Prescanned Shakespeare.com
presented by Acoustic Learning


Richard III

Act 3, Scene 1

London. A street.
 
[The trumpets sound. Enter the young PRINCE EDWARD, GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM, CARDINAL, CATESBY, and others]
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,                  ,         ,        ,          ,       ->
      Welcome | sweet* prince | to Lon|don, to | your cham||ber.
 
RICHARD
       ,         ,     ,              ,       ,  2
      Wel|come dear | cousin,| my thoughts'| sovereign
           ,      ,           ,         ,      ,    ->
      The wea|ry way | hath made | you me|lancho||ly.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
       ,    ,         2      ,       ,        ,
      No | uncle,| but our cros|ses on | the way,
        ,      2      ,  2      ,      ,          ,
5     Have made it | tedious,| weari|some, and | heavy.
          ,          ,        ,        ,        ,
      I want | more un|cles here | to wel|come me.
 
RICHARD
                ,        2    ,       ,       ,          ,
      Sweet* prince,| the untain|ted vir|tue of | your years
            ,          ,      ,            ,          ,
      Hath not | yet dived | into | the world's | deceit:
           ,         ,        ,         ,      ,
      No more | can you | distin|guish of | a man,
            ,        ,         ,           ,         ,
10    Than of | his out|ward show,| which God | he knows,
       ,           ,      ,         ,          ,
      Seldom | or ne|ver jum|peth with | the heart.
             ,        ,           ,          ,      ,
      Those^un|cles which | you want,| were dan|gerous:
             ,        ,       ,          ,         ,
      Your grace | atten|ded to | their su|gared words,
             ,      ,            ,       ,            ,
      But looked | not on | the poi|son of | their hearts:
             ,       2       ,     ,           T    T      T
15    God* keep | you from them,| and from | such false friends.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
            ,                ,      ,            ,           ,
      God keep | me from / false friends,| but they | were none.
 
RICHARD
        x             ,   2      ,         ,          ,
      My lord, the | mayor of | London | comes to | greet you.
 
[Enter the Lord Mayor and his train]
 
LORD MAYOR
            ,            ,             ,          ,       ,
      God^bless | your grace,| with health | and hap|py days.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
          ,            ,         ,          ,          ,
      I thank | you, good | my lord,| and thank | you all:
           ,          ,        ,        ,         ,
20    I thought | my mo|ther, and | my bro|ther York,
              ,          ,          ,        ,        ,
      Would long,| ere this,| have met | us on | the way.
       ,              ,        ,             2       ,    ,
      Fie, what | a slug | is Has|tings, that he / comes not
           ,         ,         ,           ,        ,
      To tell | us, whe|ther they | will come,| or no.
 
[Enter HASTINGS]
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,          ,           ,           ,         ,
      And in | good^time,| here comes | the swea|ting lord.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
       ,             ,      ,               ,        ,
25    Welcome,| my lord:| what, will | our mo|ther come?
 
HASTINGS
           ,       ,       ,         ,         ,
      On what | occa|sion God | he knows,| not I;
            ,           ,        ,          ,         ,
      The queen | your mo|ther, and | your bro|ther York,
            ,       ,     x         ,         ,
      Have ta|ken sanc|tuary:| the ten|der prince
              ,           ,          ,        ,           ,
      Would fain | have come | with me | to meet | your grace,
           ,        ,       ,         ,           ,
30    But by | his mo|ther was | perforce | withheld.
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,              ,     ,         ,          ,
      Fie, what | an in|direct | and pee|vish course
           ,         ,      ,   ,    2                  ,
      Is this | of hers?| Lord car/dinal, will | your grace
           ,           ,          ,          ,         ,
      Persuade | the queen,| to send | the Duke | of York
         ,          ,       ,        ,       ,
      Unto | his prince|ly bro|ther pre|sently?
          ,       ,         ,         ,         ,
35    If she | deny,| Lord^Has|tings go | with him,
            ,         ,         ,      ,              ,
      And from | her jea|lous arms | pluck him | perforce.
 
