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Slan. No, mighty liege; therefore mistrust | Unto the shore, to ask those on the banks,
If they were his assistants, yea, or no; K. Rich. Where is thy power then, to beat Who answer'd him, they came from Buckinghim back?
Upon his party: he, mistrusting them, [ham Where be thy tenants, and thy followers? Hois'd sail, and made his course again for Are they not now upon the western shore,
Bretagne. Safe-conducting the rebels from their ships? K. Rich. March on, march on, since we are Stun. No, my good lord, my friends are in
up in arms; the north.
If not to fight with foreign enemies, K. Rich. Cold friends to me: what do they Yet to beat down these rebels here at home. in the north,
[west? When they should serve their sovereign in the
Enter CATESBY. Stan. They have not been commanded, Cate. My liege, the duke of Buckingham is mighty king :
[mond Pleaseth your majesty to give me leave, That is the best news; That the earl of RichI'll muster up my friends; and meet your grace, with a mighty power* landed at Milford, Where, and what time, your majesty shall Is colder news, but yet they must be told. please.
K. Rich. Away towards Salisbury; while we K. Rich. Ay, ay, thou wouldst be gone to
reason here, join with Richmond :
A royal battle might be won and lost:I will not trust you, Sir.
Some one take order, Buckingham be brought Stan. Most mighty sovereign,
To Salisbury ;-the rest march on with me. You have no cause to hold my friendship
[Exeunt. doubtful ; I never was, nor never will be, false.
SCENE V.-A Room in Lord STANLEY'S K. Rich. Well, go, muster men. But, hear
House. you, leave bebind
Enter STANLEY and Sir CHRISTOPHER Your son, George Stanley; look your heart be
Stan. Sir Christopher, tell Richmond this
[Exit Stanley. That, in the sty of this most bloody boar, Enter a MESSENGER.
My son George Stanley is frank'dí up in hold;
If I revolt, off goes young George's head; Mess. My gracious sovereign, now in De- The fear of that withholds my present aid. vonshire,
But, tell me, where is princely Richmond now As I by friends am well advertised,
Chris. At Pembroke, or at Ha'rford-west, in Sir Edward Courtney, and the haughty prelate,
Wales. Bishop of Exeter, his elder brother,
Stan. What men of name resort to him? With many more confederates, are in arms. Chris. Sir Walter Herbert, a renowned sol.
dier; Enter another MESSENGER.
Sir Gilbert Talbert, Sir William Stanley; 2 Mess. In Kent, my liege, the Guildfords Oxford, redoubted Pembroke, Sir James Blunt, are in arms;
And Rice ap Thomas, with a valiant crew; And every hour more competitors* [strong. And many other of great fame and worth: Flock to the rebels, and their power grows And towards London do they bend their course,
If by the way they be not fought withal. Enter another Messenger.
Stan. Well, hie thee to thy lord; commend 3 Mess. My lord, the army of great Buck
me to him; ingham
Tell him, the queen hath heartily consented K. Rich. Out on ye, owls! nothing but songs These letters will resolve him of my mind.
He shall espouse Elizabeth her daughter. of death? There, take thou that, till thou bring better Farewell. [Gires papers to Sir ChrisTOPHER.
(Exeunt. news. 3 Mess. The news I have to tell your ma
ACT V. jesty, Is,-thai, by sudden floods and fall of waters,
SCENE I.-Salisbury.-- An open place. Buckingham's army is dispers’d and scatter'd; Enter the Sheriff, and Guard, with BUCKINGAnd he himself wander'd away alone,
HAM, led to execution.
Buck. Will not king Richard let me speak
with him? There is my purse to cure that blow of thine. Hath any well-advised friend proclaim'd
Sher. No, my good lord; therefore be patient. Reward to him that brings the traitor in ?
