Henry VI Part 3
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Alarum. Enter King Henry alone.Alarum. Enter King Henry alone 3H6 II.v.1.1
Hen. KING 
This battell fares like to the mornings Warre,This battle fares like to the morning's war,like to / unto (conj./prep.)similar to, comparable with3H6 II.v.1
fare (v.)go, happen, turn out
When dying clouds contend, with growing light,When dying clouds contend with growing light,contend (v.)compete, vie, rival3H6 II.v.2
What time the Shepheard blowing of his nailes,What time the shepherd, blowing of his nails,blow (v.)breathe hot breath [on]3H6 II.v.3
Can neither call it perfect day, nor night.Can neither call it perfect day nor night. 3H6 II.v.4
Now swayes it this way, like a Mighty Sea,Now sways it this way, like a mighty sea 3H6 II.v.5
Forc'd by the Tide, to combat with the Winde:Forced by the tide to combat with the wind; 3H6 II.v.6
Now swayes it that way, like the selfe-same Sea,Now sways it that way, like the self-same sea 3H6 II.v.7
Forc'd to retyre by furie of the Winde.Forced to retire by fury of the wind. 3H6 II.v.8
Sometime, the Flood preuailes; and than the Winde:Sometime the flood prevails, and then the wind;sometime (adv.)sometimes, now and then3H6 II.v.9
flood (n.)sea, deep, waves, rushing water
Now, one the better: then, another best;Now one the better, then another best; 3H6 II.v.10
Both tugging to be Victors, brest to brest:Both tugging to be victors, breast to breast,tug (v.)contend, vie, strive in opposition3H6 II.v.11
Yet neither Conqueror, nor Conquered.Yet neither conqueror nor conquered; 3H6 II.v.12
So is the equall poise of this fell Warre.So is the equal poise of this fell war.poise (n.)balance of weight, equipoise3H6 II.v.13
fell (adj.)cruel, fierce, savage
Heere on this Mole-hill will I sit me downe,Here on this molehill will I sit me down. 3H6 II.v.14
To whom God will, there be the Victorie:To whom God will, there be the victory! 3H6 II.v.15
For Margaret my Queene, and Clifford tooFor Margaret my Queen, and Clifford too, 3H6 II.v.16
Haue chid me from the Battell: Swearing both,Have chid me from the battle, swearing bothchide (v.), past form chidbrusquely command, drive [away] with harsh words3H6 II.v.17
They prosper best of all when I am thence.They prosper best of all when I am thence. 3H6 II.v.18
Would I were dead, if Gods good will were so;Would I were dead, if God's good will were so! 3H6 II.v.19
For what is in this world, but Greefe and Woe.For what is in this world but grief and woe? 3H6 II.v.20
Oh God! me thinkes it were a happy life,O God! Methinks it were a happy lifemethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
3H6 II.v.21
To be no better then a homely Swaine,To be no better than a homely swain;homely (adj.)plain, simple, ordinary3H6 II.v.22
swain (n.)
old form: Swaine
rustic, country person, shepherd
To sit vpon a hill, as I do now,To sit upon a hill, as I do now; 3H6 II.v.23
To carue out Dialls queintly, point by point,To carve out dials quaintly, point by point,quaintly (adv.)
old form: queintly
elaborately, artistically, with skill
3H6 II.v.24
dial (n.)
old form: Dialls
watch, timepiece, pocket sundial
Thereby to see the Minutes how they runne:Thereby to see the minutes how they run: 3H6 II.v.25
How many makes the Houre full compleate,How many make the hour full complete, 3H6 II.v.26
How many Houres brings about the Day,How many hours bring about the day,bring about (v.)complete, bring the end to [a period of time]3H6 II.v.27
How many Dayes will finish vp the Yeare,How many days will finish up the year, 3H6 II.v.28
How many Yeares, a Mortall man may liue.How many years a mortal man may live. 3H6 II.v.29
When this is knowne, then to diuide the Times:When this is known, then to divide the times: 3H6 II.v.30
So many Houres, must I tend my Flocke;So many hours must I tend my flock, 3H6 II.v.31
So many Houres, must I take my Rest:So many hours must I take my rest, 3H6 II.v.32
So many Houres, must I Contemplate:So many hours must I contemplate,contemplate (v.)pray, meditate, engage in contemplation3H6 II.v.33
So many Houres, must I Sport my selfe:So many hours must I sport myself,sport (v.)amuse, entertain, divert3H6 II.v.34
So many Dayes, my Ewes haue bene with yong:So many days my ewes have been with young, 3H6 II.v.35
So many weekes, ere the poore Fooles will Eane:So many weeks ere the poor fools will ean,ean (v.)
