King Henry VI, Part III is the third part of Shakespeare's history play Henry VI. It focuses primarily on the historical War of the Roses, a conflict between Henry VI of England and Richard, Duke of York. The play contains multiple detailed battle scenes and deals extensively with the horrors of war and with the unrest of England as a nation with its nobles at one another's throats. Henry is portrayed as remorseful of the blood he has shed. The play ends with Henry's death and defeat.
Henry VI, Part 3 (c. 1591) is the third of William Shakespeare's plays set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England.
And all that poets feign of bliss and joy.
And happy always was it for that son,
Whose father for his hoarding went to hell?
What time the shepherd, blowing of his nails,
Can neither call it perfect day, nor night.
To sit upon a hill, as I do now,
To carve out dials quaintly, point by point,
Thereby to see the minutes how they run:
How many make the hour full complete,
How many hours bring about the day,
How many days will finish up the year,
How many years a mortal man may live.
Than doth a rich embroidered canopy
To kings, that fear their subjects' treachery?
Even now forsake me; and, of all my lands,
Is nothing left me, but my body's length!
Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?
And, live we how we can, yet die we must.
I have no brother, I am like no brother:
And this word—love, which greybeards call divine,
Be resident in men like one another,
And not in me; I am myself alone.