (v.) 1 subdue, tame, make obedient

Shall to my flaming wrath be oil and flax.

Henceforth, I will not have to do with pity:

Meet I an infant of the house of York,

Into as many gobbets will I cut it
gobbet (n.) piece of raw flesh

As wild Medea young Absyrtus did;
wild (adj.) 4 savage, fierce, cruel

In cruelty will I seek out my fame.
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character

Come, thou new ruin of old Clifford's house;

As did Aeneas old Anchises bear,

So bear I thee upon my manly shoulders;

But then Aeneas bare a living load,

Nothing so heavy as these woes of mine.

Exit with his father on his back

Enter Richard and Somerset to fight. Somerset is



So, lie thou there;

For underneath an alehouse' paltry sign,

The Castle in Saint Albans, Somerset

Hath made the wizard famous in his death.

Sword, hold thy temper; heart, be wrathful still;
hold (v.) 1 keep, maintain, observe
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]
temper (n.) 2 quality, constitution, condition

Priests pray for enemies, but princes kill.


Fight. Excursions. Enter the King, Queen, and soldiers
excursion (n.) sortie, sally, bout of fighting See Topics: Stage directions


Away, my lord! You are slow. For shame, away!


Can we outrun the heavens? Good Margaret, stay.
heavens (n.) 1 powers above, will of heaven
outrun (v.) escape, avoid, elude


What are you made of? You'll nor fight nor fly.

Now is it manhood, wisdom, and defence,

To give the enemy way, and to secure us
give way (v.) 1 yield to, succumb to, submit to
secure (v.) 1 keep safe, protect, guard

By what we can, which can no more but fly.

Alarum afar off
bottom (n.) 3 lowest point, nadir

If you be ta'en, we then should see the bottom

Of all our fortunes; but if we haply 'scape –
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

As well we may if not through your neglect –

We shall to London get, where you are loved,

And where this breach now in our fortunes made

May readily be stopped.

Enter Young Clifford


But that my heart's on future mischief set,

I would speak blasphemy ere bid you fly;

But fly you must; uncurable discomfit
discomfit (n.) defeat, overthrow, rout
uncurable (adj.) incurable, hopeless, irretrievable

Reigns in the hearts of all our present parts.
part (n.) 3 remnant, fragment, vestige
present (adj.) 7 remaining, surviving, still existing

Away, for your relief! And we will live

To see their day and them our fortune give.
day (n.) 1 day of battle, contest

Away, my lord, away!


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