Henry VI Part 3

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Alarum. Enter York, Edward, Richard, Norfolk,

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Montague, Warwick, and soldiers, with white roses

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in their hats



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I wonder how the King escaped our hands?



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While we pursued the horsemen of the north,

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He slily stole away and left his men;

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Whereat the great Lord of Northumberland,

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Whose warlike ears could never brook retreat,
brook (v.) 1 endure, tolerate, put up with

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Cheered up the drooping army; and himself,

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Lord Clifford, and Lord Stafford, all abreast,

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Charged our main battle's front, and, breaking in,
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion

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Were by the swords of common soldiers slain.



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Lord Stafford's father, Duke of Buckingham,

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Is either slain or wounded dangerous;
dangerous (adv.) dangerously, mortally, seriously

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I cleft his beaver with a downright blow.
downright (adj.) 2 directed straight down, coming from above

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That this is true, father, behold his blood.



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And, brother, here's the Earl of Wiltshire's blood,

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Whom I encountered as the battles joined.
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion
join (v.) 1 encounter, come together, meet in conflict



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Speak thou for me and tell them what I did.

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He throws down the Duke of Somerset's head



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Richard hath best deserved of all my sons.

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But is your grace dead, my lord of Somerset?



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Such hope have all the line of John of Gaunt!



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Thus do I hope to shake King Henry's head.



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And so do I. Victorious Prince of York,

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Before I see thee seated in that throne

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Which now the house of Lancaster usurps,

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I vow by heaven these eyes shall never close.

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This is the palace of the fearful King,
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear

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And this the regal seat; possess it, York;

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For this is thine and not King Henry's heirs'.



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Assist me then, sweet Warwick, and I will;

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For hither we have broken in by force.



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We'll all assist you; he that flies shall die.



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Thanks, gentle Norfolk; stay by me, my lords.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble

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And, soldiers, stay and lodge by me this night.
lodge (v.) 1 sleep, lie, remain

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They go up



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And when the King comes, offer him no violence,

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Unless he seek to thrust you out perforce.
perforce (adv.) 1 forcibly, by force, violently



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The Queen this day here holds her parliament,

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But little thinks we shall be of her council;

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By words or blows here let us win our right.



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Armed as we are, let's stay within this house.



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The bloody parliament shall this be called

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Unless Plantagenet, Duke of York, be king,

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And bashful Henry deposed, whose cowardice
bashful (adj.) easily intimidated, readily daunted

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Hath made us by-words to our enemies.
by-word (n.) object of scorn, model of cowardice



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Then leave me not; my lords, be resolute;

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I mean to take possession of my right.



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Neither the King nor he that loves him best,

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The proudest he that holds up Lancaster,
he (n.) man, person
hold up (v.) 2 support, uphold, sustain
proud (adj.) 2 courageous, valiant, brave

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Dares stir a wing if Warwick shake his bells.

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I'll plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares.
plant (v.) 3 install, set up, put in place

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Resolve thee, Richard; claim the English crown.
resolve (v.) 4 decide, make up one's mind

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Flourish. Enter King Henry, Clifford, Northumberland,

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Westmorland, Exeter, and soldiers, with

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red roses in their hats



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My lords, look where the sturdy rebel sits,
sturdy (adj.) disobedient, defiant, uncompromising

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Even in the chair of state! Belike he means,
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
chair (n.) 1 throne

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Backed by the power of Warwick, that false peer,
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious

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To aspire unto the crown and reign as king.

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Earl of Northumberland, he slew thy father,

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And thine, Lord Clifford; and you both have vowed revenge

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On him, his sons, his favourites, and his friends.
favourite (n.) follower, supporter, ally



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If I be not, heavens be revenged on me!



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The hope thereof makes Clifford mourn in steel.
steel (n.) 1 armour



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What! Shall we suffer this? Let's pluck him down.
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

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My heart for anger burns; I cannot brook it.
brook (v.) 1 endure, tolerate, put up with



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Be patient, gentle Earl of Westmorland.



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Patience is for poltroons, such as he;
poltroon (n.) worthless coward, mean-spirited wretch

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He durst not sit there had your father lived.