Buck. Hastings, and Edward's children, 3 Mess. Such proclamation hath been made, Holy king Henry, and thy fair son Edward,
Vaughan, and all that have miscarried
By underhand corrupted foul injustice; 4 Mess. Sir Thomas Lovel, and lord marquis Do through the clouds behold this present hour,
If that your moody discontented souls Dorset, "Tis said, my liege, in Yorkshire are in arms.
Even for revenge mock my destruction! But this good comfort bring I to your high- This is All-Souls' day, tellows, is it not?
ness,The Bretagne navy is dispers’d by tempest:
Buck. Why, then All-Souls' day is my body's
doomsday. Richmond, in Dorsetshire, sent out a boat
* Force. + Chaplain to the countess of Richmond. * Acsociates
1 A sty in which högs are set apart for fattening.
, nis is the day, which, in king Edward's time, K. Rich. Up with my tent: Here will I lie wish'd night fall on me, when I was found
to-night; False to his children, or his wife's allies :
[Soldiers begin to set up the king's tent. This is the day, wherein I wish'd to fall But where, to-morrow ?-Weil, all's one for By the false faith of him whom most I trusted;
that.This, this All-Souls' day to my fearful soul, Who bath descried the number of the traitors ? Is the determin'd respite of my wrongs. *
Nor. Six or seven thousand is their utmost That high All-seer which I dallied with,
power. Hath turned my feigned prayer on my head, K. Rich. Why, our battalia trebles that acAnd given in earnest what I begg'd in jest.
count: Thus doth he force the swords of wicked men Besides, the king's pame is a tower of surength, To turn their own points on their masters' Which they upon the adverse faction want. bosoms :
(neck,-Up with the tent.-Come, noble gentlemen, Thus Margaret's curse falls heavy on my Let us survey the vantage of the ground;When he, quoth she, shall split thy heart with Call for some men of sound direction : sorrow,
Let's want no discipline, make no delay; Remember Margaret was a prophetess.
For, lords, to morrow is a busy day. [Ereunt. Come, Sirs, convey me to the block of shame; Wrong hath but wrong, and blame the due of Enter, on the other side of the field, RICHMOND, blame. [Exeunt BUCKINGHAM, &c.
Sir WILLIAM BRANDON, OXFORD, and other
Lords. Some of the soldiers pitch RICHMOND'S SCENE II.-Plain near Tamworth,
tent. Enter, with drum and colours, RICHMOND, Ox- And, by the bright track of his fiery car, (set,
Richm. The weary sun hath made a golden FORD, Sir JAMES BLUNT, Sir Walter Hero Gives token of a goodly day to-morrow. BERT, and others, with forces, marching.
Sir William Brandon, you shall bear my stanRichm. Fellows in arms, and my most loving
Give me some ink and paper in my tent;Bruis'd underneath the yoke of tyranny, I'll draw the form and model of our battle, Thus far into the bowels of the land
Limit* each leader to his several charge, Have we march'd on without impediment; And part in just proportion our small power. And here receive we from our father
Stanley My lord of Oxford,-you, Sir William BranLines of fair comfort and encouragement.
don, The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar, And you, Sir Walter Herbert, stay with me: That spoild your summer fields, and fruitful The earl of Pembroke keepst his regiment; vines,
Good captain Blunt, bear my good night to Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes
him, his trough
And by the second hour in the morning In your embowell's bosoms, this foul swine Desire the earl to see me in my tent:Lies now even in the centre of this isle, Yet one thing more, good captain, do for me ; Near to the town of Leicester, as we learn : Where is lord Stanley quarter'd, do you know? From Tamworth thither, is butóne day's march.
Blunt. Unless I have mista'en his colours In God's pame, cheerly on, courageous friends,
much, To reap the harvest of perpetual peace (Which, well I am assur'd, I have not done,) By this one bloody trial of sharp war. His regiment lies half a mile at least Oxf. Every man's conscience is a thousand South from the mighty power of the king. swords,
Richm. If without peril it be possible, To fight against that bloody homicide. Sweet Blunt, make good some means to speak Herb. I doubt not, but his friends will turn
with him, to us.
