Henry VI Part 3

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Flourish. Enter King Edward in triumph, with Richard,

George, and the rest


Thus far our fortune keeps an upward course,

And we are graced with wreaths of victory.
grace (v.) 1 favour, add merit to, do honour to

But, in the midst of this bright-shining day,

I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud,

That will encounter with our glorious sun
encounter with (v.) 2 contest, dispute, confront

Ere he attain his easeful western bed;
easeful (adj.) comfortable, relaxing, soothing

I mean, my lords, those powers that the Queen
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Hath raised in Gallia have arrived our coast,
arrive (v.) reach, arrive at

And, as we hear, march on to fight with us.


A little gale will soon disperse that cloud

And blow it to the source from whence it came;

The very beams will dry those vapours up,
vapour (n.) 5 empty manifestation, worthless emanation
very (adj.) 3 mere, alone

For every cloud engenders not a storm.
engender (v.) produce, develop, generate


The Queen is valued thirty thousand strong,
value (v.) 2 estimate, reckon, number

And Somerset, with Oxford, fled to her;

If she have time to breathe, be well assured
breathe (v.) 2 catch breath, pause, rest

Her faction will be full as strong as ours.


We are advertised by our loving friends
advertise, advertize (v.) 1 make aware, inform, notify; warn

That they do hold their course toward Tewkesbury.

We, having now the best at Barnet field,
best (n.) 1 victory, triumph, success
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Will thither straight, for willingness rids way;
rid (v.) 1 get rid of, destroy, kill
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count
way (n.) 2 journey, expedition, outing

And, as we march, our strength will be augmented

In every county as we go along.

Strike up the drum; cry ‘ Courage!’ and away!


  Previous scene     Next scene