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Henry VI, Pt. 3: Act 5, Scene 5

Henry VI, Pt. 3
Act 5, Scene 5

Another part of the battlefield near Barnet.

  1. Flourish. Enter King Edward, Richard of Gloucester with
  2. Queen Margaret prisoner, Clarence, and Soldiers with Oxford,
  3. Somerset prisoners.

King Edward

4 - 7
  1. Now here a period of tumultuous broils.
  2. Away with Oxford to Hames Castle straight;
  3. For Somerset, off with his guilty head.
  4. Go bear them hence, I will not hear them speak.

Earl of Oxford

8
  1. For my part, I’ll not trouble thee with words.

Duke of Somerset

9
  1. Nor I, but stoop with patience to my fortune.
  1. Exeunt Oxford and Somerset, guarded.

Queen Margaret

11 - 12
  1. So part we sadly in this troublous world,
  2. To meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem.

King Edward

13 - 14
  1. Is proclamation made, that who finds Edward
  2. Shall have a high reward, and he his life?

Duke of Gloucester

15
  1. It is, and lo where youthful Edward comes!
  1. Enter Soldiers with the Prince Edward.

King Edward

17 - 21
  1. Bring forth the gallant, let us hear him speak.
  2. What? Can so young a thorn begin to prick?
  3. Edward, what satisfaction canst thou make
  4. For bearing arms, for stirring up my subjects,
  5. And all the trouble thou hast turn’d me to?

Prince

22 - 26
  1. Speak like a subject, proud ambitious York!
  2. Suppose that I am now my father’s mouth:
  3. Resign thy chair, and where I stand kneel thou,
  4. Whilst I propose the self-same words to thee,
  5. Which, traitor, thou wouldst have me answer to.

Queen Margaret

27
  1. Ah, that thy father had been so resolv’d!

Duke of Gloucester

28 - 29
  1. That you might still have worn the petticoat,
  2. And ne’er have stol’n the breech from Lancaster.

Prince

30 - 31
  1. Let Aesop fable in a winter’s night,
  2. His currish riddles sorts not with this place.

Duke of Gloucester

32
  1. By heaven, brat, I’ll plague ye for that word.

Queen Margaret

33
  1. Ay, thou wast born to be a plague to men.

Duke of Gloucester

34
  1. For God’s sake, take away this captive scold.

Prince

35
  1. Nay, take away this scolding crook-back, rather.

King Edward

36
  1. Peace, willful boy, or I will charm your tongue.

Duke of Clarence

37
  1. Untutor’d lad, thou art too malapert.

Prince

38 - 42
  1. I know my duty, you are all undutiful.
  2. Lascivious Edward, and thou perjur’d George,
  3. And thou misshapen Dick, I tell ye all
  4. I am your better, traitors as ye are,
  5. And thou usurp’st my father’s right and mine.

King Edward

43
  1. Take that, the likeness of this railer here.
  1. Stabs him.

Duke of Gloucester

45
  1. Sprawl’st thou? Take that, to end thy agony.
  1. Richard stabs him.

Duke of Clarence

47
  1. And there’s for twitting me with perjury.
  1. Clarence stabs him.

Queen Margaret

49
  1. O, kill me too!

Duke of Gloucester

50
  1. Marry, and shall.
  1. Offers to kill her.

King Edward

52
  1. Hold, Richard, hold, for we have done too much.

Duke of Gloucester

53
  1. Why should she live, to fill the world with words?

King Edward

54
  1. What? Doth she swoun? Use means for her recovery.

Duke of Gloucester

55 - 57
  1. Clarence, excuse me to the King my brother;
  2. I’ll hence to London on a serious matter.
  3. Ere ye come there, be sure to hear some news.

Duke of Clarence

58
  1. What? What?

Duke of Gloucester

59
  1. The Tower, the Tower.
  1. Exit.

Queen Margaret

61 - 77
  1. O Ned, sweet Ned, speak to thy mother, boy!
  2. Canst thou not speak? O traitors, murderers!
  3. They that stabb’d Caesar shed no blood at all,
  4. Did not offend, nor were not worthy blame,
  5. If this foul deed were by to equal it.
  6. He was a man; this, in respect, a child,
  7. And men ne’er spend their fury on a child.
  8. What’s worse than murderer, that I may name it?
  9. No, no, my heart will burst and if I speak,
  10. And I will speak, that so my heart may burst.
  11. Butchers and villains! Bloody cannibals!
  12. How sweet a plant have you untimely cropp’d!
  13. You have no children, butchers; if you had,
  14. The thought of them would have stirr’d up remorse,
  15. But if you ever chance to have a child,
  16. Look in his youth to have him so cut off
  17. As, deathsmen, you have rid this sweet young prince!

King Edward

78
  1. Away with her, go bear her hence perforce.

Queen Margaret

79 - 81
  1. Nay, never bear me hence, dispatch me here;
  2. Here sheathe thy sword, I’ll pardon thee my death.
  3. What? Wilt thou not? Then, Clarence, do it thou.

Duke of Clarence

82
  1. By heaven, I will not do thee so much ease.

Queen Margaret

83
  1. Good Clarence, do; sweet Clarence, do thou do it.

Duke of Clarence

84
  1. Didst thou not hear me swear I would not do it?

Queen Margaret

85 - 90
  1. Ay, but thou usest to forswear thyself.
  2. ’Twas sin before, but now ’tis charity.
  3. What, wilt thou not? Where is that devil’s butcher,
  4. Hard-favor’d Richard? Richard, where art thou?
  5. Thou art not here. Murder is thy alms-deed;
  6. Petitioners for blood thou ne’er put’st back.

King Edward

91
  1. Away I say, I charge ye bear her hence.

Queen Margaret

92
  1. So come to you, and yours, as to this prince!
  1. Exit Queen Margaret, led out forcibly.

King Edward

94
  1. Where’s Richard gone?

Duke of Clarence

95 - 96
  1. To London, all in post, and as I guess,
  2. To make a bloody supper in the Tower.

King Edward

97 - 101
  1. He’s sudden, if a thing comes in his head.
  2. Now march we hence. Discharge the common sort
  3. With pay and thanks, and let’s away to London
  4. And see our gentle queen how well she fares.
  5. By this, I hope, she hath a son for me.
  1. Exeunt.
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