And give him from me this most needful note. Blunt. He hath no friends, but who are Blunt. Upon my life, my lord, I'll undertake friends for fear;
it; Which, in his dearest need, will fly from him. And so, God give you quiet rest to-night! Richm. All for our vantage. Then, in God's Richm. Good night, good captain Blunt. name, march:
Come, gentlemen, True hope is swift, and dies with swallow's Let us consult upon to-morrow's business; Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures In to my tent, the air is raw and cold. kings. [Exeunt.
[They withdraw into the Tent. SCENE III.-Bosworth Field.
Enter, to his Tent, King RichARD, NORFOLK,
RATCLIFF, and CATESBY.
K. Rich. What is't o'clock?
Cate. It's supper time, my lord :
K. Rich. I will not sup to-night.-
And all my armour laid into my tent? K. Rich. My lord of Norfolk,
Cate. It is, my liege; and all things are in Nor. Here, most gracious liege.
readiness. K. Rich, Norfolk, we must have knocks; K. Rich. Good Norfolk, hie thee to thy Ha! must we not?
charge; Nor. We must both give and take, my lov. Use careful watch, choose trusty sentinels. ing lord,
Nor. I go, my lord.
+ Remains with.
K, Rich. Stir with the lark to-morrow, gentle Once more good night, kind lords and gentle
[Exeunt Lords, &c. with STANLEY. K. Rich. Ratcliff,
o Thou! whose captain I account myself, Rat. My lord?
Look on my forces with a gracious eye; K. Rich. Send out a pursuivant at arms Put in their hands thy bruising irons of wrath, To Stanley's regiment; bid bim bring his That they may crush down with a heavy fall power
The usurping helmets of our adversaries? Before sun-rising, lest his son George fall Make us thy ministers of chastisement, Into the blind cave of eternal night.
That we may praise thee in thy victory! Fill me a bowl of wine.-Give me a watch: - To Thee I do commend my watchful soul,
[To CATESBY. Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes; Saddle white Surrey for the field to-morrow.- Sleeping, and waking, 0, defend me still! Look that my stavest be sound, and not too
Sleeps. heavy. Ratcliff,
The Ghost of Prince EDWARD, son to HENRY Rat. My lord ?
the sixth, rises between the two tents. K. Rich. Saw'st thou the melancholy lord Northumberland ?
Ghost. Let me sit heavy on thy_soul toRat. Thomas the earl of Surrey, and himself,
[To King Richard. Much about cock-shutt time, from troop tó Think, how thou stab'dst me in my prime of troop,
youth Went through the army, cheering up the sol: At Tewksbury; Despair therefore, and die! K.' Rich. I am satisfied. Give me a bowl of Be cheerful, Richmond; for the wronged souls wine:
Of butcher'd princes fight in thy behalf: I have not that alacrity of spirit,
King Henry's issue, Richmond, comforts thee. Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have.So, set it down. Is ink and paper ready?
The Ghost of King HENRY the sixth rises. Rat. It is, my lord. K. Rich. Bid my guard watch; leave me.
Ghost. When I was mortal, my anointed About the mid of night, come to my tent
[To King RICHARD. And help to arm me.- Leave me,
By thee was punched full of deadly holes: (King RICHARD retires into his Tent. '.reunt Think on the Tower, and me; Despair, and Ratcliff and CATESBY.
die; Harry the sixth bids thee despair and die.
Virtuous and holy, be thou conqueror! RICHMOND's Tent opens, and discovers him,
[TO RICHMOND. and his officers, &c.
Harry, that prophesy'd thou should'st be king, Enter STANLEY.
Doth comfort thee in thy sleep; Live, and
flourish! Stan. Fortune and victory sit on thy helm! Richm. All comfort that the dark night can
The GHOST of CLARENCE rises. Be to thy person, noble father-in-law!
