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ACT IV - SCENE II. London. The palace.
KING RICHARD III
1    Stand all apart Cousin of Buckingham!
BUCKINGHAM
2    My gracious sovereign?
KING RICHARD III
3    Give me thy hand.
Here he ascendeth his throne
4    Thus high, by thy advice
5    And thy assistance, is King Richard seated;
6    But shall we wear these honours for a day?
7    Or shall they last, and we rejoice in them?
BUCKINGHAM
8    Still live they and for ever may they last!
KING RICHARD III
9    O Buckingham, now do I play the touch,
10   To try if thou be current gold indeed
11   Young Edward lives: think now what I would say.
BUCKINGHAM
12   Say on, my loving lord.
KING RICHARD III
13   Why, Buckingham, I say, I would be king,
BUCKINGHAM
14   Why, so you are, my thrice renowned liege.
KING RICHARD III
15   Ha! am I king? 'tis so: but Edward lives.
BUCKINGHAM
16   True, noble prince.
KING RICHARD III
17   O bitter consequence,
18   That Edward still should live! 'True, noble prince!'
19   Cousin, thou wert not wont to be so dull:
20   Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead;
21   And I would have it suddenly perform'd.
22   What sayest thou? speak suddenly; be brief.
BUCKINGHAM
23   Your grace may do your pleasure.
KING RICHARD III
24   Tut, tut, thou art all ice, thy kindness freezeth:
25   Say, have I thy consent that they shall die?
BUCKINGHAM
26   Give me some breath, some little pause, my lord
27   Before I positively herein:
28   I will resolve your grace immediately.
Exit

CATESBY
Aside to a stander by
29   The king is angry: see, he bites the lip.
KING RICHARD III
30   I will converse with iron-witted fools
31   And unrespective boys: none are for me
32   That look into me with considerate eyes:
33   High-reaching Buckingham grows circumspect.
34   Boy!
Page
35   My lord?
KING RICHARD III
36   Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold
37   Would tempt unto a close exploit of death?
Page
38   My lord, I know a discontented gentleman,
39   Whose humble means match not his haughty mind:
40   Gold were as good as twenty orators,
41   And will, no doubt, tempt him to any thing.
KING RICHARD III
42   What is his name?
Page
43   His name, my lord, is Tyrrel.
KING RICHARD III
44   I partly know the man: go, call him hither.
Exit Page
45   The deep-revolving witty Buckingham
46   No more shall be the neighbour to my counsel:
47   Hath he so long held out with me untired,
48   And stops he now for breath?
Enter STANLEY
49   How now! what news with you?
STANLEY
50   My lord, I hear the Marquis Dorset's fled
51   To Richmond, in those parts beyond the sea
52   Where he abides.
Stands apart

KING RICHARD III
53   Catesby!
CATESBY
54   My lord?
KING RICHARD III
55   Rumour it abroad
56   That Anne, my wife, is sick and like to die:
57   I will take order for her keeping close.
58   Inquire me out some mean-born gentleman,
59   Whom I will marry straight to Clarence' daughter:
60   The boy is foolish, and I fear not him.
61   Look, how thou dream'st! I say again, give out
62   That Anne my wife is sick and like to die:
63   About it; for it stands me much upon,
64   To stop all hopes whose growth may damage me.
Exit CATESBY
65   I must be married to my brother's daughter,
66   Or else my kingdom stands on brittle glass.
67   Murder her brothers, and then marry her!
68   Uncertain way of gain! But I am in
69   So far in blood that sin will pluck on sin:
70   Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye.
Re-enter Page, with TYRREL
71   Is thy name Tyrrel?
TYRREL
72   James Tyrrel, and your most obedient subject.
KING RICHARD III
73   Art thou, indeed?
TYRREL
74   Prove me, my gracious sovereign.
KING RICHARD III
75   Darest thou resolve to kill a friend of mine?
TYRREL
76   Ay, my lord;
77   But I had rather kill two enemies.
KING RICHARD III
78   Why, there thou hast it: two deep enemies,
79   Foes to my rest and my sweet sleep's disturbers
80   Are they that I would have thee deal upon:
81   Tyrrel, I mean those bastards in the Tower.
TYRREL
82   Let me have open means to come to them,
83   And soon I'll rid you from the fear of them.
KING RICHARD III
84   Thou sing'st sweet music. Hark, come hither, Tyrrel
85   Go, by this token: rise, and lend thine ear:
Whispers
86   There is no more but so: say it is done,
87   And I will love thee, and prefer thee too.
TYRREL
88   'Tis done, my gracious lord.
KING RICHARD III
89   Shall we hear from thee, Tyrrel, ere we sleep?
TYRREL
90   Ye shall, my Lord.
Exit

Re-enter BUCKINGHAM

BUCKINGHAM
91   My Lord, I have consider'd in my mind
92   The late demand that you did sound me in.
KING RICHARD III
93   Well, let that pass. Dorset is fled to Richmond.
BUCKINGHAM
94   I hear that news, my lord.
KING RICHARD III
95   Stanley, he is your wife's son well, look to it.
BUCKINGHAM
96   My lord, I claim your gift, my due by promise,
97   For which your honour and your faith is pawn'd;
98   The earldom of Hereford and the moveables
99   The which you promised I should possess.
KING RICHARD III
100  Stanley, look to your wife; if she convey
101  Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it.
BUCKINGHAM
102  What says your highness to my just demand?
KING RICHARD III
103  As I remember, Henry the Sixth
104  Did prophesy that Richmond should be king,
105  When Richmond was a little peevish boy.
106  A king, perhaps, perhaps,--
BUCKINGHAM
107  My lord!
KING RICHARD III
108  How chance the prophet could not at that time
109  Have told me, I being by, that I should kill him?
BUCKINGHAM
110  My lord, your promise for the earldom,--
KING RICHARD III
111  Richmond! When last I was at Exeter,
112  The mayor in courtesy show'd me the castle,
113  And call'd it Rougemont: at which name I started,
114  Because a bard of Ireland told me once
115  I should not live long after I saw Richmond.
BUCKINGHAM
116  My Lord!
KING RICHARD III
117  Ay, what's o'clock?
BUCKINGHAM
118  I am thus bold to put your grace in mind
119  Of what you promised me.
KING RICHARD III
120  Well, but what's o'clock?
BUCKINGHAM
121  Upon the stroke of ten.
KING RICHARD III
122  Well, let it strike.
BUCKINGHAM
123  Why let it strike?
KING RICHARD III
124  Because that, like a Jack, thou keep'st the stroke
125  Betwixt thy begging and my meditation.
126  I am not in the giving vein to-day.
BUCKINGHAM
127  Why, then resolve me whether you will or no.
KING RICHARD III
128  Tut, tut,
129  Thou troublest me; am not in the vein.
Exeunt all but BUCKINGHAM

BUCKINGHAM
130  Is it even so? rewards he my true service
131  With such deep contempt made I him king for this?
132  O, let me think on Hastings, and be gone
133  To Brecknock, while my fearful head is on!
Exit

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V

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