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KING Richard the Second.
Duke of York,
Uncles to the
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, J
Henry the Fourth.
Aumerle, Son to the Duke of York.
Servants to King Richard.
Heralds, two Gardiners, Keeper, Meffenger, Groom, and other Attendants.
SCENE, difperfedly, in feveral Parts of England.
Of this the Editions, earlier bald. than the first Folio, are,
I. 4to, by Valentine Simmes, for Andrew Wife, 1598, of which I have a collation by Mr. Theo
II. 4to, for Mathew Law, 1615, from which the first Folio was printed.
The LIFE and DEATH of
ACT I. SCENE I.
Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other Nobles and Attendants.
LD John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lancaster, Haft thou, according to thy oath and bond, Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold fon, Here to make good the boift'rous late Appeal, Which then our leifure would not let us hear, Against the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray? Gaunt. I have, my liege.
K. Rich. Tell me moreover, haft thou founded him,
The Life and Death of King Richard II.] But this Hiftory comprizes little more than the Two laft Years of this Prince. The Action of the Drama begins with Bolingbroke's appealing the Duke of Norfolk, on an
Accufation of high Treafon, which fell out in the Year 1398; and it clofes with the Murder of King Richard at Pomfret-Caftle towards the End of the Year 1400, or the Beginning of the enfuing Year.
If he appeal the Duke on ancient malice,
On fome apparent Danger feen in him
And frowning brow to brow. Ourfelves will hear
Enter Bolingbroke and Mowbray.
Boling. May many years of happy days befal
Mowb. Each day ftill better other's happiness;
K. Rich. We thank you both, yet one but flatters us,
Boling. Firft (Heaven be the record to my fpeech!) In the devotion of a Subject's love, Tend'ring the precious fafety of my Prince, And free from other mif-begotten hate, Come I Appellant to this princely prefence. -Now, Thomas Mowbray, do I turn to thee, And mark my Greeting well; for what I fpeak, My body fhall make good upon this earth, Or my divine foul anfwer it in heav'n. Thou art a traitor and a mifcreant;