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Richard III: Act 3, Scene 1

Richard III
Act 3, Scene 1

Scene 1

London. A street.

  1. The trumpets sound. Enter young Prince Edward, the Dukes of
  2. Gloucester and Buckingham, Lord Cardinal Bourchier, Catesby,
  3. with others.

Duke of Buckingham

4
  1. Welcome, sweet Prince, to London, to your chamber.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

5 - 6
  1. Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts’ sovereign,
  2. The weary way hath made you melancholy.

Prince

7 - 9
  1. No, uncle, but our crosses on the way
  2. Have made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy.
  3. I want more uncles here to welcome me.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

10 - 18
  1. Sweet Prince, the untainted virtue of your years
  2. Hath not yet div’d into the world’s deceit;
  3. Nor more can you distinguish of a man
  4. Than of his outward show, which, God he knows,
  5. Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart.
  6. Those uncles which you want were dangerous;
  7. Your Grace attended to their sug’red words,
  8. But look’d not on the poison of their hearts.
  9. God keep you from them, and from such false friends!

Prince

19
  1. God keep me from false friends!—but they were none.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

20
  1. My lord, the Mayor of London comes to greet you.
  1. Enter Lord Mayor and his Train.

Mayor

22
  1. God bless your Grace with health and happy days!

Prince

23 - 28
  1. I thank you, good my lord, and thank you all.
  2. Mayor and Train stand aside.
  3. I thought my mother and my brother York
  4. Would long ere this have met us on the way.
  5. Fie, what a slug is Hastings, that he comes not
  6. To tell us whether they will come or no!
  1. Enter Lord Hastings.

Duke of Buckingham

30
  1. And in good time, here comes the sweating lord.

Prince

31
  1. Welcome, my lord. What, will our mother come?

Hastings

32 - 36
  1. On what occasion, God he knows, not I,
  2. The Queen your mother and your brother York
  3. Have taken sanctuary. The tender Prince
  4. Would fain have come with me to meet your Grace,
  5. But by his mother was perforce withheld.

Duke of Buckingham

37 - 42
  1. Fie, what an indirect and peevish course
  2. Is this of hers! Lord Cardinal, will your Grace
  3. Persuade the Queen to send the Duke of York
  4. Unto his princely brother presently?
  5. If she deny, Lord Hastings, go with him,
  6. And from her jealous arms pluck him perforce.

Cardinal

43 - 49
  1. My Lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratory
  2. Can from his mother win the Duke of York,
  3. Anon expect him here; but if she be obdurate
  4. To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid
  5. We should infringe the holy privilege
  6. Of blessed sanctuary! Not for all this land
  7. Would I be guilty of so deep a sin.

Duke of Buckingham

50 - 62
  1. You are too senseless-obstinate, my lord,
  2. Too ceremonious and traditional.
  3. Weigh it but with the grossness of this age,
  4. You break not sanctuary in seizing him.
  5. The benefit thereof is always granted
  6. To those whose dealings have deserv’d the place
  7. And those who have the wit to claim the place.
  8. This prince hath neither claim’d it nor deserv’d it,
  9. And therefore, in mine opinion, cannot have it.
  10. Then taking him from thence that is not there,
  11. You break no privilege nor charter there.
  12. Oft have I heard of sanctuary men,
  13. But sanctuary children never till now.

Cardinal

63 - 64
  1. My lord, you shall overrule my mind for once.
  2. Come on, Lord Hastings, will you go with me?

Hastings

65
  1. I go, my lord.

Prince

66 - 69
  1. Good lords, make all the speedy haste you may.
  2. Exeunt Cardinal and Lord Hastings.
  3. Say, uncle Gloucester, if our brother come,
  4. Where shall we sojourn till our coronation?

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

70 - 74
  1. Where it seems best unto your royal self.
  2. If I may counsel you, some day or two
  3. Your Highness shall repose you at the Tower;
  4. Then where you please, and shall be thought most fit
  5. For your best health and recreation.

Prince

75 - 76
  1. I do not like the Tower, of any place.
  2. Did Julius Caesar build that place, my lord?

Duke of Buckingham

77 - 78
  1. He did, my gracious lord, begin that place,
  2. Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.

Prince

79 - 80
  1. Is it upon record, or else reported
  2. Successively from age to age, he built it?

Duke of Buckingham

81
  1. Upon record, my gracious lord.

Prince

82 - 85
  1. But say, my lord, it were not regist’red,
  2. Methinks the truth should live from age to age,
  3. As ’twere retail’d to all posterity,
  4. Even to the general all-ending day.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

86 - 87
  1. Aside.
  2. So wise so young, they say do never live long.

Prince

88
  1. What say you, uncle?

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

89 - 92
  1. I say, without characters fame lives long.
  2. Aside.
  3. Thus, like the formal Vice, Iniquity,
  4. I moralize two meanings in one word.

Prince

93 - 98
  1. That Julius Caesar was a famous man;
  2. With what his valor did enrich his wit,
  3. His wit set down to make his valor live.
  4. Death makes no conquest of this conqueror,
  5. For now he lives in fame though not in life.
  6. I’ll tell you what, my cousin Buckingham

Duke of Buckingham

99
  1. What, my gracious lord?

Prince

100 - 102
  1. And if I live until I be a man,
  2. I’ll win our ancient right in France again,
  3. Or die a soldier as I liv’d a king.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

103 - 104
  1. Aside.
  2. Short summers lightly have a forward spring.
  1. Enter young York, Hastings, Cardinal Bourchier.

Duke of Buckingham

106
  1. Now in good time, here comes the Duke of York.

Prince

107
  1. Richard of York, how fares our loving brother?

York

108
  1. Well, my dread lordso must I call you now.

