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Henry VI, Part 2
Act 5, scene 2

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With a weak, unworldly king on the throne, the English nobility heightens its struggle for power in Henry VI, Part 2,…

Act 1, scene 1

King Henry meets his consort Queen Margaret, brought by Suffolk from France. The nobles fall into dissension, with the Cardinal,…

Act 1, scene 2

The Duchess of Gloucester’s dream of becoming queen is rebuked by her husband but encouraged by the treacherous priest John…

Act 1, scene 3

Queen Margaret and Suffolk dismiss petitioners seeking Gloucester’s aid and then conspire against Gloucester. Somerset and York then clash, as…

Act 1, scene 4

The Duchess of Gloucester watches while a spirit is conjured up to prophesy the fates of her rivals, but she…

Act 2, scene 1

King Henry and his court are hunting when they are interrupted by an announcement of a miracle in nearby Saint…

Act 2, scene 2

York persuades Salisbury and Warwick of the validity of his claim to the throne.

Act 2, scene 3

King Henry sentences the Duchess to public penance and exile, and removes Gloucester from his office as Lord Protector. Then…

Act 2, scene 4

Gloucester watches his Duchess’s public humiliation as she goes into exile. He is summoned to Parliament.

Act 3, scene 1

In Parliament Queen Margaret and the nobles level charges against Gloucester, but King Henry remains convinced of his uncle’s innocence….

Act 3, scene 2

The news of Gloucester’s murder makes King Henry faint and the Commons rise to demand Suffolk’s exile. The King obliges…

Act 3, scene 3

The Cardinal dies.

Act 4, scene 1

Attempting to sail to France, Suffolk is captured by shipmen and brutally assassinated.

Act 4, scene 2

In a plot instigated by York, Jack Cade leads a rebellion against King Henry. The Staffords seek to put it…

Act 4, scene 3

Cade defeats and kills the Staffords and marches on London.

Act 4, scene 4

King Henry flees London and Queen Margaret mourns Suffolk’s death. Lord Saye, whom the rebels hate, decides to hide in…

Act 4, scene 5

Citizens of London plead for military aid from Lord Scales, who commands forces at the Tower. He sends Matthew Gough,…

Act 4, scene 6

Cade enters London.

Act 4, scene 7

Cade defeats and kills Gough. Lord Saye is captured and killed.

Act 4, scene 8

Lord Clifford and Buckingham persuade Cade’s followers to return to King Henry. Cade flees.

Act 4, scene 9

As King Henry rejoices at Cade’s defeat, a messenger announces York’s approach with an Irish army ostensibly seeking Somerset’s arrest…

Act 4, scene 10

A starving Cade is killed in a fight with the Kentish gentleman Alexander Iden, in whose garden Cade looked for…

Act 5, scene 1

Buckingham seemingly placates York, and King Henry rewards Iden. York, seeing Somerset at liberty, announces his claim to the throne,…

Act 5, scene 2

York kills Lord Clifford, and York’s son Richard kills the Duke of Somerset. Defeated in battle, King Henry flees to…

Act 5, scene 3

Victorious, York and his followers set out for London.

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Scene 2
The sign of the Castle Inn is displayed. Alarms.
Enter Warwick, wearing the white rose.


WARWICK 
 Clifford of Cumberland, ’tis Warwick calls!
 An if thou dost not hide thee from the bear,
 Now, when the angry trumpet sounds alarum
 And dead men’s cries do fill the empty air,
5 Clifford, I say, come forth and fight with me;
 Proud northern lord, Clifford of Cumberland,
 Warwick is hoarse with calling thee to arms.

Enter York, wearing the white rose.

 How now, my noble lord? What, all afoot?
YORK 
 The deadly-handed Clifford slew my steed,
10 But match to match I have encountered him
 And made a prey for carrion kites and crows
 Even of the bonny beast he loved so well.

Enter old Clifford, wearing the red rose.

