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  • Title: Richard II (Quarto 1, 1597)
  • Editor: Catherine Lisak
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-436-3

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Catherine Lisak
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    Richard II (Quarto 1, 1597)

    ENTER King Richard, IOHN
    Nobles and attendants.

    King Richard.

    5O Vld Iohn of Gaunt time honoured Lancaster,
    Hast thou according to thy oath and bande
    Brought hither Henrie Herford thy bolde sonne,
    Here to make good the boistrous late appeale,
    Which then our leysure would not let vs heare
    10Against the Duke of Norfolke, Thomas Moubray ?
    Gaunt. I haue my Leige.
    King. Tell me moreouer hast thou sounded him,
    If he appeale the Duke on ancient malice,
    Or worthily as a good subiect should
    15On some knowne ground of treacherie in him.
    Gaunt. As neere as I could sift him on that argument,
    On some apparent daunger seene in him,
    Aimde at your highnes, no inueterate malice.
    King. Then call them to our presence face to face,
    20And frowning brow to brow our selues will heare,
    The accuser and the accused freely speake:
    High stomackt are they both and full of ire,
    In rage, deafe as the sea, hastie as fire.

    Enter Bullingbrooke and Mowbray.

    25Bulling. Manie yeares of happie daies befall,
    My gratious soueraigne my most louing liege.
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