Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act III, Scene 1
A forest in the North of England.
- Enter two Gamekeepers with cross-bows in their hands.
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- Under this thick-grown brake we’ll shroud ourselves,
- For through this laund anon the deer will come,
- And in this covert will we make our stand,
- Culling the principal of all the deer.
- I’ll stay above the hill, so both may shoot.
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- That cannot be, the noise of thy crossbow
- Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost.
- Here stand we both and aim we at the best;
- And for the time shall not seem tedious,
- I’ll tell thee what befell me on a day
- In this self place where now we mean to stand.
- Here comes a man, let’s stay till he be past.
- Enter the King Henry, disguised, with a prayer-book.
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- From Scotland am I stol’n, even of pure love,
- To greet mine own land with my wishful sight.
- No, Harry, Harry, ’tis no land of thine;
- Thy place is fill’d, thy sceptre wrung from thee,
- Thy balm wash’d off wherewith thou was anointed.
- No bending knee will call thee Caesar now,
- No humble suitors press to speak for right,
- No, not a man comes for redress of thee;
- For how can I help them and not myself?
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- Ay, here’s a deer whose skin’s a keeper’s fee:
- This is the quondam king; let’s seize upon him.
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- Let me embrace thee, sour adversities,
- For wise men say it is the wisest course.
- Why linger we? Let us lay hands upon him.
- Forbear awhile, we’ll hear a little more.
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- My queen and son are gone to France for aid;
- And, as I hear, the great commanding Warwick
- Is thither gone to crave the French king’s sister
- To wife for Edward. If this news be true,
- Poor queen and son, your labor is but lost;
- For Warwick is a subtle orator,
- And Lewis a prince soon won with moving words.
- By this account then, Margaret may win him,
- For she’s a woman to be pitied much.
- Her sighs will make a batt’ry in his breast,
- Her tears will pierce into a marble heart;
- The tiger will be mild whiles she doth mourn;
- And Nero will be tainted with remorse
- To hear and see her plaints, her brinish tears.
- Ay, but she’s come to beg; Warwick, to give:
- She, on his left side, craving aid for Henry;
- He, on his right, asking a wife for Edward.
- She weeps, and says her Henry is depos’d;
- He smiles, and says his Edward is install’d;
- That she, poor wretch, for grief can speak no more;
- Whiles Warwick tells his title, smooths the wrong,
- Inferreth arguments of mighty strength,
- And in conclusion wins the King from her
- With promise of his sister and what else,
- To strengthen and support King Edward’s place.
- O Margaret, thus ’twill be, and thou, poor soul,
- Art then forsaken, as thou went’st forlorn!
- Say, what art thou talk’st of kings and queens?
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- More than I seem, and less than I was born to;
- A man at least, for less I should not be;
- And men may talk of kings, and why not I?
- Ay, but thou talk’st as if thou wert a king.
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- Why, so I am—in mind, and that’s enough.
- But if thou be a king, where is thy crown?
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- My crown is in my heart, not on my head;
- Not deck’d with diamonds and Indian stones,
- Nor to be seen. My crown is call’d content,
- A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.
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- Well, if you be a king crown’d with content,
- Your crown content and you must be contented
- To go along with us; for, as we think,
- You are the king King Edward hath depos’d;
- And we his subjects, sworn in all allegiance,
- Will apprehend you as his enemy.
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- But did you never swear and break an oath?
- No, never such an oath, nor will not now.
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- Where did you dwell when I was King of England?
- Here in this country where we now remain.
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- I was anointed king at nine months old,
- My father and my grandfather were kings;
- And you were sworn true subjects unto me;
- And tell me then, have you not broke your oaths?
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- For we were subjects but while you were king.
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- Why? Am I dead? Do I not breathe a man?
- Ah, simple men, you know not what you swear!
- Look, as I blow this feather from my face,
- And as the air blows it to me again,
- Obeying with my wind when I do blow,
- And yielding to another when it blows,
- Commanded always by the greater gust,
- Such is the lightness of you common men.
- But do not break your oaths, for of that sin
- My mild entreaty shall not make you guilty.
- Go where you will, the King shall be commanded;
- And be you kings: command, and I’ll obey.
- We are true subjects to the King, King Edward.
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- So would you be again to Henry,
- If he were seated as King Edward is.
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- We charge you, in God’s name and the King’s,
- To go with us unto the officers.
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- In God’s name lead; your king’s name be obey’d,
- And what God will, that let your king perform;
- And what he will, I humbly yield unto.