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Richard III

Act I, Scene 3

The palace.
 
[Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, RIVERS, and GRAY]
 
RIVERS
            ,         ,                 ,   ,          ,      , ->
      Have pa|tience ma|dam, there's / no doubt | his ma||jesty
             ,       ,    3   3   ,           ,
      Will soon | reco|ver his accus|tomed health.
 
GRAY
       ,              ,         ,         ,           ,
      In that | you brook | it ill,| it makes | him worse,
        ,               ,       ,    2     ,           ,
      Therefore | for God's | sake enter|tain good* | comfort,
            ,           ,            ,          ,       ,
5     And cheer | his grace | with quick | and mer|ry eyes.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
          ,          ,      ,             ,         ,
      If he | were dead,| what would | betide | on me?
 
GRAY
       ,          ,          ,         ,        ,
      No o|ther harm,| but loss | of such | a lord.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
            ,         ,        ,         ,           ,
      The loss | of such | a lord,| includes | all harms.
 
GRAY
             x              ,       ,             ,      ,
      The heavens | have blessed | you with | a good|ly son,
          ,         ,      ,          ,        ,
10    To be | your com|forter,| when he | is gone.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
       ,            ,          ,       ,    ,
      Ah! He | is young;| and his | mino|rity
          ,     ,  2        ,         ,           ,
      Is put | unto the | trust of | Richard | Gloucester,
         ,           ,          ,         ,        ,
      A man | that loves | not me,| nor none | of you.
 
RIVERS
       ,   2     ,        ,          ,      ,
      Is it con|cluded | he shall | be pro|tector?
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
          ,      ,          ,        ,       ,
15    It is | deter|mined, not | conclu|ded yet:
           ,        ,     ,    2        ,       ,
      But so | it must | be, if the | king mis|carry.
 
[Enter BUCKINGHAM and DERBY]
 
GRAY
        ,      2        ,         ,      ,         ,
      Here come the | lord of | Bucking|ham and | Derby.
 
BUCKINGHAM
             ,        ,       ,         ,       ,
      Good time | of day | unto | your roy|al grace.
 
DERBY
            ,          ,   2    ,         2        ,    ,
      God^make | your ma|jesty joy|ful, as you / have been.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
            ,         ,          ,         ,        ,      ->
20    The Coun|tess Rich|mond, good | my Lord | of Der||by.
        2         ,     ,              ,       ,      ,
      To your / good prayers | will scarce|ly say | amen.
           ,       ,        ,         ,            ,
      Yet Der|by, not|withstan|ding she's | your wife,
            ,          ,    ,               ,        ,
      And loves | not me,| be you | good* lord | assured,
          ,         ,         ,      ,    ,
      I hate | not you | for her | proud ar/rogance.
 
DERBY
         ,       ,           ,       ,        ,
25    I do | beseech | you, ei|ther not | believe
           ,   2     ,        ,         ,        ,       ->
      The en|vious slan|ders of | her false | accu||sers;
       ,     2     ,       ,          ,        ,
      Or | if she be | accused | in true | report,
        ,               ,          ,         ,          ,
      Bear with | her weak|ness, which | I think | proceeds
            ,         ,               ,   ,        ,      ->
      From way|ward sick|ness, and / no groun|ded ma||lice.
 
RIVERS
       ,       2      ,       ,         ,        ,      2->
30    Saw | you the king | today | my Lord | of Der||by.
 
DERBY
           ,          ,         ,      ,        ,
      But now | the Duke | of Buck|ingham | and I
            ,          ,     ,         ,    ,
      Are come | from vi|siting | his ma|jesty.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
             ,      ,        ,       ,         ,
      What like|lihood | of his | amend|ment lords.
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,             ,          ,        ,     ,
      Madam | good hope,| his grace | speaks cheer/fully.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
            ,            ,          ,        ,          ,
35    God^grant | him health,| did you | confer | with him?
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,   ,        2     ,          ,      ,
      Aye ma/dam, he de|sires to | make a|tonement
          ,           ,          ,          ,           ,        ->
      Betwixt | the Duke | of Glouce|ster, and | your bro||thers,
       ,        ,       ,     2       ,    ,
      And | betwixt | them and my | lord cham/berlain;
            ,         ,      ,    2       ,       ,
      And sent | to warn | them to his | royal | presence.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
             ,           ,          ,          ,      ,
40    Would^all | were well,| but that | will ne|ver be,
          ,         ,      ,        ,          ,
      I fear | our hap|piness | is at | the height.
 
[Enter GLOUCESTER, HASTINGS, and DORSET]
 
RICHARD
            ,        ,         ,         ,          x
      They do | me wrong,| and I | will not | endure it:
       ,          ,              ,        ,         ,
      Who are | they that | complain | unto | the king,
           ,        ,          ,           ,          ,
      That I |(forsooth)| am stern,| and love | them not?
          ,      ,           ,          ,           ,       o
45    By ho|ly Paul,| they love | his grace | but light|ly,
             ,          ,           ,        ,         ,      o
      That fill | his ears | with such | dissen|tious ru|mors.  (hex with prev)
          ,        ,        ,              ,    ,
      Because | I can|not flat|ter and / speak fair,
        ,               ,         ,         ,          ,
      Smile in | men's^fa|ces, smooth,| deceive,| and cog,
        ,            T     T    T     ,        ,   2
      Duck with | French nods, and | apish | courtesy,
          ,         ,       ,    2    ,    ,
50    I must | be held | a ran|corous e|nemy.
       ,    2      T    T    T          ,          ,
      Cannot a | plain man live | and think | no harm,
            ,         ,        ,           ,      ,
      But thus | his sim|ple truth | must be | abused
          ,        ,       ,   ,        ,
      By sil|ken, sly,| insin|ua|ting Jacks?
 
RIVERS
           ,        ,          ,           ,            ,
      To whom | in all | this pre|sence speaks | your grace?
 
RICHARD
           ,           ,         ,    ,          ,
55    To thee,| that hast | nor ho|nesty,| nor grace:
        ,            ,         ,           ,           ,
      When have | I in|jured thee?| When done | thee wrong?
           ,         ,       ,   2     ,     ,
      Or thee?| Or thee?| Or a|ny of your | faction?
           ,       ,         ,         ,       ,
      A plague | upon | you all.| His roy|al grace
             ,         ,      ,             ,            ,
      (Whom God | preserve | better | than you | would wish)
       ,           ,        ,         ,          ,
60    Cannot | be qui|et scarce | a brea|thing-while,
           ,           ,       ,           ,          ,
      But you | must trou|ble him | with lewd | complaints.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
       ,     2        ,          ,        ,         ,
      Brother of | Gloucester,| you mis|take the | matter:
            ,      2     ,     ,       ,     ,
      The king | on his own | royal | dispo|sition,
            ,         ,        ,     ,        ,
      (And not | provoked | by a|ny sui|tor else)
       ,           ,     ,     2    ,  2     ,
65    Aiming |(belike)| at your in|terior | hatred,
            ,         ,        ,         ,         ,
      That in | your out|ward ac|tions shows | itself
          ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
      Against | my kin|dred, bro|thers, and | myself,
        ,              ,           ,       ,        ,      2->
      Makes him | to send,| that there|by he | may ga||ther
             ,                ,    ,         ,         x
      The ground | of your / ill-will,| and so | remove it.
 
RICHARD
         ,        ,          ,          ,         ,
70    I can|not tell:| the world | is grown | so bad,
        .    T     T    T           ,        ,          ,
      That wrens make prey | where^ea|gles dare | not perch:
            ,        ,        ,       ,      ,
      Since^e|very Jack | became | a gen|tleman,
               ,   2   ,       ,        ,        ,
      There's ma|ny a gen|tle per|son made | a Jack.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
               ,         ,          ,        ,          ,          o ->
      Come*, come,| we know | your mea|ning bro|ther Glouce||ster;
           ,   3  3    ,         ,          ,
75    You en|vy my advance|ment and | my friends':
            ,         ,      ,           ,        ,
      God^grant | we ne|ver may | have need | of you.
 
RICHARD
            ,            ,           ,         ,        ,
      Meantime,| God* grants | that we | have need | of you:
            ,        ,      ,         ,          ,
      Your bro|ther is | impri|soned by | your means,
          ,          ,      ,           ,    ,
      Myself | disgraced,| and the | nobi|lity
        ,    2      ,              ,        ,
80    Held in con|tempt, while | great pro|motions
      <-     ,       ,      ,      ,       ,
        Are dai||ly gi|ven to | enno|ble those
      <-        ,            ,           ,            ,        ,      o
        That scarce || some two | days^since | were worth | a no|ble.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
          ,            ,      ,             ,         ,
      By Him | that raised | me to | this care|ful height
             ,        ,       ,          ,       ,
      From that | conten|ted hap | which I | enjoyed,
         ,      ,        ,          ,    ,
85    I ne|ver did | incense | his ma|jesty
          ,           ,        ,          ,           ,
      Against | the Duke | of Cla|rence, but | have been
          ,        ,     ,         ,          ,
      An ear|nest ad|vocate | to plead | for him.
           ,         ,        ,        ,    ,
      My lord | you do | me shame|ful in|jury,
        ,            ,     ,              ,     ,
      Falsely | to draw | me in | these vile | suspects.
 