Ghost. Let me sit heavy on thy_soul toTell me, how fares our loving mother?
[To King RICHARD. Stan. 'I, by attorney,g bless thee from thy I, that was wash'd to death with fulsome mother,
wine, Who prays continually for Richmond's good;
Poor Clarence, by thy guile betray'd to death! So much for that.-The silent hours steal on,
To-morrow in the baitle think on me, And flaky darkness breaks within the east.
And fall thy edgeless sword; Despair, and In brief, for so the season bids us be,
die!-Prepare thy battle early in the morning;
Thou offspring of the house of Lancaster, And put thy fortune to the arbitrement
[To RICHMOND. Of bloody strokes, and mortal-staring war.
The wronged heirs of York do pray for thee; I, as I may, (that'which I would, I cannot,)
Good angels guard thy battle! Live, and With best advantage will deceive the time,
flourish! And aid thce in this doubtful shock of arms; But on thy side I may not be too forward,
The Ghosts of Rivers, GREY, and VAUGHAN, Lest, being seen, thy brother, tender George Be executed in his father's sight:
Riv. Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow, Farewell: The leisure and the fearful time
[To King RICHARD. Cuts off the ceremonious vows of love,
Rivers, that died at Pomfret! Despair, and And ample interchange of sweet discourse,
die! Which so long sunder'd friends should dwell Grey. Think upon Grey, and let thy soul upon;
despair! (To King RICHARD. God give us leisure for these rites of love! Vaugh. Think upon Vaughan; and, with Once more, adieu :-Be valiant, and speed
guilty fear, well!
Let fall thy lance ! Despair, and die!Richm. Good lords, conduct him to his regi
[To King RICHARD. ment;
(pap; AU. Awake! and think, our wrongs in RichI'll strive, with troubled thoughts, to take a
(TO RICHMOND. Lest leaden slumber peise|| me down to-mor. Will conqaer him;-awake, and win the day!
row, When I should mount with wings of victory:
The Ghost of HASTINGS rises.
Ghost. Bloody and guilty, guiltily awake; * A watch-light. + Wood of the lances. Twilight.
ITo King RICHARD. Deputation.
ii Weigh. And in a bloody battle end thy days!
Think on lord Hastings; and despair, and Throng to the bar, crying all,--Guilty! guilty! die !
I shall despair.—There is no creature loves Quiet untroubled soul, awake, awake!
[To RICHMOND. And, if I die, no soul will pity me :Arm, fight, and conquer, for "fair England's Nay, wherefore should they? "since that I mysake!
Find in myself no pity to myself. [self
Methought, the souls of all that I had murder'd The Ghosts of the two young PRINCES rise.
Came to my tent: and every one did threat Ghosts. Dream on thy cousins smother'd in To-morrow's vengeance on the head of Richard. the Tower;
K. Rich. Who's there?
lage cock in joy;
Hath twice done salutation to the morn; Good angels guard thee from the boar's annoy! Your friends are up, and buckle on their arLive, and beget a happy race of kings! Edward's unhappy sons do bid thee flourish. K. Rich. O, Ratcliff, I have dream'd a fear
(true? The Ghost of Queen Anne rises.
What thinkest thou? will our friends prove all
Rat. No doubt, my lord.
Rat. Nay, good' my lord, be not afraid of That never slept a quiet hour with thee,
shadows. Now fills thy sleep with perturbations :
K. Rich. By the apostle Paul, shadows toTo-morrow in the battle think on me,
night And fall thy edgeless sword; Despair, and Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard, die !
Than can the substance of ten thousand solThou, quiet soul, sleep thou a quiet sleep;
[TO RICHMOND. Armed in proof, and led by shallow Richmond. Dream of success and happy victory; It is not yet near day. Come, go with me; Thy adversary's wife doth pray for thee. Under our tents I'll play the eaves-dropper,
To hear, if any mean to shrink from me.
