Speeches (Lines) for Queen Elizabeth in "History of Henry VI, Part III"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 III / 2
  • Right gracious lord, I cannot brook delay:
    May it please your highness to re...
  • Right gracious lord, I cannot brook delay:
    May it please your highness to resolve me now;
    And what your pleasure is, shall satisfy me.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Widow, we will consider of your suit;
    And come some other time to know our mind.

    Queen Elizabeth. Right gracious lord, I cannot brook delay:
    May it please your highness to resolve me now;
    And what your pleasure is, shall satisfy me.

2 III / 2
  • Three, my most gracious lord.
  • Three, my most gracious lord.
  • Richard III. [Aside to CLARENCE] Nay, whip me then: he'll rather
    give her two.

    Queen Elizabeth. Three, my most gracious lord.

3 III / 2
  • Be pitiful, dread lord, and grant it then.
  • Be pitiful, dread lord, and grant it then.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). 'Twere pity they should lose their father's lands.

    Queen Elizabeth. Be pitiful, dread lord, and grant it then.

4 III / 2
  • Ay, full as dearly as I love myself.
  • Ay, full as dearly as I love myself.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Now tell me, madam, do you love your children?

    Queen Elizabeth. Ay, full as dearly as I love myself.

5 III / 2
  • To do them good, I would sustain some harm.
  • To do them good, I would sustain some harm.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). And would you not do much to do them good?

    Queen Elizabeth. To do them good, I would sustain some harm.

6 III / 2
  • Therefore I came unto your majesty.
  • Therefore I came unto your majesty.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Then get your husband's lands, to do them good.

    Queen Elizabeth. Therefore I came unto your majesty.

7 III / 2
  • So shall you bind me to your highness' service.
  • So shall you bind me to your highness' service.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). I'll tell you how these lands are to be got.

    Queen Elizabeth. So shall you bind me to your highness' service.

8 III / 2
  • What you command, that rests in me to do.
  • What you command, that rests in me to do.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). What service wilt thou do me, if I give them?

    Queen Elizabeth. What you command, that rests in me to do.

9 III / 2
  • No, gracious lord, except I cannot do it.
  • No, gracious lord, except I cannot do it.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). But you will take exceptions to my boon.

    Queen Elizabeth. No, gracious lord, except I cannot do it.

10 III / 2
  • Why, then I will do what your grace commands.
  • Why, then I will do what your grace commands.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Ay, but thou canst do what I mean to ask.

    Queen Elizabeth. Why, then I will do what your grace commands.

11 III / 2
  • Why stops my lord, shall I not hear my task?
  • Why stops my lord, shall I not hear my task?
  • George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence). [Aside to GLOUCESTER] As red as fire! nay, then
    her wax must melt.

    Queen Elizabeth. Why stops my lord, shall I not hear my task?

12 III / 2
  • That's soon perform'd, because I am a subject.
  • That's soon perform'd, because I am a subject.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). An easy task; 'tis but to love a king.

    Queen Elizabeth. That's soon perform'd, because I am a subject.

13 III / 2
  • I take my leave with many thousand thanks.
  • I take my leave with many thousand thanks.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Why, then, thy husband's lands I freely give thee.

    Queen Elizabeth. I take my leave with many thousand thanks.

14 III / 2
  • The fruits of love I mean, my loving liege.
  • The fruits of love I mean, my loving liege.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). But stay thee, 'tis the fruits of love I mean.

    Queen Elizabeth. The fruits of love I mean, my loving liege.

15 III / 2
  • My love till death, my humble thanks, my prayers;
    That love which virtue beg...
  • My love till death, my humble thanks, my prayers;
    That love which virtue begs and virtue grants.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Ay, but, I fear me, in another sense.
    What love, think'st thou, I sue so much to get?

    Queen Elizabeth. My love till death, my humble thanks, my prayers;
    That love which virtue begs and virtue grants.

16 III / 2
  • Why, then you mean not as I thought you did.
  • Why, then you mean not as I thought you did.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). No, by my troth, I did not mean such love.

    Queen Elizabeth. Why, then you mean not as I thought you did.

17 III / 2
  • My mind will never grant what I perceive
    Your highness aims at, if I aim ari...
  • My mind will never grant what I perceive
    Your highness aims at, if I aim aright.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). But now you partly may perceive my mind.

    Queen Elizabeth. My mind will never grant what I perceive
    Your highness aims at, if I aim aright.

18 III / 2
  • To tell you plain, I had rather lie in prison.
  • To tell you plain, I had rather lie in prison.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee.

    Queen Elizabeth. To tell you plain, I had rather lie in prison.

19 III / 2
  • Why, then mine honesty shall be my dower;
    For by that loss I will not purcha...
  • Why, then mine honesty shall be my dower;
    For by that loss I will not purchase them.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Why, then thou shalt not have thy husband's lands.

    Queen Elizabeth. Why, then mine honesty shall be my dower;
    For by that loss I will not purchase them.

20 III / 2
  • Herein your highness wrongs both them and me.
    But, mighty lord, this merry i...
  • Herein your highness wrongs both them and me.
    But, mighty lord, this merry inclination
    Accords not with the sadness of my suit:
    Please you dismiss me either with 'ay' or 'no.'
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Therein thou wrong'st thy children mightily.

    Queen Elizabeth. Herein your highness wrongs both them and me.
    But, mighty lord, this merry inclination
    Accords not with the sadness of my suit:
    Please you dismiss me either with 'ay' or 'no.'

21 III / 2
  • Then, no, my lord. My suit is at an end.
  • Then, no, my lord. My suit is at an end.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Ay, if thou wilt say 'ay' to my request;
    No if thou dost say 'no' to my demand.