CARDINAL
           ,         ,     2      2       ,  ,     x
      My Lord | of Buck|ingham, if my / weak o|ratory
            ,         ,       ,          ,         ,
      Can from | his mo|ther win | the Duke | of York,
        ,        ,          ,       2    ,        ,   3   3->
      Anon | expect | him here;| but if she | be ob|durate
           ,        ,         ,          x         ,
40    To mild | entrea|ties, God | in heaven | forbid
            ,          ,          ,     ,      ,
      We should | infringe | the ho|ly pri|vilege
           ,        ,     x       2     ,           ,
      Of bles|sed sanc|tuary:| not for all | this land,
            ,        ,           ,   ,       ,
      Would I | be guil|ty of / so deep | a sin.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,          ,         ,      ,         ,
      You are | too sense|less ob|stinate,| my lord,
           ,    ,   2     ,        ,     ,
45    Too ce|remo|nious, and | tradi|tional.
        ,              ,          ,         ,         ,
      Weigh it | but with | the gross|ness of | this age,
            ,           ,     x        ,        ,
      You break | not sanc|tuary,| in sei|zing him:
           ,    ,          ,       ,        ,      2->
      The be|nefit | thereof | is al|ways gran||ted
           ,            ,          ,         ,           ,
      To those,| whose^dea|lings have | deserved | the place,
            ,           ,         ,         ,           ,
50    And those | who have | the wit | to claim | the place:
              ,           ,              x      ,        ,
      This^prince | hath nei|ther claimed it,| nor de|served it,
             ,         ,       2  ,        ,          x
      And there|fore, in | mine^opin|ion, can|not have it.
            ,       ,            ,           ,         ,
      Then ta|king him | from thence,| that is | not there,
            ,         ,      ,          ,        ,
      You break | no pri|vilege,| nor char|ter there:
       ,             ,          ,    ,     ,
55    Oft have | I heard | of sanc|tua|ry men,
            ,    ,      ,          ,          ,
      But sanc|tua|ry chil|dren, nere | till now.
 
CARDINAL
           ,          ,           ,         ,          ,
      My lord,| you shall | ore^rule | my mind | for once.
            ,         ,           ,         ,         ,
      Come on,| Lord^Has|tings, will | you go | with me?
 
HASTINGS
         ,        ,
      I go,| my lord.   ????
 
PRINCE EDWARD
              ,           ,          ,       ,          ,
60    Good* lords,| make all | the spee|dy haste | you may.
       ,             ,          ,        ,         ,
      Say, un|cle Glouce|ster, if | our bro|ther come,
        ,        2      ,          ,         ,    ,
      Where shall we | sojourn,| till our | coro|nation?
 
RICHARD
                    ,      ,       ,         ,       ,
      Where it / thinkst best | unto | your roy|al self.
         ,         ,       ,          ,        ,
      If I | may coun|sel you,| some day | or two
             ,         ,         ,         ,         x
65    Your high|ness shall | repose | you at | the Tower:
             ,            ,           ,           ,            ,
      Then where | you please,| and shall | be thought | most^fit
                   ,     ,          ,    ,       o
      For your / best health,| and re|crea|tion.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
         ,         ,          x        ,      ,
      I do | not like | the Tower,| of a|ny place.
           ,   2   ,        ,            ,          ,
      Did Ju|lius Cae|sar build | that place,| my lord?
 
BUCKINGHAM
          ,        ,          ,       ,           ,
70    He did,| my gra|cious lord,| begin | that place,
              ,         ,       ,    2      ,  ,      ,  ->
      Which^since,| succee|ding a|ges have re-|edi||fied.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
       ,         ,   ,              ,       ,    ->
      Is / it u|pon re/cord? Or | else re||ported
          ,       ,         ,        ,          ,        2->
      Succes|sively | from age | to age,|| he built | it?
 
BUCKINGHAM
        ,     ,           ,          ,
      Upon | record,| my gra|cious lord.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
           ,          ,         ,         ,      ,
75    But say, | my lord,| it were | not re|gistered,
           ,           ,              ,          ,        ,
      Methinks | the truth | should live | from age | to age,
            ,          ,         ,       ,     ,
      As 'twere | retailed | to all | poste|rity,
      ,       ,        ,        ,       ,
      Even | to the | gene|ral en|ding day.
 
