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King RICHARD the Second.
Son to John of GAUNT; afterwards King HENRY IV.
Queen to King Richard.
Lords, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers. Two Gardeners, Keeper,
Messenger, Groom, and other Attendants.
SCENE, dispersedly in England and Wales.
Enter King RICHARD, attended; John of Gaunt, and
other Nobles, with him. K. Rich, Old John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lancas
ter, Hast thou, according to thy oath and band,
Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold son;
Gaunt. I have, my liege.
K. Rich. Tell me moreover, hast thou sounded 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 sift him on that argument, On some apparent danger seen in him, Aim'd at your highness, no inveterate malice. K. Rich. Then call them to our presence; face to
face, And frowning brow to brow, ourselves will hear The accuser, and the accused, freely speak:
[Exeunt some attendants. High-stomach'd are they both, and full of ire, In rage deaf as the sea, hasty as fire.
Re-enter attendants, with BOLING BROKE and NORFOLK.
Boling. May many years of happy days befal My gracious sovereign, my most loving liege!
Nor. Each day still better other's happiness; Until the heavens, envying earth's good hap, Add an immortal title to your crown!
K. Rich. We thank you both : yet one but flatters us, As well appeareth by the cause you come; Namely, to 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,
zeal : 'Tis not the trial of a woman's war, The bitter clamour of two eager tongues, Can arbitrate this cause betwixt us twain : The blood is bot, that must be cool'd for this, Yet can I not of such tame patience boast, As to be bush'd, and nought at all to say: First, the fair reverence of your highness curbs me From giving reins and spurs to my free speech; Which else would post, until it had return'd These terms of treason doubled down his throat. Setting aside his high blood's royalty, And let him be no kinsman to my liege, I do defy him, and I spit at him; Call him-a slanderous coward, and a villain: