The Life and Death of Richard the Third

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Act 1Scene 1London. A street.
Scene 2The same. Another street.
Scene 3The palace.
Scene 4London. The Tower.
 
Act 2Scene 1London. The palace.
Scene 2The palace.
Scene 3London. A street.
Scene 4London. The palace.
 
Act 3Scene 1London. A street.
Scene 2Before Lord Hastings' house.
Scene 3Pomfret Castle.
Scene 4The Tower of London.
Scene 5The Tower-walls.
Scene 6The same.
Scene 7Baynard's Castle.
 
Act 4Scene 1Before the Tower.
Scene 2London. The palace.
Scene 3The same.
Scene 4Before the palace.
Scene 5Lord Derby's house.
 
Act 5Scene 1Salisbury. An open place.
Scene 2The camp near Tamworth.
Scene 3Bosworth Field.
Scene 4Another part of the field.
Scene 5Another part of the field.
 
Finis
 
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ACT I

Scene 1

London. A street.

Enter GLOUCESTER, solus
1.1.1 GLOUCESTER
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths;
Our bruised arms hung up for monuments;
Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings,
Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.
Grim-visaged war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front;
And now, instead of mounting barded steeds
To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber
To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion,
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Deformed, unfinish'd, sent before my time
Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
And that so lamely and unfashionable
That dogs bark at me as I halt by them;
Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,
By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams,
To set my brother Clarence and the king
In deadly hate the one against the other:
And if King Edward be as true and just
As I am subtle, false and treacherous,
This day should Clarence closely be mew'd up,
About a prophecy, which says that 'G'
Of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be.
Dive, thoughts, down to my soul: here
Clarence comes.
Enter CLARENCE, guarded, and BRAKENBURY
Brother, good day; what means this armed guard
That waits upon your grace?
1.1.45 CLARENCE
His majesty
Tendering my person's safety, hath appointed
This conduct to convey me to the Tower.
1.1.48 GLOUCESTER
Upon what cause?
1.1.49 CLARENCE
Because my name is George.
1.1.50 GLOUCESTER
Alack, my lord, that fault is none of yours;
He should, for that, commit your godfathers:
O, belike his majesty hath some intent
That you shall be new-christen'd in the Tower.
But what's the matter, Clarence? may I know?
1.1.55 CLARENCE
Yea, Richard, when I know; for I protest
As yet I do not: but, as I can learn,
He hearkens after prophecies and dreams;
And from the cross-row plucks the letter G.
And says a wizard told him that by G
His issue disinherited should be;
And, for my name of George begins with G,
It follows in his thought that I am he.
These, as I learn, and such like toys as these
Have moved his highness to commit me now.
1.1.65 GLOUCESTER
Why, this it is, when men are ruled by women:
'Tis not the king that sends you to the Tower:
My Lady Grey his wife, Clarence, 'tis she
That tempers him to this extremity.
Was it not she and that good man of worship,
Anthony Woodville, her brother there,
That made him send Lord Hastings to the Tower,
From whence this present day he is deliver'd?
We are not safe, Clarence; we are not safe.
1.1.74 CLARENCE
By heaven, I think there's no man is secure
But the queen's kindred and night-walking heralds
That trudge betwixt the king and Mistress Shore.
Heard ye not what an humble suppliant
Lord hastings was to her for his delivery?
1.1.79 GLOUCESTER
Humbly complaining to her deity
Got my lord chamberlain his liberty.
I'll tell you what; I think it is our way,
If we will keep in favour with the king,
To be her men and wear her livery:
The jealous o'erworn widow and herself,
Since that our brother dubb'd them gentlewomen.
Are mighty gossips in this monarchy.
1.1.87 BRAKENBURY
I beseech your graces both to pardon me;
His majesty hath straitly given in charge
That no man shall have private conference,
Of what degree soever, with his brother.
1.1.91 GLOUCESTER
Even so; an't please your worship, Brakenbury,
You may partake of any thing we say:
We speak no treason, man: we say the king
Is wise and virtuous, and his noble queen
Well struck in years, fair, and not jealous;
We say that Shore's wife hath a pretty foot,
A cherry lip, a bonny eye, a passing pleasing tongue;
And that the queen's kindred are made gentle-folks:
How say you sir? Can you deny all this?
1.1.100 BRAKENBURY
With this, my lord, myself have nought to do.
1.1.101 GLOUCESTER
Naught to do with mistress Shore! I tell thee, fellow,
He that doth naught with her, excepting one,
Were best he do it secretly, alone.
1.1.104 BRAKENBURY
What one, my lord?
1.1.105 GLOUCESTER
Her husband, knave: wouldst thou betray me?
1.1.106 BRAKENBURY
I beseech your grace to pardon me, and withal
Forbear your conference with the noble duke.
1.1.108 CLARENCE
We know thy charge, Brakenbury, and will obey.
1.1.109 GLOUCESTER
We are the queen's abjects, and must obey.
Brother, farewell: I will unto the king;
And whatsoever you will employ me in,
Were it to call King Edward's widow sister,
I will perform it to enfranchise you.
Meantime, this deep disgrace in brotherhood
Touches me deeper than you can imagine.
1.1.116 CLARENCE
I know it pleaseth neither of us well.
1.1.117 GLOUCESTER
Well, your imprisonment shall not be long;
I will deliver you or else lie for you:
Meantime, have patience.
1.1.120 CLARENCE
I must perforce. Farewell.
Exeunt CLARENCE, BRAKENBURY, and Guard
1.1.121 GLOUCESTER
Go, tread the path that thou shalt ne'er return.
Simple, plain Clarence! I do love thee so,
That I will shortly send thy soul to heaven,
If heaven will take the present at our hands.
But who comes here? the new-deliver'd Hastings?
Enter HASTINGS
1.1.126 HASTINGS
Good time of day unto my gracious lord!
1.1.127 GLOUCESTER
As much unto my good lord chamberlain!
Well are you welcome to the open air.
How hath your lordship brook'd imprisonment?
1.1.130 HASTINGS
With patience, noble lord, as prisoners must:
But I shall live, my lord, to give them thanks
That were the cause of my imprisonment.
1.1.133 GLOUCESTER
No doubt, no doubt; and so shall Clarence too;
For they that were your enemies are his,
And have prevail'd as much on him as you.
1.1.136 HASTINGS
More pity that the eagle should be mew'd,
While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
1.1.138 GLOUCESTER
What news abroad?
1.1.139 HASTINGS
No news so bad abroad as this at home;
The King is sickly, weak and melancholy,
And his physicians fear him mightily.
1.1.142 GLOUCESTER
Now, by Saint Paul, this news is bad indeed.
O, he hath kept an evil diet long,
And overmuch consumed his royal person:
'Tis very grievous to be thought upon.
What, is he in his bed?
1.1.147 HASTINGS
He is.
1.1.148 GLOUCESTER
Go you before, and I will follow you.
Exit HASTINGS
He cannot live, I hope; and must not die
Till George be pack'd with post-horse up to heaven.
I'll in, to urge his hatred more to Clarence,
With lies well steel'd with weighty arguments;
And, if I fall not in my deep intent,
Clarence hath not another day to live:
Which done, God take King Edward to his mercy,
And leave the world for me to bustle in!
For then I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter.
What though I kill'd her husband and her father?
The readiest way to make the wench amends
Is to become her husband and her father:
The which will I; not all so much for love
As for another secret close intent,
By marrying her which I must reach unto.
But yet I run before my horse to market:
Clarence still breathes; Edward still lives and reigns:
When they are gone, then must I count my gains.
Exit
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ACT I

Scene 2

The same. Another street.

Enter the corpse of KING HENRY the Sixth, Gentlemen with halberds to guard it; LADY ANNE being the mourner
1.2.1 LADY ANNE
Set down, set down your honourable load,
If honour may be shrouded in a hearse,
Whilst I awhile obsequiously lament
The untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster.
Poor key-cold figure of a holy king!
Pale ashes of the house of Lancaster!
Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood!
Be it lawful that I invocate thy ghost,
To hear the lamentations of Poor Anne,
Wife to thy Edward, to thy slaughter'd son,
Stabb'd by the selfsame hand that made these wounds!
Lo, in these windows that let forth thy life,
I pour the helpless balm of my poor eyes.
Cursed be the hand that made these fatal holes!
Cursed be the heart that had the heart to do it!
Cursed the blood that let this blood from hence!
More direful hap betide that hated wretch,
That makes us wretched by the death of thee,
Than I can wish to adders, spiders, toads,
Or any creeping venom'd thing that lives!
If ever he have child, abortive be it,
Prodigious, and untimely brought to light,
Whose ugly and unnatural aspect
May fright the hopeful mother at the view;
And that be heir to his unhappiness!
If ever he have wife, let her he made
A miserable by the death of him
As I am made by my poor lord and thee!
Come, now towards Chertsey with your holy load,
Taken from Paul's to be interred there;
And still, as you are weary of the weight,
Rest you, whiles I lament King Henry's corse.
Enter GLOUCESTER
1.2.33 GLOUCESTER
Stay, you that bear the corse, and set it down.
1.2.34 LADY ANNE
What black magician conjures up this fiend,
To stop devoted charitable deeds?
1.2.36 GLOUCESTER
Villains, set down the corse; or, by Saint Paul,
I'll make a corse of him that disobeys.
1.2.38 Gentleman
My lord, stand back, and let the coffin pass.
1.2.39 GLOUCESTER
Unmanner'd dog! stand thou, when I command:
Advance thy halbert higher than my breast,
Or, by Saint Paul, I'll strike thee to my foot,
And spurn upon thee, beggar, for thy boldness.
1.2.43 LADY ANNE
What, do you tremble? are you all afraid?
Alas, I blame you not; for you are mortal,
And mortal eyes cannot endure the devil.
Avaunt, thou dreadful minister of hell!
Thou hadst but power over his mortal body,
His soul thou canst not have; therefore be gone.
1.2.49 GLOUCESTER
Sweet saint, for charity, be not so curst.
1.2.50 LADY ANNE
Foul devil, for God's sake, hence, and trouble us not;
For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell,
Fill'd it with cursing cries and deep exclaims.
If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,
Behold this pattern of thy butcheries.
O, gentlemen, see, see! dead Henry's wounds
Open their congeal'd mouths and bleed afresh!
Blush, Blush, thou lump of foul deformity;
For 'tis thy presence that exhales this blood
From cold and empty veins, where no blood dwells;
Thy deed, inhuman and unnatural,
Provokes this deluge most unnatural.
O God, which this blood madest, revenge his death!
O earth, which this blood drink'st revenge his death!
Either heaven with lightning strike the
murderer dead,
Or earth, gape open wide and eat him quick,
As thou dost swallow up this good king's blood
Which his hell-govern'd arm hath butchered!
1.2.69 GLOUCESTER
Lady, you know no rules of charity,
Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses.
1.2.71 LADY ANNE
Villain, thou know'st no law of God nor man:
No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity.
1.2.73 GLOUCESTER
But I know none, and therefore am no beast.
1.2.74 LADY ANNE
O wonderful, when devils tell the truth!
1.2.75 GLOUCESTER
More wonderful, when angels are so angry.
Vouchsafe, divine perfection of a woman,
Of these supposed-evils, to give me leave,
By circumstance, but to acquit myself.
1.2.79 LADY ANNE
Vouchsafe, defused infection of a man,
For these known evils, but to give me leave,
By circumstance, to curse thy cursed self.
1.2.82 GLOUCESTER
Fairer than tongue can name thee, let me have
Some patient leisure to excuse myself.
1.2.84 LADY ANNE
Fouler than heart can think thee, thou canst make
No excuse current, but to hang thyself.
1.2.86 GLOUCESTER
By such despair, I should accuse myself.
1.2.87 LADY ANNE
And, by despairing, shouldst thou stand excused;
For doing worthy vengeance on thyself,
Which didst unworthy slaughter upon others.
1.2.90 GLOUCESTER
Say that I slew them not?
1.2.91 LADY ANNE
Why, then they are not dead:
But dead they are, and devilish slave, by thee.
1.2.93 GLOUCESTER
I did not kill your husband.
1.2.94 LADY ANNE
Why, then he is alive.
1.2.95 GLOUCESTER
Nay, he is dead; and slain by Edward's hand.
1.2.96 LADY ANNE
In thy foul throat thou liest: Queen Margaret saw
Thy murderous falchion smoking in his blood;
The which thou once didst bend against her breast,
But that thy brothers beat aside the point.
1.2.100 GLOUCESTER
I was provoked by her slanderous tongue,
which laid their guilt upon my guiltless shoulders.
1.2.102 LADY ANNE
Thou wast provoked by thy bloody mind.
Which never dreamt on aught but butcheries:
Didst thou not kill this king?
1.2.105 GLOUCESTER
I grant ye.
1.2.106 LADY ANNE
Dost grant me, hedgehog? then, God grant me too
Thou mayst be damned for that wicked deed!
O, he was gentle, mild, and virtuous!
1.2.109 GLOUCESTER
The fitter for the King of heaven, that hath him.
1.2.110 LADY ANNE
He is in heaven, where thou shalt never come.
1.2.111 GLOUCESTER
Let him thank me, that holp to send him thither;
For he was fitter for that place than earth.
1.2.113 LADY ANNE
And thou unfit for any place but hell.
1.2.114 GLOUCESTER
Yes, one place else, if you will hear me name it.
1.2.115 LADY ANNE
Some dungeon.
1.2.116 GLOUCESTER
Your bed-chamber.
1.2.117 LADY ANNE
I'll rest betide the chamber where thou liest!
1.2.118 GLOUCESTER
So will it, madam till I lie with you.
1.2.119 LADY ANNE
I hope so.
1.2.120 GLOUCESTER
I know so. But, gentle Lady Anne,
To leave this keen encounter of our wits,
And fall somewhat into a slower method,
Is not the causer of the timeless deaths
Of these Plantagenets, Henry and Edward,
As blameful as the executioner?
1.2.126 LADY ANNE
Thou art the cause, and most accursed effect.
1.2.127 GLOUCESTER
Your beauty was the cause of that effect;
Your beauty: which did haunt me in my sleep
To undertake the death of all the world,
So I might live one hour in your sweet bosom.
1.2.131 LADY ANNE
If I thought that, I tell thee, homicide,
These nails should rend that beauty from my cheeks.
1.2.133 GLOUCESTER
These eyes could never endure sweet beauty's wreck;
You should not blemish it, if I stood by:
As all the world is cheered by the sun,
So I by that; it is my day, my life.
1.2.137 LADY ANNE
Black night o'ershade thy day, and death thy life!
1.2.138 GLOUCESTER
Curse not thyself, fair creature thou art both.
1.2.139 LADY ANNE
I would I were, to be revenged on thee.
1.2.140 GLOUCESTER
It is a quarrel most unnatural,
To be revenged on him that loveth you.
1.2.142 LADY ANNE
It is a quarrel just and reasonable,
To be revenged on him that slew my husband.
1.2.144 GLOUCESTER
He that bereft thee, lady, of thy husband,
Did it to help thee to a better husband.
1.2.146 LADY ANNE
His better doth not breathe upon the earth.
1.2.147 GLOUCESTER
He lives that loves thee better than he could.
1.2.148 LADY ANNE
Name him.
1.2.149 GLOUCESTER
Plantagenet.
1.2.150 LADY ANNE
Why, that was he.
1.2.151 GLOUCESTER
The selfsame name, but one of better nature.
1.2.152 LADY ANNE
Where is he?
1.2.153 GLOUCESTER
Here.
She spitteth at him
Why dost thou spit at me?
1.2.155 LADY ANNE
Would it were mortal poison, for thy sake!
1.2.156 GLOUCESTER
Never came poison from so sweet a place.
1.2.157 LADY ANNE
Never hung poison on a fouler toad.
Out of my sight! thou dost infect my eyes.
1.2.159 GLOUCESTER
Thine eyes, sweet lady, have infected mine.
1.2.160 LADY ANNE
Would they were basilisks, to strike thee dead!
1.2.161 GLOUCESTER
I would they were, that I might die at once;
For now they kill me with a living death.
Those eyes of thine from mine have drawn salt tears,
Shamed their aspect with store of childish drops:
These eyes that never shed remorseful tear,
No, when my father York and Edward wept,
To hear the piteous moan that Rutland made
When black-faced Clifford shook his sword at him;
Nor when thy warlike father, like a child,
Told the sad story of my father's death,
And twenty times made pause to sob and weep,
That all the standers-by had wet their cheeks
Like trees bedash'd with rain: in that sad time
My manly eyes did scorn an humble tear;
And what these sorrows could not thence exhale,
Thy beauty hath, and made them blind with weeping.
I never sued to friend nor enemy;
My tongue could never learn sweet smoothing word;
But now thy beauty is proposed my fee,
My proud heart sues, and prompts my tongue to speak.
She looks scornfully at him
Teach not thy lips such scorn, for they were made
For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
If thy revengeful heart cannot forgive,
Lo, here I lend thee this sharp-pointed sword;
Which if thou please to hide in this true bosom.
And let the soul forth that adoreth thee,
I lay it naked to the deadly stroke,
And humbly beg the death upon my knee.
He lays his breast open: she offers at it with his sword
Nay, do not pause; for I did kill King Henry,
But 'twas thy beauty that provoked me.
Nay, now dispatch; 'twas I that stabb'd young Edward,
But 'twas thy heavenly face that set me on.
Here she lets fall the sword
Take up the sword again, or take up me.
1.2.194 LADY ANNE
Arise, dissembler: though I wish thy death,
I will not be the executioner.
1.2.196 GLOUCESTER
Then bid me kill myself, and I will do it.
1.2.197 LADY ANNE
I have already.
1.2.198 GLOUCESTER
Tush, that was in thy rage:
Speak it again, and, even with the word,
That hand, which, for thy love, did kill thy love,
Shall, for thy love, kill a far truer love;
To both their deaths thou shalt be accessary.
1.2.203 LADY ANNE
I would I knew thy heart.
1.2.204 GLOUCESTER
'Tis figured in my tongue.
1.2.205 LADY ANNE
I fear me both are false.
1.2.206 GLOUCESTER
Then never man was true.
1.2.207 LADY ANNE
Well, well, put up your sword.
1.2.208 GLOUCESTER
Say, then, my peace is made.
1.2.209 LADY ANNE
That shall you know hereafter.
1.2.210 GLOUCESTER
But shall I live in hope?
1.2.211 LADY ANNE
All men, I hope, live so.
1.2.212 GLOUCESTER
Vouchsafe to wear this ring.
1.2.213 LADY ANNE
To take is not to give.
1.2.214 GLOUCESTER
Look, how this ring encompasseth finger.
Even so thy breast encloseth my poor heart;
Wear both of them, for both of them are thine.
And if thy poor devoted suppliant may
But beg one favour at thy gracious hand,
Thou dost confirm his happiness for ever.
1.2.220 LADY ANNE
What is it?
1.2.221 GLOUCESTER
That it would please thee leave these sad designs
To him that hath more cause to be a mourner,
And presently repair to Crosby Place;
Where, after I have solemnly interr'd
At Chertsey monastery this noble king,
And wet his grave with my repentant tears,
I will with all expedient duty see you:
For divers unknown reasons. I beseech you,
Grant me this boon.
1.2.230 LADY ANNE
With all my heart; and much it joys me too,
To see you are become so penitent.
Tressel and Berkeley, go along with me.
1.2.233 GLOUCESTER
Bid me farewell.
1.2.234 LADY ANNE
'Tis more than you deserve;
But since you teach me how to flatter you,
Imagine I have said farewell already.
Exeunt LADY ANNE, TRESSEL, and BERKELEY
1.2.237 GLOUCESTER
Sirs, take up the corse.
1.2.238 GENTLEMEN
Towards Chertsey, noble lord?
1.2.239 GLOUCESTER
No, to White-Friars; there attend my coming.
Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER
Was ever woman in this humour woo'd?
Was ever woman in this humour won?
I'll have her; but I will not keep her long.
What! I, that kill'd her husband and his father,
To take her in her heart's extremest hate,
With curses in her mouth, tears in her eyes,
The bleeding witness of her hatred by;
Having God, her conscience, and these bars
against me,
And I nothing to back my suit at all,
But the plain devil and dissembling looks,
And yet to win her, all the world to nothing!
Ha!
Hath she forgot already that brave prince,
Edward, her lord, whom I, some three months since,
Stabb'd in my angry mood at Tewksbury?
A sweeter and a lovelier gentleman,
Framed in the prodigality of nature,
Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt, right royal,
The spacious world cannot again afford
And will she yet debase her eyes on me,
That cropp'd the golden prime of this sweet prince,
And made her widow to a woful bed?
On me, whose all not equals Edward's moiety?
On me, that halt and am unshapen thus?
My dukedom to a beggarly denier,
I do mistake my person all this while:
Upon my life, she finds, although I cannot,
Myself to be a marvellous proper man.
I'll be at charges for a looking-glass,
And entertain some score or two of tailors,
To study fashions to adorn my body:
Since I am crept in favour with myself,
Will maintain it with some little cost.
But first I'll turn yon fellow in his grave;
And then return lamenting to my love.
Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass,
That I may see my shadow as I pass.
Exit
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ACT I

Scene 3

The palace.

Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, RIVERS, and GREY
1.3.1 RIVERS
Have patience, madam: there's no doubt his majesty
Will soon recover his accustom'd health.
1.3.3 GREY
In that you brook it in, it makes him worse:
Therefore, for God's sake, entertain good comfort,
And cheer his grace with quick and merry words.
1.3.6 QUEEN ELIZABETH
If he were dead, what would betide of me?
1.3.7 RIVERS
No other harm but loss of such a lord.
1.3.8 QUEEN ELIZABETH
The loss of such a lord includes all harm.
1.3.9 GREY
The heavens have bless'd you with a goodly son,
To be your comforter when he is gone.
1.3.11 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Oh, he is young and his minority
Is put unto the trust of Richard Gloucester,
A man that loves not me, nor none of you.
1.3.14 RIVERS
Is it concluded that he shall be protector?
1.3.15 QUEEN ELIZABETH
It is determined, not concluded yet:
But so it must be, if the king miscarry.
Enter BUCKINGHAM and DERBY
1.3.17 GREY
Here come the lords of Buckingham and Derby.
1.3.18 BUCKINGHAM
Good time of day unto your royal grace!
1.3.19 DERBY
God make your majesty joyful as you have been!
1.3.20 QUEEN ELIZABETH
The Countess Richmond, good my Lord of Derby.
To your good prayers will scarcely say amen.
Yet, Derby, notwithstanding she's your wife,
And loves not me, be you, good lord, assured
I hate not you for her proud arrogance.
1.3.25 DERBY
I do beseech you, either not believe
The envious slanders of her false accusers;
Or, if she be accused in true report,
Bear with her weakness, which, I think proceeds
From wayward sickness, and no grounded malice.
1.3.30 RIVERS
Saw you the king to-day, my Lord of Derby?
1.3.31 DERBY
But now the Duke of Buckingham and I
Are come from visiting his majesty.
1.3.33 QUEEN ELIZABETH
What likelihood of his amendment, lords?
1.3.34 BUCKINGHAM
Madam, good hope; his grace speaks cheerfully.
1.3.35 QUEEN ELIZABETH
God grant him health! Did you confer with him?
1.3.36 BUCKINGHAM
Madam, we did: he desires to make atonement
Betwixt the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers,
And betwixt them and my lord chamberlain;
And sent to warn them to his royal presence.
1.3.40 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Would all were well! but that will never be
I fear our happiness is at the highest.
Enter GLOUCESTER, HASTINGS, and DORSET
1.3.42 GLOUCESTER
They do me wrong, and I will not endure it:
Who are they that complain unto the king,
That I, forsooth, am stern, and love them not?
By holy Paul, they love his grace but lightly
That fill his ears with such dissentious rumours.
Because I cannot flatter and speak fair,
Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog,
Duck with French nods and apish courtesy,
I must be held a rancorous enemy.
Cannot a plain man live and think no harm,
But thus his simple truth must be abused
By silken, sly, insinuating Jacks?
1.3.54 RIVERS
To whom in all this presence speaks your grace?
1.3.55 GLOUCESTER
To thee, that hast nor honesty nor grace.
When have I injured thee? when done thee wrong?
Or thee? or thee? or any of your faction?
A plague upon you all! His royal grace, –
Whom God preserve better than you would wish! –
Cannot be quiet scarce a breathing-while,
But you must trouble him with lewd complaints.
1.3.62 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Brother of Gloucester, you mistake the matter.
The king, of his own royal disposition,
And not provoked by any suitor else;
Aiming, belike, at your interior hatred,
Which in your outward actions shows itself
Against my kindred, brothers, and myself,
Makes him to send; that thereby he may gather
The ground of your ill-will, and so remove it.
1.3.70 GLOUCESTER
I cannot tell: the world is grown so bad,
That wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch:
Since every Jack became a gentleman
There's many a gentle person made a Jack.
1.3.74 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Come, come, we know your meaning, brother
Gloucester;
You envy my advancement and my friends':
God grant we never may have need of you!
1.3.78 GLOUCESTER
Meantime, God grants that we have need of you:
Your brother is imprison'd by your means,
Myself disgraced, and the nobility
Held in contempt; whilst many fair promotions
Are daily given to ennoble those
That scarce, some two days since, were worth a noble.
1.3.84 QUEEN ELIZABETH
By Him that raised me to this careful height
From that contented hap which I enjoy'd,
I never did incense his majesty
Against the Duke of Clarence, but have been
An earnest advocate to plead for him.
My lord, you do me shameful injury,
Falsely to draw me in these vile suspects.
1.3.91 GLOUCESTER
You may deny that you were not the cause
Of my Lord Hastings' late imprisonment.
1.3.93 RIVERS
She may, my lord, for –
1.3.94 GLOUCESTER
She may, Lord Rivers! why, who knows not so?
She may do more, sir, than denying that:
She may help you to many fair preferments,
And then deny her aiding hand therein,
And lay those honours on your high deserts.
What may she not? She may, yea, marry, may she –
1.3.100 RIVERS
What, marry, may she?
1.3.101 GLOUCESTER
What, marry, may she! marry with a king,
A bachelor, a handsome stripling too:
I wis your grandam had a worser match.
1.3.104 QUEEN ELIZABETH
My Lord of Gloucester, I have too long borne
Your blunt upbraidings and your bitter scoffs:
By heaven, I will acquaint his majesty
With those gross taunts I often have endured.
I had rather be a country servant-maid
Than a great queen, with this condition,
To be thus taunted, scorn'd, and baited at:
Enter QUEEN MARGARET, behind
Small joy have I in being England's queen.
1.3.112 QUEEN MARGARET
And lessen'd be that small, God, I beseech thee!
Thy honour, state and seat is due to me.
1.3.114 GLOUCESTER
What! threat you me with telling of the king?
Tell him, and spare not: look, what I have said
I will avouch in presence of the king:
I dare adventure to be sent to the Tower.
'Tis time to speak; my pains are quite forgot.
1.3.119 QUEEN MARGARET
Out, devil! I remember them too well:
Thou slewest my husband Henry in the Tower,
And Edward, my poor son, at Tewksbury.
1.3.122 GLOUCESTER
Ere you were queen, yea, or your husband king,
I was a pack-horse in his great affairs;
A weeder-out of his proud adversaries,
A liberal rewarder of his friends:
To royalize his blood I spilt mine own.
1.3.127 QUEEN MARGARET
Yea, and much better blood than his or thine.
1.3.128 GLOUCESTER
In all which time you and your husband Grey
Were factious for the house of Lancaster;
And, Rivers, so were you. Was not your husband
In Margaret's battle at Saint Alban's slain?
Let me put in your minds, if you forget,
What you have been ere now, and what you are;
Withal, what I have been, and what I am.
1.3.135 QUEEN MARGARET
A murderous villain, and so still thou art.
1.3.136 GLOUCESTER
Poor Clarence did forsake his father, Warwick;
Yea, and forswore himself, – which Jesu pardon! –
1.3.138 QUEEN MARGARET
Which God revenge!
1.3.139 GLOUCESTER
To fight on Edward's party for the crown;
And for his meed, poor lord, he is mew'd up.
I would to God my heart were flint, like Edward's;
Or Edward's soft and pitiful, like mine
I am too childish-foolish for this world.
1.3.144 QUEEN MARGARET
Hie thee to hell for shame, and leave the world,
Thou cacodemon! there thy kingdom is.
1.3.146 RIVERS
My Lord of Gloucester, in those busy days
Which here you urge to prove us enemies,
We follow'd then our lord, our sovereign king:
So should we you, if you should be our king.
1.3.150 GLOUCESTER
If I should be! I had rather be a pedlar:
Far be it from my heart, the thought of it!
1.3.152 QUEEN ELIZABETH
As little joy, my lord, as you suppose
You should enjoy, were you this country's king,
As little joy may you suppose in me.
That I enjoy, being the queen thereof.
1.3.156 QUEEN MARGARET
A little joy enjoys the queen thereof;
For I am she, and altogether joyless.
I can no longer hold me patient.
Advancing
Hear me, you wrangling pirates, that fall out
In sharing that which you have pill'd from me!
Which of you trembles not that looks on me?
If not, that, I being queen, you bow like subjects,
Yet that, by you deposed, you quake like rebels?
O gentle villain, do not turn away!
1.3.165 GLOUCESTER
Foul wrinkled witch, what makest thou in my sight?
1.3.166 QUEEN MARGARET
But repetition of what thou hast marr'd;
That will I make before I let thee go.
1.3.168 GLOUCESTER
Wert thou not banished on pain of death?
1.3.169 QUEEN MARGARET
I was; but I do find more pain in banishment
Than death can yield me here by my abode.
A husband and a son thou owest to me;
And thou a kingdom; all of you allegiance:
The sorrow that I have, by right is yours,
And all the pleasures you usurp are mine.
1.3.175 GLOUCESTER
The curse my noble father laid on thee,
When thou didst crown his warlike brows with paper
And with thy scorns drew'st rivers from his eyes,
And then, to dry them, gavest the duke a clout
Steep'd in the faultless blood of pretty Rutland –
His curses, then from bitterness of soul
Denounced against thee, are all fall'n upon thee;
And God, not we, hath plagued thy bloody deed.
1.3.183 QUEEN ELIZABETH
So just is God, to right the innocent.
1.3.184 HASTINGS
O, 'twas the foulest deed to slay that babe,
And the most merciless that e'er was heard of!
1.3.186 RIVERS
Tyrants themselves wept when it was reported.
1.3.187 DORSET
No man but prophesied revenge for it.
1.3.188 BUCKINGHAM
Northumberland, then present, wept to see it.
1.3.189 QUEEN MARGARET
What were you snarling all before I came,
Ready to catch each other by the throat,
And turn you all your hatred now on me?
Did York's dread curse prevail so much with heaven?
That Henry's death, my lovely Edward's death,
Their kingdom's loss, my woful banishment,
Could all but answer for that peevish brat?
Can curses pierce the clouds and enter heaven?
Why, then, give way, dull clouds, to my quick curses!
If not by war, by surfeit die your king,
As ours by murder, to make him a king!
Edward thy son, which now is Prince of Wales,
For Edward my son, which was Prince of Wales,
Die in his youth by like untimely violence!
Thyself a queen, for me that was a queen,
Outlive thy glory, like my wretched self!
Long mayst thou live to wail thy children's loss;
And see another, as I see thee now,
Deck'd in thy rights, as thou art stall'd in mine!
Long die thy happy days before thy death;
And, after many lengthen'd hours of grief,
Die neither mother, wife, nor England's queen!
Rivers and Dorset, you were standers by,
And so wast thou, Lord Hastings, when my son
Was stabb'd with bloody daggers: God, I pray him,
That none of you may live your natural age,
But by some unlook'd accident cut off!
1.3.216 GLOUCESTER
Have done thy charm, thou hateful wither'd hag!
1.3.217 QUEEN MARGARET
And leave out thee? stay, dog, for thou shalt hear me.
If heaven have any grievous plague in store
Exceeding those that I can wish upon thee,
O, let them keep it till thy sins be ripe,
And then hurl down their indignation
On thee, the troubler of the poor world's peace!
The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
Thy friends suspect for traitors while thou livest,
And take deep traitors for thy dearest friends!
No sleep close up that deadly eye of thine,
Unless it be whilst some tormenting dream
Affrights thee with a hell of ugly devils!
Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive, rooting hog!
Thou that wast seal'd in thy nativity
The slave of nature and the son of hell!
Thou slander of thy mother's heavy womb!
Thou loathed issue of thy father's loins!
Thou rag of honour! thou detested –
1.3.235 GLOUCESTER
Margaret.
1.3.236 QUEEN MARGARET
Richard!
1.3.237 GLOUCESTER
Ha!
1.3.238 QUEEN MARGARET
I call thee not.
1.3.239 GLOUCESTER
I cry thee mercy then, for I had thought
That thou hadst call'd me all these bitter names.
1.3.241 QUEEN MARGARET
Why, so I did; but look'd for no reply.
O, let me make the period to my curse!
1.3.243 GLOUCESTER
'Tis done by me, and ends in 'Margaret.'
1.3.244 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Thus have you breathed your curse against yourself.
1.3.245 QUEEN MARGARET
Poor painted queen, vain flourish of my fortune!
Why strew'st thou sugar on that bottled spider,
Whose deadly web ensnareth thee about?
Fool, fool! thou whet'st a knife to kill thyself.
The time will come when thou shalt wish for me
To help thee curse that poisonous bunchback'd toad.
1.3.251 HASTINGS
False-boding woman, end thy frantic curse,
Lest to thy harm thou move our patience.
1.3.253 QUEEN MARGARET
Foul shame upon you! you have all moved mine.
1.3.254 RIVERS
Were you well served, you would be taught your duty.
1.3.255 QUEEN MARGARET
To serve me well, you all should do me duty,
Teach me to be your queen, and you my subjects:
O, serve me well, and teach yourselves that duty!
1.3.258 DORSET
Dispute not with her; she is lunatic.
1.3.259 QUEEN MARGARET
Peace, master marquess, you are malapert:
Your fire-new stamp of honour is scarce current.
O, that your young nobility could judge
What 'twere to lose it, and be miserable!
They that stand high have many blasts to shake them;
And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
1.3.265 GLOUCESTER
Good counsel, marry: learn it, learn it, marquess.
1.3.266 DORSET
It toucheth you, my lord, as much as me.
1.3.267 GLOUCESTER
Yea, and much more: but I was born so high,
Our aery buildeth in the cedar's top,
And dallies with the wind and scorns the sun.
1.3.270 QUEEN MARGARET
And turns the sun to shade; alas! alas!
Witness my son, now in the shade of death;
Whose bright out-shining beams thy cloudy wrath
Hath in eternal darkness folded up.
Your aery buildeth in our aery's nest.
O God, that seest it, do not suffer it!
As it was won with blood, lost be it so!
1.3.277 BUCKINGHAM
Have done! for shame, if not for charity.
1.3.278 QUEEN MARGARET
Urge neither charity nor shame to me:
Uncharitably with me have you dealt,
And shamefully by you my hopes are butcher'd.
My charity is outrage, life my shame
And in that shame still live my sorrow's rage.
1.3.283 BUCKINGHAM
Have done, have done.
1.3.284 QUEEN MARGARET
O princely Buckingham I'll kiss thy hand,
In sign of league and amity with thee:
Now fair befal thee and thy noble house!
Thy garments are not spotted with our blood,
Nor thou within the compass of my curse.
1.3.289 BUCKINGHAM
Nor no one here; for curses never pass
The lips of those that breathe them in the air.
1.3.291 QUEEN MARGARET
I'll not believe but they ascend the sky,
And there awake God's gentle-sleeping peace.
O Buckingham, take heed of yonder dog!
Look, when he fawns, he bites; and when he bites,
His venom tooth will rankle to the death:
Have not to do with him, beware of him;
Sin, death, and hell have set their marks on him,
And all their ministers attend on him.
1.3.299 GLOUCESTER
What doth she say, my Lord of Buckingham?
1.3.300 BUCKINGHAM
Nothing that I respect, my gracious lord.
1.3.301 QUEEN MARGARET
What, dost thou scorn me for my gentle counsel?
And soothe the devil that I warn thee from?
O, but remember this another day,
When he shall split thy very heart with sorrow,
And say poor Margaret was a prophetess!
Live each of you the subjects to his hate,
And he to yours, and all of you to God's!
Exit
1.3.308 HASTINGS
My hair doth stand on end to hear her curses.
1.3.309 RIVERS
And so doth mine: I muse why she's at liberty.
1.3.310 GLOUCESTER
I cannot blame her: by God's holy mother,
She hath had too much wrong; and I repent
My part thereof that I have done to her.
1.3.313 QUEEN ELIZABETH
I never did her any, to my knowledge.
1.3.314 GLOUCESTER
But you have all the vantage of her wrong.
I was too hot to do somebody good,
That is too cold in thinking of it now.
Marry, as for Clarence, he is well repaid,
He is frank'd up to fatting for his pains
God pardon them that are the cause of it!
1.3.320 RIVERS
A virtuous and a Christian-like conclusion,
To pray for them that have done scathe to us.
1.3.322 GLOUCESTER
So do I ever: [Aside] being well-advised.
For had I cursed now, I had cursed myself.
Enter CATESBY
1.3.324 CATESBY
Madam, his majesty doth call for you,
And for your grace; and you, my noble lords.
1.3.326 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Catesby, we come. Lords, will you go with us?
1.3.327 RIVERS
Madam, we will attend your grace.
Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER
1.3.328 GLOUCESTER
I do the wrong, and first begin to brawl.
The secret mischiefs that I set abroach
I lay unto the grievous charge of others.
Clarence, whom I, indeed, have laid in darkness,
I do beweep to many simple gulls
Namely, to Hastings, Derby, Buckingham;
And say it is the queen and her allies
That stir the king against the duke my brother.
Now, they believe it; and withal whet me
To be revenged on Rivers, Vaughan, Grey:
But then I sigh; and, with a piece of scripture,
Tell them that God bids us do good for evil:
And thus I clothe my naked villany
With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
Enter two Murderers
But, soft! here come my executioners.
How now, my hardy, stout resolved mates!
Are you now going to dispatch this deed?
1.3.346 First Murderer
We are, my lord; and come to have the warrant
That we may be admitted where he is.
1.3.348 GLOUCESTER
Well thought upon; I have it here about me.
Gives the warrant
When you have done, repair to Crosby Place.
But, sirs, be sudden in the execution,
Withal obdurate, do not hear him plead;
For Clarence is well-spoken, and perhaps
May move your hearts to pity if you mark him.
1.3.354 First Murderer
Tush!
Fear not, my lord, we will not stand to prate;
Talkers are no good doers: be assured
We come to use our hands and not our tongues.
1.3.358 GLOUCESTER
Your eyes drop millstones, when fools' eyes drop tears:
I like you, lads; about your business straight;
Go, go, dispatch.
1.3.361 First Murderer
We will, my noble lord.
Exeunt
Contents

ACT I

Scene 4

London. The Tower.

Enter CLARENCE and BRAKENBURY
1.4.1 BRAKENBURY
Why looks your grace so heavily today?
1.4.2 CLARENCE
O, I have pass'd a miserable night,
So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams,
That, as I am a Christian faithful man,
I would not spend another such a night,
Though 'twere to buy a world of happy days,
So full of dismal terror was the time!
1.4.8 BRAKENBURY
What was your dream? I long to hear you tell it.
1.4.9 CLARENCE
Methoughts that I had broken from the Tower,
And was embark'd to cross to Burgundy;
And, in my company, my brother Gloucester;
Who from my cabin tempted me to walk
Upon the hatches: thence we looked toward England,
And cited up a thousand fearful times,
During the wars of York and Lancaster
That had befall'n us. As we paced along
Upon the giddy footing of the hatches,
Methought that Gloucester stumbled; and, in falling,
Struck me, that thought to stay him, overboard,
Into the tumbling billows of the main.
Lord, Lord! methought, what pain it was to drown!
What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears!
What ugly sights of death within mine eyes!
Methought I saw a thousand fearful wrecks;
Ten thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon;
Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl,
Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,
All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea:
Some lay in dead men's skulls; and, in those holes
Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept,
As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems,
Which woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep,
And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by.
1.4.34 BRAKENBURY
Had you such leisure in the time of death
To gaze upon the secrets of the deep?
1.4.36 CLARENCE
Methought I had; and often did I strive
To yield the ghost: but still the envious flood
Kept in my soul, and would not let it forth
To seek the empty, vast and wandering air;
But smother'd it within my panting bulk,
Which almost burst to belch it in the sea.
1.4.42 BRAKENBURY
Awaked you not with this sore agony?
1.4.43 CLARENCE
O, no, my dream was lengthen'd after life;
O, then began the tempest to my soul,
Who pass'd, methought, the melancholy flood,
With that grim ferryman which poets write of,
Unto the kingdom of perpetual night.
The first that there did greet my stranger soul,
Was my great father-in-law, renowned Warwick;
Who cried aloud, 'What scourge for perjury
Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?'
And so he vanish'd: then came wandering by
A shadow like an angel, with bright hair
Dabbled in blood; and he squeak'd out aloud,
'Clarence is come; false, fleeting, perjured Clarence,
That stabb'd me in the field by Tewksbury;
Seize on him, Furies, take him to your torments!'
With that, methoughts, a legion of foul fiends
Environ'd me about, and howled in mine ears
Such hideous cries, that with the very noise
I trembling waked, and for a season after
Could not believe but that I was in hell,
Such terrible impression made the dream.
1.4.64 BRAKENBURY
No marvel, my lord, though it affrighted you;
I promise, I am afraid to hear you tell it.
1.4.66 CLARENCE
O Brakenbury, I have done those things,
Which now bear evidence against my soul,
For Edward's sake; and see how he requites me!
O God! if my deep prayers cannot appease thee,
But thou wilt be avenged on my misdeeds,
Yet execute thy wrath in me alone,
O, spare my guiltless wife and my poor children!
I pray thee, gentle keeper, stay by me;
My soul is heavy, and I fain would sleep.
1.4.75 BRAKENBURY
I will, my lord: God give your grace good rest!
CLARENCE sleeps
Sorrow breaks seasons and reposing hours,
Makes the night morning, and the noon-tide night.
Princes have but their tides for their glories,
An outward honour for an inward toil;
And, for unfelt imagination,
They often feel a world of restless cares:
So that, betwixt their tides and low names,
There's nothing differs but the outward fame.
Enter the two Murderers
1.4.84 First Murderer
Ho! who's here?
1.4.85 BRAKENBURY
In God's name what are you, and how came you hither?
1.4.86 First Murderer
I would speak with Clarence, and I came hither on my legs.
1.4.87 BRAKENBURY
Yea, are you so brief?
1.4.88 Second Murderer
O sir, it is better to be brief than tedious. Show
him our commission; talk no more.
BRAKENBURY reads it
1.4.90 BRAKENBURY
I am, in this, commanded to deliver
The noble Duke of Clarence to your hands:
I will not reason what is meant hereby,
Because I will be guiltless of the meaning.
Here are the keys, there sits the duke asleep:
I'll to the king; and signify to him
That thus I have resign'd my charge to you.
1.4.97 First Murderer
Do so, it is a point of wisdom: fare you well.
Exit BRAKENBURY
1.4.98 Second Murderer
What, shall we stab him as he sleeps?
1.4.99 First Murderer
No; then he will say 'twas done cowardly, when he wakes.
1.4.100 Second Murderer
When he wakes! why, fool, he shall never wake till
the judgment-day.
1.4.102 First Murderer
Why, then he will say we stabbed him sleeping.
1.4.103 Second Murderer
The urging of that word 'judgment' hath bred a kind
of remorse in me.
1.4.105 First Murderer
What, art thou afraid?
1.4.106 Second Murderer
Not to kill him, having a warrant for it; but to be
damned for killing him, from which no warrant can defend us.
1.4.108 First Murderer
I thought thou hadst been resolute.
1.4.109 Second Murderer
So I am, to let him live.
1.4.110 First Murderer
Back to the Duke of Gloucester, tell him so.
1.4.111 Second Murderer
I pray thee, stay a while: I hope my holy humour
will change; 'twas wont to hold me but while one
would tell twenty.
1.4.114 First Murderer
How dost thou feel thyself now?
1.4.115 Second Murderer
'Faith, some certain dregs of conscience are yet
within me.
1.4.117 First Murderer
Remember our reward, when the deed is done.
1.4.118 Second Murderer
'Zounds, he dies: I had forgot the reward.
1.4.119 First Murderer
Where is thy conscience now?
1.4.120 Second Murderer
In the Duke of Gloucester's purse.
1.4.121 First Murderer
So when he opens his purse to give us our reward,
thy conscience flies out.
1.4.123 Second Murderer
Let it go; there's few or none will entertain it.
1.4.124 First Murderer
How if it come to thee again?
1.4.125 Second Murderer
I'll not meddle with it: it is a dangerous thing: it
makes a man a coward: a man cannot steal, but it
accuseth him; he cannot swear, but it cheques him;
he cannot lie with his neighbour's wife, but it
detects him: 'tis a blushing shamefast spirit that
mutinies in a man's bosom; it fills one full of
obstacles: it made me once restore a purse of gold
that I found; it beggars any man that keeps it: it
is turned out of all towns and cities for a
dangerous thing; and every man that means to live
well endeavours to trust to himself and to live
without it.
1.4.137 First Murderer
'Zounds, it is even now at my elbow, persuading me
not to kill the duke.
1.4.139 Second Murderer
Take the devil in thy mind, and relieve him not: he
would insinuate with thee but to make thee sigh.
1.4.141 First Murderer
Tut, I am strong-framed, he cannot prevail with me,
I warrant thee.
1.4.143 Second Murderer
Spoke like a tail fellow that respects his
reputation. Come, shall we to this gear?
1.4.145 First Murderer
Take him over the costard with the hilts of thy
sword, and then we will chop him in the malmsey-butt
in the next room.
1.4.148 Second Murderer
O excellent devise! make a sop of him.
1.4.149 First Murderer
Hark! he stirs: shall I strike?
1.4.150 Second Murderer
No, first let's reason with him.
1.4.151 CLARENCE
Where art thou, keeper? give me a cup of wine.
1.4.152 Second Murderer
You shall have wine enough, my lord, anon.
1.4.153 CLARENCE
In God's name, what art thou?
1.4.154 Second Murderer
A man, as you are.
1.4.155 CLARENCE
But not, as I am, royal.
1.4.156 Second Murderer
Nor you, as we are, loyal.
1.4.157 CLARENCE
Thy voice is thunder, but thy looks are humble.
1.4.158 Second Murderer
My voice is now the king's, my looks mine own.
1.4.159 CLARENCE
How darkly and how deadly dost thou speak!
Your eyes do menace me: why look you pale?
Who sent you hither? Wherefore do you come?
1.4.162 Both
To, to, to –
1.4.163 CLARENCE
To murder me?
1.4.164 Both
Ay, ay.
1.4.165 CLARENCE
You scarcely have the hearts to tell me so,
And therefore cannot have the hearts to do it.
Wherein, my friends, have I offended you?
1.4.168 First Murderer
Offended us you have not, but the king.
1.4.169 CLARENCE
I shall be reconciled to him again.
1.4.170 Second Murderer
Never, my lord; therefore prepare to die.
1.4.171 CLARENCE
Are you call'd forth from out a world of men
To slay the innocent? What is my offence?
Where are the evidence that do accuse me?
What lawful quest have given their verdict up
Unto the frowning judge? or who pronounced
The bitter sentence of poor Clarence' death?
Before I be convict by course of law,
To threaten me with death is most unlawful.
I charge you, as you hope to have redemption
By Christ's dear blood shed for our grievous sins,
That you depart and lay no hands on me
The deed you undertake is damnable.
1.4.183 First Murderer
What we will do, we do upon command.
1.4.184 Second Murderer
And he that hath commanded is the king.
1.4.185 CLARENCE
Erroneous vassal! the great King of kings
Hath in the tables of his law commanded
That thou shalt do no murder: and wilt thou, then,
Spurn at his edict and fulfil a man's?
Take heed; for he holds vengeance in his hands,
To hurl upon their heads that break his law.
1.4.191 Second Murderer
And that same vengeance doth he hurl on thee,
For false forswearing and for murder too:
Thou didst receive the holy sacrament,
To fight in quarrel of the house of Lancaster.
1.4.195 First Murderer
And, like a traitor to the name of God,
Didst break that vow; and with thy treacherous blade
Unrip'dst the bowels of thy sovereign's son.
1.4.198 Second Murderer
Whom thou wert sworn to cherish and defend.
1.4.199 First Murderer
How canst thou urge God's dreadful law to us,
When thou hast broke it in so dear degree?
1.4.201 CLARENCE
Alas! for whose sake did I that ill deed?
For Edward, for my brother, for his sake: Why, sirs,
He sends ye not to murder me for this
For in this sin he is as deep as I.
If God will be revenged for this deed.
O, know you yet, he doth it publicly,
Take not the quarrel from his powerful arm;
He needs no indirect nor lawless course
To cut off those that have offended him.
1.4.210 First Murderer
Who made thee, then, a bloody minister,
When gallant-springing brave Plantagenet,
That princely novice, was struck dead by thee?
1.4.213 CLARENCE
My brother's love, the devil, and my rage.
1.4.214 First Murderer
Thy brother's love, our duty, and thy fault,
Provoke us hither now to slaughter thee.
1.4.216 CLARENCE
Oh, if you love my brother, hate not me;
I am his brother, and I love him well.
If you be hired for meed, go back again,
And I will send you to my brother Gloucester,
Who shall reward you better for my life
Than Edward will for tidings of my death.
1.4.222 Second Murderer
You are deceived, your brother Gloucester hates you.
1.4.223 CLARENCE
O, no, he loves me, and he holds me dear:
Go you to him from me.
1.4.225 Both
Ay, so we will.
1.4.226 CLARENCE
Tell him, when that our princely father York
Bless'd his three sons with his victorious arm,
And charged us from his soul to love each other,
He little thought of this divided friendship:
Bid Gloucester think of this, and he will weep.
1.4.231 First Murderer
Ay, millstones; as be lesson'd us to weep.
1.4.232 CLARENCE
O, do not slander him, for he is kind.
1.4.233 First Murderer
Right,
As snow in harvest. Thou deceivest thyself:
'Tis he that sent us hither now to slaughter thee.
1.4.236 CLARENCE
It cannot be; for when I parted with him,
He hugg'd me in his arms, and swore, with sobs,
That he would labour my delivery.
1.4.239 Second Murderer
Why, so he doth, now he delivers thee
From this world's thraldom to the joys of heaven.
1.4.241 First Murderer
Make peace with God, for you must die, my lord.
1.4.242 CLARENCE
Hast thou that holy feeling in thy soul,
To counsel me to make my peace with God,
And art thou yet to thy own soul so blind,
That thou wilt war with God by murdering me?
Ah, sirs, consider, he that set you on
To do this deed will hate you for the deed.
1.4.248 Second Murderer
What shall we do?
1.4.249 CLARENCE
Relent, and save your souls.
1.4.250 First Murderer
Relent! 'tis cowardly and womanish.
1.4.251 CLARENCE
Not to relent is beastly, savage, devilish.
Which of you, if you were a prince's son,
Being pent from liberty, as I am now,
if two such murderers as yourselves came to you,
Would not entreat for life?
My friend, I spy some pity in thy looks:
O, if thine eye be not a flatterer,
Come thou on my side, and entreat for me,
As you would beg, were you in my distress
A begging prince what beggar pities not?
1.4.261 Second Murderer
Look behind you, my lord.
1.4.262 First Murderer
Take that, and that: if all this will not do,
Stabs him
I'll drown you in the malmsey-butt within.
Exit, with the body
1.4.264 Second Murderer
A bloody deed, and desperately dispatch'd!
How fain, like Pilate, would I wash my hands
Of this most grievous guilty murder done!
Re-enter First Murderer
1.4.267 First Murderer
How now! what mean'st thou, that thou help'st me not?
By heavens, the duke shall know how slack thou art!
1.4.269 Second Murderer
I would he knew that I had saved his brother!
Take thou the fee, and tell him what I say;
For I repent me that the duke is slain.
Exit
1.4.272 First Murderer
So do not I: go, coward as thou art.
Now must I hide his body in some hole,
Until the duke take order for his burial:
And when I have my meed, I must away;
For this will out, and here I must not stay.
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ACT II

