The Tragedy of Richard III

A historical play written in 1592 by William Shakespeare

1(stage directions)11[London. A street. Enter GLOUCESTER, solus]
211GLOUCESTERNow is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for monuments; Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front; And now, instead of mounting barded steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass; I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph; I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them; Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun And descant on mine own deformity: And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain And hate the idle pleasures of these days. Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous, By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams, To set my brother Clarence and the king In deadly hate the one against the other: And if King Edward be as true and just As I am subtle, false and treacherous, This day should Clarence closely be mew'd up, About a prophecy, which says that 'G' Of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be. Dive, thoughts, down to my soul: here Clarence comes. [Enter CLARENCE, guarded, and BRAKENBURY] Brother, good day; what means this armed guard That waits upon your grace?
311GEORGEHis majesty Tendering my person's safety, hath appointed This conduct to convey me to the Tower.
411GLOUCESTERUpon what cause?
511GEORGEBecause my name is George.
611GLOUCESTERAlack, my lord, that fault is none of yours; He should, for that, commit your godfathers: O, belike his majesty hath some intent That you shall be new-christen'd in the Tower. But what's the matter, Clarence? may I know?
711GEORGEYea, Richard, when I know; for I protest As yet I do not: but, as I can learn, He hearkens after prophecies and dreams; And from the cross-row plucks the letter G. And says a wizard told him that by G His issue disinherited should be; And, for my name of George begins with G, It follows in his thought that I am he. These, as I learn, and such like toys as these Have moved his highness to commit me now.
811GLOUCESTERWhy, this it is, when men are ruled by women: 'Tis not the king that sends you to the Tower: My Lady Grey his wife, Clarence, 'tis she That tempers him to this extremity. Was it not she and that good man of worship, Anthony Woodville, her brother there, That made him send Lord Hastings to the Tower, From whence this present day he is deliver'd? We are not safe, Clarence; we are not safe.
911GEORGEBy heaven, I think there's no man is secure But the queen's kindred and night-walking heralds That trudge betwixt the king and Mistress Shore. Heard ye not what an humble suppliant Lord hastings was to her for his delivery?
1011GLOUCESTERHumbly complaining to her deity Got my lord chamberlain his liberty. I'll tell you what; I think it is our way, If we will keep in favour with the king, To be her men and wear her livery: The jealous o'erworn widow and herself, Since that our brother dubb'd them gentlewomen. Are mighty gossips in this monarchy.
1111BRAKENBURYI beseech your graces both to pardon me; His majesty hath straitly given in charge That no man shall have private conference, Of what degree soever, with his brother.
1211GLOUCESTEREven so; an't please your worship, Brakenbury, You may partake of any thing we say: We speak no treason, man: we say the king Is wise and virtuous, and his noble queen Well struck in years, fair, and not jealous; We say that Shore's wife hath a pretty foot, A cherry lip, a bonny eye, a passing pleasing tongue; And that the queen's kindred are made gentle-folks: How say you sir? Can you deny all this?
1311BRAKENBURYWith this, my lord, myself have nought to do.
1411GLOUCESTERNaught to do with mistress Shore! I tell thee, fellow, He that doth naught with her, excepting one, Were best he do it secretly, alone.
1511BRAKENBURYWhat one, my lord?
1611GLOUCESTERHer husband, knave: wouldst thou betray me?
1711BRAKENBURYI beseech your grace to pardon me, and withal Forbear your conference with the noble duke.
1811GEORGEWe know thy charge, Brakenbury, and will obey.
1911GLOUCESTERWe are the queen's abjects, and must obey. Brother, farewell: I will unto the king; And whatsoever you will employ me in, Were it to call King Edward's widow sister, I will perform it to enfranchise you. Meantime, this deep disgrace in brotherhood Touches me deeper than you can imagine.
2011GEORGEI know it pleaseth neither of us well.
2111GLOUCESTERWell, your imprisonment shall not be long; Meantime, have patience.
2211GEORGEI must perforce. Farewell.
23(stage directions)11[Exeunt CLARENCE, BRAKENBURY, and Guard]
2411GLOUCESTERGo, tread the path that thou shalt ne'er return. Simple, plain Clarence! I do love thee so, That I will shortly send thy soul to heaven, If heaven will take the present at our hands. But who comes here? the new-deliver'd Hastings?
25(stage directions)11[Enter HASTINGS]
2611HASTINGSGood time of day unto my gracious lord!
2711GLOUCESTERAs much unto my good lord chamberlain! Well are you welcome to the open air. How hath your lordship brook'd imprisonment?
2811HASTINGSWith patience, noble lord, as prisoners must: But I shall live, my lord, to give them thanks That were the cause of my imprisonment.
2911GLOUCESTERNo doubt, no doubt; and so shall Clarence too; For they that were your enemies are his, And have prevail'd as much on him as you.
3011HASTINGSMore pity that the eagle should be mew'd, While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
3111GLOUCESTERWhat news abroad?
3211HASTINGSNo news so bad abroad as this at home; The King is sickly, weak and melancholy, And his physicians fear him mightily.
3311GLOUCESTERNow, by Saint Paul, this news is bad indeed. O, he hath kept an evil diet long, And overmuch consumed his royal person: 'Tis very grievous to be thought upon. What, is he in his bed?
3411HASTINGSHe is.
3511GLOUCESTERGo you before, and I will follow you. [Exit HASTINGS] He cannot live, I hope; and must not die Till George be pack'd with post-horse up to heaven. I'll in, to urge his hatred more to Clarence, With lies well steel'd with weighty arguments; And, if I fall not in my deep intent, Clarence hath not another day to live: Which done, God take King Edward to his mercy, And leave the world for me to bustle in! For then I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter. What though I kill'd her husband and her father? The readiest way to make the wench amends Is to become her husband and her father: The which will I; not all so much for love As for another secret close intent, By marrying her which I must reach unto. But yet I run before my horse to market: Clarence still breathes; Edward still lives and reigns: When they are gone, then must I count my gains.
36(stage directions)11[Exit] [Enter the corpse of KING HENRY the Sixth, Gentlemen] with halberds to guard it; LADY ANNE being the mourner]
3712LADY ANNESet down, set down your honourable load, If honour may be shrouded in a hearse, Whilst I awhile obsequiously lament The untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster. Poor key-cold figure of a holy king! Pale ashes of the house of Lancaster! Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood! Be it lawful that I invocate thy ghost, To hear the lamentations of Poor Anne, Wife to thy Edward, to thy slaughter'd son, Stabb'd by the selfsame hand that made these wounds! Lo, in these windows that let forth thy life, I pour the helpless balm of my poor eyes. Cursed be the hand that made these fatal holes! Cursed be the heart that had the heart to do it! Cursed the blood that let this blood from hence! More direful hap betide that hated wretch, That makes us wretched by the death of thee, Than I can wish to adders, spiders, toads, Or any creeping venom'd thing that lives! If ever he have child, abortive be it, Prodigious, and untimely brought to light, Whose ugly and unnatural aspect May fright the hopeful mother at the view; And that be heir to his unhappiness! If ever he have wife, let her he made A miserable by the death of him As I am made by my poor lord and thee! Come, now towards Chertsey with your holy load, Taken from Paul's to be interred there; And still, as you are weary of the weight, Rest you, whiles I lament King Henry's corse.
38(stage directions)12[Enter GLOUCESTER]
3912GLOUCESTERStay, you that bear the corse, and set it down.
4012LADY ANNEWhat black magician conjures up this fiend, To stop devoted charitable deeds?
4112GLOUCESTERVillains, set down the corse; or, by Saint Paul, I'll make a corse of him that disobeys.
4212GENTLEMANMy lord, stand back, and let the coffin pass.
4312GLOUCESTERUnmanner'd dog! stand thou, when I command: Advance thy halbert higher than my breast, Or, by Saint Paul, I'll strike thee to my foot, And spurn upon thee, beggar, for thy boldness.
4412LADY ANNEWhat, do you tremble? are you all afraid? Alas, I blame you not; for you are mortal, And mortal eyes cannot endure the devil. Avaunt, thou dreadful minister of hell! Thou hadst but power over his mortal body, His soul thou canst not have; therefore be gone.
4512GLOUCESTERSweet saint, for charity, be not so curst.
4612LADY ANNEFoul devil, for God's sake, hence, and trouble us not; For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell, Fill'd it with cursing cries and deep exclaims. If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds, Behold this pattern of thy butcheries. O, gentlemen, see, see! dead Henry's wounds Open their congeal'd mouths and bleed afresh! Blush, Blush, thou lump of foul deformity; For 'tis thy presence that exhales this blood From cold and empty veins, where no blood dwells; Thy deed, inhuman and unnatural, Provokes this deluge most unnatural. O God, which this blood madest, revenge his death! O earth, which this blood drink'st revenge his death! Either heaven with lightning strike the murderer dead, Or earth, gape open wide and eat him quick, As thou dost swallow up this good king's blood Which his hell-govern'd arm hath butchered!
4712GLOUCESTERLady, you know no rules of charity, Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses.
4812LADY ANNEVillain, thou know'st no law of God nor man: No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity.
4912GLOUCESTERBut I know none, and therefore am no beast.
5012LADY ANNEO wonderful, when devils tell the truth!
5112GLOUCESTERMore wonderful, when angels are so angry. Vouchsafe, divine perfection of a woman, Of these supposed-evils, to give me leave, By circumstance, but to acquit myself.
5212LADY ANNEVouchsafe, defused infection of a man, For these known evils, but to give me leave, By circumstance, to curse thy cursed self.
5312GLOUCESTERFairer than tongue can name thee, let me have Some patient leisure to excuse myself.
5412LADY ANNEFouler than heart can think thee, thou canst make No excuse current, but to hang thyself.
5512GLOUCESTERBy such despair, I should accuse myself.
5612LADY ANNEAnd, by despairing, shouldst thou stand excused; For doing worthy vengeance on thyself, Which didst unworthy slaughter upon others.
5712GLOUCESTERSay that I slew them not?
5812LADY ANNEWhy, then they are not dead: But dead they are, and devilish slave, by thee.
5912GLOUCESTERI did not kill your husband.
6012LADY ANNEWhy, then he is alive.
6112GLOUCESTERNay, he is dead; and slain by Edward's hand.
6212LADY ANNEIn thy foul throat thou liest: Queen Margaret saw Thy murderous falchion smoking in his blood; The which thou once didst bend against her breast, But that thy brothers beat aside the point.
6312GLOUCESTERI was provoked by her slanderous tongue, which laid their guilt upon my guiltless shoulders.
6412LADY ANNEThou wast provoked by thy bloody mind. Which never dreamt on aught but butcheries: Didst thou not kill this king?
6512GLOUCESTERI grant ye.
6612LADY ANNEDost grant me, hedgehog? then, God grant me too Thou mayst be damned for that wicked deed! O, he was gentle, mild, and virtuous!
6712GLOUCESTERThe fitter for the King of heaven, that hath him.
6812LADY ANNEHe is in heaven, where thou shalt never come.
6912GLOUCESTERLet him thank me, that holp to send him thither; For he was fitter for that place than earth.
7012LADY ANNEAnd thou unfit for any place but hell.
7112GLOUCESTERYes, one place else, if you will hear me name it.
7212LADY ANNESome dungeon.
7312GLOUCESTERYour bed-chamber.
7412LADY ANNEI'll rest betide the chamber where thou liest!
7512GLOUCESTERSo will it, madam till I lie with you.
7612LADY ANNEI hope so.
7712GLOUCESTERI know so. But, gentle Lady Anne, To leave this keen encounter of our wits, And fall somewhat into a slower method, Is not the causer of the timeless deaths Of these Plantagenets, Henry and Edward, As blameful as the executioner?
7812LADY ANNEThou art the cause, and most accursed effect.
7912GLOUCESTERYour beauty was the cause of that effect; Your beauty: which did haunt me in my sleep To undertake the death of all the world, So I might live one hour in your sweet bosom.
8012LADY ANNEIf I thought that, I tell thee, homicide, These nails should rend that beauty from my cheeks.
8112GLOUCESTERThese eyes could never endure sweet beauty's wreck; You should not blemish it, if I stood by: As all the world is cheered by the sun, So I by that; it is my day, my life.
8212LADY ANNEBlack night o'ershade thy day, and death thy life!
8312GLOUCESTERCurse not thyself, fair creature thou art both.
8412LADY ANNEI would I were, to be revenged on thee.
8512GLOUCESTERIt is a quarrel most unnatural, To be revenged on him that loveth you.
8612LADY ANNEIt is a quarrel just and reasonable, To be revenged on him that slew my husband.
8712GLOUCESTERHe that bereft thee, lady, of thy husband, Did it to help thee to a better husband.
8812LADY ANNEHis better doth not breathe upon the earth.
8912GLOUCESTERHe lives that loves thee better than he could.
9012LADY ANNEName him.
9212LADY ANNEWhy, that was he.
9312GLOUCESTERThe selfsame name, but one of better nature.
9412LADY ANNEWhere is he?
9512GLOUCESTERHere. [She spitteth at him] Why dost thou spit at me?
9612LADY ANNEWould it were mortal poison, for thy sake!
9712GLOUCESTERNever came poison from so sweet a place.
9812LADY ANNENever hung poison on a fouler toad. Out of my sight! thou dost infect my eyes.
9912GLOUCESTERThine eyes, sweet lady, have infected mine.
10012LADY ANNEWould they were basilisks, to strike thee dead!
10112GLOUCESTERI would they were, that I might die at once; For now they kill me with a living death. Those eyes of thine from mine have drawn salt tears, Shamed their aspect with store of childish drops: These eyes that never shed remorseful tear, No, when my father York and Edward wept, To hear the piteous moan that Rutland made When black-faced Clifford shook his sword at him; Nor when thy warlike father, like a child, Told the sad story of my father's death, And twenty times made pause to sob and weep, That all the standers-by had wet their cheeks Like trees bedash'd with rain: in that sad time My manly eyes did scorn an humble tear; And what these sorrows could not thence exhale, Thy beauty hath, and made them blind with weeping. I never sued to friend nor enemy; My tongue could never learn sweet smoothing word; But now thy beauty is proposed my fee, My proud heart sues, and prompts my tongue to speak. [She looks scornfully at him] Teach not thy lips such scorn, for they were made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt. If thy revengeful heart cannot forgive, Lo, here I lend thee this sharp-pointed sword; Which if thou please to hide in this true bosom. And let the soul forth that adoreth thee, I lay it naked to the deadly stroke, And humbly beg the death upon my knee. [He lays his breast open: she offers at it with his sword] Nay, do not pause; for I did kill King Henry, But 'twas thy beauty that provoked me. Nay, now dispatch; 'twas I that stabb'd young Edward, But 'twas thy heavenly face that set me on. [Here she lets fall the sword] Take up the sword again, or take up me.
10212LADY ANNEArise, dissembler: though I wish thy death, I will not be the executioner.
10312GLOUCESTERThen bid me kill myself, and I will do it.
10412LADY ANNEI have already.
10512GLOUCESTERTush, that was in thy rage: Speak it again, and, even with the word, That hand, which, for thy love, did kill thy love, Shall, for thy love, kill a far truer love; To both their deaths thou shalt be accessary.
