Richard II; Act III, Scene ii: First Folio


Richard II      Act III, Scene ii        Richard

This speech is used in our interview with Julia Coffey

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31.  Discomfortable Cousin, knowest thou not,
32.  That when the searching Eye of Heauen is hid
33.  Behind the Globe, that lights the lower World,
34.  Then Theeues and Robbers raunge abroad vnseene,
35.  In Murthers and in Out-rage bloody here:
36.  But when from vnder this Terrestriall Ball
37.  He fires the prowd tops of the Easterne Pines,
38.  And darts his Lightning through eu’ry guiltie hole,
40.  Then Murthers, Treasons, and detested sinnes
41.  (The Cloake of Night being pluckt from off their backs)
42.  Stand bare and naked, trembling at themselues.
43.  So when this Theefe, this Traytor Bullingbrooke,
44.  Who all this while hath reuell’d in the Night,
45.  Shall see vs rising in our Throne, the East,
46.  His Treasons will sit blushing in his face,
47.  Not able to endure the sight of Day;
48.  But selfe-affrighted, tremble at his sinne.
49.  Not all the Water in the rough rude Sea
50.  Can wash the Balme from an anoynted King;
51.  The breath of worldly men cannot depose
52.  The Deputie elected by the Lord:
53.  For euery man that Bullingbrooke hath prest,
54.  To lift shrewd Steele against our Golden Crowne,
55.  Heauen for his Richard hath in heauenly pay
56.  A glorious Angell: then if Angels fight,
57.  Weake men must fall, for Heauen still guards the right.


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