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Henry VI, Part 2

Henry VI, Part 2 Translation Act 3, Scene 3

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Enter the KING, SALISBURY, WARWICK, to the CARDINAL in bed

KING HENRY VI

How fares my lord? Speak, Beaufort, tothy sovereign.

KING HENRY VI

How is my lord? Speak to your king, Beaufort.

CARDINAL

If thou be'st death, I'll give thee England's treasure,Enough to purchase such another island,So thou wilt let me live, and feel no pain.

CARDINAL

If you were death, I'd give you England's treasure (which would be enough to buy another similar island), just so you will let me live without any pain.

KING HENRY VI

Ah, what a sign it is of evil life,Where death's approach is seen so terrible!

KING HENRY VI

Ah, what does this say about your evil life, that death appears so terribly to you!

WARWICK

Beaufort, it is thy sovereign speaks to thee.

WARWICK

Beaufort, it is your king who is speaking to you.

CARDINAL

Bring me unto my trial when you will. Died he not in his bed? Where should he die? Can I make men live, whether they will or no? O, torture me no more! I will confess. Alive again? Then show me where he is: I'll give a thousand pound to look upon him. He hath no eyes, the dust hath blinded them. Comb down his hair; look, look! It stands upright, Like lime-twigs set to catch my winged soul. Give me some drink; and bid the apothecary Bring the strong poison that I bought of him.

CARDINAL

Bring me to your trial when you want. Didn't Gloucester die in his bed? Where else should he die? Can I make men live, whether they want or not? Oh, don't torture me! I will confess. Is he alive again? Then show me where he is! I'll give a thousand pounds just to look at him. He doesn't have eyes, the dust has made him blind. Comb his hair and look, look! It stands upright, like twigs smeared with birdlime that are ready to catch my soul as it takes flight. Give me something to drink, and tell the apothecary to bring the strong poison that I bought from him. 

KING HENRY VI

O thou eternal Mover of the heavens. Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch! O, beat away the busy meddling fiend That lays strong siege unto this wretch's soul. And from his bosom purge this black despair!

KING HENRY VI

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WARWICK

See, how the pangs of death do make him grin!

WARWICK

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SALISBURY

Disturb him not; let him pass peaceably.

SALISBURY

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KING HENRY VI

Peace to his soul, if God's good pleasure be! Lord cardinal, if thou think'st on heaven's bliss, Hold up thy hand, make signal of thy hope. He dies, and makes no sign. O God, forgive him!

KING HENRY VI

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WARWICK

So bad a death argues a monstrous life.

WARWICK

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KING HENRY VI

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.Close up his eyes and draw the curtain close;And let us all to meditation.

KING HENRY VI

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About the Translator: Nina Romancikova

Nina Romancikova is from Slovakia but her love of literature and theater has brought her to the UK and she has been living and studying there for the past six years. She graduated with a degree in English Literature and Language at University of Glasgow in 2016. Nina is now finishing her Masters in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and is currently working as a Research Intern at Shakespeare's Globe.