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Richard III

Act 3, Scene 7

Baynard's Castle.
 
[Enter GLOUCESTER and BUCKINGHAM, at several doors]
 
RICHARD
           ,         ,          ,         ,     ,
      How now,| how now,| what say | the ci|tizens?
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,            ,     ,       ,         ,
      Now by | the ho|ly mo|ther of | our Lord,
           ,     ,         ,     T   T  .   T
      The ci|tizens | are mum,| say not a word.
 
RICHARD
         ,       2       ,      ,       ,           ,
      Touched you the | bastar|dy of | Edward's | children?
 
BUCKINGHAM
         ,        2     ,    ,           ,      ,
5     I did,| with his con|tract with | Lady | Lucy,
                 ,   ,         ,    ,         ,
      And his / contract | by de|puty | in France,
         2   ,   2     ,      ,        ,        ,
      The unsa|tiate gree|diness | of his | desire,
           ,        ,         ,        ,      ,
      And his | enforce|ment of | the ci|ty wives,
           ,    3  3     ,               ,   ,      ,
      His ty|ranny* for tri|fles, his / own bas|tardy,
          ,      ,          ,        ,          ,
10    As be|ing got,| your fa|ther then | in France,
           ,       ,            x           ,          ,
      And his | resem|blance, being | not like | the duke.
          ,       ,       ,          ,   2   ,
      Withal,| I did | infer | your lin|eaments,
        x           ,      ,     ,         ,
      Being the | right i|dea | of your | father,
        ,              ,         ,      ,         ,
      Both in | your form,| and no|bleness | of mind:
           ,      ,          ,     x          ,
15    Laid^o|pen all | your vic|tories in | Scotland,
            ,      ,         ,     ,            ,
      Your dis|cipline | in war,| wisdom | in peace,
             ,       ,         ,       ,    ,
      Your boun|ty, vir|tue, fair | humi|lity:
          ,          ,        ,      2      ,     ,
      Indeed,| left^no|thing fit|ting for your | purpose,
            ,          ,         ,       ,         ,
      Untouched,| or slight|ly hand|led in | discourse.
            ,       ,    ,      ,            ,
20    And when | my o|rato|ry drew | toward end,
         ,           ,          ,            ,          ,
      I bid | them that | did love | their coun|try's good,
       T    T    T     ,         ,           ,        __  ->
      Cry, God save | Richard,| England's | royal || king.
 
RICHARD
           ,          ,
      And did | they so?
 
BUCKINGHAM
      <- T   T  T       ,         T    T    T        ,
        No, so God || help me,| they spake not | a word,
      <- ,            T   T   T         ,           ,
25      But like || dumb statues,| or brea|thing stones,
      <-  __        ,       ,              ,       ,       __
        Stared || each on | other,| and looked | deadly | pale:
        T     T  .  T       ,     ,        ,
      Which when I saw,| I rep|rehen|ded them,
            ,           x            ,           ,        ,        ->
      And asked | the mayor,| what meant | this will|ful si||lence?
       ,     ,        ,          ,           2      ,
      His | answer | was, the | people | were not used
                ,    ,        ,          ,      o
30    To be / spoke to,| but by | the recor|der.
        ,             ,          ,         ,       ,
      Then he | was urged | to tell | my tale | again:
             ,           ,           ,          ,         ,
      Thus saith | the duke,| thus hath | the duke | inferred,
           ,         ,         ,         ,         ,
      But no|thing spoke | in war|rant from | himself.
            ,         ,          ,    2     ,         ,
      When he | had done,| some fol|lowers of | mine own,
        2     ,      ,      2      ,       ,                ,
35    At the lo|wer end | of the hall,| hurled up | their caps,
         2      ,     ,         ,           ,         ,
      And some ten | voices | cried, God^|save King^|Richard:
            ,        ,         ,              ,    ,
      And thus | I took | the van|tage of / those few,
         T     Tx    T     ,           ,            ,
      Thanks gentle ci|tizens,| and friends,| quoth^I,
            ,   3  3     ,           ,         ,
      This ge|neral applause,| and cheer|ful shout,
      <- ,              ,        ,           ,        ,        o
40      Argues || your wis|dom, and | your love | to Ri|chard:
          ,       ,           ,          ,      ,
      And e|ven here | brake^off,| and came | away.
 
