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Henry VI, Part 3
Act 4, scene 8

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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 8
Flourish. Enter King Henry, Warwick, Montague,
Clarence, Oxford, and Exeter, all wearing the red rose.


WARWICK 
 What counsel, lords? Edward from Belgia,
 With hasty Germans and blunt Hollanders,
 Hath passed in safety through the Narrow Seas,
 And with his troops doth march amain to London,
5 And many giddy people flock to him.
KING HENRY 
 Let’s levy men and beat him back again.
CLARENCE 
 A little fire is quickly trodden out,
 Which, being suffered, rivers cannot quench.
WARWICK 
 In Warwickshire I have true-hearted friends,
10 Not mutinous in peace yet bold in war.
 Those will I muster up; and thou, son Clarence,
 Shalt stir up in Suffolk, Norfolk, and in Kent

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 The knights and gentlemen to come with thee.—
 Thou, brother Montague, in Buckingham,
15 Northampton, and in Leicestershire shalt find
 Men well inclined to hear what thou command’st.—
 And thou, brave Oxford, wondrous well beloved,
 In Oxfordshire shalt muster up thy friends.—
 My sovereign, with the loving citizens,
20 Like to his island girt in with the ocean,
 Or modest Dian circled with her nymphs,
 Shall rest in London till we come to him.
 Fair lords, take leave, and stand not to reply.—
 Farewell, my sovereign.
KING HENRY 
25 Farewell, my Hector and my Troy’s true hope.
CLARENCE 
 In sign of truth, I kiss your Highness’ hand.
KING HENRY 
 Well-minded Clarence, be thou fortunate.
MONTAGUE 
 Comfort, my lord; and so I take my leave.
OXFORD 
 And thus I seal my truth, and bid adieu.
He kisses Henry’s hand.
KING HENRY 
30 Sweet Oxford and my loving Montague
 And all at once, once more a happy farewell.
WARWICK 
 Farewell, sweet lords. Let’s meet at Coventry.
All but King Henry and Exeter exit.
KING HENRY 
 Here at the palace will I rest awhile.
 Cousin of Exeter, what thinks your Lordship?
35 Methinks the power that Edward hath in field
 Should not be able to encounter mine.
EXETER 
 The doubt is that he will seduce the rest.

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KING HENRY 
 That’s not my fear. My meed hath got me fame.
 I have not stopped mine ears to their demands,
40 Nor posted off their suits with slow delays.
 My pity hath been balm to heal their wounds,
 My mildness hath allayed their swelling griefs,
 My mercy dried their water-flowing tears.
 I have not been desirous of their wealth
45 Nor much oppressed them with great subsidies,
 Nor forward of revenge, though they much erred.
 Then why should they love Edward more than me?
 No, Exeter, these graces challenge grace;
 And when the lion fawns upon the lamb,
50 The lamb will never cease to follow him.
Shout within “À York! À York!
EXETER 
 Hark, hark, my lord, what shouts are these?

Enter King Edward and Richard and Soldiers,
all wearing the white rose.


KING EDWARD 
 Seize on the shamefaced Henry, bear him hence,
 And once again proclaim us King of England.—
 You are the fount that makes small brooks to flow.
55 Now stops thy spring; my sea shall suck them dry
 And swell so much the higher by their ebb.—
 Hence with him to the Tower. Let him not speak.
Soldiers exit with King Henry and Exeter.
 And, lords, towards Coventry bend we our course,
 Where peremptory Warwick now remains.
60 The sun shines hot, and if we use delay,
 Cold biting winter mars our hoped-for hay.
RICHARD 
 Away betimes, before his forces join,
 And take the great-grown traitor unawares.
 Brave warriors, march amain towards Coventry.
They exit.