Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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[5.7]Sc. 27

Editor’s NoteRetreat, and flourish. Enter Richmond, Derby bearing the crown, with divers other lords

richmond God and your arms be praised, victorious friends,

2The day is ours, the bloody dog is dead.

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stanley earl of derby Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.

Editor’s Note4Lo, here this long-usurpèd royalty

5From the dead temples of this bloody wretch

6Have I plucked off, to grace thy brows withal.

Editor’s Note7Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.


richmond Great God of heaven, say 'amen' to all.

9But tell me, is your young George Stanley living?


stanley earl of derby He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town,

11Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.


richmond What men of name are slain on either side?

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stanley earl of derby John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers,

14Sir Robert Brackenbury, and Sir William Brandon.


richmond Inter their bodies as become their births.

16Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled

17That in submission will return to us;

pg 638Editor’s Note18And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament,

Editor’s Note19We will unite the white rose and the red.

Editor’s Note20Smile heaven, upon this fair conjunctïon,

21That long have frowned upon their enmity.

22What traitor hears me and says not 'amen'?

23England hath long been mad, and scarred herself;

24The brother blindly shed the brother's blood;

25The father rashly slaughtered his own son;

26The son, compelled, been butcher to the sire.

27All that divided York and Lancaster,

Editor’s Note28Divided in their dire divisïon,

29O now let Richmond and Elizabeth,

30The true succeeders of each royal house,

31By God's fair ordinance conjoin together;

32And let their heirs—God, if thy will be so—

33Enrich the time to come with smooth-faced peace,

34With smiling plenty, and fair prosperous days.

Editor’s Note35Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord,

Editor’s Note36That would reduce these bloody days again

37And make poor England weep in streams of blood.

38Let them not live to taste this land's increase

39That would with treason wound this fair land's peace.

40Now civil wounds are stopped, peace lives again.

41That she may long live here, God say 'amen'.

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5.7.0 Retreat a trumpet signal for Richard's army to retreat, or Richmond's army to cease pursuing them
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5.7.3 acquit thee acquitted, concluded, proved yourself
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5.7.4 royalty emblem of sovereignty, the crown
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5.7.7 make much of it turn it to great account; treat it as something precious
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5.7.7 Wear … it Derby sets the crown on Richmond's head, or passes it to Richmond who sets it on his own head. It is unclear whether Derby seizes the crown from Richard's body (see L
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5.7.13–14 John … Brandon Derby probably reads the names from a paper.
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5.7.18 as … sacrament (referring to the oath, taken by Richmond in the cathedral at Rheims, that he would marry Princess Elizabeth as soon as he was crowned)
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5.7.19 white rose … red i.e. the badges of the Yorkist and Lancastrian faction. The marriage of Richmond (Lancastrian) and Princess Elizabeth (Yorkist) brought to an end the Wars of the Roses dramatized in Henry VI.
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5.7.20 Smile heaven may heaven smile. The subjunctive influences 'have' in the next line.
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5.7.20 conjunctïon marriage union
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5.7.28 Divided … divisïon separated … dissension, antagonism
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5.7.35 Abate … traitors i.e. blunt the sharpness of traitors' swords and appetites
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5.7.36 reduce bring back
Editor’s Note Exeunt probably to a flourish of trumpets
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