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KING Richard the Second,

John of Gaunt

, Duke of Lancaster, } Uncles to ebe King:


Bolingbroke, Son to John of Gaunt, afterwards King

Henry the Fourth.
Aumerle, Son to the Duke of York.
Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk.
Earl of Salisbury,
Lord Berkley.
Bagot, Servants to King Richard.
Earl of Northumberland,
Percy, Son 10 Northumberland,

Friends to BolingRoss,

Bishop of Carlisle,
Sir Stephen Scroop,

Friends to King Richard.
Abbot of Westminster,

Lords in the Parliament.
Sir Pierce of Exton,
Queen to King Richard.
Dutchess of Gloucester.
Dutchess of York.
Ladies, attending on the Queen.
Heralds, two Gardiners, Keeper, Messenger, Groom,

and other Attendants.


SCENE, dispersedly, in several Parts of England.


(1) The LIFE and DEATH of


A C T I. S CE N E, the COUR T.

Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other

Nobles and Attendants.

LD Fohn of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lan.

Haft 'thou, according to thy oath and

bond, Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold

fon, (1) The Life and Death of King Richard 11.) But this HinoFy comprizes little more than the Two last Years of this un. fortunate Prince, The Action of the Drama begins with Bon lingbroke's appealing the Duke of Norfolk, on an Accusation of high Treason, which fell out in the Year 1398 ; and it closes with the Murder of King Ricbard at Pomfret-Castle towards the End of the Year 1400, or the Beginning of the enfuing Ycar,


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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, haft thou founded him,
If he appeal the Duke on ancient malice,
Or worthily, as a good Subject should,
On Some known ground of treachery in him?

Gaunt. As near 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, Our selves will hear Th'accuser, and th' accused freely speak: High-ftomach'd are they Both, and full of ire ; In rage, deaf as the sea, hafty as fire.

Enter Bolingbroke and Mowbray. Boling. May many years of happy days befal My gracious Sovereign, my most loving Liege !

Mowb. Each day ftill better other's happiness; Until the heavens, envying earth's good hap, Add an immortal title to


Crown! K. Rich. We thank you both, yet one but flatters , 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 ;
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 Traycor's Name stuff I thy throat ;
And wish, so please my Sov'reign, ere I move,
What my Tongue speaks, my Right-drawn Sword may

Mowb. Let not my cold words here accuse my zeal ;
"T'is 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 tame patience boaft,
As to be husht, and nought at all to say.

, the fair Rev'rence of your Highness curbs me,
From giving reins and spurs to my free speech ;
Which else would poft, until it had return'd
These terms of Treason doubled down his throat..
Setting afide his high blood's Royalty,
And let him be no kinsman to my Liege,
I do defie him, and I fpit at him;
Call him a Nand'rous coward, and a villain ;
Which to maintain, I would allow him odds,
And meet him, were I ry'd to run a-foot
Even to the frozen ridges of the Alps,
Or any other ground unhabitable, (2)
Where never Englisman durft fet his foot..
Mean time, let this defend my Loyalty;
By all my hopes, most falsly doth he lie.
Boling. Pale trembling Coward, there I throw my

Disclaiming here the kindred of a King,
And lay aside my high blood's Royalty :

(2) Or any orber Ground inhabitable.) I don't know that this Word, (like the French Term, inbabitable,) will admit the two different Acceptations of a Place to be dwelt in, and not to be dwelt in: (or that it may be taken in the latter Sense, as inbabirabilis (among the Latines) fignifies uninbabitable; tho' inbabie tare signifies only to inbabit :) and therefore. I have ventur'd to read, orber Ground unhabitable.



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