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Richard III: Act 2, Scene 1

Richard III
Act 2, Scene 1

Scene 1

London. The palace.

  1. Flourish. Enter the King Edward sick, the Queen Elizabeth,
  2. Lord Marquess Dorset, Rivers, Hastings, Catesby, Buckingham,
  3. Grey, and others.

King Edward

4 - 11
  1. Why, so: now have I done a good day’s work.
  2. You peers, continue this united league.
  3. I every day expect an embassage
  4. From my Redeemer to redeem me hence;
  5. And more in peace my soul shall part to heaven,
  6. Since I have made my friends at peace on earth.
  7. Hastings and Rivers, take each other’s hand,
  8. Dissemble not your hatred, swear your love.

Rivers

12 - 13
  1. By heaven, my soul is purg’d from grudging hate,
  2. And with my hand I seal my true heart’s love.

Hastings

14
  1. So thrive I, as I truly swear the like!

King Edward

15 - 18
  1. Take heed you dally not before your king,
  2. Lest He that is the supreme King of kings
  3. Confound your hidden falsehood and award
  4. Either of you to be the other’s end.

Hastings

19
  1. So prosper I, as I swear perfect love!

Rivers

20
  1. And I, as I love Hastings with my heart!

King Edward

21 - 25
  1. Madam, yourself is not exempt from this;
  2. Nor you, son Dorset; Buckingham, nor you;
  3. You have been factious one against the other.
  4. Wife, love Lord Hastings, let him kiss your hand,
  5. And what you do, do it unfeignedly.

Queen Elizabeth

26 - 27
  1. There, Hastings, I will never more remember
  2. Our former hatred, so thrive I and mine!

King Edward

28
  1. Dorset, embrace him; Hastings, love Lord Marquess.

Marquess of Dorset

29 - 30
  1. This interchange of love, I here protest,
  2. Upon my part shall be inviolable.

Hastings

31
  1. And so swear I.
  1. They embrace.

King Edward

33 - 35
  1. Now, princely Buckingham, seal thou this league
  2. With thy embracements to my wive’s allies,
  3. And make me happy in your unity.

Duke of Buckingham

36 - 46
  1. When ever Buckingham doth turn his hate
  2. Upon your Grace
  3. To the Queen.
  4. But with all duteous love
  5. Doth cherish you and yours, God punish me
  6. With hate in those where I expect most love!
  7. When I have most need to employ a friend,
  8. And most assured that he is a friend,
  9. Deep, hollow, treacherous, and full of guile
  10. Be he unto me! This do I beg of God,
  11. When I am cold in love to you or yours.
  1. They embrace.

King Edward

48 - 51
  1. A pleasing cordial, princely Buckingham,
  2. Is this thy vow unto my sickly heart.
  3. There wanteth now our brother Gloucester here
  4. To make the blessed period of this peace.

Duke of Buckingham

52 - 53
  1. And in good time,
  2. Here comes Sir Richard Ratcliffe and the Duke.
  1. Enter Ratcliffe and Gloucester.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

55 - 56
  1. Good morrow to my sovereign king and queen,
  2. And, princely peers, a happy time of day!

King Edward

57 - 60
  1. Happy indeed, as we have spent the day.
  2. Gloucester, we have done deeds of charity,
  3. Made peace of enmity, fair love of hate,
  4. Between these swelling wrong-incensed peers.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

61 - 81
  1. A blessed labor, my most sovereign lord.
  2. Among this princely heap, if any here
  3. By false intelligence or wrong surmise
  4. Hold me a foe
  5. If I unwittingly, or in my rage,
  6. Have aught committed that is hardly borne
  7. By any in this presence, I desire
  8. To reconcile me to his friendly peace.
  9. ’Tis death to me to be at enmity;
  10. I hate it, and desire all good men’s love.
  11. First, madam, I entreat true peace of you,
  12. Which I will purchase with my duteous service;
  13. Of you, my noble cousin Buckingham,
  14. If ever any grudge were lodg’d between us;
  15. Of you, and you, Lord Rivers, and of Dorset,
  16. That all without desert have frown’d on me;
  17. Dukes, earls, lords, gentlemenindeed of all.
  18. I do not know that Englishman alive
  19. With whom my soul is any jot at odds
  20. More than the infant that is born tonight.
  21. I thank my God for my humility.

