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

Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act 3, Scene 2

London. A palace room.

  1. Enter King Edward, Gloucester, Clarence, Lady Grey.

King Edward

2 - 8
  1. Brother of Gloucester, at Saint Albans field
  2. This lady’s husband, Sir Richard Grey, was slain,
  3. His land then seiz’d on by the conqueror.
  4. Her suit is now to repossess those lands,
  5. Which we in justice cannot well deny,
  6. Because in quarrel of the house of York
  7. The worthy gentleman did lose his life.

Duke of Gloucester

9 - 10
  1. Your Highness shall do well to grant her suit;
  2. It were dishonor to deny it her.

King Edward

11
  1. It were no less, but yet I’ll make a pause.

Duke of Gloucester

12 - 15
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. Yea, is it so?
  3. I see the lady hath a thing to grant,
  4. Before the King will grant her humble suit.

Duke of Clarence

16 - 17
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. He knows the game; how true he keeps the wind!

Duke of Gloucester

18 - 19
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. Silence!

King Edward

20 - 21
  1. Widow, we will consider of your suit,
  2. And come some other time to know our mind.

Lady Grey

22 - 24
  1. Right gracious lord, I cannot brook delay.
  2. May it please your Highness to resolve me now,
  3. And what your pleasure is shall satisfy me.

Duke of Gloucester

25 - 28
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. Ay, widow? Then I’ll warrant you all your lands,
  3. And if what pleases him shall pleasure you.
  4. Fight closer or, good faith, you’ll catch a blow.

Duke of Clarence

29 - 30
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. I fear her not, unless she chance to fall.

Duke of Gloucester

31 - 32
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. God forbid that, for he’ll take vantages.

King Edward

33
  1. How many children hast thou, widow? Tell me.

Duke of Clarence

34 - 35
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. I think he means to beg a child of her.

Duke of Gloucester

36 - 37
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. Nay then whip me; he’ll rather give her two.

Lady Grey

38
  1. Three, my most gracious lord.

Duke of Gloucester

39 - 40
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. You shall have four and you’ll be rul’d by him.

King Edward

41
  1. ’Twere pity they should lose their father’s lands.

Lady Grey

42
  1. Be pitiful, dread lord, and grant it then.

King Edward

43
  1. Lords, give us leave. I’ll try this widow’s wit.

Duke of Gloucester

44 - 46
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. Ay, good leave have you, for you will have leave
  3. Till youth take leave and leave you to the crutch.
  1. Gloucester and Clarence retire.

King Edward

48
  1. Now tell me, madam, do you love your children?

Lady Grey

49
  1. Ay, full as dearly as I love myself.

King Edward

50
  1. And would you not do much to do them good?

Lady Grey

51
  1. To do them good I would sustain some harm.

King Edward

52
  1. Then get your husband’s lands, to do them good.

Lady Grey

53
  1. Therefore I came unto your Majesty.

King Edward

54
  1. I’ll tell you how these lands are to be got.

Lady Grey

55
  1. So shall you bind me to your Highness’ service.

King Edward

56
  1. What service wilt thou do me if I give them?

Lady Grey

57
  1. What you command that rests in me to do.

King Edward

58
  1. But you will take exceptions to my boon.

Lady Grey

59
  1. No, gracious lord, except I cannot do it.

King Edward

60
  1. Ay, but thou canst do what I mean to ask.

Lady Grey

61
  1. Why then I will do what your Grace commands.

Duke of Gloucester

62 - 63
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. He plies her hard, and much rain wears the marble.

Duke of Clarence

64 - 65
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. As red as fire? Nay then, her wax must melt.

Lady Grey

66
  1. Why stops my lord? Shall I not hear my task?

King Edward

67
  1. An easy task, ’tis but to love a king.

Lady Grey

68
  1. That’s soon perform’d, because I am a subject.

King Edward

69
  1. Why then, thy husband’s lands I freely give thee.

