Act 3, Scene 1
London. A street.
- The trumpets sound. Enter young Prince Edward, the Dukes of
- Gloucester and Buckingham, Lord Cardinal Bourchier, Catesby,
- with others.
Duke of Buckingham4
- Welcome, sweet Prince, to London, to your chamber.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester5 - 6
- Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts’ sovereign,
- The weary way hath made you melancholy.
Prince7 - 9
- No, uncle, but our crosses on the way
- Have made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy.
- I want more uncles here to welcome me.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester10 - 18
- Sweet Prince, the untainted virtue of your years
- Hath not yet div’d 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 sug’red words,
- But look’d not on the poison of their hearts.
- God keep you from them, and from such false friends!
- God keep me from false friends!—but they were none.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester20
- My lord, the Mayor of London comes to greet you.
- Enter Lord Mayor and his Train.
- God bless your Grace with health and happy days!
Prince23 - 28
- I thank you, good my lord, and thank you all.
- Mayor and Train stand aside.
- 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 Lord Hastings.
Duke of Buckingham30
- And in good time, here comes the sweating lord.
- Welcome, my lord. What, will our mother come?
Hastings32 - 36
- 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.
Duke of Buckingham37 - 42
- 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.
Cardinal43 - 49
- 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.
Duke of Buckingham50 - 62
- 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 deserv’d the place
- And those who have the wit to claim the place.
- This prince hath neither claim’d it nor deserv’d 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 never till now.
Cardinal63 - 64
- My lord, you shall overrule my mind for once.
- Come on, Lord Hastings, will you go with me?
- I go, my lord.
Prince66 - 69
- Good lords, make all the speedy haste you may.
- Exeunt Cardinal and Lord Hastings.
- Say, uncle Gloucester, if our brother come,
- Where shall we sojourn till our coronation?
Richard, Duke of Gloucester70 - 74
- 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.
Prince75 - 76
- I do not like the Tower, of any place.
- Did Julius Caesar build that place, my lord?
Duke of Buckingham77 - 78
- He did, my gracious lord, begin that place,
- Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.
Prince79 - 80
- Is it upon record, or else reported
- Successively from age to age, he built it?
Duke of Buckingham81
- Upon record, my gracious lord.
Prince82 - 85
- But say, my lord, it were not regist’red,
- Methinks the truth should live from age to age,
- As ’twere retail’d to all posterity,
- Even to the general all-ending day.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester86 - 87
- So wise so young, they say do never live long.
- What say you, uncle?
Richard, Duke of Gloucester89 - 92
- I say, without characters fame lives long.
- Thus, like the formal Vice, Iniquity,
- I moralize two meanings in one word.
Prince93 - 98
- That Julius Caesar was a famous man;
- With what his valor did enrich his wit,
- His wit set down to make his valor 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—
Duke of Buckingham99
- What, my gracious lord?
Prince100 - 102
- And if I live until I be a man,
- I’ll win our ancient right in France again,
- Or die a soldier as I liv’d a king.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester103 - 104
- Short summers lightly have a forward spring.
- Enter young York, Hastings, Cardinal Bourchier.
Duke of Buckingham106
- Now in good time, here comes the Duke of York.
- Richard of York, how fares our loving brother?
- Well, my dread lord—so must I call you now.
Prince109 - 111
- 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.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester112
- How fares our cousin, noble Lord of York?
York113 - 115
- 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.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester116
- He hath, my lord.
- And therefore is he idle?
Richard, Duke of Gloucester118
- O my fair cousin, I must not say so.
- Then he is more beholding to you than I.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester120 - 121
- He may command me as my sovereign,
- But you have power in me as in a kinsman.
- I pray you, uncle, give me this dagger.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester123
- My dagger, little cousin? With all my heart.
- A beggar, brother?
York125 - 126
- Of my kind uncle, that I know will give,
- And being but a toy, which is no grief to give.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester127
- A greater gift than that I’ll give my cousin.
- A greater gift? O, that’s the sword to it.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester129
- Ay, gentle cousin, were it light enough.
York130 - 131
- O then I see you will part but with light gifts!
- In weightier things you’ll say a beggar nay.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester132
- It is too heavy for your Grace to wear.
- I weigh it lightly, were it heavier.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester134
- What, would you have my weapon, little lord?
- I would, that I might thank you as you call me.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester136
Prince138 - 139
- My Lord of York will still be cross in talk.
- Uncle, your Grace knows how to bear with him.
York140 - 143
- 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.
Duke of Buckingham144 - 148
- Aside to Hastings
- 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.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester149 - 152
- 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.
- What, will you go unto the Tower, my lord?
- My Lord Protector needs will have it so.
- I shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester156
- Why, what should you fear?
York157 - 158
- Marry, my uncle Clarence’ angry ghost.
- My grandam told me he was murd’red there.
- I fear no uncles dead.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester160
- Nor none that live, I hope.
Prince161 - 163
- And if they live, I hope I need not feat.
- But come, my lord; with a heavy heart,
- Thinking on them, go I unto the Tower.
- A sennet. Exeunt Prince Edward, York, Hastings, Cardinal
- Bourchier, and others. Manent Richard, Buckingham, and
Duke of Buckingham167 - 169
- Think you, my lord, this little prating York
- Was not incensed by his subtile mother
- To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously?
Richard, Duke of Gloucester170 - 172
- No doubt, no doubt. O, ’tis a perilous boy,
- Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable:
- He is all the mother’s, from the top to toe.
Duke of Buckingham173 - 180
- 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 urg’d upon the way;
- What think’st thou? Is it not an easy matter
- To make William Lord Hastings of our mind
- For the installment of this noble Duke
- In the seat royal of this famous isle?
Catesby181 - 182
- He for his father’s sake so loves the Prince
- That he will not be won to aught against him.
Duke of Buckingham183
- What think’st thou then of Stanley? Will not he?
- He will do all in all as Hastings doth.
Duke of Buckingham185 - 196
- Well then, no more but this: go, gentle Catesby,
- And as it were far off, sound thou Lord Hastings
- How he doth stand affected to our purpose,
- And summon him tomorrow to the Tower
- To sit about the coronation.
- If thou dost find him tractable to us,
- Encourage him, and tell him all our reasons;
- If he be leaden, icy, cold, unwilling,
- Be thou so too, and so break off the talk,
- And give us notice of his inclination;
- For we tomorrow hold divided Councils,
- Wherein thyself shalt highly be employ’d.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester197 - 201
- Commend me to Lord William. Tell him, Catesby,
- His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
- Tomorrow are let blood at Pomfret Castle,
- And bid my lord, for joy of this good news,
- Give Mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more.
Duke of Buckingham202
- Good Catesby, go effect this business soundly.
- My good lords both, with all the heed I can.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester204
- Shall we hear from you, Catesby, ere we sleep?
- You shall, my lord.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester206
- At Crosby House, there shall you find us both.
- Exit Catesby.
Duke of Buckingham208 - 209
- Now, my lord, what shall we do if we perceive
- Lord Hastings will not yield to our complots?
Richard, Duke of Gloucester210 - 213
- Chop off his head! Something we will determine.
- And look when I am king, claim thou of me
- The earldom of Herford, and all the moveables
- Whereof the King my brother was possess’d.
Duke of Buckingham214
- I’ll claim that promise at your Grace’s hand.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester215 - 217
- And look to have it yielded with all kindness.
- Come, let us sup betimes, that afterwards
- We may digest our complots in some form.