RICHARD
             ,            ,            ,           ,           ,
      What tongue|less blocks | were they,| would not | they speak?
            ,          x            ,          ,          ,
      Will not | the mayor | then, and | his breth|ren, come?
 
BUCKINGHAM
            x          ,         ,        ,           ,
      The mayor | is here | at hand:| intend | some fear,
          ,          ,            ,         ,       ,
45    Be not | you spoke | with, but | by migh|ty suit:
            ,         ,         x      ,              ,
      And look | you get | a prayer-|book in | your hand,
            ,      .  T    T     T          ,         ,
      And stand | between two church|men, good | my lord,
           ,           ,            ,       ,   2     ,
      For on | that ground | I'll make | a ho|ly descant:
           ,        ,  2    ,        ,         ,
      And be | not ea|sily won | to our | requests,
        T   .     T     T           ,       ,            x
50    Play the maid's part,| still^an|swer nay,| and take it.
 
RICHARD
         ,        ,         ,          ,          ,
      I go:| and if | you plead | as well | for them,
         ,        ,     ,         ,            ,
      As I | can say | nay to | thee for | myself,
           ,          ,      ,   2     ,       ,
      No doubt | we bring | it to a | happy | issue.
 
BUCKINGHAM
       T   T  T     2      ,       .    T    Tx     T
      Go, go up | to the leads, | the lord mayor knocks.
 
[Exit GLOUCESTER. Enter the Lord Mayor and Citizens]
       ,             ,        ,        ,          ,
55    Welcome,| my lord,| I dance | atten|dance here,
          ,           ,          ,         ,          ,
      I think | the duke | will not | be spoke | withal.
            ,      2       ,           ,        ,       ,
      Now Cates|by, what says | your lord | to my | request?
 
CATESBY
           ,        ,            ,         ,       ,
      He doth | entreat | your grace,| my no|ble lord,
          ,      ,       ,              ,   ,
      To vi|sit him | tomor|row, or / next day:
        3  3     ,         ,      ,    ,           ,
60    He is within,| with two | right re/verend | fathers,
          ,       ,        ,    ,      o
      Divine|ly bent | to me|dita|tion,
           ,        ,        ,            ,        ,
      And in | no world|ly suits | would he | be moved,
           ,          ,         ,     ,     ,
      To draw | him from | his ho|ly ex|ercise.
 
BUCKINGHAM
          ,           ,        ,        ,          ,
      Return,| good Cates|by, to | the gra|cious duke,
        ,            ,          x          ,     ,
65    Tell him,| myself,| the mayor | and al|dermen,
           ,        ,          ,      2     ,      ,
      In deep | designs,| and mat|ters of great | moment,
           ,       ,         ,         ,    2    ,
      No less | impor|ting than | our gen|eral good,
            ,         ,          ,    2       ,          ,
      Are come | to have | some con|ference with | his grace.
 
CATESBY
            ,     ,        ,       ,           ,
      I'll sig|nify | so much | unto | him straight.
 
[Exit]
 
BUCKINGHAM
          ,        ,            ,         ,        ,      ->
70    Ah ha,| my lord,| this prince | is not | an Ed||ward,
       ,     2     ,    ,    2      T    T   T
      He | is not lol|ling on a | lewd love-bed,
           ,         ,         ,    ,      o
      But on | his knees,| at me|dita|tion;
           ,     ,        2    ,          ,      ,
      Not dal|lying | with a brace | of cour|tesans,
           ,    ,              ,    ,        ,
      But me|dita|ting with / two deep | divines:
       ,    ,          2     ,         ,       ,
75    Not slee/ping, to en|gross his | idle | body,
           ,         ,       ,          ,         ,
      But pray|ing, to | enrich | his watch|ful soul.
       ,            ,          ,           ,    2      ,
      Happy | were Eng|land, would | this vir|tuous prince
        ,             ,          ,   2     ,         ,
      Take on | his grace | the so|vereignty | thereof.
            ,        ,         ,          ,          x
      But sure | I fear | we shall | not win | him to it.
 