WARWICK 
 Of one or both of us the time is come.
YORK 
 Hold, Warwick! Seek thee out some other chase,
15 For I myself must hunt this deer to death.
WARWICK 
 Then, nobly, York! ’Tis for a crown thou fight’st.—
 As I intend, Clifford, to thrive today,
 It grieves my soul to leave thee unassailed.
Warwick exits.
CLIFFORD 
 What seest thou in me, York? Why dost thou pause?
YORK 
20 With thy brave bearing should I be in love,
 But that thou art so fast mine enemy.

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CLIFFORD 
 Nor should thy prowess want praise and esteem,
 But that ’tis shown ignobly and in treason.
YORK 
 So let it help me now against thy sword
25 As I in justice and true right express it!
CLIFFORD 
 My soul and body on the action both!
YORK 
 A dreadful lay! Address thee instantly.
They fight and Clifford falls.
CLIFFORD 
 La fin courrone les oeuvres.He dies.
YORK 
 Thus war hath given thee peace, for thou art still.
30 Peace with his soul, heaven, if it be thy will!
He exits.

Enter young Clifford, wearing the red rose.

YOUNG CLIFFORD 
 Shame and confusion! All is on the rout.
 Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds
 Where it should guard. O war, thou son of hell,
 Whom angry heavens do make their minister,
35 Throw in the frozen bosoms of our part
 Hot coals of vengeance! Let no soldier fly.
 He that is truly dedicate to war
 Hath no self-love; nor he that loves himself
 Hath not essentially, but by circumstance,
40 The name of valor. He sees his father, lying dead. O,
 let the vile world end
 And the premised flames of the last day
 Knit Earth and heaven together!
 Now let the general trumpet blow his blast,
45 Particularities and petty sounds
 To cease! Wast thou ordained, dear father,

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 To lose thy youth in peace, and to achieve
 The silver livery of advisèd age,
 And, in thy reverence and thy chair-days, thus
50 To die in ruffian battle? Even at this sight
 My heart is turned to stone, and while ’tis mine,
 It shall be stony. York not our old men spares;
 No more will I their babes. Tears virginal
 Shall be to me even as the dew to fire;
55 And beauty, that the tyrant oft reclaims,
 Shall to my flaming wrath be oil and flax.
 Henceforth I will not have to do with pity.
 Meet I an infant of the house of York,
 Into as many gobbets will I cut it
60 As wild Medea young Absyrtis did.
 In cruelty will I seek out my fame.
He takes his father’s body onto his back.
 Come, thou new ruin of old Clifford’s house;
 As did Aeneas old Anchises bear,
 So bear I thee upon my manly shoulders.
65 But then Aeneas bare a living load,
 Nothing so heavy as these woes of mine.He exits.

Enter Richard, wearing the white rose, and Somerset,
wearing the red rose, to fight.


Richard kills Somerset under the sign of Castle Inn.
RICHARD So lie thou there.
 For underneath an alehouse’ paltry sign,
 The Castle in Saint Albans, Somerset
70 Hath made the wizard famous in his death.
 Sword, hold thy temper! Heart, be wrathful still!
 Priests pray for enemies, but princes kill.He exits.

Fight. Excursions. Enter King Henry, Queen
Margaret, both wearing the red rose, and Others.


QUEEN MARGARET 
 Away, my lord! You are slow. For shame, away!

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KING HENRY 
 Can we outrun the heavens? Good Margaret, stay!
QUEEN MARGARET 
75 What are you made of? You’ll nor fight nor fly.
 Now is it manhood, wisdom, and defense
 To give the enemy way, and to secure us
 By what we can, which can no more but fly.
Alarum afar off.
 If you be ta’en, we then should see the bottom
80 Of all our fortunes; but if we haply scape,
 As well we may—if not through your neglect—
 We shall to London get, where you are loved
 And where this breach now in our fortunes made
 May readily be stopped.

Enter Young Clifford, wearing the red rose.

YOUNG CLIFFORD 
85 But that my heart’s on future mischief set,
 I would speak blasphemy ere bid you fly;
 But fly you must. Uncurable discomfit
 Reigns in the hearts of all our present parts.
 Away, for your relief! And we will live
90 To see their day and them our fortune give.
 Away, my lord, away!
They exit.