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Richard III

Act 4, Scene 2

London. The palace.
 
[Sennet. Enter KING RICHARD III, in pomp, crowned; BUCKINGHAM, CATESBY, a page, and others]
 
KING RICHARD III
         T   T  .  T     ,            ,      ,
      Stand all apart.| Cousin | of Buck|ingham.
 
BUCKINGHAM
          ,         ,     ,
      My gra|cious so|vereign.
 
KING RICHARD III
                                ,             ,
                              Give me | thy hand.
        T    T    T    ,       ,          ,       ,
      Thus high, by | thy ad|vice, and | thy as||sistance,
       T   T   T        ,       o
5     Is King Ri|chard sea|ted:
            ,          ,           ,        ,       ,
      But shall | we wear | these glo|ries for | a day?
           ,            ,         ,       ,          ,
      Or shall | they last,| and we | rejoice | in them?
 
BUCKINGHAM
        T     T    T       2   ,      ,           ,
      Still live they,| and fore|ver let | them last.
 
KING RICHARD III
           ,      ,         ,       ,          ,
      Ah Buck|ingham,| now do | I play | the touch,
          ,         ,        ,         ,        ,
10    To try | if thou | be cur|rent gold | indeed:
             ,        ,            ,         ,           ,
      Young^Ed|ward lives,| think now | what I | would speak.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,       ,        ,
      Say on | my lo|ving lord.  ????
 
KING RICHARD III
            ,      ,       ,        ,          ,
      Why Buck|ingham,| I say | I would | be king.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,        ,          ,       ,        ,
      Why so | you are,| my thrice|-renow|ned lord.
 
KING RICHARD III
       ,           ,          ,        ,        ,
15    Ha? Am | I king?| 'Tis so:| but Ed|ward lives.
 
BUCKINGHAM
        T     Tx      T
      True, noble prince.
 
KING RICHARD III
                             ,       ,       ,
                          O bit|ter con|sequence!
            ,        ,              ,      T    Tx     T
      That Ed|ward still | should live | true noble prince.
       ,              ,          ,        ,        ,
      Cousin,| thou wast | not wont | to be | so dull.
            ,        ,         ,         ,          ,
20    Shall I | be plain?| I wish | the bas|tards dead;
          ,           ,        ,      ,         ,
      And I | would have | it sud|denly | performed.
             ,           ,           ,      ,        ,
      What sayst | thou now?| Speak sud|denly,| be brief.
 
BUCKINGHAM
             ,          ,          ,
      Your grace | may do | your plea|sure.
 
KING RICHARD III
      <-  ,    ___          ,         ,          ,         ,
         Tut,| tut,|| thou art | all ice,| thy kind|ness free|zes:
      <- ,       ,       ,        ,            T    T    T
25      Say,|| have I | thy con|sent, that | they shall die?
 
BUCKINGHAM
        ,               ,            ,      __     __
      Give me | some breath,| some pause,| dear | lord,
          ,       ,     ,       ,          ,
      Before | I po|sitive|ly speak | in this:
          ,        ,           ,      ,       ,
      I will | resolve | you here|in pre|sently.
 
[Exit]
 
CATESBY
            ,        ,       ,         ,          ,
      The king | is an|gry: see | he gnaws | his lip.
 
KING RICHARD III
          ,         ,           ,     ,        ,
30    I will | converse | with ir|on-wit|ted fools,
           ,     ,         ,      ,         ,
      And un|respec|tive boys:| none are | for me,
             ,       ,        ,        ,   2      ,
      That look | into | me with | consi|derate eyes,
             ,          ,      ,           ,        ,
      High*-rea|ching Buck|ingham | grows cir|cumspect.  ????
      ___
      Boy.
 
PAGE
           ,
      My lord.  (one foot matched with prev)
 
KING RICHARD III
         ,              ,       ,        ,         ,
35    Knowst thou | not a|ny, whom | corrup|ting gold
              ,        ,       ,      ,             ,
      Would tempt | unto | a close | exploit | of death?
 
