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Henry VI, Part 2 - Act 3, scene 3
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Navigate this workHenry VI, Part 2 - Act 3, scene 3
Act 3, scene 3
The Cardinal dies.Enter King ⌜Henry,⌝ Salisbury and Warwick, to the
Cardinal in bed, ⌜raving and staring.⌝
2036 How fares my lord? Speak, Beaufort, to thy sovereign.
2037 If thou be’st Death, I’ll give thee England’s treasure,
2038 Enough to purchase such another island,
2039 So thou wilt let me live and feel no pain.
2040 5 Ah, what a sign it is of evil life,
2041 Where Death’s approach is seen so terrible!
2042 Beaufort, it is thy sovereign speaks to thee.
2043 Bring me unto my trial when you will.
2044 Died he not in his bed? Where should he die?
2045 10 Can I make men live, whe’er they will or no?
2046 O, torture me no more! I will confess.
2047 Alive again? Then show me where he is.
2048 I’ll give a thousand pound to look upon him.
2049 He hath no eyes! The dust hath blinded them.
2050 15 Comb down his hair. Look, look. It stands upright,
2051 Like lime-twigs set to catch my wingèd soul.
2052 Give me some drink, and bid the apothecary
2053 Bring the strong poison that I bought of him.
2054 O, Thou eternal mover of the heavens,
p. 1592055 20 Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch!
2056 O, beat away the busy meddling fiend
2057 That lays strong siege unto this wretch’s soul,
2058 And from his bosom purge this black despair!
2059 See how the pangs of death do make him grin!
2060 25 Disturb him not. Let him pass peaceably.
2061 Peace to his soul, if God’s good pleasure be!—
2062 Lord Card’nal, if thou think’st on heaven’s bliss,
2063 Hold up thy hand; make signal of thy hope.
⌜The Cardinal dies.⌝
2064 He dies and makes no sign. O, God forgive him!
2065 30 So bad a death argues a monstrous life.
2066 Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.
2067 Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close,
2068 And let us all to meditation.
⌜After the curtains are closed around
the bed,⌝ they exit. ⌜The bed is removed.⌝