RICHARD
           ,       ,         ,          ,          ,
90    You may | deny | that you | were not | the cause
                ,   ,           ,       ,       ,
      Of my / Lord Has|tings' late | impri|sonment.
 
RIVERS
           ,         ,          2->
      She may | my lord || for--   (picked up after)
 
RICHARD
           ,          ,        ,          ,          ,
      She may | Lord Ri|vers, why | who knows | not so?
           ,         ,     ,            ,       ,
      She may | do more | sir than | deny|ing that:
       ,          ,     2      ,       ,       ,
95    She may | help you to | many | fair pre|ferments,
            ,       ,        ,        ,          ,
      And then | deny | her ai|ding hand | therein,
           ,           ,       ,          ,        ,
      And lay | those ho|nors on | your high | deserts.
            ,         ,         ,         ,      ,         ->
      What may | she not,| she may,| aye mar|ry may || she.
 
RIVERS
        ,     ,       ,
      What | marry | may she?  (pickup from before)
 
RICHARD
            ,      ,          ,       ,        ,
100   What mar|ry may | she? Mar|ry with | a king,
         ,    2     ,        ,         ,         ,
      A ba|chelor, and | a hand|some strip|ling too:
         ,           ,   ,           ,        ,
      I wis | your gran|dam had | a wor|ser match.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
           ,          ,                    ,    ,    ,
      My Lord | of Glouce|ster, I have // too long borne
             ,         ,         ,          ,         ,
      Your blunt | upbrai|dings and | your bit|ter scoffs:
            x         ,         ,          ,     ,
105   By heaven,| I will | acquaint | his ma|jesty
                     ,      ,        ,       ,        ,
      With those / gross taunts | I of|ten have | endured.
       2     ,       ,       ,       ,         ,
      I had ra|ther be | a coun|try ser|vant-maid
                 ,     ,            ,        ,      o
      Than a / great queen,| with this | condi|tion,
          ,          ,          ,           ,       ,
      To be | thus taun|ted, scorned,| and bai|ted at:
        T    T    T     2    ,      ,           ,
110   Small joy have | I in be|ing Eng|land's queen.
 
[Enter QUEEN MARGARET, behind]
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,         ,          ,      ,   2     ,
      And les|sened be | that small,| God I be|seech him,
           ,        ,           ,        ,        ,
      Thy ho|nor, state,| and seat,| is due | to me.
 
RICHARD
       __       ,          ,         ,          2      ,
      What?| Threat you | me with | telling | of the king?
        ,              ,      ,     ,                    ,
      Tell him,| and spare | not: look / what I | have said
          ,          x         ,         ,         ,
115   I will | avouch it | in pre|sence of | the king:
          ,       ,             ,   ,      2      x
      I dare | adven|ture to / be sent | to the Tower.
             ,         ,          ,           ,         ,
      'Tis time | to speak,| my pains | are quite | forgot.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
       T    Tx   T      ,              ,    ,
      Out devil, I | remem|ber them / too well:
              ,          ,        ,      ,         x
      Thou killdst | my hus|band Hen|ry in | the Tower,
           ,             ,   ,         ,      ,
120   And Ed|ward my / poor son,| at Tewks|bury.
 
RICHARD
       ,               ,      ,              ,         ,
      Ere you | were queen,| aye, or | your hus|band king:
      ,           ,     ,              ,         ,
      I was | a pack-|horse in | his great | affairs:
         ,       ,      2      ,      ,     ,
      A wee|der-out | of his proud | adver|saries,
         ,    ,       ,       ,          ,
      A lib|eral | rewar|der of | his friends:
          ,     ,          ,         ,           ,
125   To roy|alize | his blood,| I spent | mine own.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
       ,              ,        ,           ,         ,
      Aye and | much bet|ter blood | than his,| or thine.
 
RICHARD
          ,            ,     ,              ,         ,
      In all | which time,| you and | your hus|band Gray
            ,          ,          ,         ,      ,
      Were fac|tious, for | the house | of Lan|caster;
           ,        ,         ,         ,          ,       2->
      And Ri|vers, so | were you.| Was not | your hus||band
          ,    2      ,              ,    ,          ,
130   In Mar|garet's bat|tle, at / Saint Al|ban's, slain?
       ,        ,              ,         ,        ,
      Let me | put in | your minds,| if you | forget
        ,               ,          ,          ,         ,
      What you | have been | ere this,| and what | you are:
          ,         ,          ,          ,       ,
      Withal,| what I | have been,| and what | I am.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
         ,    2       x       T   T   T           ,
      A mur|derous villain,| and so still | thou art.
 
