Henry VI Part 3

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Richard, Edward, and Montague


Brother, though I be youngest, give me leave.


No, I can better play the orator.


But I have reasons strong and forcible.

Enter the Duke of York


Why, how now, sons and brother! At a strife?

What is your quarrel? How began it first?


No quarrel, but a slight contention.
contention (n.) quarrel, dispute, strife


About what?


About that which concerns your grace and us –

The crown of England, father, which is yours.


Mine, boy? Not till King Henry be dead.


Your right depends not on his life or death.
right (n.) 1 just claim, rights, title


Now you are heir; therefore enjoy it now.

By giving the house of Lancaster leave to breathe,
breathe (v.) 2 catch breath, pause, rest

It will outrun you, father, in the end.
outrun (v.) escape, avoid, elude


I took an oath that he should quietly reign.
quietly (adv.) in peace, undisturbed


But for a kingdom any oath may be broken;

I would break a thousand oaths to reign one year.


No; God forbid your grace should be forsworn.
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count


I shall be, if I claim by open war.


I'll prove the contrary, if you'll hear me speak.


Thou canst not, son; it is impossible.


An oath is of no moment, being not took
moment (n.) 1 importance, weight, consequence

Before a true and lawful magistrate

That hath authority over him that swears:

Henry had none, but did usurp the place.
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

Then, seeing 'twas he that made you to depose,
depose (v.) 1 swear, take an oath [from]

Your oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous.
frivolous (adj.) 2 groundless, insufficient, paltry
vain (adj.) 2 worthless, idle, useless, empty

Therefore to arms! And, father, do but think

How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown;

Within whose circuit is Elysium
circuit (n.) 1 enclosed space, ambit, compass

And all that poets feign of bliss and joy.
feign (v.) 1 depict, imagine, conjure up

Why do we linger thus? I cannot rest

Until the white rose that I wear be dyed

Even in the lukewarm blood of Henry's heart.


Richard, enough! I will be king or die.

Brother, thou shalt to London presently,
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

And whet on Warwick to this enterprise.
whet on (v.) encourage, incite, egg on

Thou, Richard, shalt to the Duke of Norfolk

And tell him privily of our intent.
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count
privily (adv.) secretly, privately, stealthily

You, Edward, shall unto my Lord Cobham,

With whom the Kentishmen will willingly rise;

In them I trust, for they are soldiers,

Witty, courteous, liberal, full of spirit.
liberal (adj.) 5 noble, tasteful, refined
witty (adj.) 1 clever, quick, intelligent

While you are thus employed, what resteth more
rest (v.) 2 remain [to be done], be left

But that I seek occasion how to rise,
occasion (n.) 1 circumstance, opportunity

And yet the King not privy to my drift,
drift (n.) 1 plan, intention, aim
privy 2 informed [of], made aware [of]

Nor any of the house of Lancaster?

Enter a Messenger
post, in in haste, at top speed
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

But stay; what news? Why comest thou in such post?


The Queen with all the northern earls and lords

Intend here to besiege you in your castle.

She is hard by with twenty thousand men;
hard (adv.) 1 close, near

And therefore fortify your hold, my lord.
hold (n.) 1 stronghold, castle, fortress


Ay, with my sword. What! Thinkest thou that we fear them?

Edward and Richard, you shall stay with me;

My brother Montague shall post to London.
post (v.) 1 hasten, speed, ride fast

Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,

Whom we have left protectors of the King,

With powerful policy strengthen themselves,
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft

And trust not simple Henry nor his oaths.
simple (adj.) 2 foolish, silly, stupid


Brother, I go; I'll win them, fear it not;
fear (v.) 3 doubt, mistrust

And thus most humbly I do take my leave.


Enter Sir John Mortimer and Sir Hugh Mortimer,

his brother


Sir John and Sir Hugh Mortimer, mine uncles,

You are come to Sandal in a happy hour;
happy (adj.) 2 opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable

The army of the Queen mean to besiege us.


She shall not need; we'll meet her in the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count


What, with five thousand men?


Ay, with five hundred, father, for a need.
need, for a if necessary, if need be, at a pinch

A woman's general; what should we fear?

A march afar off


I hear their drums; let's set our men in order,

And issue forth and bid them battle straight.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


Five men to twenty! Though the odds be great,

I doubt not, uncle, of our victory.

Many a battle have I won in France,

When as the enemy hath been ten to one;

Why should I not now have the like success?
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count


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