LORD MAYOR
       ,       ,       ,          ,             ,        ___ ->
80    Marry | God de|fend his | grace should | say us || nay.
 
BUCKINGHAM
          ,         ,           ,        ,         ,  ->
      I fear | he will:| here Cates|by comes || again.
       ,    ,                ,         ___
      Now Cates/by, what | says his | grace?
 
CATESBY
          ,      2     ,     ,          ,      ,
      He won|ders to what | end you | have as|sembled
        T     T    .  ,     ,         ,        ,
      Such troops of ci|tizens,| to come | to him,
            ,          ,        ,           ,       ,
85    His grace | not be|ing warned | thereof | before:
           ,          ,          ,         ,        ,
      He fears,| my lord,| you mean | no good | to him.
 
BUCKINGHAM
       ,         ,       ,      ,         ,
      Sorry | I am,| my no|ble cou|sin should
          ,           ,        ,         ,        ,
      Suspect | me, that | I mean | no good | to him:
            x          ,        ,        ,         ,
      By heaven,| we come | to him | in per|fect love;
           ,          ,        ,          ,          ,
90    And so | once more | return,| and tell | his grace.
            ,     ,        ,       ,        ,
      When ho|ly and | devout | reli|gious men
           ,           ,            ,         ,            ,
      Are at | their beads,| 'tis much | to draw | them thence,
           ,         ,        ,       ,      o
      So sweet | is zea|lous con|templa|tion.
 
[Enter GLOUCESTER aloft, between two Bishops. CATESBY returns]
 
LORD MAYOR
       ,                ,        T     .  T    T      ,   2
      See where | his grace | stands, between two | clergymen.
 
BUCKINGHAM
            ,         ,        ,        ,           ,
95    Two props | of vir|tue, for | a Chris|tian prince,
           ,          ,          ,        ,    ,
      To stay | him from | the fall | of va|nity:
           ,        ,         ,      ,         ,
      And see | a book | of pray|er in | his hand,
        ,   ,                ,       ,     ,
      True or/naments | to know | a ho|ly man.
       ,            ,           ,   ,           ,
      Famous | Planta|genet,/ most gra|cious prince,
        ,   ,           ,        ,         ,
100   Lend fa/vora|ble ear | to our | requests,
           ,       ,        ,     ,
      And par|don us | the in|terrup|tion
      <- ,     ,      ,             ,       ,          __
        Of || thy de|votion,| and right | Christian | zeal.
 
RICHARD
           ,            ,      T   T  . ,    ,
      My lord,| there needs | no such apo|logy:
         ,       ,            ,         ,       ,
      I do | beseech | your grace | to par|don me,
           ,        ,        ,        ,       ,
105   Who ear|nest in | the ser|vice of | my God,
           ,          ,    ,       ,         ,
      Deferred | the vi|sita|tion of | my friends.
           ,         ,      ,    2        ,          ,
      But lea|ving this,| what is your | grace's | pleasure?
 
BUCKINGHAM
       2     ,        ,            ,        ,       ,
      Even that |(I hope)| which plea|seth God | above,
           ,      ,   ,                 ,          ,
      And all | good men,/ of this | ungo|verned isle.
 
RICHARD
         ,        ,               ,    ,        ,
110   I do | suspect | I have / done some | offense,
             ,         ,         ,        ,        ,
      That seems | disgra|cious in | the ci|ty's eyes,
       ,      2        ,        ,      ,        ,  2
      And that you | come to | repre|hend my | ignorance.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,          ,      ,                 ,            ,
      You have,| my lord:| would it | might please | your grace,
          ,        ,         ,      ,           ,
      On^our | entrea|ties, to | amend | your fault.
 
RICHARD
             ,           ,      ,          ,          ,
115   Else^where|fore breathe | I in | a Chris|tian land.
 
