Richard II

by: William Shakespeare

Act 5 Scene 6

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Windsor castle.
Windsor Castle.
Flourish. Enter HENRY BOLINGBROKE, DUKE OF YORK, with other Lords, and Attendants
Trumpets blow. HENRY BOLINGBROKE, DUKE OF YORK, and other lords and attendants enter.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Kind uncle York, the latest news we hear
Is that the rebels have consumed with fire
Our town of Cicester in Gloucestershire;
But whether they be ta’en or slain we hear not.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Kind uncle York, the last news I heard is that the rebels have burned down the town of Cirencester in Gloucestershire. But I haven’t heard if they’ve been captured or killed.
Enter NORTHUMBERLAND
NORTHUMBERLAND enters.
5Welcome, my lord what is the news?
Welcome, my lord. What’s the news?

NORTHUMBERLAND

First, to thy sacred state wish I all happiness.
The next news is, I have to London sent
The heads of Oxford, Salisbury, Blunt, and Kent:
The manner of their taking may appear
10At large discoursed in this paper here.

NORTHUMBERLAND

First, I wish you happiness. Next, I’ve sent the heads of Oxford, Salisbury, Blunt, and Kent to London. This paper tells how they were taken.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

We thank thee, gentle Percy, for thy pains;
And to thy worth will add right worthy gains.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

I thank you, gentle Percy, for your effort. I’ll reward you well, as you deserve.
Enter LORD FITZWATER
LORD FITZWATER enters.

LORD FITZWATER

My lord, I have from Oxford sent to London
The heads of Brocas and Sir Bennet Seely,
15Two of the dangerous consorted traitors
That sought at Oxford thy dire overthrow.

LORD FITZWATER

My lord, I’ve sent the heads of Brocas and Sir Bennet Seely from Oxford to London. They were two of the traitors who wanted to overthrow you at Oxford.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Thy pains, Fitzwater, shall not be forgot;
Right noble is thy merit, well I wot.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

I won’t forget your efforts, Fitzwater. I know that you deserve your noble title.
Enter HENRY PERCY, and the BISHOP OF CARLISLE
HENRY PERCY and the BISHOP OF CARLISLE enter.

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