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Richard III

Act I, Scene 1

London. A street.
 
[Enter GLOUCESTER, solus]
 
RICHARD
       ,            ,       ,        ,       ,
      Now is | the win|ter of | our dis|content
            ,    2    ,       ,         ,         ,
      Made glo|rious sum|mer by | this sun | of York:
           ,           ,             ,       ,          ,
      And all | the clouds | that loured | upon | our house
       ,         ,   ,       2       ,        ,
      In the | deep bo/som of the | ocean | buried.
       ,              ,       ,              ,   2      ,
5     Now are | our brows | bound with | victo|rious wreaths,
            ,        ,          ,        ,      ,
      Our brui|sed arms | hung^up | for mon|uments;
            ,       ,         ,          ,      ,         o
      Our stern | ala|rums changed | to mer|ry mee|tings;
            ,        ,         ,       ,        ,         o
      Our dread|ful mar|ches, to | delight|ful mea|sures.   (hex with prev)
        T     Tx    T             ,            ,         ,
      Grim visaged war,| hath smoothed | his wrin|kled front;
           ,        ,          ,        ,         ,
10    And now,| instead | of moun|ting bar|bed steeds
           ,            ,          ,       ,      x
      To fright | the souls | of fear|ful ad|versaries,
          ,       ,     3  3   ,        ,      o
      He ca|pers nim|bly in a la|dy's cham|ber,
       ,           ,   2     ,        ,       ,
      To the | lasci|vious plea|sing of | a lute.
          ,              ,     ,           ,          ,
      But I,| that am / not shaped | for spor|tive tricks,
            ,         ,         ,  2     ,         ,
15    Nor made | to court | an am|orous loo|king-glass:
      ,      2       ,         ,             ,           ,  2
      I, that am | rudely | stamped, and | want love's^|majesty,
           ,         ,       ,       ,         ,
      To strut | before | a wan|ton am|bling nymph:
      ,          ,        ,     2         ,       ,
      I, that | am cur|tailed of this | fair pro|portion,
        ,    2      ,         ,      ,          ,
      Cheated of | feature | by dis|sembling | nature,
           ,        ,           ,        ,         ,
20    Deformed,| unfin|ished, sent | before | my time
       ,  2         ,           T       T     T          ,
      Into this | breathing | world, scarce half | made^up,
            ,         ,      ,        ,     2 ,
      And that | so lame|ly and | unfash|ionable,
             ,      ,        ,           ,     ,
      That dogs | bark at | me, as | I halt | by them.
          ,               ,   ,        ,         ,
      Why I |(in this / weak pi|ping time | of peace)
            ,       ,          ,      ,          ,
25    Have no | delight | to pass | away | the time,
          ,        ,        ,       ,        ,
      Unless | to see | my sha|dow in | the sun,
           ,        ,         ,       ,     ,
      And des|cant on | mine^own | defor|mity.
            ,           ,        ,        ,         x
      And there|fore, since | I can|not prove | a lover,
          ,      ,            ,      T   T  .    T
      To en|tertain | these fair | well-spoken days,
      ,   2    ,              ,        ,        o
30    I am de|termined | to prove | a vil|lain,
            ,        ,       ,               ,     ,
      And hate | the i|dle plea|sures of / these days.
        ,              ,       ,         ,      ,
      Plots have | I laid,| induc|tions dan|gerous,
           ,       ,       ,     ,              ,
      By drun|ken pro|phecies,| libels,| and dreams,
          ,        ,        ,         ,          ,
      To set | my bro|ther Cla|rence and | the king
           ,       ,         ,        ,         ,       ->
35    In dead|ly hate,| the one | against | the o||ther:
       ,      2      ,       ,        ,          ,
      And | if King^Ed|ward be | as true | and just,
         ,       ,         ,           ,       ,
      As I | am sub|tle, false,| and trea|cherous,
            ,            ,          ,             ,    ,
      This^day | should Cla|rence close|ly be / mewed up:
         ,       ,      ,           ,         ,
      About | a pro|phecy,| which says | that G,
          ,          ,          ,     ,           ,
40    Of Ed|ward's heirs | the mur|derer | shall be.
        T      T      T      2     ,          ,          ,
      Dive thoughts down | to my soul:| here Cla|rence comes.
 
