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No Fear Act 4 Scene 1
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NORTHUMBERLAND

No more, but that you read
These accusations and these grievous crimes
Committed by your person and your followers
Against the state and profit of this land;
230That, by confessing them, the souls of men
May deem that you are worthily deposed.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Nothing but for you to read aloud all the accusations and crimes that you and your followers committed against the wellbeing and prosperity of this country. Once you’ve confessed, everyone can agree that you’ve been justly dethroned.

KING RICHARD II

Must I do so? and must I ravel out
My weaved-up folly? Gentle Northumberland,
If thy offences were upon record,
235Would it not shame thee in so fair a troop
To read a lecture of them? If thou wouldst,
There shouldst thou find one heinous article,
Containing the deposing of a king
And cracking the strong warrant of an oath,
240Mark’d with a blot, damn’d in the book of heaven:
Nay, all of you that stand and look upon,
Whilst that my wretchedness doth bait myself,
Though some of you with Pilate wash your hands
Showing an outward pity; yet you Pilates
245Have here deliver’d me to my sour cross,
And water cannot wash away your sin.

KING RICHARD II

Do I have to? Do I have to list out these charges? Dear Northumberland, if all your crimes were listed out, wouldn’t you be ashamed to read them in front of such a distinguished group? If you did, you’d find on the list the terrible crime of deposing a king and breaking an oath, crimes condemned by heaven. All of you who are watching me act out my miserable fate here pretend like

Pilate

The Roman governor of Judea who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus. He washed his hands to signify that the execution took place at the request of the Jews and he took no responsibility.

Pilate
that you’ve done nothing wrong and look at me with pity. But you’ve all played a part in bringing me to this state, and you can’t deny your sin.

NORTHUMBERLAND

My lord, dispatch; read o’er these articles.

NORTHUMBERLAND

My lord, get on with it. Read the charges.

KING RICHARD II

Mine eyes are full of tears, I cannot see:
And yet salt water blinds them not so much
250But they can see a sort of traitors here.
Nay, if I turn mine eyes upon myself,
I find myself a traitor with the rest;
For I have given here my soul’s consent
To undeck the pompous body of a king;
255Made glory base and sovereignty a slave,
Proud majesty a subject, state a peasant.

KING RICHARD II

My eyes are full of tears and I can’t see. But even so, I can see a group of traitors in front of me. And if I look at myself, I see just as great a traitor. I’ve agreed to give up my royal garments, made nobility common, and made a master a slave. I’ve made a king a subject and made the richest the poorest.

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