Scene 1

London. The palace.

Flourish. Enter KING EDWARD IV sick, QUEEN ELIZABETH, DORSET, RIVERS, HASTINGS, BUCKINGHAM, GREY, and others
2.1.1 KING EDWARD IV
Why, so: now have I done a good day's work:
You peers, continue this united league:
I every day expect an embassage
From my Redeemer to redeem me hence;
And now in peace my soul shall part to heaven,
Since I have set my friends at peace on earth.
Rivers and Hastings, take each other's hand;
Dissemble not your hatred, swear your love.
2.1.9 RIVERS
By heaven, my heart is purged from grudging hate:
And with my hand I seal my true heart's love.
2.1.11 HASTINGS
So thrive I, as I truly swear the like!
2.1.12 KING EDWARD IV
Take heed you dally not before your king;
Lest he that is the supreme King of kings
Confound your hidden falsehood, and award
Either of you to be the other's end.
2.1.16 HASTINGS
So prosper I, as I swear perfect love!
2.1.17 RIVERS
And I, as I love Hastings with my heart!
2.1.18 KING EDWARD IV
Madam, yourself are not exempt in this,
Nor your son Dorset, Buckingham, nor you;
You have been factious one against the other,
Wife, love Lord Hastings, let him kiss your hand;
And what you do, do it unfeignedly.
2.1.23 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Here, Hastings; I will never more remember
Our former hatred, so thrive I and mine!
2.1.25 KING EDWARD IV
Dorset, embrace him; Hastings, love lord marquess.
2.1.26 DORSET
This interchange of love, I here protest,
Upon my part shall be unviolable.
2.1.28 HASTINGS
And so swear I, my lord
They embrace
2.1.29 KING EDWARD IV
Now, princely Buckingham, seal thou this league
With thy embracements to my wife's allies,
And make me happy in your unity.
2.1.32 BUCKINGHAM
Whenever Buckingham doth turn his hate
On you or yours,
To the Queen
but with all duteous love
Doth cherish you and yours, God punish me
With hate in those where I expect most love!
When I have most need to employ a friend,
And most assured that he is a friend
Deep, hollow, treacherous, and full of guile,
Be he unto me! this do I beg of God,
When I am cold in zeal to yours.
2.1.42 KING EDWARD IV
A pleasing cordial, princely Buckingham,
is this thy vow unto my sickly heart.
There wanteth now our brother Gloucester here,
To make the perfect period of this peace.
2.1.46 BUCKINGHAM
And, in good time, here comes the noble duke.
Enter GLOUCESTER
2.1.47 GLOUCESTER
Good morrow to my sovereign king and queen:
And, princely peers, a happy time of day!
2.1.49 KING EDWARD IV
Happy, indeed, as we have spent the day.
Brother, we done deeds of charity;
Made peace enmity, fair love of hate,
Between these swelling wrong-incensed peers.
2.1.53 GLOUCESTER
A blessed labour, my most sovereign liege:
Amongst this princely heap, if any here,
By false intelligence, or wrong surmise,
Hold me a foe;
If I unwittingly, or in my rage,
Have aught committed that is hardly borne
By any in this presence, I desire
To reconcile me to his friendly peace:
'Tis death to me to be at enmity;
I hate it, and desire all good men's love.
First, madam, I entreat true peace of you,
Which I will purchase with my duteous service;
Of you, my noble cousin Buckingham,
If ever any grudge were lodged between us;
Of you, Lord Rivers, and, Lord Grey, of you;
That without desert have frown'd on me;
Dukes, earls, lords, gentlemen; indeed, of all.
I do not know that Englishman alive
With whom my soul is any jot at odds
More than the infant that is born to-night
I thank my God for my humility.
2.1.74 QUEEN ELIZABETH
A holy day shall this be kept hereafter:
I would to God all strifes were well compounded.
My sovereign liege, I do beseech your majesty
To take our brother Clarence to your grace.
2.1.78 GLOUCESTER
Why, madam, have I offer'd love for this
To be so flouted in this royal presence?
Who knows not that the noble duke is dead?
They all start
You do him injury to scorn his corse.
2.1.82 RIVERS
Who knows not he is dead! who knows he is?
2.1.83 QUEEN ELIZABETH
All seeing heaven, what a world is this!
2.1.84 BUCKINGHAM
Look I so pale, Lord Dorset, as the rest?
2.1.85 DORSET
Ay, my good lord; and no one in this presence
But his red colour hath forsook his cheeks.
2.1.87 KING EDWARD IV
Is Clarence dead? the order was reversed.
2.1.88 GLOUCESTER
But he, poor soul, by your first order died,
And that a winged Mercury did bear:
Some tardy cripple bore the countermand,
That came too lag to see him buried.
God grant that some, less noble and less loyal,
Nearer in bloody thoughts, but not in blood,
Deserve not worse than wretched Clarence did,
And yet go current from suspicion!
Enter DERBY
2.1.96 DERBY
A boon, my sovereign, for my service done!
2.1.97 KING EDWARD IV
I pray thee, peace: my soul is full of sorrow.
2.1.98 DERBY
I will not rise, unless your highness grant.
2.1.99 KING EDWARD IV
Then speak at once what is it thou demand'st.
2.1.100 DERBY
The forfeit, sovereign, of my servant's life;
Who slew to-day a righteous gentleman
Lately attendant on the Duke of Norfolk.
2.1.103 KING EDWARD IV
Have a tongue to doom my brother's death,
And shall the same give pardon to a slave?
My brother slew no man; his fault was thought,
And yet his punishment was cruel death.
Who sued to me for him? who, in my rage,
Kneel'd at my feet, and bade me be advised
Who spake of brotherhood? who spake of love?
Who told me how the poor soul did forsake
The mighty Warwick, and did fight for me?
Who told me, in the field by Tewksbury
When Oxford had me down, he rescued me,
And said, 'Dear brother, live, and be a king'?
Who told me, when we both lay in the field
Frozen almost to death, how he did lap me
Even in his own garments, and gave himself,
All thin and naked, to the numb cold night?
All this from my remembrance brutish wrath
Sinfully pluck'd, and not a man of you
Had so much grace to put it in my mind.
But when your carters or your waiting-vassals
Have done a drunken slaughter, and defaced
The precious image of our dear Redeemer,
You straight are on your knees for pardon, pardon;
And I unjustly too, must grant it you
But for my brother not a man would speak,
Nor I, ungracious, speak unto myself
For him, poor soul. The proudest of you all
Have been beholding to him in his life;
Yet none of you would once plead for his life.
O God, I fear thy justice will take hold
On me, and you, and mine, and yours for this!
Come, Hastings, help me to my closet.
Oh, poor Clarence!
Exeunt some with KING EDWARD IV and QUEEN MARGARET
2.1.136 GLOUCESTER
This is the fruit of rashness! Mark'd you not
How that the guilty kindred of the queen
Look'd pale when they did hear of Clarence' death?
O, they did urge it still unto the king!
God will revenge it. But come, let us in,
To comfort Edward with our company.
2.1.142 BUCKINGHAM
We wait upon your grace.
Exeunt
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ACT II

Scene 2

The palace.

Enter the DUCHESS OF YORK, with the two children of CLARENCE
2.2.1 Boy
Tell me, good grandam, is our father dead?
2.2.2 DUCHESS OF YORK
No, boy.
2.2.3 Boy
Why do you wring your hands, and beat your breast,
And cry 'O Clarence, my unhappy son!'
2.2.5 Girl
Why do you look on us, and shake your head,
And call us wretches, orphans, castaways
If that our noble father be alive?
2.2.8 DUCHESS OF YORK
My pretty cousins, you mistake me much;
I do lament the sickness of the king.
As loath to lose him, not your father's death;
It were lost sorrow to wail one that's lost.
2.2.12 Boy
Then, grandam, you conclude that he is dead.
The king my uncle is to blame for this:
God will revenge it; whom I will importune
With daily prayers all to that effect.
2.2.16 Girl
And so will I.
2.2.17 DUCHESS OF YORK
Peace, children, peace! the king doth love you well:
Incapable and shallow innocents,
You cannot guess who caused your father's death.
2.2.20 Boy
Grandam, we can; for my good uncle Gloucester
Told me, the king, provoked by the queen,
Devised impeachments to imprison him :
And when my uncle told me so, he wept,
And hugg'd me in his arm, and kindly kiss'd my cheek;
Bade me rely on him as on my father,
And he would love me dearly as his child.
2.2.27 DUCHESS OF YORK
Oh, that deceit should steal such gentle shapes,
And with a virtuous vizard hide foul guile!
He is my son; yea, and therein my shame;
Yet from my dugs he drew not this deceit.
2.2.31 Boy
Think you my uncle did dissemble, grandam?
2.2.32 DUCHESS OF YORK
Ay, boy.
2.2.33 Boy
I cannot think it. Hark! what noise is this?
Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, with her hair about her ears; RIVERS, and DORSET after her
2.2.34 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Oh, who shall hinder me to wail and weep,
To chide my fortune, and torment myself?
I'll join with black despair against my soul,
And to myself become an enemy.
2.2.38 DUCHESS OF YORK
What means this scene of rude impatience?
2.2.39 QUEEN ELIZABETH
To make an act of tragic violence:
Edward, my lord, your son, our king, is dead.
Why grow the branches now the root is wither'd?
Why wither not the leaves the sap being gone?
If you will live, lament; if die, be brief,
That our swift-winged souls may catch the king's;
Or, like obedient subjects, follow him
To his new kingdom of perpetual rest.
2.2.47 DUCHESS OF YORK
Ah, so much interest have I in thy sorrow
As I had title in thy noble husband!
I have bewept a worthy husband's death,
And lived by looking on his images:
But now two mirrors of his princely semblance
Are crack'd in pieces by malignant death,
And I for comfort have but one false glass,
Which grieves me when I see my shame in him.
Thou art a widow; yet thou art a mother,
And hast the comfort of thy children left thee:
But death hath snatch'd my husband from mine arms,
And pluck'd two crutches from my feeble limbs,
Edward and Clarence. O, what cause have I,
Thine being but a moiety of my grief,
To overgo thy plaints and drown thy cries!
2.2.62 Boy
Good aunt, you wept not for our father's death;
How can we aid you with our kindred tears?
2.2.64 Girl
Our fatherless distress was left unmoan'd;
Your widow-dolour likewise be unwept!
2.2.66 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Give me no help in lamentation;
I am not barren to bring forth complaints
All springs reduce their currents to mine eyes,
That I, being govern'd by the watery moon,
May send forth plenteous tears to drown the world!
Oh for my husband, for my dear lord Edward!
2.2.72 Children
Oh for our father, for our dear lord Clarence!
2.2.73 DUCHESS OF YORK
Alas for both, both mine, Edward and Clarence!
2.2.74 QUEEN ELIZABETH
What stay had I but Edward? and he's gone.
2.2.75 Children
What stay had we but Clarence? and he's gone.
2.2.76 DUCHESS OF YORK
What stays had I but they? and they are gone.
2.2.77 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Was never widow had so dear a loss!
2.2.78 Children
Were never orphans had so dear a loss!
2.2.79 DUCHESS OF YORK
Was never mother had so dear a loss!
Alas, I am the mother of these moans!
Their woes are parcell'd, mine are general.
She for an Edward weeps, and so do I;
I for a Clarence weep, so doth not she:
These babes for Clarence weep and so do I;
I for an Edward weep, so do not they:
Alas, you three, on me, threefold distress'd,
Pour all your tears! I am your sorrow's nurse,
And I will pamper it with lamentations.
2.2.89 DORSET
Comfort, dear mother: God is much displeased
That you take with unthankfulness, his doing:
In common worldly things, 'tis call'd ungrateful,
With dull unwilligness to repay a debt
Which with a bounteous hand was kindly lent;
Much more to be thus opposite with heaven,
For it requires the royal debt it lent you.
2.2.96 RIVERS
Madam, bethink you, like a careful mother,
Of the young prince your son: send straight for him
Let him be crown'd; in him your comfort lives:
Drown desperate sorrow in dead Edward's grave,
And plant your joys in living Edward's throne.
Enter GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM, DERBY, HASTINGS, and RATCLIFF
2.2.101 GLOUCESTER
Madam, have comfort: all of us have cause
To wail the dimming of our shining star;
But none can cure their harms by wailing them.
Madam, my mother, I do cry you mercy;
I did not see your grace: humbly on my knee
I crave your blessing.
2.2.107 DUCHESS OF YORK
God bless thee; and put meekness in thy mind,
Love, charity, obedience, and true duty!
2.2.109 GLOUCESTER
[Aside] Amen; and make me die a good old man!
That is the butt-end of a mother's blessing:
I marvel why her grace did leave it out.
2.2.112 BUCKINGHAM
You cloudy princes and heart-sorrowing peers,
That bear this mutual heavy load of moan,
Now cheer each other in each other's love
Though we have spent our harvest of this king,
We are to reap the harvest of his son.
The broken rancour of your high-swoln hearts,
But lately splinter'd, knit, and join'd together,
Must gently be preserved, cherish'd, and kept:
Me seemeth good, that, with some little train,
Forthwith from Ludlow the young prince be fetch'd
Hither to London, to be crown'd our king.
2.2.123 RIVERS
Why with some little train, my Lord of Buckingham?
2.2.124 BUCKINGHAM
Marry, my lord, lest, by a multitude,
The new-heal'd wound of malice should break out,
Which would be so much the more dangerous
By how much the estate is green and yet ungovern'd:
Where every horse bears his commanding rein,
And may direct his course as please himself,
As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent,
In my opinion, ought to be prevented.
2.2.132 GLOUCESTER
I hope the king made peace with all of us
And the compact is firm and true in me.
2.2.134 RIVERS
And so in me; and so, I think, in all:
Yet, since it is but green, it should be put
To no apparent likelihood of breach,
Which haply by much company might be urged:
Therefore I say with noble Buckingham,
That it is meet so few should fetch the prince.
2.2.140 HASTINGS
And so say I.
2.2.141 GLOUCESTER
Then be it so; and go we to determine
Who they shall be that straight shall post to Ludlow.
Madam, and you, my mother, will you go
To give your censures in this weighty business?
2.2.145 QUEEN ELIZABETH  and  DUCHESS OF YORK
With all our hearts.
Exeunt all but BUCKINGHAM and GLOUCESTER
2.2.146 BUCKINGHAM
My lord, whoever journeys to the Prince,
For God's sake, let not us two be behind;
For, by the way, I'll sort occasion,
As index to the story we late talk'd of,
To part the queen's proud kindred from the king.
2.2.151 GLOUCESTER
My other self, my counsel's consistory,
My oracle, my prophet! My dear cousin,
I, like a child, will go by thy direction.
Towards Ludlow then, for we'll not stay behind.
Exeunt
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ACT II

Scene 3

London. A street.

Enter two Citizens meeting
2.3.1 First Citizen
Neighbour, well met: whither away so fast?
2.3.2 Second Citizen
I promise you, I scarcely know myself:
Hear you the news abroad?
2.3.4 First Citizen
Ay, that the king is dead.
2.3.5 Second Citizen
Bad news, by'r lady; seldom comes the better:
I fear, I fear 'twill prove a troublous world.
Enter another Citizen
2.3.7 Third Citizen
Neighbours, God speed!
2.3.8 First Citizen
Give you good morrow, sir.
2.3.9 Third Citizen
Doth this news hold of good King Edward's death?
2.3.10 Second Citizen
Ay, sir, it is too true; God help the while!
2.3.11 Third Citizen
Then, masters, look to see a troublous world.
2.3.12 First Citizen
No, no; by God's good grace his son shall reign.
2.3.13 Third Citizen
Woe to the land that's govern'd by a child!
2.3.14 Second Citizen
In him there is a hope of government,
That in his nonage council under him,
And in his full and ripen'd years himself,
No doubt, shall then and till then govern well.
2.3.18 First Citizen
So stood the state when Henry the Sixth
Was crown'd in Paris but at nine months old.
2.3.20 Third Citizen
Stood the state so? No, no, good friends, God wot;
For then this land was famously enrich'd
With politic grave counsel; then the king
Had virtuous uncles to protect his grace.
2.3.24 First Citizen
Why, so hath this, both by the father and mother.
2.3.25 Third Citizen
Better it were they all came by the father,
Or by the father there were none at all;
For emulation now, who shall be nearest,
Will touch us all too near, if God prevent not.
O, full of danger is the Duke of Gloucester!
And the queen's sons and brothers haught and proud:
And were they to be ruled, and not to rule,
This sickly land might solace as before.
2.3.33 First Citizen
Come, come, we fear the worst; all shall be well.
2.3.34 Third Citizen
When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks;
When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand;
When the sun sets, who doth not look for night?
Untimely storms make men expect a dearth.
All may be well; but, if God sort it so,
'Tis more than we deserve, or I expect.
2.3.40 Second Citizen
Truly, the souls of men are full of dread:
Ye cannot reason almost with a man
That looks not heavily and full of fear.
2.3.43 Third Citizen
Before the times of change, still is it so:
By a divine instinct men's minds mistrust
Ensuing dangers; as by proof, we see
The waters swell before a boisterous storm.
But leave it all to God. whither away?
2.3.48 Second Citizen
Marry, we were sent for to the justices.
2.3.49 Third Citizen
And so was I: I'll bear you company.
Exeunt
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ACT II

Scene 4

London. The palace.

Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, young YORK, QUEEN ELIZABETH, and the DUCHESS OF YORK
2.4.1 ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Last night, I hear, they lay at Northampton;
At Stony-Stratford will they be to-night:
To-morrow, or next day, they will be here.
2.4.4 DUCHESS OF YORK
I long with all my heart to see the prince:
I hope he is much grown since last I saw him.
2.4.6 QUEEN ELIZABETH
But I hear, no; they say my son of York
Hath almost overta'en him in his growth.
2.4.8 YORK
Ay, mother; but I would not have it so.
2.4.9 DUCHESS OF YORK
Why, my young cousin, it is good to grow.
2.4.10 YORK
Grandam, one night, as we did sit at supper,
My uncle Rivers talk'd how I did grow
More than my brother: 'Ay,' quoth my uncle
Gloucester,
'Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace:'
And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast,
Because sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.
2.4.17 DUCHESS OF YORK
Good faith, good faith, the saying did not hold
In him that did object the same to thee;
He was the wretched'st thing when he was young,
So long a-growing and so leisurely,
That, if this rule were true, he should be gracious.
2.4.22 ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Why, madam, so, no doubt, he is.
2.4.23 DUCHESS OF YORK
I hope he is; but yet let mothers doubt.
2.4.24 YORK
Now, by my troth, if I had been remember'd,
I could have given my uncle's grace a flout,
To touch his growth nearer than he touch'd mine.
2.4.27 DUCHESS OF YORK
How, my pretty York? I pray thee, let me hear it.
2.4.28 YORK
Marry, they say my uncle grew so fast
That he could gnaw a crust at two hours old
'Twas full two years ere I could get a tooth.
Grandam, this would have been a biting jest.
2.4.32 DUCHESS OF YORK
I pray thee, pretty York, who told thee this?
2.4.33 YORK
Grandam, his nurse.
2.4.34 DUCHESS OF YORK
His nurse! why, she was dead ere thou wert born.
2.4.35 YORK
If 'twere not she, I cannot tell who told me.
2.4.36 QUEEN ELIZABETH
A parlous boy: go to, you are too shrewd.
2.4.37 ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Good madam, be not angry with the child.
2.4.38 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Pitchers have ears.
Enter a Messenger
2.4.39 ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Here comes a messenger. What news?
2.4.40 Messenger
Such news, my lord, as grieves me to unfold.
2.4.41 QUEEN ELIZABETH
How fares the prince?
2.4.42 Messenger
Well, madam, and in health.
2.4.43 DUCHESS OF YORK
What is thy news then?
2.4.44 Messenger
Lord Rivers and Lord Grey are sent to Pomfret,
With them Sir Thomas Vaughan, prisoners.
2.4.46 DUCHESS OF YORK
Who hath committed them?
2.4.47 Messenger
The mighty dukes
Gloucester and Buckingham.
2.4.49 QUEEN ELIZABETH
For what offence?
2.4.50 Messenger
The sum of all I can, I have disclosed;
Why or for what these nobles were committed
Is all unknown to me, my gracious lady.
2.4.53 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Ay me, I see the downfall of our house!
The tiger now hath seized the gentle hind;
Insulting tyranny begins to jet
Upon the innocent and aweless throne:
Welcome, destruction, death, and massacre!
I see, as in a map, the end of all.
2.4.59 DUCHESS OF YORK
Accursed and unquiet wrangling days,
How many of you have mine eyes beheld!
My husband lost his life to get the crown;
And often up and down my sons were toss'd,
For me to joy and weep their gain and loss:
And being seated, and domestic broils
Clean over-blown, themselves, the conquerors.
Make war upon themselves; blood against blood,
Self against self: O, preposterous
And frantic outrage, end thy damned spleen;
Or let me die, to look on death no more!
2.4.70 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Come, come, my boy; we will to sanctuary.
Madam, farewell.
2.4.72 DUCHESS OF YORK
I'll go along with you.
2.4.73 QUEEN ELIZABETH
You have no cause.
2.4.74 ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
My gracious lady, go;
And thither bear your treasure and your goods.
For my part, I'll resign unto your grace
The seal I keep: and so betide to me
As well I tender you and all of yours!
Come, I'll conduct you to the sanctuary.
Exeunt
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ACT III

Scene 1

London. A street.

The trumpets sound. Enter the young PRINCE EDWARD, GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM, CARDINAL, CATESBY, and others
3.1.1 BUCKINGHAM
Welcome, sweet prince, to London, to your chamber.
3.1.2 GLOUCESTER
Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts' sovereign
The weary way hath made you melancholy.
3.1.4 PRINCE EDWARD
No, uncle; but our crosses on the way
Have made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy
I want more uncles here to welcome me.
3.1.7 GLOUCESTER
Sweet prince, the untainted virtue of your years
Hath not yet dived into the world's deceit
Nor more can you distinguish of a man
Than of his outward show; which, God he knows,
Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart.
Those uncles which you want were dangerous;
Your grace attended to their sugar'd words,
But look'd not on the poison of their hearts :
God keep you from them, and from such false friends!
3.1.16 PRINCE EDWARD
God keep me from false friends! but they were none.
3.1.17 GLOUCESTER
My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you.
Enter the Lord Mayor and his train
3.1.18 Lord Mayor
God bless your grace with health and happy days!
3.1.19 PRINCE EDWARD
I thank you, good my lord; and thank you all.
I thought my mother, and my brother York,
Would long ere this have met us on the way
Fie, what a slug is Hastings, that he comes not
To tell us whether they will come or no!
Enter HASTINGS
3.1.24 BUCKINGHAM
And, in good time, here comes the sweating lord.
3.1.25 PRINCE EDWARD
Welcome, my lord: what, will our mother come?
3.1.26 HASTINGS
On what occasion, God he knows, not I,
The queen your mother, and your brother York,
Have taken sanctuary: the tender prince
Would fain have come with me to meet your grace,
But by his mother was perforce withheld.
3.1.31 BUCKINGHAM
Fie, what an indirect and peevish course
Is this of hers! Lord cardinal, will your grace
Persuade the queen to send the Duke of York
Unto his princely brother presently?
If she deny, Lord Hastings, go with him,
And from her jealous arms pluck him perforce.
3.1.37 CARDINAL
My Lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratory
Can from his mother win the Duke of York,
Anon expect him here; but if she be obdurate
To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid
We should infringe the holy privilege
Of blessed sanctuary! not for all this land
Would I be guilty of so deep a sin.
3.1.44 BUCKINGHAM
You are too senseless – obstinate, my lord,
Too ceremonious and traditional
Weigh it but with the grossness of this age,
You break not sanctuary in seizing him.
The benefit thereof is always granted
To those whose dealings have deserved the place,
And those who have the wit to claim the place:
This prince hath neither claim'd it nor deserved it;
And therefore, in mine opinion, cannot have it:
Then, taking him from thence that is not there,
You break no privilege nor charter there.
Oft have I heard of sanctuary men;
But sanctuary children ne'er till now.
3.1.57 CARDINAL
My lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind for once.
Come on, Lord Hastings, will you go with me?
3.1.59 HASTINGS
I go, my lord.
3.1.60 PRINCE EDWARD
Good lords, make all the speedy haste you may.
Exeunt CARDINAL and HASTINGS
Say, uncle Gloucester, if our brother come,
Where shall we sojourn till our coronation?
3.1.63 GLOUCESTER
Where it seems best unto your royal self.
If I may counsel you, some day or two
Your highness shall repose you at the Tower:
Then where you please, and shall be thought most fit
For your best health and recreation.
3.1.68 PRINCE EDWARD
I do not like the Tower, of any place.
Did Julius Caesar build that place, my lord?
3.1.70 BUCKINGHAM
He did, my gracious lord, begin that place;
Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.
3.1.72 PRINCE EDWARD
Is it upon record, or else reported
Successively from age to age, he built it?
3.1.74 BUCKINGHAM
Upon record, my gracious lord.
3.1.75 PRINCE EDWARD
But say, my lord, it were not register'd,
Methinks the truth should live from age to age,
As 'twere retail'd to all posterity,
Even to the general all-ending day.
3.1.79 GLOUCESTER
[Aside] So wise so young, they say, do never
live long.
3.1.81 PRINCE EDWARD
What say you, uncle?
3.1.82 GLOUCESTER
I say, without characters, fame lives long.
[Aside] Thus, like the formal vice, Iniquity,
I moralize two meanings in one word.
3.1.85 PRINCE EDWARD
That Julius Caesar was a famous man;
With what his valour did enrich his wit,
His wit set down to make his valour live
Death makes no conquest of this conqueror;
For now he lives in fame, though not in life.
I'll tell you what, my cousin Buckingham, –
3.1.91 BUCKINGHAM
What, my gracious lord?
3.1.92 PRINCE EDWARD
An if I live until I be a man,
I'll win our ancient right in France again,
Or die a soldier, as I lived a king.
3.1.95 GLOUCESTER
[Aside] Short summers lightly have a forward spring.
Enter young YORK, HASTINGS, and the CARDINAL
3.1.96 BUCKINGHAM
Now, in good time, here comes the Duke of York.
3.1.97 PRINCE EDWARD
Richard of York! how fares our loving brother?
3.1.98 YORK
Well, my dread lord; so must I call you now.
3.1.99 PRINCE EDWARD
Ay, brother, to our grief, as it is yours:
Too late he died that might have kept that title,
Which by his death hath lost much majesty.
3.1.102 GLOUCESTER
How fares our cousin, noble Lord of York?
3.1.103 YORK
I thank you, gentle uncle. O, my lord,
You said that idle weeds are fast in growth
The prince my brother hath outgrown me far.
3.1.106 GLOUCESTER
He hath, my lord.
3.1.107 YORK
And therefore is he idle?
3.1.108 GLOUCESTER
O, my fair cousin, I must not say so.
3.1.109 YORK
Then is he more beholding to you than I.
3.1.110 GLOUCESTER
He may command me as my sovereign;
But you have power in me as in a kinsman.
3.1.112 YORK
I pray you, uncle, give me this dagger.
3.1.113 GLOUCESTER
My dagger, little cousin? with all my heart.
3.1.114 PRINCE EDWARD
A beggar, brother?
3.1.115 YORK
Of my kind uncle, that I know will give;
And being but a toy, which is no grief to give.
3.1.117 GLOUCESTER
A greater gift than that I'll give my cousin.
3.1.118 YORK
A greater gift! O, that's the sword to it.
3.1.119 GLOUCESTER
A gentle cousin, were it light enough.
3.1.120 YORK
O, then, I see, you will part but with light gifts;
In weightier things you'll say a beggar nay.
3.1.122 GLOUCESTER
It is too heavy for your grace to wear.
3.1.123 YORK
I weigh it lightly, were it heavier.
3.1.124 GLOUCESTER
What, would you have my weapon, little lord?
3.1.125 YORK
I would, that I might thank you as you call me.
3.1.126 GLOUCESTER
How?
3.1.127 YORK
Little.
3.1.128 PRINCE EDWARD
My Lord of York will still be cross in talk:
Uncle, your grace knows how to bear with him.
3.1.130 YORK
You mean, to bear me, not to bear with me:
Uncle, my brother mocks both you and me;
Because that I am little, like an ape,
He thinks that you should bear me on your shoulders.
3.1.134 BUCKINGHAM
With what a sharp-provided wit he reasons!
To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle,
He prettily and aptly taunts himself:
So cunning and so young is wonderful.
3.1.138 GLOUCESTER
My lord, will't please you pass along?
Myself and my good cousin Buckingham
Will to your mother, to entreat of her
To meet you at the Tower and welcome you.
3.1.142 YORK
What, will you go unto the Tower, my lord?
3.1.143 PRINCE EDWARD
My lord protector needs will have it so.
3.1.144 YORK
I shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower.
3.1.145 GLOUCESTER
Why, what should you fear?
3.1.146 YORK
Marry, my uncle Clarence' angry ghost:
My grandam told me he was murdered there.
3.1.148 PRINCE EDWARD
I fear no uncles dead.
3.1.149 GLOUCESTER
Nor none that live, I hope.
3.1.150 PRINCE EDWARD
An if they live, I hope I need not fear.
But come, my lord; and with a heavy heart,
Thinking on them, go I unto the Tower.
A Sennet. Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM and CATESBY
3.1.153 BUCKINGHAM
Think you, my lord, this little prating York
Was not incensed by his subtle mother
To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously?
3.1.156 GLOUCESTER
No doubt, no doubt; O, 'tis a parlous boy;
Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable
He is all the mother's, from the top to toe.
3.1.159 BUCKINGHAM
Well, let them rest. Come hither, Catesby.
Thou art sworn as deeply to effect what we intend
As closely to conceal what we impart:
Thou know'st our reasons urged upon the way;
What think'st thou? is it not an easy matter
To make William Lord Hastings of our mind,
For the instalment of this noble duke
In the seat royal of this famous isle?
3.1.167 CATESBY
He for his father's sake so loves the prince,
That he will not be won to aught against him.
3.1.169 BUCKINGHAM
What think'st thou, then, of Stanley? what will he?
3.1.170 CATESBY
He will do all in all as Hastings doth.
3.1.171 BUCKINGHAM
Well, then, no more but this: go, gentle Catesby,
And, as it were far off sound thou Lord Hastings,
How doth he stand affected to our purpose;
And summon him to-morrow to the Tower,
To sit about the coronation.
If thou dost find him tractable to us,
Encourage him, and show him all our reasons:
If he be leaden, icy-cold, unwilling,
Be thou so too; and so break off your talk,
And give us notice of his inclination:
For we to-morrow hold divided councils,
Wherein thyself shalt highly be employ'd.
3.1.183 GLOUCESTER
Commend me to Lord William: tell him, Catesby,
His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
To-morrow are let blood at Pomfret-castle;
And bid my friend, for joy of this good news,
Give mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more.
3.1.188 BUCKINGHAM
Good Catesby, go, effect this business soundly.
3.1.189 CATESBY
My good lords both, with all the heed I may.
3.1.190 GLOUCESTER
Shall we hear from you, Catesby, ere we sleep?
3.1.191 CATESBY
You shall, my lord.
3.1.192 GLOUCESTER
At Crosby Place, there shall you find us both.
Exit CATESBY
3.1.193 BUCKINGHAM
Now, my lord, what shall we do, if we perceive
Lord Hastings will not yield to our complots?
3.1.195 GLOUCESTER
Chop off his head, man; somewhat we will do:
And, look, when I am king, claim thou of me
The earldom of Hereford, and the moveables
Whereof the king my brother stood possess'd.
3.1.199 BUCKINGHAM
I'll claim that promise at your grace's hands.
3.1.200 GLOUCESTER
And look to have it yielded with all willingness.
Come, let us sup betimes, that afterwards
We may digest our complots in some form.
Exeunt
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ACT III

Scene 2

Before Lord Hastings' house.

Enter a Messenger
3.2.1 Messenger
What, ho! my lord!
3.2.2 HASTINGS
[Within] Who knocks at the door?
3.2.3 Messenger
A messenger from the Lord Stanley.
Enter HASTINGS
3.2.4 HASTINGS
What is't o'clock?
3.2.5 Messenger
Upon the stroke of four.
3.2.6 HASTINGS
Cannot thy master sleep these tedious nights?
3.2.7 Messenger
So it should seem by that I have to say.
First, he commends him to your noble lordship.
3.2.9 HASTINGS
And then?
3.2.10 Messenger
And then he sends you word
He dreamt to-night the boar had razed his helm:
Besides, he says there are two councils held;
And that may be determined at the one
which may make you and him to rue at the other.
Therefore he sends to know your lordship's pleasure,
If presently you will take horse with him,
And with all speed post with him toward the north,
To shun the danger that his soul divines.
3.2.19 HASTINGS
Go, fellow, go, return unto thy lord;
Bid him not fear the separated councils
His honour and myself are at the one,
And at the other is my servant Catesby
Where nothing can proceed that toucheth us
Whereof I shall not have intelligence.
Tell him his fears are shallow, wanting instance:
And for his dreams, I wonder he is so fond
To trust the mockery of unquiet slumbers
To fly the boar before the boar pursues,
Were to incense the boar to follow us
And make pursuit where he did mean no chase.
Go, bid thy master rise and come to me
And we will both together to the Tower,
Where, he shall see, the boar will use us kindly.
3.2.34 Messenger
My gracious lord, I'll tell him what you say.
Exit
Enter CATESBY
3.2.35 CATESBY
Many good morrows to my noble lord!
3.2.36 HASTINGS
Good morrow, Catesby; you are early stirring
What news, what news, in this our tottering state?
3.2.38 CATESBY
It is a reeling world, indeed, my lord;
And I believe twill never stand upright
Tim Richard wear the garland of the realm.
3.2.41 HASTINGS
How! wear the garland! dost thou mean the crown?
3.2.42 CATESBY
Ay, my good lord.
3.2.43 HASTINGS
I'll have this crown of mine cut from my shoulders
Ere I will see the crown so foul misplaced.
But canst thou guess that he doth aim at it?
3.2.46 CATESBY
Ay, on my life; and hopes to find forward
Upon his party for the gain thereof:
And thereupon he sends you this good news,
That this same very day your enemies,
The kindred of the queen, must die at Pomfret.
3.2.51 HASTINGS
Indeed, I am no mourner for that news,
Because they have been still mine enemies:
But, that I'll give my voice on Richard's side,
To bar my master's heirs in true descent,
God knows I will not do it, to the death.
3.2.56 CATESBY
God keep your lordship in that gracious mind!
3.2.57 HASTINGS
But I shall laugh at this a twelve-month hence,
That they who brought me in my master's hate
I live to look upon their tragedy.
I tell thee, Catesby –
3.2.61 CATESBY
What, my lord?
3.2.62 HASTINGS
Ere a fortnight make me elder,
I'll send some packing that yet think not on it.
3.2.64 CATESBY
'Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord,
When men are unprepared and look not for it.
3.2.66 HASTINGS
O monstrous, monstrous! and so falls it out
With Rivers, Vaughan, Grey: and so 'twill do
With some men else, who think themselves as safe
As thou and I; who, as thou know'st, are dear
To princely Richard and to Buckingham.
3.2.71 CATESBY
The princes both make high account of you;
Aside
For they account his head upon the bridge.
3.2.73 HASTINGS
I know they do; and I have well deserved it.
Enter STANLEY
Come on, come on; where is your boar-spear, man?
Fear you the boar, and go so unprovided?
3.2.76 STANLEY
My lord, good morrow; good morrow, Catesby:
You may jest on, but, by the holy rood,
I do not like these several councils, I.
3.2.79 HASTINGS
My lord,
I hold my life as dear as you do yours;
And never in my life, I do protest,
Was it more precious to me than 'tis now:
Think you, but that I know our state secure,
I would be so triumphant as I am?
3.2.85 STANLEY
The lords at Pomfret, when they rode from London,
Were jocund, and supposed their state was sure,
And they indeed had no cause to mistrust;
But yet, you see how soon the day o'ercast.
This sudden stag of rancour I misdoubt:
Pray God, I say, I prove a needless coward!
What, shall we toward the Tower? the day is spent.
3.2.92 HASTINGS
Come, come, have with you. Wot you what, my lord?
To-day the lords you talk of are beheaded.
3.2.94 LORD STANLEY
They, for their truth, might better wear their heads
Than some that have accused them wear their hats.
But come, my lord, let us away.
Enter a Pursuivant
3.2.97 HASTINGS
Go on before; I'll talk with this good fellow.
Exeunt STANLEY and CATESBY
How now, sirrah! how goes the world with thee?
3.2.99 Pursuivant
The better that your lordship please to ask.
3.2.100 HASTINGS
I tell thee, man, 'tis better with me now
Than when I met thee last where now we meet:
Then was I going prisoner to the Tower,
By the suggestion of the queen's allies;
But now, I tell thee – keep it to thyself –
This day those enemies are put to death,
And I in better state than e'er I was.
3.2.107 Pursuivant
God hold it, to your honour's good content!
3.2.108 HASTINGS
Gramercy, fellow: there, drink that for me.
Throws him his purse
3.2.109 Pursuivant
God save your lordship!
Exit
Enter a Priest
3.2.110 Priest
Well met, my lord; I am glad to see your honour.
3.2.111 HASTINGS
I thank thee, good Sir John, with all my heart.
I am in your debt for your last exercise;
Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you.
He whispers in his ear
3.2.114 Priest
I'll wait upon your lordship.
Enter BUCKINGHAM
3.2.115 BUCKINGHAM
What, talking with a priest, lord chamberlain?
Your friends at Pomfret, they do need the priest;
Your honour hath no shriving work in hand.
3.2.118 HASTINGS
Good faith, and when I met this holy man,
Those men you talk of came into my mind.
What, go you toward the Tower?
3.2.121 BUCKINGHAM
I do, my lord; but long I shall not stay
I shall return before your lordship thence.
3.2.123 HASTINGS
'Tis like enough, for I stay dinner there.
3.2.124 BUCKINGHAM
[Aside] And supper too, although thou know'st it not.
Come, will you go?
3.2.126 HASTINGS
I'll wait upon your lordship.
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ACT III

Scene 3

Pomfret Castle.

Enter RATCLIFF, with halberds, carrying RIVERS, GREY, and VAUGHAN to death
3.3.1 RATCLIFF
Come, bring forth the prisoners.
3.3.2 RIVERS
Sir Richard Ratcliff, let me tell thee this:
To-day shalt thou behold a subject die
For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.
3.3.5 GREY
God keep the prince from all the pack of you!
A knot you are of damned blood-suckers!
3.3.7 VAUGHAN
You live that shall cry woe for this after.
3.3.8 RATCLIFF
Dispatch; the limit of your lives is out.
3.3.9 RIVERS
O Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison,
Fatal and ominous to noble peers!
Within the guilty closure of thy walls
Richard the second here was hack'd to death;
And, for more slander to thy dismal seat,
We give thee up our guiltless blood to drink.
3.3.15 GREY
Now Margaret's curse is fall'n upon our heads,
When she exclaim'd on Hastings, you and I,
For standing by when Richard stabb'd her son.
3.3.18 RIVERS
Then cursed she Hastings, then cursed she Buckingham,
Then cursed she Richard. O, remember, God
To hear her prayers for them, as now for us
And for my sister and her princely sons,
Be satisfied, dear God, with our true blood,
Which, as thou know'st, unjustly must be spilt.
3.3.24 RATCLIFF
Make haste; the hour of death is expiate.
3.3.25 RIVERS
Come, Grey, come, Vaughan, let us all embrace:
And take our leave, until we meet in heaven.
Exeunt
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ACT III

Scene 4

The Tower of London.

