Richard III

First folio
Modern text


Key line

Enter Richmond, Oxford, Blunt, Herbert, Enter Richmond, Oxford, Sir James Blunt, Sir R3 V.ii.1.1
and others, with drum and colours.Walter Herbert, and others, with drum and colourscolours (n.)
colour-ensigns, standard-bearers
R3 V.ii.1.2
Fellowes in Armes, and my most louing FrendsFellows in arms, and my most loving friends R3 V.ii.1
Bruis'd vnderneath the yoake of Tyranny,Bruised underneath the yoke of tyranny, R3 V.ii.2
Thus farre into the bowels of the Land,Thus far into the bowels of the land R3 V.ii.3
Haue we marcht on without impediment;Have we marched on without impediment; R3 V.ii.4
And heere receiue we from our Father StanleyAnd here receive we from our father Stanley R3 V.ii.5
Lines of faire comfort and encouragement:Lines of fair comfort and encouragement. R3 V.ii.6
The wretched, bloody, and vsurping Boare,The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar, R3 V.ii.7
(That spoyl'd your Summer Fields, and fruitfull Vines)That spoiled your summer fields and fruitful vines, R3 V.ii.8
Swilles your warm blood like wash, & makes his troughSwills your warm blood like wash, and makes his troughswill (v.)

old form: Swilles
drink greedily, gulp down
R3 V.ii.9
wash (n.)
kitchen swill, hogwash
In your embowel'd bosomes: This foule SwineIn your embowelled bosoms – this foul swineembowelled (adj.)

old form: embowel'd
disembowelled, emptied, drained
R3 V.ii.10
Is now euen in the Centry of this Isle,Is now even in the centre of this isle, R3 V.ii.11
Ne're to the Towne of Leicester, as we learne:Near to the town of Leicester, as we learn; R3 V.ii.12
From Tamworth thither, is but one dayes march.From Tamworth thither is but one day's march. R3 V.ii.13
In Gods name cheerely on, couragious Friends,In God's name cheerly on, courageous friends, R3 V.ii.14
To reape the Haruest of perpetuall peace,To reap the harvest of perpetual peace R3 V.ii.15
By this one bloody tryall of sharpe Warre.By this one bloody trial of sharp war. R3 V.ii.16
Euery mans Conscience is a thousand men,Every man's conscience is a thousand men, R3 V.ii.17
To fight against this guilty Homicide.To fight against this guilty homicide. R3 V.ii.18
I doubt not but his Friends will turne to vs.I doubt not but his friends will turn to us. R3 V.ii.19
Blunt. BLUNT 
He hath no friends, but what are friends for fear,He hath no friends but what are friends for fear, R3 V.ii.20
Which in his deerest neede will flye from him.Which in his dearest need will fly from him.dear (adj.)

old form: deerest
dire, grievous, hard
R3 V.ii.21
All for our vantage, then in Gods name march,All for our vantage. Then in God's name march!vantage (n.)
advantage, benefit, advancement, profit
R3 V.ii.22
True Hope is swift, and flyes with Swallowes wings,True hope is swift and flies with swallow's wings; R3 V.ii.23
Kings it makes Gods, and meaner creatures Kings.Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings. R3 V.ii.24
Exeunt Omnes.Exeunt R3 V.ii.24
 Previous Act V, Scene II Next  

Jump directly to