old form: Eane
bring forth lambs
3H6 II.v.36
fool (n.)
old form: Fooles
[term of endearment or pity] dear, darling, innocent creature
So many yeares, ere I shall sheere the Fleece:So many years ere I shall shear the fleece. 3H6 II.v.37
So Minutes, Houres, Dayes, Monthes, and Yeares,So minutes, hours, days, months, and years, 3H6 II.v.38
Past ouer to the end they were created,Passed over to the end they were created,end (n.)purpose, aim, design3H6 II.v.39
Would bring white haires, vnto a Quiet graue.Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave. 3H6 II.v.40
Ah! what a life were this? How sweet? how louely?Ah, what a life were this! How sweet! How lovely! 3H6 II.v.41
Giues not the Hawthorne bush a sweeter shadeGives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade 3H6 II.v.42
To Shepheards, looking on their silly Sheepe,To shepherds looking on their silly sheepsilly (adj.)helpless, defenceless, vulnerable3H6 II.v.43
Then doth a rich Imbroider'd CanopieThan doth a rich embroidered canopy 3H6 II.v.44
To Kings, that feare their Subiects treacherie?To kings that fear their subjects' treachery? 3H6 II.v.45
Oh yes, it doth; a thousand fold it doth.O yes, it doth; a thousand-fold it doth. 3H6 II.v.46
And to conclude, the Shepherds homely Curds,And to conclude, the shepherd's homely curds,curd (n.)type of foodstuff derived from milk3H6 II.v.47
His cold thinne drinke out of his Leather Bottle,His cold thin drink out of his leather bottle, 3H6 II.v.48
His wonted sleepe, vnder a fresh trees shade,His wonted sleep under a fresh tree's shade,wonted (adj.)accustomed, usual, customary3H6 II.v.49
All which secure, and sweetly he enioyes,All which secure and sweetly he enjoys,secure (adv.)safely, free from anxiety3H6 II.v.50
Is farre beyond a Princes Delicates:Is far beyond a prince's delicates,delicate (n.)delicacy, luxury, delight3H6 II.v.51
His Viands sparkling in a Golden Cup,His viands sparkling in a golden cup,viand (n.)(usually plural) food, victuals, foodstuff3H6 II.v.52
His bodie couched in a curious bed,His body couched in a curious bed,curious (adj.)finely made, skilfully wrought, elaborate3H6 II.v.53
When Care, Mistrust, and Treason waits on him.When care, mistrust, and treason waits on him.wait on / upon (v.)accompany, attend3H6 II.v.54
Alarum. Enter a Sonne that hath kill'd his Father, at one doore:Alarum. Enter at one door a Son that hath killed his 3H6 II.v.55.1
and a Father that hath kill'd his Sonne at another doore.father, with the dead body in his arms 3H6 II.v.55.2
Son. SON 
Ill blowes the winde that profits no body,Ill blows the wind that profits nobody.ill (adv.)badly, adversely, unfavourably3H6 II.v.55
This man whom hand to hand I slew in fight,This man whom hand to hand I slew in fight 3H6 II.v.56
May be possessed with some store of Crownes,May be possessed with some store of crowns;possess (v.)put in possession, endow3H6 II.v.57
store (n.)abundance, plenty, surplus, quantity
crown (n.)coin [usually showing a monarch's crown], English value: 5 shilllings
And I that (haply) take them from him now,And I, that haply take them from him now,haply (adv.)perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck3H6 II.v.58
May yet (ere night) yeeld both my Life and themMay yet ere night yield both my life and them 3H6 II.v.59
To some man else, as this dead man doth me.To some man else, as this dead man doth me. –  3H6 II.v.60
Who's this? Oh God! It is my Fathers face,Who's this? O God! It is my father's face, 3H6 II.v.61
Whom in this Conflict, I (vnwares) haue kill'd:Whom in this conflict I, unwares, have killed.unwares (adv.)