[Enter CLARENCE, guarded, and BRAKENBURY]
       ,              ,           ,           ,       ,
      Brother,| good^day:| what means | this ar|med guard
             ,       ,           ,
      That waits | upon | your grace?
 
CLARENCE
                                           ,    ,
                                      His ma|jesty
       ,    2         ,          ,        ,        ,      2->
45    Tendering | my per|son's safe|ty, hath | appoin||ted
            ,    ,           ,        ,         x
      This con|duct to | convey | me to | the Tower.
 
RICHARD
         ,          ,
      Upon | what cause?
 
CLARENCE
                             ,          ,          ,
                         Because | my name | is George.
 
RICHARD
         ,         ,           ,          ,         ,
      Alack | my lord,| that fault | is none | of yours:
            ,           ,        ,          ,   ,
50    He should | for that | commit | your god|fathers.
      ,      ,          ,  2            ,        ,
      O be|like, his | majesty | hath some | intent,
            ,            ,         ,          ,         x
      That you | should be | new chris|tened in | the Tower.
            ,           ,       ,          ,        ,
      But what's | the mat|ter Cla|rence, may | I know?
 
CLARENCE
       ,   ,               ,   ,                 ,
      Yea Ri/chard, when | I know:/ but I | protest
          ,            ,    ,       ,         ,
55    As yet | I do / not: but | as I | can learn,
           ,        ,      ,       ,           ,
      He hear|kens af|ter pro|phecies | and dreams,
       ,      2        T    T     T          ,      ,
      And from the | cross-row plucks | the let|ter G:
            ,       ,        ,           ,       ,
      And says,| a wi|zard told | him, that | by G,
           ,      ,     ,    ,            ,
      His is|sue dis|inhe|rited | should be.
           ,         ,         ,          ,         ,
60    And for | my name | of George | begins | with G,
          ,        ,          ,           ,       ,
      It fol|lows in | his thought,| that I | am he.
        ,      2      ,             T    T    T         ,
      These (as I | learn)| and | such like toys | as these,
             ,           ,        ,       ,        ,
      Have moved | his high|ness to | commit | me now.
 
RICHARD
            ,        ,         ,          ,          x
      Why this | it is,| when men | are ruled | by women:
            ,         ,            ,          ,         x
65    'Tis not | the king | that sends | you to | the Tower,
          ,      ,          ,     ,               ,
      My La|dy Gray | his wife,| Clarence | 'tis she,
            ,        ,         ,       ,     ,
      That tem|pers him | to this | extre|mity.
           ,        ,                 ,   ,        ,       ->
      Was it | not she,| and that / good man | of wor||ship,
       ,           ,   ,          ,         ,
      An|thony / Woodville | her bro|ther there,
             ,          ,      ,   ,                   x
70    That made | him send | Lord Has/tings to | the Tower?
              ,           ,        ,     ,   2    ,
      From whence | this pre|sent day | he is de|livered?
       ,             ,     ,                   ,    ,
      We are | not safe | Clarence,| we are / not safe.
 
CLARENCE
            x         ,                 ,  ,        ,
      By heaven,| I think | there is / no man | secure
         2       ,       ,              ,      ,        ,
      But the queen's | kindred,| and night-|walking | heralds
              ,         ,           ,         ,          ,
75    That trudge | betwixt | the king,| and Mis|tress Shore.
        ,         ,            ,       ,      ,
      Heard ye | not what | a hum|ble sup|pliant
            ,         ,         ,       ,    ,
      Lord Has|tings was,| for her | deli|very?
 
RICHARD
       ,            ,        ,        ,   ,
      Humbly | complai|ning to | her de|ity,
       ,              ,       ,         ,     ,
      Got my | lord cham|berlain | his li|berty.
             ,          ,        ,         ,        ,
80    I'll tell | you what,| I think | it is | our way,
          ,          ,        ,        ,          ,
      If we | will keep | in fa|vour with | the king,
          ,        ,          ,         ,    ,
      To be | her men | and wear | her li|very.
           ,             ,   ,       ,         ,
      The jea|lous ore/worn wi|dow, and | herself,
        ,       2       ,           ,           ,      ,
      Since that our | brother | dubbed them | gentle|women,
            ,      ,        ,         ,     ,
85    Are migh|ty gos|sips in | this mon|archy.
 
