Richard II (act III scene iii)


King Richard II [To Northumberland.]

‘Yet know, my master, God omnipotent, Is mustering in his clouds on our behalf Armies of pestilence; and they shall strike Your children yet unborn and unbegot, That lift your vassal hands against my head And threat the glory of my precious crown. Tell Bolingbroke – for yond methinks he stands – That every stride he makes upon my land Is dangerous treason: he is come to open The purple testament of bleeding war; But ere the crown he looks for live in peace, Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers’ sons Shall ill become the flower of England’s face, Change the complexion of her maid-pale peace To scarlet indignation and bedew Her pastures’ grass with faithful English blood.’

– Reed International Books Ltd. 1992. The Illustrated Stratford Shakespeare London, Great Britain: Chancellor Press (1996) p. 377

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Richard II (act III scene iii)


King Richard II [To Northumberland.] ‘We are amaz’d ; and thus long have we stood to watch the fearful bending of thy knee, because we thought ourself thy lawful king ; and if we be, how dare thy joints forget to pay their awful duty to our presence? If we be not, show us the hand of God that hath dismiss’d us from our stewardship ; for well we know, no hand of blood and bone can gripe the sacred handle of our sceptre, unless he do profane, steal, or usurp.’

– Reed International Books Ltd. 1992. The Illustrated Stratford Shakespeare London, Great Britain: Chancellor Press (1996) p. 377

Richard II (act III scene ii)


King Richard II [To Aumerle.] ‘(…) Not all the water in the rough rude sea can wash away the balm of an anointed king ; the breath of worldly men cannot depose the deputy elected by the Lord. For every man that Bolingbroke hath press’d, to lift shrewd steel against our golden crown, God for his Richard hath in heavenly pay a glorious angel ; then if angels fight, weak men must fall, for heaven still guards the right.’

– Reed International Books Ltd. 1992. The Illustrated Stratford Shakespeare London, Great Britain: Chancellor Press (1996) p. 375