old form: vnwares
unawares, unknowingly, unintentionally
3H6 II.v.62
Oh heauy times! begetting such Euents.O, heavy times, begetting such events!heavy (adj.)
old form: heauy
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
3H6 II.v.63
From London, by the King was I prest forth,From London by the King was I pressed forth;press (v.)
old form: prest
levy, raise, conscript
3H6 II.v.64
My Father being the Earle of Warwickes man,My father, being the Earl of Warwick's man, 3H6 II.v.65
Came on the part of Yorke, prest by his Master:Came on the part of York, pressed by his master;part (n.)side, camp, party3H6 II.v.66
And I, who at his hands receiu'd my life,And I, who at his hands received my life, 3H6 II.v.67
Haue by my hands, of Life bereaued him.Have by my hands of life bereaved him.bereave (v.)
old form: bereaued
take away [from], deprive, deny, rob
3H6 II.v.68
Pardon me God, I knew not what I did:Pardon me, God, I knew not what I did! 3H6 II.v.69
And pardon Father, for I knew not thee.And pardon, father, for I knew not thee!know (v.)recognize3H6 II.v.70
My Teares shall wipe away these bloody markes:My tears shall wipe away these bloody marks; 3H6 II.v.71
And no more words, till they haue flow'd their fill.And no more words till they have flowed their fill. 3H6 II.v.72
King. KING 
O pitteous spectacle! O bloody Times!O, piteous spectacle! O, bloody times! 3H6 II.v.73
Whiles Lyons Warre, and battaile for their Dennes,Whiles lions war and battle for their dens, 3H6 II.v.74
Poore harmlesse Lambes abide their enmity.Poor harmless lambs abide their enmity.abide (v.)endure, undergo, face3H6 II.v.75
Weepe wretched man: Ile ayde thee Teare for Teare,Weep, wretched man; I'll aid thee tear for tear; 3H6 II.v.76
And let our hearts and eyes, like Ciuill Warre,And let our hearts and eyes, like civil war, 3H6 II.v.77
Be blinde with teares, and break ore-charg'd with griefeBe blind with tears, and break o'ercharged with grief.overcharged (adj.)
old form: ore-charg'd
overburdened, overtaxed, overwrought
3H6 II.v.78
Enter Father, bearing of his Sonne.Enter at another door a Father that hath killed his 3H6 II.v.79.1
son, with the dead body in his arms 3H6 II.v.79.2
Fa. FATHER 
Thou that so stoutly hath resisted me,Thou that so stoutly hath resisted me, 3H6 II.v.79
Giue me thy Gold, if thou hast any Gold:Give me thy gold, if thou hast any gold; 3H6 II.v.80
For I haue bought it with an hundred blowes.For I have bought it with an hundred blows. 3H6 II.v.81
But let me see: Is this our Foe-mans face?But let me see: is this our foeman's face? 3H6 II.v.82
Ah, no, no, no, it is mine onely Sonne.Ah, no, no, no, it is mine only son! 3H6 II.v.83
Ah Boy, if any life be left in thee,Ah, boy, if any life be left in thee, 3H6 II.v.84
Throw vp thine eye: see, see, what showres arise,Throw up thine eye! See, see what showers arise, 3H6 II.v.85
Blowne with the windie Tempest of my heart,Blown with the windy tempest of my heart, 3H6 II.v.86
Vpon thy wounds, that killes mine Eye, and Heart.Upon thy wounds, that kills mine eye and heart! 3H6 II.v.87
O pitty God, this miserable Age!O, pity, God, this miserable age! 3H6 II.v.88
What Stragems? how fell? how Butcherly?What stratagems, how fell, how butcherly,stratagem (n.)deed of violence, bloody act3H6 II.v.89
fell (adj.)cruel, fierce, savage
butcherly (adv.)brutally, cruelly, savagely
Erreoneous, mutinous, and vnnaturall,Erroneous, mutinous, and unnatural,erroneous (adj.)