(Exeunt King RICHARD and RATCLIFF. Ghost. The first was I, that help'd thee to
RICHMOND wakes. Enter OXFORD and others. the crown;
[To King RICHARD. Lords. Good morrow, Richmond. The last was I that felt thy tyranny:
Richm. 'Cry mercy, lords, and watchful genO, in the battle think on Buckingham,
tlemen, And die in terror of thy guiltiness!
That you have ta'en a tardy sluggard here. Dream on, dream on, of bloody deeds and Lords. How have you slept, my lord ? death;
(breath!- Richm. The sweetest sleep, and fairest-bod. Fainting, despair; despairing, yield thy
ing dreams, I died for hope, ere I could lend thee aid: That ever enter'd in a drowsy head,
(To Richmond. Have I since your departure had, my lords. But cheer thy heart, and be thou not disinay'd: Methought, their souls, whose bodies Richard God, and good angels, fight on Richmond's murder’d, side;
Came to my tent, and cried-On! victory! And Richard falls in height of all his pride. I promise you, my heart is very jocund [The Ghosts vanish. King RICHARD starts In the remembrance of so fair a dream. out of his dream.
How far into the morning is it, lords? K. Rich. Give me another horse,-bind up Lords. Upon the stroke of four. my wounds,
Richm. Why, then 'tis time to arm, and give Have mercy, Jesu!-Soft; I did but dream.
direction.- [He advances to the troops. 0 coward conscience, how dost thou afflict More than I have said, loving countrymen, me!
(night. The leisure and enforcement of the time The lights burn blue.-It is now dead mid- Forbids to dwell on. Yet remember this,Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh. God, and our good cause, fight upon our side; What do I fear? myself? there's pone else by : The prayers of holy saints, and wronged souls, Richard loves Richard ; that is, I am I. Like high-rear'd bulwarks, stand before our Is there a murderer here? No ;
-Yes; I am:
faces; Then fly,–What, from myself? Great reason: Richard except, those, whom we fight against, Why?
Had rather have us win, than him they follow, Lest I revenge. What? Myself on myself? For what is he they follow? truly, gentlemen, I love myself. Wherefore? for any good, A bloody tyrant, and a homicide ; [blish'd ; That I myself have done unto myself? One rais'a'in blood, and one in' blood estaO, no: alas, I rather hate myself,
One that made means to come by what he hath, For hateful deeds committed by myself. And slaughter'd those that were the means to I am a villain : Yet I lie, I am not. [ter.
help him; Fool, of thyself speak well:- Fool, do not flat- A base foul stone, made precious by the foil My conscience hath a thousard several tongues, Of England's chair, where he is falsely set; And every tongue brings in a several tale, One that hath ever been God's enemy : And every tale condemns me for a villain. Then, if you fight against God's enemy, Perjury, perjury, in the high'st degree, God will, in justice, ward+ you as bis soldiers; Murder, stern murder, in the dir’st degree; All several sins, all us'd in each degree;
If you do sweat to put a tyrant down, A thing devised by the enemy.-.. You sleep in peace, the tyrant being slain; Go, gentlemen, every man unto his charge: If you do fight against your country's foes, Lei not our babbling dreams allright our souls l'our country's fat shall pay your pains the Conscience is but a word that cowards use, hire;
Devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe; If you do fight in safeguard of your wives, Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our Your wives shall welcome home the con
law. querors ;
March on, join bravely, let us to't pell-mell; If you do free your children from the sword, If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell.Your children's children quit it in your age. What shall I say more than I have ipferr'd Then in the name of God, and all these rights, Remember whom you are to cope withal;Advance your standards, draw your willing A sort* of vagabonds, rascals, and run-aways, swords;
A scum of Bretagnes, and base lackey peasants, For me, the ransom of my bold attempt Whom their o'er-cloyed couptry vomits forth Shall be this cold corpse on the earin's cold To desperate ventures and assur'd destruction But if I thrive, the gain of my attempt [face; You sleeping safe, they bring you to unrest; The least of you shall share his part thereof. You having lands, and bless'd with beauteous Sound, drunis and trumpets, boldly and cheer
They would restrain the one, distain the other. God, and Saint George! Richmond, and vic And who doth lead them, but a paltry fellow, tory !
