Richard II Quiz

English 305

Dr. Fike


1.                         For Gloucester's death,                             

I slew him not, but to my own disgrace

Neglected my sworn duty in that case.


2.  God's is the quarrel; for God's substitute,                       

His deputy anointed in His sight,

Hath caused his death; the which if wrongfully

Let heaven revenge, for I may never lift

An angry arm against His minister.


3.  Thy deathbed is no lesser than thy land,                          

Wherein thou liest in reputation sick;

And thou, too careless patient as thou art,

Commit'st thy anointed body to the cure

Of those physicians that first wounded thee.

A thousand flatterers sit within thy crown,

Whose compass is no bigger than thy head,

And yet, encagèd in so small a verge,

The waste is no whit lesser than thy land.


4.  But if I could, by Him that gave me life,                         

I would attach you all and make you stoop

Unto the sovereign mercy of the King.

But since I cannot, be it known unto you

I do remain as neuter.


5.  Not all the water in the rough rude sea                            

Can wash the balm off from an anointed king;

The breath of worldly men cannot depose

The deputy elected by the Lord.

For every man that Bolingbroke hath pressed

To lift shrewd steel against our golden crown,

God for his Richard hath in heavenly pay

A glorious angel.  Then, if angels fight,

Weak men must fall, for heaven still guards the right.


6.                            O, what a pity is it                                  

That he had not so trimmed and dressed his land

As we this garden!  We at time of year

Do wound the bark, the skin of our fruit trees,

Lest being overproud in sap and blood

With too much riches it confound itself;

Had he done so to great and growing men,

They might have lived to bear and he to taste

Their fruits of duty.


7.  Northumberland, thou ladder wherewithal                      

The mounting Bolingbroke ascends my throne,

The time shall not be many hours of age

More than it is ere foul sin, gathering head,

Shall break into corruption.  Thou shalt think,

Though he divide the realm and give thee half,

It is too little, helping him to all;

He shall think that thou, which knowest the way

To plant unrightful kings, wilt know again,

Being ne'er so little urged another way,

To pluck him headlong from the usurpèd throne.


8.  Can no man tell me of my unthrifty son?                        

'Tis full three months since I did see him last.

If any plague hang over us, 'tis he.

I would to God, my lords, he might be found.

Inquire at London, 'mongst the taverns there,

For there, they say, he daily doth frequent

With unrestrained loose companions,

Even such, they say, as stand in narrow lanes

And beat our watch, and rob our passengers—

While he, young wanton and effeminate boy,

Takes on the point of honor to support

So dissolute a crew.


9.  I wasted time, and now doth time waste me;                   

For now hath Time made me his numbering clock.

My thoughts are minutes, and with sighs they jar

Their watches on unto mine eyes, the outward watch

Whereto my finger, like a dial's point,

Is pointing still in cleansing them from tears.


10.  Define the doctrine of passive obedience and identify which one of the above quotations illustrates it.