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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)

    King Richard the second.
    1980And you can witnes with me this is true.
    Sur. As false, by heauen, as heauen it selfe is true.
    Fitz. Surrie thou liest.
    Sur. Dishonorable boy, that lie shall lie so heauie on my(sword,
    That it shall render vengeance and reuenge,
    Till thou the lie-giuer, and that lie do lie,
    In earth as quiet as thy fathers scull.
    In proofe whereof there is my honours pawne,
    1990Ingage it to the triall if thou darst.
    Fitz. How fondly doest thou spurre a forward horse!
    If I dare eate, or drinke, or breathe, or liue,
    I dare meet Surry in a wildernes,
    And spit vpon him whilst I say, he lies,
    1995And lies, and lies: there is bond of faith,
    To tie thee to my strong correction:
    As I intende to thriue in this new world,
    Aumerle is guiltie of my true appeale.
    Besides I heard the banished Norffolke say,
    2000That thou Aumerle didst send two of thy men,
    To execute the noble Duke at Callice.
    Aum. Some honest Christian trust me with a gage,
    That Norffolke lies, heere do I throwe downe this,
    If he may be repeald to trie his honour.
    2005Bull. These differences shall all rest vnder gage,
    Till Norffolke be repeald, repeald he shall be,
    And though mine enimie, restord againe
    To all his landes and signiories: when he is returnd,
    Against Aumerle we will inforce his triall.
    2010Carl. That honourable day shall neuer be seene.
    Manie a time hath banisht Norffolke fought,
    For Iesu Christ in glorious Christian feild,
    Streaming the ensigne of the Christian Crosse,
    Against blacke Pagans, Turkes, and Saracens,
    2015And toild with workes of warre, retird himselfe
    To Italie, and there at Venice gaue
    His bodie to that pleasant Countries earth,
    And his pure soule vnto his Captaine Christ,
    Vnder whose coulours he had fought so long.