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The Life and Death of
 

Within the earth; and, there inlaid: 'There lies 168
Two kinsmen digg'd their graves with weeping eyes.'
Would not this ill do well? Well, well, I see
I talk but idly and you laugh at me.
Most mighty prince, my Lord Northumberland, 172
What says King Bolingbroke? will his majesty
Give Richard leave to live till Richard die?
You make a leg, and Bolingbroke says ay.


North. My lord, in the base court he doth attend 176
To speak with you; may 't please you to come down?

K. Rich. Down, down, I come; like glistering Phaethon,
Wanting the manage of unruly jades.
In the base court? Base court, where kings grow base, 180
To come at traitors' calls and do them grace.
In the base court? Come down? Down, court! down, king!
For night-owls shriek where mounting larks should sing. [Exeunt from above.]

Boling. What says his majesty?

North. Sorrow and grief of heart 184
Makes him speak fondly, like a frantic man:
Yet he is come.


[Enter King Richard, and his Attendants.]

Boling. Stand all apart,
And show fair duty to his majesty. 188
He kneels down.
My gracious lord,—



168 inlaid: inscribed
169 digg'd: who digged
175 make a leg: make an obeisance
176 base court: outer court of castle
178 glistering: shining
Phaethon; cf. n.
179 Wanting: lacking
manage: skill to handle
jades: horses
185 fondly: foolishly