Henry VI Part 2


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Alarum. Retreat. Enter York, Richard, Warwick,

and soldiers with drum and colours


YORK

Of Salisbury, who can report of him,

That winter lion, who in rage forgets
winter (adj.) aged, venerable

Aged contusions and all brush of time;
brush (n.) hostile meeting, collision, forceful encounter
contusion (n.) bruise, injury, lesion

And, like a gallant in the brow of youth,
brow (n.) 5 height, peak, pinnacle
gallant (n.) 1 fine gentleman, man of fashion See Topics: Address forms

Repairs him with occasion? This happy day
occasion (n.) 1 circumstance, opportunity
repair (v.) 2 restore, renew, revive

Is not itself, nor have we won one foot,

If Salisbury be lost.


RICHARD

                         My noble father,

Three times today I holp him to his horse,

Three times bestrid him; thrice I led him off,
bestride (v.) 1 stand over, protect, safeguard

Persuaded him from any further act;

But still where danger was, still there I met him,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

And like rich hangings in a homely house,
hanging (n.) wall-covering, tapestry, curtain
homely (adj.) 1 plain, simple, ordinary

So was his will in his old feeble body.

But, noble as he is, look where he comes.

Enter Salisbury


SALISBURY

Now, by my sword, well hast thou fought today;

By th' mass, so did we all. I thank you, Richard.

God knows how long it is I have to live,

And it hath pleased Him that three times today

You have defended me from imminent death.

Well, lords, we have not got that which we have;

'Tis not enough our foes are this time fled,

Being opposites of such repairing nature.
opposite (n.) 1 opponent, adversary, anatagonist
repairing (adj.) with power of recovery, with ability to revive


YORK

I know our safety is to follow them;
safety (n.) 1 prudent course of action, best safeguard

For, as I hear, the King is fled to London,

To call a present court of parliament.

Let us pursue him ere the writs go forth.
writ (n.) 2 written authority, formal order, warrant

What says Lord Warwick? Shall we after them?


WARWICK

After them! Nay, before them, if we can.

Now by my hand, lords, 'twas a glorious day.

Saint Albans battle, won by famous York,

Shall be eternized in all age to come.
eternize (v.) immortalize, make famous for ever

Sound drum and trumpets, and to London all,

And more such days as these to us befall!
befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell 1 happen, occur, take place, turn out See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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