GLOUCESTER [Aside]
           ,         ,           ,        ,    2       ,
      So wise,| so young,| they say | do ne|ver live^long.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
            ,          ,
80    What say | you, un|cle?  (pickup after)
 
RICHARD
         ,         ,     ,    2        T    T     T
      I say,| without | characters,| fame lives long.
        ,               ,        ,      ,     ,
      Thus, like | the for|mal vice,| Ini|quity,
         ,  .  T   T   T              ,    ,
      I mo|ralize two mea|nings in / one word.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
            ,   2   ,       ,       ,       ,
      That Ju|lius Cae|sar was | a fa|mous man,
             ,         ,      ,        ,         ,
85    With what | his va|lor did | enrich | his wit,
           ,          ,         ,         ,       ,
      His wit | set down,| to make | his va|lor live;
        T     T    T    ,              ,     ,    2
      Death makes no | conquest | of this | conqueror,
           ,         ,          ,            ,         ,
      For now | he lives | in fame,| though not | in life.
             ,          ,        ,        ,      ,
      I'll tell | you what,| my cou|sin Buck|ingham,
 
BUCKINGHAM
        ,        ,          ,
90    What,| my gra|cious lord? (pickup from before)
 
PRINCE EDWARD
           ,       ,       ,       ,      ,
      And if | I live | until | I be | a man,
            ,         ,         ,           ,        ,
      I'll win | our an|cient right | in France | again,
          ,       ,         ,       ,         ,
      Or die | a sol|dier, as | I lived | a king.
 
GLOUCESTER [Aside]
       ___     ,          ,           2   ,          ,
      Short | summers | lightly | have a for|ward spring.
 
[Enter young YORK, HASTINGS, and the CARDINAL]
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,               ,           ,           ,         ,
95    Now in | good* time,| here comes | the Duke | of York.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
       ,     2       ,           ,          ,       ,
      Richard of | York, how | fares our | noble | brother?
 
YORK
        ,                ,         ,        ,         ,
      Well, my | dear* lord,| so must | I call | you now.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
       ,    ,                   ,         ,        ,
      Aye, bro/ther, to | our grief,| as it | is yours:
            ,         ,           ,            ,           x
      Too late | he died,| that might | have kept | that title,
        ,              ,            ,          ,     ,
100   Which by | his death | hath lost | much^ma|jesty.
 
RICHARD
            ,          ,        ,       ,         ,
      How fares | our cou|sin, no|ble Lord | of York?
 
YORK
          ,           ,       ,      ,        ,
      I thank | you, gen|tle un|cle. O | my lord,
            ,         ,       ,           ,          ,
      You said,| that i|dle weeds | are fast | in growth:
             ,         ,          ,         ,         ,
      The prince,| my bro|ther, hath | outgrown | me far.
 
RICHARD
           ,         ,
105   He hath,| my lord.
 
YORK
                              ,         ,      ,      ->
                        And there|fore is | he i||dle?
 
RICHARD
       ,        ,       x          ,         ,
      Oh | my fair | cousin, I | must not | say so.
 
YORK
            ,        ,       ,      2    ,         ,
      Then he | is more | behol|ding to you,| than I.
 
RICHARD
          ,         ,        ,       ,     ,
      He may | command | me as | my so|vereign,
           ,           x         ,       ,      ,        2->
110   But you | have power | in me,| as in | a kins||man.
 
YORK
          ,          ,        ,         ,     ,
      I pray | you, un|cle, give | me this | dagger.
 
RICHARD
          ,          x      ,             ,         ,
      My dag|ger, little | cousin?| With all | my heart.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
         ,        ,
      A beg|gar, bro|ther?  (pickup after)
 
YORK
                ,   ,        ,        ,           ,
      Of my / kind un|cle, that | I know | will give,
            x        2   ,           ,        ,          ,
115   And being | but a toy,| which is | no grief | to give.
 
RICHARD
          ,        ,           ,           ,          x
      A grea|ter gift | than that,| I'll give | my cousin.
 
YORK
          ,        ,    ,                 ,      ,
      A grea|ter gift?| O, that's | the sword | to it.
 
RICHARD
      ___    ,        ,           2     ,        ,
      Aye,| gentle | cousin,| were it light | enough.
 
YORK
          ,       ,       2       ,                 ,     ,
      O then | I see,| you will part | but with / light gifts,
            ,    2     ,             ,       ,       ,
120   In weight|ier things | you'll say | a beg|gar nay.
 
RICHARD
               ,    ,       ,           ,          ,
      It is / too weigh|ty for | your grace | to wear.
 
YORK
          ,          ,         ,        ,     ,
      I weigh | it light|ly, were | it hea|vier.
 