old form: Erreoneous
criminal, wicked, evil
3H6 II.v.90
unnatural (adj.)
old form: vnnaturall
abnormal, monstrous, aberrant
This deadly quarrell daily doth beget?This deadly quarrel daily doth beget!beget (v.), past form begotproduce, engender, give rise to3H6 II.v.91
O Boy! thy Father gaue thee life too soone,O boy, thy father gave thee life too soon, 3H6 II.v.92
And hath bereft thee of thy life too late.And hath bereft thee of thy life too late!late (adv.)recently, a little while ago / before3H6 II.v.93
bereave (v.)take away [from], deprive, deny, rob
King. KING 
Wo aboue wo: greefe, more thẽ common greefeWoe above woe! Grief more than common grief! 3H6 II.v.94
O that my death would stay these ruthfull deeds:O that my death would stay these ruthful deeds!stay (v.)stop, prevent, end3H6 II.v.95
ruthful (adj.)
old form: ruthfull
piteous, lamentable, woeful
O pitty, pitty, gentle heauen pitty:O, pity, pity, gentle heaven, pity! 3H6 II.v.96
The Red Rose and the White are on his face,The red rose and the white are on his face, 3H6 II.v.97
The fatall Colours of our striuing Houses:The fatal colours of our striving houses;fatal (adj.)
old form: fatall
ominous, full of foreboding, doom-laden
3H6 II.v.98
The one, his purple Blood right well resembles,The one his purple blood right well resembles;purple (adj.)bright-red, blood-coloured, bloody3H6 II.v.99
The other his pale Cheekes (me thinkes) presenteth:The other his pale cheeks, methinks, presenteth.methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
3H6 II.v.100
present (v.)symbolize, represent, suggest
Wither one Rose, and let the other flourish:Wither one rose, and let the other flourish; 3H6 II.v.101
If you contend, a thousand liues must wither.If you contend, a thousand lives must wither.contend (v.)fight, engage in combat, struggle3H6 II.v.102
Son. SON 
How will my Mother, for a Fathers deathHow will my mother for a father's death 3H6 II.v.103
Take on with me, and ne're be satisfi'd?Take on with me and ne'er be satisfied!satisfy (v.)
old form: satisfi'd
appease, content, comfort
3H6 II.v.104
take on (v.)behave, act; or: rage, rant
Fa. FATHER 
How will my Wife, for slaughter of my Sonne,How will my wife for slaughter of my son 3H6 II.v.105
Shed seas of Teares, and ne're be satisfi'd?Shed seas of tears and ne'er be satisfied! 3H6 II.v.106
King. KING 
How will the Country, for these woful chances,How will the country for these woeful chanceschance (n.)event, occurrence, situation [especially, bad]3H6 II.v.107
Mis-thinke the King, and not be satisfied?Misthink the King and not be satisfied!misthink (v.)
old form: Mis-thinke
think ill of, have a bad opinion about
3H6 II.v.108
Son. SON 
Was euer sonne, so rew'd a Fathers death?Was ever son so rued a father's death? 3H6 II.v.109
Fath. FATHER 
Was euer Father so bemoan'd his Sonne?Was ever father so bemoaned his son? 3H6 II.v.110
Hen. KING 
Was euer King so greeu'd for Subiects woe?Was ever king so grieved for subjects' woe? 3H6 II.v.111
Much is your sorrow; Mine, ten times so much.Much is your sorrow; mine ten times so much. 3H6 II.v.112
Son. SON 
Ile beare thee hence, where I may weepe my fill.I'll bear thee hence, where I may weep my fill. 3H6 II.v.113
Exit with the body of his father 3H6 II.v.113
Fath. FATHER 
These armes of mine shall be thy winding sheet:These arms of mine shall be thy winding-sheet;winding-sheet (n.)
