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Richard II

Cousin of Hereford, what dost thou object

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King Richard
Cousin of Hereford, what dost thou object
Against the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray?
Bolingbroke
First—heaven be the record to my speech!—
In the devotion of a subject’s love,
Tend’ring the precious safety of my prince
And free from other misbegotten hate,
Come I appellant to this princely presence.—

Since the more fair and crystal is the sky,
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Act 1
Scene 1
Line 29

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Wrath-kindled gentlemen, be ruled by me

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King Richard
Wrath-kindled gentlemen, be ruled by me.
Let’s purge this choler without letting blood.
This we prescribe, though no physician.
Deep malice makes too deep incision.

Forget, forgive; conclude and be agreed.
Our doctors say this is no month to bleed.

Forget, forgive; conclude and be agreed.
Our doctors say this is no month to bleed.—
Good uncle,
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Act 1
Scene 1
Line 156

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Let them lay by their helmets and their spears

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King Richard
Let them lay by their helmets and their spears,
And both return back to their chairs again.
 To his council.
Withdraw with us, and let the trumpets sound
While we return these dukes what we decree.
 Trumpets sound while Richard consults with
 Gaunt
 and other Nobles.
 To Bolingbroke and Mowbray. 
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Act 1
Scene 3
Line 119

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Norfolk, for thee remains a heavier doom

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King Richard
Norfolk, for thee remains a heavier doom,
Which I with some unwillingness pronounce:
The sly, slow hours shall not determinate
The dateless limit of thy dear exile.
The hopeless word of “never to return”
Breathe I against thee, upon pain of life.
Mowbray
A heavy sentence, my most sovereign liege,
And all unlooked-for from your Highness’ mouth.
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Act 1
Scene 3
Line 150

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The King is come. Deal mildly with his youth

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York
The King is come. Deal mildly with his youth,
For young hot colts being reined do rage the more.
Queen, to Gaunt
How fares our noble uncle Lancaster?
King Richard, to Gaunt
What comfort, man? How is ’t with agèd Gaunt?

A thousand flatterers sit within thy crown,
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Line 75

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My liege, old Gaunt commends him to your Majesty

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Northumberland
My liege, old Gaunt commends him to your Majesty.
King Richard
What says he?
Northumberland
Nay, nothing; all is said.
His tongue is now a stringless instrument;
Words, life, and all, old Lancaster hath spent.
York
Be York the next that must be bankrupt so!
Though death be poor,
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Act 2
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Line 154

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Needs must I like it well

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Needs must I like it well. I weep for joy
To stand upon my kingdom once again. He kneels.
Dear earth, I do salute thee with my hand,
Though rebels wound thee with their horses’ hoofs.

As a long-parted mother with her child
Plays fondly with her tears and smiles in meeting,
So, weeping, smiling, greet I thee,
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Discomfortable cousin, know’st thou not

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King Richard
Discomfortable cousin, know’st thou not
That when the searching eye of heaven is hid
Behind the globe that lights the lower world,
Then thieves and robbers range abroad unseen
In murders and in outrage boldly here?

O, call back yesterday, bid time return,
And thou shalt have twelve thousand fighting men.
Today,
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Act 3
Scene 2
Line 36

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More health and happiness betide my liege

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Scroop
More health and happiness betide my liege
Than can my care-tuned tongue deliver him.
King Richard
Mine ear is open and my heart prepared.
The worst is worldly loss thou canst unfold.

Cry woe, destruction, ruin, and decay.
The worst is death, and death will have his day.

Say, is my kingdom lost?
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Act 3
Scene 2
Line 93

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No matter where. Of comfort no man speak.

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King Richard
No matter where. Of comfort no man speak.
Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs,
Make dust our paper, and with rainy eyes
Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth.
Let’s choose executors and talk of wills.

I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends. Subjected thus,
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Act 3
Scene 2
Line 149

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