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, Duke of Lancafler, } Uncles to the King. Bolingbroke, Son to John of Gaunt, afterwards King
Henry the Fourth.
Servants to King Richard.
broke, Willoughby, Bishop of Carlisle,
Sir Stephen Scroop, } Friends to King Richard.
Abbot of Westminster,
Lords in the Parliament,
Queen to King Richard.
and other Attendants.
SCENE, dispersedly, in several Parts of England.
(1) The LIFE and DEATH of KING RICHARD II.
SCENE, the COURT.
Enter King Richard, John of Gaunt, with other
LD John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lancafter,
Haft thou, according to thy oath and bond,
Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold fon,
(1) The Life and Death of King Richard II.] But this Hiftory comprizes little more than the Two laft Years of this unand fortunate Prince. The Action of the Drama begins with Bolingbroke's appealing the Duke of Norfolk, on an Accufation of high Treafon, which fell out in the Year 1398; and it clofes with the Murder of King Richard at Pomfret-Caftle towards the End of the Year 1400, or the Beginning of the enfuing Year.
Here to make good the boift'rous late Appeal,
K. Rich. Tell me moreover, haft thou founded him,
Gaunt. As near as I could fift him on that argument,
K. Rich. Then call them to our prefence; face to face,
Enter Bolingbroke and Mowbray.
Boling. May many years of happy days befall My gracious Sovereign, my moft loving Liege!
Mowb. Each day ftill 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 flatters us,
Boling. First (Heaven be the record to my speech!}