Henry VI Part 3

First folio
Modern text


Key line

Alarum. Excursions. Enter Warwicke.Alarum. Excursions. Enter Warwickexcursion (n.)
sortie, sally, bout of fighting
3H6 II.iii.1.1
Fore-spent with Toile, as Runners with a Race,Forspent with toil, as runners with a race,forspent (adj.)
exhausted, worn out
3H6 II.iii.1
I lay me downe a little while to breath:I lay me down a little while to breathe;breathe (v.)

old form: breath
catch breath, pause, rest
3H6 II.iii.2
For strokes receiu'd, and many blowes repaid,For strokes received, and many blows repaid, 3H6 II.iii.3
Haue robb'd my strong knit sinewes of their strength,Have robbed my strong-knit sinews of their strength,sinew (n.)

old form: sinewes
3H6 II.iii.4
And spight of spight, needs must I rest a-while.And, spite of spite, needs must I rest a while.spite of spite

old form: spight, spight
whatever happens, come what may
3H6 II.iii.5
Enter Edward running.Enter Edward, running 3H6 II.iii.6.1
Smile gentle heauen, or strike vngentle death,Smile, gentle heaven, or strike, ungentle death!ungentle (adj.)

old form: vngentle
unkind, callous, inconsiderate
3H6 II.iii.6
gentle (adj.)
soft, tender, kind
For this world frownes, and Edwards Sunne is clowded.For this world frowns, and Edward's sun is clouded. 3H6 II.iii.7
How now my Lord, what happe? what hope of good?How now, my lord! What hap? What hope of good?hap (n.)

old form: happe
fortune, lot, fate
3H6 II.iii.8
Enter Clarence.Enter George 3H6 II.iii.9.1
Our hap is losse, our hope but sad dispaire,Our hap is loss, our hope but sad despair;sad (adj.)
downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
3H6 II.iii.9
Our rankes are broke, and ruine followes vs.Our ranks are broke, and ruin follows us. 3H6 II.iii.10
What counsaile giue you? whether shall we flye?What counsel give you? Whither shall we fly? 3H6 II.iii.11
Bootlesse is flight, they follow vs with Wings,Bootless is flight; they follow us with wings,bootless (adj.)

old form: Bootlesse
useless, worthless, fruitless, unavailing
3H6 II.iii.12
And weake we are, and cannot shun pursuite.And weak we are and cannot shun pursuit. 3H6 II.iii.13
Enter Richard.Enter Richard 3H6 II.iii.14
Ah Warwicke, why hast yu withdrawn thy selfe?Ah, Warwick, why hast thou withdrawn thyself? 3H6 II.iii.14
Thy Brothers blood the thirsty earth hath drunk,Thy brother's blood the thirsty earth hath drunk, 3H6 II.iii.15
Broach'd with the Steely point of Cliffords Launce:Broached with the steely point of Clifford's lance;broach (v.)

old form: Broach'd
draw out, set flowing, cause to spurt out [by piercing]
3H6 II.iii.16
And in the very pangs of death, he cryde,And in the very pangs of death he cried, 3H6 II.iii.17
Like to a dismall Clangor heard from farre,Like to a dismal clangour heard from far,like to / unto (conj./prep.)
similar to, comparable with
3H6 II.iii.18
dismal (adj.)

old form: dismall
sinister, ominous, malign
clangor, clangour (n.)
clanging, ringing, reverberation
Warwicke, reuenge; Brother, reuenge my death.‘ Warwick, revenge! Brother, revenge my death!’ 3H6 II.iii.19
So vnderneath the belly of their Steeds,So, underneath the belly of their steeds, 3H6 II.iii.20
That stain'd their Fetlockes in his smoaking blood,That stained their fetlocks in his smoking blood,smoking (adj.)

old form: smoaking
steaming hot, sending up spray
3H6 II.iii.21
The Noble Gentleman gaue vp the ghost.The noble gentleman gave up the ghost. 3H6 II.iii.22
Then let the earth be drunken with our blood:Then let the earth be drunken with our blood; 3H6 II.iii.23
Ile kill my Horse, because I will not flye:I'll kill my horse, because I will not fly. 3H6 II.iii.24
Why stand we like soft-hearted women heere,Why stand we like soft-hearted women here,stand (v.)
continue, remain, wait, stay put
3H6 II.iii.25
Wayling our losses, whiles the Foe doth Rage,Wailing our losses, whiles the foe doth rage;wail (v.)

