Richard II

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Earl of Salisbury and a Welsh Captain


My Lord of Salisbury, we have stayed ten days

And hardly kept our countrymen together,
hardly (adv.) 1 with great difficulty, only with difficulty

And yet we hear no tidings from the King.

Therefore we will disperse ourselves. Farewell.


Stay yet another day, thou trusty Welshman.

The King reposeth all his confidence in thee.


'Tis thought the King is dead. We will not stay.

The bay trees in our country are all withered,

And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven.
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

The pale-faced moon looks bloody on the earth,

And lean-looked prophets whisper fearful change.
lean-looked (adj.) lean-looking, gaunt
prophet (n.) 2 soothsayer, seer, prognosticator

Rich men look sad, and ruffians dance and leap –
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

The one in fear to lose what they enjoy,

The other to enjoy by rage and war.
enjoy (v.) 3 possess with delight, take pleasure [in], savour
rage (n.) 2 warlike ardour, martial spirit

These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.
forerun (v.) forecast, foreshadow, be the precursor of

Farewell. Our countrymen are gone and fled,

As well assured Richard their king is dead.



Ah, Richard! With the eyes of heavy mind
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count

I see thy glory like a shooting star

Fall to the base earth from the firmament.
base (adj.) 5 low-lying, lowland

Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west,

Witnessing storms to come, woe, and unrest.
witness (v.) 2 be a sign of, foreshadow, betoken

Thy friends are fled to wait upon thy foes,

And crossly to thy good all fortune goes.
crossly (adv.) adversely, unfavourably, disadvantageously


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