[Exeunt. Long kept in Bretagne at our niother's cost? Re-enter King RICHARD, RATCLIFF, Allendants, Pelt so much cold as over shoes in snow?
A milk-sop, one that never in his life and forces.
Let's whip these stragglers o'er the seas again; K. Rich. What said Northumberland, as Lash hence these over-weening rags of France, touching Richmond ?
These famish'd beggars, weary of their lives; Rat. That he was never trained up in arms. K, Rich. He said the truth: And what said For want of means, poor rats, had hang’d
Who, but for dreaming on this fond exploit, Surrey then?
themselves : Rat. He smild and said, the better for our If we be conquer'd, let men conquer us, purpose.
And not these bastard Bretagnes; whom our K. Rich. He was i'the right; and so, indeed,
(thump'd, it is.
(Clock strikes. Have in their own land beaten, bobb’d, and Tell the clock there. Give me a calendar.
And, on record, left then the heirs of shame. Who saw the sun to-day?
Shall these enjoy our lands? lie with our wives? Rut. Not I, my lord.
Ravish our daughters ?-Hark, I hear their K. Rich. Then be disdains to shine; for, by
(Drum afar off the book, He should have brav’dt the east an hour ago:
Fight, gentlemen of England! hight, bold yeo
men! A black day will it be to somebody.
Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head Ratcliff,
Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood; Rut. My lord ? K. Rich. The sun will not be seen to-day;
Amaže the welkin with your broken staves ! The sky doth frown and lour upon our army,
Enter u MESSENGER. 1 would, these dewy tears were from the ground. What says lord Stanley ? will he bring b Not shine to-day! Why, what is that to me, More than to Richmond ? for the self-same
Mess. My lord, he doth deny to come. heaven, That frowns on me, looks sadly upon him.
K. Rich. Off instantly with his son George's
head. Enter NORFOLK.
Nor. My lord, the enemy is pass'd the marsh Nor. Arm, arm, my lord; the foe vaunts in After the battle let George Stanley die.
K. Rich. A thousand hearts are great within the field. K. Rich. Come, bustle, bustle ;-Caparison Advance our standards, set upon our foes;
my bosom: my horse ;Call uplorú Stanley, bid him bring his power :
Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint I will lead forth my soldiers to the plain,
George, And thus my battle shall be ordered.
Inspire us with the spleen oi fiery dragons ! My foreward shall be drawn out all in length,
Upon them! Victory sits on our helms. Consisting equally of horse and foot;
[Exeunt. Our archers shall be placed in the midst : SCENE IV.- Another purt of the field. John duke of Norfolk, Thomas earl of Surrey, Shall have the leading of this foot and horse.
Alarum : Ercursions. Enter NORFOLK, and They thus directed, we ourself will follow
Forces; to him CatesBY. In the main battle; whose puissance on either Cate. Rescue, my lord of Norfolk, rescue. side
rescue! Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse. The king enacts more wonders than a man, This, and Saint George to boot !- What think'st Daring an opposite to every danger; thou, Norfolk ?
His horse is slain, and all on foot he fights, Nor.
good direction, warlike sovereign.-Seeking for Richmond in the throat of deali This found I on my tent this morniog.
Rescue, fair lord, or else the day is lost!
[Giving a scroll. K. Rich. Jocky of Norfolk, be not too boul,
Alurum. Enter King RICHARD.
(reads. K. Rich. A horse! a horse ! my kingdom for For Dickont thy master is bought and sold.
a horse! • Requite.
+ Made it splendid. * Company. The ancient familiarization of Richard.
+ Fright the skics with the sbirers of your lances,