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Henry VI, Pt. 3: Act 1, Scene 2

Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act 1, Scene 2

Yorkshire. A room in Sandal Castle.

  1. Enter Richard, Edward, and Montague.

Richard

2
  1. Brother, though I be youngest, give me leave.

Edward

3
  1. No, I can better play the orator.

Marquess Montague

4
  1. But I have reasons strong and forcible.
  1. Enter the Duke of York.

Duke of York

6 - 7
  1. Why, how now, sons and brother, at a strife?
  2. What is your quarrel? How began it first?

Edward

8
  1. No quarrel, but a slight contention.

Duke of York

9
  1. About what?

Richard

10 - 11
  1. About that which concerns your Grace and us:
  2. The crown of England, father, which is yours.

Duke of York

12
  1. Mine, boys? Not till King Henry be dead.

Richard

13
  1. Your right depends not on his life or death.

Edward

14 - 16
  1. Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it now.
  2. By giving the house of Lancaster leave to breathe,
  3. It will outrun you, father, in the end.

Duke of York

17
  1. I took an oath that he should quietly reign.

Edward

18 - 19
  1. But for a kingdom any oath may be broken:
  2. I would break a thousand oaths to reign one year.

Richard

20
  1. No; God forbid your Grace should be forsworn.

Duke of York

21
  1. I shall be, if I claim by open war.

Richard

22
  1. I’ll prove the contrary, if you’ll hear me speak.

Duke of York

23
  1. Thou canst not, son; it is impossible.

Richard

24 - 36
  1. An oath is of no moment, being not took
  2. Before a true and lawful magistrate
  3. That hath authority over him that swears.
  4. Henry had none, but did usurp the place.
  5. Then seeing ’twas he that made you to depose,
  6. Your oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous.
  7. Therefore to arms! And, father, do but think
  8. How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown,
  9. Within whose circuit is Elysium
  10. And all that poets feign of bliss and joy.
  11. Why do we linger thus? I cannot rest
  12. Until the white rose that I wear be dy’d
  13. Even in the lukewarm blood of Henry’s heart.

Duke of York

37 - 51
  1. Richard, enough; I will be king, or die.
  2. Brother, thou shalt to London presently,
  3. And whet on Warwick to this enterprise.
  4. Thou, Richard, shalt to the Duke of Norfolk,
  5. And tell him privily of our intent.
  6. You, Edward, shall unto my Lord Cobham,
  7. With whom the Kentishmen will willingly rise;
  8. In them I trust, for they are soldiers,
  9. Witty, courteous, liberal, full of spirit.
  10. While you are thus employ’d, what resteth more,
  11. But that I seek occasion how to rise,
  12. And yet the King not privy to my drift,
  13. Nor any of the house of Lancaster?
  14. Enter First Yorkist Messenger.
  15. But stay, what news? Why com’st thou in such post?

First Yorkist Messenger

52 - 55
  1. The Queen with all the northern earls and lords
  2. Intend here to besiege you in your castle.
  3. She is hard by with twenty thousand men;
  4. And therefore fortify your hold, my lord.

Duke of York

56 - 62
  1. Ay, with my sword. What? Think’st thou that we fear them?
  2. Edward and Richard, you shall stay with me,
  3. My brother Montague shall post to London.
  4. Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,
  5. Whom we have left protectors of the King,
  6. With pow’rful policy strengthen themselves,
  7. And trust not simple Henry nor his oaths.

Marquess Montague

63 - 64
  1. Brother, I go; I’ll win them, fear it not.
  2. And thus most humbly I do take my leave.
  1. Exit Montague.
  1. Enter Sir John Mortimer and his brother Sir Hugh Mortimer.

Duke of York

67 - 69
  1. Sir John and Sir Hugh Mortimer, mine uncles,
  2. You are come to Sandal in a happy hour;
  3. The army of the Queen mean to besiege us.

Sir John Mortimer

70
  1. She shall not need, we’ll meet her in the field.

Duke of York

71
  1. What, with five thousand men?

Richard

72 - 73
  1. Ay, with five hundred, father, for a need.
  2. A woman’s general: what should we fear?
  1. A march afar off.

Edward

75 - 76
  1. I hear their drums. Let’s set our men in order,
  2. And issue forth and bid them battle straight.

Duke of York

77 - 81
  1. Five men to twenty! Though the odds be great,
  2. I doubt not, uncle, of our victory.
  3. Many a battle have I won in France
  4. When as the enemy hath been ten to one;
  5. Why should I not now have the like success?
  1. Alarum. Exeunt.
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