BRAKENBURY
       2    ,           ,        ,        ,       ,
      I beseech | your gra|ces both | to par|don me,
           ,    ,            ,        x           ,
      His ma|jesty | hath strait|ly given | in charge,
            ,    ,       2        ,         ,    2
      That no | man shall have | private | conference
      <-      ,         ,      ,        ,          ,
        (Of what || degree | soe|ver) with | your bro|ther.
 
RICHARD
      <- ,       ,          ,           ,        ,       x
90       E||ven so;| and please | your wor|ship Bra|kenbury,
           ,         ,       ,      ,         ,
      You may | partake | of a|ny thing | we say:
           ,          ,       ,        ,          ,
      We speak | no trea|son man:| we say | the king
           ,         ,    2     ,         ,       ,
      Is wise | and vir|tuous, and | his no|ble queen
              ,          ,      __         ,     ,
      Well struck | in years,| fair,| and not | jealous.
          ,            ,        ,             ,       ,
95    We say | that Shore's | wife hath | a pret|ty foot,
          ,      ,       ,      ,       ,          ,         ,     oo
      A cher|ry lip,| a bon|ny eye,| a pas|sing plea|sing tongue;|     (two tetra lines)
       ,      2        ,      ,               T   T  .    T
      And that the | queen's kin/dred are | made gentle-folks.
           ,         ,     ,           ,         ,
      How say | you sir?| Can you | deny | all this?
 
BRAKENBURY
             ,         ,        ,            ,         ,
100   With this |(my lord)| myself | have nought | to do.
 
RICHARD
        ,          ,         ,          ___
      Naught to | do with | mistress | Shore?
      <-    ,           ,        ,       2        ,           ,
        I tell || thee fel|low, he | that doth naught | with her
      <-    ,         ,           ,        ,       ,      ,       ,
        (Excep||ting one)| were best | to do | it se|cretly || alone.
 
BRAKENBURY
      <-      ,         ,  ->
        What one,| my lord?
 
RICHARD
           ,          ,        ,        2     ,
105   Her hus|band knave,|| wouldst thou be|tray me?
 
BRAKENBURY
                                                       ,       ,            ,
                                                    I do | beseech | your grace
          ,       ,    ,        ,       ,
      To par|don me,| and with|al for|bear
      <-         ,            ,         ,       ,    oo
        Your || confe|rence with | the no|ble duke.|
 
CLARENCE
           ,           ,      ,       x             2  ,
      We know | thy charge | Braken|bury, and | will obey.
 
RICHARD
       ,              ,      ,               ,      ,
110   We are | the queen's | abjects,| and must | obey.
       ,              ,        ,       ,         ,
      Brother | farewell,| I will | unto | the king,
            ,     ,          ,        ,        ,
      And what|soere | you will | employ | me in,
        ,    2       ,         ,          ,       ,
      Were it to | call King^|Edward's | widow,| sister,
          ,         ,     ,   2     T   T    T
      I will | perform | it to en|franchise you.
        ,               ,         ,         ,        ,
115   Meantime,| this deep | disgrace | in bro|therhood,
       ,            ,     2      ,       2  ,      o
      Touches | me dee|per than you | can ima|gine.
 
CLARENCE
          ,         ,        ,        ,        ,
      I know | it plea|seth nei|ther of | us well.
 
RICHARD
        ,              ,      ,           ,         ,
      Well, your | impri|sonment | shall not | be long,
      ,           ,      ,      2      ,         ,
      I will | deli|ver you,| or else lie | for you:
        ,              ,        2
120   Meantime,| have pa|tience.
 
CLARENCE
                                     ,         ,           ,
                                 I must | perforce:| Farewell.
 
[Exeunt CLARENCE, BRAKENBURY, and Guard]
 
RICHARD
           ,           ,           ,            ,        ,
      Go tread | the path | that thou | shalt nere | return:
       ,         ,    ,                  ,          ,
      Simple | plain Cla/rence, I | do love | thee so,
           ,          ,        ,          ,          x
      That I | will short|ly send | thy soul | to heaven,
            x            ,         ,        ,         ,
125   If heaven | will take | the pre|sent at | our hands.
           ,            ,          ,      ,         ,
      But who | comes^here? The | new-de|livered | Hastings?
 