BUCKINGHAM
        ,             ,          ,           ,        ,
      Know then,| it is | your fault,| that you | resign
               ,     ,           ,        ,     ,
      The su/preme seat,| the throne | majes|tical,
            ,         ,       ,         ,  ,
      The scep|tered of|fice of | your an|cestors,
             ,         ,         ,          ,         ,
      Your state | of for|tune, and | your due | of birth,
           ,   2   ,      ,         ,       ,
120   The li|neal glo|ry of | your roy|al house,
       ,           ,        ,      ,           ,
      To the | corrup|tion of | a ble|mished stock:
              ,         ,        ,          ,         ,
      Whiles^in | the mild|ness of | your slee|py thoughts,
              ,        ,      ,         ,          ,
      Which here | we wa|ken to | our coun|try's good,
            ,       ,           ,         ,        ,
      This^no|ble isle | doth want | her pro|per limbs:
            ,        ,            ,         ,    ,
125   His face | defaced | with scars | of in|famy,
           ,       ,       ,             ,        ,
      His roy|al stock | graft with | igno|ble plants,
           ,        ,     ,              ,    2      ,
      And al|most shoul|dered in | the swal|lowing gulf
           ,        ,     2      ,      ,     ,   2
      Of dark | forget|fulness, and | deep o|blivion.
        ,     2     ,         ,      ,     ,
      Which to re|cure, we | hearti|ly so|licit
            ,          ,         ,        ,           ,
130   Your gra|cious self | to take | on you | the charge
            ,      ,       ,         ,           ,
      And king|ly go|vernment | of this | your land:
       ,           ,        ,         ,       ,
      Not as | protec|tor, ste|ward, sub|stitute,
          ,      ,        ,      ,          ,
      Or low|ly fac|tor, for | ano|ther's gain;
           ,       ,       ,          ,          ,
      But as | succes|sively,| from blood | to blood,
             ,          ,           ,    ,         ,
135   Your right | of birth,| your em|pery,| your own.
            ,        ,        ,         ,     ,
      For this,| consor|ted with | the ci|tizens,
            ,     ,       ,         ,         ,
      Your ve|ry wor|shipful | and lo|ving friends,
           ,          ,   2     ,     ,       o
      And by | their ve|hement in|stiga|tion,
                  ,    ,          ,        ,           ,
      In this / just cause | come I | to move | your grace.
 