10612LADY ANNEI would I knew thy heart.
10712GLOUCESTER'Tis figured in my tongue.
10812LADY ANNEI fear me both are false.
10912GLOUCESTERThen never man was true.
11012LADY ANNEWell, well, put up your sword.
11112GLOUCESTERSay, then, my peace is made.
11212LADY ANNEThat shall you know hereafter.
11312GLOUCESTERBut shall I live in hope?
11412LADY ANNEAll men, I hope, live so.
11512GLOUCESTERVouchsafe to wear this ring.
11612LADY ANNETo take is not to give.
11712GLOUCESTERLook, how this ring encompasseth finger. Even so thy breast encloseth my poor heart; Wear both of them, for both of them are thine. And if thy poor devoted suppliant may But beg one favour at thy gracious hand, Thou dost confirm his happiness for ever.
11812LADY ANNEWhat is it?
11912GLOUCESTERThat it would please thee leave these sad designs To him that hath more cause to be a mourner, And presently repair to Crosby Place; Where, after I have solemnly interr'd At Chertsey monastery this noble king, And wet his grave with my repentant tears, I will with all expedient duty see you: For divers unknown reasons. I beseech you, Grant me this boon.
12012LADY ANNEWith all my heart; and much it joys me too, To see you are become so penitent. Tressel and Berkeley, go along with me.
12112GLOUCESTERBid me farewell.
12212LADY ANNE'Tis more than you deserve; But since you teach me how to flatter you, Imagine I have said farewell already.
123(stage directions)12[Exeunt LADY ANNE, TRESSEL, and BERKELEY]
12412GLOUCESTERSirs, take up the corse.
12512GENTLEMENTowards Chertsey, noble lord?
12612GLOUCESTERNo, to White-Friars; there attend my coining. [Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER] Was ever woman in this humour woo'd? Was ever woman in this humour won? I'll have her; but I will not keep her long. What! I, that kill'd her husband and his father, To take her in her heart's extremest hate, With curses in her mouth, tears in her eyes, The bleeding witness of her hatred by; Having God, her conscience, and these bars against me, And I nothing to back my suit at all, But the plain devil and dissembling looks, And yet to win her, all the world to nothing! Ha! Hath she forgot already that brave prince, Edward, her lord, whom I, some three months since, Stabb'd in my angry mood at Tewksbury? A sweeter and a lovelier gentleman, Framed in the prodigality of nature, Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt, right royal, The spacious world cannot again afford And will she yet debase her eyes on me, That cropp'd the golden prime of this sweet prince, And made her widow to a woful bed? On me, whose all not equals Edward's moiety? On me, that halt and am unshapen thus? My dukedom to a beggarly denier, I do mistake my person all this while: Upon my life, she finds, although I cannot, Myself to be a marvellous proper man. I'll be at charges for a looking-glass, And entertain some score or two of tailors, To study fashions to adorn my body: Since I am crept in favour with myself, Will maintain it with some little cost. But first I'll turn yon fellow in his grave; And then return lamenting to my love. Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass, That I may see my shadow as I pass.
127(stage directions)12[Exit]
128(stage directions)13[Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, RIVERS, and GREY]
12913RIVERSHave patience, madam: there's no doubt his majesty Will soon recover his accustom'd health.
13013GREYIn that you brook it in, it makes him worse: Therefore, for God's sake, entertain good comfort, And cheer his grace with quick and merry words.
13113QUEEN ELIZABETHIf he were dead, what would betide of me?
13213RIVERSNo other harm but loss of such a lord.
13313QUEEN ELIZABETHThe loss of such a lord includes all harm.
13413GREYThe heavens have bless'd you with a goodly son, To be your comforter when he is gone.
13513QUEEN ELIZABETHOh, he is young and his minority Is put unto the trust of Richard Gloucester, A man that loves not me, nor none of you.
13613RIVERSIs it concluded that he shall be protector?
13713QUEEN ELIZABETHIt is determined, not concluded yet: But so it must be, if the king miscarry.
138(stage directions)13[Enter BUCKINGHAM and DERBY]
13913GREYHere come the lords of Buckingham and Derby.
14013BUCKINGHAMGood time of day unto your royal grace!
14113STANLEYGod make your majesty joyful as you have been!
14213QUEEN ELIZABETHThe Countess Richmond, good my Lord of Derby. To your good prayers will scarcely say amen. Yet, Derby, notwithstanding she's your wife, And loves not me, be you, good lord, assured I hate not you for her proud arrogance.
14313STANLEYI do beseech you, either not believe The envious slanders of her false accusers; Or, if she be accused in true report, Bear with her weakness, which, I think proceeds From wayward sickness, and no grounded malice.
14413RIVERSSaw you the king to-day, my Lord of Derby?
14513STANLEYBut now the Duke of Buckingham and I Are come from visiting his majesty.
14613QUEEN ELIZABETHWhat likelihood of his amendment, lords?
14713BUCKINGHAMMadam, good hope; his grace speaks cheerfully.
14813QUEEN ELIZABETHGod grant him health! Did you confer with him?
14913BUCKINGHAMMadam, we did: he desires to make atonement Betwixt the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers, And betwixt them and my lord chamberlain; And sent to warn them to his royal presence.
15013QUEEN ELIZABETHWould all were well! but that will never be I fear our happiness is at the highest.
151(stage directions)13[Enter GLOUCESTER, HASTINGS, and DORSET]
15213GLOUCESTERThey 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? By holy Paul, they love his grace but lightly That fill his ears with such dissentious rumours. Because I cannot flatter and speak fair, Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog, Duck with French nods and apish courtesy, I must be held a rancorous enemy. Cannot a plain man live and think no harm, But thus his simple truth must be abused By silken, sly, insinuating Jacks?
15313RIVERSTo whom in all this presence speaks your grace?
15413GLOUCESTERTo thee, that hast nor honesty nor grace. When have I injured thee? when done thee wrong? Or thee? or thee? or any of your faction? A plague upon you all! His royal person,-- Whom God preserve better than you would wish!-- Cannot be quiet scarce a breathing-while, But you must trouble him with lewd complaints.
15513QUEEN ELIZABETHBrother of Gloucester, you mistake the matter. The king, of his own royal disposition, And not provoked by any suitor else; Aiming, belike, at your interior hatred, Which in your outward actions shows itself Against my kindred, brothers, and myself, Makes him to send; that thereby he may gather The ground of your ill-will, and so remove it.
15613GLOUCESTERI cannot tell: the world is grown so bad, That wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch: Since every Jack became a gentleman There's many a gentle person made a Jack.
15713QUEEN ELIZABETHCome, come, we know your meaning, brother Gloucester; You envy my advancement and my friends': God grant we never may have need of you!
15813GLOUCESTERMeantime, God grants that we have need of you: Your brother is imprison'd by your means, Myself disgraced, and the nobility Held in contempt; whilst many fair promotions Are daily given to ennoble those That scarce, some two days since, were worth a noble.
15913QUEEN ELIZABETHBy Him that raised me to this careful height From that contented hap which I enjoy'd, I never did incense his majesty Against the Duke of Clarence, but have been An earnest advocate to plead for him. My lord, you do me shameful injury, Falsely to draw me in these vile suspects.
16013GLOUCESTERYou may deny that you were not the cause Of my Lord Hastings' late imprisonment.
16113RIVERSShe may, my lord, for--
16213GLOUCESTERShe may, Lord Rivers! why, who knows not so? She may do more, sir, than denying that: She may help you to many fair preferments, And then deny her aiding hand therein, And lay those honours on your high deserts. What may she not? She may, yea, marry, may she--
16313RIVERSWhat, marry, may she?
16413GLOUCESTERWhat, marry, may she! marry with a king, A bachelor, a handsome stripling too: I wis your grandam had a worser match.
16513QUEEN ELIZABETHMy Lord of Gloucester, I have too long borne Your blunt upbraidings and your bitter scoffs: By heaven, I will acquaint his majesty With those gross taunts I often have endured. I had rather be a country servant-maid Than a great queen, with this condition, To be thus taunted, scorn'd, and baited at: [Enter QUEEN MARGARET, behind] Small joy have I in being England's queen.
16613MARGARETAnd lessen'd be that small, God, I beseech thee! Thy honour, state and seat is due to me.
16713GLOUCESTERWhat! threat you me with telling of the king? Tell him, and spare not: look, what I have said I will avouch in presence of the king: I dare adventure to be sent to the Tower. 'Tis time to speak; my pains are quite forgot.
16813MARGARETOut, devil! I remember them too well: Thou slewest my husband Henry in the Tower, And Edward, my poor son, at Tewksbury.
16913GLOUCESTEREre you were queen, yea, or your husband king, I was a pack-horse in his great affairs; A weeder-out of his proud adversaries, A liberal rewarder of his friends: To royalize his blood I spilt mine own.
17013MARGARETYea, and much better blood than his or thine.
17113GLOUCESTERIn all which time you and your husband Grey Were factious for the house of Lancaster; And, Rivers, so were you. Was not your husband In Margaret's battle at Saint Alban's slain? Let me put in your minds, if you forget, What you have been ere now, and what you are; Withal, what I have been, and what I am.
17213MARGARETA murderous villain, and so still thou art.
17313GLOUCESTERPoor Clarence did forsake his father, Warwick; Yea, and forswore himself,--which Jesu pardon!--
17413MARGARETWhich God revenge!
17513GLOUCESTERTo fight on Edward's party for the crown; And for his meed, poor lord, he is mew'd up. I would to God my heart were flint, like Edward's; Or Edward's soft and pitiful, like mine I am too childish-foolish for this world.
17613MARGARETHie thee to hell for shame, and leave the world, Thou cacodemon! there thy kingdom is.
17713RIVERSMy Lord of Gloucester, in those busy days Which here you urge to prove us enemies, We follow'd then our lord, our lawful king: So should we you, if you should be our king.
17813GLOUCESTERIf I should be! I had rather be a pedlar: Far be it from my heart, the thought of it!
17913QUEEN ELIZABETHAs little joy, my lord, as you suppose You should enjoy, were you this country's king, As little joy may you suppose in me. That I enjoy, being the queen thereof.
18013MARGARETA little joy enjoys the queen thereof; For I am she, and altogether joyless. I can no longer hold me patient. [Advancing] Hear me, you wrangling pirates, that fall out In sharing that which you have pill'd from me! Which of you trembles not that looks on me? If not, that, I being queen, you bow like subjects, Yet that, by you deposed, you quake like rebels? O gentle villain, do not turn away!
18113GLOUCESTERFoul wrinkled witch, what makest thou in my sight?
18213MARGARETBut repetition of what thou hast marr'd; That will I make before I let thee go.
18313GLOUCESTERWert thou not banished on pain of death?
18413MARGARETI was; but I do find more pain in banishment Than death can yield me here by my abode. A husband and a son thou owest to me; And thou a kingdom; all of you allegiance: The sorrow that I have, by right is yours, And all the pleasures you usurp are mine.
18513GLOUCESTERThe curse my noble father laid on thee, When thou didst crown his warlike brows with paper And with thy scorns drew'st rivers from his eyes, And then, to dry them, gavest the duke a clout Steep'd in the faultless blood of pretty Rutland-- His curses, then from bitterness of soul Denounced against thee, are all fall'n upon thee; And God, not we, hath plagued thy bloody deed.
18613QUEEN ELIZABETHSo just is God, to right the innocent.
18713HASTINGSO, 'twas the foulest deed to slay that babe, And the most merciless that e'er was heard of!
18813RIVERSTyrants themselves wept when it was reported.
18913DORSETNo man but prophesied revenge for it.
19013BUCKINGHAMNorthumberland, then present, wept to see it.
19113MARGARETWhat were you snarling all before I came, Ready to catch each other by the throat, And turn you all your hatred now on me? Did York's dread curse prevail so much with heaven? That Henry's death, my lovely Edward's death, Their kingdom's loss, my woful banishment, Could all but answer for that peevish brat? Can curses pierce the clouds and enter heaven? Why, then, give way, dull clouds, to my quick curses! If not by war, by surfeit die your king, As ours by murder, to make him a king! Edward thy son, which now is Prince of Wales, For Edward my son, which was Prince of Wales, Die in his youth by like untimely violence! Thyself a queen, for me that was a queen, Outlive thy glory, like my wretched self! Long mayst thou live to wail thy children's loss; And see another, as I see thee now, Deck'd in thy rights, as thou art stall'd in mine! Long die thy happy days before thy death; And, after many lengthen'd hours of grief, Die neither mother, wife, nor England's queen! Rivers and Dorset, you were standers by, And so wast thou, Lord Hastings, when my son Was stabb'd with bloody daggers: God, I pray him, That none of you may live your natural age, But by some unlook'd accident cut off!
19213GLOUCESTERHave done thy charm, thou hateful wither'd hag!
19313MARGARETAnd leave out thee? stay, dog, for thou shalt hear me. If heaven have any grievous plague in store Exceeding those that I can wish upon thee, O, let them keep it till thy sins be ripe, And then hurl down their indignation On thee, the troubler of the poor world's peace! The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul! Thy friends suspect for traitors while thou livest, And take deep traitors for thy dearest friends! No sleep close up that deadly eye of thine, Unless it be whilst some tormenting dream Affrights thee with a hell of ugly devils! Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive, rooting hog! Thou that wast seal'd in thy nativity The slave of nature and the son of hell! Thou slander of thy mother's heavy womb! Thou loathed issue of thy father's loins! Thou rag of honour! thou detested--
19713MARGARETI call thee not.
19813GLOUCESTERI cry thee mercy then, for I had thought That thou hadst call'd me all these bitter names.
19913MARGARETWhy, so I did; but look'd for no reply. O, let me make the period to my curse!
20013GLOUCESTER'Tis done by me, and ends in 'Margaret.'
20113QUEEN ELIZABETHThus have you breathed your curse against yourself.
20213MARGARETPoor painted queen, vain flourish of my fortune! Why strew'st thou sugar on that bottled spider, Whose deadly web ensnareth thee about? Fool, fool! thou whet'st a knife to kill thyself. The time will come when thou shalt wish for me To help thee curse that poisonous bunchback'd toad.
20313HASTINGSFalse-boding woman, end thy frantic curse, Lest to thy harm thou move our patience.
20413MARGARETFoul shame upon you! you have all moved mine.
20513RIVERSWere you well served, you would be taught your duty.
20613MARGARETTo serve me well, you all should do me duty, Teach me to be your queen, and you my subjects: O, serve me well, and teach yourselves that duty!
20713DORSETDispute not with her; she is lunatic.
20813MARGARETPeace, master marquess, you are malapert: Your fire-new stamp of honour is scarce current. O, that your young nobility could judge What 'twere to lose it, and be miserable! They that stand high have many blasts to shake them; And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
20913GLOUCESTERGood counsel, marry: learn it, learn it, marquess.
21013DORSETIt toucheth you, my lord, as much as me.
21113GLOUCESTERYea, and much more: but I was born so high, Our aery buildeth in the cedar's top, And dallies with the wind and scorns the sun.
