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You have, in manner, with your sinful hours, And not neglected; else, if heaven wonld,
And we will not, heaven's offer we refuse;
The proffer'd means of succour and redress. And stain'd the beauty of a fair qucen's cheeks Aum. He means, my lord, that we are too remiss ; With wars drawn from her eyes by your foul wrongs. Whilst Bolingbroke, through our security, Myself-a prince, by fortune of my birth ;
Grows strong and great, in substance, and in friends. Near to the king in blood; and near in love,
K. Rich. Discomfortable cousin! know'st thou not Till you did make him misinterpret me,
That when the searching eye of heaven is hid Have stoop'd my neck under your injuries,
Behind the globe, and lights the lower world, And sigh'd my English breath in foreign clouds, Then thieves and robbers range abroad unseen, Eating the bitter bread of banishment :
In murders, and in outrage, bloody here ; Whilst you have fed upon my siguories,
But when, from under this terrestrial ball, Dispark'd my parks, and felld my forest woods; He fires the proud tops of the eastern pines, From my own windows torn my household coat, And darts his light through every guilty hole, Raz'd out my impress, leaving me no sign, Then murders, treasons, and detested sins, Save men's opinions, and my living blood,
The cloak of night being pluck d from off their backs, To show the world I am a gentleman.
Stand bare and naked, trembling at themselves ? This, and much more, much more than twice all this, So when this thief, this traitor, BolingbrokeCondemns you to the death :-See them deliver'd over Who all this while hath revell'd in the night, To execution and the hand of death.
Whilst we were wand'ring with the Antipodes, – Bushy. More welcome is the stroke of death to me, Sball see us rising in our throne the east, Than Bolingbroke to England.-Lords, farewell. His treasons will sit blushing in his face, Green. My comfort is,-that heaven will take our Not able to endure the sight of day, souls,
But, self-affrighted, tremble at his sin,
Not all the water in the rough rude sea
The deputy elected by the Lord :
To lift shrewd steel against our golden crown, Take special care my greetings be deliver'd. God for his Richard hath in heavenly pay
York. A gentleman of mine I have despatch'd A glorious angel : then, if angels fight, With letters of your love to her at large.
Weak men must fall; for heaven still guards the right Bob Thanks, gentle unele.-Come, lords, away;
Enter Salisbury. To fight with Glendower and his complices;
Welcome, my lord; how far off lies your power? Awhile to work, and, after, holiday. [Exeunt.
Sal. Nor near, nor further off, my gracious lord, SCENE II.-The Coast of Wales. A Castle in view.
Than this weak arm: Discomfort guides my tongue, Flourish : Drums and Trumpets. Enter King And bids me speak of nothing but despair. Richard, Bishop of Carlisle, Aumerle, and Soldiers. One day too late, I fear, my noble lord, K. Rich. Barkloughly castle call you this at hand ?
Hath clouded all thy happy days on earth : Aum. Yea, my lord: How brooks your grace the air, 1 o, call back yesterday, bid time return, After late tossing on the breaking seas?
And thou shalt have twelve thousand fighting men ! K. Rich. Needs must I like it well; I weep for joy, | Oferthrows thy joys, friends, fortune, and thy state ;
Today, to-day, unhappy day, too late,
For all the Welshmen, hearing thou wert dead,
Aum. Comfort, my liege: why looks your grace Plays fondly with her tears, and smiles in meeting ;
$0 pale? So, weeping, smiling, greet I thee, my earth,
K. Rich. But now, the blood of twenty thousand men And do thee favour with my royal hands.
Did triuinph in my face, and they are fled; Feed not thy sovereign's foe, my gentle earth,
And, till so much blood thither come again, Nor with thy sweets comfort his ravenous sense :
Have I not reason to look pale and dead? But let thy spiders, that suck up thy venom,
All souls that will be safe, fly from my side; And leavy-gaited toads, lie in their way;
For time hath set a blot upon my pride. Doing annoyance to the treacherous feet,
Aun. Comfort, my liege ; remember who you are. Which with usurping steps do trample thee:
K. Rich. I had forgot myself: Am I not king? Yield stinging nettles to mine enemies:
Awake, thou sluggard majesty! thou sleep'st. And when they from thy bosom pluck a flower,
Is not the king's name forty thousand names ? Guard it, I pray thee, with a lurking adder;
Arm, arm, my name! a puny subject strikes Whose donble tongue may with a mortal touch At thy great glory.-Lool: not to the ground, Throw death upon thy sovereigu's enemies.
