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Henry VI, Part 3

Henry VI, Part 3 Translation Act 5, Scene 6

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Enter KING HENRY VI and GLOUCESTER, with the Lieutenant, on the walls

GLOUCESTER

Good day, my lord. What, at your book so hard?

GLOUCESTER

Hello, my lord. Are you reading your book so carefully?

KING HENRY VI

Ay, my good lord:—my lord, I should say rather;'Tis sin to flatter; 'good' was little better:'Good Gloucester' and 'good devil' were alike,And both preposterous; therefore, not 'good lord.'

KING HENRY VI

Yes, my good lord. My lord, I should rather say. It's a sin to flatter. "Good" is basically flattery. "Good Gloucester" and "good devil" are also flattery, and both nonsensical to say, so I won't say "good lord."

GLOUCESTER

Sirrah, leave us to ourselves: we must confer.

GLOUCESTER

[To the Lieutenant] Sir, leave us alone. We must discuss something.

Exit Lieutenant

KING HENRY VI

So flies the reckless shepherd from the wolf;So first the harmless sheep doth yield his fleeceAnd next his throat unto the butcher's knife.What scene of death hath Roscius now to act?

KING HENRY VI

He leaves just like a careless shepherd fleeing when the wolf is near his sheep. First the harmless sheep gives up its wool to the shepherd and the next thing he knows his throat is slit by the butcher's knife. What type of death scene will be performing today?

GLOUCESTER

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;The thief doth fear each bush an officer.

GLOUCESTER

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KING HENRY VI

The bird that hath been limed in a bush,With trembling wings misdoubteth every bush;And I, the hapless male to one sweet bird,Have now the fatal object in my eyeWhere my poor young was limed, was caught and kill'd.

KING HENRY VI

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GLOUCESTER

Why, what a peevish fool was that of Crete,That taught his son the office of a fowl!An yet, for all his wings, the fool was drown'd.

GLOUCESTER

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KING HENRY VI

I, Daedalus; my poor boy, Icarus;Thy father, Minos, that denied our course;The sun that sear'd the wings of my sweet boyThy brother Edward, and thyself the seaWhose envious gulf did swallow up his life.Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words!My breast can better brook thy dagger's pointThan can my ears that tragic history.But wherefore dost thou come? Is't for my life?

KING HENRY VI

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GLOUCESTER

Think'st thou I am an executioner?

GLOUCESTER

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KING HENRY VI

A persecutor, I am sure, thou art:If murdering innocents be executing,Why, then thou art an executioner.

KING HENRY VI

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GLOUCESTER

Thy son I kill'd for his presumption.

GLOUCESTER

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KING HENRY VI

Hadst thou been kill'd when first thou didst presume, Thou hadst not lived to kill a son of mine. And thus I prophesy, that many a thousand, Which now mistrust no parcel of my fear, And many an old man's sigh and many a widow's, And many an orphan's water-standing eye— Men for their sons, wives for their husbands, And orphans for their parents timeless death— Shall rue the hour that ever thou wast born. The owl shriek'd at thy birth,—an evil sign; The night-crow cried, aboding luckless time; Dogs howl'd, and hideous tempest shook down trees; The raven rook'd her on the chimney's top, And chattering pies in dismal discords sung. Thy mother felt more than a mother's pain, And, yet brought forth less than a mother's hope, To wit, an indigested and deformed lump, Not like the fruit of such a goodly tree. Teeth hadst thou in thy head when thou wast born, To signify thou camest to bite the world: And, if the rest be true which I have heard, Thou camest—

KING HENRY VI

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GLOUCESTER

I'll hear no more: die, prophet in thy speech:

GLOUCESTER

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Stabs him

For this amongst the rest, was I ordain'd.

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KING HENRY VI

Ay, and for much more slaughter after this.God forgive my sins, and pardon thee!

KING HENRY VI

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Dies

GLOUCESTER

What, will the aspiring blood of Lancaster Sink in the ground? I thought it would have mounted. See how my sword weeps for the poor king's death! O, may such purple tears be alway shed From those that wish the downfall of our house! If any spark of life be yet remaining, Down, down to hell; and say I sent thee thither:

GLOUCESTER

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I, that have neither pity, love, nor fear. Indeed, 'tis true that Henry told me of; For I have often heard my mother say I came into the world with my legs forward: Had I not reason, think ye, to make haste, And seek their ruin that usurp'd our right? The midwife wonder'd and the women cried 'O, Jesus bless us, he is born with teeth!' And so I was; which plainly signified That I should snarl and bite and play the dog. Then, since the heavens have shaped my body so, Let hell make crook'd my mind to answer it. I have no brother, I am like no brother; And this word 'love,' which graybeards call divine, Be resident in men like one another And not in me: I am myself alone. Clarence, beware; thou keep'st me from the light: But I will sort a pitchy day for thee; For I will buz abroad such prophecies That Edward shall be fearful of his life, And then, to purge his fear, I'll be thy death. King Henry and the prince his son are gone: Clarence, thy turn is next, and then the rest, Counting myself but bad till I be best. I'll throw thy body in another room And triumph, Henry, in thy day of doom.

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Exit, with the body

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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.