21213MARGARETAnd turns the sun to shade; alas! alas! Witness my son, now in the shade of death; Whose bright out-shining beams thy cloudy wrath Hath in eternal darkness folded up. Your aery buildeth in our aery's nest. O God, that seest it, do not suffer it! As it was won with blood, lost be it so!
21313BUCKINGHAMHave done! for shame, if not for charity.
21413MARGARETUrge neither charity nor shame to me: Uncharitably with me have you dealt, And shamefully by you my hopes are butcher'd. My charity is outrage, life my shame And in that shame still live my sorrow's rage.
21513BUCKINGHAMHave done, have done.
21613MARGARETO princely Buckingham I'll kiss thy hand, In sign of league and amity with thee: Now fair befal thee and thy noble house! Thy garments are not spotted with our blood, Nor thou within the compass of my curse.
21713BUCKINGHAMNor no one here; for curses never pass The lips of those that breathe them in the air.
21813MARGARETI'll not believe but they ascend the sky, And there awake God's gentle-sleeping peace. O Buckingham, take heed of yonder dog! Look, when he fawns, he bites; and when he bites, His venom tooth will rankle to the death: Have not to do with him, beware of him; Sin, death, and hell have set their marks on him, And all their ministers attend on him.
21913GLOUCESTERWhat doth she say, my Lord of Buckingham?
22013BUCKINGHAMNothing that I respect, my gracious lord.
22113MARGARETWhat, dost thou scorn me for my gentle counsel? And soothe the devil that I warn thee from? O, but remember this another day, When he shall split thy very heart with sorrow, And say poor Margaret was a prophetess! Live each of you the subjects to his hate, And he to yours, and all of you to God's!
222(stage directions)13[Exit]
22313HASTINGSMy hair doth stand on end to hear her curses.
22413RIVERSAnd so doth mine: I muse why she's at liberty.
22513GLOUCESTERI cannot blame her: by God's holy mother, She hath had too much wrong; and I repent My part thereof that I have done to her.
22613QUEEN ELIZABETHI never did her any, to my knowledge.
22713GLOUCESTERBut you have all the vantage of her wrong. I was too hot to do somebody good, That is too cold in thinking of it now. Marry, as for Clarence, he is well repaid, He is frank'd up to fatting for his pains God pardon them that are the cause of it!
22813RIVERSA virtuous and a Christian-like conclusion, To pray for them that have done scathe to us.
22913GLOUCESTERSo do I ever: [Aside] being well-advised. For had I cursed now, I had cursed myself.
230(stage directions)13[Enter CATESBY]
23113CATESBYMadam, his majesty doth call for you, And for your grace; and you, my noble lords.
23213QUEEN ELIZABETHCatesby, we come. Lords, will you go with us?
23313RIVERSMadam, we will attend your grace.
234(stage directions)13[Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER]
23513GLOUCESTERI do the wrong, and first begin to brawl. The secret mischiefs that I set abroach I lay unto the grievous charge of others. Clarence, whom I, indeed, have laid in darkness, I do beweep to many simple gulls Namely, to Hastings, Derby, Buckingham; And say it is the queen and her allies That stir the king against the duke my brother. Now, they believe it; and withal whet me To be revenged on Rivers, Vaughan, Grey: But then I sigh; and, with a piece of scripture, Tell them that God bids us do good for evil: And thus I clothe my naked villany With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil. [Enter two Murderers] But, soft! here come my executioners. How now, my hardy, stout resolved mates! Are you now going to dispatch this deed?
23613FIRST MURDERERWe are, my lord; and come to have the warrant That we may be admitted where he is.
23713GLOUCESTERWell thought upon; I have it here about me. [Gives the warrant] When you have done, repair to Crosby Place. But, sirs, be sudden in the execution, Withal obdurate, do not hear him plead; For Clarence is well-spoken, and perhaps May move your hearts to pity if you mark him.
23813FIRST MURDERERTush! Fear not, my lord, we will not stand to prate; Talkers are no good doers: be assured We come to use our hands and not our tongues.
23913GLOUCESTERYour eyes drop millstones, when fools' eyes drop tears: I like you, lads; about your business straight; Go, go, dispatch.
24013FIRST MURDERERWe will, my noble lord.
241(stage directions)13[Exeunt]
242(stage directions)14[Enter CLARENCE and BRAKENBURY]
24314BRAKENBURYWhy looks your grace so heavily today?
24414GEORGEO, I have pass'd a miserable night, So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams, That, as I am a Christian faithful man, I would not spend another such a night, Though 'twere to buy a world of happy days, So full of dismal terror was the time!
24514BRAKENBURYWhat was your dream? I long to hear you tell it.
24614GEORGEMethoughts that I had broken from the Tower, And was embark'd to cross to Burgundy; And, in my company, my brother Gloucester; Who from my cabin tempted me to walk Upon the hatches: thence we looked toward England, And cited up a thousand fearful times, During the wars of York and Lancaster That had befall'n us. As we paced along Upon the giddy footing of the hatches, Methought that Gloucester stumbled; and, in falling, Struck me, that thought to stay him, overboard, Into the tumbling billows of the main. Lord, Lord! methought, what pain it was to drown! What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears! What ugly sights of death within mine eyes! Methought I saw a thousand fearful wrecks; Ten thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon; Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl, Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels, All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea: Some lay in dead men's skulls; and, in those holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept, As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems, Which woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep, And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by.
24714BRAKENBURYHad you such leisure in the time of death To gaze upon the secrets of the deep?
24814GEORGEMethought I had; and often did I strive To yield the ghost: but still the envious flood Kept in my soul, and would not let it forth To seek the empty, vast and wandering air; But smother'd it within my panting bulk, Which almost burst to belch it in the sea.
24914BRAKENBURYAwaked you not with this sore agony?
25014GEORGEO, no, my dream was lengthen'd after life; O, then began the tempest to my soul, Who pass'd, methought, the melancholy flood, With that grim ferryman which poets write of, Unto the kingdom of perpetual night. The first that there did greet my stranger soul, Was my great father-in-law, renowned Warwick; Who cried aloud, 'What scourge for perjury Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?' And so he vanish'd: then came wandering by A shadow like an angel, with bright hair Dabbled in blood; and he squeak'd out aloud, 'Clarence is come; false, fleeting, perjured Clarence, That stabb'd me in the field by Tewksbury; Seize on him, Furies, take him to your torments!' With that, methoughts, a legion of foul fiends Environ'd me about, and howled in mine ears Such hideous cries, that with the very noise I trembling waked, and for a season after Could not believe but that I was in hell, Such terrible impression made the dream.
25114BRAKENBURYNo marvel, my lord, though it affrighted you; I promise, I am afraid to hear you tell it.
25214GEORGEO Brakenbury, I have done those things, Which now bear evidence against my soul, For Edward's sake; and see how he requites me! O God! if my deep prayers cannot appease thee, But thou wilt be avenged on my misdeeds, Yet execute thy wrath in me alone, O, spare my guiltless wife and my poor children! I pray thee, gentle keeper, stay by me; My soul is heavy, and I fain would sleep.
25314BRAKENBURYI will, my lord: God give your grace good rest! [CLARENCE sleeps] Sorrow breaks seasons and reposing hours, Makes the night morning, and the noon-tide night. Princes have but their tides for their glories, An outward honour for an inward toil; And, for unfelt imagination, They often feel a world of restless cares: So that, betwixt their tides and low names, There's nothing differs but the outward fame.
254(stage directions)14[Enter the two Murderers]
25514FIRST MURDERERHo! who's here?
25614BRAKENBURYIn God's name what are you, and how came you hither?
25714FIRST MURDERERI would speak with Clarence, and I came hither on my legs.
25814BRAKENBURYYea, are you so brief?
25914SECOND MURDERERO sir, it is better to be brief than tedious. Show him our commission; talk no more.
260(stage directions)14[BRAKENBURY reads it]
26114BRAKENBURYI am, in this, commanded to deliver The noble Duke of Clarence to your hands: I will not reason what is meant hereby, Because I will be guiltless of the meaning. Here are the keys, there sits the duke asleep: I'll to the king; and signify to him That thus I have resign'd my charge to you.
26214FIRST MURDERERDo so, it is a point of wisdom: fare you well.
263(stage directions)14[Exit BRAKENBURY]
26414SECOND MURDERERWhat, shall we stab him as he sleeps?
26514FIRST MURDERERNo; then he will say 'twas done cowardly, when he wakes.
26614SECOND MURDERERWhen he wakes! why, fool, he shall never wake till the judgment-day.
26714FIRST MURDERERWhy, then he will say we stabbed him sleeping.
26814SECOND MURDERERThe urging of that word 'judgment' hath bred a kind of remorse in me.
26914FIRST MURDERERWhat, art thou afraid?
27014SECOND MURDERERNot to kill him, having a warrant for it; but to be damned for killing him, from which no warrant can defend us.
27114FIRST MURDERERI thought thou hadst been resolute.
27214SECOND MURDERERSo I am, to let him live.
27314FIRST MURDERERBack to the Duke of Gloucester, tell him so.
27414SECOND MURDERERI pray thee, stay a while: I hope my holy humour will change; 'twas wont to hold me but while one would tell twenty.
27514FIRST MURDERERHow dost thou feel thyself now?
27614SECOND MURDERER'Faith, some certain dregs of conscience are yet within me.
27714FIRST MURDERERRemember our reward, when the deed is done.
27814SECOND MURDERER'Zounds, he dies: I had forgot the reward.
27914FIRST MURDERERWhere is thy conscience now?
28014SECOND MURDERERIn the Duke of Gloucester's purse.
28114FIRST MURDERERSo when he opens his purse to give us our reward, thy conscience flies out.
28214SECOND MURDERERLet it go; there's few or none will entertain it.
28314FIRST MURDERERHow if it come to thee again?
28414SECOND MURDERERI'll not meddle with it: it is a dangerous thing: it makes a man a coward: a man cannot steal, but it accuseth him; he cannot swear, but it cheques him; he cannot lie with his neighbour's wife, but it detects him: 'tis a blushing shamefast spirit that mutinies in a man's bosom; it fills one full of obstacles: it made me once restore a purse of gold that I found; it beggars any man that keeps it: it is turned out of all towns and cities for a dangerous thing; and every man that means to live well endeavours to trust to himself and to live without it.
28514FIRST MURDERER'Zounds, it is even now at my elbow, persuading me not to kill the duke.
28614SECOND MURDERERTake the devil in thy mind, and relieve him not: he would insinuate with thee but to make thee sigh.
28714FIRST MURDERERTut, I am strong-framed, he cannot prevail with me, I warrant thee.
28814SECOND MURDERERSpoke like a tail fellow that respects his reputation. Come, shall we to this gear?
28914FIRST MURDERERTake him over the costard with the hilts of thy sword, and then we will chop him in the malmsey-butt in the next room.
29014SECOND MURDERERO excellent devise! make a sop of him.
29114FIRST MURDERERHark! he stirs: shall I strike?
29214SECOND MURDERERNo, first let's reason with him.
29314GEORGEWhere art thou, keeper? give me a cup of wine.
29414SECOND MURDERERYou shall have wine enough, my lord, anon.
29514GEORGEIn God's name, what art thou?
29614SECOND MURDERERA man, as you are.
29714GEORGEBut not, as I am, royal.
29814SECOND MURDERERNor you, as we are, loyal.
29914GEORGEThy voice is thunder, but thy looks are humble.
30014SECOND MURDERERMy voice is now the king's, my looks mine own.
30114GEORGEHow darkly and how deadly dost thou speak! Your eyes do menace me: why look you pale? Who sent you hither? Wherefore do you come?
30214BOTHTo, to, to--
30314GEORGETo murder me?
30414BOTHAy, ay.
30514GEORGEYou scarcely have the hearts to tell me so, And therefore cannot have the hearts to do it. Wherein, my friends, have I offended you?
30614FIRST MURDEREROffended us you have not, but the king.
30714GEORGEI shall be reconciled to him again.
30814SECOND MURDERERNever, my lord; therefore prepare to die.
30914GEORGEAre you call'd forth from out a world of men To slay the innocent? What is my offence? Where are the evidence that do accuse me? What lawful quest have given their verdict up Unto the frowning judge? or who pronounced The bitter sentence of poor Clarence' death? Before I be convict by course of law, To threaten me with death is most unlawful. I charge you, as you hope to have redemption By Christ's dear blood shed for our grievous sins, That you depart and lay no hands on me The deed you undertake is damnable.
31014FIRST MURDERERWhat we will do, we do upon command.
31114SECOND MURDERERAnd he that hath commanded is the king.
31214GEORGEErroneous vassal! the great King of kings Hath in the tables of his law commanded That thou shalt do no murder: and wilt thou, then, Spurn at his edict and fulfil a man's? Take heed; for he holds vengeance in his hands, To hurl upon their heads that break his law.
31314SECOND MURDERERAnd that same vengeance doth he hurl on thee, For false forswearing and for murder too: Thou didst receive the holy sacrament, To fight in quarrel of the house of Lancaster.
31414FIRST MURDERERAnd, like a traitor to the name of God, Didst break that vow; and with thy treacherous blade Unrip'dst the bowels of thy sovereign's son.
31514SECOND MURDERERWhom thou wert sworn to cherish and defend.
31614FIRST MURDERERHow canst thou urge God's dreadful law to us, When thou hast broke it in so dear degree?
31714GEORGEAlas! for whose sake did I that ill deed? For Edward, for my brother, for his sake: Why, sirs, He sends ye not to murder me for this For in this sin he is as deep as I. If God will be revenged for this deed. O, know you yet, he doth it publicly, Take not the quarrel from his powerful arm; He needs no indirect nor lawless course To cut off those that have offended him.
31814FIRST MURDERERWho made thee, then, a bloody minister, When gallant-springing brave Plantagenet, That princely novice, was struck dead by thee?
31914GEORGEMy brother's love, the devil, and my rage.
32014FIRST MURDERERThy brother's love, our duty, and thy fault, Provoke us hither now to slaughter thee.
32114GEORGEOh, if you love my brother, hate not me; I am his brother, and I love him well. If you be hired for meed, go back again, And I will send you to my brother Gloucester, Who shall reward you better for my life Than Edward will for tidings of my death.
32214SECOND MURDERERYou are deceived, your brother Gloucester hates you.
32314GEORGEO, no, he loves me, and he holds me dear: Go you to him from me.
32414BOTHAy, so we will.
32514GEORGETell him, when that our princely father York Bless'd his three sons with his victorious arm, And charged us from his soul to love each other, He little thought of this divided friendship: Bid Gloucester think of this, and he will weep.
32614FIRST MURDERERAy, millstones; as be lesson'd us to weep.
32714GEORGEO, do not slander him, for he is kind.
32814FIRST MURDERERRight, As snow in harvest. Thou deceivest thyself: 'Tis he that sent us hither now to slaughter thee.
32914GEORGEIt cannot be; for when I parted with him, He hugg'd me in his arms, and swore, with sobs, That he would labour my delivery.
33014SECOND MURDERERWhy, so he doth, now he delivers thee From this world's thraldom to the joys of heaven.
33114FIRST MURDERERMake peace with God, for you must die, my lord.
33214GEORGEHast thou that holy feeling in thy soul, To counsel me to make my peace with God, And art thou yet to thy own soul so blind, That thou wilt war with God by murdering me? Ah, sirs, consider, he that set you on To do this deed will hate you for the deed.
