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The Life and Death of King
Richard the Second

 

ACT FIRST

 

Scene One

[Windsor. Within the Castle Walls]

Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other Nobles and Attendants.


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, 4
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, 8
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 argument, 12
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,


Scene One; cf. n.
2 band: bond
3 Hereford; cf. n.
4 appeal: accusation; cf. n.
9 appeal: accuse, challenge
12 argument: topic