Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act 1, Scene 2
Yorkshire. A room in Sandal Castle.
- Enter Richard, Edward, and Montague.
- Brother, though I be youngest, give me leave.
- No, I can better play the orator.
- But I have reasons strong and forcible.
- Enter the Duke of York.
Duke of York6 - 7
- Why, how now, sons and brother, at a strife?
- What is your quarrel? How began it first?
- No quarrel, but a slight contention.
Duke of York9
- About what?
Richard10 - 11
- About that which concerns your Grace and us:
- The crown of England, father, which is yours.
Duke of York12
- Mine, boys? Not till King Henry be dead.
- Your right depends not on his life or death.
Edward14 - 16
- Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it now.
- By giving the house of Lancaster leave to breathe,
- It will outrun you, father, in the end.
Duke of York17
- I took an oath that he should quietly reign.
Edward18 - 19
- But for a kingdom any oath may be broken:
- I would break a thousand oaths to reign one year.
- No; God forbid your Grace should be forsworn.
Duke of York21
- I shall be, if I claim by open war.
- I’ll prove the contrary, if you’ll hear me speak.
Duke of York23
- Thou canst not, son; it is impossible.
Richard24 - 36
- An oath is of no moment, being not took
- Before a true and lawful magistrate
- That hath authority over him that swears.
- Henry had none, but did usurp the place.
- Then seeing ’twas he that made you to depose,
- Your oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous.
- Therefore to arms! And, father, do but think
- How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown,
- Within whose circuit is Elysium
- And all that poets feign of bliss and joy.
- Why do we linger thus? I cannot rest
- Until the white rose that I wear be dy’d
- Even in the lukewarm blood of Henry’s heart.
Duke of York37 - 51
- Richard, enough; I will be king, or die.
- Brother, thou shalt to London presently,
- And whet on Warwick to this enterprise.
- Thou, Richard, shalt to the Duke of Norfolk,
- And tell him privily of our intent.
- You, Edward, shall unto my Lord Cobham,
- With whom the Kentishmen will willingly rise;
- In them I trust, for they are soldiers,
- Witty, courteous, liberal, full of spirit.
- While you are thus employ’d, what resteth more,
- But that I seek occasion how to rise,
- And yet the King not privy to my drift,
- Nor any of the house of Lancaster?
- Enter First Yorkist Messenger.
- But stay, what news? Why com’st thou in such post?
First Yorkist Messenger52 - 55
- The Queen with all the northern earls and lords
- Intend here to besiege you in your castle.
- She is hard by with twenty thousand men;
- And therefore fortify your hold, my lord.
Duke of York56 - 62
- Ay, with my sword. What? Think’st thou that we fear them?
- Edward and Richard, you shall stay with me,
- My brother Montague shall post to London.
- Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,
- Whom we have left protectors of the King,
- With pow’rful policy strengthen themselves,
- And trust not simple Henry nor his oaths.
Marquess Montague63 - 64
- Brother, I go; I’ll win them, fear it not.
- And thus most humbly I do take my leave.
- Exit Montague.
- Enter Sir John Mortimer and his brother Sir Hugh Mortimer.
Duke of York67 - 69
- Sir John and Sir Hugh Mortimer, mine uncles,
- You are come to Sandal in a happy hour;
- The army of the Queen mean to besiege us.
Sir John Mortimer70
- She shall not need, we’ll meet her in the field.
Duke of York71
- What, with five thousand men?
Richard72 - 73
- Ay, with five hundred, father, for a need.
- A woman’s general: what should we fear?
- A march afar off.
Edward75 - 76
- I hear their drums. Let’s set our men in order,
- And issue forth and bid them battle straight.
Duke of York77 - 81
- Five men to twenty! Though the odds be great,
- I doubt not, uncle, of our victory.
- Many a battle have I won in France
- When as the enemy hath been ten to one;
- Why should I not now have the like success?
- Alarum. Exeunt.