33314SECOND MURDERERWhat shall we do?
33414GEORGERelent, and save your souls.
33514FIRST MURDERERRelent! 'tis cowardly and womanish.
33614GEORGENot to relent is beastly, savage, devilish. Which of you, if you were a prince's son, Being pent from liberty, as I am now, if two such murderers as yourselves came to you, Would not entreat for life? My friend, I spy some pity in thy looks: O, if thine eye be not a flatterer, Come thou on my side, and entreat for me, As you would beg, were you in my distress A begging prince what beggar pities not?
33714SECOND MURDERERLook behind you, my lord.
33814FIRST MURDERERTake that, and that: if all this will not do, [Stabs him] I'll drown you in the malmsey-butt within.
339(stage directions)14[Exit, with the body]
34014SECOND MURDERERA bloody deed, and desperately dispatch'd! How fain, like Pilate, would I wash my hands Of this most grievous guilty murder done!
341(stage directions)14[Re-enter First Murderer]
34214FIRST MURDERERHow now! what mean'st thou, that thou help'st me not? By heavens, the duke shall know how slack thou art!
34314SECOND MURDERERI would he knew that I had saved his brother! Take thou the fee, and tell him what I say; For I repent me that the duke is slain.
344(stage directions)14[Exit]
34514FIRST MURDERERSo do not I: go, coward as thou art. Now must I hide his body in some hole, Until the duke take order for his burial: And when I have my meed, I must away; For this will out, and here I must not stay. [Flourish. Enter KING EDWARD IV sick, QUEEN] ELIZABETH, DORSET, RIVERS, HASTINGS, BUCKINGHAM, GREY, and others]
34621EDWARDWhy, so: now have I done a good day's work: You peers, continue this united league: I every day expect an embassage From my Redeemer to redeem me hence; And now in peace my soul shall part to heaven, Since I have set my friends at peace on earth. Rivers and Hastings, take each other's hand; Dissemble not your hatred, swear your love.
34721RIVERSBy heaven, my heart is purged from grudging hate: And with my hand I seal my true heart's love.
34821HASTINGSSo thrive I, as I truly swear the like!
34921EDWARDTake heed you dally not before your king; Lest he that is the supreme King of kings Confound your hidden falsehood, and award Either of you to be the other's end.
35021HASTINGSSo prosper I, as I swear perfect love!
35121RIVERSAnd I, as I love Hastings with my heart!
35221EDWARDMadam, yourself are not exempt in this, Nor your son Dorset, Buckingham, nor you; You have been factious one against the other, Wife, love Lord Hastings, let him kiss your hand; And what you do, do it unfeignedly.
35321QUEEN ELIZABETHHere, Hastings; I will never more remember Our former hatred, so thrive I and mine!
35421EDWARDDorset, embrace him; Hastings, love lord marquess.
35521DORSETThis interchange of love, I here protest, Upon my part shall be unviolable.
35621HASTINGSAnd so swear I, my lord
357(stage directions)21[They embrace]
35821EDWARDNow, princely Buckingham, seal thou this league With thy embracements to my wife's allies, And make me happy in your unity.
35921BUCKINGHAMWhenever Buckingham doth turn his hate On you or yours, [To the Queen] but with all duteous love Doth cherish you and yours, God punish me With hate in those where I expect most love! When I have most need to employ a friend, And most assured that he is a friend Deep, hollow, treacherous, and full of guile, Be he unto me! this do I beg of God, When I am cold in zeal to yours.
36021EDWARDA pleasing cordial, princely Buckingham, is this thy vow unto my sickly heart. There wanteth now our brother Gloucester here, To make the perfect period of this peace.
36121BUCKINGHAMAnd, in good time, here comes the noble duke.
362(stage directions)21[Enter GLOUCESTER]
36321GLOUCESTERGood morrow to my sovereign king and queen: And, princely peers, a happy time of day!
36421EDWARDHappy, indeed, as we have spent the day. Brother, we done deeds of charity; Made peace enmity, fair love of hate, Between these swelling wrong-incensed peers.
36521GLOUCESTERA blessed labour, my most sovereign liege: Amongst this princely heap, if any here, By false intelligence, or wrong surmise, Hold me a foe; If I unwittingly, or in my rage, Have aught committed that is hardly borne By any in this presence, I desire To reconcile me to his friendly peace: 'Tis death to me to be at enmity; I hate it, and desire all good men's love. First, madam, I entreat true peace of you, Which I will purchase with my duteous service; Of you, my noble cousin Buckingham, If ever any grudge were lodged between us; Of you, Lord Rivers, and, Lord Grey, of you; That without desert have frown'd on me; Dukes, earls, lords, gentlemen; indeed, of all. I do not know that Englishman alive With whom my soul is any jot at odds More than the infant that is born to-night I thank my God for my humility.
36621QUEEN ELIZABETHA holy day shall this be kept hereafter: I would to God all strifes were well compounded. My sovereign liege, I do beseech your majesty To take our brother Clarence to your grace.
36721GLOUCESTERWhy, madam, have I offer'd love for this To be so bouted in this royal presence? Who knows not that the noble duke is dead? [They all start] You do him injury to scorn his corse.
36821RIVERSWho knows not he is dead! who knows he is?
36921QUEEN ELIZABETHAll seeing heaven, what a world is this!
37021BUCKINGHAMLook I so pale, Lord Dorset, as the rest?
37121DORSETAy, my good lord; and no one in this presence But his red colour hath forsook his cheeks.
37221EDWARDIs Clarence dead? the order was reversed.
37321GLOUCESTERBut he, poor soul, by your first order died, And that a winged Mercury did bear: Some tardy cripple bore the countermand, That came too lag to see him buried. God grant that some, less noble and less loyal, Nearer in bloody thoughts, but not in blood, Deserve not worse than wretched Clarence did, And yet go current from suspicion!
374(stage directions)21[Enter DERBY]
37521DORSETA boon, my sovereign, for my service done!
37621EDWARDI pray thee, peace: my soul is full of sorrow.
37721DORSETI will not rise, unless your highness grant.
37821EDWARDThen speak at once what is it thou demand'st.
37921DORSETThe forfeit, sovereign, of my servant's life; Who slew to-day a righteous gentleman Lately attendant on the Duke of Norfolk.
38021EDWARDHave a tongue to doom my brother's death, And shall the same give pardon to a slave? My brother slew no man; his fault was thought, And yet his punishment was cruel death. Who sued to me for him? who, in my rage, Kneel'd at my feet, and bade me be advised Who spake of brotherhood? who spake of love? Who told me how the poor soul did forsake The mighty Warwick, and did fight for me? Who told me, in the field by Tewksbury When Oxford had me down, he rescued me, And said, 'Dear brother, live, and be a king'? Who told me, when we both lay in the field Frozen almost to death, how he did lap me Even in his own garments, and gave himself, All thin and naked, to the numb cold night? All this from my remembrance brutish wrath Sinfully pluck'd, and not a man of you Had so much grace to put it in my mind. But when your carters or your waiting-vassals Have done a drunken slaughter, and defaced The precious image of our dear Redeemer, You straight are on your knees for pardon, pardon; And I unjustly too, must grant it you But for my brother not a man would speak, Nor I, ungracious, speak unto myself For him, poor soul. The proudest of you all Have been beholding to him in his life; Yet none of you would once plead for his life. O God, I fear thy justice will take hold On me, and you, and mine, and yours for this! Come, Hastings, help me to my closet. Oh, poor Clarence!
381(stage directions)21[Exeunt some with KING EDWARD IV and QUEEN MARGARET]
38221GLOUCESTERThis is the fruit of rashness! Mark'd you not How that the guilty kindred of the queen Look'd pale when they did hear of Clarence' death? O, they did urge it still unto the king! God will revenge it. But come, let us in, To comfort Edward with our company.
38321BUCKINGHAMWe wait upon your grace.
384(stage directions)21[Exeunt]
385(stage directions)22[Enter the DUCHESS OF YORK, with the two children of CLARENCE]
38622BOYTell me, good grandam, is our father dead?
38722DUCHESS OF YORKNo, boy.
38822BOYWhy do you wring your hands, and beat your breast, And cry 'O Clarence, my unhappy son!'
38922GIRLWhy do you look on us, and shake your head, And call us wretches, orphans, castaways If that our noble father be alive?
39022DUCHESS OF YORKMy pretty cousins, you mistake me much; I do lament the sickness of the king. As loath to lose him, not your father's death; It were lost sorrow to wail one that's lost.
39122BOYThen, grandam, you conclude that he is dead. The king my uncle is to blame for this: God will revenge it; whom I will importune With daily prayers all to that effect.
39222GIRLAnd so will I.
39322DUCHESS OF YORKPeace, children, peace! the king doth love you well: Incapable and shallow innocents, You cannot guess who caused your father's death.
39422BOYGrandam, we can; for my good uncle Gloucester Told me, the king, provoked by the queen, Devised impeachments to imprison him : And when my uncle told me so, he wept, And hugg'd me in his arm, and kindly kiss'd my cheek; Bade me rely on him as on my father, And he would love me dearly as his child.
39522DUCHESS OF YORKOh, that deceit should steal such gentle shapes, And with a virtuous vizard hide foul guile! He is my son; yea, and therein my shame; Yet from my dugs he drew not this deceit.
39622BOYThink you my uncle did dissemble, grandam?
39722DUCHESS OF YORKAy, boy.
39822BOYI cannot think it. Hark! what noise is this? [Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, with her hair about her] ears; RIVERS, and DORSET after her]
39922QUEEN ELIZABETHOh, who shall hinder me to wail and weep, To chide my fortune, and torment myself? I'll join with black despair against my soul, And to myself become an enemy.
40022DUCHESS OF YORKWhat means this scene of rude impatience?
40122QUEEN ELIZABETHTo make an act of tragic violence: Edward, my lord, your son, our king, is dead. Why grow the branches now the root is wither'd? Why wither not the leaves the sap being gone? If you will live, lament; if die, be brief, That our swift-winged souls may catch the king's; Or, like obedient subjects, follow him To his new kingdom of perpetual rest.
40222DUCHESS OF YORKAh, so much interest have I in thy sorrow As I had title in thy noble husband! I have bewept a worthy husband's death, And lived by looking on his images: But now two mirrors of his princely semblance Are crack'd in pieces by malignant death, And I for comfort have but one false glass, Which grieves me when I see my shame in him. Thou art a widow; yet thou art a mother, And hast the comfort of thy children left thee: But death hath snatch'd my husband from mine arms, And pluck'd two crutches from my feeble limbs, Edward and Clarence. O, what cause have I, Thine being but a moiety of my grief, To overgo thy plaints and drown thy cries!
40322BOYGood aunt, you wept not for our father's death; How can we aid you with our kindred tears?
40422GIRLOur fatherless distress was left unmoan'd; Your widow-dolour likewise be unwept!
40522QUEEN ELIZABETHGive me no help in lamentation; I am not barren to bring forth complaints All springs reduce their currents to mine eyes, That I, being govern'd by the watery moon, May send forth plenteous tears to drown the world! Oh for my husband, for my dear lord Edward!
40622CHILDRENOh for our father, for our dear lord Clarence!
40722DUCHESS OF YORKAlas for both, both mine, Edward and Clarence!
40822QUEEN ELIZABETHWhat stay had I but Edward? and he's gone.
40922CHILDRENWhat stay had we but Clarence? and he's gone.
41022DUCHESS OF YORKWhat stays had I but they? and they are gone.
41122QUEEN ELIZABETHWas never widow had so dear a loss!
41222CHILDRENWere never orphans had so dear a loss!
41322DUCHESS OF YORKWas never mother had so dear a loss! Alas, I am the mother of these moans! Their woes are parcell'd, mine are general. She for an Edward weeps, and so do I; I for a Clarence weep, so doth not she: These babes for Clarence weep and so do I; I for an Edward weep, so do not they: Alas, you three, on me, threefold distress'd, Pour all your tears! I am your sorrow's nurse, And I will pamper it with lamentations.
41422DORSETComfort, dear mother: God is much displeased That you take with unthankfulness, his doing: In common worldly things, 'tis call'd ungrateful, With dull unwilligness to repay a debt Which with a bounteous hand was kindly lent; Much more to be thus opposite with heaven, For it requires the royal debt it lent you.
41522RIVERSMadam, bethink you, like a careful mother, Of the young prince your son: send straight for him Let him be crown'd; in him your comfort lives: Drown desperate sorrow in dead Edward's grave, And plant your joys in living Edward's throne.
416(stage directions)22[Enter GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM, DERBY, HASTINGS, and RATCLIFF]
41722GLOUCESTERMadam, have comfort: all of us have cause To wail the dimming of our shining star; But none can cure their harms by wailing them. Madam, my mother, I do cry you mercy; I did not see your grace: humbly on my knee I crave your blessing.
41822DUCHESS OF YORKGod bless thee; and put meekness in thy mind, Love, charity, obedience, and true duty!
41922GLOUCESTER[Aside] Amen; and make me die a good old man! That is the butt-end of a mother's blessing: I marvel why her grace did leave it out.
42022BUCKINGHAMYou cloudy princes and heart-sorrowing peers, That bear this mutual heavy load of moan, Now cheer each other in each other's love Though we have spent our harvest of this king, We are to reap the harvest of his son. The broken rancour of your high-swoln hearts, But lately splinter'd, knit, and join'd together, Must gently be preserved, cherish'd, and kept: Me seemeth good, that, with some little train, Forthwith from Ludlow the young prince be fetch'd Hither to London, to be crown'd our king.
42122RIVERSWhy with some little train, my Lord of Buckingham?
42222BUCKINGHAMMarry, my lord, lest, by a multitude, The new-heal'd wound of malice should break out, Which would be so much the more dangerous By how much the estate is green and yet ungovern'd: Where every horse bears his commanding rein, And may direct his course as please himself, As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent, In my opinion, ought to be prevented.
42322GLOUCESTERI hope the king made peace with all of us And the compact is firm and true in me.
42422RIVERSAnd so in me; and so, I think, in all: Yet, since it is but green, it should be put To no apparent likelihood of breach, Which haply by much company might be urged: Therefore I say with noble Buckingham, That it is meet so few should fetch the prince.
42522HASTINGSAnd so say I.
42622GLOUCESTERThen be it so; and go we to determine Who they shall be that straight shall post to Ludlow. Madam, and you, my mother, will you go To give your censures in this weighty business?
42722QUEEN ELIZABETH[with the Duchess of York] With all our harts.
428(stage directions)22[Exeunt all but BUCKINGHAM and GLOUCESTER]
42922BUCKINGHAMMy lord, whoever journeys to the Prince, For God's sake, let not us two be behind; For, by the way, I'll sort occasion, As index to the story we late talk'd of, To part the queen's proud kindred from the king.
43022GLOUCESTERMy other self, my counsel's consistory, My oracle, my prophet! My dear cousin, I, like a child, will go by thy direction. Towards Ludlow then, for we'll not stay behind.
431(stage directions)22[Exeunt]
432(stage directions)23[Enter two Citizens meeting]
43323FIRST CITIZENNeighbour, well met: whither away so fast?
