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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.
    A deed of slaunder with thy fatall hand,
    Vpon my head and all this famous Land.
    Exton. From your owne mouth my Lo. did I this deed.
    2835King. They loue not poison that do poison neede,
    Nor do I thee; though I did wish him dead,
    I hate the murtherer, loue him murthered:
    The guilt of conscience take thou for thy labor,
    But neither my good word, nor Princely fauour;
    2840With Cayne go wander through shades of night,
    And neuer shew thy head by day nor light.
    Lordes, I protest my soule is full of wo,
    That bloud should sprincle me to make me grow:
    Come mourne with me, for what I do lament,
    2845And put on sulleyn blacke incontinent,
    Ile make a voiage to the holly lande,
    To wash this bloud off from my guiltie hand:
    March sadly after, grace my mournings heere,
    In weeping after this vntimely Beere.

    2850 FINIS.