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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.
Friends to BolingRoss,
Friends to King Richard.
Lords in the Parliament.
and other Attendants.
SCENE, dispersedly, in several Parts of England.
Τ Η Ε
(1) The LIFE and DEATH of
KING RICHARD II.
A C T I. S CE N E, the COUR T.
Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other
Nobles and Attendants.
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,
Here to make good the boist'rous late Appeal,
Gaunt. I have, my liege.
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,
from other mis-begotten hate,
The uglier seem the Clouds, that in it fly.
, the fair Rev'rence of your Highness curbs me,
(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.