• Alarum. Enter RICHARD and RICHMOND. They fight. RICHARD is slain. Retreat and flourish. Enter RICHMOND, STANLEY bearing the crown, with divers other lords and soldiers

    RICHMOND

    God and your arms be praised, victorious friends!
    The day is ours; the bloody dog is dead.

    STANLEY

    (offering him the crown)
    Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
    5Lo, here this long-usurpèd royalty
    From the dead temples of this bloody wretch
    Have I plucked off, to grace thy brows withal.
    Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.

    RICHMOND

    Great God of heaven, say amen to all!
    10But tell me, is young George Stanley living?

    STANLEY

    He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town,
    Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.

    RICHMOND

    What men of name are slain on either side?

    STANLEY

    John Duke of Norfolk, Walter, Lord Ferrers,
    15Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.

    RICHMOND

    Inter their bodies as becomes their births.
    Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled
    That in submission will return to us.
    And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament,
    20We will unite the white rose and the red.
  • Blasts of military music (trumpets and drums). RICHARD and RICHMOND enter; they fight. RICHARD is killed. The trumpet sounds to signal a retreat. RICHMOND retreats. RICHMOND and STANLEY, bearing the crown, return with several lords.

    RICHMOND

    God and your work be praised, victorious friends. The day is ours. The bloody dog is dead.

    STANLEY

    (offering him the crown) Courageous Richmond, you fought well. Here, I’ve taken back the stolen crown from that violent lowlife so it can grace your brows. Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.

    RICHMOND

    Great God of heaven, say amen to all this! But, tell me, is young George Stanley alive?

    STANLEY

    He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester, where, if you’d like, we can retreat to.

    RICHMOND

    Which gentlemen on each side have been killed?

    STANLEY

    John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers, Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.

    RICHMOND

    Bury them in a manner appropriate to their noble births. Proclaim that I’ll pardon the soldiers who fled if they will return and submit to my rule. As I vowed, I will unite the York and Lancaster families.