RICHARD
        ,                 ,        ,        ,        ,
      What, would | you have | my wea|pon, lit|tle lord?
 
YORK
          ,          ,           ,           ,    ,           ,     ->
      I would | that I | might thank | you, as,| as, you || call me.
 
RICHARD
      ___
125   How?
 
YORK
            ,
           Little.  (pickup from before)
 
PRINCE EDWARD
           ,         ,           ,          ,          ,
      My Lord | of York | will still | be cross | in talk:
       ,             ,            ,         ,          ,
      Uncle,| your grace | knows^how | to bear | with him.
 
YORK
            ,         ,         ,         ,      ,
      You mean | to bear | me, not | to bear | with me:
       ,          ,         ,           ,         ,
130   Uncle,| my bro|ther mocks | both you | and me,
          ,          ,       ,         ,        ,
      Because | that I | am lit|tle, like | an ape,
            ,           ,             ,        ,          ,        2->
      He thinks | that you | should bear | me on | your shoul||ders.
 
BUCKINGHAM
             ,        ,        ,      ,        ,        o
      With what | a sharp-|provi|ded wit | he rea|sons:
          ,     ,          ,          ,          ,      o
      To mi|tigate | the scorn | he gives | his un|cle,    (hex with prev)
           ,     ,        ,        ,          ,
135   He pret|tily | and apt|ly taunts | himself:
          ,         ,         ,         ,      ,
      So cun|ning, and | so young,| is won|derful.
 
RICHARD
           ,            ,           ,       ,    oo
      My lord,| wilt please | you pass | along?|
          ,               ,   ,        ,      ,
      Myself,| and my / good cou|sin Buck|ingham,
            ,         ,        ,       ,         ,
      Will to | your mo|ther, to | entreat | of her
           ,         ,         x          ,        ,
140   To meet | you at | the Tower,| and wel|come you.
 
YORK
        ,               ,      ,         x          ,
      What, will | you go | unto | the Tower,| my lord?
 
PRINCE EDWARD
           ,        ,     2       ,        ,   oo
      My lord | protec|tor will have | it so.|
 
YORK
          ,           ,         ,      ,         x
      I shall | not sleep | in qui|et at | the Tower.
 
RICHARD
       T     T     T           ,
      Why, what should | you fear?   ????
 
YORK
       ,          ,      ,          ,       ,
145   Marry,| my un|cle Cla|rence' an|gry ghost:
           ,        ,        ,        ,          ,
      My gran|dam told | me he | was mur|dered there.
 
PRINCE EDWARD
          ,        ,        ,
      I fear | no un|cles dead.
 
RICHARD
            ,           ,        ,
      Nor none | that live,| I hope.   (trimeter with prev)
 
PRINCE EDWARD
           ,          ,        ,        ,          ,
      And if | they live,| I hope | I need | not fear.
            ,         ,          ,       ,       ,
150   But come | my lord;| and with | a hea|vy heart,
        ,             ,       ,      ,         x
      Thinking | on them,| go I | unto | the Tower.
 
[A Sennet. Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM and CATESBY]
 
BUCKINGHAM
        ,              ,          ,       ,         ,
      Think you,| my lord,| this lit|tle pra|ting York
           ,         ,       2     ,       ,      o
      Was not | incensed | by his sub|tle mo|ther,
           ,           ,           ,       ,     2   ,
      To taunt | and scorn | you thus | oppro|briously?
 
RICHARD
           ,          ,     ,           ,   2     ,
155   No doubt,| no doubt:| O 'tis | a pe|rilous boy;
        T     T     . T    2    ,         ,    ,
      Bold, quick, ingen|ious, for|ward, ca|pable:
        2    ,         ,           ,         ,        ,
      He is all | the mo|ther's, from | the top | to toe.
 
BUCKINGHAM
              ,           ,          ,        ,
      Well*, let | them rest:| Come hi|ther Cates|by,
      <-  ,           ,          ,    3  3    ,      ,           ,
        Thou || art sworn | as deep|ly to effect | what we | intend,
           ,       ,        ,          ,       ,
160   As close|ly to | conceal | what we | impart:
              ,          ,         ,       ,         ,
      Thou knowst | our rea|sons urged | upon | the way,
              ,        ,     2      ,        ,      ,
      What thinkst | thou? Is it | not an | easy | matter,
           ,     ,              ,    ,              ,
      To make | William | Lord^Has|tings of | our mind,
       ,            ,         ,         ,       ,
      For the | install|ment of | this no|ble duke
                 ,   ,      ,         ,        ,
165   In the / seat roy|al of | this fa|mous isle?
 
