Act III, Scene 5
- Enter Richard of Gloucester and Buckingham in
- rotten armor, marvelous ill-favored.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester1 - 4
- Come, cousin, canst thou quake and change thy color,
- Murder thy breath in middle of a word,
- And then again begin, and stop again,
- As if thou were distraught and mad with terror?
Duke of Buckingham5 - 12
- 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?
Richard, Duke of Gloucester13
- He is, and see, he brings the Mayor along.
- Enter the Mayor and Catesby.
Duke of Buckingham14
- Lord Mayor—
Richard, Duke of Gloucester15
- Look to the drawbridge there!
Duke of Buckingham16
- Hark, a drum!
Richard, Duke of Gloucester17
- Catesby, o’erlook the walls.
Duke of Buckingham18
- Lord Mayor, the reason we have sent—
Richard, Duke of Gloucester19
- Look back, defend thee, here are enemies!
Duke of Buckingham20
- God and our innocence defend and guard us!
- Enter Lovel and Ratcliffe with Hastings’ head.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester21
- Be patient, they are friends—Ratcliffe and Lovel.
Lovel22 - 23
- Here is the head of that ignoble traitor,
- The dangerous and unsuspected Hastings.
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- So dear I lov’d the man that I must weep.
- I took him for the plainest harmless creature
- That breath’d upon the 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 liv’d from all attainder of suspects.
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- Well, well, he was the covert’st shelt’red traitor
- That ever liv’d. Look ye, my Lord Mayor,
- Would you imagine, or almost believe,
- Were’t not that by great preservation
- We live to tell it, that the subtile traitor
- This day had plotted, in the Council-house,
- To murder me and my good Lord of Gloucester?
- Had he done so?
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- What? Think you we are Turks or infidels?
- Or that we would, against the form of law,
- Proceed thus rashly in 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?
Mayor47 - 49
- Now fair befall you! He deserv’d his death,
- And your good Graces both have well proceeded,
- To warn false traitors from the like attempts.
Duke of Buckingham50 - 61
- I never look’d for better at his hands
- After he once fell in with Mistress Shore.
- Yet had we not determin’d he should die
- Until your lordship came to see his end,
- Which now the loving haste of these our friends,
- Something against our meanings, have prevented;
- Because, my lord, I would have had you heard
- The traitor speak, and timorously confess
- The manner and the purpose of his treasons,
- That you might well have signified the same
- Unto the citizens, who haply may
- Misconster us in him and wail his death.
Mayor62 - 66
- But, my good lord, your Grace’s words shall serve
- As well as I had seen, and heard him speak;
- And do not doubt, right noble princes both,
- That I’ll acquaint our duteous citizens
- With all your just proceedings in this cause.
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- And to that end we wish’d your lordship here,
- T’ avoid the censures of the carping world.
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- Which since you come too late of our intent,
- Yet witness what you hear we did intend.
- And so, my good Lord Mayor, we bid farewell.
- Exit Mayor.
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- 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 stretch’d unto their servants, daughters, wives,
- Even where his raging eye or savage heart,
- Without control, lusted to make a prey.
- Nay, for a need, thus far come near my person:
- Tell them, when that my mother went with child
- Of that insatiate Edward, noble York,
- My princely father, then had wars in France,
- And by true 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.
- Yet touch this sparingly, as ’twere far off,
- Because, my lord, you know my mother lives.
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- Doubt 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.
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- If you thrive well, bring them to Baynard’s Castle,
- Where you shall find me well accompanied
- With reverend fathers and well-learned bishops.
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- I go, and towards three or four a’ clock
- Look for the news that the Guildhall affords.
- Exit Buckingham.
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- 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 Lovel and Catesby.
- To Ratcliffe.
- Now will I go to take some privy order
- To draw the brats of Clarence out of sight,
- And to give order that no manner person
- Have any time recourse unto the Princes.