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Henry VI, Part 3

Henry VI, Part 3 Translation Act 5, Scene 3

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Flourish. Enter KING EDWARD IV in triumph; with GLOUCESTER, CLARENCE, and the rest

KING EDWARD IV

Thus far our fortune keeps an upward course, And we are graced with wreaths of victory. But, in the midst of this bright-shining day, I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud, That will encounter with our glorious sun, Ere he attain his easeful western bed: I mean, my lords, those powers that the queen Hath raised in Gallia have arrived our coast And, as we hear, march on to fight with us.

KING EDWARD IV

So far, our luck has been getting better and better, and we've been winning. But, in the middle of this bright sunny day, I see a black, ominous, threatening cloud that will meet our glorious sun before it sets today. What I refer to, my lords, are those armies that the queen has recruited in France. They have arrived on our coast, and we hear that they are coming our way to fight with us.

CLARENCE

A little gale will soon disperse that cloud And blow it to the source from whence it came: The very beams will dry those vapours up, For every cloud engenders not a storm.

CLARENCE

A little wind will soon scatter the enemy cloud and blow it back to where it came from. The sun beams will vanquish those wisps, since not every cloud leads to a storm. 

GLOUCESTER

The queen is valued thirty thousand strong, And Somerset, with Oxford fled to her: If she have time to breathe be well assured Her faction will be full as strong as ours.

GLOUCESTER

The queen's army is estimated to be thirty thousand men. Somerset and Oxford joined her too. If she has time to gather her strength, her army will be as strong as ours.

KING EDWARD IV

We are advertised by our loving friends That they do hold their course toward Tewksbury: We, having now the best at Barnet field, Will thither straight, for willingness rids way; And, as we march, our strength will be augmented In every county as we go along. Strike up the drum; cry 'Courage!' and away.

KING EDWARD IV

We are informed by our loving friends that they are going towards Tewksbury. Since we have now won at the Barnet battlefield, we'll go there immediately. Where there's a will, there's a way. And, as we march, our strength will be increased in every part of the country that we pass. Start the drumming, shout "Courage!" and let's go. 

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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.