Enter the Sheriff, and
BUCKINGHAM, with halberds,
|BUCKINGHAM||Will not King Richard let me speak with him?|
|Sheriff||No, my good lord; therefore be patient.|
|BUCKINGHAM||Hastings, and Edward's children, Rivers, Grey,
Holy King Henry, and thy fair son Edward,
Vaughan, and all that have miscarried
By underhand corrupted foul injustice,
If that your moody discontented souls
Do through the clouds behold this present hour,
Even for revenge mock my destruction!
This is All-Souls' day, fellows, is it not?
|Sheriff||It is, my lord.|
|BUCKINGHAM||Why, then All-Souls' day is my body's doomsday.
This is the day that, in King Edward's time,
I wish't might fall on me, when I was found
False to his children or his wife's allies
This is the day wherein I wish'd to fall
By the false faith of him I trusted most;
This, this All-Souls' day to my fearful soul
Is the determined respite of my wrongs:
That high All-Seer that I dallied with
Hath turn'd my feigned prayer on my head
And given in earnest what I begg'd in jest.
Thus doth he force the swords of wicked men
To turn their own points on their masters' bosoms:
Now Margaret's curse is fallen upon my head;
'When he,' quoth she, 'shall split thy heart with sorrow,
Remember Margaret was a prophetess.'
Come, sirs, convey me to the block of shame;
Wrong hath but wrong, and blame the due of blame.
|RICHMOND||Fellows in arms, and my most loving friends,
Bruised underneath the yoke of tyranny,
Thus far into the bowels of the land
Have we march'd on without impediment;
And here receive we from our father Stanley
Lines of fair comfort and encouragement.
The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar,
That spoil'd your summer fields and fruitful vines,
Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough
In your embowell'd bosoms, this foul swine
Lies now even in the centre of this isle,
Near to the town of Leicester, as we learn
From Tamworth thither is but one day's march.
In God's name, cheerly on, courageous friends,
To reap the harvest of perpetual peace
By this one bloody trial of sharp war.
|OXFORD||Every man's conscience is a thousand swords,
To fight against that bloody homicide.
|HERBERT||I doubt not but his friends will fly to us.|
|BLUNT||He hath no friends but who are friends for fear.
Which in his greatest need will shrink from him.
|RICHMOND||All for our vantage. Then, in God's name, march:
True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings:
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
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|Act I, Scene 1 London. A street.||Act III, Scene 5 The Tower-walls.|
|Act I, Scene 2 The same. Another street.||Act III, Scene 6 The same./ Act III, Scene 7 Baynard's Castle.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 1 Before the Tower.|
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|Act II, Scene 1 London. The palace.||Act IV, Scene 3 The same.|
|Act II, Scene 2 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 4 Before the palace./ Act IV, Scene 5 Lord Derby's house.|
|Act II, Scene 3 London. A street.||Act V, Scene 1 Salisbury. An open place./Act V, Scene 2 The camp near Tamworth.|
|Act II, Scene 4 London. The palace.||Act V, Scene 3 Bosworth Field.|
|Act III, Scene 1 London. A street.||Act V, Scene 4 Another part of the field./Act V, Scene 5 Another part of the field|
|Act III, Scene 2 Before Lord Hastings' house.|
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