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King Richard the Second.
Edmund of Langley, Duke of York; uncles to the King.
Henry, surnamed Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, son to John of
Duke of Aumerle, Son to the Duke of York.
creatures to King Richard.
Duke of Surrey.
Earl of Northumberland:
Lord Ross. Lord Willoughby. Lord Fitzwater.
Sir Pierce of Exton. Sir Stephen Scroop.
Queen to King Richard.
Lady attending on the Queen.
Lords, heralds, officers, soldiers, two gardeners, keeper, messenger, groom, and other attendants.
Scene, dispersedly in England and Wales.
LIFE & DEATH
KING RICHARD II.
SCENE I. London. A room in the palace.
Enter King Richard, attended; John of Gaunt, and other Nobles, with him.
K. Rich. OLD John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lancaster,
Hast thou, according to thy oath and band*, Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold son; Here to make good the boisterous late appeal, Which then our leisure would not let us hear, Against the duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray ?
Gaunt. I have, my liege.
K. Rich. Tell me, moreover, hast thou sounded him,
If he appeal the duke on ancient malice ;
On some apparent danger seen in him,
K. Rich. Then call them to our presence; face to face,
And frowning brow to brow, ourselves will hear
Re-enter attendants, with Bolingbroke and Norfolk.
Nor. Each day still better other's happiness;
K. Rich. We thank you both: yet one but flatters us,
As well appeareth by the cause you come;
In the devotion of a subject's love,
Tendering the precious safety of my prince,
Nor. Let not my cold words here accuse my zeal: * Charge.