The Vigorous Falcon
O, let no noble eye profane a tear
For me, if I be gored with Mowbray's spear!
As confident as a falcon's flight
Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight…
(To John of Gaunt)
O thou, the earthly author of my blood,
Whose youthful spirit in me regenerate
Doth with a two-fold vigour lift me up
To reach at victory above my head,
Add proof unto mine armour with thy
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man he had become through confidence, values, and example. I believe this passage confirms his character and ideas already acquired, but not yet convincingly expressed. Bolingbroke's words rung a tune in Richard's ear that I believed ironically presented what he himself in fact lacked to be, England's perseverant, just, and people's king.
This passage explains the determination, confidence, and origins of Bolingbroke's character as a worthy king even before his banishment and crowning.