Henry VI Part 3
mainCont width actsCont width
mainCont left actsCont left
mainCont right actsCont right
selAct left selAct right
  absolutní levá pozice
  acts cont padding (l/r) 3%

First folio
Modern text


Key line

Enter Henry the sixt, and Richard, with Enter King Henry the Sixth and Richard below, with 3H6 V.vi.1.1
the Lieutenant on the Walles.the Lieutenant of the Tower on the walls 3H6 V.vi.1.2
Good day, my Lord, what at your Booke so hard?Good day, my lord. What! At your book so hard? 3H6 V.vi.1
Hen. KING 
I my good Lord: my Lord I should say rather,Ay, my good lord – ‘ my lord,’ I should say rather. 3H6 V.vi.2
Tis sinne to flatter, Good was little better:'Tis sin to flatter; ‘ good ’ was little better. 3H6 V.vi.3
'Good Gloster, and good Deuill, were alike,‘ Good Gloucester ’ and ‘ good devil ’ were alike, 3H6 V.vi.4
And both preposterous: therefore, not Good Lord.And both preposterous; therefore, not ‘ good lord.’preposterous (adj.)contrary to the natural order, monstrous, perverted3H6 V.vi.5
Sirra, leaue vs to our selues, we must conferre.Sirrah, leave us to ourselves; we must confer. 3H6 V.vi.6
Exit Lieutenant 3H6 V.vi.6
Hen. KING 
So flies the wreaklesse shepherd from ye Wolfe:So flies the reckless shepherd from the wolf;reckless (adj.)
old form: wreaklesse
negligent, thoughtless, careless
3H6 V.vi.7
So first the harmlesse Sheepe doth yeeld his Fleece,So first the harmless sheep doth yield his fleece, 3H6 V.vi.8
And next his Throate, vnto the Butchers Knife.And next his throat unto the butcher's knife. 3H6 V.vi.9
What Scene of death hath Rossius now to Acte?What scene of death hath Roscius now to act?Roscius (n.)[pron: 'rosius] most famous actor of ancient Rome, 2nd-c BC3H6 V.vi.10
Suspition alwayes haunts the guilty minde,Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;suspicion (n.)anxiety, apprehension, trepidation3H6 V.vi.11
The Theefe doth feare each bush an Officer,The thief doth fear each bush an officer. 3H6 V.vi.12
Hen. KING 
The Bird that hath bin limed in a bush,The bird that hath been limed in a bush,lime (v.)
old form: limed
trap, snare, catch [as if by using birdlime]
3H6 V.vi.13
With trembling wings misdoubteth euery bush;With trembling wings misdoubteth every bush;misdoubt (v.)distrust, suspect, have misgivings about3H6 V.vi.14
And I the haplesse Male to one sweet Bird,And I, the hapless male to one sweet bird,male (n.)father, parent, begetter3H6 V.vi.15
hapless (adj.)
old form: haplesse
luckless, unfortunate, unlucky
Haue now the fatall Obiect in my eye,Have now the fatal object in my eyefatal (adj.)
old form: fatall
death-dealing, death-boding
3H6 V.vi.16
Where my poore yong was lim'd, was caught, and kill'd.Where my poor young was limed, was caught and killed.lime (v.)
old form: lim'd
trap, snare, catch [as if by using birdlime]
3H6 V.vi.17
Why what a peeuish Foole was that of Creet,Why, what a peevish fool was that of Crete,Crete (n.)Mediterranean island, known for its dogs3H6 V.vi.18
peevish (adj.)
old form: peeuish
silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive
That taught his Sonne the office of a Fowle,That taught his son the office of a fowl!office (n.)task, service, duty, responsibility3H6 V.vi.19
And yet for all his wings, the Foole was drown'd.And yet, for all his wings, the fool was drowned. 3H6 V.vi.20
Hen. KING 
I Dedalus, my poore Boy Icarus,I, Daedalus; my poor boy, Icarus;Daedalus (n.)[pron: 'dedalus] legendary Athenian inventor who made the labyrinth for King Minos in Crete; escaped to Sicily with wings made for himsef and his son Icarus3H6 V.vi.21
Icarus (n.)[pron: 'ikarus] son of Daedalus, who escaped from Crete wearing wings made by his father; ignoring a warning, the wax in his wings melted when he flew too near the Sun, and he fell into the Aegean
Thy Father Minos, that deni'de our course,Thy father, Minos, that denied our course;Minos (n.)['minos] king of Crete, who imprisoned Daedalus and his son Icarus for helping Theseus escape from his labyrinth3H6 V.vi.22
deny (v.)
