Open Source Shakespeare

Speeches (Lines) for Father
in "Henry VI, Part III"

Total: 4

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(stage directions). [Enter a Father that has killed his son, bringing in the body]

Father. Thou that so stoutly hast resisted me,
Give me thy gold, if thou hast any gold:
For I have bought it with an hundred blows.
But let me see: is this our foeman's face?
Ah, no, no, no, it is mine only son!
Ah, boy, if any life be left in thee,
Throw up thine eye! see, see what showers arise,
Blown with the windy tempest of my heart,
Upon thy words, that kill mine eye and heart!
O, pity, God, this miserable age!
What stratagems, how fell, how butcherly,
Erroneous, mutinous and unnatural,
This deadly quarrel daily doth beget!
O boy, thy father gave thee life too soon,
And hath bereft thee of thy life too late!



Son. How will my mother for a father's death
Take on with me and ne'er be satisfied!

Father. How will my wife for slaughter of my son
Shed seas of tears and ne'er be satisfied!



Son. Was ever son so rued a father's death?

Father. Was ever father so bemoan'd his son?



(stage directions). [Exit with the body]

Father. These arms of mine shall be thy winding-sheet;
My heart, sweet boy, shall be thy sepulchre,
For from my heart thine image ne'er shall go;
My sighing breast shall be thy funeral bell;
And so obsequious will thy father be,
Even for the loss of thee, having no more,
As Priam was for all his valiant sons.
I'll bear thee hence; and let them fight that will,
For I have murdered where I should not kill.