Henry VI Part 3

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

army, with the Queen, Oxford, and Somerset,



Now here a period of tumultuous broils.
broil (n.) 1 turmoil, confused fighting, battle
period (n.) 1 full stop, end, ending, conclusion

Away with Oxford to Hames Castle straight;
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

For Somerset, off with his guilty head.

Go, bear them hence; I will not hear them speak.


For my part I'll not trouble thee with words.


Nor I, but stoop with patience to my fortune.
fortune (n.) 3 chance, fate, [one's ] lot

Exeunt Oxford and Somerset, guarded


So part we sadly in this troublous world,

To meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem.


Is proclamation made that who finds Edward

Shall have a high reward, and he his life?


It is; and lo, where youthful Edward comes!

Enter the Prince, guarded


Bring forth the gallant; let us hear him speak.

What! Can so young a thorn begin to prick?

Edward, what satisfaction canst thou make
satisfaction (n.) 2 recompense, compensation, atonement

For bearing arms, for stirring up my subjects,

And all the trouble thou hast turned me to?


Speak like a subject, proud ambitious York!

Suppose that I am now my father's mouth;
mouth (n.) 2 mouthpiece, spokesman

Resign thy chair, and where I stand kneel thou,
chair (n.) 1 throne

Whilst I propose the self-same words to thee,

Which, traitor, thou wouldst have me answer to.


Ah, that thy father had been so resolved!


That you might still have worn the petticoat
petticoat (n.) long skirt See Topics: Clothing
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

And ne'er have stolen the breech from Lancaster.
breech (n.) 1 breeches, trousers [representing the authority of the husband]


Let Aesop fable in a winter's night;

His currish riddles sorts not with this place.
currish (adj.) mean-spirited, snarling, quarrelsome
sort (v.) 1 suit, be fitting, be appropriate


By heaven, brat, I'll plague ye for that word.
brat (n.) child [not always with contemptuous connotation]
word (n.) 1 remark, speech, utterance


Ay, thou wast born to be a plague to men.


For God's sake, take away this captive scold.


Nay, take away this scolding crook-back rather.
crook-back (n.) hunchback


Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm your tongue.
charm (v.) 4 overcome, subdue, take over [as if by a charm]


Untutored lad, thou art too malapert.
malapert (adj.) impudent, saucy, impertinent
untutored (adj.) badly brought up, untaught, inexperienced


I know my duty; you are all undutiful.

Lascivious Edward, and thou perjured George,

And thou misshapen Dick, I tell ye all

I am your better, traitors as ye are;

And thou usurpest my father's right and mine.
right (n.) 1 just claim, rights, title


Take that, the likeness of this railer here.
railer (n.) ranter, reviler

He stabs him
sprawl (v.) writhe, struggle, thrash about


Sprawlest thou? Take that, to end thy agony.

He stabs him


And there's for twitting me with perjury.

He stabs him


O, kill me too!


Marry, and shall.

He offers to kill her
hold (v.) 8 stop, cease, hold on
offer (v.) 1 attempt, start, try, make a move


Hold, Richard, hold; for we have done too much.


Why should she live to fill the world with words?


What! Doth she swoon? Use means for her recovery.
swown (v.) variant spelling of ‘swoon’


Clarence, excuse me to the King my brother;

I'll hence to London on a serious matter.

Ere ye come there, be sure to hear some news.


What? What?


The Tower, the Tower.



O Ned, sweet Ned, speak to thy mother, boy!

Canst thou not speak? O traitors! Murderers!

They that stabbed Caesar shed no blood at all,

Did not offend, nor were not worthy blame,

If this foul deed were by to equal it.
equal (v.) be compared with, be likened to

He was a man; this, in respect, a child;
respect, in in comparison

And men ne'er spend their fury on a child.
spend (v.) 2 expend, express, give vent to

What's worse than murderer, that I may name it?

No, no, my heart will burst an if I speak;

And I will speak that so my heart may burst.

Butchers and villains! Bloody cannibals!

How sweet a plant have you untimely cropped!
untimely (adv.) 1 prematurely, too soon, before due time

You have no children, butchers; if you had,

The thought of them would have stirred up remorse.
remorse (n.) 1 pity, regret, sorrow

But if you ever chance to have a child,

Look in his youth to have him so cut off

As, deathsmen, you have rid this sweet young Prince!
deathsman (n.) executioner
rid (v.) 1 get rid of, destroy, kill


Away with her; go, bear her hence perforce.
perforce (adv.) 1 forcibly, by force, violently See Topics: Frequency count


Nay, never bear me hence, dispatch me here;
dispatch, despatch (v.) 3 kill, put to death, make away with, finish off

Here sheathe thy sword; I'll pardon thee my death.

What! Wilt thou not? Then, Clarence, do it thou.


By heaven, I will not do thee so much ease.
ease (n.) 1 comfort, relief, solace


Good Clarence, do; sweet Clarence, do thou do it.


Didst thou not hear me swear I would not do it?


Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself,
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

'Twas sin before, but now 'tis charity.

What! Wilt thou not? Where is that devil's butcher Richard?

Hard-favoured Richard; Richard, where art thou?
hard-favoured (adj.) ugly, unattractive, unsightly, hideous

Thou art not here; murder is thy alms-deed;
alms-deed (n.) almsgiving, act of charity

Petitioners for blood thou ne'er puttest back.
put back (v.) repulse, reject, refuse


Away, I say; I charge ye, bear her hence.
charge (v.) 1 order, command, enjoin


So come to you and yours as to this Prince!
come (v.) 2 come to pass, happen, turn out

Exit, guarded


Where's Richard gone?


To London all in post; and, as I guess,
post, in in haste, at top speed

To make a bloody supper in the Tower.


He's sudden if a thing comes in his head.
sudden (adj.) 2 hasty, impulsive, impetuous

Now march we hence; discharge the common sort
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank

With pay and thanks, and let's away to London,

And see our gentle Queen how well she fares;
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count

By this, I hope, she hath a son for me.
this, by by this time


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