PAGE
          ,       ,      ,       ,      ,
      I know | a dis|conten|ted gen|tleman,
             ,        ,       ,               ,         x
      Whose hum|ble means | match not | his haugh|ty spirit:
        ,              ,         ,      ,    ,
      Gold were | as good | as twen|ty or|ators,
            ,         ,       ,            ,      ,
40    And will |(no doubt)| tempt him | to a|ny thing.
 
KING RICHARD III
        ,             ,
      What is | his name?
 
PAGE
                                ,         ,        ,      o
                          His name,| my lord,| is Tyr|rel.  (hex with next)
 
KING RICHARD III
          ,       ,         ,         ,         ,        ,
      I part|ly know | the man:| go call | him hi|ther, boy.  (hex with prev)
            ,      ,        ,       ,      ,
      The deep-|revol|ving wit|ty Buck|ingham,
            ,           ,         ,        ,        ,       ->
45    No* more | shall be | the neigh|bor to | my coun||sels.
        ,      2     ,          ,          ,       ,
      Hath | he so long | held out | with me,| untired,
            ,         ,           ,       T    Tx    ,
      And stops | he now | for breath?| Well, be it so.
       T   T     T      ,          ,          __
      How now, Lord | Stanley,| what's the | news?
 
STANLEY
        ,        ,         ,              ,     ,
      Know my | loving | lord, the | Marquis | Dorset
       ,       ,          ,         ,
50    As I | hear, is | fled to | Richmond,
       ,         ,            ,    ___
      In the | parts where | he a|bides.   (tetra with prev)
 
[Stands apart]
 
KING RICHARD III
            ,        ,        ,      ,      ,
      Come hi|ther Cates|by, ru|mor it | abroad,
             ,         ,        ,      ,         ,
      That Anne | my wife | is ve|ry grie|vous sick,
          ,          ,      ,         ,         ,
      I will | take^or|der for | her kee|ping close.
          ,         ,           ,      ,   ,
55    Inquire | me out | some mean | poor gen/tleman,
        ,   2        ,          ,          ,           ,
      Whom I will | marry | straight to | Clarence'| daughter:
           ,        ,         ,        ,         ,
      The boy | is foo|lish, and | I fear | not him.
        ,                ,         ,       ,          ,
      Look how | thou dreamst:| I say | again,| give^out,
             ,         ,          ,          ,        ,
      That Anne,| my queen,| is sick,| and like | to die.
         ,         ,          ,          ,      ,
60    About | it, for | it stands | me much | upon
           ,          ,              ,          ,       ,
      To stop | all hopes,| whose growth | may da|mage me.
          ,        ,    ,    2      ,            ,
      I must | be mar|ried to my | brother's | daughter,
           ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
      Or else | my king|dom stands | on brit|tle glass:
       ,            ,                 ,   ,      ,
      Murder | her bro|thers, and / then mar|ry her,
         ,        ,         ,        ,       ,
65    Uncer|tain way | of gain.| But I | am in
          ,         ,           ,           ,         ,
      So far | in blood,| that sin | will pluck | on sin,
        T     Tx    T       ,      ,             ,
      Tear-falling pi|ty dwells | not in | this eye.
       T  T    T     ,
      Is thy name | Tyrrel?  (pickup after)
 
TYRREL
        ,    ,          2         ,     ,  2      ,
      James Tyr/rel, and your | most o|bedient | subject.
 
KING RICHARD III
        ,            ,
70    Art thou | indeed?  (pickup from before)
 
TYRREL
        ,            ,          ,
      Prove me,| my gra|cious lord. (pickup after)
 
KING RICHARD III
        ,              ,          ,         ,          ,
      Darst thou | resolve | to kill | a friend | of mine?
 
TYRREL
        __     ___
      Please | you:  (pickup from before)
          ,        ,        ,        ,     ,
      But I | had ra|ther kill | two e|nemies.
 