43423SECOND CITIZENI promise you, I scarcely know myself: Hear you the news abroad?
43523FIRST CITIZENAy, that the king is dead.
43623SECOND CITIZENBad news, by'r lady; seldom comes the better: I fear, I fear 'twill prove a troublous world.
437(stage directions)23[Enter another Citizen]
43823THIRD CITIZENNeighbours, God speed!
43923FIRST CITIZENGive you good morrow, sir.
44023THIRD CITIZENDoth this news hold of good King Edward's death?
44123SECOND CITIZENAy, sir, it is too true; God help the while!
44223THIRD CITIZENThen, masters, look to see a troublous world.
44323FIRST CITIZENNo, no; by God's good grace his son shall reign.
44423THIRD CITIZENWoe to the land that's govern'd by a child!
44523SECOND CITIZENIn him there is a hope of government, That in his nonage council under him, And in his full and ripen'd years himself, No doubt, shall then and till then govern well.
44623FIRST CITIZENSo stood the state when Henry the Sixth Was crown'd in Paris but at nine months old.
44723THIRD CITIZENStood the state so? No, no, good friends, God wot; For then this land was famously enrich'd With politic grave counsel; then the king Had virtuous uncles to protect his grace.
44823FIRST CITIZENWhy, so hath this, both by the father and mother.
44923THIRD CITIZENBetter it were they all came by the father, Or by the father there were none at all; For emulation now, who shall be nearest, Will touch us all too near, if God prevent not. O, full of danger is the Duke of Gloucester! And the queen's sons and brothers haught and proud: And were they to be ruled, and not to rule, This sickly land might solace as before.
45023FIRST CITIZENCome, come, we fear the worst; all shall be well.
45123THIRD CITIZENWhen clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks; When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand; When the sun sets, who doth not look for night? Untimely storms make men expect a dearth. All may be well; but, if God sort it so, 'Tis more than we deserve, or I expect.
45223SECOND CITIZENTruly, the souls of men are full of dread: Ye cannot reason almost with a man That looks not heavily and full of fear.
45323THIRD CITIZENBefore the times of change, still is it so: By a divine instinct men's minds mistrust Ensuing dangers; as by proof, we see The waters swell before a boisterous storm. But leave it all to God. whither away?
45423SECOND CITIZENMarry, we were sent for to the justices.
45523THIRD CITIZENAnd so was I: I'll bear you company.
456(stage directions)23[Exeunt] [Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, young YORK, QUEEN] ELIZABETH, and the DUCHESS OF YORK]
45724ARCHBISHOP OF YORKLast night, I hear, they lay at Northampton; At Stony-Stratford will they be to-night: To-morrow, or next day, they will be here.
45824DUCHESS OF YORKI long with all my heart to see the prince: I hope he is much grown since last I saw him.
45924QUEEN ELIZABETHBut I hear, no; they say my son of York Hath almost overta'en him in his growth.
46024PLANTAGENETAy, mother; but I would not have it so.
46124DUCHESS OF YORKWhy, my young cousin, it is good to grow.
46224PLANTAGENETGrandam, one night, as we did sit at supper, My uncle Rivers talk'd how I did grow More than my brother: 'Ay,' quoth my uncle Gloucester, 'Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace:' And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast, Because sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.
46324DUCHESS OF YORKGood faith, good faith, the saying did not hold In him that did object the same to thee; He was the wretched'st thing when he was young, So long a-growing and so leisurely, That, if this rule were true, he should be gracious.
46424ARCHBISHOP OF YORKWhy, madam, so, no doubt, he is.
46524DUCHESS OF YORKI hope he is; but yet let mothers doubt.
46624PLANTAGENETNow, by my troth, if I had been remember'd, I could have given my uncle's grace a flout, To touch his growth nearer than he touch'd mine.
46724DUCHESS OF YORKHow, my pretty York? I pray thee, let me hear it.
46824PLANTAGENETMarry, they say my uncle grew so fast That he could gnaw a crust at two hours old 'Twas full two years ere I could get a tooth. Grandam, this would have been a biting jest.
46924DUCHESS OF YORKI pray thee, pretty York, who told thee this?
47024PLANTAGENETGrandam, his nurse.
47124DUCHESS OF YORKHis nurse! why, she was dead ere thou wert born.
47224PLANTAGENETIf 'twere not she, I cannot tell who told me.
47324QUEEN ELIZABETHA parlous boy: go to, you are too shrewd.
47424ARCHBISHOP OF YORKGood madam, be not angry with the child.
47524QUEEN ELIZABETHPitchers have ears.
476(stage directions)24[Enter a Messenger]
47724ARCHBISHOP OF YORKHere comes a messenger. What news?
47824MESSENGERSuch news, my lord, as grieves me to unfold.
47924QUEEN ELIZABETHHow fares the prince?
48024MESSENGERWell, madam, and in health.
48124DUCHESS OF YORKWhat is thy news then?
48224MESSENGERLord Rivers and Lord Grey are sent to Pomfret, With them Sir Thomas Vaughan, prisoners.
48324DUCHESS OF YORKWho hath committed them?
48424MESSENGERThe mighty dukes Gloucester and Buckingham.
48524QUEEN ELIZABETHFor what offence?
48624MESSENGERThe sum of all I can, I have disclosed; Why or for what these nobles were committed Is all unknown to me, my gracious lady.
48724QUEEN ELIZABETHAy me, I see the downfall of our house! The tiger now hath seized the gentle hind; Insulting tyranny begins to jet Upon the innocent and aweless throne: Welcome, destruction, death, and massacre! I see, as in a map, the end of all.
48824DUCHESS OF YORKAccursed and unquiet wrangling days, How many of you have mine eyes beheld! My husband lost his life to get the crown; And often up and down my sons were toss'd, For me to joy and weep their gain and loss: And being seated, and domestic broils Clean over-blown, themselves, the conquerors. Make war upon themselves; blood against blood, Self against self: O, preposterous And frantic outrage, end thy damned spleen; Or let me die, to look on death no more!
48924QUEEN ELIZABETHCome, come, my boy; we will to sanctuary. Madam, farewell.
49024DUCHESS OF YORKI'll go along with you.
49124QUEEN ELIZABETHYou have no cause.
49224ARCHBISHOP OF YORKMy gracious lady, go; And thither bear your treasure and your goods. For my part, I'll resign unto your grace The seal I keep: and so betide to me As well I tender you and all of yours! Come, I'll conduct you to the sanctuary.
493(stage directions)24[Exeunt] [The trumpets sound. Enter the young PRINCE EDWARD,] GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM, CARDINAL, CATESBY, and others]
49431BUCKINGHAMWelcome, sweet prince, to London, to your chamber.
49531GLOUCESTERWelcome, dear cousin, my thoughts' sovereign The weary way hath made you melancholy.
49631PRINCE EDWARDNo, uncle; but our crosses on the way Have made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy I want more uncles here to welcome me.
49731GLOUCESTERSweet prince, the untainted virtue of your years Hath not yet dived into the world's deceit Nor more can you distinguish of a man Than of his outward show; which, God he knows, Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart. Those uncles which you want were dangerous; Your grace attended to their sugar'd words, But look'd not on the poison of their hearts : God keep you from them, and from such false friends!
49831PRINCE EDWARDGod keep me from false friends! but they were none.
49931GLOUCESTERMy lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you.
500(stage directions)31[Enter the Lord Mayor and his train]
50131MAYORGod bless your grace with health and happy days!
50231PRINCE EDWARDI thank you, good my lord; and thank you all. I thought my mother, and my brother York, Would long ere this have met us on the way Fie, what a slug is Hastings, that he comes not To tell us whether they will come or no!
503(stage directions)31[Enter HASTINGS]
50431BUCKINGHAMAnd, in good time, here comes the sweating lord.
50531PRINCE EDWARDWelcome, my lord: what, will our mother come?
50631HASTINGSOn what occasion, God he knows, not I, The queen your mother, and your brother York, Have taken sanctuary: the tender prince Would fain have come with me to meet your grace, But by his mother was perforce withheld.
50731BUCKINGHAMFie, what an indirect and peevish course Is this of hers! Lord cardinal, will your grace Persuade the queen to send the Duke of York Unto his princely brother presently? If she deny, Lord Hastings, go with him, And from her jealous arms pluck him perforce.
50831CARDINALMy Lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratory Can from his mother win the Duke of York, Anon expect him here; but if she be obdurate To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid We should infringe the holy privilege Of blessed sanctuary! not for all this land Would I be guilty of so deep a sin.
50931BUCKINGHAMYou are too senseless--obstinate, my lord, Too ceremonious and traditional Weigh it but with the grossness of this age, You break not sanctuary in seizing him. The benefit thereof is always granted To those whose dealings have deserved the place, And those who have the wit to claim the place: This prince hath neither claim'd it nor deserved it; And therefore, in mine opinion, cannot have it: Then, taking him from thence that is not there, You break no privilege nor charter there. Oft have I heard of sanctuary men; But sanctuary children ne'er till now.
51031CARDINALMy lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind for once. Come on, Lord Hastings, will you go with me?
51131HASTINGSI go, my lord.
51231PRINCE EDWARDGood lords, make all the speedy haste you may. [Exeunt CARDINAL and HASTINGS] Say, uncle Gloucester, if our brother come, Where shall we sojourn till our coronation?
51331GLOUCESTERWhere it seems best unto your royal self. If I may counsel you, some day or two Your highness shall repose you at the Tower: Then where you please, and shall be thought most fit For your best health and recreation.
51431PRINCE EDWARDI do not like the Tower, of any place. Did Julius Caesar build that place, my lord?
51531BUCKINGHAMHe did, my gracious lord, begin that place; Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.
51631PRINCE EDWARDIs it upon record, or else reported Successively from age to age, he built it?
51731BUCKINGHAMUpon record, my gracious lord.
51831PRINCE EDWARDBut say, my lord, it were not register'd, Methinks the truth should live from age to age, As 'twere retail'd to all posterity, Even to the general all-ending day.
51931GLOUCESTER[Aside] So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
52031PRINCE EDWARDWhat say you, uncle?
52131GLOUCESTERI say, without characters, fame lives long. [Aside] Thus, like the formal vice, Iniquity, I moralize two meanings in one word.
52231PRINCE EDWARDThat Julius Caesar was a famous man; With what his valour did enrich his wit, His wit set down to make his valour live Death makes no conquest of this conqueror; For now he lives in fame, though not in life. I'll tell you what, my cousin Buckingham,--
52331BUCKINGHAMWhat, my gracious lord?
52431PRINCE EDWARDAn if I live until I be a man, I'll win our ancient right in France again, Or die a soldier, as I lived a king.
52531GLOUCESTER[Aside] Short summers lightly have a forward spring.
526(stage directions)31[Enter young YORK, HASTINGS, and the CARDINAL]
52731BUCKINGHAMNow, in good time, here comes the Duke of York.
52831PRINCE EDWARDRichard of York! how fares our loving brother?
52931PLANTAGENETWell, my dread lord; so must I call you now.
53031PRINCE EDWARDAy, brother, to our grief, as it is yours: Too late he died that might have kept that title, Which by his death hath lost much majesty.
53131GLOUCESTERHow fares our cousin, noble Lord of York?
53231PLANTAGENETI thank you, gentle uncle. O, my lord, You said that idle weeds are fast in growth The prince my brother hath outgrown me far.
53331GLOUCESTERHe hath, my lord.
53431PLANTAGENETAnd therefore is he idle?
53531GLOUCESTERO, my fair cousin, I must not say so.
53631PLANTAGENETThen is he more beholding to you than I.
53731GLOUCESTERHe may command me as my sovereign; But you have power in me as in a kinsman.
53831PLANTAGENETI pray you, uncle, give me this dagger.
53931GLOUCESTERMy dagger, little cousin? with all my heart.
54031PRINCE EDWARDA beggar, brother?
54131PLANTAGENETOf my kind uncle, that I know will give; And being but a toy, which is no grief to give.
54231GLOUCESTERA greater gift than that I'll give my cousin.
54331PLANTAGENETA greater gift! O, that's the sword to it.
54431GLOUCESTERA gentle cousin, were it light enough.
54531PLANTAGENETO, then, I see, you will part but with light gifts; In weightier things you'll say a beggar nay.
54631GLOUCESTERIt is too heavy for your grace to wear.
54731PLANTAGENETI weigh it lightly, were it heavier.
54831GLOUCESTERWhat, would you have my weapon, little lord?
54931PLANTAGENETI would, that I might thank you as you call me.
55231PRINCE EDWARDMy Lord of York will still be cross in talk: Uncle, your grace knows how to bear with him.
55331PLANTAGENETYou mean, to bear me, not to bear with me: Uncle, my brother mocks both you and me; Because that I am little, like an ape, He thinks that you should bear me on your shoulders.
55431BUCKINGHAMWith what a sharp-provided wit he reasons! To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle, He prettily and aptly taunts himself: So cunning and so young is wonderful.
55531GLOUCESTERMy lord, will't please you pass along? Myself and my good cousin Buckingham Will to your mother, to entreat of her To meet you at the Tower and welcome you.
55631PLANTAGENETWhat, will you go unto the Tower, my lord?
55731PRINCE EDWARDMy lord protector needs will have it so.
55831PLANTAGENETI shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower.
55931GLOUCESTERWhy, what should you fear?
56031PLANTAGENETMarry, my uncle Clarence' angry ghost: My grandam told me he was murdered there.
56131PRINCE EDWARDI fear no uncles dead.
56231GLOUCESTERNor none that live, I hope.
56331PRINCE EDWARDAn if they live, I hope I need not fear. But come, my lord; and with a heavy heart, Thinking on them, go I unto the Tower. [A Sennet. Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM] and CATESBY]
56431BUCKINGHAMThink you, my lord, this little prating York Was not incensed by his subtle mother To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously?
56531GLOUCESTERNo doubt, no doubt; O, 'tis a parlous boy; Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable He is all the mother's, from the top to toe.
56631BUCKINGHAMWell, let them rest. Come hither, Catesby. Thou art sworn as deeply to effect what we intend As closely to conceal what we impart: Thou know'st our reasons urged upon the way; What think'st thou? is it not an easy matter To make William Lord Hastings of our mind, For the instalment of this noble duke In the seat royal of this famous isle?
56731CATESBYHe for his father's sake so loves the prince, That he will not be won to aught against him.
56831BUCKINGHAMWhat think'st thou, then, of Stanley? what will he?
56931CATESBYHe will do all in all as Hastings doth.
57031BUCKINGHAMWell, then, no more but this: go, gentle Catesby, And, as it were far off sound thou Lord Hastings, How doth he stand affected to our purpose; And summon him to-morrow to the Tower, To sit about the coronation. If thou dost find him tractable to us, Encourage him, and show him all our reasons: If he be leaden, icy-cold, unwilling, Be thou so too; and so break off your talk, And give us notice of his inclination: For we to-morrow hold divided councils, Wherein thyself shalt highly be employ'd.
57131GLOUCESTERCommend me to Lord William: tell him, Catesby, His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries To-morrow are let blood at Pomfret-castle; And bid my friend, for joy of this good news, Give mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more.
