Henry VI, Pt. 2
Act II, Scene 3
A hall of justice.
- Sound trumpets. Enter the King and State: the Queen,
- Gloucester, York, Suffolk, and Salisbury, with Guard, to
- banish the Duchess. Enter, guarded, the Duchess of
- Gloucester, Margery Jourdain, Southwell, Hume, and
King Henry the Sixth1 - 13
- Stand forth, Dame Eleanor Cobham, Gloucester’s wife:
- In sight of God and us, your guilt is great;
- Receive the sentence of the law for sins
- Such as by God’s book are adjudg’d to death.
- You four, from hence to prison back again;
- From thence, unto the place of execution.
- The witch in Smithfield shall be burnt to ashes,
- And you three shall be strangled on the gallows.
- You, madam, for you are more nobly born,
- Despoiled of your honor in your life,
- Shall, after three days’ open penance done,
- Live in your country here in banishment,
- With Sir John Stanley, in the Isle of Man.
- Welcome is banishment, welcome were my death.
Duke of Gloucester15 - 21
- Eleanor, the law, thou seest, hath judged thee;
- I cannot justify whom the law condemns.
- Exeunt Duchess and other prisoners, guarded.
- Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief.
- Ah, Humphrey, this dishonor in thine age
- Will bring thy head with sorrow to the ground!
- I beseech your Majesty give me leave to go;
- Sorrow would solace, and mine age would ease.
King Henry the Sixth22 - 27
- Stay, Humphrey Duke of Gloucester! Ere thou go,
- Give up thy staff. Henry will to himself
- Protector be, and God shall be my hope,
- My stay, my guide, and lantern to my feet;
- And go in peace, Humphrey, no less belov’d
- Than when thou wert Protector to thy king.
Queen Margaret28 - 31
- I see no reason why a king of years
- Should be to be protected like a child.
- God and King Henry govern England’s realm.
- Give up your staff, sir, and the King his realm.
Duke of Gloucester32 - 38
- My staff? Here, noble Henry, is my staff.
- As willingly do I the same resign
- As ere thy father Henry made it mine;
- And even as willingly at thy feet I leave it
- As others would ambitiously receive it.
- Farewell, good King; when I am dead and gone,
- May honorable peace attend thy throne!
- Exit Gloucester.
Queen Margaret39 - 44
- Why, now is Henry king and Margaret queen,
- And Humphrey Duke of Gloucester scarce himself,
- That bears so shrewd a maim: two pulls at once—
- His lady banish’d, and a limb lopp’d off.
- This staff of honor raught, there let it stand,
- Where it best fits to be, in Henry’s hand.
Duke of Suffolk45 - 46
- Thus droops this lofty pine and hangs his sprays,
- Thus Eleanor’s pride dies in her youngest days.
Duke of York47 - 51
- Lords, let him go. Please it your Majesty,
- This is the day appointed for the combat,
- And ready are the appellant and defendant,
- The armorer and his man, to enter the lists,
- So please your Highness to behold the fight.
Queen Margaret52 - 53
- Ay, good my lord; for purposely therefore
- Left I the court, to see this quarrel tried.
King Henry the Sixth54 - 55
- A’ God’s name see the lists and all things fit;
- Here let them end it, and God defend the right!
Duke of York56 - 58
- I never saw a fellow worse bestead,
- Or more afraid to fight, than is the appellant,
- The servant of this armorer, my lords.
- Enter at one door Horner the armorer and his Neighbors,
- drinking to him so much that he is drunk; and he enters with
- a Drum before him and his staff with a sand-bag fastened to
- it; and at the other door Peter, his man, with a Drum and
- sand-bag, and Prentices drinking to him.
First Neighbor59 - 60
- Here, neighbor Horner, I drink to you in a cup of sack; and
- fear not, neighbor, you shall do well enough.
- And here, neighbor, here’s a cup of charneco.
Third Neighbor62 - 63
- And here’s a pot of good double beer, neighbor. Drink, and
- fear not your man.
Thomas Horner64 - 65
- Let it come, i’ faith, and I’ll pledge you all, and a fig
- for Peter!
- Here, Peter, I drink to thee, and be not afraid.
Second Prentice67 - 68
- Be merry, Peter, and fear not thy master. Fight for credit
- of the prentices.
Peter69 - 74
- I thank you all. Drink, and pray for me, I pray you, for I
- think I have taken my last draught in this world. Here,
- Robin, and if I die, I give thee my apron; and, Will, thou
- shalt have my hammer; and here, Tom, take all the money that
- I have. O Lord bless me, I pray God, for I am never able to
- deal with my master, he hath learnt so much fence already.
Earl of Salisbury75 - 76
- Come, leave your drinking, and fall to blows. Sirrah, what’s
- thy name?
- Peter, forsooth.
Earl of Salisbury78
- Peter? What more?
Earl of Salisbury80
- Thump? Then see thou thump thy master well.
Thomas Horner81 - 85
- Masters, I am come hither, as it were, upon my man’s
- instigation, to prove him a knave and myself an honest man;
- and touching the Duke of York, I will take my death, I never
- meant him any ill, nor the King, nor the Queen; and
- therefore, Peter, have at thee with a downright blow!
Duke of York86 - 87
- Dispatch. This knave’s tongue begins to double.
- Sound, trumpets, alarum to the combatants!
- Alarum. They fight, and Peter hits him on the head and
- strikes him down.
- Hold, Peter, hold! I confess, I confess treason.
- He dies.
Duke of York89 - 90
- Take away his weapon. Fellow, thank God, and the good wine
- in thy master’s way.
Peter91 - 92
- He kneels down.
- O God, have I overcome mine enemies in this presence? O
- Peter, thou hast prevail’d in right!
King Henry the Sixth93 - 98
- Go, take hence that traitor from our sight,
- For by his death we do perceive his guilt,
- And God in justice hath reveal’d to us
- The truth and innocence of this poor fellow,
- Which he had thought to have murder’d wrongfully.
- Come, fellow, follow us for thy reward.
- Sound a flourish. Exeunt.