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Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers' fons
Nortb. The King of heaven forbid, our lord the king
K. Rich. Northumberland, say,--thus the king re
His noble cousin is right welcome hither ;
. the flower of England's face ;) - disfigure the flowery surface of her foil—of England's race the beauty of her choicelt youth. I maid-pale face.
We do debase ourself, cousin, do we not,
Aum. No, good my lord; let's fight with gentle words, 'Till time lend friends, and friends their helpful swords. K. Rich. Oh God! oh God! that e'er this tongue of
mine, That laid the sentence of dread banishment On yon proud man, should take it off again • With words of footh! Oh, that I were as great As is my grief, or lesser than my name ! Or that I could forget what I have been ! Or not remember what I must be now ! Swell'st thou, proud heart? I'll give thee scope to beat, Since foes have scope to beat both thee and me.
Aum. Northumberland comes back from Bolingbroke.
K. Rich. What must the king do now? Must he submit? The king shall do it. Must he be deposed ? The king shall be contented : Must he lose The name of king? 'o God's name, let it go : I'll give my jewels for a set of beads; My gorgeous palace, for a hermitage ; My gay apparel, for an alms-man's gown ; My figur'd goblets, for a dish of wood; My scepter, for a palmer's walking Ataff; My subjects, for a pair of carved faints ; And my large kingdom, for a little grave, A little little grave, an obscure grave :-Or I'll be bury'd in the king's highway, Some way of common trade, where subjects' feet May hourly trample on their sovereign's head :
» Wiib words of foorb !]-In such soft, gentle terms. W rommon trade)-traffick, common refort, or usage.
For on my heart, they tread, now whilst I live;
North. My lord, in the base court he doth attend
K. Rich. Down, down, I come; like glist'ring Phaeton, Wanting the manage of unruly jades.
[North. retires to Bol. In the base court ? Base court, where kings grow base, 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 ?
Nortb. Sorrow and grief of heart
[Enter Richard, &c. below. * meck) -laugh. y base court)--the lower court.
Boling. Stand all apart,
[Touching bis own bead. Boling. My gracious lord, I come but for mine own. K. Rich. Your own is yours, and I am yours, and all.
Boling. So far be mine, my most redoubted lord, As my true service shall deserve your love.
K. Rich. Well you deserve :-They well deserve to have, That know the strongest and surest way to get.Uncle, give me your hand : nay, dry your eyes ; Tears shew their love, but want their remedies. Cousin, I am too young to be your father, Though you are old enough to be my heir. What
you will have, I'll give, and willing too ; For do we must, what force will have us do. Set on towards London :-Cousin, is it so ?
Boling. Yea, my good lord.
Enter the Queen, and two ladies. Queen. What sport shall we devise here in this garden, To drive away the heavy, thought of care ?
Lady. Madam, we'll play at bowls.
Queen. 'Twill make me think, the world is full of rubs, And that my fortune runs against the bias.
Lady. Madam, we'll dance.
Queen. My legs can keep no measure in delight,
Lady. Madam, we will tell tales.
Queen. Of neither, girl:
Lady. Madam, I'll sing.
Queen. 'Tis well, that thou hast cause ; But thou should'st please me better, would'st thou weep.
Lady. I could weep, madam, would it do you good.
Queen. And I could weep, would weeping do me good, And never borrow any tear of thee. But stay, here come the gardiners : Let's step into the shadow of these trees.My wretchedness unto a row of pins,
Enter a gardiner, and two fervants. They'll talk of state ; for every one doth so Against a change; - Woe is fore-run with woe.
[ Queen, and ladies retire. z Of sorrow, or of jog?
a l'ce is fore-run with croe.]-Dejection precedes calamity; woe is commonly forerun by some prognostic from ill-boding rumours, or plaint.ve tales of impending difatters.