old form: deni'de
disallow, forbid, refuse permission [for]
course (n.)course of action, way of proceeding
The Sunne that sear'd the wings of my sweet Boy.The sun that seared the wings of my sweet boy, 3H6 V.vi.23
Thy Brother Edward, and thy Selfe, the SeaThy brother Edward, and thyself, the sea 3H6 V.vi.24
Whose enuious Gulfe did swallow vp his life:Whose envious gulf did swallow up his life.envious (adj.)
old form: enuious
malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity
3H6 V.vi.25
gulf (n.)
old form: Gulfe
Ah, kill me with thy Weapon, not with words,Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words! 3H6 V.vi.26
My brest can better brooke thy Daggers point,My breast can better brook thy dagger's pointbrook (v.)
old form: brooke
endure, tolerate, put up with
3H6 V.vi.27
Then can my eares that Tragicke History.Than can my ears that tragic history.history (n.)story, tale, narrative3H6 V.vi.28
But wherefore dost thou come? Is't for my Life?But wherefore dost thou come? Is't for my life? 3H6 V.vi.29
Think'st thou I am an Executioner?Thinkest thou I am an executioner? 3H6 V.vi.30
Hen. KING 
A Persecutor I am sure thou art,A persecutor I am sure thou art; 3H6 V.vi.31
If murthering Innocents be Executing,If murdering innocents be executing, 3H6 V.vi.32
Why then thou art an Executioner.Why, then thou art an executioner. 3H6 V.vi.33
Thy Son I kill'd for his presumption.Thy son I killed for his presumption. 3H6 V.vi.34
Hen. KING 
Hadst thou bin kill'd, when first yu didst presume,Hadst thou been killed when first thou didst presume, 3H6 V.vi.35
Thou had'st not liu'd to kill a Sonne of mine:Thou hadst not lived to kill a son of mine. 3H6 V.vi.36
And thus I prophesie, that many a thousand,And thus I prophesy, that many a thousand, 3H6 V.vi.37
Which now mistrust no parcell of my feare,Which now mistrust no parcel of my fear,mistrust (v.)suspect the existence of, apprehend, anticipate3H6 V.vi.38
parcel (n.)
old form: parcell
part, piece, portion, bit
And many an old mans sighe, and many a Widdowes,And many an old man's sigh, and many a widow's, 3H6 V.vi.39
And many an Orphans water-standing-eye,And many an orphan's water-standing eye – water-standing (adj.)flooded with tears3H6 V.vi.40
Men for their Sonnes, Wiues for their Husbands,Men for their sons', wives for their husbands', 3H6 V.vi.41
Orphans, for their Parents timeles death,And orphans for their parents' timeless death – timeless (adj.)
old form: timeles
untimely, premature, ill-timed
3H6 V.vi.42
Shall rue the houre that euer thou was't borne.Shall rue the hour that ever thou wast born. 3H6 V.vi.43
The Owle shriek'd at thy birth, an euill signe,The owl shrieked at thy birth, an evil sign; 3H6 V.vi.44
The Night-Crow cry'de, aboding lucklesse time,The night-crow cried, aboding luckless time;abode (v.)predict, forebode, portend3H6 V.vi.45
Dogs howl'd, and hiddeous Tempest shook down Trees:Dogs howled, and hideous tempests shook down trees; 3H6 V.vi.46
The Rauen rook'd her on the Chimnies top,The raven rooked her on the chimney's top,rook (v.)
old form: rook'd
crouch, cower, squat
3H6 V.vi.47
And chatt'ring Pies in dismall Discords sung:And chattering pies in dismal discords sung.dismal (adj.)