RICHARD
             ,         ,         ,         ,       ,        ->
135   Poor* Cla|rence did | forsake | his fa|ther War||wick;    (W is silent)
       ,     ,        ,         ,            ,       ,      ->
      Yea,| and for|swore him|self (which | Jesu || pardon).
 
QUEEN MARGARET
             ,        ,     oo   oo
      Which God | revenge.|    |
 
RICHARD
           ,         ,         ,       ,          ,
      To fight | on Ed|ward's par|ty, for | the crown,
             x        T     T    T              ,    ,
      And for his | meed, poor lord,| he is / mewed up.
          ,         ,         ,            ,           ,         ->
140   I would | to God | my heart | were flint,| like Ed||ward's,
       ,    ,           ,         ,  2            ,
      Or | Edward's | soft and | pitiful,| like mine;
      ,            ,        ,        ,           ,
      I am | too chil|dish-foo|lish for | this world.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
       ,              ,          ,           ,            ,
      Hie thee | to hell | for shame,| and leave | this world
            ,    ,        ,           ,       ,
      Thou ca|code|mon, there | thy king|dom is.
 
RIVERS
           ,          ,          ,          ,      ,
145   My Lord | of Glouce|ster: in | those bu|sy days,
              ,          ,         ,        ,     ,
      Which here | you urge,| to prove | us e|nemies,
          ,          ,          ,         ,   2       ,
      We fol|lowed then | our lord,| our so|vereign king:
            ,         ,        ,            ,         ,
      So should | we you,| if you | should be | our king.
 
RICHARD
         ,           ,    2     ,       ,      ,       ->
      If I | should be?| I had ra|ther be | a pe||dlar:
       ,      x               ,            ,            ,
150   Far | be it from | my heart,| the thought | thereof.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
          ,       ,         ,        ,         ,
      As lit|tle joy |(my lord)| as you | suppose
             ,        ,          ,           ,          ,
      You should | enjoy,| were you | this coun|try's king,
          ,       ,         ,         ,        ,
      As lit|tle joy | may you | suppose | in me,
           ,      ,     ,            ,           ,
      That I | enjoy,| being | the queen | thereof.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
         ,       ,        ,          ,           ,
155   A lit|tle joy | enjoys | the queen | thereof,
          ,       ,         ,    ,       ,        ->
      For I | am she,| and al|toge|ther joy||less.
      ,      2    ,        ,        ,        o
      I | can no lon|ger hold | me pa|tient.
        ,             ,         ,                 ,   ,
      Hear me,| you wrang|ling pi|rates, that / fall out,
          ,         ,           ,            ,           ,
      In sha|ring that | which you | have pilled | from me:
        ,              ,        ,           ,         ,
160   Which of | you trem|bles not | that looks | on me?
          ,         ,        ,          ,          ,         o
      If not,| that I | am queen,| you bow | like sub|jects;
       ,          ,           ,           ,           ,      o
      Yet that | by you | deposed,| you quake | like re|bels.  (hex with prev)
          ,       ,         ,         ,      ,
      Ah gen|tle vil|lain, do | not turn | away.
 
RICHARD
       __      ,          ,             ,            2     ,
      Foul | wrinkled | witch, what | makst thou | in my sight?
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,    ,             ,    ,            ,
165   But re|peti|tion of / what thou | hast marred;
        ,             ,        ,       ,          ,
      That will | I make | before | I let | thee go.
 
RICHARD
             ,         ,     ,         ,         ,
      Wert thou | not ba|nished,| on pain | of death?
 
QUEEN MARGARET
         ,       2   ,     ,           ,        ,    2
      I was.| But I do | find more | pain in | banishment
             ,           ,          ,        ,      ,
      Than death | can yield | me here,| by my | abode.
         ,        ,       ,           ,        ,
170   A hus|band and | a son | thou owst | to me,
            ,        ,        ,        ,       ,          o ->
      And thou | a king|dom; all | of you,| alle||giance:
           ,     3    3    ,         ,          ,
      The sor|row that I have,| by right | is yours,
           ,          ,         ,       ,          ,
      And all | the plea|sures you | usurp | are mine.
 
RICHARD
            ,         ,      ,        ,         ,
      The curse | my no|ble fa|ther laid | on thee,
             ,            ,          ,         ,           ,      ->
175   When thou | didst crown | his war|like brows | with pa||per,
       ,        2       ,             ,        ,          ,
      And | with thy scorns | drewst^ri|vers from | his eyes,
            ,        ,            ,           ,        ,
      And then | to dry | them, gavst | the duke | a clout,
         ,      2        ,           ,          ,       ,
      Steeped in the | faultless | blood of | pretty | Rutland:
           ,        ,          ,       ,         ,
      His cur|ses then,| from bit|terness | of soul,
           ,          ,       ,      2       ,    2   ,
180   Denounced | against | thee, are all | fallen u|pon thee:
           ,         ,           ,            ,       ,
      And God,| not we,| hath plagued | thy bloo|dy deed.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
           ,        ,         ,          ,     ,
      So just | is God,| to right | the in|nocent.
 