Ye favourites of a king ; Are we not high? Mock not my senseless conjuration, lords ;
High be our thoughts : I know, my uncle York This earth shall have a feeling, and these stones
Hath power enough to serve our turn. But who
Enter Scroop. Bishop. Fear not, my lord; that Power, that made Scroop. More health and happiness betide my liege, you hing,
Than can my care-tun'd tongue deliver him. Jlath power to keep you king, in spite of all. K. Rich, Mine tar is open, and my heart prepard; The means that heaven yields must be embracd, The worst is worldly loss, thou canst unfold.
Say, is my kingdom lost? wby, 'twas my care; All murder'd :-For within the hollow crown,
That rounds the mortal temples of a king,
Keeps death his court: and there the antic sits, Greater he shall not be ; if he serve God,
Scoffing his state, and grinning at his pomp;
Allowing him, a breath a little scene
As if this flesh, which walls about our life,
Seroop. Glad am I, that your highness is so arm'd Comes at the last, and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and-farewell king! Like an unseasonable stormy day,
Cover your heads, and mock not flesh and blood
Tradition, form, and ceremonjous duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while: of Bolingbroke, covering your fearful land
I live with bread like you, feel want, taste grief, With hard bright steel, and hearts harder than steel. Need friends :-Subjected thus, White-beards have arm'd their thin and hairless scalps How can you say to me-I am a king? Against thy majesty; boys, with women's voices, Car. My lord, wise men ne'er wail their present woes Strive to speak big, and clap their female joints But presently prevent the ways to wail. In stiff uwieldy arms against thy crown :
To fear the foe, since fear oppresseth strength, Thy very beadsmen learn to bend their bows
Gives, in your weakness, strength unto your foe, Of double-fatal yew against thy state;
And so your follies fight against yourself. Yea, distaff-women manage rusty bills
Fear, and be slain ; no worse can come, to fight: Against thy seat : both young and old rebel,
And fight and die, is death destroying death ;
K. Rich. Too well, too well, thou tell'st a tale so ill. Aum. My father hath a power, enquire of him;
K. Rich. Thou ehid'st me well:-Proud Boling That they have let the dangerous enemy
broke, I come Measure our confines with such penceful steps? To change blows with thee for our day of doom. If we prevail, their heads shall pay for it.
This ague-fit of fear is over-blown ; I warrant, they have made peace with Bolingbroke. An easy task it is, to win our own.Scroep. Peace have they made with him, indeed, my Say, Scroop, where lies our uncle with his power? lond.
Speak sweetly, man, although thy looks be sour. K. Rich. O villains, vipers, damn'd without redemp Scroop. Men judge by the complexion of the sky tion !
The state and inelination of the day:
So may you by my dull and heavy eye,
Your uncle York hath join'd with Bolingbroke;
And all your northern castles yielded up,
K. Rich. Thou hast said enough.
Beshrew thee, cousin, which didst lead me forth Have felt the worst of death's destroying wound,
[To Aumerle. And lie full low, gravid in the hollow ground. of that sweet way I was in to despair ! Aum. Is Bushy, Græn, and the earl of Wiltshire, || What say you now? what comfort have we now? dead?
By heaven, I'll hate him everlastingly,
That power I have, discharge ; and let them go
To ear the land that bath some hope to grow, Make dast our paper, and with rainy eyes
For I have none :-Let no man speak again Write sorrow on the bosorn of the earth.
To alter this, for counsel is but vain. Let's chouse executors, and talk of wills :
Aum. My liege, one word. And yet not so,-for what can we bequeath,
He does me double wrong, Sare our deposed bolies to the ground?
That wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue. Our lands, our lives, and all are Bolingbroke's, Discharge my followers, let them hence;-Away, And nothing can we call our own, but death ; From Richard's might, to Bolingbroke's fair day. And that small model of the barren earth,
(Exeunt. Which serves as paste and cover to our bones. For heaven's sake, let os sit upon the ground,
SCENE III.-Wales. Before Flint Castic. Enter , And tell sad stories of the death of kings :
with Drum and Colours, Bolingbroke, and Forces ; How some have been depos’d, some slain in war;
York, Northumberland, and others. Some haunted by the ghosts they have depos'd ;
Bol. So that by this intelligence we learn, Somne poisou'd by their wives, sodie sleeping kill'd ; The Welshmen are dispers'd ; and Salisbury
Is gone to meet the king, who lately landed,
As doth the blushing discontented sun With some few private friends, upon this coast. From out the fiery portal of the east;
North. The news is very fair and good, my lord ; When he perceives the envious clouds are bent Richard, not far from hence, bath hid bis head. To dim his glory, and to stain the track
York. It would be seem the lord Northumberland, Of his bright passage to the occident.
North. Your grace mistakes me ; only to be brief, Controlling majesty ; Alack, alack, for woe,
That any harm should stain so fair a show!
K. Rich. We are amaz'd; and thus long have we Would you have been so brief with him, he would
stood Have been so brief with you, to shorten yoll,
To watch the fearful bending of thy knee, [To North For taking so the head, your whole head's length.' Because we thought ourself thy lawful king:
Bol. Mistake isot, uncle, further than you should. And if we be, how dare thy joints forget York. Take not, good cousin, further than you To pay their awful duty to our presence ? should,
If we be not, show us the hand of God Lest you mis-take: the heavens are o'er your head. That hath dismissd us from our stewardship; Bol. I know it, uncle ; and oppose not
For well we know, no hand of blood and bone Myself against their will.-But who comes here? Can gripe the sacred handle of our sceptre, Enter Percy.
Unless he do profane, steal, or usurp. Well, Harry; what, will not this castle yield ? And though you think, that all, as you have done,
Percy. The castle royally is mann 'd, my lord, Have torn their souls, by turning them from ns, Against thy entrance.
And we are barren, and bereft of friends;
Yet know,-my master, God omnipotent,
Is must'ring in his clouds, on our behalf, Percy.
Yes, my good lord, Armies of pestilence; and they shall strike It doth contain a king; king Richard lies
Your children yet unborn, and unbegot, Within the limits of yon lime and stone:
That lift your vassal hands against my head, And with him are the lord Aumerle, lord Salisbury, And threat the glory of my precious crown. Sir Stephen Scroop; besides a clergyman
Tell Bolingbroke, (for yond', methi nks, he is.) Of holy reverence, who, I cannot learn.
That every stride he makes upon my land, North. Belike, it is the bishop of Carlisle.
Is dangerous treason: He is come to ope Bol. Noble lor,
The purple testament of bleeding war; Go to the rude ribs of that ancient castle ;
But ere the crown he looks for live in peace, Through brazen trumpet send the breath of parle Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers' sons Into his ruin'd ears, and thus deliver.
Shall ill become the flower of England's face ; Harry Boling broke
Change the complexion of her maid-pale peace On both his knees doth kiss kiug Richard's hand; To scarlet indignation, and bedew And sends allegiance, and true faith of heart,
Her pastures' grass with faithful English blood. To his most royal person wither come
North. The king of heaven forbid, our lord the king Even at his feet to lay my arms and power ;
Should so with eivil and uncivilarins Provided that, my banishment repeald,
Be rush'd upon! Thy thrice-noble cousin, And lands restor'd again, be freely granted :
Harry Bolingbroke, doth bumbly kiss thy hand; If not, I'll use the advantage of my power,
And by the honouraisle tomb he swears, And lay the summer's dust with showers of blood, That stands upon thy royal grandsire's bones ; Rain'd from the wounds of slaughter'd Englishmen; And by the royalties of both your bloods, The which, how far ofl' from the mind of Bulingbroke Currents that spring from one most gracious head; It is, such crimson tempest should bedrench
And by the buried hand of warlike Gaunt; The fresh green lap of fair king Richard's land, And by the worth and honour of himself, My stooping duty tenderly shall show.
