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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Catherine Lisak
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Richard II (Modern)


[2.4]
Enter [the] Earl of Salisbury and a Welsh Captain.
1285Welsh Captain My lord of Salisbury, we have stayed ten days
And hardly kept our countrymen together,
And yet we hear no tidings from the King.
Therefore we will disperse ourselves. Farewell.
Salisbury Stay yet another day, thou trusty Welshman.
1290The King reposeth all his confidence in thee.
Welsh Captain 'Tis thought the King is dead. We will not stay.
The bay trees in our country are all withered,
And meteors fright the fixèd stars of heaven;
The pale-faced moon looks bloody on the earth,
1295And lean-looked prophets whisper fearful change;
Rich men look sad, and ruffians dance and leap,
The one in fear to lose what they enjoy,
The other to enjoy by rage and war.
These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.
1300Farewell. Our countrymen are gone and fled,
As well assured Richard their king is dead.
[Exit.]
Salisbury Ah, Richard! With the eyes of heavy mind
I see thy glory like a shooting star
Fall to the base earth from the firmament.
1305Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west,
Witnessing storms to come, woe, and unrest.
Thy friends are fled to wait upon thy foes,
And crossly to thy good all fortune goes.
[Exit.]