Richard II

Act I
Act II
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Act V
Enter Bolingbroke, York, Northumberland, with

Bushy and Green, prisoners


Bring forth these men.

Bushy and Green, I will not vex your souls,

Since presently your souls must part your bodies,
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long

With too much urging your pernicious lives,
urging (n.) pressing on the attention, bringing forward

For 'twere no charity. Yet, to wash your blood

From off my hands, here in the view of men

I will unfold some causes of your deaths.

You have misled a prince, a royal king,

A happy gentleman in blood and lineaments,
blood (n.) 7 nobility, breeding, gentility, good parentage
happy (adj.) 1 fortunate, lucky, favoured
lineament (n.) 3 personal appearance, distinctive quality

By you unhappied and disfigured clean.
clean (adv.) totally, absolutely, utterly
unhappy (v.) make unhappy, make unfortunate

You have in manner with your sinful hours
manner, in as it were, in a manner of speaking

Made a divorce betwixt his Queen and him,

Broke the possession of a royal bed,
possession (n.) 3 joint rights, shared ownership

And stained the beauty of a fair queen's cheeks

With tears drawn from her eyes by your foul wrongs.

Myself – a prince by fortune of my birth,

Near to the King in blood, and near in love

Till you did make him misinterpret me –

Have stooped my neck under your injuries,
stoop (v.) 1 kneel, submit, bow down

And sighed my English breath in foreign clouds,

Eating the bitter bread of banishment

Whilst you have fed upon my signories,
signory (n.) 1 estate, domain, territory

Disparked my parks, and felled my forest woods,
dispark (v.) convert [a park] to other uses, change the nature of [a park]

From my own windows torn my household coat,
coat (n.) 1 coat-of-arms
tear (v.) break, shatter, burst

Razed out my imprese, leaving me no sign
imprese (n.) crest, heraldic device, emblem
race out (v.) raze out, erase, scrape away

Save men's opinions and my living blood

To show the world I am a gentleman.
gentleman (n.) someone of high birth, nobleman

This and much more, much more than twice all this,

Condemns you to the death. See them delivered over

To execution and the hand of death.


More welcome is the stroke of death to me

Than Bolingbroke to England. Lords, farewell.


My comfort is that heaven will take our souls

And plague injustice with the pains of hell.


My Lord Northumberland, see them dispatched.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 3 kill, put to death, make away with, finish off

Exeunt Northumberland with Bushy and Green

Uncle, you say the Queen is at your house.

For God's sake, fairly let her be intreated.
entreat, intreat (v.) 4 treat, handle, deal with
fairly (adv.) 1 cordially, warmly, becomingly

Tell her I send to her my kind commends.
commend (n.) 2 (plural) greeting, compliment, remembrance

Take special care my greetings be delivered.
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe


A gentleman of mine I have dispatched

With letters of your love to her at large.
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly


Thanks, gentle uncle. Come, lords, away,
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

To fight with Glendower and his complices.
complice (n.) accomplice, confederate, associate

Awhile to work, and after, holiday.


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