Comprising all that may be sworn or said, Go, signify as much ; while here we march
His coming hither hath no further scope, Upon the grassy carpet of this plain.
Than for his lineal royalties, and to beg (Northumberland advances to the Castle,
Enfianchisement immediate on his knees:
with a Trumpet. Which on thy royal party granted once, Let's march without the noise of threat'ning drum,
His glittering arms he will commend to rust, That from the castle's totter'd battlements
His barbed steeds to stables, and his heart Our fair appointments may be well perus'd.
To faithful service of your majesty. Methinks, king Richard and myself should meet
This swears he, as he is a prince, is jusi; With no less terror than the elements
And, as I am a gentleman, I credit him. Of fire and water, when their thund'ring shock
K. Rich. Northumberland, say,-thus the king re At inecting tears the cloudy cheeks of heaven. Be le the fire, I'll be the yielding water:
His noble cousin is right welcome hither; The rage be his, while on the carth I rain
And all the number of his fair demands My waters ; on the earth, and not on him.
Shall be accomplish'd without contradiction : March on, and mark king Richard how he looks.
With all the gracious utterance thou hast, A parle sounded, and answered by another Trumpet Speak to his gentle hearing kind commends
within. Flourish. Enter, on the walls, King Rich We do debase ourself, cousin, do we not, artl, the Bishop of Carlisle, Aumerle, Scroop, and To look so poorly, and to speak so fair? Salisbury.
Shall we call back Northumberland, and send Tork. See, see, king Richard doth bimself appear, Defiance to the traitor, and so die?
Aum. No, good my lord; let's fight with gentle K. Rich. Fair cousin, you debase your princely words,
knee, Till time lend friends, and friends their helpful swords. To make the base earth proud with kissing it: K. Rick. O God ! O God! that e'er this tongue of Me rather had, my heart might feel your love, mine,
Than my unpleas'd eye see your courtesy. That laid the sentence of dread banishment
Up. cousin, up; your heart is up, I know, On yon proud inan, should take it off again Thus high at least, [Touching his own head.) although With words of sooth! O, that I were as great
your knee be low, As is my grief, or lesser than my naine !
Bol. My gracious loril, I come but for mine own. Or that I could forget what I have been !
K. Rich Your own is yours, and I am yours, and all. Or not remember what I must be now!
Bol. So far be mine, my most redoubted lord, Swell'st thou, proud heart? I'll give thee scope to beat, As my true service shall deserve your love. Since foes have scope to beat both thee and me. K. Rich. Well you deserve :-They well deserve to Aum. Northumberland comes back from Baling have, broke.
That know the strong'st and surest way to get K. Rich. What must the king do now? Must he Uncle, give me your hand : nay, dry your eyes ; submit?
Tears show their love, but want their remedies.The king shall do it. Must he be deposil?
Cousin, I am too young to be your father, The king shall be contented: Must he lose
Though you are old enough to be my heir. The name of king? o'God's name, let it go :
What you will have. I'll give, and willing too; I'll give my jewels, for a set of beads;
For do we must, what force will have us do. My gorgeous palace, for a hermitage;
Set on towards London :-Cousin, is it so? Mfy gay apparel, for an alms-man's gown;
Bol. Yes, my good lord. My figurid goblets, for a dish of wood;
Then I must not say, no. My sceptre, for a palmer's walking-staff;
[Flourish. Exeunt. My subjects, for a pair of carved saints ; Aixl my large kingdom, for a little grave,
SCENE IV.-Langley. The Duke of York's Garden. A little little grave, an obseure grave :
Enter the Queen, and two Ladies, Or I'll be buried in the king's highway,
Queen. What sport shall we devise here in this gar. Sorne way of common trade, where subjects' feet
den, May hourly trample on their sovereign's head : To drive away the heavy thought of care ? Far on my heart they tread, now whilst I live ;
i Lady. Madau, we'll play at bowls. Anl, buried once, why not upon my head ?
