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Henry VI, Part 3
Act 5, scene 2

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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 2
Alarum and excursions. Enter King Edward,
wearing the white rose, bringing forth Warwick,
wearing the red rose, wounded.


KING EDWARD 
 So, lie thou there. Die thou, and die our fear,
 For Warwick was a bug that feared us all.
 Now, Montague, sit fast. I seek for thee,
 That Warwick’s bones may keep thine company.
He exits.

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WARWICK 
5 Ah, who is nigh? Come to me, friend or foe,
 And tell me who is victor, York or Warwick?
 Why ask I that? My mangled body shows,
 My blood, my want of strength, my sick heart shows
 That I must yield my body to the earth
10 And, by my fall, the conquest to my foe.
 Thus yields the cedar to the axe’s edge,
 Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle,
 Under whose shade the ramping lion slept,
 Whose top branch overpeered Jove’s spreading tree
15 And kept low shrubs from winter’s pow’rful wind.
 These eyes, that now are dimmed with death’s black
 veil,
 Have been as piercing as the midday sun
 To search the secret treasons of the world.
20 The wrinkles in my brows, now filled with blood,
 Were likened oft to kingly sepulchers,
 For who lived king but I could dig his grave?
 And who durst smile when Warwick bent his brow?
 Lo, now my glory smeared in dust and blood!
25 My parks, my walks, my manors that I had
 Even now forsake me; and of all my lands
 Is nothing left me but my body’s length.
 Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?
 And live we how we can, yet die we must.

Enter Oxford and Somerset, both wearing the red rose.

SOMERSET 
30 Ah, Warwick, Warwick, wert thou as we are,
 We might recover all our loss again.
 The Queen from France hath brought a puissant
 power;
 Even now we heard the news. Ah, could’st thou fly—
WARWICK 
35 Why, then, I would not fly. Ah, Montague,

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ACT 5. SC. 3

 If thou be there, sweet brother, take my hand
 And with thy lips keep in my soul awhile.
 Thou lov’st me not, for, brother, if thou didst,
 Thy tears would wash this cold congealèd blood
40 That glues my lips and will not let me speak.
 Come quickly, Montague, or I am dead.
SOMERSET 
 Ah, Warwick, Montague hath breathed his last,
 And to the latest gasp cried out for Warwick,
 And said “Commend me to my valiant brother.”
45 And more he would have said, and more he spoke,
 Which sounded like a cannon in a vault,
 That mought not be distinguished, but at last
 I well might hear, delivered with a groan,
 “O, farewell, Warwick.”
WARWICK 
50 Sweet rest his soul! Fly, lords, and save yourselves,
 For Warwick bids you all farewell to meet in heaven.
He dies.
OXFORD 
 Away, away, to meet the Queen’s great power!
Here they bear away his body. They exit.