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My gracious lord, here in the parliament

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Let us assail the family of York.
assail (v.) 1 attack, assault, address



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Well hast thou spoken, cousin; be it so.



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Ah, know you not the city favours them,

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And they have troops of soldiers at their beck?
beck (n.) 1 beckoning, command, call



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But when the Duke is slain they'll quickly fly.



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Far be the thought of this from Henry's heart,

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To make a shambles of the Parliament House!
shambles (n.) meat-market, slaughter-house

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Cousin of Exeter, frowns, words, and threats

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Shall be the war that Henry means to use.

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Thou factious Duke of York, descend my throne,
factious (adj.) 3 rebellious, seditious

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And kneel for grace and mercy at my feet;

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I am thy sovereign.



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                         I am thine.



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For shame, come down; he made thee Duke of York.



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It was my inheritance, as the earldom was.



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Thy father was a traitor to the crown.



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Exeter, thou art a traitor to the crown

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In following this usurping Henry.



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Whom should he follow but his natural king?
natural (adj.) 3 legitimate, by birthright, rightful



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True, Clifford; that is Richard Duke of York.



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And shall I stand, and thou sit in my throne?



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It must and shall be so; content thyself.
content (v.) 2 calm [down], settle, relax



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Be Duke of Lancaster; let him be king.



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He is both king and Duke of Lancaster;

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And that the Lord of Westmorland shall maintain.



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And Warwick shall disprove it. You forget

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That we are those which chased you from the field
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat

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And slew your fathers, and with colours spread
colours (n.) 1 battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners

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Marched through the city to the palace gates.



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Yes, Warwick, I remember it to my grief;

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And, by his soul, thou and thy house shall rue it.



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Plantagenet, of thee and these thy sons,

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Thy kinsmen, and thy friends, I'll have more lives

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Than drops of blood were in my father's veins.



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Urge it no more; lest that, instead of words,
urge (v.) 1 press, insist on, state emphatically

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I send thee, Warwick, such a messenger

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As shall revenge his death before I stir.



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Poor Clifford, how I scorn his worthless threats!



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Will you we show our title to the crown?
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement
will (v.), past form would 1 desire, wish, want

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If not, our swords shall plead it in the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat
plead (v.) 1 make a case for, present an argument for



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What title hast thou, traitor, to the crown?
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

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Thy father was, as thou art, Duke of York;

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Thy grandfather, Roger Mortimer, Earl of March.

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I am the son of Henry the Fifth,

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Who made the Dauphin and the French to stoop
stoop (v.) 1 kneel, submit, bow down

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And seized upon their towns and provinces.



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Talk not of France, sith thou hast lost it all.



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The Lord Protector lost it, and not I.

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When I was crowned I was but nine months old.



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You are old enough now, and yet, methinks, you lose.
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me

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Father, tear the crown from the usurper's head.



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Sweet father, do so; set it on your head.



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Good brother, as thou lovest and honourest arms,

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Let's fight it out and not stand cavilling thus.
cavil (v.) dispute over details, raise pointless objections
stand (v.) 2 continue, remain, wait, stay put



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Sound drums and trumpets, and the King will fly.



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Sons, peace!



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Peace, thou! And give King Henry leave to speak.



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Plantagenet shall speak first. Hear him, lords;

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And be you silent and attentive too,

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For he that interrupts him shall not live.



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Thinkest thou that I will leave my kingly throne,

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Wherein my grandsire and my father sat?

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No; first shall war unpeople this my realm;
unpeople (v.) empty of people, depopulate

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Ay, and their colours, often borne in France,
colours (n.) 1 battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners

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And now in England to our hearts' great sorrow,

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Shall be my winding-sheet. Why faint you, lords?
faint (v.) 1 lose courage, show fear, lose heart, take fright
winding-sheet (n.) burial cloth, shroud

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My title's good, and better far than his.
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement



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Prove it, Henry, and thou shalt be king.



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Henry the Fourth by conquest got the crown.



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'Twas by rebellion against his king.



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I know not what to say; my title's weak. –

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Tell me, may not a king adopt an heir?