[Enter HASTINGS]
 
HASTINGS
             ,        ,     ,         ,          ,
      Good^time | of day | unto | my gra|cious lord.
 
RICHARD
           ,       ,        ,      ,    ,
      As much | unto | my good | lord cham/berlain:
        ,             ,        ,        ,      ,
      Well are | you wel|come to | this o|pen air.
       ,                ,          ,         ,       ,
130   How hath | your lord|ship brooked | impri|sonment?
 
HASTINGS
            ,          ,       ,        ,    2      ,
      With pa|tience (no|ble lord)| as pri|soners must:
          ,           ,         ,         ,            ,
      But I | shall live |(my lord)| to give | them thanks
             ,          ,         ,      ,       ,
      That were | the cause | of my | impri|sonment.
 
RICHARD
           ,          ,          ,          ,         ,
      No doubt,| no doubt,| and so | shall Cla|rence too;
            ,           ,          ,    ,         ,
135   For they | that were | your en|emies | are his,
            ,          ,          ,        ,        ,
      And have | prevailed | as much | on him | as you.
 
HASTINGS
            ,      ,         ,        ,          ,
      More pi|ty that | the ea|gle should | be mewed,
              ,          ,          ,        ,     ,
      While kites | and buz|zards prey | at li|berty.
 
RICHARD
             ,       ,
      What news | abroad?  (picked up after)
 
HASTINGS
           ,        ,       ,          ,         ,
140   No news | so bad | abroad | as this | at home;
            ,         ,        ,         ,     ,      ->
      The King | is sick|ly, weak | and me|lancho||ly,
       ,       2    ,         ,          ,     ,
      And | his physi|cians fear | him migh|tily.
 
RICHARD
           ,           ,           ,        ,        ,
      Now by | Saint^John,| this news | is bad | indeed.
         ,          ,       ,      ,      ,
      O he | hath kept | an e|vil di|et long,
          ,      ,         ,          ,         x
145   And o|vermuch | consumed | his roy|al person:
            ,      ,        ,         ,        ,
      'Tis ve|ry grie|vous to | be thought | upon.
        ,            ,        ,
      What, is | he in | his bed?  (picked up from before)
 
HASTINGS
          ,
      He is.
 
RICHARD
              ,           ,       3 3      ,       ,
             Go you | before,| and I will fol|low you.
 
[Exit HASTINGS]
          ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      He can|not live | I hope,| and must | not die,
             ,            ,            ,     ,              x
150   Till George | be packed | with post-|horse up | to heaven.
        ,    2       ,         ,         ,        ,
      I'll in to | urge his | hatred | more to | Clarence,
        .    T    T     T             ,       ,     ,
      With^lies well steeled | with weigh|ty ar|guments;
           ,       ,     ,            ,        ,
      And if | I fail | not in | my deep | intent,
       ,               ,      ,       ,         ,
      Clarence | hath not | ano|ther day | to live:
              ,          ,          ,   ,    2       ,
155   Which^done,| God^take | King^Ed|ward to his | mercy,
            ,           ,          ,       ,       ,
      And leave | the world | for me | to bus|tle in.
            ,          ,      ,           ,         ,       o
      For then | I'll mar|ry War|wick's youn|gest daugh|ter.
              ,          ,          ,         ,         ,      o
      What though | I killed | her hus|band, and | her fa|ther,  (hex with prev)
           ,    2    ,         ,          ,        ,
      The rea|diest way | to make | the wench | amends,
       ,   2     ,         ,         ,         ,
160   Is to be|come her | husband,| and her | father:
            ,          ,        ,         ,          ,
      The which | will I,| not all | so much | for love,
          ,      ,       ,        ,         ,
      As for | ano|ther se|cret close | intent,
          ,    2    ,          ,          ,        ,
      By mar|rying her,| which I | must reach | unto.
           ,       ,        ,         ,         ,       ->
      But yet | I run | before | my horse | to mar||ket:
       ,       2          ,       ,               ,            ,
      Cla|rence still breathes,| Edward | still lives | and reigns,
             ,          ,           ,        ,          ,
165   When they | are gone,| then must | I count | my gains.
 
[Exit]

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