Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s NoteEnter Richmond, Oxford, Blunt, Herbert, and others, with drum and colours1
richmond Fellows in arms, and my most loving friends
2Bruised underneath the yoke of tyranny,
Editor’s Note3Thus far into the bowels of the land
4Have we marched on without impediment;[Showing a letter]
Editor’s Note5And here receive we from our father Stanley
Editor’s Note6Lines of fair comfort and encouragement.
Editor’s Note7The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar
8That spoiled your summer fields and fruitful vines,
Editor’s Note9Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough
pg 628Editor’s Note10In your embowelled bosoms, this foul swine
11Is now even in the centre of this isle,
12Near to the town of Leicester, as we learn.
Editor’s Note13From Tamworth thither is but one day's march.
14In God's name, cheerly on, courageous friends,
15To reap the harvest of perpetual peace
16By this one bloody trial of sharp war.17
oxford Every man's conscience is a thousand men
18To fight against this guilty homicide.Editor’s Note19
herbert I doubt not but his friends will turn to us.20
blunt He hath no friends but what are friends for fear,
Editor’s Note21Which in his dearest need will fly from him.Editor’s Note22
richmond All for our vantage. Then, in God's name, march!
23True hope is swift, and flies with swallows' wings.
24Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.Exeunt omnes