HASTINGS
      ,               ,         ,         ,           ,
      O, 'twas | the fou|lest deed | to slay | that babe,
         2      ,     ,      ,          ,          ,
      And the most | merci|less that | ere was | heard of.
 
RIVERS
       ,               ,       ,          ,    2    ,
185   Tyrants | themselves | wept when | it was re|ported.
 
DORSET
          ,         ,       ,        ,      ,
      No man | but pro|phesied | revenge | for it.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,              ,   ,          ,          x
      Northum|berland,/ then pre|sent, wept | to see it.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
        ,                ,        ,        ,        ,
      What? Were | you snar|ling all | before | I came,
       ,           ,          ,       ,          ,
      Ready | to catch | each o|ther by | the throat,
            ,         ,          ,       ,        ,
190   And turn | you all | your ha|tred now | on me?
       .    T      T     T          ,         ,            x
      Did^York's dread curse | prevail | so much | with heaven,
            ,         ,          ,      ,          ,
      That Hen|ry's death,| my love|ly Ed|ward's death,
              ,          ,        ,       ,       ,
      Their king|dom's loss,| my woe|ful ba|nishment,
             ,         ,       ,          ,         ,
      Could all | but an|swer for | that pee|vish brat?
           ,         ,            ,          ,        x
      Can cur|ses pierce | the clouds | and en|ter heaven?
       ,      2       T    T     T       2     ,      ,
195   Why then give^|way dull clouds | to my quick | curses,
              ,        ,        ,        ,           ,
      Though not | by war,| by sur|feit die | your king,
           ,        ,              ,   ,        ,
      As ours | by mur|der, to / make him | a king.
       ,            ,          ,          ,          ,
      Edward | thy son,| that now | is Prince | of Wales,
           ,       ,     ,           T     T    .   T
      For Ed|ward our | son, that | was Prince of Wales,
       ,    2        ,          ,       ,       , 2
200   Die in his | youth by | like un|timely | violence.
           ,        ,          ,         ,        ,
      Thyself | a queen,| for me | that was | a queen,
           ,         ,              ,   ,         ,
      Outlive | thy glo|ry, like / my wret|ched self:
        ,                 ,         ,          ,           ,
      Long mayst | thou live,| to wail | thy chil|dren's death,
           ,      ,        ,      ,          ,
      And see | ano|ther, as | I see | thee now,
         ,               ,          ,           ,           ,
205   Decked in | thy rights,| as thou | art stalled | in mine.
            ,         ,       ,        ,          ,
      Long^die | thy hap|py days | before | thy death,
           ,      ,      ,           ,          ,
      And af|ter ma|ny leng|thened hours | of grief,
           ,        ,         ,         ,           ,
      Die nei|ther mo|ther, wife,| nor En|gland's queen.
       ,            ,        ,           ,        ,
      Rivers | and Dor|set, you | were stan|ders by,
           ,          ,      ,   ,                    ,
210   And so | wast thou,| Lord Has/tings, when | my son
             ,             ,      ,         ,        ,      ,  ->
      Was stabbed | with bloo|dy dag|gers: God,| I pray || him,
               ,    2            ,          ,   2    ,
      That | none of you | may live | your na|tural age,
           ,         ,         ,     ,         ,
      But by | some un|looked^ac|cident | cut^off.
 
RICHARD
             ,          ,            ,       ,         ,
      Have done | thy charm,| thou hate|ful wi|thered hag.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
       .    T    T    T      ,   ,       2               ,
215   And leave out thee?| Stay dog,/ for thou shalt | hear me.
            x          ,      ,          ,          ,
      If heaven | have^a|ny grie|vous plague | in store,
         ,         ,          ,         ,      ,          ->
      Excee|ding those | that I | can wish | upon || thee,
      ,      2       ,          ,          ,         ,
      O | let them keep | it, till | thy sins | be ripe,
       .    T    T    T           ,     ,      2->
      And then hurl down | their in|digna||tion
           ,         ,                   ,     ,      ,
220   On thee, the troub|ler of the // poor world's peace,
            ,        ,            ,         ,          ,
      The worm | of con|science still | begnaw | thy soul,
             ,       ,              ,         ,            ,
      Thy friends | suspect | for trai|tors while | thou livst,
            ,      ,    ,                  ,          ,
      And take | deep trai/tors for | thy dea|rest friends:
           ,            ,          ,      ,         ,
      No sleep | close^up | that dead|ly eye | of thine,
          ,        ,           ,        ,         ,
225   Unless | it be | while some | tormen|ting dream
           ,             ,        ,        ,       x
      Affrights | thee with | a hell | of ug|ly devils.
            ,         ,       ,        ,        ,
      Thou el|vish-marked,| abor|tive roo|ting hog,
        ,                 ,         ,       ,    ,
      Thou that | wast sealed | in thy | nati|vity
            ,         ,        ,         ,         ,
      The slave | of na|ture, and | the son | of hell:
             ,       ,        ,         ,       ,
230   Thou slan|der of | thy mo|ther's hea|vy womb,
            ,        ,      ,        ,          ,
      Thou loa|thed is|sue of | thy fa|ther's loins,
            ,        ,        ,       ,
      Thou rag | of ho|nor, thou | detes|ted--
 
