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Henry VI, Part 3

Henry VI, Part 3 Translation Act 1, Scene 2

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Enter RICHARD, EDWARD, and MONTAGUE

RICHARD

Brother, though I be youngest, give me leave.

RICHARD

Brother, let me do this, even though I'm the youngest. 

EDWARD

No, I can better play the orator.

EDWARD

No, I am a better public speaker than you. 

MONTAGUE

But I have reasons strong and forcible.

MONTAGUE

But I have strong and compelling reasons to be the one. 

Enter YORK

YORK

Why, how now, sons and brother! At a strife?What is your quarrel? How began it first?

YORK

What's going on, my sons and brother? Are you fighting? What is your argument about? What started it? 

EDWARD

No quarrel, but a slight contention.

EDWARD

It's not an argument. Just a small disagreement. 

YORK

About what?

YORK

What about?

RICHARD

About that which concerns your grace and us;The crown of England, father, which is yours.

RICHARD

About something that concerns your grace and us—the English crown, father, which is yours. 

YORK

Mine boy? not till King Henry be dead.

YORK

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RICHARD

Your right depends not on his life or death.

RICHARD

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EDWARD

Now you are heir, therefore enjoy it now:By giving the house of Lancaster leave to breathe,It will outrun you, father, in the end.

EDWARD

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YORK

I took an oath that he should quietly reign.

YORK

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EDWARD

But for a kingdom any oath may be broken:I would break a thousand oaths to reign one year.

EDWARD

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RICHARD

No; God forbid your grace should be forsworn.

RICHARD

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YORK

I shall be, if I claim by open war.

YORK

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RICHARD

I'll prove the contrary, if you'll hear me speak.

RICHARD

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YORK

Thou canst not, son; it is impossible.

YORK

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RICHARD

An oath is of no moment, being not took Before a true and lawful magistrate, That hath authority over him that swears: Henry had none, but did usurp the place; Then, seeing 'twas he that made you to depose, Your oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous. Therefore, to arms! And, father, do but think How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown; Within whose circuit is Elysium And all that poets feign of bliss and joy. Why do we finger thus? I cannot rest Until the white rose that I wear be dyed Even in the lukewarm blood of Henry's heart.

RICHARD

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YORK

Richard, enough; I will be king, or die. Brother, thou shalt to London presently, And whet on Warwick to this enterprise. Thou, Richard, shalt to the Duke of Norfolk, And tell him privily of our intent. You Edward, shall unto my Lord Cobham, With whom the Kentishmen will willingly rise: In them I trust; for they are soldiers, Witty, courteous, liberal, full of spirit. While you are thus employ'd, what resteth more, But that I seek occasion how to rise, And yet the king not privy to my drift, Nor any of the house of Lancaster?

YORK

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Enter a Messenger

YORK

But, stay: what news? Why comest thou in such post?

YORK

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MESSENGER

The queen with all the northern earls and lordsIntend here to besiege you in your castle:She is hard by with twenty thousand men;And therefore fortify your hold, my lord.

MESSENGER

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YORK

Ay, with my sword. What! think'st thou that we fear them? Edward and Richard, you shall stay with me; My brother Montague shall post to London: Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest, Whom we have left protectors of the king, With powerful policy strengthen themselves, And trust not simple Henry nor his oaths.

YORK

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MONTAGUE

Brother, I go; I'll win them, fear it not:And thus most humbly I do take my leave.

MONTAGUE

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Exit

Enter JOHN MORTIMER and HUGH MORTIMER

YORK

Sir John and Sir Hugh Mortimer, mine uncles,You are come to Sandal in a happy hour;The army of the queen mean to besiege us.

YORK

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JOHN MORTIMER

She shall not need; we'll meet her in the field.

JOHN MORTIMER

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YORK

What, with five thousand men?

YORK

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RICHARD

Ay, with five hundred, father, for a need:A woman's general; what should we fear?

RICHARD

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A march afar off

EDWARD

I hear their drums: let's set our men in order,And issue forth and bid them battle straight.

EDWARD

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YORK

Five men to twenty! Though the odds be great, I doubt not, uncle, of our victory. Many a battle have I won in France, When as the enemy hath been ten to one: Why should I not now have the like success?

YORK

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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.