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Henry VI, Part 3 - Act 5, scene 7
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Navigate this workHenry VI, Part 3 - Act 5, scene 7
Act 5, scene 7
King Edward celebrates the Yorkist triumph by having Richard and Clarence kiss his infant son. Richard, while outwardly loving the new prince, makes clear his intention of destroying him.Flourish. Enter King ⌜Edward,⌝ Queen ⌜Elizabeth,⌝
Clarence, Richard ⌜of Gloucester,⌝ Hastings, Nurse,
⌜carrying infant Prince Edward,⌝ and Attendants.
2911 Once more we sit in England’s royal throne,
2912 Repurchased with the blood of enemies.
2913 What valiant foemen, like to autumn’s corn,
2914 Have we mowed down in tops of all their pride!
2915 5 Three dukes of Somerset, threefold ⌜renowned⌝
2916 For hardy and undoubted champions;
2917 Two Cliffords, as the father and the son;
2918 And two Northumberlands; two braver men
2919 Ne’er spurred their coursers at the trumpet’s sound.
2920 10 With them the two brave bears, Warwick and
2922 That in their chains fettered the kingly lion
2923 And made the forest tremble when they roared.
2924 Thus have we swept suspicion from our seat
2925 15 And made our footstool of security.—
2926 Come hither, Bess, and let me kiss my boy.—
2927 Young Ned, for thee, thine uncles and myself
2928 Have in our armors watched the winter’s night,
2929 Went all afoot in summer’s scalding heat,
2930 20 That thou mightst repossess the crown in peace,
2931 And of our labors thou shalt reap the gain.
p. 253RICHARD, ⌜aside⌝
2932 I’ll blast his harvest, if your head were laid;
2933 For yet I am not looked on in the world.
2934 This shoulder was ordained so thick to heave,
2935 25 And heave it shall some weight or break my back.
2936 Work thou the way and that shalt execute.
2937 Clarence and Gloucester, love my lovely queen,
2938 And kiss your princely nephew, brothers both.
2939 The duty that I owe unto your Majesty
2940 30 I seal upon the lips of this sweet babe.
⌜He kisses the infant.⌝
2941 Thanks,⌝ noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.
2942 And that I love the tree from whence thou sprang’st,
2943 Witness the loving kiss I give the fruit.
⌜He kisses the infant.⌝
2944 ⌜Aside.⌝ To say the truth, so Judas kissed his master
2945 35 And cried “All hail!” whenas he meant all harm.
2946 Now am I seated as my soul delights,
2947 Having my country’s peace and brothers’ loves.
2948 What will your Grace have done with Margaret?
2949 Reignier, her father, to the King of France
2950 40 Hath pawned the Sicils and Jerusalem,
2951 And hither have they sent it for her ransom.
2952 Away with her, and waft her hence to France.
2953 And now what rests but that we spend the time
2954 With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows,
2955 45 Such as befits the pleasure of the court?
2956 Sound drums and trumpets! Farewell, sour annoy,
2957 For here I hope begins our lasting joy.
⌜Flourish.⌝ They all exit.