JOHN OF GAUNT
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I haue my Liege.I have, my liege.R2 I.i.7
As neere as I could sift him on that argument,As near as I could sift him on that argument,R2 I.i.12
On some apparant danger seene in him,On some apparent danger seen in himR2 I.i.13
Aym'd at your Highnesse, no inueterate malice.Aimed at your highness; no inveterate malice.R2 I.i.14
To be a make-peace shall become my age,To be a make-peace shall become my age.R2 I.i.160
Throw downe (my sonne) the Duke of Norfolkes gage.Throw down, my son, the Duke of Norfolk's gage.R2 I.i.161
When Harrie when? When, Harry, when?R2 I.i.162.2
Obedience bids, / Obedience bids I should not bid agen.Obedience bids I should not bid again.R2 I.i.163
Alas, the part I had in Glousters blood,Alas, the part I had in Woodstock's bloodR2 I.ii.1
Doth more solicite me then your exclaimes,Doth more solicit me than your exclaimsR2 I.ii.2
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 handsR2 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 heavenR2 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
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 liftR2 I.ii.40
An angry arme against his Minister.An angry arm against His minister.R2 I.ii.41
To heauen, the widdowes Champion to defenceTo God, the widow's champion and defence.R2 I.ii.43
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
Heauen in thy good cause make thee prosp'rousGod in thy good cause make thee prosperous!R2 I.iii.78
Be swift like lightning in the execution,Be swift like lightning in the execution,R2 I.iii.79
And let thy blowes doubly redoubled,And let thy blows, doubly redoubled,R2 I.iii.80
Fall like amazing thunder on the CaskeFall like amazing thunder on the casqueR2 I.iii.81
Of thy amaz'd pernicious enemy.Of thy adverse pernicious enemy!R2 I.iii.82
Rouze vp thy youthfull blood, be valiant, and liue.Rouse up thy youthful blood, be valiant, and live.R2 I.iii.83
I thanke my Liege, that in regard of meI thank my liege that in regard of meR2 I.iii.216
He shortens foure yeares of my sonnes exile:He shortens four years of my son's exile.R2 I.iii.217
But little vantage shall I reape thereby.But little vantage shall I reap thereby;R2 I.iii.218
For ere the sixe yeares that he hath to spendFor ere the six years that he hath to spendR2 I.iii.219
Can change their Moones, and bring their times about,Can change their moons, and bring their times about,R2 I.iii.220
My oyle-dride Lampe, and time-bewasted lightMy oil-dried lamp and time-bewasted lightR2 I.iii.221
Shall be extinct with age, and endlesse night:Shall be extinct with age and endless night.R2 I.iii.222
My inch of Taper, will be burnt, and done,My inch of taper will be burnt and done,R2 I.iii.223
And blindfold death, not let me see my sonne.And blindfold death not let me see my son.R2 I.iii.224
But not a minute (King) that thou canst giue;But not a minute, King, that thou canst give.R2 I.iii.226
Shorten my dayes thou canst with sudden sorow,Shorten my days thou canst with sullen sorrow,R2 I.iii.227
And plucke nights from me, but not lend a morrow:And pluck nights from me, but not lend a morrow.R2 I.iii.228
Thou canst helpe time to furrow me with age,Thou canst help time to furrow me with age,R2 I.iii.229
But stop no wrinkle in his pilgrimage:But stop no wrinkle in his pilgrimage.R2 I.iii.230
Thy word is currant with him, for my death,Thy word is current with him for my death,R2 I.iii.231
But dead, thy kingdome cannot buy my breath.But dead, thy kingdom cannot buy my breath.R2 I.iii.232
Things sweet to tast, proue in digestion sowre:Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.R2 I.iii.236
You vrg'd me as a Iudge, but I had ratherYou urged me as a judge, but I had ratherR2 I.iii.237
You would haue bid me argue like a Father.You would have bid me argue like a father.R2 I.iii.238
O, had it been a stranger, not my child,R2 I.iii.239
To smooth his fault I should have been more mild.R2 I.iii.240
A partial slander sought I to avoid,R2 I.iii.241
And in the sentence my own life destroyed.R2 I.iii.242
Alas, I look'd when some of you should say,Alas, I looked when some of you should sayR2 I.iii.243
I was too strict to make mine owne away:I was too strict, to make mine own away.R2 I.iii.244
But you gaue leaue to my vnwilling tong,But you gave leave to my unwilling tongueR2 I.iii.245
Against my will, to do my selfe this wrong.Against my will to do myself this wrong.R2 I.iii.246
Oh to what purpose dost thou hord thy words,O, to what purpose dost thou hoard thy words,R2 I.iii.253
That thou teturnst no greeting to thy friends?That thou returnest no greeting to thy friends?R2 I.iii.254
Thy greefe is but thy absence for a time.Thy grief is but thy absence for a time.R2 I.iii.258
What is sixe Winters, they are quickely gone?What is six winters? They are quickly gone.R2 I.iii.260
Call it a trauell that thou tak'st for pleasure.Call it a travel that thou takest for pleasure.R2 I.iii.262
The sullen passage of thy weary steppesThe sullen passage of thy weary stepsR2 I.iii.265
Esteeme a soyle, wherein thou art to setEsteem as foil wherein thou art to setR2 I.iii.266
The precious Iewell of thy home returne. The precious jewel of thy home return.R2 I.iii.267
All places that the eye of heaven visitsR2 I.iii.275
Are to a wise man ports and happy havens.R2 I.iii.276
Teach thy necessity to reason thus:R2 I.iii.277
There is no virtue like necessity.R2 I.iii.278
Think not the King did banish thee,R2 I.iii.279
But thou the King. Woe doth the heavier sitR2 I.iii.280
Where it perceives it is but faintly borne.R2 I.iii.281
Go, say I sent thee forth to purchase honour,R2 I.iii.282
And not the King exiled thee; or supposeR2 I.iii.283
Devouring pestilence hangs in our airR2 I.iii.284
And thou art flying to a fresher clime.R2 I.iii.285
Look what thy soul holds dear, imagine itR2 I.iii.286