57231BUCKINGHAMGood Catesby, go, effect this business soundly.
57331CATESBYMy good lords both, with all the heed I may.
57431GLOUCESTERShall we hear from you, Catesby, ere we sleep?
57531CATESBYYou shall, my lord.
57631GLOUCESTERAt Crosby Place, there shall you find us both.
577(stage directions)31[Exit CATESBY]
57831BUCKINGHAMNow, my lord, what shall we do, if we perceive Lord Hastings will not yield to our complots?
57931GLOUCESTERChop off his head, man; somewhat we will do: And, look, when I am king, claim thou of me The earldom of Hereford, and the moveables Whereof the king my brother stood possess'd.
58031BUCKINGHAMI'll claim that promise at your grace's hands.
58131GLOUCESTERAnd look to have it yielded with all willingness. Come, let us sup betimes, that afterwards We may digest our complots in some form.
582(stage directions)31[Exeunt]
583(stage directions)32[Enter a Messenger]
58432MESSENGERWhat, ho! my lord!
58532HASTINGS[Within] Who knocks at the door?
58632MESSENGERA messenger from the Lord Stanley.
587(stage directions)32[Enter HASTINGS]
58832HASTINGSWhat is't o'clock?
58932MESSENGERUpon the stroke of four.
59032HASTINGSCannot thy master sleep these tedious nights?
59132MESSENGERSo it should seem by that I have to say. First, he commends him to your noble lordship.
59232HASTINGSAnd then?
59332MESSENGERAnd then he sends you word He dreamt to-night the boar had razed his helm: Besides, he says there are two councils held; And that may be determined at the one which may make you and him to rue at the other. Therefore he sends to know your lordship's pleasure, If presently you will take horse with him, And with all speed post with him toward the north, To shun the danger that his soul divines.
59432HASTINGSGo, fellow, go, return unto thy lord; Bid him not fear the separated councils His honour and myself are at the one, And at the other is my servant Catesby Where nothing can proceed that toucheth us Whereof I shall not have intelligence. Tell him his fears are shallow, wanting instance: And for his dreams, I wonder he is so fond To trust the mockery of unquiet slumbers To fly the boar before the boar pursues, Were to incense the boar to follow us And make pursuit where he did mean no chase. Go, bid thy master rise and come to me And we will both together to the Tower, Where, he shall see, the boar will use us kindly.
59532MESSENGERMy gracious lord, I'll tell him what you say.
596(stage directions)32[Exit]
597(stage directions)32[Enter CATESBY]
59832CATESBYMany good morrows to my noble lord!
59932HASTINGSGood morrow, Catesby; you are early stirring What news, what news, in this our tottering state?
60032CATESBYIt is a reeling world, indeed, my lord; And I believe twill never stand upright Tim Richard wear the garland of the realm.
60132HASTINGSHow! wear the garland! dost thou mean the crown?
60232CATESBYAy, my good lord.
60332HASTINGSI'll have this crown of mine cut from my shoulders Ere I will see the crown so foul misplaced. But canst thou guess that he doth aim at it?
60432CATESBYAy, on my life; and hopes to find forward Upon his party for the gain thereof: And thereupon he sends you this good news, That this same very day your enemies, The kindred of the queen, must die at Pomfret.
60532HASTINGSIndeed, I am no mourner for that news, Because they have been still mine enemies: But, that I'll give my voice on Richard's side, To bar my master's heirs in true descent, God knows I will not do it, to the death.
60632CATESBYGod keep your lordship in that gracious mind!
60732HASTINGSBut I shall laugh at this a twelve-month hence, That they who brought me in my master's hate I live to look upon their tragedy. I tell thee, Catesby--
60832CATESBYWhat, my lord?
60932HASTINGSEre a fortnight make me elder, I'll send some packing that yet think not on it.
61032CATESBY'Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord, When men are unprepared and look not for it.
61132HASTINGSO monstrous, monstrous! and so falls it out With Rivers, Vaughan, Grey: and so 'twill do With some men else, who think themselves as safe As thou and I; who, as thou know'st, are dear To princely Richard and to Buckingham.
61232CATESBYThe princes both make high account of you; [Aside] For they account his head upon the bridge.
61332HASTINGSI know they do; and I have well deserved it. [Enter STANLEY] Come on, come on; where is your boar-spear, man? Fear you the boar, and go so unprovided?
61432STANLEYMy lord, good morrow; good morrow, Catesby: You may jest on, but, by the holy rood, I do not like these several councils, I.
61532HASTINGSMy lord, I hold my life as dear as you do yours; And never in my life, I do protest, Was it more precious to me than 'tis now: Think you, but that I know our state secure, I would be so triumphant as I am?
61632STANLEYThe lords at Pomfret, when they rode from London, Were jocund, and supposed their state was sure, And they indeed had no cause to mistrust; But yet, you see how soon the day o'ercast. This sudden stag of rancour I misdoubt: Pray God, I say, I prove a needless coward! What, shall we toward the Tower? the day is spent.
61732HASTINGSCome, come, have with you. Wot you what, my lord? To-day the lords you talk of are beheaded.
61832STANLEYThey, for their truth, might better wear their heads Than some that have accused them wear their hats. But come, my lord, let us away.
619(stage directions)32[Enter a Pursuivant]
62032HASTINGSGo on before; I'll talk with this good fellow. [Exeunt STANLEY and CATESBY] How now, sirrah! how goes the world with thee?
62132PURSUIVANTThe better that your lordship please to ask.
62232HASTINGSI tell thee, man, 'tis better with me now Than when I met thee last where now we meet: Then was I going prisoner to the Tower, By the suggestion of the queen's allies; But now, I tell thee--keep it to thyself-- This day those enemies are put to death, And I in better state than e'er I was.
62332PURSUIVANTGod hold it, to your honour's good content!
62432HASTINGSGramercy, fellow: there, drink that for me.
625(stage directions)32[Throws him his purse]
62632PURSUIVANTGod save your lordship!
627(stage directions)32[Exit]
628(stage directions)32[Enter a Priest]
62932PRIESTWell met, my lord; I am glad to see your honour.
63032HASTINGSI thank thee, good Sir John, with all my heart. I am in your debt for your last exercise; Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you.
631(stage directions)32[He whispers in his ear]
632(stage directions)32[Enter BUCKINGHAM]
63332BUCKINGHAMWhat, talking with a priest, lord chamberlain? Your friends at Pomfret, they do need the priest; Your honour hath no shriving work in hand.
63432HASTINGSGood faith, and when I met this holy man, Those men you talk of came into my mind. What, go you toward the Tower?
63532BUCKINGHAMI do, my lord; but long I shall not stay I shall return before your lordship thence.
63632HASTINGS'Tis like enough, for I stay dinner there.
63732BUCKINGHAM[Aside] And supper too, although thou know'st it not. Come, will you go?
63832HASTINGSI'll wait upon your lordship.
639(stage directions)32[Exeunt] [Enter RATCLIFF, with halberds, carrying RIVERS,] GREY, and VAUGHAN to death]
64033RATCLIFFCome, bring forth the prisoners.
64133RIVERSSir Richard Ratcliff, let me tell thee this: To-day shalt thou behold a subject die For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.
64233GREYGod keep the prince from all the pack of you! A knot you are of damned blood-suckers!
64333VAUGHANYou live that shall cry woe for this after.
64433RATCLIFFDispatch; the limit of your lives is out.
64533RIVERSO Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison, Fatal and ominous to noble peers! Within the guilty closure of thy walls Richard the second here was hack'd to death; And, for more slander to thy dismal seat, We give thee up our guiltless blood to drink.
64633GREYNow Margaret's curse is fall'n upon our heads, For standing by when Richard stabb'd her son.
64733RIVERSThen cursed she Hastings, then cursed she Buckingham, Then cursed she Richard. O, remember, God To hear her prayers for them, as now for us And for my sister and her princely sons, Be satisfied, dear God, with our true blood, Which, as thou know'st, unjustly must be spilt.
64833RATCLIFFMake haste; the hour of death is expiate.
64933RIVERSCome, Grey, come, Vaughan, let us all embrace: And take our leave, until we meet in heaven.
650(stage directions)33[Exeunt] [Enter BUCKINGHAM, DERBY, HASTINGS, the BISHOP OF] ELY, RATCLIFF, LOVEL, with others, and take their seats at a table]
65134HASTINGSMy lords, at once: the cause why we are met Is, to determine of the coronation. In God's name, speak: when is the royal day?
65234BUCKINGHAMAre all things fitting for that royal time?
65334STANLEYIt is, and wants but nomination.
65434BISHOP OF ELYTo-morrow, then, I judge a happy day.
65534BUCKINGHAMWho knows the lord protector's mind herein? Who is most inward with the royal duke?
65634BISHOP OF ELYYour grace, we think, should soonest know his mind.
65734BUCKINGHAMWho, I, my lord I we know each other's faces, But for our hearts, he knows no more of mine, Than I of yours; Nor I no more of his, than you of mine. Lord Hastings, you and he are near in love.
65834HASTINGSI thank his grace, I know he loves me well; But, for his purpose in the coronation. I have not sounded him, nor he deliver'd His gracious pleasure any way therein: But you, my noble lords, may name the time; And in the duke's behalf I'll give my voice, Which, I presume, he'll take in gentle part.
659(stage directions)34[Enter GLOUCESTER]
66034BISHOP OF ELYNow in good time, here comes the duke himself.
66134GLOUCESTERMy noble lords and cousins all, good morrow. I have been long a sleeper; but, I hope, My absence doth neglect no great designs, Which by my presence might have been concluded.
66234BUCKINGHAMHad not you come upon your cue, my lord William Lord Hastings had pronounced your part,-- I mean, your voice,--for crowning of the king.
66334GLOUCESTERThan my Lord Hastings no man might be bolder; His lordship knows me well, and loves me well.
66434HASTINGSI thank your grace.
66534GLOUCESTERMy lord of Ely!
66634BISHOP OF ELYMy lord?
66734GLOUCESTERWhen I was last in Holborn, I saw good strawberries in your garden there I do beseech you send for some of them.
66834BISHOP OF ELYMarry, and will, my lord, with all my heart.
669(stage directions)34[Exit]
67034GLOUCESTERCousin of Buckingham, a word with you. [Drawing him aside] Catesby hath sounded Hastings in our business, And finds the testy gentleman so hot, As he will lose his head ere give consent His master's son, as worshipful as he terms it, Shall lose the royalty of England's throne.
67134BUCKINGHAMWithdraw you hence, my lord, I'll follow you.
672(stage directions)34[Exit GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM following]
67334STANLEYWe have not yet set down this day of triumph. To-morrow, in mine opinion, is too sudden; For I myself am not so well provided As else I would be, were the day prolong'd.
674(stage directions)34[Re-enter BISHOP OF ELY]
67534BISHOP OF ELYWhere is my lord protector? I have sent for these strawberries.
67634HASTINGSHis grace looks cheerfully and smooth to-day; There's some conceit or other likes him well, When he doth bid good morrow with such a spirit. I think there's never a man in Christendom That can less hide his love or hate than he; For by his face straight shall you know his heart.
67734STANLEYWhat of his heart perceive you in his face By any likelihood he show'd to-day?
67834HASTINGSMarry, that with no man here he is offended; For, were he, he had shown it in his looks.
67934STANLEYI pray God he be not, I say.
680(stage directions)34[Re-enter GLOUCESTER and BUCKINGHAM]
68134GLOUCESTERI pray you all, tell me what they deserve That do conspire my death with devilish plots Of damned witchcraft, and that have prevail'd Upon my body with their hellish charms?
68234HASTINGSThe tender love I bear your grace, my lord, Makes me most forward in this noble presence To doom the offenders, whatsoever they be I say, my lord, they have deserved death.
68334GLOUCESTERThen be your eyes the witness of this ill: See how I am bewitch'd; behold mine arm Is, like a blasted sapling, wither'd up: And this is Edward's wife, that monstrous witch, Consorted with that harlot strumpet Shore, That by their witchcraft thus have marked me.
68434HASTINGSIf they have done this thing, my gracious lord--
68534GLOUCESTERIf I thou protector of this damned strumpet-- Tellest thou me of 'ifs'? Thou art a traitor: Off with his head! Now, by Saint Paul I swear, I will not dine until I see the same. Lovel and Ratcliff, look that it be done: The rest, that love me, rise and follow me.
686(stage directions)34[Exeunt all but HASTINGS, RATCLIFF, and LOVEL]
68734HASTINGSWoe, woe for England! not a whit for me; For I, too fond, might have prevented this. Stanley did dream the boar did raze his helm; But I disdain'd it, and did scorn to fly: Three times to-day my foot-cloth horse did stumble, And startled, when he look'd upon the Tower, As loath to bear me to the slaughter-house. O, now I want the priest that spake to me: I now repent I told the pursuivant As 'twere triumphing at mine enemies, How they at Pomfret bloodily were butcher'd, And I myself secure in grace and favour. O Margaret, Margaret, now thy heavy curse Is lighted on poor Hastings' wretched head!
68834RATCLIFFDispatch, my lord; the duke would be at dinner: Make a short shrift; he longs to see your head.
68934HASTINGSO momentary grace of mortal men, Which we more hunt for than the grace of God! Who builds his hopes in air of your good looks, Lives like a drunken sailor on a mast, Ready, with every nod, to tumble down Into the fatal bowels of the deep.
69034LOVELCome, come, dispatch; 'tis bootless to exclaim.
69134HASTINGSO bloody Richard! miserable England! I prophesy the fearful'st time to thee That ever wretched age hath look'd upon. Come, lead me to the block; bear him my head. They smile at me that shortly shall be dead.
692(stage directions)34[Exeunt] [Enter GLOUCESTER and BUCKINGHAM, in rotten armour,] marvellous ill-favoured]
69335GLOUCESTERCome, cousin, canst thou quake, and change thy colour, Murder thy breath in the middle of a word, And then begin again, and stop again, As if thou wert distraught and mad with terror?
69435BUCKINGHAMTut, I can counterfeit the deep tragedian; Speak and look back, and pry on every side, Tremble and start at wagging of a straw, Intending deep suspicion: ghastly looks Are at my service, like enforced smiles; And both are ready in their offices, At any time, to grace my stratagems. But what, is Catesby gone?
69535GLOUCESTERHe is; and, see, he brings the mayor along.
696(stage directions)35[Enter the Lord Mayor and CATESBY]
69735BUCKINGHAMLord mayor,--
69835GLOUCESTERLook to the drawbridge there!
69935BUCKINGHAMHark! a drum.
70035GLOUCESTERCatesby, o'erlook the walls.
70135BUCKINGHAMLord mayor, the reason we have sent--
70235GLOUCESTERLook back, defend thee, here are enemies.
70335BUCKINGHAMGod and our innocency defend and guard us!
70435GLOUCESTERBe patient, they are friends, Ratcliff and Lovel.
705(stage directions)35[Enter LOVEL and RATCLIFF, with HASTINGS' head]
70635LOVELHere is the head of that ignoble traitor, The dangerous and unsuspected Hastings.
70735GLOUCESTERSo dear I loved the man, that I must weep. I took him for the plainest harmless creature That breathed upon this earth a Christian; Made him my book wherein my soul recorded The history of all her secret thoughts: So smooth he daub'd his vice with show of virtue, That, his apparent open guilt omitted, I mean, his conversation with Shore's wife, He lived from all attainder of suspect.
