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Henry VI, Part 3
Act 5, scene 1



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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 1
Enter Warwick, wearing the red rose, the Mayor of
Coventry, two Messengers, and others, upon the walls.

 Where is the post that came from valiant Oxford?—
 How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow?
 By this at Dunsmore, marching hitherward.
He exits.
 How far off is our brother Montague?
5 Where is the post that came from Montague?
 By this at Daintry, with a puissant troop.He exits.

Enter, upon the walls, Somerville
wearing the red rose.

 Say, Somerville, what says my loving son?
 And, by thy guess, how nigh is Clarence now?
 At Southam I did leave him with his forces
10 And do expect him here some two hours hence.
Drum offstage.
 Then Clarence is at hand; I hear his drum.

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 It is not his, my lord; here Southam lies.
 The drum your Honor hears marcheth from Warwick.
 Who should that be? Belike unlooked-for friends.
15 They are at hand, and you shall quickly know.

March. Flourish. Enter below, King Edward,
Richard, and Soldiers, including a Trumpeter,
all wearing the white rose.

 Go, Trumpet, to the walls, and sound a parle.
 See how the surly Warwick mans the wall.
 O unbid spite, is sportful Edward come?
 Where slept our scouts, or how are they seduced,
20 That we could hear no news of his repair?
 Now, Warwick, wilt thou ope the city gates,
 Speak gentle words, and humbly bend thy knee?
 Call Edward king, and at his hands beg mercy,
 And he shall pardon thee these outrages.
25 Nay, rather wilt thou draw thy forces hence,
 Confess who set thee up and plucked thee down,
 Call Warwick patron, and be penitent,
 And thou shalt still remain the Duke of York.
 I thought at least he would have said “the King.”
30 Or did he make the jest against his will?
 Is not a dukedom, sir, a goodly gift?

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 Ay, by my faith, for a poor earl to give.
 I’ll do thee service for so good a gift.
 ’Twas I that gave the kingdom to thy brother.
35 Why, then, ’tis mine, if but by Warwick’s gift.
 Thou art no Atlas for so great a weight;
 And, weakling, Warwick takes his gift again,
 And Henry is my king, Warwick his subject.
 But Warwick’s king is Edward’s prisoner.
40 And, gallant Warwick, do but answer this:
 What is the body when the head is off?
 Alas, that Warwick had no more forecast,
 But whiles he thought to steal the single ten,
 The King was slyly fingered from the deck.
45 You left poor Henry at the Bishop’s palace,
 And ten to one you’ll meet him in the Tower.
 ’Tis even so; yet you are Warwick still.
 Come, Warwick, take the time; kneel down, kneel
50 Nay, when? Strike now, or else the iron cools.
 I had rather chop this hand off at a blow
 And with the other fling it at thy face
 Than bear so low a sail to strike to thee.
 Sail how thou canst, have wind and tide thy friend,
55 This hand, fast wound about thy coal-black hair,
 Shall, whiles thy head is warm and new cut off,
 Write in the dust this sentence with thy blood:
 “Wind-changing Warwick now can change no more.”

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Enter Oxford, below, wearing the red rose,
with Soldiers, Drum and Colors.

 O, cheerful colors, see where Oxford comes!
OXFORD 60Oxford, Oxford for Lancaster!
Oxford and his troops exit as through a city gate.
 The gates are open; let us enter too.
 So other foes may set upon our backs.
 Stand we in good array, for they no doubt
 Will issue out again and bid us battle.
65 If not, the city being but of small defense,
 We’ll quickly rouse the traitors in the same.

Oxford enters aloft.

 O welcome, Oxford, for we want thy help.

Enter Montague, below, wearing the red rose,
with Soldiers, Drum and Colors.

MONTAGUE Montague, Montague for Lancaster!
 Thou and thy brother both shall buy this treason
70 Even with the dearest blood your bodies bear!
Montague and his troops exit as through a city gate.
 The harder matched, the greater victory.
 My mind presageth happy gain and conquest.

Enter Somerset, below, wearing the red rose,
with Soldiers, Drum and Colors.

SOMERSET Somerset, Somerset for Lancaster!

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 Two of thy name, both dukes of Somerset,
75 Have sold their lives unto the house of York,
 And thou shalt be the third, if this sword hold.
Somerset and his troops exit as through a city gate.

Enter Clarence, below, wearing the red rose,
with Soldiers, Drum and Colors.

 And lo, where George of Clarence sweeps along,
 Of force enough to bid his brother battle,
 With whom an upright zeal to right prevails
80 More than the nature of a brother’s love.—
 Come, Clarence, come; thou wilt, if Warwick call.
 Father of Warwick, know you what this means?
He removes the red rose.
 Look, here I throw my infamy at thee.
He throws the rose at Warwick.
 I will not ruinate my father’s house,
85 Who gave his blood to lime the stones together
 And set up Lancaster. Why, trowest thou, Warwick,
 That Clarence is so harsh, so blunt, unnatural,
 To bend the fatal instruments of war
 Against his brother and his lawful king?
90 Perhaps thou wilt object my holy oath.
 To keep that oath were more impiety
 Than Jephthah when he sacrificed his daughter.
 I am so sorry for my trespass made
 That, to deserve well at my brother’s hands,
95 I here proclaim myself thy mortal foe,
 With resolution, wheresoe’er I meet thee—
 As I will meet thee if thou stir abroad—
 To plague thee for thy foul misleading me.
 And so, proud-hearted Warwick, I defy thee
100 And to my brother turn my blushing cheeks.—

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 Pardon me, Edward, I will make amends.—
 And, Richard, do not frown upon my faults,
 For I will henceforth be no more unconstant.
 Now, welcome more, and ten times more beloved,
105 Than if thou never hadst deserved our hate.
 Welcome, good Clarence; this is brother-like.
 O, passing traitor, perjured and unjust.
 What, Warwick, wilt thou leave the town and fight?
 Or shall we beat the stones about thine ears?
110 Alas, I am not cooped here for defense.
 I will away towards Barnet presently
 And bid thee battle, Edward, if thou dar’st.
 Yes, Warwick, Edward dares, and leads the way.—
Warwick exits from the walls and descends.
 Lords, to the field! Saint George and victory!
They exit. March. Warwick and his company follows.