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Mysterious heaven, whose wise decrees full oft
-0, that I were as great As is my grief, or lesser than my name ! Or that I could forget what I have been, Or not remember what I must le now! well'st thou proud heart I'll give thee scope to bant,
Since foes have scope to beat Loth thee and me. It is too often the hard fate of princes to be as sailed by flattery, till the sacred voice of truth becomes offensive to their ears !--to be surrounded by sycophants who administer to their vices, till they learn to hate the friends who would lead them into the paths of virtue. Raised by their rank and station above the mass of human kind, restraint is irksome ; and accustomed from inancy to believe that all they say or do is riglit,-is it a matter of surprise, they at length should feel it almost impossible to
Thụs are they lulled into a kind of imperfect security, shielded in imagination from the sorms of fortune, as if fate itself was awed by the frowns of majesty, as if they justly thought
There's such divinity doth hedge a king,
Alas! these delusio:is inust weaken the mind; and when misfortune comes, the weight is ten-fold more insupportable ! Such was the case with unhappy Richard; 'who, bloated with prosperity, beheld not the approaching storm, until crushed by its 'overpowering influence. The path of life is not alike to all: some trample on the laws of heaven and man, yet tread secure; complaint still follows, but vengeance does not overtake them; while others triumph for a time, then sink the victims of their own intemperate rashness. This truth is manifest in the similar conduct yet opposite fate of John and Richard ! John held the reigns of power, with an unskilful hand; his life was a tissue of tyranny, injustice, cruelty, and oppression ; his subjects bent beneath a galling yoke, yet they endured, and he was permitted to run his vile career for seventeen years— and his life was prolonged half a century :-while Richard,-poor unhappy Richard, suffered for crimes of far less magnitude, with infinitely more excuse for weakness. Yet such are the decrees of Providence ; and who shall dare to dispute the mandates of Omnipotence, or impiously inquire, “why is it thus or thus ?”-fruitless investigation, never to be answered on this side the gates of eternal life.
Richard the Second, son of the valiant and virtuous Edward the Black Prince, succeeded to the English throne in right of his Grandfather, Edward the Third. He was crowned at seven years of age, and thus invested with power at a period of infancy. His mind, naturally weak yet headstrong, disdained control : he only loved those who indulged his wayward fancies; and spurned the voice of instruction as beneath the attention of a king. This weakness of character was fatal in its conseqiences, fatal to himself and to his favourites. The love which the people cherished for the memory of his father and grandfather, induced them to bear much from Richard, but as none of their shining qualities appeared in his character, save in that one instanco when at sixteen years of age he boldly rode into the very midst of the infuriated followers of the rebel Tyler, he by degrees forfeited all claims to the love or esteem of his people !-His profusion, his ostentation, his confidence in corrupt ministers, his light and trifling manners, and the total want of dignity in his deportment, rendered him an object of dislike and even of contempt ; yet it is probable he might have continued his wanton career of folly and extravagance, had not his impetuosity in banishing his cousin Henry Bolinbroke, Duke of Hereford, of whose influence he was jealous, and afterwards confiscating his legal possessions, opened the path which was to lead to his own destruction !
Henry Bolinbroke, son of Richard's uncle, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, had accused Thomas Mowbray, duke of Norfolk, of treason, and also of being accessary to the murder of his uncle the duke of Golster, who had on some specious pretext been taken to Calais ; where his death had been sudden, and the busy tongue of rumour whispered that he had not been fairly dealt with. Some inadvertent expressions of Mowbray had excited the suspicions of Bolinbroke: and with this and other accusations he arraigned him before his sovereign.
Richard, pretending to be the friend of each, exerted his influence to put a stop to the quarrel; but his endeavours proving ineffectual, a day was appointed when the hostile parties should meet, and settle their difference by the sword; Gosford Green, near Coventry, was to be the scene of action. Clad in armour, the combatants appeared in presence of the king, and all his court. The trumpets had sounded, anıl the herald had demanded the cause of their meetin;! ;-he had been answered—the combatants had taken leave of their friends, and were