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King Richard the Second.
Gaunt; afterwards King Henry IV.
groom, and other attendants.
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 Lan
caster, 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; 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 argu
ment,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 Bolingbroke 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 flat
As well appeareth by the cause you come;
divine soul answer it in heaven.
prove. Nor. Let not my cold words here accuse my zeal: