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Richard II - Act 3, scene 1
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Act 3, scene 1
Bolingbroke sentences Bushy and Green to death.Enter ⌜Bolingbroke,⌝ Duke of Hereford, York,
Northumberland, ⌜with other Lords, and⌝ Bushy and
BOLINGBROKE 1337 Bring forth these men.—
1338 Bushy and Green, I will not vex your souls,
1339 Since presently your souls must part your bodies,
1340 With too much urging your pernicious lives,
1341 5 For ’twere no charity; yet to wash your blood
1342 From off my hands, here in the view of men
1343 I will unfold some causes of your deaths:
1344 You have misled a prince, a royal king,
1345 A happy gentleman in blood and lineaments
1346 10 By you unhappied and disfigured clean.
1347 You have in manner with your sinful hours
1348 Made a divorce betwixt his queen and him,
1349 Broke the possession of a royal bed,
1350 And stained the beauty of a fair queen’s cheeks
1351 15 With tears drawn from her eyes by your foul wrongs.
1352 Myself, a prince by fortune of my birth,
1353 Near to the King in blood, and near in love
1354 Till you did make him misinterpret me,
1355 Have stooped my neck under your injuries
1356 20 And sighed my English breath in foreign clouds,
1357 Eating the bitter bread of banishment,
p. 1091358 Whilst you have fed upon my seigniories,
1359 Disparked my parks and felled my forest woods,
1360 From my own windows torn my household coat,
1361 25 Rased out my imprese, leaving me no sign,
1362 Save men’s opinions and my living blood,
1363 To show the world I am a gentleman.
1364 This and much more, much more than twice all
1366 30 Condemns you to the death.—See them delivered
1368 To execution and the hand of death.
1369 More welcome is the stroke of death to me
1370 Than Bolingbroke to England. Lords, farewell.
1371 35 My comfort is that heaven will take our souls
1372 And plague injustice with the pains of hell.
1373 My Lord Northumberland, see them dispatched.⌜Northumberland exits with Bushy and Green.⌝
1374 ⌜To York.⌝ Uncle, you say the Queen is at your
1376 40 For God’s sake, fairly let her be entreated.
1377 Tell her I send to her my kind commends.
1378 Take special care my greetings be delivered.
1379 A gentleman of mine I have dispatched
1380 With letters of your love to her at large.
1381 45 Thanks, gentle uncle.—Come, lords, away,
1382 To fight with Glendower and his complices.
1383 A while to work, and after holiday.