Richard II

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 4

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GREEN

Well, he is gone; and with him go these thoughts.
Now for the rebels which stand out in Ireland,
Expedient manage must be made, my liege,
40Ere further leisure yield them further means
For their advantage and your highness’ loss.

GREEN

Well, he is gone, and any thoughts like that go with him. Now we must make an urgent plan to deal with the rebels in Ireland, my lord, before giving them time to act gives them an advantage and puts you at a loss.

KING RICHARD II

We will ourself in person to this war:
And, for our coffers, with too great a court
And liberal largess, are grown somewhat light,
45We are inforced to farm our royal realm;
The revenue whereof shall furnish us
For our affairs in hand: if that come short,
Our substitutes at home shall have blank charters;
Whereto, when they shall know what men are rich,
50They shall subscribe them for large sums of gold
And send them after to supply our wants;
For we will make for Ireland presently.

KING RICHARD II

lease out our right to tax the people. The revenue from that will keep the country running. If that doesn’t bring in enough, then my deputies here will have authority to make the rich lords turn over however much of their gold we choose to supply what we need. I’ll leave for Ireland at once.
Enter BUSHY
BUSHY enters.
Bushy, what news?
Bushy, what is the news?

BUSHY

Old John of Gaunt is grievous sick, my lord,
55Suddenly taken; and hath sent post haste
To entreat your majesty to visit him.

BUSHY

Old John of Gaunt is suddenly very ill, my lord. He sent word asking that your majesty visit him as soon as possible.

KING RICHARD II

Where lies he?

KING RICHARD II

Where is he?

BUSHY

At Ely House.

BUSHY

At Ely House.

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