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

Total: 7

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1

III,1,1367

(stage directions). [Enter two Keepers, with cross-bows in their hands]

First Keeper. Under this thick-grown brake we'll shroud ourselves;
For through this laund anon the deer will come;
And in this covert will we make our stand,
Culling the principal of all the deer.


2

III,1,1372

Second Keeper. I'll stay above the hill, so both may shoot.

First Keeper. That cannot be; the noise of thy cross-bow
Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost.
Here stand we both, and aim we at the best:
And, for the time shall not seem tedious,
I'll tell thee what befell me on a day
In this self-place where now we mean to stand.


3

III,1,1389

Henry VI. From Scotland am I stol'n, even of pure love,
To greet mine own land with my wishful sight.
No, Harry, Harry, 'tis no land of thine;
Thy place is fill'd, thy sceptre wrung from thee,
Thy balm wash'd off wherewith thou wast anointed:
No bending knee will call thee Caesar now,
No humble suitors press to speak for right,
No, not a man comes for redress of thee;
For how can I help them, and not myself?

First Keeper. Ay, here's a deer whose skin's a keeper's fee:
This is the quondam king; let's seize upon him.


4

III,1,1394

Second Keeper. Why linger we? let us lay hands upon him.

First Keeper. Forbear awhile; we'll hear a little more.


5

III,1,1447

Henry VI. I was anointed king at nine months old;
My father and my grandfather were kings,
And you were sworn true subjects unto me:
And tell me, then, have you not broke your oaths?

First Keeper. No;
For we were subjects but while you were king.


6

III,1,1461

Henry VI. Why, am I dead? do I not breathe a man?
Ah, simple men, you know not what you swear!
Look, as I blow this feather from my face,
And as the air blows it to me again,
Obeying with my wind when I do blow,
And yielding to another when it blows,
Commanded always by the greater gust;
Such is the lightness of you common men.
But do not break your oaths; for of that sin
My mild entreaty shall not make you guilty.
Go where you will, the king shall be commanded;
And be you kings, command, and I'll obey.

First Keeper. We are true subjects to the king, King Edward.


7

III,1,1464

Henry VI. So would you be again to Henry,
If he were seated as King Edward is.

First Keeper. We charge you, in God's name, and the king's,
To go with us unto the officers.


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