CATESBY
       ,            ,          ,         ,            ,
      He for | his fa|ther's sake | so loves | the prince,
            ,         ,        ,         ,         ,         2->
      That he | will not | be won | to aught | against || him.
 
BUCKINGHAM
              ,             ,         ,         ,         ,
      What thinkst | thou then | of Stan|ley? Will | not he?
 
CATESBY
           ,        ,        ,        ,          ,
      He will | do all | in all | as Has|tings^doth.
 
BUCKINGHAM
        ,          T   T   T     __
170   Well then,| no more but | this:
      <- __     ,         ,        ,    2       T   T   T
         Go,|| gentle | Catesby,| and as it | were far off,
        ,            T   T   T   ->
      Sound thou | Lord Hastings,
       T   T   T       ,        ,       ,        ,        oo
      How he doth || stand af|fected | to our | purpose,|
           ,       ,       ,       ,         x
      And sum|mon him | tomor|row to | the Tower,
          ,       ,         ,    ,       o
175   To sit | about | the co|rona|tion.
           ,           ,          ,     ,        ,
      If thou | dost find | him trac|table | to us,
         ,        ,          ,         ,         ,        ->
      Encou|rage him,| and show | him all | our rea||sons:
       ,     2      x     ,       ,       ,
      If | he be leaden,| icy,| cold, un|willing,
           ,        ,         ,          ,          ,
      Be thou | so too,| and so | break^off | the talk,
            ,        ,     3  3     ,     ,       o
180   And give | us no|tice of his in|clina|tion:
           ,      ,        ,       ,       ,       ->
      For we | tomor|row hold | divi|ded coun||cils,
        ,     2     ,            ,      ,        ,
      Where|in thyself | shalt high|ly be | employed.
 
RICHARD
           ,      2     ,      ,         ,          ,
      Commend | me to Lord | William:| tell him | Catesby,
           ,         ,        ,    2     ,     ,      2->
      His an|cient knot | of dan|gerous ad|versa||ries
         ,     2     ,      ,         ,        ,
185   Tomor|row are let | blood at | Pomfret|-castle,
           ,         ,         ,                ,    ,
      And bid | my lord,| for joy | of this / good news,
            ,          ,          ,        ,          ,
      Give Mis|tress Shore | one gen|tle kiss | the more.
 
BUCKINGHAM
              ,        ,       ,          ,          ,       2->
      Good* Cates|by, go | effect | this bus|iness sound||ly.
 
CATESBY
           ,            ,          ,          ,       ,
      My good | lords^both,| with all | the heed | I may.
 
RICHARD
        ,          ,                ,        ,         ,
190   Shall we | hear from | you, Cates|by, ere | we sleep?
 
CATESBY
            ,          ,
      You shall,| my lord.  (pickup after)
 
RICHARD
           ,       ,       ,                 ,         ,
      At Cros|by House,| there shall | you find | us both.
 
[Exit CATESBY]
 
BUCKINGHAM
      ___        ,           ,         ,
      Now,| my lord,| what shall | we do,
          ,        ,           ,    ,
      If we | perceive | Lord^Has|tings will (tetra with prev)
            ,               ,   ,
195   Not yield | to our / complots?  (pickup from before)
 
RICHARD
        ,              ,      ,          ,     2    ,
      Chop off | his head:| Something | we will de|termine:
            ,         ,        ,      ,           ,
      And look | when I | am king,| claim thou | of me
            ,          ,     ,       2     ,      ,
      The earl|dom of He|reford,| and the mo|veables
            ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      Whereof | the king,| my bro|ther, was | possessed.
 
BUCKINGHAM
             ,           ,        ,         ,         ,
200   I'll claim | that pro|mise at | your gra|ce's hand.
 
RICHARD
            ,         ,         ,     2      ,      ,
      And look | to have | it yiel|ded with all | kindness.
        ,             ,        ,           ,      ,
      Come, let | us sup | betimes,| that af|terwards
       ,    2     ,         T   T    .   T     __
      We may di|gest our | complots in some | form.
 
[Exeunt]

← Previous Scene | Next Scene →


Home