Richard II

by: William Shakespeare

Act 3 Scene 3

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Wales. Before Flint castle.
Wales, outside Flint Castle.
Enter, with drum and colours, HENRY BOLINGBROKE, DUKE OF YORK, NORTHUMBERLAND, Attendants, and forces
HENRY BOLINGBROKE, DUKE OF YORK, and NORTHUMBERLAND enter, with ceremonial flags and drums sounding. Several attendants and soldiers accompany them.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

So that by this intelligence we learn
The Welshmen are dispersed, and Salisbury
Is gone to meet the king, who lately landed
With some few private friends upon this coast.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

So we know from this latest news that the Welshmen have left the battlefield and that the king has landed with some of his friends on the coast, where Salisbury has gone to meet him.

NORTHUMBERLAND

5The news is very fair and good, my lord:
Richard not far from hence hath hid his head.

NORTHUMBERLAND

It’s good news, my lord. Richard is hiding not very far from here.

DUKE OF YORK

It would beseem the Lord Northumberland
To say ‘King Richard:’ alack the heavy day
When such a sacred king should hide his head.

DUKE OF YORK

It would be better for Lord Northumberland to call him “King Richard.” We should mourn the day that a king has to hide.

NORTHUMBERLAND

10Your grace mistakes; only to be brief
Left I his title out.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Your grace misunderstands me. I only left off his title for the sake of brevity.

DUKE OF YORK

The time hath been,
Would you have been so brief with him, he would
Have been so brief with you, to shorten you,
15For taking so the head, your whole head’s length.

DUKE OF YORK

There was a time when, if you’d been so brief in his presence, he would have made you even briefer, by chopping off your head.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Mistake not, uncle, further than you should.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Uncle, don’t take this misunderstanding too far.

DUKE OF YORK

Take not, good cousin, further than you should.
Lest you mistake the heavens are o’er our heads.

DUKE OF YORK

Good cousin, don’t take more than you should, or you may forget heaven rules over us.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

I know it, uncle, and oppose not myself
20Against their will. But who comes here?

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

I know it, uncle, and won’t oppose the will of heaven. But who is coming?
Enter HENRY PERCY
HENRY PERCY enters.

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