William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets and poems at AbsoluteShakespeare.com
Home Plays Sonnets Poems Quotes Summaries Essays Glossary Links Help

HOME > Shakespeare Pictures > King Richard the Second

KING RICHARD THE SECOND

Study Guides
Hamlet
Julius Caesar
King Henry IV
King Lear
Macbeth
Merchant of Venice
Othello
Romeo and Juliet
The Tempest
Twelfth Night

Trivia
Authorship
Bard Facts
Bibliography
Biography
FAQ
Films
Globe Theatre
Pictures
Quiz
Timeline

ACT IV. SCENE I.

PARLIAMENT HOUSE.

KING RICHARD, BOLINGBROKE, YORK, AUMERLE, NORTHUMBERLAND, PERCY, FITZWATER, SURREY, BISHOP OF CARLISLE, ABBOT OF WESTMINSTER, HERALD, &C. AND BAGOT.


Bolingbroke. ARE you contented to resign the crown?
K. Rich. Ay, no;—no, ay; for I must nothing be;
Therefore no, no, for I resign to 'thee.
Now mark me how I will undo myself:—
I give this heavy weight from off my head, And this unwieldy sceptre from my hand,
The pride of kingly sway from out my heart;
With mine own tears I wash away my balm,
With mine own hands I give away my crown,
With mine own tongue deny my sacred state,
With mine own breath release all duteous oaths:
All pomp and majesty I do forswear;
My manors, rents, revenues, I forego;
My acts, decrees, and statutes, I deny:
God pardon all oaths that are broke to me!
God keep all vows unbroke are made to thee!—

Painted by Mather Browne. Engraved by Benjamin Smith.


ACT V. SCENE II.

LONDON; A ROOM IN THE DUKE OF YORK'S PALACE.

THE ENTRANCE OF KING RICHARD AND BOLINGBROKE INTO LONDON, AS DESCRIBED BY THE DUKE OF YORK.

York. THEN, as I said, the duke, great Bolingbroke, Mounted upon a hot and fiery steed, Which his aspiring rider seem'd to know,
With slow, but stately pace, kept on his course,
While all tongues cried—God save thee, Bolingbroke!
You would have thought the very windows spake,
So many greedy looks of young and old
Through casements darted their desiring eyes
Upon his visage; and that all the walls,
With painted imagery, had said at once,—
Jesu preserve the! welcome, Bolingbroke!
Whilst he, from one side to the other turning,
Bare-headed, lower than his proud steed's neck,
Bespake them thus,—I thank you, countrymen:
And thus still doing, thus he pass'd along.

Painted by James Northcote, R.A. Engraved by Robert Thew.

< PREVIOUS
{Next}
Copyright 2000-2005 AbsoluteShakespeare.com. All rights reserved.  Contact Us  Privacy  Awards