Artboard Created with Sketch. Close Search Dialog

  Act 1 Scene 3

page Act 1 Scene 3 Page 5

Original Text

Modern Text

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Strong as a tower in hope, I cry amen.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

With strength and hope, I say, Amen.

LORD MARSHAL

Go bear this lance to Thomas, Duke of Norfolk.

LORD MARSHAL

Take this lance to Thomas, Duke of Norfolk.

FIRST HERALD

Harry of Hereford, Lancaster and Derby,
105Stands here for God, his sovereign and himself,
On pain to be found false and recreant,
To prove the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray,
A traitor to his God, his king and him;
And dares him to set forward to the fight.

FIRST HERALD

At the risk of being proved false, here stands Henry of Hereford, Lancaster, and Derby to demonstrate that the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray, is a traitor to his God, his king, and to him. He dares him to step forward and fight.

SECOND HERALD

110Here standeth Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk,
On pain to be found false and recreant,
Both to defend himself and to approve
Henry of Hereford, Lancaster, and Derby,
To God, his sovereign and to him disloyal;
115Courageously and with a free desire
Attending but the signal to begin.

SECOND HERALD

At the risk of being proved false, here stands Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, to defend himself and to prove that Henry of Hereford is disloyal to God, his king, and to him. By his own free will and with courage, he waits for the signal to begin.

LORD MARSHAL

Sound, trumpets; and set forward, combatants.

LORD MARSHAL

Trumpets, play. Step forward, combatants.
A charge sounded
The trumpets play to signal the charge.
Stay, the king hath thrown his warder down.
Stop, the king has thrown down his baton.

KING RICHARD II

Let them lay by their helmets and their spears,
120And both return back to their chairs again:
Withdraw with us: and let the trumpets sound
While we return these dukes what we decree.

KING RICHARD II

Tell them to take off their helmets, lay down their spears, and come back to their chairs by me. Tell the trumpets to play until I deliver my decree to these men.
A long flourish
The trumpets play.

Richard II: Popular pages