RICHARD
                                                ,    2    o ->
                                               Mar|garet.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
        ,
      Richard.
 
RICHARD
                __
                Ha.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
                         ,          ,
235                  I call | thee not.
 
RICHARD
         ,          ,       ,             ,    ,
      I cry | thee mer|cy then:| for I / did think,
             ,             ,         ,           ,        ,
      That thou | hadst called | me all | these bit|ter names.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,      ,           ,          ,      ,
      Why so | I did,| but looked | for no | reply.
          ,         ,         ,   2   ,        ,
      Oh let | me make | the pe|riod to | my curse.
 
RICHARD
             ,        ,         ,        ,    2    o
240   'Tis done | by me,| and ends | in Mar|garet.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
        ,                 ,             ,         ,           ,
      Thus have | you breathed | your curse | against | yourself.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
        T    T  .    T       ,    ,         2      ,
      Poor painted queen,| vain flou/rish of my | fortune,
             ,            ,    2     ,     ,         ,
      Why strewst | thou su|gar on that | bottled | spider,
              ,      ,       ,         ,       ,
      Whose^dead|ly web | ensna|reth thee | about?
        T     T     .     T         ,          ,         ,
245   Fool, fool, thou^whetst | a knife | to kill | thyself:
            ,           ,           ,            ,         ,
      The time | will come,| when thou | shalt wish | for me
           ,           ,           ,    2      ,            ,
      To help | thee curse | that poi|sonous bunch|backed^toad.
 
HASTINGS
        T     Tx    T       ,          ,        ,
      False-boding wo|man, end | thy fran|tic curse,
        ,             ,           ,         ,
      Lest to | thy harm,| thou move | our pa|tience.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
      <-  ,       ,      ,         ,          T    T     T
250     Foul || shame u|pon you,| you have | all moved mine.
 
RIVERS
                   ,     ,      ,       2        ,           ,
      Were you / well served,| you would be | taught your | duty.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,          ,         ,            ,       ,    o
      To serve | me well,| you all | should do | me du|ty,
        ,            ,          ,          ,        ,         o
      Teach me | to be | your queen,| and you | my sub|jects:   (hex with prev)
          ,          ,          ,            ,           ,    2->
      O serve | me well,| and teach | yourselves | that du||ty.
 
DORSET
           ,     ,          ,             ,    ,
255   Dispute | not with | her, she | is lu|natic.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
        ,    ,            ,               ,     ,
      Peace mas/ter mar|quess, you | are ma|lapert.
             ,          ,         ,    2      ,      ,
      Your fire-|new* stamp | of ho|nor is scarce | current.
      ,               ,        ,    ,           ,
      O that | your young | nobi|lity | could judge
              ,          ,         ,        ,    2 ,
      What 'twere | to lose | it, and | be mis|erable.
                    ,     ,          ,       ,          ,           ->
260   They that / stand high,| have ma|ny blasts | to shake || them
       ,      2       ,           ,           ,         ,      2->
      And | if they fall,| they dash | themselves | to pie||ces.
 
RICHARD
              ,       ,        ,           ,       2     ,
      Good* coun|sel mar|ry: learn | it, learn | it marquess.
 
DORSET
           ,        ,         ,         ,        ,
      It touch|eth you | my lord,| as much | as me.
 
