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JOHN OF GAUNT

God in thy good cause make thee prosperous!
Be swift like lightning in the execution;
80And let thy blows, doubly redoubled,
Fall like amazing thunder on the casque
Of thy adverse pernicious enemy:
Rouse up thy youthful blood, be valiant and live.

JOHN OF GAUNT

May God give you success in your good cause! Strike as quick as lightning, and let your blows fall like thunder on the helmet of your enemy. Be courageous and fierce, and stay alive.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Mine innocency and Saint George to thrive!

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

My innocence and Saint George will protect me!

THOMAS MOWBRAY

85However God or fortune cast my lot,
There lives or dies, true to King Richard’s throne,
A loyal, just and upright gentleman:
Never did captive with a freer heart
Cast off his chains of bondage and embrace
90His golden uncontroll’d enfranchisement,
More than my dancing soul doth celebrate
This feast of battle with mine adversary.
Most mighty liege, and my companion peers,
Take from my mouth the wish of happy years:
95As gentle and as jocund as to jest
Go I to fight: truth hath a quiet breast.

THOMAS MOWBRAY

Whatever God or fate has in store for me, I will live or die as a loyal, just, and honest gentleman. I joyfully celebrate this battle against my enemy, as much as any slave celebrates who takes off his chains and becomes free. Most powerful king and my friends, I wish you all happiness in the years to come. I go to fight as happily as I would join in a celebration, because knowing that I have truth on my side makes me feel calm.

KING RICHARD II

Farewell, my lord: securely I espy
Virtue with valour couched in thine eye.
Order the trial, marshal, and begin.

KING RICHARD II

Goodbye, my lord. I see both virtue and courage in you. Marshal, let’s begin.

LORD MARSHAL

100Harry of Hereford, Lancaster and Derby,
Receive thy lance; and God defend the right!

LORD MARSHAL

Henry of Hereford, Lancaster, and Derby, take your lance. May God defend the right man!

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