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Henry VI, Part 2 - Act 5, scene 3
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Navigate this workHenry VI, Part 2 - Act 5, scene 3
Act 5, scene 3
Victorious, York and his followers set out for London.Alarum. Retreat. Enter York, ⌜Edward,⌝ Richard,
Warwick, and Soldiers, ⌜all wearing the white rose,⌝
with Drum and Colors.
3175 Of Salisbury, who can report of him,
3176 That winter lion, who in rage forgets
3177 Agèd contusions and all brush of time,
3178 And, like a gallant in the brow of youth,
p. 2493179 5 Repairs him with occasion? This happy day
3180 Is not itself, nor have we won one foot,
3181 If Salisbury be lost.
RICHARD 3182 My noble father,
3183 Three times today I holp him to his horse,
3184 10 Three times bestrid him. Thrice I led him off,
3185 Persuaded him from any further act;
3186 But still, where danger was, still there I met him,
3187 And, like rich hangings in a homely house,
3188 So was his will in his old feeble body.
3189 15 But, noble as he is, look where he comes.
Enter Salisbury, ⌜wearing the white rose.⌝
3190 Now, by my sword, well hast thou fought today!
3191 By th’ Mass, so did we all. I thank you, Richard.
3192 God knows how long it is I have to live,
3193 And it hath pleased Him that three times today
3194 20 You have defended me from imminent death.
3195 Well, lords, we have not got that which we have;
3196 ’Tis not enough our foes are this time fled,
3197 Being opposites of such repairing nature.
3198 I know our safety is to follow them;
3199 25 For, as I hear, the King is fled to London
3200 To call a present court of Parliament.
3201 Let us pursue him ere the writs go forth.—
3202 What says Lord Warwick? Shall we after them?
3203 After them? Nay, before them, if we can.
3204 30 Now, by my hand, lords, ’twas a glorious day.
3205 Saint Albans battle won by famous York
3206 Shall be eternized in all age to come.—
3207 Sound drum and trumpets, and to London all;
3208 And more such days as these to us befall!
⌜Flourish.⌝ They exit.