Lady Grey

70
  1. I take my leave with many thousand thanks.

Duke of Gloucester

71 - 72
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. The match is made, she seals it with a cur’sy.

King Edward

73
  1. But stay thee, ’tis the fruits of love I mean.

Lady Grey

74
  1. The fruits of love I mean, my loving liege.

King Edward

75 - 76
  1. Ay, but I fear me in another sense.
  2. What love, think’st thou, I sue so much to get?

Lady Grey

77 - 78
  1. My love till death, my humble thanks, my prayers
  2. That love which virtue begs and virtue grants.

King Edward

79
  1. No, by my troth, I did not mean such love.

Lady Grey

80
  1. Why then you mean not as I thought you did.

King Edward

81
  1. But now you partly may perceive my mind.

Lady Grey

82 - 83
  1. My mind will never grant what I perceive
  2. Your Highness aims at, if I aim aright.

King Edward

84
  1. To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee.

Lady Grey

85
  1. To tell you plain, I had rather lie in prison.

King Edward

86
  1. Why then thou shalt not have thy husband’s lands.

Lady Grey

87 - 88
  1. Why then mine honesty shall be my dower,
  2. For by that loss I will not purchase them.

King Edward

89
  1. Therein thou wrong’st thy children mightily.

Lady Grey

90 - 93
  1. Herein your Highness wrongs both them and me.
  2. But, mighty lord, this merry inclination
  3. Accords not with the sadness of my suit.
  4. Please you dismiss me, either with ay or no.

King Edward

94 - 95
  1. Ay, if thou wilt say ay to my request;
  2. No, if thou dost say no to my demand.

Lady Grey

96
  1. Then no, my lord. My suit is at an end.

Duke of Gloucester

97 - 98
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. The widow likes him not, she knits her brows.

Duke of Clarence

99 - 100
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. He is the bluntest wooer in Christendom.

King Edward

101 - 107
  1. Aside.
  2. Her looks doth argue her replete with modesty,
  3. Her words doth show her wit incomparable,
  4. All her perfections challenge sovereignty:
  5. One way or other, she is for a king,
  6. And she shall be my love or else my queen.—
  7. Say that King Edward take thee for his queen?

Lady Grey

108 - 110
  1. ’Tis better said than done, my gracious lord.
  2. I am a subject fit to jest withal,
  3. But far unfit to be a sovereign.

King Edward

111 - 113
  1. Sweet widow, by my state I swear to thee
  2. I speak no more than what my soul intends,
  3. And that is, to enjoy thee for my love.

Lady Grey

114 - 116
  1. And that is more than I will yield unto.
  2. I know I am too mean to be your queen,
  3. And yet too good to be your concubine.

King Edward

117
  1. You cavil, widow, I did mean my queen.

Lady Grey

118
  1. ’Twill grieve your Grace my sons should call you father.

King Edward

119 - 124
  1. No more than when my daughters call thee mother.
  2. Thou art a widow, and thou hast some children,
  3. And by God’s Mother, I, being but a bachelor,
  4. Have other some. Why, ’tis a happy thing
  5. To be the father unto many sons.
  6. Answer no more, for thou shalt be my queen.

Duke of Gloucester

125 - 126
  1. Aside to Clarence.
  2. The ghostly father now hath done his shrift.

Duke of Clarence

127 - 128
  1. Aside to Gloucester
  2. When he was made a shriver, ’twas for shift.

King Edward

129
  1. Brothers, you muse what chat we two have had.

Duke of Gloucester

130
  1. The widow likes it not, for she looks very sad.

King Edward

131
  1. You’ld think it strange if I should marry her.

Duke of Clarence

132
  1. To who, my lord?

King Edward

133
  1.                  Why, Clarence, to myself.

Duke of Gloucester

134
  1. That would be ten days’ wonder at the least.

Duke of Clarence

135
  1. That’s a day longer than a wonder lasts.