70835BUCKINGHAMWell, well, he was the covert'st shelter'd traitor That ever lived. Would you imagine, or almost believe, Were't not that, by great preservation, We live to tell it you, the subtle traitor This day had plotted, in the council-house To murder me and my good Lord of Gloucester?
70935MAYORWhat, had he so?
71035GLOUCESTERWhat, think You we are Turks or infidels? Or that we would, against the form of law, Proceed thus rashly to the villain's death, But that the extreme peril of the case, The peace of England and our persons' safety, Enforced us to this execution?
71135MAYORNow, fair befall you! he deserved his death; And you my good lords, both have well proceeded, To warn false traitors from the like attempts. I never look'd for better at his hands, After he once fell in with Mistress Shore.
71235GLOUCESTERYet had not we determined he should die, Until your lordship came to see his death; Which now the loving haste of these our friends, Somewhat against our meaning, have prevented: Because, my lord, we would have had you heard The traitor speak, and timorously confess The manner and the purpose of his treason; That you might well have signified the same Unto the citizens, who haply may Misconstrue us in him and wail his death.
71335MAYORBut, my good lord, your grace's word shall serve, As well as I had seen and heard him speak And doubt you not, right noble princes both, But I'll acquaint our duteous citizens With all your just proceedings in this cause.
71435GLOUCESTERAnd to that end we wish'd your lord-ship here, To avoid the carping censures of the world.
71535BUCKINGHAMBut since you come too late of our intents, Yet witness what you hear we did intend: And so, my good lord mayor, we bid farewell.
716(stage directions)35[Exit Lord Mayor]
71735GLOUCESTERGo, after, after, cousin Buckingham. The mayor towards Guildhall hies him in all post: There, at your meet'st advantage of the time, Infer the bastardy of Edward's children: Tell them how Edward put to death a citizen, Only for saying he would make his son Heir to the crown; meaning indeed his house, Which, by the sign thereof was termed so. Moreover, urge his hateful luxury And bestial appetite in change of lust; Which stretched to their servants, daughters, wives, Even where his lustful eye or savage heart, Without control, listed to make his prey. Nay, for a need, thus far come near my person: Tell them, when that my mother went with child Of that unsatiate Edward, noble York My princely father then had wars in France And, by just computation of the time, Found that the issue was not his begot; Which well appeared in his lineaments, Being nothing like the noble duke my father: But touch this sparingly, as 'twere far off, Because you know, my lord, my mother lives.
71835BUCKINGHAMFear not, my lord, I'll play the orator As if the golden fee for which I plead Were for myself: and so, my lord, adieu.
71935GLOUCESTERIf you thrive well, bring them to Baynard's Castle; Where you shall find me well accompanied With reverend fathers and well-learned bishops.
72035BUCKINGHAMI go: and towards three or four o'clock Look for the news that the Guildhall affords.
721(stage directions)35[Exit BUCKINGHAM]
72235GLOUCESTERGo, Lovel, with all speed to Doctor Shaw; [To CATESBY] Go thou to Friar Penker; bid them both Meet me within this hour at Baynard's Castle. [Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER] Now will I in, to take some privy order, To draw the brats of Clarence out of sight; And to give notice, that no manner of person At any time have recourse unto the princes.
723(stage directions)35[Exit]
724(stage directions)36[Enter a Scrivener, with a paper in his hand]
72536SCRIVENERThis is the indictment of the good Lord Hastings; Which in a set hand fairly is engross'd, That it may be this day read over in Paul's. And mark how well the sequel hangs together: Eleven hours I spent to write it over, For yesternight by Catesby was it brought me; The precedent was full as long a-doing: And yet within these five hours lived Lord Hastings, Untainted, unexamined, free, at liberty Here's a good world the while! Why who's so gross, That seeth not this palpable device? Yet who's so blind, but says he sees it not? Bad is the world; and all will come to nought, When such bad dealings must be seen in thought.
726(stage directions)36[Exit]
727(stage directions)37[Enter GLOUCESTER and BUCKINGHAM, at several doors]
72837GLOUCESTERHow now, my lord, what say the citizens?
72937BUCKINGHAMNow, by the holy mother of our Lord, The citizens are mum and speak not a word.
73037GLOUCESTERTouch'd you the bastardy of Edward's children?
73137BUCKINGHAMI did; with his contract with Lady Lucy, And his contract by deputy in France; The insatiate greediness of his desires, And his enforcement of the city wives; His tyranny for trifles; his own bastardy, As being got, your father then in France, His resemblance, being not like the duke; Withal I did infer your lineaments, Being the right idea of your father, Both in your form and nobleness of mind; Laid open all your victories in Scotland, Your dicipline in war, wisdom in peace, Your bounty, virtue, fair humility: Indeed, left nothing fitting for the purpose Untouch'd, or slightly handled, in discourse And when mine oratory grew to an end I bid them that did love their country's good Cry 'God save Richard, England's royal king!'
73237GLOUCESTERAh! and did they so?
73337BUCKINGHAMNo, so God help me, they spake not a word; But, like dumb statues or breathing stones, Gazed each on other, and look'd deadly pale. Which when I saw, I reprehended them; And ask'd the mayor what meant this wilful silence: His answer was, the people were not wont To be spoke to but by the recorder. Then he was urged to tell my tale again, 'Thus saith the duke, thus hath the duke inferr'd;' But nothing spake in warrant from himself. When he had done, some followers of mine own, At the lower end of the hall, hurl'd up their caps, And some ten voices cried 'God save King Richard!' And thus I took the vantage of those few, 'Thanks, gentle citizens and friends,' quoth I; 'This general applause and loving shout Argues your wisdoms and your love to Richard:' And even here brake off, and came away.
73437GLOUCESTERWhat tongueless blocks were they! would not they speak?
73537BUCKINGHAMNo, by my troth, my lord.
73637GLOUCESTERWill not the mayor then and his brethren come?
73737BUCKINGHAMThe mayor is here at hand: intend some fear; Be not you spoke with, but by mighty suit: And look you get a prayer-book in your hand, And stand betwixt two churchmen, good my lord; For on that ground I'll build a holy descant: And be not easily won to our request: Play the maid's part, still answer nay, and take it.
73837GLOUCESTERI go; and if you plead as well for them As I can say nay to thee for myself, No doubt well bring it to a happy issue.
73937BUCKINGHAMGo, go, up to the leads; the lord mayor knocks. [Exit GLOUCESTER] [Enter the Lord Mayor and Citizens] Welcome my lord; I dance attendance here; I think the duke will not be spoke withal. [Enter CATESBY] Here comes his servant: how now, Catesby, What says he?
74037CATESBYMy lord: he doth entreat your grace; To visit him to-morrow or next day: He is within, with two right reverend fathers, Divinely bent to meditation; And no worldly suit would he be moved, To draw him from his holy exercise.
74137BUCKINGHAMReturn, good Catesby, to thy lord again; Tell him, myself, the mayor and citizens, In deep designs and matters of great moment, No less importing than our general good, Are come to have some conference with his grace.
74237CATESBYI'll tell him what you say, my lord.
743(stage directions)37[Exit]
74437BUCKINGHAMAh, ha, my lord, this prince is not an Edward! He is not lolling on a lewd day-bed, But on his knees at meditation; Not dallying with a brace of courtezans, But meditating with two deep divines; Not sleeping, to engross his idle body, But praying, to enrich his watchful soul: Happy were England, would this gracious prince Take on himself the sovereignty thereof: But, sure, I fear, we shall ne'er win him to it.
74537MAYORMarry, God forbid his grace should say us nay!
74637BUCKINGHAMI fear he will. [Re-enter CATESBY] How now, Catesby, what says your lord?
74737CATESBYMy lord, He wonders to what end you have assembled Such troops of citizens to speak with him, His grace not being warn'd thereof before: My lord, he fears you mean no good to him.
74837BUCKINGHAMSorry I am my noble cousin should Suspect me, that I mean no good to him: By heaven, I come in perfect love to him; And so once more return and tell his grace. [Exit CATESBY] When holy and devout religious men Are at their beads, 'tis hard to draw them thence, So sweet is zealous contemplation. [Enter GLOUCESTER aloft, between two Bishops.] CATESBY returns]
74937MAYORSee, where he stands between two clergymen!
75037BUCKINGHAMTwo props of virtue for a Christian prince, To stay him from the fall of vanity: And, see, a book of prayer in his hand, True ornaments to know a holy man. Famous Plantagenet, most gracious prince, Lend favourable ears to our request; And pardon us the interruption Of thy devotion and right Christian zeal.
75137GLOUCESTERMy lord, there needs no such apology: I rather do beseech you pardon me, Who, earnest in the service of my God, Neglect the visitation of my friends. But, leaving this, what is your grace's pleasure?
75237BUCKINGHAMEven that, I hope, which pleaseth God above, And all good men of this ungovern'd isle.
75337GLOUCESTERI do suspect I have done some offence That seems disgracious in the city's eyes, And that you come to reprehend my ignorance.
75437BUCKINGHAMYou have, my lord: would it might please your grace, At our entreaties, to amend that fault!
75537GLOUCESTERElse wherefore breathe I in a Christian land?
75637BUCKINGHAMThen know, it is your fault that you resign The supreme seat, the throne majestical, The scepter'd office of your ancestors, Your state of fortune and your due of birth, The lineal glory of your royal house, To the corruption of a blemished stock: Whilst, in the mildness of your sleepy thoughts, Which here we waken to our country's good, This noble isle doth want her proper limbs; Her face defaced with scars of infamy, Her royal stock graft with ignoble plants, And almost shoulder'd in the swallowing gulf Of blind forgetfulness and dark oblivion. Which to recure, we heartily solicit Your gracious self to take on you the charge And kingly government of this your land, Not as protector, steward, substitute, Or lowly factor for another's gain; But as successively from blood to blood, Your right of birth, your empery, your own. For this, consorted with the citizens, Your very worshipful and loving friends, And by their vehement instigation, In this just suit come I to move your grace.
75737GLOUCESTERI know not whether to depart in silence, Or bitterly to speak in your reproof. Best fitteth my degree or your condition If not to answer, you might haply think Tongue-tied ambition, not replying, yielded To bear the golden yoke of sovereignty, Which fondly you would here impose on me; If to reprove you for this suit of yours, So season'd with your faithful love to me. Then, on the other side, I cheque'd my friends. Therefore, to speak, and to avoid the first, And then, in speaking, not to incur the last, Definitively thus I answer you. Your love deserves my thanks; but my desert Unmeritable shuns your high request. First if all obstacles were cut away, And that my path were even to the crown, As my ripe revenue and due by birth Yet so much is my poverty of spirit, So mighty and so many my defects, As I had rather hide me from my greatness, Being a bark to brook no mighty sea, Than in my greatness covet to be hid, And in the vapour of my glory smother'd. But, God be thank'd, there's no need of me, And much I need to help you, if need were; The royal tree hath left us royal fruit, Which, mellow'd by the stealing hours of time, Will well become the seat of majesty, And make, no doubt, us happy by his reign. On him I lay what you would lay on me, The right and fortune of his happy stars; Which God defend that I should wring from him!
75837BUCKINGHAMMy lord, this argues conscience in your grace; But the respects thereof are nice and trivial, All circumstances well considered. You say that Edward is your brother's son: So say we too, but not by Edward's wife; For first he was contract to Lady Lucy-- Your mother lives a witness to that vow-- And afterward by substitute betroth'd To Bona, sister to the King of France. These both put by a poor petitioner, A care-crazed mother of a many children, A beauty-waning and distressed widow, Even in the afternoon of her best days, Made prize and purchase of his lustful eye, Seduced the pitch and height of all his thoughts To base declension and loathed bigamy By her, in his unlawful bed, he got This Edward, whom our manners term the prince. More bitterly could I expostulate, Save that, for reverence to some alive, I give a sparing limit to my tongue. Then, good my lord, take to your royal self This proffer'd benefit of dignity; If non to bless us and the land withal, Yet to draw forth your noble ancestry From the corruption of abusing times, Unto a lineal true-derived course.
75937MAYORDo, good my lord, your citizens entreat you.
76037BUCKINGHAMRefuse not, mighty lord, this proffer'd love.
76137CATESBYO, make them joyful, grant their lawful suit!
76237GLOUCESTERAlas, why would you heap these cares on me? I am unfit for state and majesty; I do beseech you, take it not amiss; I cannot nor I will not yield to you.
76337BUCKINGHAMIf you refuse it,--as, in love and zeal, Loath to depose the child, Your brother's son; As well we know your tenderness of heart And gentle, kind, effeminate remorse, Which we have noted in you to your kin, And egally indeed to all estates,-- Yet whether you accept our suit or no, Your brother's son shall never reign our king; But we will plant some other in the throne, To the disgrace and downfall of your house: And in this resolution here we leave you.-- Come, citizens: 'zounds! I'll entreat no more.
76437GLOUCESTERO, do not swear, my lord of Buckingham.
765(stage directions)37[Exit BUCKINGHAM with the Citizens]
76637CATESBYCall them again, my lord, and accept their suit.
76737ANOTHERDo, good my lord, lest all the land do rue it.
76837GLOUCESTERWould you enforce me to a world of care? Well, call them again. I am not made of stone, But penetrable to your. kind entreats, Albeit against my conscience and my soul. [Re-enter BUCKINGHAM and the rest] Cousin of Buckingham, and you sage, grave men, Since you will buckle fortune on my back, To bear her burthen, whether I will or no, I must have patience to endure the load: But if black scandal or foul-faced reproach Attend the sequel of your imposition, Your mere enforcement shall acquittance me From all the impure blots and stains thereof; For God he knows, and you may partly see, How far I am from the desire thereof.
76937MAYORGod bless your grace! we see it, and will say it.
77037GLOUCESTERIn saying so, you shall but say the truth.
77137BUCKINGHAMThen I salute you with this kingly title: Long live Richard, England's royal king!
77237MAYOR[with citizens] Amen.
77337BUCKINGHAMTo-morrow will it please you to be crown'd?
77437GLOUCESTEREven when you please, since you will have it so.
77537BUCKINGHAMTo-morrow, then, we will attend your grace: And so most joyfully we take our leave.
77637GLOUCESTERCome, let us to our holy task again. Farewell, good cousin; farewell, gentle friends.
777(stage directions)37[Exeunt] [Enter, on one side, QUEEN ELIZABETH, DUCHESS OF] YORK, and DORSET; on the other, ANNE, Duchess of Gloucester, leading Lady Margaret Plantagenet, CLARENCE's young Daughter]
77841DUCHESS OF YORKWho meets us here? my niece Plantagenet Led in the hand of her kind aunt of Gloucester? Now, for my life, she's wandering to the Tower, On pure heart's love to greet the tender princes. Daughter, well met.
77941LADY ANNEGod give your graces both A happy and a joyful time of day!
78041QUEEN ELIZABETHAs much to you, good sister! Whither away?
78141LADY ANNENo farther than the Tower; and, as I guess, Upon the like devotion as yourselves, To gratulate the gentle princes there.
