"My Griefs; Still Am I King Of Those"

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Last Updated on July 28, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 131

Context: Richard II, forced to abdicate by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, who succeeds him as Henry IV of England, is summoned to the presence of the new monarch. Bolingbroke expresses surprise as Richard bemoans his fate:

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BOLINGBROKE
I thought you had been willing to resign.
RICHARD
My crown I am, but still my griefs are mine.
You may my glories and my state depose,
But not my griefs; still am I King of those.
BOLINGBROKE
Part of your cares you give me with your crown.
RICHARD
Your cares set up do not pluck my cares down.
My care, is loss of care, by old care done;
Your care, is gain of care, by new care won.
The cares I give, I have, though given away,
They tend the crown, yet still with me they stay.

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