Duke of Gloucester

136
  1. By so much is the wonder in extremes.

King Edward

137 - 138
  1. Well, jest on, brothers. I can tell you both
  2. Her suit is granted for her husband’s lands.
  1. Enter a Nobleman.

Nobleman

140 - 141
  1. My gracious lord, Henry your foe is taken,
  2. And brought your prisoner to your palace gate.

King Edward

142 - 145
  1. See that he be convey’d unto the Tower;
  2. And go we, brothers, to the man that took him,
  3. To question of his apprehension.
  4. Widow, go you along. Lords, use her honorably.
  1. Exeunt. Manet Richard of Gloucester.

Duke of Gloucester

147 - 218
  1. Ay, Edward will use women honorably.
  2. Would he were wasted, marrow, bones, and all,
  3. That from his loins no hopeful branch may spring,
  4. To cross me from the golden time I look for!
  5. And yet, between my soul’s desire and me
  6. The lustful Edward’s title buried
  7. Is Clarence, Henry, and his son young Edward,
  8. And all the unlook’d-for issue of their bodies
  9. To take their rooms, ere I can place myself:
  10. A cold premeditation for my purpose!
  11. Why then I do but dream on sovereignty,
  12. Like one that stands upon a promontory
  13. And spies a far-off shore where he would tread,
  14. Wishing his foot were equal with his eye,
  15. And chides the sea that sunders him from thence,
  16. Saying, he’ll lade it dry to have his way:
  17. So do I wish the crown, being so far off,
  18. And so I chide the means that keeps me from it,
  19. And so, I say, I’ll cut the causes off,
  20. Flattering me with impossibilities.
  21. My eye’s too quick, my heart o’erweens too much,
  22. Unless my hand and strength could equal them.
  23. Well, say there is no kingdom then for Richard;
  24. What other pleasure can the world afford?
  25. I’ll make my heaven in a lady’s lap,
  26. And deck my body in gay ornaments,
  27. And witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.
  28. O miserable thought! And more unlikely
  29. Than to accomplish twenty golden crowns!
  30. Why, love forswore me in my mother’s womb;
  31. And for I should not deal in her soft laws,
  32. She did corrupt frail nature with some bribe,
  33. To shrink mine arm up like a wither’d shrub,
  34. To make an envious mountain on my back,
  35. Where sits deformity to mock my body;
  36. To shape my legs of an unequal size,
  37. To disproportion me in every part,
  38. Like to a chaos, or an unlick’d bear-whelp
  39. That carries no impression like the dam.
  40. And am I then a man to be belov’d?
  41. O monstrous fault, to harbor such a thought!
  42. Then since this earth affords no joy to me
  43. But to command, to check, to o’erbear such
  44. As are of better person than myself,
  45. I’ll make my heaven to dream upon the crown,
  46. And whiles I live, t’ account this world but hell,
  47. Until my misshap’d trunk that bears this head
  48. Be round impaled with a glorious crown.
  49. And yet I know not how to get the crown,
  50. For many lives stand between me and home;
  51. And Ilike one lost in a thorny wood,
  52. That rents the thorns, and is rent with the thorns,
  53. Seeking a way, and straying from the way,
  54. Not knowing how to find the open air,
  55. But toiling desperately to find it out
  56. Torment myself to catch the English crown;
  57. And from that torment I will free myself,
  58. Or hew my way out with a bloody axe.
  59. Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile,
  60. And cry Content to that which grieves my heart,
  61. And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
  62. And frame my face to all occasions.
  63. I’ll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall,
  64. I’ll slay more gazers than the basilisk,
  65. I’ll play the orator as well as Nestor,
  66. Deceive more slyly than Ulysses could,
  67. And like a Sinon, take another Troy.
  68. I can add colors to the chameleon,
  69. Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
  70. And set the murderous Machevil to school.
  71. Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?
  72. Tut, were it farther off, I’ll pluck it down.
  1. Exit.
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