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What then?



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An if he may, then am I lawful king;

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For Richard, in the view of many lords,

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Resigned the crown to Henry the Fourth,

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Whose heir my father was, and I am his.



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He rose against him, being his sovereign,

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And made him to resign his crown perforce.
perforce (adv.) 1 forcibly, by force, violently



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Suppose, my lords, he did it unconstrained,

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Think you 'twere prejudicial to his crown?
prejudicial (adj.) damaging to one's rights, tending to invalidate a claim



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No; for he could not so resign his crown

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But that the next heir should succeed and reign.



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Art thou against us, Duke of Exeter?



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His is the right, and therefore pardon me.



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Why whisper you, my lords, and answer not?



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My conscience tells me he is lawful king.
conscience (n.) 2 real knowledge, internal conviction, true understanding



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All will revolt from me and turn to him.



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Plantagenet, for all the claim thou layest,

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Think not that Henry shall be so deposed.



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Deposed he shall be, in despite of all.



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Thou art deceived; 'tis not thy southern power
deceive (v.) 1 delude, mislead, take in

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Of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, nor of Kent,
power (n.) 7 control, influence, sway

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Which makes thee thus presumptuous and proud,

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Can set the Duke up in despite of me.



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King Henry, be thy title right or wrong,
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

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Lord Clifford vows to fight in thy defence;

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May that ground gape and swallow me alive,

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Where I shall kneel to him that slew my father!



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O Clifford, how thy words revive my heart!



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Henry of Lancaster, resign thy crown.

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What mutter you, or what conspire you, lords?



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Do right unto this princely Duke of York,
right (n.) 2 justice, rightfulness, justification

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Or I will fill the house with armed men,

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And over the chair of state, where now he sits,
chair (n.) 1 throne

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Write up his title with usurping blood.
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

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He stamps with his foot, and the soldiers show

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My Lord of Warwick, hear but one word;

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Let me for this my lifetime reign as king.



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Confirm the crown to me and to mine heirs,

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And thou shalt reign in quiet while thou livest.



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I am content; Richard Plantagenet,
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready

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Enjoy the kingdom after my decease.



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What wrong is this unto the Prince your son!



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What good is this to England and himself!



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Base, fearful, and despairing Henry!
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear



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How hast thou injured both thyself and us!



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I cannot stay to hear these articles.
article (n.) 1 clause, term, provision



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Nor I.



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Come, cousin, let us tell the Queen these news.



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Farewell, faint-hearted and degenerate King,

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In whose cold blood no spark of honour bides.
cold (adj.) 7 hopeless, apathetic, miserable

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Be thou a prey unto the house of York,

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And die in bands for this unmanly deed!
band (n.) 5 bond, shackle, chain

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In dreadful war mayst thou be overcome,

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Or live in peace abandoned and despised!

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Turn this way, Henry, and regard them not.



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They seek revenge and therefore will not yield.



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Ah, Exeter!



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                         Why should you sigh, my lord?



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Not for myself, Lord Warwick, but my son,

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Whom I unnaturally shall disinherit.
unnaturally (adv.) illegitimately, against normal practice

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But be it as it may. (to York) I here entail

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The crown to thee and to thine heirs for ever;

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Conditionally that here thou take an oath
conditionally (adv.) on condition, providing

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To cease this civil war; and, whilst I live,

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To honour me as thy king and sovereign;

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And neither by treason nor hostility

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To seek to put me down and reign thyself.



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This oath I willingly take and will perform.



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Long live King Henry! Plantagenet, embrace him.



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And long live thou and these thy forward sons!
forward (adj.) 7 promising, early-maturing, precocious



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Now York and Lancaster are reconciled.



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Accursed be he that seeks to make them foes!

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Sennet. Here they come down



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Farewell, my gracious lord; I'll to my castle.

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Exeunt York and his sons



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And I'll keep London with my soldiers.
keep (v.) 2 stay within, remain inside

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And I to Norfolk with my followers.

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And I unto the sea from whence I came.

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And I with grief and sorrow to the court.

