Richard II


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Act I
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Enter the King with Bagot and Green at one door,

and the Lord Aumerle at another


KING RICHARD

We did observe. Cousin Aumerle,

How far brought you high Hereford on his way?
high (adj.) 4 proud, haughty, grand


AUMERLE

I brought high Hereford, if you call him so,

But to the next highway; and there I left him.


KING RICHARD

And say, what store of parting tears were shed?


AUMERLE

Faith, none for me, except the north-east wind,

Which then blew bitterly against our faces,

Awaked the sleeping rheum, and so by chance
rheum (n.) 2 watery discharge, seepage [especially of the eyes]

Did grace our hollow parting with a tear.


KING RICHARD

What said our cousin when you parted with him?


AUMERLE

‘ Farewell ’ –

And, for my heart disdained that my tongue

Should so profane the word, that taught me craft
craft (n.) 1 skill, art, ability

To counterfeit oppression of such grief
counterfeit (v.) 1 copy, imitate, simulate See Topics: Frequency count
oppression (n.) 1 misfortune, distress, difficulty

That words seemed buried in my sorrow's grave.

Marry, would the word ‘ farewell ’ have lengthened hours

And added years to his short banishment,

He should have had a volume of farewells;

But since it would not, he had none of me.


KING RICHARD

He is our cousin, cousin; but 'tis doubt,

When time shall call him home from banishment,

Whether our kinsman come to see his friends.

Ourself and Bushy

Observed his courtship to the common people,

How he did seem to dive into their hearts

With humble and familiar courtesy;

What reverence he did throw away on slaves,

Wooing poor craftsmen with the craft of smiles

And patient underbearing of his fortune,
underbearing (n.) enduring, coping with

As 'twere to banish their affects with him.
affect (n.) 2 affection, warm feeling, regard

Off goes his bonnet to an oyster-wench.

A brace of draymen bid God speed him well,

And had the tribute of his supple knee,

With ‘ Thanks, my countrymen, my loving friends,’

As were our England in reversion his,
reversion (n.) 1 right of succession, situation of reverting to its original owner

And he our subjects' next degree in hope.


GREEN

Well, he is gone; and with him go these thoughts.

Now, for the rebels which stand out in Ireland,
stand out (v.) 2 resist, hold out, refuse to yield

Expedient manage must be made, my liege,
expedient (adj.) speedy, rapid, expeditious
manage (n.) 2 management, direction, administration

Ere further leisure yield them further means

For their advantage and your highness' loss.


KING RICHARD

We will ourself in person to this war;

And, for our coffers with too great a court

And liberal largess are grown somewhat light,

We are enforced to farm our royal realm,
farm (v.) lease out, rent out, let

The revenue whereof shall furnish us

For our affairs in hand. If that come short

Our substitutes at home shall have blank charters
blank charter, blank (n.) promisory document with the amount to pay left open

Whereto, when they shall know what men are rich,

They shall subscribe them for large sums of gold
subscribe for (v.) 2 put down for [a sum of money], pledge

And send them after to supply our wants;

For we will make for Ireland presently.
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long

Enter Bushy

Bushy, what news?


BUSHY

Old John of Gaunt is grievous sick, my lord,

Suddenly taken, and hath sent post-haste

To entreat your majesty to visit him.


KING RICHARD

Where lies he?


BUSHY

At Ely House.


KING RICHARD

Now put it, God, in the physician's mind

To help him to his grave immediately!

The lining of his coffers shall make coats
lining (n.) material which lies inside, contents

To deck our soldiers for these Irish wars.

Come, gentlemen, let's all go visit him.

Pray God we may make haste and come too late!


ALL

Amen!

Exeunt

 
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