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King Richard II: Act 1, Scene 4

King Richard II
Act 1, Scene 4

The court.

  1. Enter the King with Green and Bagot at one door and the Lord
  2. Aumerle at another.

King Richard II

3 - 4
  1. We did observe. Cousin Aumerle,
  2. How far brought you high Herford on his way?

Aumerle

5 - 6
  1. I brought high Herford, if you call him so,
  2. But to the next high way, and there I left him.

King Richard II

7
  1. And say, what store of parting tears were shed?

Aumerle

8 - 11
  1. Faith, none for me, except the northeast wind,
  2. Which then blew bitterly against our faces,
  3. Awak’d the sleeping rheum, and so by chance
  4. Did grace our hollow parting with a tear.

King Richard II

12
  1. What said our cousin when you parted with him?

Aumerle

13 - 21
  1. Farewell!”
  2. And for my heart disdained that my tongue
  3. Should so profane the word, that taught me craft
  4. To counterfeit oppression of such grief
  5. That words seem’d buried in my sorrow’s grave.
  6. Marry, would the word farewell have length’ned hours
  7. And added years to his short banishment,
  8. He should have had a volume of farewells;
  9. But since it would not, he had none of me.

King Richard II

22 - 38
  1. He is our cousin’s cousin, but ’tis doubt,
  2. When time shall call him home from banishment,
  3. Whether our kinsman come to see his friends.
  4. Ourself and Bushy, Bagot here and Green,
  5. Observ’d his courtship to the common people,
  6. How he did seem to dive into their hearts
  7. With humble and familiar courtesy,
  8. What reverence he did throw away on slaves,
  9. Wooing poor craftsmen with the craft of smiles
  10. And patient underbearing of his fortune,
  11. As ’twere to banish their affects with him.
  12. Off goes his bonnet to an oyster-wench,
  13. A brace of draymen bid God speed him well,
  14. And had the tribute of his supple knee,
  15. With Thanks, my countrymen, my loving friends,”
  16. As were our England in reversion his,
  17. And he our subjects’ next degree in hope.

Green

39 - 43
  1. Well, he is gone, and with him go these thoughts.
  2. Now for the rebels which stand out in Ireland,
  3. Expedient manage must be made, my liege,
  4. Ere further leisure yield them further means
  5. For their advantage and your Highness’ loss.

King Richard II

44 - 56
  1. We will ourself in person to this war,
  2. And for our coffers, with too great a court
  3. And liberal largess, are grown somewhat light,
  4. We are enforc’d to farm our royal realm,
  5. The revenue whereof shall furnish us
  6. For our affairs in hand. If that come short,
  7. Our substitutes at home shall have blank charters,
  8. Whereto, when they shall know what men are rich,
  9. They shall subscribe them for large sums of gold,
  10. And send them after to supply our wants,
  11. For we will make for Ireland presently.
  12. Enter Bushy.
  13. Bushy, what news?

Bushy

57 - 59
  1. Old John of Gaunt is grievous sick, my lord,
  2. Suddenly taken, and hath sent post-haste
  3. To entreat your Majesty to visit him.

King Richard II

60
  1. Where lies he?

Bushy

61
  1. At Ely House.

King Richard II

62 - 67
  1. Now put it, God, in the physician’s mind
  2. To help him to his grave immediately!
  3. The lining of his coffers shall make coats
  4. To deck our soldiers for these Irish wars.
  5. Come, gentlemen, let’s all go visit him.
  6. Pray God we may make haste and come too late!

All Green, Bagot, Aumerle and Bushy

68
  1. Amen.
  1. Exeunt.
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