Enter BUCKINGHAM, DERBY, HASTINGS, the BISHOP OF ELY, RATCLIFF, LOVEL, with others, and take their seats at a table
3.4.1 HASTINGS
My lords, at once: the cause why we are met
Is, to determine of the coronation.
In God's name, speak: when is the royal day?
3.4.4 BUCKINGHAM
Are all things fitting for that royal time?
3.4.5 DERBY
It is, and wants but nomination.
3.4.6 BISHOP OF ELY
To-morrow, then, I judge a happy day.
3.4.7 BUCKINGHAM
Who knows the lord protector's mind herein?
Who is most inward with the royal duke?
3.4.9 BISHOP OF ELY
Your grace, we think, should soonest know his mind.
3.4.10 BUCKINGHAM
Who, I, my lord I we know each other's faces,
But for our hearts, he knows no more of mine,
Than I of yours;
Nor I no more of his, than you of mine.
Lord Hastings, you and he are near in love.
3.4.15 HASTINGS
I thank his grace, I know he loves me well;
But, for his purpose in the coronation.
I have not sounded him, nor he deliver'd
His gracious pleasure any way therein:
But you, my noble lords, may name the time;
And in the duke's behalf I'll give my voice,
Which, I presume, he'll take in gentle part.
Enter GLOUCESTER
3.4.22 BISHOP OF ELY
Now in good time, here comes the duke himself.
3.4.23 GLOUCESTER
My noble lords and cousins all, good morrow.
I have been long a sleeper; but, I hope,
My absence doth neglect no great designs,
Which by my presence might have been concluded.
3.4.27 BUCKINGHAM
Had not you come upon your cue, my lord
William Lord Hastings had pronounced your part, –
I mean, your voice, – for crowning of the king.
3.4.30 GLOUCESTER
Than my Lord Hastings no man might be bolder;
His lordship knows me well, and loves me well.
3.4.32 HASTINGS
I thank your grace.
3.4.33 GLOUCESTER
My lord of Ely!
3.4.34 BISHOP OF ELY
My lord?
3.4.35 GLOUCESTER
When I was last in Holborn,
I saw good strawberries in your garden there
I do beseech you send for some of them.
3.4.38 BISHOP OF ELY
Marry, and will, my lord, with all my heart.
Exit
3.4.39 GLOUCESTER
Cousin of Buckingham, a word with you.
Drawing him aside
Catesby hath sounded Hastings in our business,
And finds the testy gentleman so hot,
As he will lose his head ere give consent
His master's son, as worshipful as he terms it,
Shall lose the royalty of England's throne.
3.4.45 BUCKINGHAM
Withdraw you hence, my lord, I'll follow you.
Exit GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM following
3.4.46 DERBY
We have not yet set down this day of triumph.
To-morrow, in mine opinion, is too sudden;
For I myself am not so well provided
As else I would be, were the day prolong'd.
Re-enter BISHOP OF ELY
3.4.50 BISHOP OF ELY
Where is my lord protector? I have sent for these
strawberries.
3.4.52 HASTINGS
His grace looks cheerfully and smooth to-day;
There's some conceit or other likes him well,
When he doth bid good morrow with such a spirit.
I think there's never a man in Christendom
That can less hide his love or hate than he;
For by his face straight shall you know his heart.
3.4.58 DERBY
What of his heart perceive you in his face
By any likelihood he show'd to-day?
3.4.60 HASTINGS
Marry, that with no man here he is offended;
For, were he, he had shown it in his looks.
3.4.62 DERBY
I pray God he be not, I say.
Re-enter GLOUCESTER and BUCKINGHAM
3.4.63 GLOUCESTER
I pray you all, tell me what they deserve
That do conspire my death with devilish plots
Of damned witchcraft, and that have prevail'd
Upon my body with their hellish charms?
3.4.67 HASTINGS
The tender love I bear your grace, my lord,
Makes me most forward in this noble presence
To doom the offenders, whatsoever they be
I say, my lord, they have deserved death.
3.4.71 GLOUCESTER
Then be your eyes the witness of this ill:
See how I am bewitch'd; behold mine arm
Is, like a blasted sapling, wither'd up:
And this is Edward's wife, that monstrous witch,
Consorted with that harlot strumpet Shore,
That by their witchcraft thus have marked me.
3.4.77 HASTINGS
If they have done this thing, my gracious lord –
3.4.78 GLOUCESTER
If? thou protector of this damned strumpet –
Tellest thou me of 'ifs'? Thou art a traitor:
Off with his head! Now, by Saint Paul I swear,
I will not dine until I see the same.
Lovel and Ratcliff, look that it be done:
The rest, that love me, rise and follow me.
Exeunt all but HASTINGS, RATCLIFF, and LOVEL
3.4.84 HASTINGS
Woe, woe for England! not a whit for me;
For I, too fond, might have prevented this.
Stanley did dream the boar did raze his helm;
But I disdain'd it, and did scorn to fly:
Three times to-day my foot-cloth horse did stumble,
And startled, when he look'd upon the Tower,
As loath to bear me to the slaughter-house.
O, now I want the priest that spake to me:
I now repent I told the pursuivant
As 'twere triumphing at mine enemies,
How they at Pomfret bloodily were butcher'd,
And I myself secure in grace and favour.
O Margaret, Margaret, now thy heavy curse
Is lighted on poor Hastings' wretched head!
3.4.98 RATCLIFF
Dispatch, my lord; the duke would be at dinner:
Make a short shrift; he longs to see your head.
3.4.100 HASTINGS
O momentary grace of mortal men,
Which we more hunt for than the grace of God!
Who builds his hopes in air of your good looks,
Lives like a drunken sailor on a mast,
Ready, with every nod, to tumble down
Into the fatal bowels of the deep.
3.4.106 LOVEL
Come, come, dispatch; 'tis bootless to exclaim.
3.4.107 HASTINGS
O bloody Richard! miserable England!
I prophesy the fearful'st time to thee
That ever wretched age hath look'd upon.
Come, lead me to the block; bear him my head.
They smile at me that shortly shall be dead.
Exeunt
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ACT III

Scene 5

The Tower-walls.

Enter GLOUCESTER and BUCKINGHAM, in rotten armour, marvellous ill-favoured
3.5.1 GLOUCESTER
Come, cousin, canst thou quake, and change thy colour,
Murder thy breath in the middle of a word,
And then begin again, and stop again,
As if thou wert distraught and mad with terror?
3.5.5 BUCKINGHAM
Tut, I can counterfeit the deep tragedian;
Speak and look back, and pry on every side,
Tremble and start at wagging of a straw,
Intending deep suspicion: ghastly looks
Are at my service, like enforced smiles;
And both are ready in their offices,
At any time, to grace my stratagems.
But what, is Catesby gone?
3.5.13 GLOUCESTER
He is; and, see, he brings the mayor along.
Enter the Lord Mayor and CATESBY
3.5.14 BUCKINGHAM
Lord mayor, –
3.5.15 GLOUCESTER
Look to the drawbridge there!
3.5.16 BUCKINGHAM
Hark! a drum.
3.5.17 GLOUCESTER
Catesby, o'erlook the walls.
3.5.18 BUCKINGHAM
Lord mayor, the reason we have sent –
3.5.19 GLOUCESTER
Look back, defend thee, here are enemies.
3.5.20 BUCKINGHAM
God and our innocency defend and guard us!
3.5.21 GLOUCESTER
Be patient, they are friends, Ratcliff and Lovel.
Enter LOVEL and RATCLIFF, with HASTINGS' head
3.5.22 LOVEL
Here is the head of that ignoble traitor,
The dangerous and unsuspected Hastings.
3.5.24 GLOUCESTER
So dear I loved the man, that I must weep.
I took him for the plainest harmless creature
That breathed upon this earth a Christian;
Made him my book wherein my soul recorded
The history of all her secret thoughts:
So smooth he daub'd his vice with show of virtue,
That, his apparent open guilt omitted,
I mean, his conversation with Shore's wife,
He lived from all attainder of suspect.
3.5.33 BUCKINGHAM
Well, well, he was the covert'st shelter'd traitor
That ever lived.
Would you imagine, or almost believe,
Were't not that, by great preservation,
We live to tell it you, the subtle traitor
This day had plotted, in the council-house
To murder me and my good Lord of Gloucester?
3.5.40 Lord Mayor
What, had he so?
3.5.41 GLOUCESTER
What, think you we are Turks or infidels?
Or that we would, against the form of law,
Proceed thus rashly to the villain's death,
But that the extreme peril of the case,
The peace of England and our persons' safety,
Enforc'd us to this execution?
3.5.47 Lord Mayor
Now, fair befall you! he deserved his death;
And you my good lords, both have well proceeded,
To warn false traitors from the like attempts.
3.5.50 BUCKINGHAM
I never look'd for better at his hands,
After he once fell in with Mistress Shore.
Yet had not we determined he should die,
Until your lordship came to see his death;
Which now the loving haste of these our friends,
Somewhat against our meaning, have prevented:
Because, my lord, we would have had you heard
The traitor speak, and timorously confess
The manner and the purpose of his treason;
That you might well have signified the same
Unto the citizens, who haply may
Misconstrue us in him and wail his death.
3.5.62 Lord Mayor
But, my good lord, your grace's word shall serve,
As well as I had seen and heard him speak
And doubt you not, right noble princes both,
But I'll acquaint our duteous citizens
With all your just proceedings in this cause.
3.5.67 GLOUCESTER
And to that end we wish'd your lord-ship here,
To avoid the carping censures of the world.
3.5.69 BUCKINGHAM
But since you come too late of our intents,
Yet witness what you hear we did intend:
And so, my good lord mayor, we bid farewell.
Exit Lord Mayor
3.5.72 GLOUCESTER
Go, after, after, cousin Buckingham.
The mayor towards Guildhall hies him in all post:
There, at your meet'st advantage of the time,
Infer the bastardy of Edward's children:
Tell them how Edward put to death a citizen,
Only for saying he would make his son
Heir to the crown; meaning indeed his house,
Which, by the sign thereof was termed so.
Moreover, urge his hateful luxury
And bestial appetite in change of lust;
Which stretched to their servants, daughters, wives,
Even where his lustful eye or savage heart,
Without control, listed to make his prey.
Nay, for a need, thus far come near my person:
Tell them, when that my mother went with child
Of that unsatiate Edward, noble York
My princely father then had wars in France
And, by just computation of the time,
Found that the issue was not his begot;
Which well appeared in his lineaments,
Being nothing like the noble duke my father:
But touch this sparingly, as 'twere far off,
Because you know, my lord, my mother lives.
3.5.95 BUCKINGHAM
Fear not, my lord, I'll play the orator
As if the golden fee for which I plead
Were for myself: and so, my lord, adieu.
3.5.98 GLOUCESTER
If you thrive well, bring them to Baynard's Castle;
Where you shall find me well accompanied
With reverend fathers and well-learned bishops.
3.5.101 BUCKINGHAM
I go: and towards three or four o'clock
Look for the news that the Guildhall affords.
Exit BUCKINGHAM
3.5.103 GLOUCESTER
Go, Lovel, with all speed to Doctor Shaw;
To CATESBY
Go thou to Friar Penker; bid them both
Meet me within this hour at Baynard's Castle.
Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER
Now will I in, to take some privy order,
To draw the brats of Clarence out of sight;
And to give notice, that no manner of person
At any time have recourse unto the princes.
Exit
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ACT III

Scene 6

The same.

Enter a Scrivener, with a paper in his hand
3.6.1 Scrivener
This is the indictment of the good Lord Hastings;
Which in a set hand fairly is engross'd,
That it may be this day read over in Paul's.
And mark how well the sequel hangs together:
Eleven hours I spent to write it over,
For yesternight by Catesby was it brought me;
The precedent was full as long a-doing:
And yet within these five hours lived Lord Hastings,
Untainted, unexamined, free, at liberty
Here's a good world the while! Why who's so gross,
That seeth not this palpable device?
Yet who's so blind, but says he sees it not?
Bad is the world; and all will come to nought,
When such bad dealings must be seen in thought.
Exit
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ACT III

Scene 7

Baynard's Castle.

Enter GLOUCESTER and BUCKINGHAM, at several doors
3.7.1 GLOUCESTER
How now, my lord, what say the citizens?
3.7.2 BUCKINGHAM
Now, by the holy mother of our Lord,
The citizens are mum and speak not a word.
3.7.4 GLOUCESTER
Touch'd you the bastardy of Edward's children?
3.7.5 BUCKINGHAM
I did; with his contract with Lady Lucy,
And his contract by deputy in France;
The insatiate greediness of his desires,
And his enforcement of the city wives;
His tyranny for trifles; his own bastardy,
As being got, your father then in France,
His resemblance, being not like the duke;
Withal I did infer your lineaments,
Being the right idea of your father,
Both in your form and nobleness of mind;
Laid open all your victories in Scotland,
Your discipline in war, wisdom in peace,
Your bounty, virtue, fair humility:
Indeed, left nothing fitting for the purpose
Untouch'd, or slightly handled, in discourse
And when mine oratory grew to an end
I bid them that did love their country's good
Cry 'God save Richard, England's royal king!'
3.7.23 GLOUCESTER
Ah! and did they so?
3.7.24 BUCKINGHAM
No, so God help me, they spake not a word;
But, like dumb statues or breathing stones,
Gazed each on other, and look'd deadly pale.
Which when I saw, I reprehended them;
And ask'd the mayor what meant this wilful silence:
His answer was, the people were not wont
To be spoke to but by the recorder.
Then he was urged to tell my tale again,
'Thus saith the duke, thus hath the duke inferr'd;'
But nothing spake in warrant from himself.
When he had done, some followers of mine own,
At the lower end of the hall, hurl'd up their caps,
And some ten voices cried 'God save King Richard!'
And thus I took the vantage of those few,
'Thanks, gentle citizens and friends,' quoth I;
'This general applause and loving shout
Argues your wisdoms and your love to Richard:'
And even here brake off, and came away.
3.7.42 GLOUCESTER
What tongueless blocks were they! would not they speak?
3.7.43 BUCKINGHAM
No, by my troth, my lord.
3.7.44 GLOUCESTER
Will not the mayor then and his brethren come?
3.7.45 BUCKINGHAM
The mayor is here at hand: intend some fear;
Be not you spoke with, but by mighty suit:
And look you get a prayer-book in your hand,
And stand betwixt two churchmen, good my lord;
For on that ground I'll build a holy descant:
And be not easily won to our request:
Play the maid's part, still answer nay, and take it.
3.7.52 GLOUCESTER
I go; and if you plead as well for them
As I can say nay to thee for myself,
No doubt we'll bring it to a happy issue.
3.7.55 BUCKINGHAM
Go, go, up to the leads; the lord mayor knocks.
Exit GLOUCESTER
Enter the Lord Mayor and Citizens
Welcome my lord; I dance attendance here;
I think the duke will not be spoke withal.
Enter CATESBY
Here comes his servant: how now, Catesby,
What says he?
3.7.60 CATESBY
My lord: he doth entreat your grace;
To visit him to-morrow or next day:
He is within, with two right reverend fathers,
Divinely bent to meditation;
And no worldly suit would he be moved,
To draw him from his holy exercise.
3.7.66 BUCKINGHAM
Return, good Catesby, to thy lord again;
Tell him, myself, the mayor and citizens,
In deep designs and matters of great moment,
No less importing than our general good,
Are come to have some conference with his grace.
3.7.71 CATESBY
I'll tell him what you say, my lord.
Exit
3.7.72 BUCKINGHAM
Ah, ha, my lord, this prince is not an Edward!
He is not lolling on a lewd day-bed,
But on his knees at meditation;
Not dallying with a brace of courtezans,
But meditating with two deep divines;
Not sleeping, to engross his idle body,
But praying, to enrich his watchful soul:
Happy were England, would this gracious prince
Take on himself the sovereignty thereof:
But, sure, I fear, we shall ne'er win him to it.
3.7.82 Lord Mayor
Marry, God forbid his grace should say us nay!
3.7.83 BUCKINGHAM
I fear he will.
Re-enter CATESBY
How now, Catesby, what says your lord?
3.7.85 CATESBY
My lord,
He wonders to what end you have assembled
Such troops of citizens to speak with him,
His grace not being warn'd thereof before:
My lord, he fears you mean no good to him.
3.7.90 BUCKINGHAM
Sorry I am my noble cousin should
Suspect me, that I mean no good to him:
By heaven, I come in perfect love to him;
And so once more return and tell his grace.
Exit CATESBY
When holy and devout religious men
Are at their beads, 'tis hard to draw them thence,
So sweet is zealous contemplation.
Enter GLOUCESTER aloft, between two Bishops. CATESBY returns
3.7.97 Lord Mayor
See, where he stands between two clergymen!
3.7.98 BUCKINGHAM
Two props of virtue for a Christian prince,
To stay him from the fall of vanity:
And, see, a book of prayer in his hand,
True ornaments to know a holy man.
Famous Plantagenet, most gracious prince,
Lend favourable ears to our request;
And pardon us the interruption
Of thy devotion and right Christian zeal.
3.7.106 GLOUCESTER
My lord, there needs no such apology:
I rather do beseech you pardon me,
Who, earnest in the service of my God,
Neglect the visitation of my friends.
But, leaving this, what is your grace's pleasure?
3.7.111 BUCKINGHAM
Even that, I hope, which pleaseth God above,
And all good men of this ungovern'd isle.
3.7.113 GLOUCESTER
I do suspect I have done some offence
That seems disgracious in the city's eyes,
And that you come to reprehend my ignorance.
3.7.116 BUCKINGHAM
You have, my lord: would it might please your grace,
At our entreaties, to amend that fault!
3.7.118 GLOUCESTER
Else wherefore breathe I in a Christian land?
3.7.119 BUCKINGHAM
Then know, it is your fault that you resign
The supreme seat, the throne majestical,
The scepter'd office of your ancestors,
Your state of fortune and your due of birth,
The lineal glory of your royal house,
To the corruption of a blemished stock:
Whilst, in the mildness of your sleepy thoughts,
Which here we waken to our country's good,
This noble isle doth want her proper limbs;
Her face defaced with scars of infamy,
Her royal stock graft with ignoble plants,
And almost shoulder'd in the swallowing gulf
Of blind forgetfulness and dark oblivion.
Which to recure, we heartily solicit
Your gracious self to take on you the charge
And kingly government of this your land,
Not as protector, steward, substitute,
Or lowly factor for another's gain;
But as successively from blood to blood,
Your right of birth, your empery, your own.
For this, consorted with the citizens,
Your very worshipful and loving friends,
And by their vehement instigation,
In this just suit come I to move your grace.
3.7.143 GLOUCESTER
I know not whether to depart in silence,
Or bitterly to speak in your reproof.
Best fitteth my degree or your condition
If not to answer, you might haply think
Tongue-tied ambition, not replying, yielded
To bear the golden yoke of sovereignty,
Which fondly you would here impose on me;
If to reprove you for this suit of yours,
So season'd with your faithful love to me.
Then, on the other side, I cheque'd my friends.
Therefore, to speak, and to avoid the first,
And then, in speaking, not to incur the last,
Definitively thus I answer you.
Your love deserves my thanks; but my desert
Unmeritable shuns your high request.
First if all obstacles were cut away,
And that my path were even to the crown,
As my ripe revenue and due by birth
Yet so much is my poverty of spirit,
So mighty and so many my defects,
As I had rather hide me from my greatness,
Being a bark to brook no mighty sea,
Than in my greatness covet to be hid,
And in the vapour of my glory smother'd.
But, God be thank'd, there's no need of me,
And much I need to help you, if need were;
The royal tree hath left us royal fruit,
Which, mellow'd by the stealing hours of time,
Will well become the seat of majesty,
And make, no doubt, us happy by his reign.
On him I lay what you would lay on me,
The right and fortune of his happy stars;
Which God defend that I should wring from him!
3.7.176 BUCKINGHAM
My lord, this argues conscience in your grace;
But the respects thereof are nice and trivial,
All circumstances well considered.
You say that Edward is your brother's son:
So say we too, but not by Edward's wife;
For first he was contract to Lady Lucy –
Your mother lives a witness to that vow –
And afterward by substitute betroth'd
To Bona, sister to the King of France.
These both put by a poor petitioner,
A care-crazed mother of a many children,
A beauty-waning and distressed widow,
Even in the afternoon of her best days,
Made prize and purchase of his lustful eye,
Seduced the pitch and height of all his thoughts
To base declension and loathed bigamy
By her, in his unlawful bed, he got
This Edward, whom our manners term the prince.
More bitterly could I expostulate,
Save that, for reverence to some alive,
I give a sparing limit to my tongue.
Then, good my lord, take to your royal self
This proffer'd benefit of dignity;
If not to bless us and the land withal,
Yet to draw forth your noble ancestry
From the corruption of abusing times,
Unto a lineal true-derived course.
3.7.203 Lord Mayor
Do, good my lord, your citizens entreat you.
3.7.204 BUCKINGHAM
Refuse not, mighty lord, this proffer'd love.
3.7.205 CATESBY
O, make them joyful, grant their lawful suit!
3.7.206 GLOUCESTER
Alas, why would you heap these cares on me?
I am unfit for state and majesty;
I do beseech you, take it not amiss;
I cannot nor I will not yield to you.
3.7.210 BUCKINGHAM
If you refuse it, – as, in love and zeal,
Loath to depose the child, Your brother's son;
As well we know your tenderness of heart
And gentle, kind, effeminate remorse,
Which we have noted in you to your kin,
And egally indeed to all estates, –
Yet whether you accept our suit or no,
Your brother's son shall never reign our king;
But we will plant some other in the throne,
To the disgrace and downfall of your house:
And in this resolution here we leave you. –
Come, citizens: 'zounds! I'll entreat no more.
3.7.222 GLOUCESTER
O, do not swear, my lord of Buckingham.
Exit BUCKINGHAM with the Citizens
3.7.223 CATESBY
Call them again, my lord, and accept their suit.
If you deny them, all the land will rue it.
3.7.225 GLOUCESTER
Would you enforce me to a world of care?
Well, call them again. I am not made of stone,
But penetrable to your kind entreats,
Albeit against my conscience and my soul.
Re-enter BUCKINGHAM and the rest
Cousin of Buckingham, and you sage, grave men,
Since you will buckle fortune on my back,
To bear her burthen, whether I will or no,
I must have patience to endure the load:
But if black scandal or foul-faced reproach
Attend the sequel of your imposition,
Your mere enforcement shall acquittance me
From all the impure blots and stains thereof;
For God he knows, and you may partly see,
How far I am from the desire thereof.
3.7.239 Lord Mayor
God bless your grace! we see it, and will say it.
3.7.240 GLOUCESTER
In saying so, you shall but say the truth.
3.7.241 BUCKINGHAM
Then I salute you with this kingly title:
Long live Richard, England's royal king!
3.7.243 Lord Mayor  and  Citizens
Amen.
3.7.244 BUCKINGHAM
To-morrow will it please you to be crown'd?
3.7.245 GLOUCESTER
Even when you please, since you will have it so.
3.7.246 BUCKINGHAM
To-morrow, then, we will attend your grace:
And so most joyfully we take our leave.
3.7.248 GLOUCESTER
Come, let us to our holy task again.
Farewell, good cousin; farewell, gentle friends.
Exeunt
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ACT IV

Scene 1

Before the Tower.