'Twill make me think, Aumerle, thou weep'st ; My tender-hearted consin ! The world is full of rubs, and that my fortune We'll make foul weather with despised tears ; Ruins 'gainst the bias. Our sighs, and they, shall lodge the summer corn, 1 Lady.
Madam, we will dance. And make a dearth in this revolting land.
Queen. My legs can keep no measure in delight, Or shall we play the wantons with our woes,
When my poor heart no measure keeps in grief: And make some pretty match with sherlding tears? Therefore, no dancing, girl; some other sport. As thus ;-To drop them still upon one place,
1 Lody. Madam, we'll tell tales. Till they have fretted us a pair of graves
Of sorrow, or of joy? Within the earth; and, therein laid, -There lies i Lady. Of either, madam. Tree kinsmen, digg'd their graves with weeping eyes ? Queen.
or neither, girl : Would not this ill do well ?-Well, well, I see For if of joy, being altogether wanting, I talk but idly, and you mock at me.
It doth remember me the more of sorrow;
For what I have. I need not to repeat ;
And what I want, it boots not to complain, Northe My lord, in the base court he doth attend
i Lady. Madam, I'll sing. To speak with you; may't please you to come down? Queen.
'Tis well, that thon hast cause ; k. Rich. Down, down, I come ; like glistering Pba- | But thou should'st please me better, would'st thou weep. eton,
1 Lady. I could weep, madam, would it do you good. Wanting the manage of unruly jades.
Queen. And I could weep, would weeping do me [North. retires to Boling. good, In the base court? Base court, where kings grow base, || And never borrow any tear of thee. To come at traitors' calls, and do them grace. But stay, here come the gardeners : In the base court? Come down ? Down, court! down Let's step into the shadow of these trees.
king! For night-owls shriek, where mounting larks should
Enter a Gardener, and two Servants. [E.reunt from above. My wretchedness unto a row of pins, Bal. What says his majesty?
They'll talk of state ; for every one doth so Sorrow and grief of heart | Against a change: Woe is forerun with woe. Makes him speak fondly, like a frantic man:
(Queen and Ladies retire. Gard. Go bind thou up yon' dangling apricocks,
Which, like unruly children, make their sire
Stoop with oppression of their prodigal weight:
Give some supportance to the bending twigs.-
Go thou, and like an executioner, y gracious lord
[Knecling. || Cut off the heads of too-fast-growing sprays,
Tet he is come.
That look too lofty in our commonwealth :
Gardener, for telling me this news of wor, All must be even in oor government.
I would, the plants thou graft'st, may never grow, You thus employ'd, I will go root away
[Excunt Queen and Ladie. The noisome weeds, that without profit suck
Gard. Poor queen! so that thy state might be no The soil's fertility from wholesome flowers.
worse, 1 Sero. Why should we, in the compass of a pale, I would, my skill were subject to thy curseKeep law, and form, and due proportion,
Here did she drop a tear; here, in this place, Showing, as in a model, our firm estate?
I'll set a bank of rue, sour herb of grace: When our sea-walled garden, the whole land, Rue, even for ruth, here shortly shall be seen, Is full of wecds; her fairest flowers oboal
In the remembrance weeping queen. (E.scunt. Her fruit trees all unprun'd, her hedges ruind, Her knots disorder'd, and her wholesome herbs Swarıning with caterpillars ?
ACT IV. Gard.
Hold thy peace:He that hath suffer'd this disorder'd spring,
SCENE I.-London. Westminster Hall. The Lorde Hath now himself met with the fall of leaf :
spiritual on the right side of the Throne; che Lercia The weeds, that his broad-spreading leaves did shelter, temporal on the left ; the Commons below. Enter! That seem'd in eating him to hold him up,
Bolingbroke, Aumerle, Surrey, Northumberland, Are pluck'd up, root and all, by Bolingbroke;
Percy, Fitzwater, another Lord, Bishop of Carlisle, I mean, the earl of Wiltshire, Bushy, Green.
