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The Vigorous Falcon BOLINGBROKE O let no noble eye profane a tear For me if I be gored with Mowbrays spear As confident as a falcons 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 prayers And with thy blessing steel my lances point That it may enter Mowbrays waxen coat And furbish new the name of John o Gaunt Even in the lust haviour of his son 1359-6269-77 Bolingbrook begins his speech by speaking of the nobles and their profane tears that represent the misfortune that country will experience of he is struck by Mowbrays spear The use of figurative language through the adjective profane provides the reader an interpretation to the importance of this fight and the meaning it contains for all of England If he were to lose the nobles rights and money would be stolen in an unjust nation with a corrupt dictatorship If he were to win the peoples voices would be heard and King Richard would adhere to justice for the people Shakespeare compares Bolingbroke to a falcons flight to illustrate his own confident path and flight he has voluntarily taken upon himself to defeat Mowbray 1361 He has chosen to hunt Mowbray and kill his unjust practices and beliefs like a predator by bringing him in front of King Richard To further his beliefs and confidence he addresses his father as his early author of my blood1369 His father raised him with the morals and values of the old order His father demands respect throughout England so Bolingbroke has had his blood and values planted into the soil of England
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