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Henry VI, Part 3
Act 2, scene 3

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The English crown changes hands often in Henry VI, Part 3. At first, Richard, Duke of York, is allied with Warwick….

Act 1, scene 1

Richard, Duke of York, aided by the Earl of Warwick, occupies King Henry VI’s throne. Faced with Warwick’s soldiers, Henry…

Act 1, scene 2

York is persuaded by his sons Edward and Richard to break his oath to Henry and fight for the crown….

Act 1, scene 3

Rutland, youngest son of York, is killed by Lord Clifford as revenge against York, who killed Clifford’s father.

Act 1, scene 4

At the battle of Wakefield, York is captured by the victorious Queen Margaret, Prince Edward, Lord Clifford, and the Earl…

Act 2, scene 1

Edward and Richard receive the news of their father’s death. Warwick then brings news of the Yorkist defeat at St….

Act 2, scene 2

Warwick and the Yorkists confront King Henry, Margaret, the newly knighted Prince Edward, and the other Lancastrians. Both the Lancastrian…

Act 2, scene 3

Warwick retires from the battle and meets Edward, Richard, and George. They all fear defeat, but take their farewells and…

Act 2, scene 4

Richard and Clifford fight. When Warwick enters, Clifford flees. Richard prepares to search for Clifford in order to fight to…

Act 2, scene 5

As the battle of Towton proceeds, King Henry contemplates his unhappy life as king and then observes as a young…

Act 2, scene 6

Lord Clifford enters wounded to the death. Warwick, Edward, Richard, and George find Clifford’s body and taunt him. They prepare…

Act 3, scene 1

King Henry is captured by two gamekeepers, who now owe allegiance to King Edward.

Act 3, scene 2

King Edward, while hearing Lady Grey’s petition for her dead husband’s land, decides he wants her for his mistress; she…

Act 3, scene 3

As Queen Margaret persuades the French king Lewis to support her and Prince Edward, Warwick arrives with the offer of…

Act 4, scene 1

King Edward learns of Warwick’s defection and orders that troops be levied in preparation for war. Clarence decides to join…

Act 4, scene 2

Warwick and Clarence prepare to surprise King Edward, who awaits the French troops in a lightly guarded camp.

Act 4, scene 3

Warwick, Clarence, and their troops capture King Edward, remove his crown, and send him captive to the Archbishop of York….

Act 4, scene 4

King Edward’s wife, Queen Elizabeth, hearing of Edward’s capture, fears for her life and that of her unborn child. She…

Act 4, scene 5

Richard rescues King Edward from his captivity. They prepare to sail to Flanders.

Act 4, scene 6

Warwick rescues King Henry from imprisonment in the Tower of London. Henry turns over the government to Warwick and Clarence.

Act 4, scene 7

Edward, having returned from Flanders with a supporting army, enters the city of York, claiming that he wants only his…

Act 4, scene 8

King Henry, left at the Bishop’s Palace in London while Warwick and other Lancastrian leaders search for additional troops, is…

Act 5, scene 1

At Coventry, Warwick awaits the arrival of Clarence. Other forces arrive in Warwick’s support. King Edward then arrives, and is…

Act 5, scene 2

At the battle of Barnet, King Edward brings in a wounded Warwick and leaves him to his death. Lancastrian lords…

Act 5, scene 3

King Edward, Richard, and Clarence are triumphant after the battle of Barnet, but they know they must now meet Queen…

Act 5, scene 4

Queen Margaret rallies her forces despite Henry’s capture and Warwick’s death. King Edward and his forces enter. The battle of…

Act 5, scene 5

Queen Margaret and other Lancastrian leaders are brought in as captives. King Edward sends out orders to find Prince Edward….

Act 5, scene 6

Richard kills King Henry in the Tower, and then begins to plot his own way to the crown, now that…

Act 5, scene 7

King Edward celebrates the Yorkist triumph by having Richard and Clarence kiss his infant son. Richard, while outwardly loving the…

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Scene 3
Alarum. Excursions. Enter Warwick,
wearing the white rose.


WARWICK, lying down 
 Forspent with toil, as runners with a race,
 I lay me down a little while to breathe,
 For strokes received and many blows repaid
 Have robbed my strong-knit sinews of their strength;
5 And spite of spite, needs must I rest awhile.

Enter Edward, wearing the white rose, running.

EDWARD 
 Smile, gentle heaven, or strike, ungentle death,
 For this world frowns and Edward’s sun is clouded.

Enter George, wearing the white rose.

WARWICK, standing 
 How now, my lord, what hap? What hope of good?
GEORGE 
 Our hap is loss, our hope but sad despair;
10 Our ranks are broke, and ruin follows us.
 What counsel give you? Whither shall we fly?
EDWARD 
 Bootless is flight; they follow us with wings,
 And weak we are and cannot shun pursuit.

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ACT 2. SC. 3

Enter Richard, wearing the white rose.

RICHARD 
 Ah, Warwick, why hast thou withdrawn thyself?
15 Thy brother’s blood the thirsty earth hath drunk,
 Broached with the steely point of Clifford’s lance,
 And in the very pangs of death he cried,
 Like to a dismal clangor heard from far,
 “Warwick, revenge! Brother, revenge my death!”
20 So, underneath the belly of their steeds,
 That stained their fetlocks in his smoking blood,
 The noble gentleman gave up the ghost.
WARWICK 
 Then let the earth be drunken with our blood!
 I’ll kill my horse because I will not fly.
25 Why stand we like soft-hearted women here,
 Wailing our losses whiles the foe doth rage,
 And look upon, as if the tragedy
 Were played in jest by counterfeiting actors?
He kneels.
 Here on my knee I vow to God above
30 I’ll never pause again, never stand still,
 Till either death hath closed these eyes of mine
 Or Fortune given me measure of revenge.
EDWARD 
 O Warwick, I do bend my knee with thine,
 And in this vow do chain my soul to thine
He kneels.
35 And, ere my knee rise from the Earth’s cold face,
 I throw my hands, mine eyes, my heart to Thee,
 Thou setter up and plucker down of kings,
 Beseeching Thee, if with Thy will it stands
 That to my foes this body must be prey,
40 Yet that Thy brazen gates of heaven may ope
 And give sweet passage to my sinful soul.
Edward and Warwick stand.

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ACT 2. SC. 4

 Now, lords, take leave until we meet again,
 Where’er it be, in heaven or in Earth.
RICHARD 
 Brother, give me thy hand.—And, gentle Warwick,
45 Let me embrace thee in my weary arms.
 I that did never weep now melt with woe
 That winter should cut off our springtime so.
WARWICK 
 Away, away! Once more, sweet lords, farewell.
GEORGE 
 Yet let us all together to our troops
50 And give them leave to fly that will not stay,
 And call them pillars that will stand to us;
 And, if we thrive, promise them such rewards
 As victors wear at the Olympian Games.
 This may plant courage in their quailing breasts,
55 For yet is hope of life and victory.
 Forslow no longer; make we hence amain.
They exit.