Abbot of Westminster, and Attendants. Officers le 1 Serv. What are they dead?
hind with Bagot.
What thou dost know of noble Gloster's death; Do wound the bark, the skin of our fruit-trees; Who wrought it with the king, and who perform'd Lest, being over proud with sap and blood,
The bloody office of his timeless end. With too much riches it confound itself:
Bagot. Then set before my face the lord Aumerle. Had he done so to great and growing men,
Bol. Cousin, stand forth, and look upon that man. They might have lived to bear, and he to taste
Bagot. My lord Aumerle, I know your daring tongue Their fruits of duty. All superfluous branches Scorns to unsay what once it hath deliverd. We lop away, that bearing boughs may live: In that deal time when Gloster's death was plotted, Had he done so, himself had borne the crown, I heard you say,-Is net my arm of length, Which waste of idle hours hath quite thrown down. That reache'h from the restful English court 1 Serv. What, think you then, the king shall be de As far as Calais, to my uncle's head? pos'd?
Amongst much other talk, that very time; Gard. Depress'd he is already; and depos'd, I heard you say, that you had rather refuse *Tis doubt, he will be : Letters came last night The offer of an hundred thousand crowns, To a dear friend of the good duke of York's,
Than Bolingbroke's return to England ; That tell black tidings.
Adding withal, how blest this land would be, Queen.
0, I am press'd to death, In this your cousiu's death. Through want of speaking !-Thou, old Adam's like Aum.
Princes, and noble lords, ness,
[Coming from her concealment. What answer shall I make to this base man? Set to dress this garden, how dares
Shall I so much dishonour my fair stacs, Thy harsh-rude tongue sound this unpleasing news? On equal terms to give him chastisement ? What Eve, what serpent hath suggested thee Either I must, or have mine honour soil'd To make a second fall of cursed man?
With the attainder of his sland 'rous lips.-— Why dost thon say, king Richard is depos'd ? There is my gage, the manual seal of death, Darst thou, thou little better thing than earth, That marks thee out for hell : I say, thou liesta Divine his downfall? Say, where, when, and how, And will maintain, what thou hast said, is false, Cam'st thou by these ill tidings? speak, thou wretch. In thy heart-blood, though being all too base
Gard. Pardon me, madam: little joy have I, To stain the temper of my knightly swork To breathe this news; yet, what I say, is true.
Bol. Bagot, forbear, thou shalt not take it up King Richard, he is in the mighty hold
Aum. Excepting one, I would he were the best or Bolingbroke ; their fortunes both are weigh'u ; In all this presence, that hath mov'd me so. In your lord's scale is nothing but himself,
Fitz. If that thy valour stand on sympathiesy And some few vanities that make him light; There is my gage, Aumerle, in gage to thine : But in the balance of great Bolingbroke,
By that fair sun that shows me where thou scand's Besides himself, are all the English peers,
I heard thee say, and vauntingly thou spakst it, And with that odds he weighs king Richard down. That thou wert cause of noble Gloster's death. Post you to London, and you'll find it so;
If thou deny 'st it, twenty times thou liest; I speak no more than every one doth kilow.
And I will turn thy falsehood to thy heart, Queen. Nimble mischance, that art so light of foot, where it was forged, with my rapier's point. Doth not thy embassage belong to me,
Aum. Thou Jarist not, coward, live to see that day. And am I last that knows it? O, thou think'st
Fitz. Now, by my soul, I would it were this bour. To serve me last, that I may longest keep
dum. Fitzwater, thou art damo'd to hell for this. Thy sorrow in my breast.-Come, ladies, go,
Percy. Aumerle, thou liest; his honour is as true, To meet at Lowon London's king in woe.
In this appeal, as thou art all unjust : What, was I born to this! that my sad look
And, that thou art so, there I throw my gage, Should grace the triumph of great Bolingbroke ? To prove it on thee to the extremest point