RICHARD
         ,        ,     ,   2     ,        ,
140   I can|not tell,| if to de|part in | silence,
          ,      ,        ,          ,        ,
      Or bit|terly | to speak | in your | reproof,
        ,   ,      2        ,         ,        ,
      Best fit/teth my de|gree, or | your con|dition.
          ,        ,        ,           ,       ,
      If not | to an|swer, you | might hap|ly think,
        T      T   . T        ,        ,        ,      2->
      Tongue-tied ambi|tion, not | reply|ing, yiel||ded
           ,         ,        ,        ,    2    ,
145   To bear | the gol|den yoke | of sov|ereignty,
              ,      ,            ,        ,        ,
      Which^fond|ly you | would here | impose | on me.
       ,          ,          ,           ,         ,
      If to | reprove | you for | this suit | of yours,
          ,          ,           ,         ,        ,
      So sea|soned with | your faith|ful love | to me.
            ,       ,        ,         ,            ,
      Then on | the o|ther side | I checked | my friends.
        ,              ,      ,          ,          ,
150   Therefore | to speak,| and to | avoid | the first,
            ,         ,         ,      2   ,          ,
      And then | in spea|king, not | to incur | the last,
         ,     ,       ,       ,       ,
      Defin|itive|ly thus | I an|swer you.
             ,         ,           ,          ,       ,
      Your love | deserves | my thanks,| but my | desert
         ,       ,     ,            ,        ,
      Unmer|ita/ble, shuns | your high | request.
        ,          ,   ,                 ,      ,
155   First, if | all ob/stacles | were cut | away,
            ,         ,         ,      ,         ,
      And that | my path | were e|ven to | the crown,
                 ,   ,    ,         ,         ,
      As the / ripe re|venue,| and due | of birth:
           ,     ,           ,     ,         x
      Yet so | much is | my po|verty | of spirit,
           ,       ,        ,     ,       ,
      So migh|ty, and | so ma|ny my | defects,
         ,        ,        ,         ,         ,         ->
160   As I | had ra|ther hide | me from | my great||ness,
       ,    2    ,         ,          ,      ,
      Be|ing a bark | to brook | no migh|ty sea;
            ,        ,         ,      ,       ,
      Than in | my great|ness co|vet to | be hid,
       ,    2       ,       ,       ,       ,
      And in the | vapor | of my | glory | smothered.
           ,          ,             ,        ,        ,
      But God | be thanked,| there is | no need | of me,
            ,        ,         ,           ,            ,
165   And much | I need | to help | you, were | there need;
           ,       ,           ,        ,       ,
      The roy|al tree | hath left | us roy|al fruit,
        ,     ,                   ,         ,          ,
      Which, mel/lowed by | the stea|ling hours | of time,
             ,        ,          ,        ,     ,
      Will well | become | the seat | of ma|jesty,
            ,         ,         ,      ,         ,
      And make |(no doubt)| us hap|py by | his reign.
          ,       ,           ,           ,        ,
170   On him | I lay | that, you | would lay | on me,
            ,          ,        ,        ,       ,
      The right | and for|tune of | his hap|py stars,
             ,        ,         ,            ,           ,
      Which God | defend | that I | should wring | from him.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,          ,       ,           ,          ,
      My lord,| this ar|gues con|science in | your grace,
       ,     2      ,          ,         ,          ,   2
      But the re|spects there|of are | nice, and | trivial,
           ,       ,        ,        ,        o
175   All cir|cumstan|ces well | consi|dered.
           ,          ,       ,         ,          ,
      You say,| that Ed|ward is | your bro|ther's son,
          ,        ,         ,        ,          ,
      So say | we too,| but not | by Ed|ward's wife;
            ,       2     ,    ,         ,      ,
      For first | he was con|tract to | Lady | Lucy,
            ,        ,        ,        ,        ,
      Your mo|ther lives | a wit|ness to | his vow;
           ,      ,        ,       ,         ,
180   And af|terward | by sub|stitute | betrothed
          ,      ,       ,         ,          ,
      To Bo|na, sis|ter to | the King | of France.
              ,         ,        ,       ,     ,
      These^both | put off,| a poor | peti|tioner,
          ,      ,    ,              ,      ,
      A care-|crazed mo/ther to | a ma|ny sons,
          ,      ,        ,          ,       ,
      A beau|ty-wa|ning, and | distressed | widow,
      ,        2     ,      ,               ,    ,
185   Even | in the af|ternoon | of her / best days,
        T    T    .   T         ,        ,       ,
      Made prize and pur|chase of | his wan|ton eye,
          ,           ,            ,         ,        ,
      Seduced | the pitch,| and height | of his | degree,
           ,        ,      2     ,        ,    ,
      To base | declen|sion and loa|thed big|amy.
          ,        ,       ,       ,        ,
      By her,| in his | unlaw|ful bed,| he got
            ,         ,         ,         ,           ,
190   This Ed|ward, whom | our man|ners call | the prince.
            ,      ,         ,      ,      ,
      More bit|terly | could I | expos|tulate,
        ,              ,     ,          ,       ,
      Save that | for re|verence | to some | alive,
          ,       ,        ,      ,         ,
      I give | a spa|ring li|mit to | my tongue.
             ,         ,      ,             ,       ,
      Then good,| my lord,| take to | your roy|al self
             ,         ,    ,        ,     ,
195   This prof|fered be|nefit | of dig|nity:
          ,         ,         ,          ,         ,
      If not | to bless | us and | the land | withal,
       T   .   T    T           ,      ,     ,
      Yet to draw forth | your no|ble an|cestry
        ,            ,        ,     ,        ,
      From the | corrup|tion of | abu|sing times,
       ,        ,   2    ,      ,        ,
      Unto | a li|neal true-|deri|ved course.
 
LORD MAYOR
           ,         ,          ,     ,        ,         2->
200   Do good | my lord,| your ci|tizens | entreat || you.
 
BUCKINGHAM
          ,           ,       ,           ,          ,
      Refuse | not, migh|ty lord,| this prof|fered love.
 
CATESBY
          ,          ,         ,            ,        ,
      O make | them joy|ful, grant | their law|ful suit.
 
RICHARD
        ,          ,           ,           ,        ,
      Alas,| why would | you heap | this care | on me?
      ,         ,          ,          ,    ,
      I am | unfit | for state,| and ma|jesty:
         ,       ,           ,        ,       ,
205   I do | beseech | you take | it not | amiss,
         ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      I can|not, nor | I will | not yield | to you.
 