To lie that way thou goest, not whence thou comest.R2 I.iii.287

Suppose the singing birds musicians,R2 I.iii.288

The grass whereon thou treadest the presence strewed,R2 I.iii.289

The flowers fair ladies, and thy steps no moreR2 I.iii.290

Than a delightful measure or a dance;R2 I.iii.291

For gnarling sorrow hath less power to biteR2 I.iii.292

The man that mocks at it and sets it light.R2 I.iii.293
Come, come (my son) Ile bring thee on thy wayCome, come, my son, I'll bring thee on thy way.R2 I.iii.304
Had I thy youth, and cause, I would not stay.Had I thy youth and cause I would not stay.R2 I.iii.305
Will the King come, that I may breath my lastWill the King come, that I may breathe my lastR2 II.i.1
In wholsome counsell to his vnstaid youth?In wholesome counsel to his unstaid youth?R2 II.i.2
Oh but (they say) the tongues of dying menO, but they say the tongues of dying menR2 II.i.5
Inforce attention like deepe harmony;Enforce attention like deep harmony.R2 II.i.6
Where words are scarse, they are seldome spent in vaine,Where words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain,R2 II.i.7
For they breath truth, that breath their words in paine.For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.R2 II.i.8
He that no more must say, is listen'd more,He that no more must say is listened moreR2 II.i.9
Then they whom youth and ease haue taught to glose,Than they whom youth and ease have taught to glose.R2 II.i.10
More are mens ends markt, then their liues before,More are men's ends marked than their lives before.R2 II.i.11
The setting Sun, and Musicke in the closeThe setting sun, and music at the close,R2 II.i.12
As the last taste of sweetes, is sweetest last,As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last,R2 II.i.13
Writ in remembrance, more then things long past;Writ in remembrance more than things long past.R2 II.i.14
Though Richard my liues counsell would not heare,Though Richard my life's counsel would not hear,R2 II.i.15
My deaths sad tale, may yet vndeafe his eare.My death's sad tale may yet undeaf his ear.R2 II.i.16
Me thinkes I am a Prophet new inspir'd,Methinks I am a prophet new-inspired,R2 II.i.31
And thus expiring, do foretell of him,And thus, expiring, do foretell of him:R2 II.i.32
His rash fierce blaze of Ryot cannot last,His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last;R2 II.i.33
For violent fires soone burne out themselues,For violent fires soon burn out themselves.R2 II.i.34
Small showres last long, but sodaine stormes are short,Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short.R2 II.i.35
He tyres betimes, that spurs too fast betimes;He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes.R2 II.i.36
With eager feeding, food doth choake the feeder:With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder.R2 II.i.37
Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,R2 II.i.38
Consuming meanes soone preyes vpon it selfe.Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.R2 II.i.39
This royall Throne of Kings, this sceptred Isle,This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,R2 II.i.40
This earth of Maiesty, this seate of Mars,This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,R2 II.i.41
This other Eden, demy paradise,This other Eden – demi-paradise – R2 II.i.42
This Fortresse built by Nature for her selfe,This fortress built by nature for herselfR2 II.i.43
Against infection, and the hand of warre:Against infection and the hand of war,R2 II.i.44
This happy breed of men, this little world,This happy breed of men, this little world,R2 II.i.45
This precious stone, set in the siluer sea,This precious stone set in the silver sea,R2 II.i.46
