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The Life and Death of
 

By that, and all the rites of knighthood else,
Will I make good against thee, arm to arm, 76
What I have spoke, or thou canst worse devise.


Mow. I take it up; and by that sword I swear,
Which gently laid my knighthood on my shoulder,
I'll answer thee in any fair degree, 80
Or chivalrous design of knightly trial:
And when I mount, alive may I not light,
If I be traitor or unjustly fight!

K. Rich. What doth our cousin lay to Mowbray's charge? 84
It must be great that can inherit us
So much as of a thought of ill in him.

Boling. Look, what I speak, my life shall prove it true;
That Mowbray hath receiv'd eight thousand nobles 88
In name of lendings for your highness' soldiers,
The which he hath detain'd for lewd employments,
Like a false traitor and injurious villain.
Besides I say and will in battle prove, 92
Or here or elsewhere to the furthest verge
That ever was survey'd by English eye,
That all the treasons for these eighteen years
Complotted and contrived in this land, 96
Fetch from false Mowbray their first head and spring.
Further I say and further will maintain
Upon his bad life to make all this good,
That he did plot the Duke of Gloucester's death, 100
Suggest his soon-believing adversaries,
And consequently, like a traitor coward,


81 design: enterprise
85 inherit us: put us in possession of
88 nobles: gold coins worth 6s. 8d.
89 lendings: money advances on their pay
90 lewd: base
91 injurious: malicious
101 Suggest: instigate