Richard II
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Enter Gaunt, and Dutchesse of Gloucester.Enter John of Gaunt with the Duchess of Gloucester R2 I.ii.1
Gaunt. JOHN OF GAUNT 
Alas, the part I had in Glousters blood,Alas, the part I had in Woodstock's blood R2 I.ii.1
Doth more solicite me then your exclaimes,Doth more solicit me than your exclaimsexclaim (n.)
old form: exclaimes
exclamation, outcry, protest
R2 I.ii.2
solicit (v.)
old form: solicite
urge, move, incite, prevail upon
To stirre against the Butchers of his life.To stir against the butchers of his life. R2 I.ii.3
But since correction lyeth in those handsBut since correction lieth in those hands R2 I.ii.4
Which made the fault that we cannot correct,Which made the fault that we cannot correct, R2 I.ii.5
Put we our quarrell to the will of heauen,Put we our quarrel to the will of heavenquarrel (n.)
old form: quarrell
cause of complaint, reason for hostility, difference, claim
R2 I.ii.6
Who when they see the houres ripe on earth,Who, when they see the hours ripe on earth, R2 I.ii.7
Will raigne hot vengeance on offenders heads.Will rain hot vengeance on offenders' heads. R2 I.ii.8
Dut. DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER 
Findes brotherhood in thee no sharper spurre?Finds brotherhood in thee no sharper spur? R2 I.ii.9
Hath loue in thy old blood no liuing fire?Hath love in thy old blood no living fire? R2 I.ii.10
Edwards seuen sonnes (whereof thy selfe art one)Edward's seven sons, whereof thyself art one, R2 I.ii.11
Were as seuen violles of his Sacred blood,Were as seven vials of his sacred blood, R2 I.ii.12
Or seuen faire branches springing from one roote:Or seven fair branches springing from one root. R2 I.ii.13
Some of those seuen are dride by natures course,Some of those seven are dried by nature's course,course (n.)habit, custom, practise, normal procedureR2 I.ii.14
Some of those branches by the destinies cut:Some of those branches by the destinies cut. R2 I.ii.15
But Thomas, my deere Lord, my life, my Glouster,But Thomas, my dear lord, my life, my Gloucester, R2 I.ii.16
One Violl full of Edwards Sacred blood,One vial full of Edward's sacred blood,vial (n.)
old form: Violl
phial, small bottle, flask
R2 I.ii.17
One flourishing branch of his most Royall rooteOne flourishing branch of his most royal root, R2 I.ii.18
Is crack'd, and all the precious liquor spilt;Is cracked, and all the precious liquor spilt; R2 I.ii.19
Is hackt downe, and his summer leafes all vadedIs hacked down, and his summer leaves all faded, R2 I.ii.20
By Enuies hand, and Murders bloody Axe.By envy's hand, and murder's bloody axe.envy (n.)
old form: Enuies
malice, ill-will, enmity
R2 I.ii.21
Ah Gaunt! His blood was thine, that bed, that wombe,Ah, Gaunt, his blood was thine! That bed, that womb, R2 I.ii.22
That mettle, that selfe-mould that fashion'd thee,That mettle, that self-mould, that fashioned theemettle, mettell (n.)spirit, temperament, dispositionR2 I.ii.23
self (adj.)
old form: selfe
same, selfsame, identical, exact
Made him a man: and though thou liu'st, and breath'st,Made him a man; and though thou livest and breathest R2 I.ii.24
Yet art thou slaine in him: thou dost consentYet art thou slain in him. Thou dost consent R2 I.ii.25
In some large measure to thy Fathers death,In some large measure to thy father's death R2 I.ii.26
In that thou seest thy wretched brother dye,In that thou seest thy wretched brother die, R2 I.ii.27
Who was the modell of thy Fathers life.Who was the model of thy father's life.model (n.)
old form: modell
replica, image, copy
R2 I.ii.28
Call it not patience (Gaunt) it is dispaire,Call it not patience, Gaunt. It is despair. R2 I.ii.29
In suffring thus thy brother to be slaughter'd,In suffering thus thy brother to be slaughteredsuffer (v.)
old form: suffring
allow, permit, let
R2 I.ii.30
Thou shew'st the naked pathway to thy life,Thou showest the naked pathway to thy life,naked (adj.)defenceless, undefended, unarmedR2 I.ii.31
Teaching sterne murther how to butcher thee:Teaching stern murder how to butcher thee. R2 I.ii.32
That which in meane men we intitle patienceThat which in mean men we entitle patiencemean (adj.)