RICHARD
       T    .    T    ,        ,         ,         ,
      Aye, and much more:| but I | was born | so high,
           ,       ,        ,        ,        ,
265   Our ae|rie buil|deth in | the ce|dar's top,
           ,         ,          ,           ,          ,
      And dal|lies with | the wind | and scorns | the sun.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
            ,          ,         ,        ,     ,
      And turns | the sun | to shade:| alas,| alas,
       ,            ,     ,             ,          ,
      Witness | my son,| now in | the shade | of death,
               ,          ,         ,           ,       ,
      Whose^bright | out-shi|ning beams | thy clou|dy wrath
        ,         ,        ,        ,       ,
270   Hath in | eter|nal dark|ness fol|ded up.
            ,       ,             ,   ,         ,
      Your ae|rie buil|deth in / our ae|rie's nest.
         ,           ,          ,        ,       ,
      O God | that seest | it, do | not suf|fer it,
       ,           ,           ,       ,           ,
      As it | was won | with blood,| lost be | it so.
 
BUCKINGHAM
        T      T    .    T         ,         ,     ,
      Peace, peace for shame:| if not | for cha|rity.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
            ,        ,     ,         ,         ,
275   Urge^nei|ther cha|rity,| nor shame | to me:
       , ,             ,         ,          ,
      Uncha/rita|bly with | me have | you dealt,
            ,      2    ,       2     ,          ,          o
      And shame|fully (by | you) my hopes | are but|chered.
          ,              ,  ,      ,         ,
      My cha|rity is // outrage, life | my shame
           ,          ,             ,        ,          ,
      And in | that shame | still^live | my sor|row's rage.
 
BUCKINGHAM
       __     __     __     __    oo
280   Have | done,| have | done.|
 
QUEEN MARGARET
           ,        ,      ,           ,          ,
      O prince|ly Buck|ingham | I'll kiss | thy hand,
           ,          ,         ,    ,          ,
      In sign | of league | and a|mity | with thee:
            ,        ,      ,             ,       ,
      Now fair | befall | thee and | thy no|ble house:
           ,               ,    ,        ,          ,
      Thy gar|ments are / not spot|ted with | our blood:
            ,        ,         ,        ,        ,
285   Nor thou | within | the com|pass of | my curse.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,         ,         ,       ,       ,
      Nor no | one here:| for cur|ses ne|ver pass
            ,         ,             ,            ,        ,
      The lips | of those | that breathe | them in | the air.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
            ,        ,           ,       ,          ,
      I'll not | believe | but they | ascend | the sky,
            ,        ,           ,        ,         ,
      And there | awake | God's^gen|tle-slee|ping peace.
          ,      ,           ,        ,       ,
290   O Buck|ingham,| take heed | of yon|der dog:
        ,              ,          ,           ,         ,
      Look when | he fawns,| he bites;| and when | he bites,
           ,       ,           ,       ,         ,
      His ve|nom tooth | will ran|kle to | the death.
            ,        ,         ,        ,        ,
      Have not | to do | with him,| beware | of him;
       T     T     .    T          ,            ,         ,
      Sin, death, and hell | have set | their marks | on him,
           ,           ,      ,        ,        ,
295   And all | their mi|nisters | attend | on him.
 
RICHARD
             ,         ,         ,         ,      ,
      What doth | she say,| my Lord | of Buck|ingham?
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,             ,       ,         ,          ,
      Nothing | that I | respect,| my gra|cious lord.
 
QUEEN MARGARET
             ,           ,      ,    2      ,         ,
      What dost | thou scorn | me for my | gentle | counsel?
             ,          ,       ,        ,           ,
      And soothe | the de|vil that | I warn | thee from?
         ,       ,        ,      ,       ,
300   O but | remem|ber this | ano|ther day:
            ,           ,          ,      ,           ,       o
      When he | shall split | thy ve|ry heart | with sor|row:
           ,      T   T   T      ,       ,      __
      And say |(poor Margaret)| was a | prophe|tess:  (hex with prev)
             ,        ,         ,         ,         ,
      Live^each | of you | the sub|jects to | his hate,
           ,        ,          ,        ,         ,
      And he | to yours,| and all | of you | to God's.
 
[Exit]
 
HASTINGS
           ,           ,         ,         ,         ,      2->
305   My hair | doth stand | on end | to hear | her cur||ses.
 
RIVERS
           ,          ,        ,          ,         ,    3  3->
      And so | doth mine,| I muse | why she's | at li||berty.
 
RICHARD
         ,        ,                 ,    ,     ,      ->
      I can|not blame | her, by / God's ho|ly mo||ther,
       ,        2     ,           ,         ,       ,
      She | hath had too | much^wrong;| and I | repent
           ,          ,        ,          ,        ,
      My part | thereof | that I | have done | to her.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
         ,      ,        ,     ,        ,         2->
310   I ne|ver did | her a|ny to | my know||ledge.
 
