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Henry VI, Part 3
Act 5, scene 7

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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 7
Flourish. Enter King Edward, Queen Elizabeth,
Clarence, Richard of Gloucester, Hastings, Nurse,
carrying infant Prince Edward, and Attendants.


KING EDWARD 
 Once more we sit in England’s royal throne,
 Repurchased with the blood of enemies.
 What valiant foemen, like to autumn’s corn,
 Have we mowed down in tops of all their pride!
5 Three dukes of Somerset, threefold renowned
 For hardy and undoubted champions;
 Two Cliffords, as the father and the son;
 And two Northumberlands; two braver men
 Ne’er spurred their coursers at the trumpet’s sound.
10 With them the two brave bears, Warwick and
 Montague,
 That in their chains fettered the kingly lion
 And made the forest tremble when they roared.
 Thus have we swept suspicion from our seat
15 And made our footstool of security.—
 Come hither, Bess, and let me kiss my boy.—
 Young Ned, for thee, thine uncles and myself
 Have in our armors watched the winter’s night,
 Went all afoot in summer’s scalding heat,
20 That thou mightst repossess the crown in peace,
 And of our labors thou shalt reap the gain.

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Henry VI, Part 3
ACT 5. SC. 7

RICHARD, aside 
 I’ll blast his harvest, if your head were laid;
 For yet I am not looked on in the world.
 This shoulder was ordained so thick to heave,
25 And heave it shall some weight or break my back.
 Work thou the way and that shalt execute.
KING EDWARD 
 Clarence and Gloucester, love my lovely queen,
 And kiss your princely nephew, brothers both.
CLARENCE 
 The duty that I owe unto your Majesty
30 I seal upon the lips of this sweet babe.
He kisses the infant.
KING EDWARD 
 Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.
RICHARD 
 And that I love the tree from whence thou sprang’st,
 Witness the loving kiss I give the fruit.
He kisses the infant.
 Aside. To say the truth, so Judas kissed his master
35 And cried “All hail!” whenas he meant all harm.
KING EDWARD 
 Now am I seated as my soul delights,
 Having my country’s peace and brothers’ loves.
CLARENCE 
 What will your Grace have done with Margaret?
 Reignier, her father, to the King of France
40 Hath pawned the Sicils and Jerusalem,
 And hither have they sent it for her ransom.
KING EDWARD 
 Away with her, and waft her hence to France.
 And now what rests but that we spend the time
 With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows,
45 Such as befits the pleasure of the court?
 Sound drums and trumpets! Farewell, sour annoy,
 For here I hope begins our lasting joy.
Flourish. They all exit.