Enter, on one side, QUEEN ELIZABETH, DUCHESS OF YORK, and DORSET; on the other, ANNE, Duchess of Gloucester, leading Lady Margaret Plantagenet, CLARENCE's young Daughter
4.1.1 DUCHESS OF YORK
Who meets us here? my niece Plantagenet
Led in the hand of her kind aunt of Gloucester?
Now, for my life, she's wandering to the Tower,
On pure heart's love to greet the tender princes.
Daughter, well met.
4.1.6 LADY ANNE
God give your graces both
A happy and a joyful time of day!
4.1.8 QUEEN ELIZABETH
As much to you, good sister! Whither away?
4.1.9 LADY ANNE
No farther than the Tower; and, as I guess,
Upon the like devotion as yourselves,
To gratulate the gentle princes there.
4.1.12 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Kind sister, thanks: we'll enter all together.
Enter BRAKENBURY
And, in good time, here the lieutenant comes.
Master lieutenant, pray you, by your leave,
How doth the prince, and my young son of York?
4.1.16 BRAKENBURY
Right well, dear madam. By your patience,
I may not suffer you to visit them;
The king hath straitly charged the contrary.
4.1.19 QUEEN ELIZABETH
The king! why, who's that?
4.1.20 BRAKENBURY
I cry you mercy: I mean the lord protector.
4.1.21 QUEEN ELIZABETH
The Lord protect him from that kingly title!
Hath he set bounds betwixt their love and me?
I am their mother; who should keep me from them?
4.1.24 DUCHESS OF YORK
I am their fathers mother; I will see them.
4.1.25 LADY ANNE
Their aunt I am in law, in love their mother:
Then bring me to their sights; I'll bear thy blame
And take thy office from thee, on my peril.
4.1.28 BRAKENBURY
No, madam, no; I may not leave it so:
I am bound by oath, and therefore pardon me.
Exit
Enter LORD STANLEY
4.1.30 LORD STANLEY
Let me but meet you, ladies, one hour hence,
And I'll salute your grace of York as mother,
And reverend looker on, of two fair queens.
To LADY ANNE
Come, madam, you must straight to Westminster,
There to be crowned Richard's royal queen.
4.1.35 QUEEN ELIZABETH
O, cut my lace in sunder, that my pent heart
May have some scope to beat, or else I swoon
With this dead-killing news!
4.1.38 LADY ANNE
Despiteful tidings! O unpleasing news!
4.1.39 DORSET
Be of good cheer: mother, how fares your grace?
4.1.40 QUEEN ELIZABETH
O Dorset, speak not to me, get thee hence!
Death and destruction dog thee at the heels;
Thy mother's name is ominous to children.
If thou wilt outstrip death, go cross the seas,
And live with Richmond, from the reach of hell
Go, hie thee, hie thee from this slaughter-house,
Lest thou increase the number of the dead;
And make me die the thrall of Margaret's curse,
Nor mother, wife, nor England's counted queen.
4.1.49 LORD STANLEY
Full of wise care is this your counsel, madam.
Take all the swift advantage of the hours;
You shall have letters from me to my son
To meet you on the way, and welcome you.
Be not ta'en tardy by unwise delay.
4.1.54 DUCHESS OF YORK
O ill-dispersing wind of misery!
O my accursed womb, the bed of death!
A cockatrice hast thou hatch'd to the world,
Whose unavoided eye is murderous.
4.1.58 LORD STANLEY
Come, madam, come; I in all haste was sent.
4.1.59 LADY ANNE
And I in all unwillingness will go.
I would to God that the inclusive verge
Of golden metal that must round my brow
Were red-hot steel, to sear me to the brain!
Anointed let me be with deadly venom,
And die, ere men can say, God save the queen!
4.1.65 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Go, go, poor soul, I envy not thy glory
To feed my humour, wish thyself no harm.
4.1.67 LADY ANNE
No! why? When he that is my husband now
Came to me, as I follow'd Henry's corse,
When scarce the blood was well wash'd from his hands
Which issued from my other angel husband
And that dear saint which then I weeping follow'd;
O, when, I say, I look'd on Richard's face,
This was my wish: 'Be thou,' quoth I, ' accursed,
For making me, so young, so old a widow!
And, when thou wed'st, let sorrow haunt thy bed;
And be thy wife – if any be so mad –
As miserable by the life of thee
As thou hast made me by my dear lord's death!
Lo, ere I can repeat this curse again,
Even in so short a space, my woman's heart
Grossly grew captive to his honey words
And proved the subject of my own soul's curse,
Which ever since hath kept my eyes from rest;
For never yet one hour in his bed
Have I enjoy'd the golden dew of sleep,
But have been waked by his timorous dreams.
Besides, he hates me for my father Warwick;
And will, no doubt, shortly be rid of me.
4.1.89 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Poor heart, adieu! I pity thy complaining.
4.1.90 LADY ANNE
No more than from my soul I mourn for yours.
4.1.91 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Farewell, thou woful welcomer of glory!
4.1.92 LADY ANNE
Adieu, poor soul, that takest thy leave of it!
4.1.93 DUCHESS OF YORK
[To DORSET]
Go thou to Richmond, and good fortune guide thee!
[To LADY ANNE]
Go thou to Richard, and good angels guard thee!
[To QUEEN ELIZABETH]
Go thou to sanctuary, and good thoughts possess thee!
I to my grave, where peace and rest lie with me!
Eighty odd years of sorrow have I seen,
And each hour's joy wrecked with a week of teen.
4.1.102 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Stay, yet look back with me unto the Tower.
Pity, you ancient stones, those tender babes
Whom envy hath immured within your walls!
Rough cradle for such little pretty ones!
Rude ragged nurse, old sullen playfellow
For tender princes, use my babies well!
So foolish sorrow bids your stones farewell.
Exeunt
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ACT IV

Scene 2

London. The palace.

Sennet. Enter KING RICHARD III, in pomp, crowned; BUCKINGHAM, CATESBY, a page, and others
4.2.1 KING RICHARD III
Stand all apart Cousin of Buckingham!
4.2.2 BUCKINGHAM
My gracious sovereign?
4.2.3 KING RICHARD III
Give me thy hand.
Here he ascendeth his throne
Thus high, by thy advice
And thy assistance, is King Richard seated;
But shall we wear these honours for a day?
Or shall they last, and we rejoice in them?
4.2.8 BUCKINGHAM
Still live they and for ever may they last!
4.2.9 KING RICHARD III
O Buckingham, now do I play the touch,
To try if thou be current gold indeed
Young Edward lives: think now what I would say.
4.2.12 BUCKINGHAM
Say on, my loving lord.
4.2.13 KING RICHARD III
Why, Buckingham, I say, I would be king,
4.2.14 BUCKINGHAM
Why, so you are, my thrice renowned liege.
4.2.15 KING RICHARD III
Ha! am I king? 'tis so: but Edward lives.
4.2.16 BUCKINGHAM
True, noble prince.
4.2.17 KING RICHARD III
O bitter consequence,
That Edward still should live! 'True, noble prince!'
Cousin, thou wert not wont to be so dull:
Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead;
And I would have it suddenly perform'd.
What sayest thou? speak suddenly; be brief.
4.2.23 BUCKINGHAM
Your grace may do your pleasure.
4.2.24 KING RICHARD III
Tut, tut, thou art all ice, thy kindness freezeth:
Say, have I thy consent that they shall die?
4.2.26 BUCKINGHAM
Give me some breath, some little pause, my lord
Before I positively herein:
I will resolve your grace immediately.
Exit
4.2.29 CATESBY
[Aside to a stander by]
The king is angry: see, he bites the lip.
4.2.31 KING RICHARD III
I will converse with iron-witted fools
And unrespective boys: none are for me
That look into me with considerate eyes:
High-reaching Buckingham grows circumspect.
Boy!
4.2.36 Page
My lord?
4.2.37 KING RICHARD III
Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold
Would tempt unto a close exploit of death?
4.2.39 Page
My lord, I know a discontented gentleman,
Whose humble means match not his haughty mind:
Gold were as good as twenty orators,
And will, no doubt, tempt him to any thing.
4.2.43 KING RICHARD III
What is his name?
4.2.44 Page
His name, my lord, is Tyrrel.
4.2.45 KING RICHARD III
I partly know the man: go, call him hither.
Exit Page
The deep-revolving witty Buckingham
No more shall be the neighbour to my counsel:
Hath he so long held out with me untired,
And stops he now for breath?
Enter STANLEY
How now! what news with you?
4.2.51 STANLEY
My lord, I hear the Marquis Dorset's fled
To Richmond, in those parts beyond the sea
Where he abides.
Stands apart
4.2.54 KING RICHARD III
Catesby!
4.2.55 CATESBY
My lord?
4.2.56 KING RICHARD III
Rumour it abroad
That Anne, my wife, is sick and like to die:
I will take order for her keeping close.
Inquire me out some mean-born gentleman,
Whom I will marry straight to Clarence' daughter:
The boy is foolish, and I fear not him.
Look, how thou dream'st! I say again, give out
That Anne my wife is sick and like to die:
About it; for it stands me much upon,
To stop all hopes whose growth may damage me.
Exit CATESBY
I must be married to my brother's daughter,
Or else my kingdom stands on brittle glass.
Murder her brothers, and then marry her!
Uncertain way of gain! But I am in
So far in blood that sin will pluck on sin:
Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye.
Re-enter Page, with TYRREL
Is thy name Tyrrel?
4.2.73 TYRREL
James Tyrrel, and your most obedient subject.
4.2.74 KING RICHARD III
Art thou, indeed?
4.2.75 TYRREL
Prove me, my gracious sovereign.
4.2.76 KING RICHARD III
Darest thou resolve to kill a friend of mine?
4.2.77 TYRREL
Ay, my lord;
But I had rather kill two enemies.
4.2.79 KING RICHARD III
Why, there thou hast it: two deep enemies,
Foes to my rest and my sweet sleep's disturbers
Are they that I would have thee deal upon:
Tyrrel, I mean those bastards in the Tower.
4.2.83 TYRREL
Let me have open means to come to them,
And soon I'll rid you from the fear of them.
4.2.85 KING RICHARD III
Thou sing'st sweet music. Hark, come hither, Tyrrel
Go, by this token: rise, and lend thine ear:
Whispers
There is no more but so: say it is done,
And I will love thee, and prefer thee too.
4.2.89 TYRREL
'Tis done, my gracious lord.
4.2.90 KING RICHARD III
Shall we hear from thee, Tyrrel, ere we sleep?
4.2.91 TYRREL
Ye shall, my Lord.
Exit
Re-enter BUCKINGHAM
4.2.92 BUCKINGHAM
My Lord, I have consider'd in my mind
The late demand that you did sound me in.
4.2.94 KING RICHARD III
Well, let that pass. Dorset is fled to Richmond.
4.2.95 BUCKINGHAM
I hear that news, my lord.
4.2.96 KING RICHARD III
Stanley, he is your wife's son well, look to it.
4.2.97 BUCKINGHAM
My lord, I claim your gift, my due by promise,
For which your honour and your faith is pawn'd;
The earldom of Hereford and the moveables
The which you promised I should possess.
4.2.101 KING RICHARD III
Stanley, look to your wife; if she convey
Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it.
4.2.103 BUCKINGHAM
What says your highness to my just demand?
4.2.104 KING RICHARD III
As I remember, Henry the Sixth
Did prophesy that Richmond should be king,
When Richmond was a little peevish boy.
A king, perhaps, perhaps, –
4.2.108 BUCKINGHAM
My lord!
4.2.109 KING RICHARD III
How chance the prophet could not at that time
Have told me, I being by, that I should kill him?
4.2.111 BUCKINGHAM
My lord, your promise for the earldom, –
4.2.112 KING RICHARD III
Richmond! When last I was at Exeter,
The mayor in courtesy show'd me the castle,
And call'd it Rougemont: at which name I started,
Because a bard of Ireland told me once
I should not live long after I saw Richmond.
4.2.117 BUCKINGHAM
My Lord!
4.2.118 KING RICHARD III
Ay, what's o'clock?
4.2.119 BUCKINGHAM
I am thus bold to put your grace in mind
Of what you promised me.
4.2.121 KING RICHARD III
Well, but what's o'clock?
4.2.122 BUCKINGHAM
Upon the stroke of ten.
4.2.123 KING RICHARD III
Well, let it strike.
4.2.124 BUCKINGHAM
Why let it strike?
4.2.125 KING RICHARD III
Because that, like a Jack, thou keep'st the stroke
Betwixt thy begging and my meditation.
I am not in the giving vein to-day.
4.2.128 BUCKINGHAM
Why, then resolve me whether you will or no.
4.2.129 KING RICHARD III
Tut, tut,
Thou troublest me; am not in the vein.
Exeunt all but BUCKINGHAM
4.2.131 BUCKINGHAM
Is it even so? rewards he my true service
With such deep contempt made I him king for this?
O, let me think on Hastings, and be gone
To Brecknock, while my fearful head is on!
Exit
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ACT IV

Scene 3

The same.

Enter TYRREL
4.3.1 TYRREL
The tyrannous and bloody deed is done.
The most arch of piteous massacre
That ever yet this land was guilty of.
Dighton and Forrest, whom I did suborn
To do this ruthless piece of butchery,
Although they were flesh'd villains, bloody dogs,
Melting with tenderness and kind compassion
Wept like two children in their deaths' sad stories.
'Lo, thus' quoth Dighton, 'lay those tender babes:'
'Thus, thus,' quoth Forrest, 'girdling one another
Within their innocent alabaster arms:
Their lips were four red roses on a stalk,
Which in their summer beauty kiss'd each other.
A book of prayers on their pillow lay;
Which once,' quoth Forrest, 'almost changed my mind;
But O! the devil' – there the villain stopp'd
Whilst Dighton thus told on: 'We smothered
The most replenished sweet work of nature,
That from the prime creation e'er she framed.'
Thus both are gone with conscience and remorse;
They could not speak; and so I left them both,
To bring this tidings to the bloody king.
And here he comes.
Enter KING RICHARD III
All hail, my sovereign liege!
4.3.25 KING RICHARD III
Kind Tyrrel, am I happy in thy news?
4.3.26 TYRREL
If to have done the thing you gave in charge
Beget your happiness, be happy then,
For it is done, my lord.
4.3.29 KING RICHARD III
But didst thou see them dead?
4.3.30 TYRREL
I did, my lord.
4.3.31 KING RICHARD III
And buried, gentle Tyrrel?
4.3.32 TYRREL
The chaplain of the Tower hath buried them;
But how or in what place I do not know.
4.3.34 KING RICHARD III
Come to me, Tyrrel, soon at after supper,
And thou shalt tell the process of their death.
Meantime, but think how I may do thee good,
And be inheritor of thy desire.
Farewell till soon.
Exit TYRREL
The son of Clarence have I pent up close;
His daughter meanly have I match'd in marriage;
The sons of Edward sleep in Abraham's bosom,
And Anne my wife hath bid the world good night.
Now, for I know the Breton Richmond aims
At young Elizabeth, my brother's daughter,
And, by that knot, looks proudly o'er the crown,
To her I go, a jolly thriving wooer.
Enter CATESBY
4.3.47 CATESBY
My lord!
4.3.48 KING RICHARD III
Good news or bad, that thou comest in so bluntly?
4.3.49 CATESBY
Bad news, my lord: Ely is fled to Richmond;
And Buckingham, back'd with the hardy Welshmen,
Is in the field, and still his power increaseth.
4.3.52 KING RICHARD III
Ely with Richmond troubles me more near
Than Buckingham and his rash-levied army.
Come, I have heard that fearful commenting
Is leaden servitor to dull delay;
Delay leads impotent and snail-paced beggary
Then fiery expedition be my wing,
Jove's Mercury, and herald for a king!
Come, muster men: my counsel is my shield;
We must be brief when traitors brave the field.
Exeunt
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ACT IV

Scene 4

Before the palace.