old form: Wayling
bewail, lament, grieve [for]
3H6 II.iii.26
And looke vpon, as if the TragedieAnd look upon, as if the tragedylook upon (v.)

old form: looke vpon
look on, act like a spectator
3H6 II.iii.27
Were plaid in iest, by counterfetting Actors.Were played in jest by counterfeiting actors?counterfeiting (n.)

old form: counterfetting
role-playing, pretending
3H6 II.iii.28
Heere on my knee, I vow to God aboue,Here on my knee I vow to God above 3H6 II.iii.29
Ile neuer pawse againe, neuer stand still,I'll never pause again, never stand still, 3H6 II.iii.30
Till either death hath clos'd these eyes of mine,Till either death hath closed these eyes of mine 3H6 II.iii.31
Or Fortune giuen me measure of Reuenge.Or fortune given me measure of revenge.measure (n.)
due proportion, appropriate degree, full quantity
3H6 II.iii.32
Oh Warwicke, I do bend my knee with thine,O Warwick, I do bend my knee with thine; 3H6 II.iii.33
And in this vow do chaine my soule to thine:And in this vow do chain my soul to thine! 3H6 II.iii.34
And ere my knee rise from the Earths cold face,And, ere my knee rise from the earth's cold face, 3H6 II.iii.35
I throw my hands, mine eyes, my heart to thee,I throw my hands, mine eyes, my heart to Thee, 3H6 II.iii.36
Thou setter vp, and plucker downe of Kings:Thou setter-up and plucker-down of kings, 3H6 II.iii.37
Beseeching thee (if with thy will it stands)Beseeching Thee, if with Thy will it standsstand (v.)
accord, agree, hold good, be compatible
3H6 II.iii.38
That to my Foes this body must be prey,That to my foes this body must be prey, 3H6 II.iii.39
Yet that thy brazen gates of heauen may ope,Yet that Thy brazen gates of heaven may opeope (v.)
3H6 II.iii.40
brazen (adj.)
everlasting, imperishable, impenetrable
And giue sweet passage to my sinfull soule.And give sweet passage to my sinful soul! 3H6 II.iii.41
Now Lords, take leaue vntill we meete againe,Now, lords, take leave until we meet again, 3H6 II.iii.42
Where ere it be, in heauen, or in earth.Where'er it be, in heaven or in earth. 3H6 II.iii.43
Brother, / Giue me thy hand, and gentle Warwicke,Brother, give me thy hand; and, gentle Warwick, 3H6 II.iii.44
Let me imbrace thee in my weary armes:Let me embrace thee in my weary arms. 3H6 II.iii.45
I that did neuer weepe, now melt with wo,I, that did never weep, now melt with woe 3H6 II.iii.46
That Winter should cut off our Spring-time so.That winter should cut off our springtime so. 3H6 II.iii.47
Away, away: Once more sweet Lords farwell.Away, away! Once more, sweet lords, farewell. 3H6 II.iii.48
Yet let vs altogether to our Troopes,Yet let us all together to our troops, 3H6 II.iii.49
And giue them leaue to flye, that will not stay:And give them leave to fly that will not stay; 3H6 II.iii.50
And call them Pillars that will stand to vs:And call them pillars that will stand to us;stand to (v.)
stand by, side with, support
3H6 II.iii.51
And if we thriue, promise them such rewardsAnd, if we thrive, promise them such rewards 3H6 II.iii.52
As Victors weare at the Olympian Games.As victors wear at the Olympian games. 3H6 II.iii.53
This may plant courage in their quailing breasts,This may plant courage in their quailing breasts; 3H6 II.iii.54
For yet is hope of Life and Victory:For yet is hope of life and victory. 3H6 II.iii.55
Foreslow no longer, make we hence amaine. Forslow no longer; make we hence amain.forslow (v.)

old form: Foreslow
be slow, delay, put off
3H6 II.iii.56
amain (adv.)

old form: amaine
in all haste, at full speed
ExeuntExeunt 3H6 II.iii.56
 Previous Act II, Scene III Next  

Jump directly to