Prince

109 - 111
  1. Ay, brother, to our grief, as it is yours.
  2. Too late he died that might have kept that title,
  3. Which by his death hath lost much majesty.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

112
  1. How fares our cousin, noble Lord of York?

York

113 - 115
  1. I thank you, gentle uncle. O my lord,
  2. You said that idle weeds are fast in growth:
  3. The Prince my brother hath outgrown me far.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

116
  1. He hath, my lord.

York

117
  1. And therefore is he idle?

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

118
  1. O my fair cousin, I must not say so.

York

119
  1. Then he is more beholding to you than I.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

120 - 121
  1. He may command me as my sovereign,
  2. But you have power in me as in a kinsman.

York

122
  1. I pray you, uncle, give me this dagger.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

123
  1. My dagger, little cousin? With all my heart.

Prince

124
  1. A beggar, brother?

York

125 - 126
  1. Of my kind uncle, that I know will give,
  2. And being but a toy, which is no grief to give.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

127
  1. A greater gift than that I’ll give my cousin.

York

128
  1. A greater gift? O, that’s the sword to it.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

129
  1. Ay, gentle cousin, were it light enough.

York

130 - 131
  1. O then I see you will part but with light gifts!
  2. In weightier things you’ll say a beggar nay.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

132
  1. It is too heavy for your Grace to wear.

York

133
  1. I weigh it lightly, were it heavier.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

134
  1. What, would you have my weapon, little lord?

York

135
  1. I would, that I might thank you as you call me.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

136
  1. How?

York

137
  1. Little.

Prince

138 - 139
  1. My Lord of York will still be cross in talk.
  2. Uncle, your Grace knows how to bear with him.

York

140 - 143
  1. You mean, to bear me, not to bear with me.
  2. Uncle, my brother mocks both you and me:
  3. Because that I am little, like an ape,
  4. He thinks that you should bear me on your shoulders.

Duke of Buckingham

144 - 148
  1. Aside to Hastings
  2. With what a sharp-provided wit he reasons!
  3. To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle,
  4. He prettily and aptly taunts himself:
  5. So cunning and so young is wonderful.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

149 - 152
  1. My lord, will’t please you pass along?
  2. Myself and my good cousin Buckingham
  3. Will to your mother, to entreat of her
  4. To meet you at the Tower and welcome you.

York

153
  1. What, will you go unto the Tower, my lord?

Prince

154
  1. My Lord Protector needs will have it so.

York

155
  1. I shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

156
  1. Why, what should you fear?

York

157 - 158
  1. Marry, my uncle Clarence’ angry ghost.
  2. My grandam told me he was murd’red there.

Prince

159
  1. I fear no uncles dead.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

160
  1. Nor none that live, I hope.

Prince

161 - 163
  1. And if they live, I hope I need not feat.
  2. But come, my lord; with a heavy heart,
  3. Thinking on them, go I unto the Tower.
  1. A sennet. Exeunt Prince Edward, York, Hastings, Cardinal
  2. Bourchier, and others. Manent Richard, Buckingham, and
  3. Catesby.

Duke of Buckingham

167 - 169
  1. Think you, my lord, this little prating York
  2. Was not incensed by his subtile mother
  3. To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously?

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

170 - 172
  1. No doubt, no doubt. O, ’tis a perilous boy,
  2. Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable:
  3. He is all the mother’s, from the top to toe.

Duke of Buckingham

173 - 180
  1. Well, let them rest. Come hither, Catesby.
  2. Thou art sworn as deeply to effect what we intend
  3. As closely to conceal what we impart.
  4. Thou know’st our reasons urg’d upon the way;
  5. What think’st thou? Is it not an easy matter
  6. To make William Lord Hastings of our mind
  7. For the installment of this noble Duke
  8. In the seat royal of this famous isle?

Catesby

181 - 182
  1. He for his father’s sake so loves the Prince
  2. That he will not be won to aught against him.

Duke of Buckingham

183
  1. What think’st thou then of Stanley? Will not he?

Catesby

184
  1. He will do all in all as Hastings doth.

Duke of Buckingham

185 - 196
  1. Well then, no more but this: go, gentle Catesby,
  2. And as it were far off, sound thou Lord Hastings
  3. How he doth stand affected to our purpose,
  4. And summon him tomorrow to the Tower
  5. To sit about the coronation.
  6. If thou dost find him tractable to us,
  7. Encourage him, and tell him all our reasons;
  8. If he be leaden, icy, cold, unwilling,
  9. Be thou so too, and so break off the talk,
  10. And give us notice of his inclination;
  11. For we tomorrow hold divided Councils,
  12. Wherein thyself shalt highly be employ’d.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

197 - 201
  1. Commend me to Lord William. Tell him, Catesby,
  2. His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
  3. Tomorrow are let blood at Pomfret Castle,
  4. And bid my lord, for joy of this good news,
  5. Give Mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more.

Duke of Buckingham

202
  1. Good Catesby, go effect this business soundly.

Catesby

203
  1. My good lords both, with all the heed I can.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

204
  1. Shall we hear from you, Catesby, ere we sleep?

Catesby

205
  1. You shall, my lord.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

206
  1. At Crosby House, there shall you find us both.
  1. Exit Catesby.

Duke of Buckingham

208 - 209
  1. Now, my lord, what shall we do if we perceive
  2. Lord Hastings will not yield to our complots?

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

210 - 213
  1. Chop off his head! Something we will determine.
  2. And look when I am king, claim thou of me
  3. The earldom of Herford, and all the moveables
  4. Whereof the King my brother was possess’d.

Duke of Buckingham

214
  1. I’ll claim that promise at your Grace’s hand.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

215 - 217
  1. And look to have it yielded with all kindness.
  2. Come, let us sup betimes, that afterwards
  3. We may digest our complots in some form.
  1. Exeunt.
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