Enter QUEEN MARGARET
4.4.1 QUEEN MARGARET
So, now prosperity begins to mellow
And drop into the rotten mouth of death.
Here in these confines slily have I lurk'd,
To watch the waning of mine adversaries.
A dire induction am I witness to,
And will to France, hoping the consequence
Will prove as bitter, black, and tragical.
Withdraw thee, wretched Margaret: who comes here?
Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and the DUCHESS OF YORK
4.4.9 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Ah, my young princes! ah, my tender babes!
My unblown flowers, new-appearing sweets!
If yet your gentle souls fly in the air
And be not fix'd in doom perpetual,
Hover about me with your airy wings
And hear your mother's lamentation!
4.4.15 QUEEN MARGARET
Hover about her; say, that right for right
Hath dimm'd your infant morn to aged night.
4.4.17 DUCHESS OF YORK
So many miseries have crazed my voice,
That my woe-wearied tongue is mute and dumb,
Edward Plantagenet, why art thou dead?
4.4.20 QUEEN MARGARET
Plantagenet doth quit Plantagenet.
Edward for Edward pays a dying debt.
4.4.22 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Wilt thou, O God, fly from such gentle lambs,
And throw them in the entrails of the wolf?
When didst thou sleep when such a deed was done?
4.4.25 QUEEN MARGARET
When holy Harry died, and my sweet son.
4.4.26 DUCHESS OF YORK
Blind sight, dead life, poor mortal living ghost,
Woe's scene, world's shame, grave's due by life usurp'd,
Brief abstract and record of tedious days,
Rest thy unrest on England's lawful earth,
Sitting down
Unlawfully made drunk with innocents' blood!
4.4.31 QUEEN ELIZABETH
O, that thou wouldst as well afford a grave
As thou canst yield a melancholy seat!
Then would I hide my bones, not rest them here.
O, who hath any cause to mourn but I?
Sitting down by her
4.4.35 QUEEN MARGARET
If ancient sorrow be most reverend,
Give mine the benefit of seniory,
And let my woes frown on the upper hand.
If sorrow can admit society,
Sitting down with them
Tell o'er your woes again by viewing mine:
I had an Edward, till a Richard kill'd him;
I had a Harry, till a Richard kill'd him:
Thou hadst an Edward, till a Richard kill'd him;
Thou hadst a Richard, till a Richard killed him;
4.4.44 DUCHESS OF YORK
I had a Richard too, and thou didst kill him;
I had a Rutland too, thou holp'st to kill him.
4.4.46 QUEEN MARGARET
Thou hadst a Clarence too, and Richard kill'd him.
From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept
A hell-hound that doth hunt us all to death:
That dog, that had his teeth before his eyes,
To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood,
That foul defacer of God's handiwork,
That excellent grand tyrant of the earth,
That reigns in galled eyes of weeping souls,
Thy womb let loose, to chase us to our graves.
O upright, just, and true-disposing God,
How do I thank thee, that this carnal cur
Preys on the issue of his mother's body,
And makes her pew-fellow with others' moan!
4.4.59 DUCHESS OF YORK
O Harry's wife, triumph not in my woes!
God witness with me, I have wept for thine.
4.4.61 QUEEN MARGARET
Bear with me; I am hungry for revenge,
And now I cloy me with beholding it.
Thy Edward he is dead, that stabb'd my Edward:
Thy other Edward dead, to quit my Edward;
Young York he is but boot, because both they
Match not the high perfection of my loss:
Thy Clarence he is dead that kill'd my Edward;
And the beholders of this tragic play,
The adulterate Hastings, Rivers, Vaughan, Grey,
Untimely smother'd in their dusky graves.
Richard yet lives, hell's black intelligencer,
Only reserved their factor, to buy souls
And send them thither: but at hand, at hand,
Ensues his piteous and unpitied end:
Earth gapes, hell burns, fiends roar, saints pray.
To have him suddenly convey'd away.
Cancel his bond of life, dear God, I prey,
That I may live to say, The dog is dead!
4.4.79 QUEEN ELIZABETH
O, thou didst prophesy the time would come
That I should wish for thee to help me curse
That bottled spider, that foul bunch-back'd toad!
4.4.82 QUEEN MARGARET
I call'd thee then vain flourish of my fortune;
I call'd thee then poor shadow, painted queen;
The presentation of but what I was;
The flattering index of a direful pageant;
One heaved a-high, to be hurl'd down below;
A mother only mock'd with two sweet babes;
A dream of what thou wert, a breath, a bubble,
A sign of dignity, a garish flag,
To be the aim of every dangerous shot,
A queen in jest, only to fill the scene.
Where is thy husband now? where be thy brothers?
Where are thy children? wherein dost thou, joy?
Who sues to thee and cries 'God save the queen'?
Where be the bending peers that flatter'd thee?
Where be the thronging troops that follow'd thee?
Decline all this, and see what now thou art:
For happy wife, a most distressed widow;
For joyful mother, one that wails the name;
For queen, a very caitiff crown'd with care;
For one being sued to, one that humbly sues;
For one that scorn'd at me, now scorn'd of me;
For one being fear'd of all, now fearing one;
For one commanding all, obey'd of none.
Thus hath the course of justice wheel'd about,
And left thee but a very prey to time;
Having no more but thought of what thou wert,
To torture thee the more, being what thou art.
Thou didst usurp my place, and dost thou not
Usurp the just proportion of my sorrow?
Now thy proud neck bears half my burthen'd yoke;
From which even here I slip my weary neck,
And leave the burthen of it all on thee.
Farewell, York's wife, and queen of sad mischance:
These English woes will make me smile in France.
4.4.116 QUEEN ELIZABETH
O thou well skill'd in curses, stay awhile,
And teach me how to curse mine enemies!
4.4.118 QUEEN MARGARET
Forbear to sleep the nights, and fast the days;
Compare dead happiness with living woe;
Think that thy babes were fairer than they were,
And he that slew them fouler than he is:
Bettering thy loss makes the bad causer worse:
Revolving this will teach thee how to curse.
4.4.124 QUEEN ELIZABETH
My words are dull; O, quicken them with thine!
4.4.125 QUEEN MARGARET
Thy woes will make them sharp, and pierce like mine.
Exit
4.4.126 DUCHESS OF YORK
Why should calamity be full of words?
4.4.127 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Windy attorneys to their client woes,
Airy succeeders of intestate joys,
Poor breathing orators of miseries!
Let them have scope: though what they do impart
Help not all, yet do they ease the heart.
4.4.132 DUCHESS OF YORK
If so, then be not tongue-tied: go with me.
And in the breath of bitter words let's smother
My damned son, which thy two sweet sons smother'd.
I hear his drum: be copious in exclaims.
Enter KING RICHARD III, marching, with drums and trumpets
4.4.136 KING RICHARD III
Who intercepts my expedition?
4.4.137 DUCHESS OF YORK
O, she that might have intercepted thee,
By strangling thee in her accursed womb
From all the slaughters, wretch, that thou hast done!
4.4.140 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Hidest thou that forehead with a golden crown,
Where should be graven, if that right were right,
The slaughter of the prince that owed that crown,
And the dire death of my two sons and brothers?
Tell me, thou villain slave, where are my children?
4.4.145 DUCHESS OF YORK
Thou toad, thou toad,
Where is thy brother Clarence?
And little Ned Plantagenet, his son?
4.4.148 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Where is the gentle Rivers, Vaughan, Gray?
4.4.149 DUCHESS OF YORK
Where is kind Hastings?
4.4.150 KING RICHARD III
A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums!
Let not the heavens hear these tell-tale women
Rail on the Lord's enointed: strike, I say!
Flourish. Alarums
Either be patient, and entreat me fair,
Or with the clamorous report of war
Thus will I drown your exclamations.
4.4.156 DUCHESS OF YORK
Art thou my son?
4.4.157 KING RICHARD III
Ay, I thank God, my father, and yourself.
4.4.158 DUCHESS OF YORK
Then patiently hear my impatience.
4.4.159 KING RICHARD III
Madam, I have a touch of your condition,
Which cannot brook the accent of reproof.
4.4.161 DUCHESS OF YORK
O, let me speak!
4.4.162 KING RICHARD III
Do then: but I'll not hear.
4.4.163 DUCHESS OF YORK
I will be mild and gentle in my speech.
4.4.164 KING RICHARD III
And brief, good mother; for I am in haste.
4.4.165 DUCHESS OF YORK
Art thou so hasty? I have stay'd for thee,
God knows, in anguish, pain and agony.
4.4.167 KING RICHARD III
And came I not at last to comfort you?
4.4.168 DUCHESS OF YORK
No, by the holy rood, thou know'st it well,
Thou camest on earth to make the earth my hell.
A grievous burthen was thy birth to me;
Tetchy and wayward was thy infancy;
Thy school-days frightful, desperate, wild, and furious,
Thy prime of manhood daring, bold, and venturous,
Thy age confirm'd, proud, subdued, bloody,
treacherous,
More mild, but yet more harmful, kind in hatred:
What comfortable hour canst thou name,
That ever graced me in thy company?
4.4.179 KING RICHARD III
Faith, none, but Humphrey Hour, that call'd
your grace
To breakfast once forth of my company.
If I be so disgracious in your sight,
Let me march on, and not offend your grace.
Strike the drum.
4.4.185 DUCHESS OF YORK
I prithee, hear me speak.
4.4.186 KING RICHARD III
You speak too bitterly.
4.4.187 DUCHESS OF YORK
Hear me a word;
For I shall never speak to thee again.
4.4.189 KING RICHARD III
So.
4.4.190 DUCHESS OF YORK
Either thou wilt die, by God's just ordinance,
Ere from this war thou turn a conqueror,
Or I with grief and extreme age shall perish
And never look upon thy face again.
Therefore take with thee my most heavy curse;
Which, in the day of battle, tire thee more
Than all the complete armour that thou wear'st!
My prayers on the adverse party fight;
And there the little souls of Edward's children
Whisper the spirits of thine enemies
And promise them success and victory.
Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end;
Shame serves thy life and doth thy death attend.
Exit
4.4.203 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Though far more cause, yet much less spirit to curse
Abides in me; I say amen to all.
4.4.205 KING RICHARD III
Stay, madam; I must speak a word with you.
4.4.206 QUEEN ELIZABETH
I have no more sons of the royal blood
For thee to murder: for my daughters, Richard,
They shall be praying nuns, not weeping queens;
And therefore level not to hit their lives.
4.4.210 KING RICHARD III
You have a daughter call'd Elizabeth,
Virtuous and fair, royal and gracious.
4.4.212 QUEEN ELIZABETH
And must she die for this? O, let her live,
And I'll corrupt her manners, stain her beauty;
Slander myself as false to Edward's bed;
Throw over her the veil of infamy:
So she may live unscarr'd of bleeding slaughter,
I will confess she was not Edward's daughter.
4.4.218 KING RICHARD III
Wrong not her birth, she is of royal blood.
4.4.219 QUEEN ELIZABETH
To save her life, I'll say she is not so.
4.4.220 KING RICHARD III
Her life is only safest in her birth.
4.4.221 QUEEN ELIZABETH
And only in that safety died her brothers.
4.4.222 KING RICHARD III
Lo, at their births good stars were opposite.
4.4.223 QUEEN ELIZABETH
No, to their lives bad friends were contrary.
4.4.224 KING RICHARD III
All unavoided is the doom of destiny.
4.4.225 QUEEN ELIZABETH
True, when avoided grace makes destiny:
My babes were destined to a fairer death,
If grace had bless'd thee with a fairer life.
4.4.228 KING RICHARD III
You speak as if that I had slain my cousins.
4.4.229 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Cousins, indeed; and by their uncle cozen'd
Of comfort, kingdom, kindred, freedom, life.
Whose hand soever lanced their tender hearts,
Thy head, all indirectly, gave direction:
No doubt the murderous knife was dull and blunt
Till it was whetted on thy stone-hard heart,
To revel in the entrails of my lambs.
But that still use of grief makes wild grief tame,
My tongue should to thy ears not name my boys
Till that my nails were anchor'd in thine eyes;
And I, in such a desperate bay of death,
Like a poor bark, of sails and tackling reft,
Rush all to pieces on thy rocky bosom.
4.4.242 KING RICHARD III
Madam, so thrive I in my enterprise
And dangerous success of bloody wars,
As I intend more good to you and yours,
Than ever you or yours were by me wrong'd!
4.4.246 QUEEN ELIZABETH
What good is cover'd with the face of heaven,
To be discover'd, that can do me good?
4.4.248 KING RICHARD III
The advancement of your children, gentle lady.
4.4.249 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Up to some scaffold, there to lose their heads?
4.4.250 KING RICHARD III
No, to the dignity and height of honour
The high imperial type of this earth's glory.
4.4.252 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Flatter my sorrows with report of it;
Tell me what state, what dignity, what honour,
Canst thou demise to any child of mine?
4.4.255 KING RICHARD III
Even all I have; yea, and myself and all,
Will I withal endow a child of thine;
So in the Lethe of thy angry soul
Thou drown the sad remembrance of those wrongs
Which thou supposest I have done to thee.
4.4.260 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Be brief, lest that be process of thy kindness
Last longer telling than thy kindness' date.
4.4.262 KING RICHARD III
Then know, that from my soul I love thy daughter.
4.4.263 QUEEN ELIZABETH
My daughter's mother thinks it with her soul.
4.4.264 KING RICHARD III
What do you think?
4.4.265 QUEEN ELIZABETH
That thou dost love my daughter from thy soul:
So from thy soul's love didst thou love her brothers;
And from my heart's love I do thank thee for it.
4.4.268 KING RICHARD III
Be not so hasty to confound my meaning:
I mean, that with my soul I love thy daughter,
And mean to make her queen of England.
4.4.271 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Say then, who dost thou mean shall be her king?
4.4.272 KING RICHARD III
Even he that makes her queen who should be else?
4.4.273 QUEEN ELIZABETH
What, thou?
4.4.274 KING RICHARD III
I, even I: what think you of it, madam?
4.4.275 QUEEN ELIZABETH
How canst thou woo her?
4.4.276 KING RICHARD III
That would I learn of you,
As one that are best acquainted with her humour.
4.4.278 QUEEN ELIZABETH
And wilt thou learn of me?
4.4.279 KING RICHARD III
Madam, with all my heart.
4.4.280 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Send to her, by the man that slew her brothers,
A pair of bleeding-hearts; thereon engrave
Edward and York; then haply she will weep:
Therefore present to her – as sometime Margaret
Did to thy father, steep'd in Rutland's blood, –
A handkerchief; which, say to her, did drain
The purple sap from her sweet brother's body
And bid her dry her weeping eyes therewith.
If this inducement force her not to love,
Send her a story of thy noble acts;
Tell her thou madest away her uncle Clarence,
Her uncle Rivers; yea, and, for her sake,
Madest quick conveyance with her good aunt Anne.
4.4.293 KING RICHARD III
Come, come, you mock me; this is not the way
To win your daughter.
4.4.295 QUEEN ELIZABETH
There is no other way
Unless thou couldst put on some other shape,
And not be Richard that hath done all this.
4.4.298 KING RICHARD III
Say that I did all this for love of her.
4.4.299 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Nay, then indeed she cannot choose but hate thee,
Having bought love with such a bloody spoil.
4.4.301 KING RICHARD III
Look, what is done cannot be now amended:
Men shall deal unadvisedly sometimes,
Which after hours give leisure to repent.
If I did take the kingdom from your sons,
To make amends, Ill give it to your daughter.
If I have kill'd the issue of your womb,
To quicken your increase, I will beget
Mine issue of your blood upon your daughter
A grandam's name is little less in love
Than is the doting title of a mother;
They are as children but one step below,
Even of your mettle, of your very blood;
Of an one pain, save for a night of groans
Endured of her, for whom you bid like sorrow.
Your children were vexation to your youth,
But mine shall be a comfort to your age.
The loss you have is but a son being king,
And by that loss your daughter is made queen.
I cannot make you what amends I would,
Therefore accept such kindness as I can.
Dorset your son, that with a fearful soul
Leads discontented steps in foreign soil,
This fair alliance quickly shall call home
To high promotions and great dignity:
The king, that calls your beauteous daughter wife.
Familiarly shall call thy Dorset brother;
Again shall you be mother to a king,
And all the ruins of distressful times
Repair'd with double riches of content.
What! we have many goodly days to see:
The liquid drops of tears that you have shed
Shall come again, transform'd to orient pearl,
Advantaging their loan with interest
Of ten times double gain of happiness.
Go, then my mother, to thy daughter go
Make bold her bashful years with your experience;
Prepare her ears to hear a wooer's tale
Put in her tender heart the aspiring flame
Of golden sovereignty; acquaint the princess
With the sweet silent hours of marriage joys
And when this arm of mine hath chastised
The petty rebel, dull-brain'd Buckingham,
Bound with triumphant garlands will I come
And lead thy daughter to a conqueror's bed;
To whom I will retail my conquest won,
And she shall be sole victress, Caesar's Caesar.
4.4.347 QUEEN ELIZABETH
What were I best to say? her father's brother
Would be her lord? or shall I say, her uncle?
Or, he that slew her brothers and her uncles?
Under what title shall I woo for thee,
That God, the law, my honour and her love,
Can make seem pleasing to her tender years?
4.4.353 KING RICHARD III
Infer fair England's peace by this alliance.
4.4.354 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Which she shall purchase with still lasting war.
4.4.355 KING RICHARD III
Say that the king, which may command, entreats.
4.4.356 QUEEN ELIZABETH
That at her hands which the king's King forbids.
4.4.357 KING RICHARD III
Say, she shall be a high and mighty queen.
4.4.358 QUEEN ELIZABETH
To wail the tide, as her mother doth.
4.4.359 KING RICHARD III
Say, I will love her everlastingly.
4.4.360 QUEEN ELIZABETH
But how long shall that title 'ever' last?
4.4.361 KING RICHARD III
Sweetly in force unto her fair life's end.
4.4.362 QUEEN ELIZABETH
But how long fairly shall her sweet lie last?
4.4.363 KING RICHARD III
So long as heaven and nature lengthens it.
4.4.364 QUEEN ELIZABETH
So long as hell and Richard likes of it.
4.4.365 KING RICHARD III
Say, I, her sovereign, am her subject love.
4.4.366 QUEEN ELIZABETH
But she, your subject, loathes such sovereignty.
4.4.367 KING RICHARD III
Be eloquent in my behalf to her.
4.4.368 QUEEN ELIZABETH
An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
4.4.369 KING RICHARD III
Then in plain terms tell her my loving tale.
4.4.370 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Plain and not honest is too harsh a style.
4.4.371 KING RICHARD III
Your reasons are too shallow and too quick.
4.4.372 QUEEN ELIZABETH
O no, my reasons are too deep and dead;
Too deep and dead, poor infants, in their grave.
4.4.374 KING RICHARD III
Harp not on that string, madam; that is past.
4.4.375 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Harp on it still shall I till heart-strings break.
4.4.376 KING RICHARD III
Now, by my George, my garter, and my crown, –
4.4.377 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Profaned, dishonour'd, and the third usurp'd.
4.4.378 KING RICHARD III
I swear –
4.4.379 QUEEN ELIZABETH
By nothing; for this is no oath:
The George, profaned, hath lost his holy honour;
The garter, blemish'd, pawn'd his knightly virtue;
The crown, usurp'd, disgraced his kingly glory.
if something thou wilt swear to be believed,
Swear then by something that thou hast not wrong'd.
4.4.385 KING RICHARD III
Now, by the world –
4.4.386 QUEEN ELIZABETH
'Tis full of thy foul wrongs.
4.4.387 KING RICHARD III
My father's death –
4.4.388 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Thy life hath that dishonour'd.
4.4.389 KING RICHARD III
Then, by myself –
4.4.390 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Thyself thyself misusest.
4.4.391 KING RICHARD III
Why then, by God –
4.4.392 QUEEN ELIZABETH
God's wrong is most of all.
If thou hadst fear'd to break an oath by Him,
The unity the king thy brother made
Had not been broken, nor my brother slain:
If thou hadst fear'd to break an oath by Him,
The imperial metal, circling now thy brow,
Had graced the tender temples of my child,
And both the princes had been breathing here,
Which now, two tender playfellows to dust,
Thy broken faith hath made a prey for worms.
What canst thou swear by now?
4.4.403 KING RICHARD III
The time to come.
4.4.404 QUEEN ELIZABETH
That thou hast wronged in the time o'erpast;
For I myself have many tears to wash
Hereafter time, for time past wrong'd by thee.
The children live, whose parents thou hast
slaughter'd,
Ungovern'd youth, to wail it in their age;
The parents live, whose children thou hast butcher'd,
Old wither'd plants, to wail it with their age.
Swear not by time to come; for that thou hast
Misused ere used, by time misused o'erpast.
4.4.414 KING RICHARD III
As I intend to prosper and repent,
So thrive I in my dangerous attempt
Of hostile arms! myself myself confound!
Heaven and fortune bar me happy hours!
Day, yield me not thy light; nor, night, thy rest!
Be opposite all planets of good luck
To my proceedings, if, with pure heart's love,
Immaculate devotion, holy thoughts,
I tender not thy beauteous princely daughter!
In her consists my happiness and thine;
Without her, follows to this land and me,
To thee, herself, and many a Christian soul,
Death, desolation, ruin and decay:
It cannot be avoided but by this;
It will not be avoided but by this.
Therefore, good mother, – I must call you so –
Be the attorney of my love to her:
Plead what I will be, not what I have been;
Not my deserts, but what I will deserve:
Urge the necessity and state of times,
And be not peevish-fond in great designs.
4.4.435 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Shall I be tempted of the devil thus?
4.4.436 KING RICHARD III
Ay, if the devil tempt thee to do good.
4.4.437 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Shall I forget myself to be myself?
4.4.438 KING RICHARD III
Ay, if yourself's remembrance wrong yourself.
4.4.439 QUEEN ELIZABETH
But thou didst kill my children.
4.4.440 KING RICHARD III
But in your daughter's womb I bury them:
Where in that nest of spicery they shall breed
Selves of themselves, to your recomforture.
4.4.443 QUEEN ELIZABETH
Shall I go win my daughter to thy will?
4.4.444 KING RICHARD III
And be a happy mother by the deed.
4.4.445 QUEEN ELIZABETH
I go. Write to me very shortly.
And you shall understand from me her mind.
4.4.447 KING RICHARD III
Bear her my true love's kiss; and so, farewell.
Exit QUEEN ELIZABETH
Relenting fool, and shallow, changing woman!
Enter RATCLIFF; CATESBY following
How now! what news?
4.4.450 RATCLIFF
My gracious sovereign, on the western coast
Rideth a puissant navy; to the shore
Throng many doubtful hollow-hearted friends,
Unarm'd, and unresolved to beat them back:
'Tis thought that Richmond is their admiral;
And there they hull, expecting but the aid
Of Buckingham to welcome them ashore.
4.4.457 KING RICHARD III
Some light-foot friend post to the Duke of Norfolk:
Ratcliff, thyself, or Catesby; where is he?
4.4.459 CATESBY
Here, my lord.
4.4.460 KING RICHARD III
Fly to the duke:
To RATCLIFF
Post thou to Salisbury
When thou comest thither –
To CATESBY
Dull, unmindful villain,
Why stand'st thou still, and go'st not to the duke?
4.4.465 CATESBY
First, mighty sovereign, let me know your mind,
What from your grace I shall deliver to him.
4.4.467 KING RICHARD III
O, true, good Catesby: bid him levy straight
The greatest strength and power he can make,
And meet me presently at Salisbury.
4.4.470 CATESBY
I go.
Exit
4.4.471 RATCLIFF
What is't your highness' pleasure I shall do at
Salisbury?
4.4.473 KING RICHARD III
Why, what wouldst thou do there before I go?
4.4.474 RATCLIFF
Your highness told me I should post before.
4.4.475 KING RICHARD III
My mind is changed, sir, my mind is changed.
Enter STANLEY
How now, what news with you?
4.4.477 STANLEY
None good, my lord, to please you with the hearing;
Nor none so bad, but it may well be told.
4.4.479 KING RICHARD III
Hoyday, a riddle! neither good nor bad!
Why dost thou run so many mile about,
When thou mayst tell thy tale a nearer way?
Once more, what news?
4.4.483 STANLEY
Richmond is on the seas.
4.4.484 KING RICHARD III
There let him sink, and be the seas on him!
White-liver'd runagate, what doth he there?
4.4.486 STANLEY
I know not, mighty sovereign, but by guess.
4.4.487 KING RICHARD III
Well, sir, as you guess, as you guess?
4.4.488 STANLEY
Stirr'd up by Dorset, Buckingham, and Ely,
He makes for England, there to claim the crown.
4.4.490 KING RICHARD III
Is the chair empty? is the sword unsway'd?
Is the king dead? the empire unpossess'd?
What heir of York is there alive but we?
And who is England's king but great York's heir?
Then, tell me, what doth he upon the sea?
4.4.495 STANLEY
Unless for that, my liege, I cannot guess.
4.4.496 KING RICHARD III
Unless for that he comes to be your liege,
You cannot guess wherefore the Welshman comes.
Thou wilt revolt, and fly to him, I fear.
4.4.499 STANLEY
No, mighty liege; therefore mistrust me not.
4.4.500 KING RICHARD III
Where is thy power, then, to beat him back?
Where are thy tenants and thy followers?
Are they not now upon the western shore.
Safe-conducting the rebels from their ships!
4.4.504 STANLEY
No, my good lord, my friends are in the north.
4.4.505 KING RICHARD III
Cold friends to Richard: what do they in the north,
When they should serve their sovereign in the west?
4.4.507 STANLEY
They have not been commanded, mighty sovereign:
Please it your majesty to give me leave,
I'll muster up my friends, and meet your grace
Where and what time your majesty shall please.
4.4.511 KING RICHARD III
Ay, ay. thou wouldst be gone to join with Richmond:
I will not trust you, sir.
4.4.513 STANLEY
Most mighty sovereign,
You have no cause to hold my friendship doubtful:
I never was nor never will be false.
4.4.516 KING RICHARD III
Well,
Go muster men; but, hear you, leave behind
Your son, George Stanley: look your faith be firm.
Or else his head's assurance is but frail.
4.4.520 STANLEY
So deal with him as I prove true to you.
Exit
Enter a Messenger
4.4.521 Messenger
My gracious sovereign, now in Devonshire,
As I by friends am well advertised,
Sir Edward Courtney, and the haughty prelate
Bishop of Exeter, his brother there,
With many more confederates, are in arms.
Enter another Messenger
4.4.526 Second Messenger
My liege, in Kent the Guildfords are in arms;
And every hour more competitors
Flock to their aid, and still their power increaseth.
Enter another Messenger
4.4.529 Third Messenger
My lord, the army of the Duke of Buckingham –
4.4.530 KING RICHARD III
Out on you, owls! nothing but songs of death?
He striketh him
Take that, until thou bring me better news.
4.4.532 Third Messenger
The news I have to tell your majesty
Is, that by sudden floods and fall of waters,
Buckingham's army is dispersed and scatter'd;
And he himself wander'd away alone,
No man knows whither.
4.4.537 KING RICHARD III
I cry thee mercy:
There is my purse to cure that blow of thine.
Hath any well-advised friend proclaim'd
Reward to him that brings the traitor in?
4.4.541 Third Messenger
Such proclamation hath been made, my liege.
Enter another Messenger
4.4.542 Fourth Messenger
Sir Thomas Lovel and Lord Marquis Dorset,
'Tis said, my liege, in Yorkshire are in arms.
Yet this good comfort bring I to your grace,
The Breton navy is dispersed by tempest:
Richmond, in Yorkshire, sent out a boat
Unto the shore, to ask those on the banks
If they were his assistants, yea or no;
Who answer'd him, they came from Buckingham.
Upon his party: he, mistrusting them,
Hoisted sail and made away for Brittany.
4.4.552 KING RICHARD III
March on, march on, since we are up in arms;
If not to fight with foreign enemies,
Yet to beat down these rebels here at home.
Re-enter CATESBY
4.4.555 CATESBY
My liege, the Duke of Buckingham is taken;
That is the best news: that the Earl of Richmond
Is with a mighty power landed at Milford,
Is colder tidings, yet they must be told.
4.4.559 KING RICHARD III
Away towards Salisbury! while we reason here,
A royal battle might be won and lost
Some one take order Buckingham be brought
To Salisbury; the rest march on with me.
Flourish. Exeunt
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ACT IV

Scene 5

Lord Derby's house.

Enter DERBY and SIR CHRISTOPHER URSWICK
4.5.1 DERBY
Sir Christopher, tell Richmond this from me:
That in the sty of this most bloody boar
My son George Stanley is frank'd up in hold:
If I revolt, off goes young George's head;
The fear of that withholds my present aid.
So get thee gone: commend me to thy Lord.
Tell him the queen hath heartily consented
He shall espouse Elizabeth her daughter.
But, tell me, where is princely Richmond now?
4.5.10 CHRISTOPHER
At Pembroke, or at Harfordwest, in Wales.
4.5.11 DERBY
What men of name resort to him?
4.5.12 CHRISTOPHER
Sir Walter Herbert, a renowned soldier;
Sir Gilbert Talbot, Sir William Stanley;
Oxford, redoubted Pembroke, Sir James Blunt,
And Rice ap Thomas with a valiant crew;
And many more of noble fame and worth:
And towards London they do bend their course,
If by the way they be not fought withall.
4.5.19 DERBY
Well hie thee to thy Lord: I kiss his hand,
These letters will resolve him of my mind.
Farewell.
Exeunt
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ACT V

Scene 1

Salisbury. An open place.

