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SCENE I. London. Westminster Hall.
The Lords spiritual on the right side of the throne ;
the Lords temporal on the left; the Commons below. Enter BOLINGBROKE, AUMERLE, SURREY, NORTHUMBERLAND, Percy, FITZWATER, another Lord, Bishop of Carlisle, Abbot of Westminster, and Attendants. Officers behind, with Bagot.
Boling. Call forth Bagot: Now, Bagot, freely speak thy mind; What thou dost know of noble Gloster's death; Who wrought it with the king, and who performid The bloody office of his timeless end.
Bagot. Then set before my face the Lord Aumerle. Boling. Cousin, stand forth, and look upon
that man. Bagot. My lord Aumerle, I know your daring
tongue Scorns to unsay what once it hath deliver'd. In that dead time when Gloster's death was plotted, I heard you say -Is not my arm of length, That reacheth from the restful English court As far as Calais, to my uncle's head? Amongst much other talk, that very time, I heard you say, that you had rather refuse The offer of an hundred thousand crowns, Than Bolingbroke's return to England;
Surrey,] Thomas Holland, earl of Kent. He was brother to John Holland duke of Exeter, and was created duke of Surrey in the 21st year of King Richard the Second, 1397.
Adding withal, how blest this land would be,
Princes, and noble lords,
up. Aum. Excepting one, I would he were the best In all this presence, that hath mov'd me so.
Fitz. If that thy valour stand on sympathies, There is my gage, Aumerle, in gage to thine: By that fair sun that shows me where thou standst, I heard thee say, and vauntingly thou spak’st it, That thou wert cause of noble Gloster's death. If thou deny'st it, twenty times thou liest ; And I will turn thy falsehood to thy heart, Where it was forged, with my rapier's point. Aum. Thou dar'st not, coward, live to see that
day. Fitz. Now, by my soul, I would it were this
hour. Aum. Fitzwater, thou art damn'd to hell for this. Percy. Aumerle, thou liest; his honour is as
true, In this appeal, as thou art all unjust : And, that thou art so, there I throw my gage, To prove
it on thee to the extremest point Of mortal breathing; seize it, if thou dar’st. Aum. And if I do not, may my hands rot off,
And never brandish more revengeful steel
may be holla'd in thy treacherous ear
at all : I have a thousand spirits in one breast, To answer twenty thousand such as you.
Surrey. My lord Fitzwater, I do remember well The very time Aumerle and you did talk.
Fitz. My lord, 'tis true: you were in presence And you can witness with me, this is true. Șurrey. As false, by heaven, as heaven itself is
true. Fitz. Surrey, thou liest. Surrey.
pawn; Engage it to the trial, if thou dar’st.
Fitz. How fondly dost thou spurą forward horse! If I dare eat, or drink, or breathe, or live, I dare meet Surrey in a wilderness, And spit upon him, whilst I say he lies, And lies, and lies: there is my bond of faith, To tie thee to my strong correction. As I intend to thrive in this new world,
in this new world,] In this world where I have just begun to be an actor. Surrey, a few lines above, called him boy.
Aumerle is guilty of my true appeal :
gage, Till Norfolk be repeald: repeald he shall be, And, though mine enemy, restor'd again To all his land and signories ; when he's return’d, Against Aumerle we will enforce his trial.
Car. That honourable day shall ne'er be seen.-
Boling. Why, bishop, is Norfolk dead
Of good old Abraham-Lords appellants,
gage, Till we assign you to your days of trial.
Enter York, attended. York. Great duke of Lancaster, I come to thee From plume-pluck'd Richard; who with willing soul Adopts thee heir, and his high scepter yields To the possession of thy royal hand :
Ascend his throne, descending now from him,
Boling. In God's name, I'll ascend the regal
Cur. Marry, God forbid !--
nobless -] i. e. nobleness; a word now obsolete, but used both by Spenser and Ben Jonson,