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  Act 4 Scene 1

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NORTHUMBERLAND

My lord,—

NORTHUMBERLAND

My lord—

KING RICHARD II

No lord of thine, thou haught insulting man,
Nor no man’s lord; I have no name, no title,
260No, not that name was given me at the font,
But ’tis usurp’d: alack the heavy day,
That I have worn so many winters out,
And know not now what name to call myself!
O that I were a mockery king of snow,
265Standing before the sun of Bolingbroke,
To melt myself away in water-drops!
Good king, great king, and yet not greatly good,
An if my word be sterling yet in England,
Let it command a mirror hither straight,
270That it may show me what a face I have,
Since it is bankrupt of his majesty.

KING RICHARD II

I’m not your lord, you haughty, insulting man. I’m no man’s lord. I don’t have a name or a title. The name I was baptized with is no longer mine. How sad it is that I am so old and I don’t know what to call myself! If only I were a snowman, I could stand in front of the sun of Bolingbroke and let myself be melted! Good king, great king, but not a very good man. If my commands still have value in England, let me command someone to bring me a mirror, so I may see what I look like without any of my noble majesty.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Go some of you and fetch a looking-glass.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Someone go and get a mirror.
Exit an attendant
An attendant exits.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Read o’er this paper while the glass doth come.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Read this paper until the mirror arrives.

KING RICHARD II

Fiend, thou torment’st me ere I come to hell!

KING RICHARD II

Fiend, you are torturing me before I even get to hell!

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

275Urge it no more, my Lord Northumberland.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Lord Northumberland, stop asking him to read it.

NORTHUMBERLAND

The commons will not then be satisfied.

NORTHUMBERLAND

The House of Commons won’t be satisfied.

KING RICHARD II

They shall be satisfied: I’ll read enough,
When I do see the very book indeed
Where all my sins are writ, and that’s myself.

KING RICHARD II

They’ll get what they want. I’ll read it when I can look at my face and see the sins that appear there.

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