Enter the Sheriff, and BUCKINGHAM, with halberds, led to execution
5.1.1 BUCKINGHAM
Will not King Richard let me speak with him?
5.1.2 Sheriff
No, my good lord; therefore be patient.
5.1.3 BUCKINGHAM
Hastings, and Edward's children, Rivers, Grey,
Holy King Henry, and thy fair son Edward,
Vaughan, and all that have miscarried
By underhand corrupted foul injustice,
If that your moody discontented souls
Do through the clouds behold this present hour,
Even for revenge mock my destruction!
This is All-Souls' day, fellows, is it not?
5.1.11 Sheriff
It is, my lord.
5.1.12 BUCKINGHAM
Why, then All-Souls' day is my body's doomsday.
This is the day that, in King Edward's time,
I wish't might fall on me, when I was found
False to his children or his wife's allies
This is the day wherein I wish'd to fall
By the false faith of him I trusted most;
This, this All-Souls' day to my fearful soul
Is the determined respite of my wrongs:
That high All-Seer that I dallied with
Hath turn'd my feigned prayer on my head
And given in earnest what I begg'd in jest.
Thus doth he force the swords of wicked men
To turn their own points on their masters' bosoms:
Now Margaret's curse is fallen upon my head;
'When he,' quoth she, 'shall split thy heart with sorrow,
Remember Margaret was a prophetess.'
Come, sirs, convey me to the block of shame;
Wrong hath but wrong, and blame the due of blame.
Exeunt
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ACT V

Scene 2

The camp near Tamworth.

Enter RICHMOND, OXFORD, BLUNT, HERBERT, and others, with drum and colours
5.2.1 RICHMOND
Fellows in arms, and my most loving friends,
Bruised underneath the yoke of tyranny,
Thus far into the bowels of the land
Have we march'd on without impediment;
And here receive we from our father Stanley
Lines of fair comfort and encouragement.
The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar,
That spoil'd your summer fields and fruitful vines,
Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough
In your embowell'd bosoms, this foul swine
Lies now even in the centre of this isle,
Near to the town of Leicester, as we learn
From Tamworth thither is but one day's march.
In God's name, cheerly on, courageous friends,
To reap the harvest of perpetual peace
By this one bloody trial of sharp war.
5.2.17 OXFORD
Every man's conscience is a thousand swords,
To fight against that bloody homicide.
5.2.19 HERBERT
I doubt not but his friends will fly to us.
5.2.20 BLUNT
He hath no friends but who are friends for fear.
Which in his greatest need will shrink from him.
5.2.22 RICHMOND
All for our vantage. Then, in God's name, march:
True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings:
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
Exeunt
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ACT V

Scene 3

Bosworth Field.

Enter KING RICHARD III in arms, with NORFOLK, SURREY, and others
5.3.1 KING RICHARD III
Here pitch our tents, even here in Bosworth field.
My Lord of Surrey, why look you so sad?
5.3.3 SURREY
My heart is ten times lighter than my looks.
5.3.4 KING RICHARD III
My Lord of Norfolk, –
5.3.5 NORFOLK
Here, most gracious liege.
5.3.6 KING RICHARD III
Norfolk, we must have knocks; ha! must we not?
5.3.7 NORFOLK
We must both give and take, my gracious lord.
5.3.8 KING RICHARD III
Up with my tent there! here will I lie tonight;
But where to-morrow? Well, all's one for that.
Who hath descried the number of the foe?
5.3.11 NORFOLK
Six or seven thousand is their utmost power.
5.3.12 KING RICHARD III
Why, our battalion trebles that account:
Besides, the king's name is a tower of strength,
Which they upon the adverse party want.
Up with my tent there! Valiant gentlemen,
Let us survey the vantage of the field
Call for some men of sound direction
Let's want no discipline, make no delay,
For, lords, to-morrow is a busy day.
Exeunt
Enter, on the other side of the field, RICHMOND, Sir William Brandon, OXFORD, and others. Some of the Soldiers pitch RICHMOND's tent
5.3.20 RICHMOND
The weary sun hath made a golden set,
And by the bright track of his fiery car,
Gives signal, of a goodly day to-morrow.
Sir William Brandon, you shall bear my standard.
Give me some ink and paper in my tent
I'll draw the form and model of our battle,
Limit each leader to his several charge,
And part in just proportion our small strength.
My Lord of Oxford, you, Sir William Brandon,
And you, Sir Walter Herbert, stay with me.
The Earl of Pembroke keeps his regiment:
Good Captain Blunt, bear my good night to him
And by the second hour in the morning
Desire the earl to see me in my tent:
Yet one thing more, good Blunt, before thou go'st,
Where is Lord Stanley quarter'd, dost thou know?
5.3.36 BLUNT
Unless I have mista'en his colours much,
Which well I am assured I have not done,
His regiment lies half a mile at least
South from the mighty power of the king.
5.3.40 RICHMOND
If without peril it be possible,
Good Captain Blunt, bear my good-night to him,
And give him from me this most needful scroll.
5.3.43 BLUNT
Upon my life, my lord, I'll under-take it;
And so, God give you quiet rest to-night!
5.3.45 RICHMOND
Good night, good Captain Blunt. Come gentlemen,
Let us consult upon to-morrow's business
In to our tent; the air is raw and cold.
They withdraw into the tent
Enter, to his tent, KING RICHARD III, NORFOLK, RATCLIFF, CATESBY, and others
5.3.48 KING RICHARD III
What is't o'clock?
5.3.49 CATESBY
It's supper-time, my lord;
It's nine o'clock.
5.3.51 KING RICHARD III
I will not sup to-night.
Give me some ink and paper.
What, is my beaver easier than it was?
And all my armour laid into my tent?
5.3.55 CATESBY
If is, my liege; and all things are in readiness.
5.3.56 KING RICHARD III
Good Norfolk, hie thee to thy charge;
Use careful watch, choose trusty sentinels.
5.3.58 NORFOLK
I go, my lord.
5.3.59 KING RICHARD III
Stir with the lark to-morrow, gentle Norfolk.
5.3.60 NORFOLK
I warrant you, my lord.
Exit
5.3.61 KING RICHARD III
Catesby!
5.3.62 CATESBY
My lord?
5.3.63 KING RICHARD III
Send out a pursuivant at arms
To Stanley's regiment; bid him bring his power
Before sunrising, lest his son George fall
Into the blind cave of eternal night.
Exit CATESBY
Fill me a bowl of wine. Give me a watch.
Saddle white Surrey for the field to-morrow.
Look that my staves be sound, and not too heavy.
Ratcliff!
5.3.71 RATCLIFF
My lord?
5.3.72 KING RICHARD III
Saw'st thou the melancholy Lord Northumberland?
5.3.73 RATCLIFF
Thomas the Earl of Surrey, and himself,
Much about cock-shut time, from troop to troop
Went through the army, cheering up the soldiers.
5.3.76 KING RICHARD III
So, I am satisfied. Give me a bowl of wine:
I have not that alacrity of spirit,
Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have.
Set it down. Is ink and paper ready?
5.3.80 RATCLIFF
It is, my lord.
5.3.81 KING RICHARD III
Bid my guard watch; leave me.
Ratcliff, about the mid of night come to my tent
And help to arm me. Leave me, I say.
Exeunt RATCLIFF and the other Attendants
Enter DERBY to RICHMOND in his tent, Lords and others attending
5.3.84 DERBY
Fortune and victory sit on thy helm!
5.3.85 RICHMOND
All comfort that the dark night can afford
Be to thy person, noble father-in-law!
Tell me, how fares our loving mother?
5.3.88 DERBY
I, by attorney, bless thee from thy mother
Who prays continually for Richmond's good:
So much for that. The silent hours steal on,
And flaky darkness breaks within the east.
In brief, – for so the season bids us be, –
Prepare thy battle early in the morning,
And put thy fortune to the arbitrement
Of bloody strokes and mortal-staring war.
I, as I may – that which I would I cannot, –
With best advantage will deceive the time,
And aid thee in this doubtful shock of arms:
But on thy side I may not be too forward
Lest, being seen, thy brother, tender George,
Be executed in his father's sight.
Farewell: the leisure and the fearful time
Cuts off the ceremonious vows of love
And ample interchange of sweet discourse,
Which so long sunder'd friends should dwell upon:
God give us leisure for these rites of love!
Once more, adieu: be valiant, and speed well!
5.3.108 RICHMOND
Good lords, conduct him to his regiment:
I'll strive, with troubled thoughts, to take a nap,
Lest leaden slumber peise me down to-morrow,
When I should mount with wings of victory:
Once more, good night, kind lords and gentlemen.
Exeunt all but RICHMOND
O Thou, whose captain I account myself,
Look on my forces with a gracious eye;
Put in their hands thy bruising irons of wrath,
That they may crush down with a heavy fall
The usurping helmets of our adversaries!
Make us thy ministers of chastisement,
That we may praise thee in the victory!
To thee I do commend my watchful soul,
Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes:
Sleeping and waking, O, defend me still!
Sleeps
Enter the Ghost of Prince Edward, son to King Henry VI
5.3.123 Ghost of Prince Edward
[To KING RICHARD III]
Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow!
Think, how thou stab'dst me in my prime of youth
At Tewksbury: despair, therefore, and die!
[To RICHMOND]
Be cheerful, Richmond; for the wronged souls
Of butcher'd princes fight in thy behalf
King Henry's issue, Richmond, comforts thee.
Enter the Ghost of King Henry VI
5.3.131 Ghost of King Henry VI
[To KING RICHARD III]
When I was mortal, my anointed body
By thee was punched full of deadly holes
Think on the Tower and me: despair, and die!
Harry the Sixth bids thee despair, and die!
[To RICHMOND]
Virtuous and holy, be thou conqueror!
Harry, that prophesied thou shouldst be king,
Doth comfort thee in thy sleep: live, and flourish!
Enter the Ghost of CLARENCE
5.3.140 Ghost of CLARENCE
[To KING RICHARD III]
Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow!
I, that was wash'd to death with fulsome wine,
Poor Clarence, by thy guile betrayed to death!
To-morrow in the battle think on me,
And fall thy edgeless sword: despair, and die! –
[To RICHMOND]
Thou offspring of the house of Lancaster
The wronged heirs of York do pray for thee
Good angels guard thy battle! live, and flourish!
Enter the Ghosts of RIVERS, GRAY, and VAUGHAN
5.3.150 Ghost of RIVERS
[To KING RICHARD III]
Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow,
Rivers. that died at Pomfret! despair, and die!
5.3.153 Ghost of GREY
[To KING RICHARD III]
Think upon Grey, and let thy soul despair!
5.3.155 Ghost of VAUGHAN
[To KING RICHARD III]
Think upon Vaughan, and, with guilty fear,
Let fall thy lance: despair, and die!
5.3.158 All
[To RICHMOND]
Awake, and think our wrongs in Richard's bosom
Will conquer him! awake, and win the day!
Enter the Ghost of HASTINGS
5.3.161 Ghost of HASTINGS
[To KING RICHARD III]
Bloody and guilty, guiltily awake,
And in a bloody battle end thy days!
Think on Lord Hastings: despair, and die!
[To RICHMOND]
Quiet untroubled soul, awake, awake!
Arm, fight, and conquer, for fair England's sake!
Enter the Ghosts of the two young Princes
5.3.168 Ghosts of young Princes
[To KING RICHARD III]
Dream on thy cousins smother'd in the Tower:
Let us be led within thy bosom, Richard,
And weigh thee down to ruin, shame, and death!
Thy nephews' souls bid thee despair and die!
[To RICHMOND]
Sleep, Richmond, sleep in peace, and wake in joy;
Good angels guard thee from the boar's annoy!
Live, and beget a happy race of kings!
Edward's unhappy sons do bid thee flourish.
Enter the Ghost of LADY ANNE
5.3.178 Ghost of LADY ANNE
[To KING RICHARD III]
Richard, thy wife, that wretched Anne thy wife,
That never slept a quiet hour with thee,
Now fills thy sleep with perturbations
To-morrow in the battle think on me,
And fall thy edgeless sword: despair, and die!
[To RICHMOND]
Thou quiet soul, sleep thou a quiet sleep
Dream of success and happy victory!
Thy adversary's wife doth pray for thee.
Enter the Ghost of BUCKINGHAM
5.3.188 Ghost of BUCKINGHAM
[To KING RICHARD III]
The first was I that helped thee to the crown;
The last was I that felt thy tyranny:
O, in the battle think on Buckingham,
And die in terror of thy guiltiness!
Dream on, dream on, of bloody deeds and death:
Fainting, despair; despairing, yield thy breath!
[To RICHMOND]
I died for hope ere I could lend thee aid:
But cheer thy heart, and be thou not dismay'd:
God and good angel fight on Richmond's side;
And Richard falls in height of all his pride.
The Ghosts vanish
KING RICHARD III starts out of his dream
5.3.200 KING RICHARD III
Give me another horse: bind up my wounds.
Have mercy, Jesu! – Soft! I did but dream.
O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me!
The lights burn blue. It is now dead midnight.
Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.
What do I fear? myself? there's none else by:
Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I.
Is there a murderer here? No. Yes, I am:
Then fly. What, from myself? Great reason why:
Lest I revenge. What, myself upon myself?
Alack. I love myself. Wherefore? for any good
That I myself have done unto myself?
O, no! alas, I rather hate myself
For hateful deeds committed by myself!
I am a villain: yet I lie. I am not.
Fool, of thyself speak well: fool, do not flatter.
My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.
Perjury, perjury, in the high'st degree
Murder, stem murder, in the direst degree;
All several sins, all used in each degree,
Throng to the bar, crying all, Guilty! guilty!
I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;
And if I die, no soul shall pity me:
Nay, wherefore should they, since that I myself
Find in myself no pity to myself?
Methought the souls of all that I had murder'd
Came to my tent; and every one did threat
To-morrow's vengeance on the head of Richard.
Enter RATCLIFF
5.3.230 RATCLIFF
My lord!
5.3.231 KING RICHARD III
'Zounds! who is there?
5.3.232 RATCLIFF
Ratcliff, my lord; 'tis I. The early village-cock
Hath twice done salutation to the morn;
Your friends are up, and buckle on their armour.
5.3.235 KING RICHARD III
O Ratcliff, I have dream'd a fearful dream!
What thinkest thou, will our friends prove all true?
5.3.237 RATCLIFF
No doubt, my lord.
5.3.238 KING RICHARD III
O Ratcliff, I fear, I fear, –
5.3.239 RATCLIFF
Nay, good my lord, be not afraid of shadows.
5.3.240 KING RICHARD III
By the apostle Paul, shadows to-night
Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard
Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers
Armed in proof, and led by shallow Richmond.
It is not yet near day. Come, go with me;
Under our tents I'll play the eaves-dropper,
To see if any mean to shrink from me.
Exeunt
Enter the Lords to RICHMOND, sitting in his tent
5.3.247 LORDS
Good morrow, Richmond!
5.3.248 RICHMOND
Cry mercy, lords and watchful gentlemen,
That you have ta'en a tardy sluggard here.
5.3.250 LORDS
How have you slept, my lord?
5.3.251 RICHMOND
The sweetest sleep, and fairest-boding dreams
That ever enter'd in a drowsy head,
Have I since your departure had, my lords.
Methought their souls, whose bodies Richard murder'd,
Came to my tent, and cried on victory:
I promise you, my soul is very jocund
In the remembrance of so fair a dream.
How far into the morning is it, lords?
5.3.259 LORDS
Upon the stroke of four.
5.3.260 RICHMOND
Why, then 'tis time to arm and give direction.
His oration to his soldiers
More than I have said, loving countrymen,
The leisure and enforcement of the time
Forbids to dwell upon: yet remember this,
God and our good cause fight upon our side;
The prayers of holy saints and wronged souls,
Like high-rear'd bulwarks, stand before our faces;
Richard except, those whom we fight against
Had rather have us win than him they follow:
For what is he they follow? truly, gentlemen,
A bloody tyrant and a homicide;
One raised in blood, and one in blood establish'd;
One that made means to come by what he hath,
And slaughter'd those that were the means to help him;
Abase foul stone, made precious by the foil
Of England's chair, where he is falsely set;
One that hath ever been God's enemy:
Then, if you fight against God's enemy,
God will in justice ward you as his soldiers;
If you do sweat to put a tyrant down,
You sleep in peace, the tyrant being slain;
If you do fight against your country's foes,
Your country's fat shall pay your pains the hire;
If you do fight in safeguard of your wives,
Your wives shall welcome home the conquerors;
If you do free your children from the sword,
Your children's children quit it in your age.
Then, in the name of God and all these rights,
Advance your standards, draw your willing swords.
For me, the ransom of my bold attempt
Shall be this cold corpse on the earth's cold face;
But if I thrive, the gain of my attempt
The least of you shall share his part thereof.
Sound drums and trumpets boldly and cheerfully;
God and Saint George! Richmond and victory!
Exeunt
Re-enter KING RICHARD, RATCLIFF, Attendants and Forces
5.3.295 KING RICHARD III
What said Northumberland as touching Richmond?
5.3.296 RATCLIFF
That he was never trained up in arms.
5.3.297 KING RICHARD III
He said the truth: and what said Surrey then?
5.3.298 RATCLIFF
He smiled and said 'The better for our purpose.'
5.3.299 KING RICHARD III
He was in the right; and so indeed it is.
Clock striketh
Tell the clock there. Give me a calendar.
Who saw the sun to-day?
5.3.302 RATCLIFF
Not I, my lord.
5.3.303 KING RICHARD III
Then he disdains to shine; for by the book
He should have braved the east an hour ago
A black day will it be to somebody. Ratcliff!
5.3.306 RATCLIFF
My lord?
5.3.307 KING RICHARD III
The sun will not be seen to-day;
The sky doth frown and lour upon our army.
I would these dewy tears were from the ground.
Not shine to-day! Why, what is that to me
More than to Richmond? for the selfsame heaven
That frowns on me looks sadly upon him.
Enter NORFOLK
5.3.313 NORFOLK
Arm, arm, my lord; the foe vaunts in the field.
5.3.314 KING RICHARD III
Come, bustle, bustle; caparison my horse.
Call up Lord Stanley, bid him bring his power:
I will lead forth my soldiers to the plain,
And thus my battle shall be ordered:
My foreward shall be drawn out all in length,
Consisting equally of horse and foot;
Our archers shall be placed in the midst
John Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Earl of Surrey,
Shall have the leading of this foot and horse.
They thus directed, we will follow
In the main battle, whose puissance on either side
Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse.
This, and Saint George to boot! What think'st thou, Norfolk?
5.3.327 NORFOLK
A good direction, warlike sovereign.
This found I on my tent this morning.
He sheweth him a paper
5.3.329 KING RICHARD III
[Reads] 'Jockey of Norfolk, be not too bold,
For Dickon thy master is bought and sold.'
A thing devised by the enemy.
Go, gentleman, every man unto his charge
Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls:
Conscience is but a word that cowards use,
Devised at first to keep the strong in awe:
Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law.
March on, join bravely, let us to't pell-mell
If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell.
His oration to his Army
What shall I say more than I have inferr'd?
Remember whom you are to cope withal;
A sort of vagabonds, rascals, and runaways,
A scum of Bretons, and base lackey peasants,
Whom their o'er-cloyed country vomits forth
To desperate ventures and assured destruction.
You sleeping safe, they bring to you unrest;
You having lands, and blest with beauteous wives,
They would restrain the one, distain the other.
And who doth lead them but a paltry fellow,
Long kept in Bretagne at our mother's cost?
A milk-sop, one that never in his life
Felt so much cold as over shoes in snow?
Let's whip these stragglers o'er the seas again;
Lash hence these overweening rags of France,
These famish'd beggars, weary of their lives;
Who, but for dreaming on this fond exploit,
For want of means, poor rats, had hang'd themselves:
If we be conquer'd, let men conquer us,
And not these bastard Bretons; whom our fathers
Have in their own land beaten, bobb'd, and thump'd,
And in record, left them the heirs of shame.
Shall these enjoy our lands? lie with our wives?
Ravish our daughters?
Drum afar off
Hark! I hear their drum.
Fight, gentlemen of England! fight, bold yoemen!
Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head!
Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood;
Amaze the welkin with your broken staves!
Enter a Messenger
What says Lord Stanley? will he bring his power?
5.3.369 Messenger
My lord, he doth deny to come.
5.3.370 KING RICHARD III
Off with his son George's head!
5.3.371 NORFOLK
My lord, the enemy is past the marsh
After the battle let George Stanley die.
5.3.373 KING RICHARD III
A thousand hearts are great within my bosom:
Advance our standards, set upon our foes
Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George,
Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons!
Upon them! victory sits on our helms.
Exeunt
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ACT V

Scene 4

Another part of the field.

Alarum: excursions. Enter NORFOLK and forces fighting; to him CATESBY
5.4.1 CATESBY
Rescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue, rescue!
The king enacts more wonders than a man,
Daring an opposite to every danger:
His horse is slain, and all on foot he fights,
Seeking for Richmond in the throat of death.
Rescue, fair lord, or else the day is lost!
Alarums. Enter KING RICHARD III
5.4.7 KING RICHARD III
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
5.4.8 CATESBY
Withdraw, my lord; I'll help you to a horse.
5.4.9 KING RICHARD III
Slave, I have set my life upon a cast,
And I will stand the hazard of the die:
I think there be six Richmonds in the field;
Five have I slain to-day instead of him.
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
Exeunt
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ACT V

Scene 5

Another part of the field.

Alarum. Enter KING RICHARD III and RICHMOND; they fight. KING RICHARD III is slain. Retreat and flourish. Re-enter RICHMOND, DERBY bearing the crown, with divers other Lords
5.5.1 RICHMOND
God and your arms be praised, victorious friends,
The day is ours, the bloody dog is dead.
5.5.3 DERBY
Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
Lo, here, this long-usurped royalty
From the dead temples of this bloody wretch
Have I pluck'd off, to grace thy brows withal:
Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.
5.5.8 RICHMOND
Great God of heaven, say Amen to all!
But, tell me, is young George Stanley living?
5.5.10 DERBY
He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town;
Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.
5.5.12 RICHMOND
What men of name are slain on either side?
5.5.13 DERBY
John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers,
Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.
5.5.15 RICHMOND
Inter their bodies as becomes their births:
Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled
That in submission will return to us:
And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament,
We will unite the white rose and the red:
Smile heaven upon this fair conjunction,
That long have frown'd upon their enmity!
What traitor hears me, and says not amen?
England hath long been mad, and scarr'd herself;
The brother blindly shed the brother's blood,
The father rashly slaughter'd his own son,
The son, compell'd, been butcher to the sire:
All this divided York and Lancaster,
Divided in their dire division,
O, now, let Richmond and Elizabeth,
The true succeeders of each royal house,
By God's fair ordinance conjoin together!
And let their heirs, God, if thy will be so.
Enrich the time to come with smooth-faced peace,
With smiling plenty and fair prosperous days!
Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord,
That would reduce these bloody days again,
And make poor England weep in streams of blood!
Let them not live to taste this land's increase
That would with treason wound this fair land's peace!
Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives again:
That she may long live here, God say amen!
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