old form: meane
lowly, humble, poor
R2 I.ii.33
Is pale cold cowardice in noble brests:Is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts. R2 I.ii.34
What shall I say, to safegard thine owne life,What shall I say? To safeguard thine own life R2 I.ii.35
The best way is to venge my Glousters death.The best way is to venge my Gloucester's death.venge (v.)avenge, revengeR2 I.ii.36
Gaunt. JOHN OF GAUNT 
Heauens is the quarrell: for heauens substituteGod's is the quarrel; for God's substitute, R2 I.ii.37
His Deputy annointed in his sight,His deputy anointed in His sight, R2 I.ii.38
Hath caus'd his death, the which if wrongfullyHath caused his death; the which if wrongfully, R2 I.ii.39
Let heauen reuenge: for I may neuer liftLet heaven revenge, for I may never lift R2 I.ii.40
An angry arme against his Minister.An angry arm against His minister. R2 I.ii.41
Dut. DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER 
Where then (alas may I) complaint my selfe? ?Where then, alas, may I complain myself? R2 I.ii.42
Gau. JOHN OF GAUNT 
To heauen, the widdowes Champion to defenceTo God, the widow's champion and defence. R2 I.ii.43
Dut. DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER 
Why then I will: farewell old Gaunt.Why then, I will. Farewell, old Gaunt. R2 I.ii.44
Thou go'st to Couentrie, there to beholdThou goest to Coventry, there to behold R2 I.ii.45
Our Cosine Herford, and fell Mowbray fight:Our cousin Hereford and fell Mowbray fight.fell (adj.)cruel, fierce, savageR2 I.ii.46
O sit my husbands wrongs on Herfords speare,O, sit my husband's wrongs on Hereford's spear R2 I.ii.47
That it may enter butcher Mowbrayes brest:That it may enter butcher Mowbray's breast! R2 I.ii.48
Or if misfortune misse the first carreere,Or if misfortune miss the first career,career (n.)
old form: carreere
[of a horse in a combat] charge, gallop, course
R2 I.ii.49
Be Mowbrayes sinnes so heauy in his bosome,Be Mowbray's sins so heavy in his bosomheavy (adj.)
old form: heauy
pressing, weighty, overpowering
R2 I.ii.50
That they may breake his foaming Coursers backe,They may break his foaming courser's backcourser (n.)swift horse, sprinter, chargerR2 I.ii.51
And throw the Rider headlong in the Lists,And throw the rider headlong in the lists,list (n.)(usually plural) combat arena at a tournamentR2 I.ii.52
A Caytiffe recreant to my Cosine Herford:A caitiff recreant to my cousin Hereford!recreant (n.)coward, faint-hearted individualR2 I.ii.53
caitiff (adj.)
old form: Caytiffe
wretched, miserable, worthless
Farewell old Gaunt, thy sometimes brothers wifeFarewell, old Gaunt! Thy sometimes brother's wifesometimes (adj.)sometime, former, at one timeR2 I.ii.54
With her companion Greefe, must end her life.With her companion, grief, must end her life. R2 I.ii.55
Gau. JOHN OF GAUNT 
Sister farewell: I must to Couentree,Sister, farewell! I must to Coventry. R2 I.ii.56
As much good stay with thee, as go with mee.As much good stay with thee as go with me! R2 I.ii.57
Dut. DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER 
Yet one wotd more: Greefe boundeth where it falls,Yet one word more. Grief boundeth where it falls,bound (v.)bounce, reboundR2 I.ii.58
Not with the emptie hollownes, but weight:Not with the empty hollowness, but weight. R2 I.ii.59
I take my leaue, before I haue begun,I take my leave before I have begun; R2 I.ii.60
For sorrow ends not, when it seemeth done.For sorrow ends not when it seemeth done. R2 I.ii.61
Commend me to my brother Edmund Yorke.Commend me to thy brother, Edmund York.commend (v.)convey greetings, present kind regardsR2 I.ii.62
Loe, this is all: nay, yet depart not so,Lo, this is all. – Nay, yet depart not so. R2 I.ii.63
Though this be all, do not so quickly go,Though this be all, do not so quickly go. R2 I.ii.64
I shall remember more. Bid him, Oh, what?I shall remember more. Bid him – ah, what? –  R2 I.ii.65
With all good speed at Plashie visit mee.With all good speed at Pleshey visit me. R2 I.ii.66
Alacke, and what shall good old Yorke there seeAlack, and what shall good old York there see R2 I.ii.67
But empty lodgings, and vnfurnish'd walles,But empty lodgings and unfurnished walls,lodging (n.)room, chamber, living quartersR2 I.ii.68
unfurnished (adj.)
old form: vnfurnish'd
lacking tapestries, without the usual fittings
Vn-peopel'd Offices, vntroden stones?Unpeopled offices, untrodden stones,office (n.)(plural) servants' quarters, service roomsR2 I.ii.69
unpeopled (adj.)
old form: Vn-peopel'd
devoid of people, lacking retinue, without servants
And what heare there for welcome, but my grones?And what hear there for welcome but my groans? R2 I.ii.70
Therefore commend me, let him not come there,Therefore commend me. Let him not come there R2 I.ii.71
To seeke out sorrow, that dwels euery where:To seek out sorrow that dwells everywhere. R2 I.ii.72
Desolate, desolate will I hence, and dye,Desolate, desolate will I hence and die. R2 I.ii.73
The last leaue of thee, takes my weeping eye. The last leave of thee takes my weeping eye. R2 I.ii.74
ExeuntExeunt R2 I.ii.74
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