KING RICHARD III
            ,             x      T    T   T    ,
75    Why then | thou hast it:| two deep en|emies,
        ,    2       ,              ,        ,         ,
      Foes to my | rest, and | my sweet | sleep's dis|turbers
            ,         ,           ,           ,      ,
      Are they | that I | would have | thee deal | upon:
       ,           ,           ,         ,         x
      Tyrrel,| I mean | those bas|tards in | the Tower.
 
TYRREL
       ,            ,       ,          ,         ,
      Let me | have o|pen means | to come | to them,
            ,          ,          ,          ,         ,
80    And soon | I'll rid | you from | the fear | of them.
 
KING RICHARD III
        T     T     T      ,
      Thou singst sweet | music:
        ,           ,        ,
      Hark, come | hither | Tyrrel,  (tri with prev)
       ,            ,        ,          ,           ,
      Go by | this to|ken: rise,| and lend | thine^ear, [whispers]
             ,        ,         ,    ,            ,
      There is | no more | but so:| say it | is done,
          ,          ,           ,        ,            x
85    And I | will love | thee, and | prefer | thee for it.
 
TYRREL
          ,         ,            ,
      I will | dispatch | it straight.  (pickup after)
 
KING RICHARD III
        ,          ,                ,        ,         ,
      Shall we | hear from | thee, Tyr|rel, ere | we sleep?
 
TYRREL
           ,          ,
      Ye shall,| my Lord.  (pickup from before)
 
[Exit. Re-enter BUCKINGHAM]
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,        ,        ,        ,        ,
      My Lord,| I have | consi|dered in | my mind,
            ,        ,           ,          ,         ,
90    The late | request | that you | did sound | me in.
 
KING RICHARD III
            ,           ,     ,    2       ,         ,
      Well let | that rest:| Dorset is | fled to | Richmond.
 
BUCKINGHAM
          ,        ,        ,
      I hear the news, my lord.
 
KING RICHARD III
      <-  ,        ,              ,       T     T     T        x
        Stanley,| he is || your wife's | son: well, look | unto it.
 
BUCKINGHAM
      <-      ,         ,           ,        ,        ,        o
         My lord,|| I claim | the gift,| my due | by pro|mise,
            ,           ,      ,           ,           ,
95    For which | your ho|nor and | your faith | is pawned,
         x              ,     ,       2      ,     ,
      The earldom | of He|reford,| and the move|ables,
            ,          ,        ,      ,        __
      The which | you pro|mised I | should pos|sess.
 
KING RICHARD III
        ,         ,              ,        ,        ,
      Stanley | look to | your wife:| if she | convey
       ,             ,         ,           ,       ,
      Letters | to Rich|mond, you | shall an|swer it.
 
BUCKINGHAM
             ,           ,        ,        ,        ,
100   What says | your high|ness to | my just | request?
 
KING RICHARD III
         ,      ,       ,    ,            ,
      I do | remem|ber me,| Henry | the Sixth
           ,      ,          ,          ,          ,
      Did pro|phesy,| that Rich|mond should | be king,
             ,        ,       ,       ,        ,
      When Rich|mond was | a lit|tle pee|vish boy.
          ,         ,
      A king,| perhaps.   \\
 
BUCKINGHAM
         2      ,      ,           ,         ,        ,
105   May it please | you to | resolve | me in | my suit.
 
KING RICHARD III
             ,         ,      ,        ,         ,
      Thou troub|lest me,| I am | not in | the vein.
 
[Exeunt all but BUCKINGHAM]
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,        ,        ,      2     ,     ,
      And is | it thus?| Repays | he my deep | service
             ,         ,          ,         ,          ,
      With such | contempt?| Made I | him king | for this?
         ,         ,         ,          ,         ,
      O let | me think | on Has|tings, and | be gone
           ,           ,          ,        ,        ,
110   To Breck|nock, while | my fear|ful head | is on.
 
[Exit]

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