RICHARD
           ,          ,         ,        ,         ,
      But you | have all | the van|tage of | her wrong.
      ,            ,        ,        ,      ,
      I was | too hot,| to do | somebo|dy good,
            ,         ,         ,        ,       ,
      That is | too cold | in thin|king of | it now.
       ,       ,        ,           2     ,        ,
      Marry | as for | Clarence,| he is well | repaid,
                 ,     ,       ,        ,          ,
315   He is / franked up | to fat|ting for | his pains
           ,        ,          ,          ,           ,
      God^par|don them,| that are | the cause | thereof.
 
RIVERS
         ,    2     ,        ,          ,        ,       2->
      A vir|tuous, and | a Chris|tian-like | conclu||sion
           ,          ,                  ,     ,         ,
      To pray | for them | that have / done scathe | to us.
 
RICHARD
          ,     ,       ,       ,       ,
      So do | I e|ver, be|ing well-|advised.
           ,         ,      ,              ,         ,
320   For had | I cursed | now, I | had cursed | myself.
 
[Enter CATESBY]
 
CATESBY
       ,           ,     ,          ,         ,
      Madam,| his ma|jesty | doth call | for you,
           ,           ,           ,         ,          ,
      And for | your grace,| and yours | my gra|cious lord.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH
        ,           ,      ,               ,         ,
      Catesby | I come.| Lords will | you go | with me.
 
RIVERS
           ,      ,           ,
      We wait | upon | your grace.   \\
 
[Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER]
 
RICHARD
         ,         ,           ,        ,         ,
325   I do | the wrong,| and first | begin | to brawl.
           ,       ,           ,       ,        ,
      The se|cret mis|chiefs that | I set | abroach
         ,     ,  2        ,           ,        ,
      I lay | unto the | grievous | charge of | others.
       ,           ,   2     ,           ,         ,
      Clarence,| whom I in|deed have | cast in | darkness,
         ,       ,        ,     ,        ,
      I do | beweep | to ma|ny sim|ple gulls
       ,           ,       ,           ,      ,
330   Namely | to Der|by, Has|tings, Buck|ingham;
            ,           ,          ,      ,         ,
      And tell | them 'tis | the queen,| and her | allies,
             ,          ,        ,           ,        ,        ->
      That stir | the king | against | the duke | my bro||ther.
       ,        2               ,        ,      ,
      Now | they believe | it; and | withal | whet me
          ,        ,         ,        ,          ,
      To be | revenged | on Ri|vers, Vau|ghan, Gray:
            ,        ,     ,      2      ,          ,
335   But then | I sigh,| and with a | piece of | scripture,
        ,      2        ,    ,              ,        ,
      Tell them that | God bids / us do | good for | evil:
            ,         ,         ,      ,     ,
      And thus | I clothe | my na|ked vil|lany
        .   T   T    T      Tx     T    .  T     ,
      With^odd old ends,| stolen forth of ho|ly writ,
            ,        ,            ,        ,          x
      And seem | a saint,| when most | I play | the devil.
            ,           ,        ,   ,      ,
      But soft,| here come | my ex|ecu|tioners,
           ,        ,       ,        ,        ,
340   How now | my har|dy stout | resol|ved mates,
           ,         ,               ,     ,    ,
      Are you | now go|ing to dis//patch this thing?
 
FIRST MURDERER
          ,         ,          ,         ,           x
      We are | my lord,| and come | to have | the warrant,
            ,        ,      ,        ,         ,
      That we | may be | admit|ted where | he is.
 
RICHARD
        T     T    . T        ,         ,       ,        ->
      Well thought upon,| I have | it here | about || me:
        ,       2       ,        ,         ,       ,
345   When | you have done,| repair | to Cros|by Place;
            ,        ,     3  3     ,   ,       o
      But sirs | be sud|den in the ex|ecu|tion,
          ,     ,          ,         ,          ,
      Withal | obdur|ate, do | not hear | him plead;
           ,               ,   ,        ,         ,
      For Cla|rence is / well-spo|ken, and | perhaps
            ,            ,         ,      ,         ,         2->
      May move | your hearts | to pi|ty, if | you mark || him.
 
FIRST MURDERER
           ,         ,     ,              ,          ,
350   Tut^tut,| my lord,| we will | not stand | to prate,
        ,            ,         ,       ,       ,
      Talkers | are no | good^do|ers, be | assured:
          ,       ,          ,          ,           ,
      We go | to use | our hands,| and not | our tongues.
 
RICHARD
        .    T    T    T     ,             T      T    T            ,
      Your^eyes drop mill|stones, when | fools' eyes fall || tears:
          ,          ,       ,          ,            ,
      I like | you lads,| about | your bus|iness straight.
           ,        ,
355   Go* go,| dispatch.
 
FIRST MURDERER
                              ,        ,       ,
                         We will | my no|ble lord.
 
[Exeunt]

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