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RICHARD

Is the chair empty? Is the sword unswayed?
475Is the king dead, the empire unpossessed?
What heir of York is there alive but we?
And who is England’s king but great York’s heir?
Then tell me, what makes he upon the seas?

RICHARD

Is the throne empty? Is the army without a leader? Is the king dead, the empire dispossessed? What heir of the York family is there alive other than myself? And who is England’s king but an heir of the great York? Therefore, tell me, what is he doing at sea?

STANLEY

Unless for that, my liege, I cannot guess.

STANLEY

Unless it’s what I said, your Majesty, I have no idea.

RICHARD

480Unless for that he comes to be your liege,
You cannot guess wherefore the Welshman comes.
Thou wilt revolt and fly to him, I fear.

RICHARD

Unless he’s coming to be your leader you can’t guess why the

Welshman’s

Richmond was a descendent of the Welshman Owen Tudor.

Welshman’s
coming? You plan to revolt and join him, I’m afraid.

STANLEY

No, my good lord. Therefore mistrust me not.

STANLEY

No, mighty king, do not distrust me.

RICHARD

Where is thy power, then, to beat him back?
485Where be thy tenants and thy followers?
Are they not now upon the western shore,
Safe-conducting the rebels from their ships?

RICHARD

Where is your army, then, to beat him back? Where are your tenants and your followers? Aren’t they at this very moment on the western shore helping the rebels land safely from their ships?

STANLEY

No, my good lord. My friends are in the north.

STANLEY

No, my good lord, my friends are in the north.

RICHARD

Cold friends to me. What do they in the north
490When they should serve their sovereign in the west?

RICHARD

Then they’re cold friends to me. What are they doing in the north when they should be in the west serving their king?

STANLEY

They have not been commanded, mighty king.
Pleaseth your Majesty to give me leave,
I’ll muster up my friends and meet your Grace
Where and what time your Majesty shall please.

STANLEY

They haven’t been commanded to go to the west, mighty king. If your Majesty would like, I’ll muster up my friends and meet you wherever and whenever you like.

RICHARD

495Ay, thou wouldst be gone to join with Richmond,
But I’ll not trust thee.

RICHARD

Yes, you want to go join Richmond. But I’m not going to trust you.