Which serues it in the office of a wall,Which serves it in the office of a wall,R2 II.i.47
Or as a Moate defensiue to a house,Or as a moat defensive to a houseR2 II.i.48
Against the enuy of lesse happier Lands,Against the envy of less happier lands;R2 II.i.49
This blessed plot, this earth, this Realme, this England,This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,R2 II.i.50
This Nurse, this teeming wombe of Royall Kings,This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings,R2 II.i.51
Fear'd by their breed, and famous for their birth,Feared by their breed, and famous by their birth,R2 II.i.52
Renowned for their deeds, as farre from home,Renowned for their deeds as far from homeR2 II.i.53
For Christian seruice, and true Chiualrie,For Christian service and true chivalryR2 II.i.54
As is the sepulcher in stubborne IuryAs is the sepulchre in stubborn JewryR2 II.i.55
Of the Worlds ransome, blessed Maries Sonne.Of the world's ransom, blessed Mary's son;R2 II.i.56
This Land of such deere soules, this deere-deere Land,This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,R2 II.i.57
Deere for her reputation through the world,Dear for her reputation through the world,R2 II.i.58
Is now Leas'd out (I dye pronouncing it)Is now leased out – I die pronouncing it – R2 II.i.59
Like to a Tenement or pelting Farme.Like to a tenement or pelting farm.R2 II.i.60
England bound in with the triumphant sea,England, bound in with the triumphant sea,R2 II.i.61
Whose rocky shore beates backe the enuious siedgeWhose rocky shore beats back the envious siegeR2 II.i.62
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,R2 II.i.63
With Inky blottes, and rotten Parchment bonds.With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds.R2 II.i.64
That England, that was wont to conquer others,That England that was wont to conquer othersR2 II.i.65
Hath made a shamefull conquest of it selfe.Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.R2 II.i.66
Ah! would the scandall vanish with my life,Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,R2 II.i.67
How happy then were my ensuing death?How happy then were my ensuing death!R2 II.i.68
Oh how that name befits my composition:O, how that name befits my composition!R2 II.i.73
Old Gaunt indeed, and gaunt in being old:Old Gaunt indeed, and gaunt in being old.R2 II.i.74
Within me greefe hath kept a tedious fast,Within me grief hath kept a tedious fast;R2 II.i.75
And who abstaynes from meate, that is not gaunt?And who abstains from meat that is not gaunt?R2 II.i.76
For sleeping England long time haue I watcht,For sleeping England long time have I watched.R2 II.i.77
Watching breeds leannesse, leannesse is all gaunt.Watching breeds leanness; leanness is all gaunt.R2 II.i.78
The pleasure that some Fathers feede vpon,The pleasure that some fathers feed uponR2 II.i.79
Is my strict fast, I meane my Childrens lookes,Is my strict fast – I mean my children's looks;R2 II.i.80
And therein fasting, hast thou made me gaunt:And therein fasting hast thou made me gaunt.R2 II.i.81
Gaunt am I for the graue, gaunt as a graue,Gaunt am I for the grave, gaunt as a grave,R2 II.i.82
Whose hollow wombe inherits naught but bones.Whose hollow womb inherits naught but bones.R2 II.i.83
No, misery makes sport to mocke it selfe:No, misery makes sport to mock itself.R2 II.i.85
Since thou dost seeke to kill my name in mec,Since thou dost seek to kill my name in me,R2 II.i.86
I mocke my name (great King) to flatter thee.I mock my name, great King, to flatter thee.R2 II.i.87
No, no, men liuing flatter those that dye.No, no. Men living flatter those that die.R2 II.i.89
Oh no, thou dyest, though I the sicker be.O, no. Thou diest, though I the sicker be.R2 II.i.91
