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Richard III: Act 2, Scene 4

Richard III
Act 2, Scene 4

London. The palace.

  1. Enter Archbishop of York, the young Duke of York, the Queen
  2. Elizabeth, and the Duchess of York.

Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop of York

3 - 5
  1. Last night, I hear, they lay at Stony-Stratford,
  2. And at Northampton they do rest tonight.
  3. Tomorrow, or next day, they will be here.

Duchess of York

6 - 7
  1. I long with all my heart to see the Prince.
  2. I hope he is much grown since last I saw him.

Queen Elizabeth

8 - 9
  1. But I hear no; they say my son of York
  2. Has almost overta’en him in his growth.

York

10
  1. Ay, mother, but I would not have it so.

Duchess of York

11
  1. Why, my good cousin, it is good to grow.

York

12 - 17
  1. Grandam, one night as we did sit at supper,
  2. My uncle Rivers talk’d how I did grow
  3. More than my brother. Ay,” quoth my uncle Gloucester,
  4. Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace.”
  5. And since, methinks I would not grow so fast,
  6. Because sweet flow’rs are slow and weeds make haste.

Duchess of York

18 - 22
  1. Good faith, good faith, the saying did not hold
  2. In him that did object the same to thee:
  3. He was the wretched’st thing when he was young,
  4. So long a-growing and so leisurely
  5. That if his rule were true, he should be gracious.

Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop of York

23
  1. And so no doubt he is, my gracious madam.

Duchess of York

24
  1. I hope he is, but yet let mothers doubt.

York

25 - 27
  1. Now by my troth, if I had been rememb’red,
  2. I could have given my uncle’s Grace a flout,
  3. To touch his growth nearer than he touch’d mine.

Duchess of York

28
  1. How, my young York? I prithee let me hear it.

York

29 - 32
  1. Marry (they say) my uncle grew so fast
  2. That he could gnaw a crust at two hours old;
  3. ’Twas full two years ere I could get a tooth.
  4. Grandam, this would have been a biting jest.

Duchess of York

33
  1. I prithee, pretty York, who told thee this?

York

34
  1. Grandam, his nurse.

Duchess of York

35
  1. His nurse? Why, she was dead ere thou wast born.

York

36
  1. If ’twere not she, I cannot tell who told me.

Queen Elizabeth

37
  1. A parlous boy! Go to, you are too shrewd.

Duchess of York

38
  1. Good madam, be not angry with the child.

Queen Elizabeth

39
  1. Pitchers have ears.
  1. Enter Messenger to the Queen.

Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop of York

41
  1. Here comes a messenger. What news?

Messenger to the Queen

42
  1. Such news, my lord, as grieves me to report.

Queen Elizabeth

43
  1. How doth the Prince?

Messenger to the Queen

44
  1.                      Well, madam, and in health.

Duchess of York

45
  1. What is thy news?

Messenger to the Queen

46 - 47
  1. Lord Rivers and Lord Grey are sent to Pomfret,
  2. And with them Sir Thomas Vaughan, prisoners.

Duchess of York

48
  1. Who hath committed them?

Messenger to the Queen

49 - 50
  1.                          The mighty dukes,
  2. Gloucester and Buckingham.

Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop of York

51
  1.                            For what offense?

Messenger to the Queen

52 - 54
  1. The sum of all I can I have disclos’d.
  2. Why, or for what, the nobles were committed
  3. Is all unknown to me, my gracious lord.

Queen Elizabeth

55 - 60
  1. Ay me! I see the ruin of my house:
  2. The tiger now hath seiz’d the gentle hind;
  3. Insulting tyranny begins to jut
  4. Upon the innocent and aweless throne.
  5. Welcome destruction, blood, and massacre!
  6. I see (as in a map) the end of all.

Duchess of York

61 - 71
  1. Accursed and unquiet wrangling days,
  2. How many of you have mine eyes beheld!
  3. My husband lost his life to get the crown,
  4. And often up and down my sons were toss’d
  5. For me to joy and weep their gain and loss;
  6. And being seated, and domestic broils
  7. Clean overblown, themselves, the conquerors,
  8. Make war upon themselves, brother to brother,
  9. Blood to blood, self against self. O, preposterous
  10. And frantic outrage, end thy damned spleen,
  11. Or let me die, to look on death no more!

Queen Elizabeth

72 - 73
  1. Come, come, my boy, we will to sanctuary.
  2. Madam, farewell.

Duchess of York

74
  1.                  Stay, I will go with you.

Queen Elizabeth

75
  1. You have no cause.

Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop of York

76 - 82
  1. To the Queen.
  2. My gracious lady, go,
  3. And thither bear your treasure and your goods.
  4. For my part, I’ll resign unto your Grace
  5. The seal I keep, and so betide to me
  6. As well I tender you and all of yours!
  7. Go, I’ll conduct you to the sanctuary.
  1. Exeunt.
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