old form: dismall
sinister, ominous, malign
3H6 V.vi.48
pie (n.)magpie
Thy Mother felt more then a Mothers paine,Thy mother felt more than a mother's pain, 3H6 V.vi.49
And yet brought forth lesse then a Mothers hope,And yet brought forth less than a mother's hope, 3H6 V.vi.50
To wit, an indigested and deformed lumpe,To wit, an indigested and deformed lump,indigested (adj.)improperly formed, uncompleted3H6 V.vi.51
wit, to[legal] that is to say
Not like the fruit of such a goodly Tree.Not like the fruit of such a goodly tree. 3H6 V.vi.52
Teeth had'st thou in thy head, when thou was't borne,Teeth hadst thou in thy head when thou wast born, 3H6 V.vi.53
To signifie, thou cam'st to bite the world:To signify thou camest to bite the world; 3H6 V.vi.54
And if the rest be true, which I haue heard,And if the rest be true which I have heard, 3H6 V.vi.55
Thou cam'st----Thou camest –  3H6 V.vi.56
Ile heare no more: / Dye Prophet in thy speech, I'll hear no more; die, prophet, in thy speech! 3H6 V.vi.57
Stabbes him.He stabs him 3H6 V.vi.58
For this (among'st the rest) was I ordain'd.For this, amongst the rest, was I ordained. 3H6 V.vi.58
Hen. KING 
I, and for much more slaughter after this,Ay, and for much more slaughter after this. 3H6 V.vi.59
O God forgiue my sinnes, and pardon thee. O, God forgive my sins, and pardon thee! 3H6 V.vi.60
Dyes.He dies 3H6 V.vi.60
What? will the aspiring blood of LancasterWhat! Will the aspiring blood of Lancaster 3H6 V.vi.61
Sinke in the ground? I thought it would haue mounted.Sink in the ground? I thought it would have mounted. 3H6 V.vi.62
See how my sword weepes for the poore Kings death.See how my sword weeps for the poor King's death! 3H6 V.vi.63
O may such purple teares be alway shedO, may such purple tears be alway shedalway (adv.)always3H6 V.vi.64
purple (adj.)bright-red, blood-coloured, bloody
From those that wish the downfall of our house.From those that wish the downfall of our house! 3H6 V.vi.65
If any sparke of Life be yet remaining,If any spark of life be yet remaining, 3H6 V.vi.66
Downe, downe to hell, and say I sent thee thither.Down, down to hell; and say I sent thee thither, 3H6 V.vi.67
Stabs him againe.(He stabs him again) 3H6 V.vi.68
I that haue neyther pitty, loue, nor feare,I that have neither pity, love, nor fear. 3H6 V.vi.68
Indeed 'tis true that Henrie told me of:Indeed, 'tis true that Henry told me of; 3H6 V.vi.69
For I haue often heard my Mother say,For I have often heard my mother say 3H6 V.vi.70
I came into the world with my Legges forward.I came into the world with my legs forward. 3H6 V.vi.71
Had I not reason (thinke ye) to make hast,Had I not reason, think ye, to make haste, 3H6 V.vi.72
And seeke their Ruine, that vsurp'd our Right?And seek their ruin that usurped our right?right (n.)just claim, rights, title3H6 V.vi.73
The Midwife wonder'd, and the Women cri'deThe midwife wondered and the women criedwonder (v.)
old form: wonder'd
marvel [at], be astonished [at]
3H6 V.vi.74
O Iesus blesse vs, he is borne with teeth,‘ O, Jesus bless us, he is born with teeth!’ 3H6 V.vi.75
And so I was, which plainly signified,And so I was, which plainly signified 3H6 V.vi.76
That I should snarle, and bite, and play the dogge:That I should snarl and bite and play the dog. 3H6 V.vi.77
Then since the Heauens haue shap'd my Body so,Then, since the heavens have shaped my body so, 3H6 V.vi.78
Let Hell make crook'd my Minde to answer it.Let hell make crooked my mind to answer it.answer (v.)live up to, correspond to, be equal to3H6 V.vi.79
I haue no Brother, I am like no Brother:I have no brother, I am like no brother; 3H6 V.vi.80
And this word (Loue) which Gray-beards call Diuine,And this word ‘ love,’ which greybeards call divine, 3H6 V.vi.81
Be resident in men like one another,Be resident in men like one anotherlike (v.)resemble, look like, take after3H6 V.vi.82
And not in me: I am my selfe alone.And not in me; I am myself alone. 3H6 V.vi.83
Clarence beware, thou keept'st me from the Light,Clarence, beware; thou keepest me from the light. 3H6 V.vi.84
But I will sort a pitchy day for thee:But I will sort a pitchy day for thee;sort (v.)choose, find, arrange3H6 V.vi.85
pitchy (adj.)pitch-dark, black, inky, dark
For I will buzze abroad such Prophesies,For I will buzz abroad such propheciesabroad (adv.)in the outside world, freely at large, elsewhere, everywhere3H6 V.vi.86
buzz (v.)
old form: buzze
spread, move about, send
That Edward shall be fearefull of his life,That Edward shall be fearful of his life, 3H6 V.vi.87
And then to purge his feare, Ile be thy death.And then, to purge his fear, I'll be thy death.purge (v.)expel, get rid of, flush out3H6 V.vi.88
King Henry, and the Prince his Son are gone,King Henry and the Prince his son are gone; 3H6 V.vi.89
Clarence thy turne is next, and then the rest,Clarence, thy turn is next, and then the rest, 3H6 V.vi.90
Counting my selfe but bad, till I be best.Counting myself but bad till I be best.bad (adj.)worthless, lowly, of no value3H6 V.vi.91
Ile throw thy body in another roome,I'll throw thy body in another room 3H6 V.vi.92
And Triumph Henry, in thy day of Doome. And triumph, Henry, in thy day of doom.doom, day of
old form: Doome
last day of life, death-day
3H6 V.vi.93
triumph (v.)exult, gloat, glory
Exit.Exit with the body 3H6 V.vi.93
 Previous Act V, Scene VI Next