old form: winding sheet
burial cloth, shroud
3H6 II.v.114
My heart (sweet Boy) shall be thy Sepulcher,My heart, sweet boy, shall be thy sepulchre, 3H6 II.v.115
For from my heart, thine Image ne're shall go.For from my heart thine image ne'er shall go; 3H6 II.v.116
My sighing brest, shall be thy Funerall bell;My sighing breast shall be thy funeral bell; 3H6 II.v.117
And so obsequious will thy Father be,And so obsequious will thy father be,obsequious (adj.)dutiful [without suggesting servility]; appropriate after a death3H6 II.v.118
Men for the losse of thee, hauing no more,Even for the loss of thee, having no more, 3H6 II.v.119
As Priam was for all his Valiant Sonnes,As Priam was for all his valiant sons. 3H6 II.v.120
Ile beare thee hence, and let them fight that will,I'll bear thee hence; and let them fight that will, 3H6 II.v.121
For I haue murthered where I should not kill. For I have murdered where I should not kill. 3H6 II.v.122
ExitExit with the body of his son 3H6 II.v.122
Hen. KING 
Sad-hearted-men, much ouergone with Care;Sad-hearted men, much overgone with care,overgone (adj.)
old form: ouergone
worn out, overcome, exhausted
3H6 II.v.123
Heere sits a King, more wofull then you are.Here sits a king more woeful than you are. 3H6 II.v.124
Alarums. Excursions. Enter the Queen, the Prince, and Alarums. Excursions. Enter the Queen, Prince, and 3H6 II.v.125.1
Exeter.Exeter 3H6 II.v.125.2
Prin. PRINCE 
Fly Father, flye: for all your Friends are fled.Fly, father, fly! For all your friends are fled, 3H6 II.v.125
And Warwicke rages like a chafed Bull:And Warwick rages like a chafed bull.chafed (adj.)enraged, irritated, angered3H6 II.v.126
Away, for death doth hold vs in pursuite.Away! For death doth hold us in pursuit. 3H6 II.v.127
Qu. QUEEN 
Mount you my Lord, towards Barwicke post amaine: Mount you, my lord; towards Berwick post amain.post (v.)hasten, speed, ride fast3H6 II.v.128
amain (adv.)
old form: amaine
in all haste, at full speed
Edward and Richard like a brace of Grey-hounds,Edward and Richard, like a brace of greyhoundsbrace (n.)group of two, couple, pair3H6 II.v.129
Hauing the fearfull flying Hare in sight,Having the fearful flying hare in sight, 3H6 II.v.130
With fiery eyes, sparkling for very wrath,With fiery eyes sparkling for very wrath,very (adj.)[intensifying] thorough-going, absolute3H6 II.v.131
And bloody steele graspt in their yrefull handsAnd bloody steel grasped in their ireful hands,ireful (adj.)
old form: yrefull
wrathful, angry, furious
3H6 II.v.132
steel (n.)
old form: steele
weapon of steel, sword
Are at our backes, and therefore hence amaine.Are at our backs; and therefore hence amain. 3H6 II.v.133
Exet. EXETER 
Away: for vengeance comes along with them.Away! For vengeance comes along with them; 3H6 II.v.134
Nay, stay not to expostulate, make speed,Nay, stay not to expostulate, make speed;expostulate (v.)expound, debate, discourse3H6 II.v.135
stay (v.)linger, tarry, delay
Or else come after, Ile away before.Or else come after; I'll away before. 3H6 II.v.136
Hen. KING 
Nay take me with thee, good sweet Exeter:Nay, take me with thee, good sweet Exeter; 3H6 II.v.137
Not that I feare to stay, but loue to goNot that I fear to stay, but love to go 3H6 II.v.138
Whether the Queene intends. Forward, away. Whither the Queen intends. Forward! Away!intend (v.)plan to go, direct one's course3H6 II.v.139
ExeuntExeunt 3H6 II.v.139
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