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Richard II
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1. "This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-Paradise."

John of Gaunt's speech on England. Act 2, scene 1, line 40-42

2. "This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings."

John of Gaunt's speech on England. Act 2, scene 1, lines 50-52

3. "Not all the water in the rough rude sea
Can wash the balm from an anointed king;
The breath of worldly men cannot depose
The deputy elected by the Lord."

Richard II on the sacred nature of kingship. Act 3, scene 2, lines 54-57

4. "Of comfort no man speak:
Let's talk of graves, of worms, of epitaphs;
Make dust our paper, and with rainy eyes
Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth.
Let's choose executors, and talk of wills."

Richard when he realizes that defeat is inevitable. Act 3, scene 2, lines 144-48

5. "See, see, King Richard doth himself appear,
As doth the blushing discontented sun
From out the fiery portals of the east.

Act 3, scene 3, lines 62-64

6. "Go, bind thou up yon dangling apricocks,
Which, like unruly children, make their sire
Stoop with oppression of their prodigal weight."

The gardener instructing his assistant. Act 3, scene 4, lines 29-31

7. "You may my glories and my state depose,
But not my griefs; still I am king of those."

Richard in the abdication scene. Act 4, scene 1, lines 192-93

8. "That were some love but little policy."
Northumberland's reply to the queen's request that she and Richard be sent into exile together. Act 5, scene 1, line 84

9. "As in a theatre, the eyes of men,
After a well-grac'd actor leaves the stage,
Are idly bent on him that enters next,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious."

York describes the reaction of the crowd in London to the sight of the deposed Richard. Act 5, scene 2, line 23-26

10. "I have been studying how I may compare
This prison where I live unto the world."

Richard's thoughts when he is imprisoned in Pomfret Castle. Act 5, scene 5, lines 1-2

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