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Advance your standards, draw your willing swords; For me, the ransom of my
bold attempt Shall be this cold corpse on the earth's cold face ; But if I thrive, the gain of my attempt The least of you shall share his part thereof. Sound, drums and trumpets, boldly and cheerfully; God, and Saint George! Richmond, and victory!
(Exeunt. Re-enter King Richard, Ratcliff, attendants, and
forces. K. Rich. What said Northumberland, as touch
ing Richmond ?
Not I, my lord.
Rat. My lord ?
K. Rich. The sun will not be seen to-day;
(1) Made it splendid.
K. Rich. Come, bustle, bustle ;-Caparison my
horse ; Call up lord Stanley, bid him bring his power :I will lead forth my soldiers to the plain, And thus my battle shall be ordered. My foreward shall be drawn out all in length, Consisting equally of horse and foot; Our archers shall be placed in the midst : John duke of Norfolk, Thomas earl of Surrey, Shall have the leading of this foot and horse. They thus directed, we ourself will follow In the main battle; whose puissance on either side Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse. This, and Saint George to bootWhat think'st
thou, Norfolk ? Nor. A good direction, warlike sovereignThis found I on my tent this morning:
(Giving a scroll. K. Rich. Jockyof
Norfolk, be not too bold, [Reads. For Dickon thy master is bought and sold. A thing devised by the enemy:-Go, gentlemen, every man unto his charge : Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls ; Conscience is but a word that cowards use, Devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe; Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law. March on, join bravely, let's to't pell-mell; If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell.
What shall I say more than I have inferr'd? Remember whom you are to cope withal ;A sort2 of vagabonds, rascals, and runaways, A scum of Bretagnes, and base lackey peasants, Whom their o'er-cloy'd country vomits forth To desperate ventures and assur'd destruction. You sleeping safe, they bring you to unrest ; You having lands, and bless'd with beauteous wives, They would restrain the one, distain the other, (1) The ancient familiarization of Richard.
And who doth lead them, but a paltry fellow,
[Drum afar off Fight, gentlemen of England ! fight, bold yeomen! Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head! Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood; Amaze the welkin with your broken staves !!
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My lord, he doth deny to come.
Nor. My lord, the enemy is pass'd the marsh;
bosom : Advance our standards, set upon our foes; Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George, Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons ! Upon them! Victory sits on our helms. (Exeunt. SCENE IV.-Another part of the field. Alar.
um: Excursions. Enter Norfolk, and forces ; to him Catesby. Cate. Rescue, my lord of Norfolk, rescue, rescue!
(1) Fright the skies with the shivers of your lances.
The king enacts more wonders than a man,
Alarum. Enter King Richard.
K. Rich. Slave, I have set my life upon a cast,
and exeunt fighting. Retreat, and flourish.
rious friends; The day
ours, the bloody dog is dead.
Richm. Great God of heaven, say, Amen, to all:-
Stan. He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town; Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us. Richm. What men of name are slain on either
Richm. Inter their bodies as becomes their births.
And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament,
let Richmond and Elizabeth,
Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives again; That she may long live here, God say-Amen.
This is one of the most celebrated of our author's performances; yet I know not whether it has not happened to him as to others, to be praised most, when praise is not most deserved. That this play has scenes noble in themselves, and very well contrived to strike in the exhibition, cannot be denied. But some parts are trifling, others shocking, and some improbable.
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