BUCKINGHAM
          ,        ,         ,        ,          ,
      If you | refuse | it, as | in love | and zeal,
        ,            ,          ,           ,          ,
      Loath to | depose | the child,| your bro|ther's son,
           ,         ,          ,       ,         ,
      As well | we know | your ten|derness | of heart,
           ,         ,       ,     ,        ,
210   And gen|tle, kind,| effem|inate | remorse,
        ,     2        ,       ,        ,         ,
      Which we have | noted | in you | to your | kindred,
          ,     ,       ,        ,        ,
      And e|gally | indeed | to all | estates:
            ,           ,        ,          ,        ,
      Yet know,| where you | accept | our suit,| or no,
            ,          ,           ,       ,           ,
      Your bro|ther's son | shall ne|ver reign | our king,
           ,          ,          ,       ,          ,
215   But we | will plant | some^o|ther in | the throne,
       ,            ,           ,    ,              ,
      To the | disgrace | and down|fall of | your house:
           ,         ,    ,        ,         ,         ->
      And in | this re|solu|tion here | we leave || you.
        ,     ,  2       ,            ,          ,
      Come | citizens,| we will | entreat | no more.
 
[Exit BUCKINGHAM with the Citizens]
 
CATESBY
        ,        .  T     T      T         ,            ,
      Call him | again, sweet prince,| accept | their suit:
          ,       ,          ,          ,            x
220   If you | deny | them, all | the land | will rue it.
 
RICHARD
        ,            ,         ,       ,          ,
      Will you | enforce | me to | a world | of cares.
        ,            ,            ,    ,          ,
      Call them | again.| I am / not made | of stones,
           ,   2   ,      2       ,        ,       o
      But pe|netrable | to your kind | entrea|ties,
         ,   2    ,         ,           ,         ,
      Albe|it against | my con|science and | my soul.
 
[Re-enter BUCKINGHAM and the rest]
       ,    2       ,      ,           T    T    T
225   Cousin of | Bucking|ham, and | sage grave men,
        ,                ,      ,        ,        ,
      Since you | will buck|le for|tune on | my back,
           ,         ,         ,         ,        ,
      To bear | her bur|den, where | I will | or no,
          ,          ,         ,       ,          ,
      I must | have pa|tience to | endure | the load:
                 ,     ,              ,    ,          ,
      But if / black scan|dal, or / foul-faced | reproach,
          ,         ,     3  3      ,    ,      o
230   Attend | the se|quel of your im|posi|tion,
             ,        ,          ,         ,         ,
      Your mere | enforce|ment shall | acquit|tance me
            ,             ,    ,            ,           ,
      From all | the im/pure blots | and stains | thereof;
           ,           ,         ,          ,      ,
      For God | doth^know,| and you | may part|ly see,
           ,       ,     ,            ,         ,
      How far | I am | from the | desire | of this.
 
LORD MAYOR
            ,            ,         ,         ,            x
235   God bless | your grace,| we see | it, and | will say it.
 
RICHARD
          ,       ,         ,          ,          ,
      In say|ing so,| you shall | but say | the truth.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,       ,          ,          ,      ,      o
      Then I | salute | you with | this roy|al tit|le,
        T    T    T     ,         ,           ,        __
      Long live King | Richard,| England's | worthy | king.  (hex with prev)
 
ALL
Amen.
 
BUCKINGHAM
         ,       ,          ,          ,         ,
      Tomor|row may | it please | you to | be crowned.
 
RICHARD
      ,          2       ,          ,           ,        ,
240   Even | when you please,| for you | will have | it so.
 
BUCKINGHAM
         ,        ,         ,        ,           ,
      Tomor|row then | we will | attend | your grace,
           ,         ,      ,        ,          ,
      And so | most joy|fully | we take | our leave.
 
RICHARD
        ,             ,        ,      ,       ,
      Come, let | us to | our ho|ly work | again.
            ,        ,               ,   ,         ,
      Farewell | my cou|sins, fare/well gen|tle friends.
 
[Exeunt]

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