Queen Elizabeth

82 - 85
  1. A holy day shall this be kept hereafter.
  2. I would to God all strifes were well compounded.
  3. My sovereign lord, I do beseech your Highness
  4. To take our brother Clarence to your grace.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

86 - 90
  1. Why, madam, have I off’red love for this,
  2. To be so flouted in this royal presence?
  3. Who knows not that the gentle Duke is dead?
  4. They all start.
  5. You do him injury to scorn his corse.

King Edward

91
  1. Who knows not he is dead? Who knows he is?

Queen Elizabeth

92
  1. All-seeing heaven, what a world is this!

Duke of Buckingham

93
  1. Look I so pale, Lord Dorset, as the rest?

Marquess of Dorset

94 - 95
  1. Ay, my good lord, and no man in the presence
  2. But his red color hath forsook his cheeks.

King Edward

96
  1. Is Clarence dead? The order was revers’d.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

97 - 104
  1. But he, poor man, by your first order died,
  2. And that a winged Mercury did bear;
  3. Some tardy cripple bare the countermand,
  4. That came too lag to see him buried.
  5. God grant that some, less noble and less loyal,
  6. Nearer in bloody thoughts, but not in blood,
  7. Deserve not worse than wretched Clarence did,
  8. And yet go current from suspicion!
  1. Enter Stanley, Earl of Derby.

Stanley

106
  1. A boon, my sovereign, for my service done!
  1. Kneels.

King Edward

108
  1. I prithee peace, my soul is full of sorrow.

Stanley

109
  1. I will not rise, unless your Highness hear me.

King Edward

110
  1. Then say at once what is it thou requests.

Stanley

111 - 113
  1. The forfeit, sovereign, of my servant’s life,
  2. Who slew today a riotous gentleman
  3. Lately attendant on the Duke of Norfolk.

King Edward

114 - 146
  1. Have I a tongue to doom my brother’s death,
  2. And shall that tongue give pardon to a slave?
  3. My brother kill’d no man, his fault was thought,
  4. And yet his punishment was bitter death.
  5. Who sued to me for him? Who (in my wrath)
  6. Kneel’d at my feet and bid me be advis’d?
  7. Who spoke of brotherhood? Who spoke of love?
  8. Who told me how the poor soul did forsake
  9. The mighty Warwick and did fight for me?
  10. Who told me, in the field at Tewksbury,
  11. When Oxford had me down, he rescued me,
  12. And said, Dear brother, live, and be a king”?
  13. Who told me, when we both lay in the field
  14. Frozen (almost) to death, how he did lap me
  15. Even in his own garments, and did give himself
  16. (All thin and naked) to the numb cold night?
  17. All this from my remembrance brutish wrath
  18. Sinfully pluck’d, and not a man of you
  19. Had so much grace to put it in my mind.
  20. But when your carters or your waiting vassals
  21. Have done a drunken slaughter, and defac’d
  22. The precious image of our dear Redeemer,
  23. You straight are on your knees for pardon, pardon,
  24. And I (unjustly too) must grant it you.
  25. Stanley rises.
  26. But for my brother not a man would speak,
  27. Nor I (ungracious) speak unto myself
  28. For him, poor soul. The proudest of you all
  29. Have been beholding to him in his life;
  30. Yet none of you would once beg for his life.
  31. O God! I fear thy justice will take hold
  32. On me and you, and mine and yours, for this.
  33. Come, Hastings, help me to my closet. Ah, poor Clarence!
  1. Exeunt some with King and Queen.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

148 - 153
  1. This is the fruits of rashness! Mark’d you not
  2. How that the guilty kindred of the Queen
  3. Look’d pale when they did hear of Clarence’ death?
  4. O, they did urge it still unto the King!
  5. God will revenge it. Come, lords, will you go
  6. To comfort Edward with our company.

Duke of Buckingham

154
  1. We wait upon your Grace.
  1. Exeunt.
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