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KING Richard tbe Second.
Uncles to the John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster,
King Bolingbroke, Son to John of Gaunt, afterwards King
Henry the Fourth.
Servants to King Richard.
Queen to King Richard.
and other Attendants.
SCENE, dispersedly, in several Parts of England.
Of this the Editions, earlier I have a collation by Mr. Theo. than the first Folio, are,
bald I. 4to, by Valentine Simmes, 11. 4to, for Mathew Law, for Andrew Wifi, 1598, of which 1615, from which the firft Folio
The LIFE and DEATH of
KING RICHARD II.
Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other.
Nobles and Attendants.
Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold son, Here to make good the boist'rous late Appeal, Which then our leisure would not let us hear, Against the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray ? Gaunt. I have, my liege. K. Rich. Tell me moreover, halt thou founded him,
'The Life and Death of King Accusation of high Treason, Richard II.] But this History which fell out in the Year 1398; comprizes little more than the and it closes with the Murder of Two last Years of this Prince. King Richard at Pomfret-Castle The Aâion of the Drama be- towards the End of the Year gins with Bel ng broke's appeal- 1400, or the Beginning of the ing the Duke of Norfolk, on an ensuing Year. THEOBALD.
If he appeal the Duke on ancient malice,
face, And frowning brow to brow. Our selves will hear Th'accuser, and th’accused freely speak.High-stomach'd are they Both, and full of ire; In rage, deaf as the sea; hasty as fire.
Enter Bolingbroke and Mowbray. Boling. May many years of happy days befal My gracious Sovereign, my most loving Liege!
Mowb. Each day still better other's happiness ; Until the heavens, envying earth's good hap, Add an immortal title to your Crown!
K. Rich. We thank you both, yet ane but flatters us, As well appeareth by the cause you come ; Namely, t'appeal each other of high Treason. Cousin of Hereford, what dost thou object Against the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray?
Boling. First (Heaven be the record to my speech In the devotion of a-Subject's love, Tend'ring the precious safety of my Prince, And free from other mis-begotten hate, Come I Appellant to this princely presence. -Now, Thomas Mowbray, do I turn to thee, And mark my Greeting well; for what I speak, My body shall make good upon this earth, Or my divine soul answer it in heav'n. Thou art a traitor and a miscreant ;
Too good to be so, and too bad to live ;
2 Right-drawn) Drawn in * Inhabitable.] That is, nit a right or just Cause.
As to take up mine Honour's pawn, then stoop;
Mowb. I take it up, and by that Sword I swear,
charge? It must be great, that can inherit us So much as of a thought of Ill in him.
Boling. Look, what I said, my life shall prove it
That Mowbray hath receiv'd eight thousand nobles,
K. Rich. How high a pitch his resolution foars !