Now he that made me, knowes I see thee ill:Now he that made me knows I see thee ill;R2 II.i.93
Ill in my selfe to see, and in thee, seeing ill,Ill in myself to see, and in thee seeing ill.R2 II.i.94
Thy death-bed is no lesser then the Land,Thy deathbed is no lesser than thy land,R2 II.i.95
Wherein thou lyest in reputation sicke,Wherein thou liest in reputation sick;R2 II.i.96
And thou too care-lesse patient as thou art,And thou, too careless patient as thou art,R2 II.i.97
Commit'st thy'anointed body to the cureCommittest thy anointed body to the cureR2 II.i.98
Of those Physitians, that first wounded thee. Of those ‘ physicians ’ that first wounded thee.R2 II.i.99
A thousand flatterers sit within thy Crowne,A thousand flatterers sit within thy crown,R2 II.i.100
Whose compasse is no bigger then thy head,Whose compass is no bigger than thy head,R2 II.i.101
And yet incaged in so small a Verge,And yet, encaged in so small a verge,R2 II.i.102
The waste is no whit lesser then thy Land:The waste is no whit lesser than thy land.R2 II.i.103
Oh had thy Grandsire with a Prophets eye,O, had thy grandsire with a prophet's eyeR2 II.i.104
Seene how his sonnes sonne, should destroy his sonnes,Seen how his son's son should destroy his sons,R2 II.i.105
From forth thy reach he would haue laid thy shame,From forth thy reach he would have laid thy shame,R2 II.i.106
Deposing thee before thou wert possest,Deposing thee before thou wert possessed,R2 II.i.107
Which art possest now to depose thy selfe.Which art possessed now to depose thyself.R2 II.i.108
Why (Cosine) were thou Regent of the world,Why, cousin, wert thou regent of the worldR2 II.i.109
It were a shame to let his Land by lease:It were a shame to let this land by lease.R2 II.i.110
But for thy world enioying but this Land,But for thy world enjoying but this land,R2 II.i.111
Is it not more then shame, to shame it so?Is it not more than shame to shame it so?R2 II.i.112
Landlord of England art thou, and not King:Landlord of England art thou now, not king.R2 II.i.113
Thy state of Law, is bondslaue to the law,Thy state of law is bondslave to the law,R2 II.i.114
And---And thou – R2 II.i.115.1
Oh spare me not, my brothers Edwards sonne,O, spare me not, my brother Edward's son,R2 II.i.124
For that I was his Father Edwards sonne:For that I was his father Edward's son.R2 II.i.125
That blood aIready (like the Pellican)That blood already, like the pelican,R2 II.i.126
Thou hast tapt out, and drunkenly carows'd.Hast thou tapped out and drunkenly caroused.R2 II.i.127
My brother Gloucester, plaine well meaning souleMy brother Gloucester, plain well-meaning soul – R2 II.i.128
(Whom faire befall in heauen 'mongst happy soules)Whom fair befall in heaven 'mongst happy souls – R2 II.i.129
May be a president, and witnesse good,May be a precedent and witness goodR2 II.i.130
That thou respect'st not spilling Edwards blood:That thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood.R2 II.i.131
Ioyne with the present sicknesse that I haue,Join with the present sickness that I have,R2 II.i.132
And thy vnkindnesse be like crooked age,And thy unkindness be like crooked age,R2 II.i.133
To crop at once a too-long wither'd flowre.To crop at once a too-long withered flower.R2 II.i.134
Liue in thy shame, but dye not shame with thee,Live in thy shame, but die not shame with thee!R2 II.i.135
These words heereafter, thy tormentors bee.These words hereafter thy tormentors be!R2 II.i.136
Conuey me to my bed, then to my graue,Convey me to my bed, then to my grave.R2 II.i.137
Loue they to liue, that loue and honor haue. Love they to live that love and honour have.R2 II.i.138
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