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  • Title: Richard the Third (Modern)
  • Editor: Adrian Kiernander

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Adrian Kiernander
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    Richard the Third (Modern)

    Enter Richmond [holding letters, and other lords,] 3405with drums and trumpets.
    Fellows in arms, and my most loving friends
    Bruised underneath the yoke of tyranny,
    Thus far into the bowels of the land
    Have we marched on without impediment;
    3410[Shows the letters.]
    And here receive we from our father Stanley
    Lines of fair comfort and encouragement.
    The wretched, bloody and usurping boar
    That spoiled your summer fields and fruitful vines,
    Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough
    3415In your embowelled bosoms, this foul swine
    Lies now even in the center of this isle,
    Near to the town of Leicester as we learn;
    From Tamworth thither is but one day's march.
    In God's name, cheerly on, courageous friends,
    3420To reap the harvest of perpetual peace
    By this one bloody trial of sharp war.
    Every man's conscience is a thousand swords
    To fight against that bloody homicide.
    I doubt not but his friends will fly to us.
    He hath no friends but who are friends for fear,
    Which in his greatest need will shrink from him.
    All for our vantage then, in God's name, march!
    True hope is swift, and flies with swallows' wings;
    Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.