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Ring Rich ARD the Second.
Edmund of LANGLEY, Duke of York; ) uncles to
Joh N of GAUNT, Duke of LAN caste R ; }. King.
HENRY, surnamed Boli NGB Roke, Duke of HEREFord, son to John of GAUNT ; afterwards King HENRY IV.
Duke of AUMerle, son to the Duke of York.
Mow BRAY, Duke of Norfolk.
Duke of SURREY.
Earl of SALisbu RY.
BA Got, }~~~ to King Rich ARD.
Earl of North UMBERLAND :
HENRY PERcy, his son.
Lord Ross. Lord WILLoughn Y. Lord Fitz
Bishop of CARLIsle. Abbot of WestMINster.
Lord MARs HAL ; and another Lord.
Sir PIERce of Exton. Sir STEPHEN Schoop.
Captain of a band of Welchmen.
Queen to King Rich ARD.
Lords, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, two Gardeners, Keeper, Messenger, Groom, and other Attendants.
SCENE, dispersedly in England, and Wales.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF
KING RICHARD II.
ACT I. SCENE I.
London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter King Richard, attended; John of Gaunt, and other Nobles, with him.
K. Rich. Old John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lancaster,
Hast thou, according to thy oath and band,
Gaunt. I have, my liege.
K. Rich. Tell me moreover, hast thou sounded
If he appeal the duke on ancient malice;
Gaunt. As near as I could sift him on that argument,—
On some apparent danger seen in him,
K. Rich. Then call them to our presence; face to
And frowning brow to brow, ourselves will hear
[Exeunt some Attendants.
Re-enter Attendants, with Bolingbroke and
Boiling. May many years of happy days befal
Nor. Each day still better other's happiness; Until the heavens, envying earth's good hap, Add an immortal title to your crown!
K. Rkk. We thank you both: yet one but flatters
As well appeareth by the cause you come;
Baling. First, (heaven be the record to my speech!)
Come I appellant to this princely presence.—
Nor. Let not my cold words here accuse my zeal: Tia not the trial of a woman's war, The bitter clamour of two eager tongues, Can arbitrate this cause betwixt us twain: The blood is hot, that must be cool'd for this, Yet can I not of such tame patience boast, As to be hush'd, and nought at all to say: First, the fair reverence of your highness curbs me From giving reins and spurs to my free speech; Which else would post, until it had return'd These terms of treason doubled down his throat Setting aside his high blood's royalty, And let him be no kinsman to my liege, I do defy him, and I spit at him; Call him—a slanderous coward, and a villain: Which to maintain, I would allow him odds;