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Enter the Queen and the Prince of Wales
bewray (v.) 1 betray, reveal, expose



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Here comes the Queen, whose looks bewray her anger;

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I'll steal away.



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                         Exeter, so will I.



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Nay, go not from me. I will follow thee.



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Be patient, gentle Queen, and I will stay.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble



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Who can be patient in such extremes?

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Ah, wretched man! Would I had died a maid,

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And never seen thee, never borne thee son,

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Seeing thou hast proved so unnatural a father!
unnatural (adj.) 1 against natural feeling, not in accord with kinship

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Hath he deserved to lose his birthright thus?

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Hadst thou but loved him half so well as I,

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Or felt that pain which I did for him once,

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Or nourished him as I did with my blood,

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Thou wouldst have left thy dearest heart-blood there,

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Rather than have made that savage Duke thine heir
savage (adj.) 1 fierce, ferocious, wild

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And disinherited thine only son.



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Father, you cannot disinherit me;

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If you be king, why should not I succeed?



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Pardon me, Margaret; pardon me, sweet son;

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The Earl of Warwick and the Duke enforced me.



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Enforced thee! Art thou king, and wilt be forced?

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I shame to hear thee speak. Ah, timorous wretch!
shame (v.) be ashamed, be embarrassed

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Thou hast undone thyself, thy son, and me;
undo (v.) 1 ruin, destroy, wipe out

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And given unto the house of York such head
head (n.) 2 power, strength, scope

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As thou shalt reign but by their sufferance.
as (conj.) 7 that [following ‘s’ or ‘such’]
sufferance (n.) 3 permission, consent, acquiescence, say-so

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To entail him and his heirs unto the crown,
entail to (v.) 2 appoint as heir

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What is it but to make thy sepulchre,

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And creep into it far before thy time?

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Warwick is Chancellor and the Lord of Calais;

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Stern Falconbridge commands the narrow seas;
stern (adj.) 1 cruel, malevolent, harsh

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The Duke is made Protector of the realm;

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And yet shalt thou be safe? Such safety finds

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The trembling lamb environed with wolves.
environ (v.) surround, envelop, encircle, engulf

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Had I been there, which am a silly woman,
silly (adj.) 1 helpless, defenceless, vulnerable

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The soldiers should have tossed me on their pikes
toss (v.) 2 carry aloft, impale

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Before I would have granted to that act.
grant (v.) 2 submit, yield, assent

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But thou preferrest thy life before thine honour;

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And, seeing thou dost, I here divorce myself

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Both from thy table, Henry, and thy bed,

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Until that act of parliament be repealed

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Whereby my son is disinherited.

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The northern lords that have forsworn thy colours
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up

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Will follow mine, if once they see them spread;
colours (n.) 1 battle-flags, ensigns, standards, banners

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And spread they shall be, to thy foul disgrace

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And utter ruin of the house of York.

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Thus do I leave thee. Come, son, let's away.

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Our army is ready; come, we'll after them.



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Stay, gentle Margaret, and hear me speak.



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Thou hast spoke too much already; get thee gone.



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Gentle son Edward, thou wilt stay with me?
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble



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Ay, to be murdered by his enemies.



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When I return with victory from the field,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat

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I'll see your grace; till then I'll follow her.



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Come, son, away; we may not linger thus.

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Exeunt Queen and Prince



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Poor Queen! How love to me and to her son

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Hath made her break out into terms of rage!
term (n.) 1 word, expression, utterance

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Revenged may she be on that hateful Duke,

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Whose haughty spirit, winged with desire,
winged (adj.) impelled, incited, raised up [as if in flight]

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Will cost my crown, and like an empty eagle
cost (v.) involve the loss of, deprive one of
empty (adj.) 1 famished, hungry, having an empty stomach

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Tire on the flesh of me and of my son!
tire (v.) 1 feed greedily, prey ravenously

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The loss of those three lords torments my heart;

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I'll write unto them and entreat them fair.
entreat, intreat (v.) 4 treat, handle, deal with
fair (adv.) 1 kindly, encouragingly, courteously

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Come, cousin, you shall be the messenger.



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And I, I hope, shall reconcile them all.

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Flourish. Exeunt

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