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Dramatis Personæ.
KING Richard the Second.
Duke of York,
John of Gaunt

, Duke of Lancafler, } Uncles to the King. Bolingbroke, Son to John of Gaunt, afterwards King

Henry the Fourth.
Aumerle, Son to the Duke of York.
Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk.
Earl of Salisbury.
Lord Berkley.

Servants to King Richard.
Fery of some real worthumberland, Friends to Boling-

broke, Willoughby, Bishop of Carlisle,



Sir Stephen Scroop, } Friends to King Richard.


Abbot of Westminster,
Sir Pierce of Exton,

Lords in the Parliament,

Queen to King Richard.
Dutchess of Gloucefter.
Dutchess of York.
Ladies, attending on the Queen.
Heralds, two Gardiners, Keeper, Messenger, Groom,

and other Attendants.

SCENE, dispersedly, in several Parts of England.

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SC E N E, the COURT.

Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other

Nobles and Attendants.

LD John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lan-

Hast thou, according to thy oath and

bond, Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold

fon, l (1) The Life and Death of King Richard II.) But this Hiftosy comprizes little more than the Two last Years of this unfortunate Prince. The Action of the Drama begins with Bolingbroke's appealing the Duke of Norfolk, on an Acculation of high Treason, which fell out in the Year 1398 ; and it closes with the Murder of King Richard at Pomfret-Castle towards the End of the Year 1400, or the Beginning of the enluing Year,



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Here to make good the boist'rous late Appeal,
Which then our leisure would not let us hear,
Against the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray ?
Gaunt. I have, my liege.

K. Ricb. Tell me moreover, haft thou founded him,
If he appeal the Duke on ancient malice,
Qr worthily, as a good Subject should,
On some known ground of treachery in him?

Gaunt. As near as I could fift him on that argument,
On some apparent Danger seen in him
Aim'd at your Highness; no invet’rate malice.

K. Rich. Then call them to our presence ; face to face,
And frowning brow to brow, Our selves will hear
Th’accuser, and th' accused freely speak :
High-stomach'd are they Both, and full of ire;
In rage, deaf as the sea; hafty as fire.

Enter Bolingbroke and Mowbray.
Boling. May many years of happy days befall
My gracious Sovereign, my most loving Liege!

Mowb. Each day ftill 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, t'appeal each other of high Treason.
Cousin of Hereford, what dost thou object
Againt the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray ?

Boling. First (Heaven be the record to my speech!)
In the devotion of a Subject's love,
Tend'ring the precious fafety of my Prince,
And free from other mis-begotten hate,
Come I Appellant to this princely presence.
Now, Thomas Mowbray, do I turn to thee,
And mark my Greeting well; for what I speak,
My body shall make good upon this earth,

divine foul answer it in heav'n.
Thou art a traitor and a miscreant;
Too good to be so, and too bad to live ;
Since, the more fair and crystal is the Sky,


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