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HENRY BOLINGBROKE

310Name it, fair cousin.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Whatever you want, fair cousin.

KING RICHARD II

‘Fair cousin’? I am greater than a king:
For when I was a king, my flatterers
Were then but subjects; being now a subject,
I have a king here to my flatterer.
315Being so great, I have no need to beg.

KING RICHARD II

“Fair cousin”? I must be mightier than a king, since when I was a king subjects flattered me, but now that I’m a subject the king flatters me. Since I’m so mighty, I don’t need to beg.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Yet ask.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Ask anyway.

KING RICHARD II

And shall I have?

KING RICHARD II

And will I have it?

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

You shall.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

You will.

KING RICHARD II

Then give me leave to go.

KING RICHARD II

Then give me permission to go.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

320Whither?

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Where?

KING RICHARD II

Whither you will, so I were from your sights.

KING RICHARD II

Wherever you want, as long as it is away from you.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Go, some of you convey him to the Tower.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Go, some of you take him to the tower.

KING RICHARD II

O, good! convey? conveyers are you all,
That rise thus nimbly by a true king’s fall.

KING RICHARD II

Oh good! Take me? You’re all takers who’ve risen so mightily by my downfall.
Exeunt KING RICHARD II, some Lords, and a Guard
KING RICHARD II exits, with some lords and a guard.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

325On Wednesday next we solemnly set down
Our coronation: lords, prepare yourselves.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Next Wednesday, I’ll be crowned. Lords, prepare for it.
Exeunt all except the BISHOP OF CARLISLE, the Abbot of Westminster, and DUKE OF AUMERLE
They all exit, except the BISHOP OF CARLISLE, the ABBOT OF WESTMINSTER, and the DUKE OF AUMERLE.

ABBOT

A woeful pageant have we here beheld.

ABBOT

This is a sad scene we’ve witnessed.

BISHOP OF CARLISLE

The woe’s to come; the children yet unborn.
Shall feel this day as sharp to them as thorn.

BISHOP OF CARLISLE

The sadness is yet to come. Children who aren’t even born yet will feel the effects of this day like a thorn in their side.

DUKE OF AUMERLE

330You holy clergymen, is there no plot
To rid the realm of this pernicious blot?

DUKE OF AUMERLE

You holy men, isn’t there a way we can get rid of this terrible ruler?

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