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KING Richard the Second.
John of Gaunc
, Duke of Lancaster, } Uncles to the King.
Bolingbroke, Son to John of Gaunt, afterwards King
Henry the Fourth.
Servants to King Richard.
Heralds, two Gardiners, Keeper, Messenger, Groom, and
SCENE, dispersedly, in several Parts of England.
Of this the Editions, earlier than the first Folio, are, I. 4to, by Valentine Simmes, for Andrew Wife, 1598, of which I have a collation by Mr. Theobald.
II. 4to, for Mathew Law, 1615, from which the first Folio was priated.
KING RICHARD II.
ACT I. SCENE I.
Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other Nobles
Haft thou, according to thy oath and bond,
Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold son, Here to make good the boilt'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, haft thou sounded him, If he appeal the Duke on ancient malice, Or worthily, as a good Subject should, On some known ground of treachery in him?
Guurt. Asinear as I could fift him on that argument, On some apparent Danger seen in him Aim'd at your Highness; no invet’rate malice.
K. Rich. Then call them to our presence; face to face, And frowning brow to brow. Ourselves will hear Th' accufer, and th' accused freely speak:-High stomach'd are they Both, and full of ire; In
rage, the fea; hafty as fire.
(1) The Life and Death of King Richard II.] But this. History comprizes little more than the Two latt Years of this Prince. The Action of the Drama begins with Bolingbroke's appealing the Duke of Norfolk," on an Accusation of high Treafon, which fell out in the Year 1398; and it closes with the Murder of King Richard at Pomfret-Castle towards the End of the Year 1400, or the Beginaingrof the ensuing Year.
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Mowb. Each day fðill better other's happiness;
K. Rich. We thank you both, yet one but flatters us, As well appeareth by the cause you come ; Namely, t'appeal each other of high Treason. Cousin of Hereford, what doft 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 fafety 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 aniwer it in heav'n. Thou art a traitor and a miscreant; Too good to be so, and too bad to live; Since the more fair and crystal is the sky, The uglier seen the clouds, that in it fly. Once more, the more to aggravate the Note, With a foul Traytor's Name stuff I thy throat ; And with, so please my Sov’reign, ere I move, What my tongue speaks, my (2) Right-drawn Sword
may prove. Mowb. Let not my cold words here accuse my 'Tis not the tryal 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 tamne patience boast, As to be husht, and nought at all to say. First, the fair Rev'rence of your Highness curbs me,
(2) Right-drawn.] Drawn in a right or juft Cause.