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THE TRAGEDY OF
KING RICHARD II.
KING RICHARD II.
LORD Ross. JOHN OF GAUNT, Duke
LORD WILLOUGHBY. of Lancaster, uncles to the LORD FITZWATER. EDMUND OF LANGLEY, King. - Bishop of Carlisle. Duke of York,
Abbot of Westminster. HENRY, surnamed BOLINGBROKE, Duke Lord Marshal.
of Hereford, son to John of Gaunt; SIR STEPHEN SCROOP.
SIR PIERCE of Exton.
QUEEN to King Richard.
DUCHESS OF YORK. DUKE OF SURREY.
DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER.
Lady attending on the Queen.
Lords, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, GREEN,
two Gardeners, Keeper, Messenger, EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND.
Groom, and other attendants. RY PERCY, surnamed Hotspur, his
SCENE: England and Wales.
Enter KING RICHARD, attended ; JOHN OF GAUNT, and other Nobles,
K. RICH. Old John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lancaster,
If he appeal the duke on ancient malice,
10 On some known ground of treachery in him ?
GAUNT. As near as I could sift him on that argument,
15 And frowning brow to brow, ourselves will hear The accuser and the accuséd freely speak: High stomach'd are they both and full of ire, In rage deaf as the sea, hasty as fire.
Enter BOLINGBROKE and NORFOLK. BOLING. Many years of happy days befal
20 My gracious sovereign, my most loving liege !
NOR. Each day still better other's happiness;
30 In the devotion of a subject's love, Tendering the precious safety of my prince, And free from other misbegotten hate, Come I appellant to this princely presence. Now, Thomas Mowbray, do I turn to thee,
35 And mark my greeting well; for what I speak My body shall make good upon this earth, Or my
divine soul answer it in heaven. Thou art a traitor and a miscreant, Too good to be so, and too bad to live,
40 Since the more fair and crystal is the sky, The uglier seem the clouds that in it fly. Once more, the more to aggravate the note, With a foul traitor's name stuff I thy throat; And wish, so please my sovereign, ore I move,
45 What my tongue speaks my right-drawn sword may prove.
NOR. Let not my cold words here accuse my zeal:
50 The blood is hot that must be cooled for this :