    Queen Elizabeth. Then, no, my lord. My suit is at an end.

22 III / 2
  • 'Tis better said than done, my gracious lord:
    I am a subject fit to jest wit...
  • 'Tis better said than done, my gracious lord:
    I am a subject fit to jest withal,
    But far unfit to be a sovereign.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). [Aside] Her looks do argue her replete with modesty;
    Her words do show her wit incomparable;
    All her perfections challenge sovereignty:
    One way or other, she is for a king;
    And she shall be my love, or else my queen.--
    Say that King Edward take thee for his queen?

    Queen Elizabeth. 'Tis better said than done, my gracious lord:
    I am a subject fit to jest withal,
    But far unfit to be a sovereign.

23 III / 2
  • And that is more than I will yield unto:
    I know I am too mean to be your que...
  • And that is more than I will yield unto:
    I know I am too mean to be your queen,
    And yet too good to be your concubine.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Sweet widow, by my state I swear to thee
    I speak no more than what my soul intends;
    And that is, to enjoy thee for my love.

    Queen Elizabeth. And that is more than I will yield unto:
    I know I am too mean to be your queen,
    And yet too good to be your concubine.

24 III / 2
  • 'Twill grieve your grace my sons should call you father.
  • 'Twill grieve your grace my sons should call you father.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). You cavil, widow: I did mean, my queen.

    Queen Elizabeth. 'Twill grieve your grace my sons should call you father.

25 IV / 1
  • My lords, before it pleased his majesty
    To raise my state to title of a quee...
  • My lords, before it pleased his majesty
    To raise my state to title of a queen,
    Do me but right, and you must all confess
    That I was not ignoble of descent;
    And meaner than myself have had like fortune.
    But as this title honours me and mine,
    So your dislike, to whom I would be pleasing,
    Doth cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow.
  • King Edward IV (Plantagenet). Leave me, or tarry, Edward will be king,
    And not be tied unto his brother's will.

    Queen Elizabeth. My lords, before it pleased his majesty
    To raise my state to title of a queen,
    Do me but right, and you must all confess
    That I was not ignoble of descent;
    And meaner than myself have had like fortune.
    But as this title honours me and mine,
    So your dislike, to whom I would be pleasing,
    Doth cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow.

26 IV / 4
  • Why brother Rivers, are you yet to learn
    What late misfortune is befall'n Ki...
  • Why brother Rivers, are you yet to learn
    What late misfortune is befall'n King Edward?
  • Lord (Earl) Rivers. Madam, what makes you in this sudden change?

    Queen Elizabeth. Why brother Rivers, are you yet to learn
    What late misfortune is befall'n King Edward?

27 IV / 4
  • No, but the loss of his own royal person.
  • No, but the loss of his own royal person.
  • Lord (Earl) Rivers. What! loss of some pitch'd battle against Warwick?

    Queen Elizabeth. No, but the loss of his own royal person.

28 IV / 4
  • Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner,
    Either betray'd by falsehood of...
  • Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner,
    Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard
    Or by his foe surprised at unawares:
    And, as I further have to understand,
    Is new committed to the Bishop of York,
    Fell Warwick's brother and by that our foe.
  • Lord (Earl) Rivers. Then is my sovereign slain?

    Queen Elizabeth. Ay, almost slain, for he is taken prisoner,
    Either betray'd by falsehood of his guard
    Or by his foe surprised at unawares:
    And, as I further have to understand,
    Is new committed to the Bishop of York,
    Fell Warwick's brother and by that our foe.

29 IV / 4
  • Till then fair hope must hinder life's decay.
    And I the rather wean me from...
  • Till then fair hope must hinder life's decay.
    And I the rather wean me from despair
    For love of Edward's offspring in my womb:
    This is it that makes me bridle passion
    And bear with mildness my misfortune's cross;
    Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear
    And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
    Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
    King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown.
  • Lord (Earl) Rivers. These news I must confess are full of grief;
    Yet, gracious madam, bear it as you may:
    Warwick may lose, that now hath won the day.

    Queen Elizabeth. Till then fair hope must hinder life's decay.
    And I the rather wean me from despair
    For love of Edward's offspring in my womb:
    This is it that makes me bridle passion
    And bear with mildness my misfortune's cross;
    Ay, ay, for this I draw in many a tear
    And stop the rising of blood-sucking sighs,
    Lest with my sighs or tears I blast or drown
    King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown.

30 IV / 4
  • I am inform'd that he comes towards London,
    To set the crown once more on He...
  • I am inform'd that he comes towards London,
    To set the crown once more on Henry's head:
    Guess thou the rest; King Edward's friends must down,
    But, to prevent the tyrant's violence,--
    For trust not him that hath once broken faith,--
    I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
    To save at least the heir of Edward's right:
    There shall I rest secure from force and fraud.
    Come, therefore, let us fly while we may fly:
    If Warwick take us we are sure to die.
  • Lord (Earl) Rivers. But, madam, where is Warwick then become?

    Queen Elizabeth. I am inform'd that he comes towards London,
    To set the crown once more on Henry's head:
    Guess thou the rest; King Edward's friends must down,
    But, to prevent the tyrant's violence,--
    For trust not him that hath once broken faith,--
    I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,
    To save at least the heir of Edward's right:
    There shall I rest secure from force and fraud.
    Come, therefore, let us fly while we may fly:
    If Warwick take us we are sure to die.

31 V / 7
  • Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.
  • Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.
  • George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence). The duty that I owe unto your majesty
    I seal upon the lips of this sweet babe.

    Queen Elizabeth. Thanks, noble Clarence; worthy brother, thanks.

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