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Glost. Oh, Catesby, I have had such horrid dreams! Catesby. Shadows, my lord —below the soldier's heeding. Glost. Now, by my this day's hopes, shadows, tonight, Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard, Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers, Arm'd all in proof, and led by shallow Richmond. Catesby. Be more yourself, my lord: consider, sir, Were it but known a dream had frighted you, How would your animated foes presume on't! Glost. Perish that thought!—no, never be it said That fate itself could awe the soul of Richard : Hence, babbling dreams! you threaten here in vain; Conscience, avaunt Richard's himself again! Hark! the shrill trumpet sounds to horse ! away ! My soul's in arms, and eager for the fray! [Ereunt.
Enter Richmond, Oxford, SIR. W. BRANDoN, SIR. R. BRACKENBu RY, BLUNT, SoLDIERs, &c.
Sold. Halt l—halt!
Rich. How far into the morning is it, friends
Sir R. Brack. Near four, my lord.
Rich. "Tis well—
Sir W. Brand. Methinks the foes less forward than
we thought them ; Worn as we are, we brave the field before them.
Rich. Come, there looks life in such a cheerful haste. If dreams should animate a soul resolv’d, I'm more than pleas'd with those l’ve had to-night: Methought that all the ghosts of them, whose bodies Richard murder'd, came mourning to my tent, And rous'd me to revenge them. Sir W. Brand. A good omen, sir.—[Trumpets sound a distant March.] Hark! the trumpet of The enemy it speaks them on the march. Rich. Why, then, let's on, my friends, to face them ; In peace, there's nothing so becomes a man, As mild behaviour and humility: But, when the blast of war blows in our ears, Let us be tigers in our fierce deportment: For me, the ransom of my bold attempt Shall be this body on the earth's cold face; But, if we thrive, the glory of the action The meanest here shall share his part of. Advance your standards, draw your willing swords; Sound drums, and trumpets, boldly and cheerfully. The word's St. George, Richmond, and victory. [Ereunt.
Enter GLosTeR, CATESBY, &c.
Glost. Who saw the sun to-day?
Catesby. He has not yet broke forth, my lord.
Glost. Then he disdains to shine—for, by the
He should have brav'd the east an hour ago.
Enter Norfolk, with a Paper.
Glost, Come, bustle, bustle ! caparison my horse; Call forth Lord Stanley, bid him bring his power; Myself will lead the soldiers to the plain. [Erit CATESRY. Well, Norfolk, what think'st thou now Nor. That we shall conquer—but on my tent, This morning early, was this paper found. Glost. [Reads.] Jockey of Norfolk, be not too bold, For Dickon, thy master, is bought and sold. A weak invention of the enemy! Come, gentlemen, now each man to his charge, And, ere we do bestride our foaming steeds, Remember whom you are to cope withal; A scum of Britons, ascals, runaways! Whom their o'ercloy'd country vomits forth To desperate adventures and destruction.
What says Lord Stanley will he bring his power
SoLDIERs driven across the Stage, by GLostER, &c. Glost. What, ho young Richmond, ho! 'tis Richard calls | I hate thee, Harry, for thy blood of Lancaster! Now, if thou dost not hide thee from my sword, Now, while the angry trumpet sounds alarms, And dying groans transpierce the wounded air,