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Henry VI, Pt. 2: Act 3, Scene 3

Henry VI, Pt. 2
Act 3, Scene 3

London. The Cardinal’s bedchamber.

  1. Enter the King, Salisbury, and Warwick to the Cardinal in
  2. bed, raving and staring as if he were mad.

King Henry the Sixth

3
  1. How fares my lord? Speak, Beauford, to thy sovereign.

Cardinal Beauford

4 - 6
  1. If thou beest death, I’ll give thee England’s treasure,
  2. Enough to purchase such another island,
  3. So thou wilt let me live, and feel no pain.

King Henry the Sixth

7 - 8
  1. Ah, what a sign it is of evil life,
  2. Where death’s approach is seen so terrible!

Earl of Warwick

9
  1. Beauford, it is thy sovereign speaks to thee.

Cardinal Beauford

10 - 20
  1. Bring me unto my trial when you will.
  2. Died he not in his bed? Where should he die?
  3. Can I make men live, whe’er they will or no?
  4. O, torture me no more, I will confess.
  5. Alive again? Then show me where he is,
  6. I’ll give a thousand pound to look upon him.
  7. He hath no eyes, the dust hath blinded them.
  8. Comb down his hair; look, look, it stands upright,
  9. Like lime-twigs set to catch my winged soul.
  10. Give me some drink, and bid the apothecary
  11. Bring the strong poison that I bought of him.

King Henry the Sixth

21 - 25
  1. O thou eternal Mover of the heavens,
  2. Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch!
  3. O, beat away the busy meddling fiend
  4. That lays strong siege unto this wretch’s soul,
  5. And from his bosom purge this black despair!

Earl of Warwick

26
  1. See how the pangs of death do make him grin!

Earl of Salisbury

27
  1. Disturb him not, let him pass peaceably.

King Henry the Sixth

28 - 32
  1. Peace to his soul, if God’s good pleasure be!
  2. Lord Card’nal, if thou think’st on heaven’s bliss,
  3. Hold up thy hand, make signal of thy hope.
  4. The Cardinal dies.
  5. He dies, and makes no sign. O God, forgive him!

Earl of Warwick

33
  1. So bad a death argues a monstrous life.

King Henry the Sixth

34 - 36
  1. Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.
  2. Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close,
  3. And let us all to meditation.
  1. Exeunt.
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