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Richard III

Act 2, Scene 3

London. A street.
 
[Enter two Citizens meeting]
 
FIRST CITIZEN
            ,        ,         ,      2  ,         ,
      Good mor|row neigh|bor: whe|ther away | so fast?
 
SECOND CITIZEN
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      I pro|mise you,| I scarce|ly know | myself:
        ,              ,        ,
      Hear you | the news | abroad?
 
FIRST CITIZEN
       ,                ,         ,
      Yes, that | the king | is dead.  (trimeter with prev)
 
SECOND CITIZEN
            ,      2     ,      ,        ,            x
5     Ill news | by our la|dy, sel|dom comes | the better:
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      I fear,| I fear,| 'twill prove | a gid|dy world.
 
[Enter another Citizen]
 
THIRD CITIZEN
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      Neighbors,| God speed.
 
FIRST CITIZEN
                              T       2      ,       ,
                            Give | you good mor|row sir.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
                   ,    ,         ,          ,          ,
      Doth the / news hold | of good | King^Ed|ward's death?
 
SECOND CITIZEN
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10    Aye sir,| it is / too true,| God help | the while.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
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      Then mas|ters look | to see | a troub|lous world.
 
FIRST CITIZEN
          ,    .   T     T    T          ,            ,
      No no,| by God's good grace,| his son | shall reign.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
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      Woe to | the land | that's go|verned by | a child.
 
SECOND CITIZEN
          ,           ,       ,        ,       ,
      In him | there is | a hope | of go|vernment,
             ,        ,         ,       ,      ,
15    Which^in | his no|nage, coun|cil un|der him,
           ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      And in | his full | and ri|pened years,| himself
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      No doubt | shall then,| and till | then go|vern well.
 
FIRST CITIZEN
           ,           ,       ,   ,             ,
      So stood | the state,| when Hen/ry the | Sixth
      <-          ,          ,       ,         T     T    T
        Was || crowned in | Paris,| but at | nine months old.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
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20    Stood the | state so?| No no,| good friends,| God wot
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      For then | this land | was fa|mously | enriched
            ,           ,     ,         ,          ,
      With po|litic / grave coun|sel; then | the king
           ,    2    ,       ,        ,          ,
      Had vir|tuous un|cles to | protect | his grace.
 
FIRST CITIZEN
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      Why so | hath this,| both by his | father and | mother.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
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25    Better it | were they | all came | by his | father:
          ,        ,        ,            ,        ,
      Or by | the fa|ther there | were none | at all:
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      For e|mula|tion, who | shall now | be nearest,
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      Will touch | us all | too near,| if God | prevent || not.
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      O / full of | danger is the | Duke of | Gloucester,
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30    And the / queen's sons,| and bro|thers, haught | and proud:
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      And were | they to | be ruled,| and not | to rule,
             ,       ,           ,       ,       ,
      This sick|ly land,| might so|lace as | before.
 
FIRST CITIZEN
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      Come come,| we fear | the worst:| all will | be well.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
              ,           ,      ,            ,            ,
      When clouds | are seen,| wisemen | put on | their cloaks;
             ,        T     T     T     ,         2     ,
35    When great | leaves fall, then | winter | is at hand;
                  ,    ,          ,          ,          ,
      When the / sun sets,| who doth | not look | for night?
          ,        ,       ,           ,          ,
      Untime|ly storms,| make men | expect | a dearth:
           ,         ,              ,    ,        ,
      All may | be well;| but if / God sort | it so,
             ,          ,       ,        ,       ,
      'Tis more | than we | deserve,| or I | expect.
 
SECOND CITIZEN
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40    Truly,| the hearts | of men | are full | of fear:
          ,       ,        ,         ,       ,
      Ye can|not rea|son (al|most) with | a man,
             ,          ,     ,         ,         ,
      That looks | not hea|vily,| and full | of dread.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
          ,          ,          ,       ,            ,
      Before | the days | of change,| still is | it so:
        2       ,   ,    T      T     T          ,
      By a di/vine in|stinct, men's minds | mistrust
          ,      ,        ,        ,         ,
45    Pursu|ing dan|ger; as | by proof | we see
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      The wa|ter swell | before | a boi|sterous storm:
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      But leave | it all | to God.| Whither | away?
 
SECOND CITIZEN
       ,       ,          ,          2     ,     ,
      Marry | we were | sent for | to the jus|tices.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
           ,       ,          ,         ,     ,
      And so | was I:| I'll bear | you com|pany.
 
[Exeunt]

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