78241QUEEN ELIZABETHKind sister, thanks: we'll enter all together. [Enter BRAKENBURY] And, in good time, here the lieutenant comes. Master lieutenant, pray you, by your leave, How doth the prince, and my young son of York?
78341BRAKENBURYRight well, dear madam. By your patience, I may not suffer you to visit them; The king hath straitly charged the contrary.
78441QUEEN ELIZABETHThe king! why, who's that?
78541BRAKENBURYI cry you mercy: I mean the lord protector.
78641QUEEN ELIZABETHThe Lord protect him from that kingly title! Hath he set bounds betwixt their love and me? I am their mother; who should keep me from them?
78741DUCHESS OF YORKI am their fathers mother; I will see them.
78841LADY ANNETheir aunt I am in law, in love their mother: Then bring me to their sights; I'll bear thy blame And take thy office from thee, on my peril.
78941BRAKENBURYNo, madam, no; I may not leave it so: I am bound by oath, and therefore pardon me.
790(stage directions)41[Exit]
791(stage directions)41[Enter LORD STANLEY]
79241STANLEYLet me but meet you, ladies, one hour hence, And I'll salute your grace of York as mother, And reverend looker on, of two fair queens. [To LADY ANNE] Come, madam, you must straight to Westminster, There to be crowned Richard's royal queen.
79341QUEEN ELIZABETHO, cut my lace in sunder, that my pent heart May have some scope to beat, or else I swoon With this dead-killing news!
79441LADY ANNEDespiteful tidings! O unpleasing news!
79541DORSETBe of good cheer: mother, how fares your grace?
79641QUEEN ELIZABETHO Dorset, speak not to me, get thee hence! Death and destruction dog thee at the heels; Thy mother's name is ominous to children. If thou wilt outstrip death, go cross the seas, And live with Richmond, from the reach of hell Go, hie thee, hie thee from this slaughter-house, Lest thou increase the number of the dead; And make me die the thrall of Margaret's curse, Nor mother, wife, nor England's counted queen.
79741STANLEYFull of wise care is this your counsel, madam. Take all the swift advantage of the hours; You shall have letters from me to my son To meet you on the way, and welcome you. Be not ta'en tardy by unwise delay.
79841DUCHESS OF YORKO ill-dispersing wind of misery! O my accursed womb, the bed of death! A cockatrice hast thou hatch'd to the world, Whose unavoided eye is murderous.
79941STANLEYCome, madam, come; I in all haste was sent.
80041LADY ANNEAnd I in all unwillingness will go. I would to God that the inclusive verge Of golden metal that must round my brow Were red-hot steel, to sear me to the brain! Anointed let me be with deadly venom, And die, ere men can say, God save the queen!
80141QUEEN ELIZABETHGo, go, poor soul, I envy not thy glory To feed my humour, wish thyself no harm.
80241LADY ANNENo! why? When he that is my husband now Came to me, as I follow'd Henry's corse, When scarce the blood was well wash'd from his hands Which issued from my other angel husband And that dead saint which then I weeping follow'd; O, when, I say, I look'd on Richard's face, This was my wish: 'Be thou,' quoth I, ' accursed, For making me, so young, so old a widow! And, when thou wed'st, let sorrow haunt thy bed; And be thy wife--if any be so mad-- As miserable by the life of thee As thou hast made me by my dear lord's death! Lo, ere I can repeat this curse again, Even in so short a space, my woman's heart Grossly grew captive to his honey words And proved the subject of my own soul's curse, Which ever since hath kept my eyes from rest; For never yet one hour in his bed Have I enjoy'd the golden dew of sleep, But have been waked by his timorous dreams. Besides, he hates me for my father Warwick; And will, no doubt, shortly be rid of me.
80341QUEEN ELIZABETHPoor heart, adieu! I pity thy complaining.
80441LADY ANNENo more than from my soul I mourn for yours.
80541QUEEN ELIZABETHFarewell, thou woful welcomer of glory!
80641LADY ANNEAdieu, poor soul, that takest thy leave of it!
80741DUCHESS OF YORK[To DORSET] Go thou to Richmond, and good fortune guide thee! [To LADY ANNE] Go thou to Richard, and good angels guard thee! [To QUEEN ELIZABETH] Go thou to sanctuary, and good thoughts possess thee! I to my grave, where peace and rest lie with me! Eighty odd years of sorrow have I seen, And each hour's joy wrecked with a week of teen.
80841QUEEN ELIZABETHStay, yet look back with me unto the Tower. Pity, you ancient stones, those tender babes Whom envy hath immured within your walls! Rough cradle for such little pretty ones! Rude ragged nurse, old sullen playfellow For tender princes, use my babies well! So foolish sorrow bids your stones farewell.
809(stage directions)41[Exeunt] [Sennet. Enter KING RICHARD III, in pomp, crowned;] BUCKINGHAM, CATESBY, a page, and others]
81042RICHARD3Stand all apart Cousin of Buckingham!
81142BUCKINGHAMMy gracious sovereign?
81242RICHARD3Give me thy hand. [Here he ascendeth his throne] Thus high, by thy advice And thy assistance, is King Richard seated; But shall we wear these honours for a day? Or shall they last, and we rejoice in them?
81342BUCKINGHAMStill live they and for ever may they last!
81442RICHARD3O Buckingham, now do I play the touch, To try if thou be current gold indeed Young Edward lives: think now what I would say.
81542BUCKINGHAMSay on, my loving lord.
81642RICHARD3Why, Buckingham, I say, I would be king,
81742BUCKINGHAMWhy, so you are, my thrice renowned liege.
81842RICHARD3Ha! am I king? 'tis so: but Edward lives.
81942BUCKINGHAMTrue, noble prince.
82042RICHARD3O bitter consequence, That Edward still should live! 'True, noble prince!' Cousin, thou wert not wont to be so dull: Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead; And I would have it suddenly perform'd. What sayest thou? speak suddenly; be brief.
82142BUCKINGHAMYour grace may do your pleasure.
82242RICHARD3Tut, tut, thou art all ice, thy kindness freezeth: Say, have I thy consent that they shall die?
82342BUCKINGHAMGive me some breath, some little pause, my lord Before I positively herein: I will resolve your grace immediately.
824(stage directions)42[Exit]
82542CATESBY[Aside to a stander by] The king is angry: see, he bites the lip.
82642RICHARD3I will converse with iron-witted fools And unrespective boys: none are for me That look into me with considerate eyes: High-reaching Buckingham grows circumspect. Boy!
82742PAGEMy lord?
82842RICHARD3Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold Would tempt unto a close exploit of death?
82942PAGEMy lord, I know a discontented gentleman, Whose humble means match not his haughty mind: Gold were as good as twenty orators, And will, no doubt, tempt him to any thing.
83042RICHARD3What is his name?
83142PAGEHis name, my lord, is Tyrrel.
83242RICHARD3I partly know the man: go, call him hither. [Exit Page] The deep-revolving witty Buckingham No more shall be the neighbour to my counsel: Hath he so long held out with me untired, And stops he now for breath? [Enter STANLEY] How now! what news with you?
83342STANLEYMy lord, I hear the Marquis Dorset's fled To Richmond, in those parts beyond the sea Where he abides.
834(stage directions)42[Stands apart]
83642CATESBYMy lord?
83742RICHARD3Rumour it abroad That Anne, my wife, is sick and like to die: I will take order for her keeping close. Inquire me out some mean-born gentleman, Whom I will marry straight to Clarence' daughter: The boy is foolish, and I fear not him. Look, how thou dream'st! I say again, give out That Anne my wife is sick and like to die: About it; for it stands me much upon, To stop all hopes whose growth may damage me. [Exit CATESBY] I must be married to my brother's daughter, Or else my kingdom stands on brittle glass. Murder her brothers, and then marry her! Uncertain way of gain! But I am in So far in blood that sin will pluck on sin: Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye. [Re-enter Page, with TYRREL] Is thy name Tyrrel?
83842TYRRELJames Tyrrel, and your most obedient subject.
83942RICHARD3Art thou, indeed?
84042TYRRELProve me, my gracious sovereign.
84142RICHARD3Darest thou resolve to kill a friend of mine?
84242TYRRELAy, my lord; But I had rather kill two enemies.
84342RICHARD3Why, there thou hast it: two deep enemies, Foes to my rest and my sweet sleep's disturbers Are they that I would have thee deal upon: Tyrrel, I mean those bastards in the Tower.
84442TYRRELLet me have open means to come to them, And soon I'll rid you from the fear of them.
84542RICHARD3Thou sing'st sweet music. Hark, come hither, Tyrrel Go, by this token: rise, and lend thine ear: [Whispers] There is no more but so: say it is done, And I will love thee, and prefer thee too.
84642TYRREL'Tis done, my gracious lord.
84742RICHARD3Shall we hear from thee, Tyrrel, ere we sleep?
84842TYRRELYe shall, my Lord.
849(stage directions)42[Exit]
850(stage directions)42[Re-enter BUCKINGHAM]
85142BUCKINGHAMMy Lord, I have consider'd in my mind. The late demand that you did sound me in.
85242RICHARD3Well, let that pass. Dorset is fled to Richmond.
85342BUCKINGHAMI hear that news, my lord.
85442RICHARD3Stanley, he is your wife's son well, look to it.
85542BUCKINGHAMMy lord, I claim your gift, my due by promise, For which your honour and your faith is pawn'd; The earldom of Hereford and the moveables The which you promised I should possess.
85642RICHARD3Stanley, look to your wife; if she convey Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it.
85742BUCKINGHAMWhat says your highness to my just demand?
85842RICHARD3As I remember, Henry the Sixth Did prophesy that Richmond should be king, When Richmond was a little peevish boy. A king, perhaps, perhaps,--
85942BUCKINGHAMMy lord!
86042RICHARD3How chance the prophet could not at that time Have told me, I being by, that I should kill him?
86142BUCKINGHAMMy lord, your promise for the earldom,--
86242RICHARD3Richmond! When last I was at Exeter, The mayor in courtesy show'd me the castle, And call'd it Rougemont: at which name I started, Because a bard of Ireland told me once I should not live long after I saw Richmond.
86442RICHARD3Ay, what's o'clock?
86542BUCKINGHAMI am thus bold to put your grace in mind Of what you promised me.
86642RICHARD3Well, but what's o'clock?
86742BUCKINGHAMUpon the stroke of ten.
86842RICHARD3Well, let it strike.
86942BUCKINGHAMWhy let it strike?
87042RICHARD3Because that, like a Jack, thou keep'st the stroke Betwixt thy begging and my meditation. I am not in the giving vein to-day.
87142BUCKINGHAMWhy, then resolve me whether you will or no.
87242RICHARD3Tut, tut, Thou troublest me; am not in the vein.
873(stage directions)42[Exeunt all but BUCKINGHAM]
87442BUCKINGHAMIs it even so? rewards he my true service With such deep contempt made I him king for this? O, let me think on Hastings, and be gone To Brecknock, while my fearful head is on!
875(stage directions)42[Exit]
876(stage directions)43[Enter TYRREL]
87743TYRRELThe tyrannous and bloody deed is done. The most arch of piteous massacre That ever yet this land was guilty of. Dighton and Forrest, whom I did suborn To do this ruthless piece of butchery, Although they were flesh'd villains, bloody dogs, Melting with tenderness and kind compassion Wept like two children in their deaths' sad stories. 'Lo, thus' quoth Dighton, 'lay those tender babes:' 'Thus, thus,' quoth Forrest, 'girdling one another Within their innocent alabaster arms: Their lips were four red roses on a stalk, Which in their summer beauty kiss'd each other. A book of prayers on their pillow lay; Which once,' quoth Forrest, 'almost changed my mind; But O! the devil'--there the villain stopp'd Whilst Dighton thus told on: 'We smothered The most replenished sweet work of nature, That from the prime creation e'er she framed.' Thus both are gone with conscience and remorse; They could not speak; and so I left them both, To bring this tidings to the bloody king. And here he comes. [Enter KING RICHARD III] All hail, my sovereign liege!
87843RICHARD3Kind Tyrrel, am I happy in thy news?
87943TYRRELIf to have done the thing you gave in charge Beget your happiness, be happy then, For it is done, my lord.
88043RICHARD3But didst thou see them dead?
88143TYRRELI did, my lord.
88243RICHARD3And buried, gentle Tyrrel?
88343TYRRELThe chaplain of the Tower hath buried them; But how or in what place I do not know.
88443RICHARD3Come to me, Tyrrel, soon at after supper, And thou shalt tell the process of their death. Meantime, but think how I may do thee good, And be inheritor of thy desire. Farewell till soon. [Exit TYRREL] The son of Clarence have I pent up close; His daughter meanly have I match'd in marriage; The sons of Edward sleep in Abraham's bosom, And Anne my wife hath bid the world good night. Now, for I know the Breton Richmond aims At young Elizabeth, my brother's daughter, And, by that knot, looks proudly o'er the crown, To her I go, a jolly thriving wooer.
885(stage directions)43[Enter CATESBY]
88643CATESBYMy lord!
88743RICHARD3Good news or bad, that thou comest in so bluntly?
88843CATESBYBad news, my lord: Ely is fled to Richmond; And Buckingham, back'd with the hardy Welshmen, Is in the field, and still his power increaseth.
88943RICHARD3Ely with Richmond troubles me more near Than Buckingham and his rash-levied army. Come, I have heard that fearful commenting Is leaden servitor to dull delay; Delay leads impotent and snail-paced beggary Then fiery expedition be my wing, Jove's Mercury, and herald for a king! Come, muster men: my counsel is my shield; We must be brief when traitors brave the field.
890(stage directions)43[Exeunt]
891(stage directions)44[Enter QUEEN MARGARET]
89244MARGARETSo, now prosperity begins to mellow And drop into the rotten mouth of death. Here in these confines slily have I lurk'd, To watch the waning of mine adversaries. A dire induction am I witness to, And will to France, hoping the consequence Will prove as bitter, black, and tragical. Withdraw thee, wretched Margaret: who comes here?
893(stage directions)44[Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and the DUCHESS OF YORK]
89444QUEEN ELIZABETHAh, my young princes! ah, my tender babes! My unblown flowers, new-appearing sweets! If yet your gentle souls fly in the air And be not fix'd in doom perpetual, Hover about me with your airy wings And hear your mother's lamentation!
89544MARGARETHover about her; say, that right for right Hath dimm'd your infant morn to aged night.
89644DUCHESS OF YORKSo many miseries have crazed my voice, That my woe-wearied tongue is mute and dumb, Edward Plantagenet, why art thou dead?
89744MARGARETPlantagenet doth quit Plantagenet. Edward for Edward pays a dying debt.
89844QUEEN ELIZABETHWilt thou, O God, fly from such gentle lambs, And throw them in the entrails of the wolf? When didst thou sleep when such a deed was done?
89944MARGARETWhen holy Harry died, and my sweet son.
90044DUCHESS OF YORKBlind sight, dead life, poor mortal living ghost, Woe's scene, world's shame, grave's due by life usurp'd, Brief abstract and record of tedious days, Rest thy unrest on England's lawful earth, [Sitting down] Unlawfully made drunk with innocents' blood!
90144QUEEN ELIZABETHO, that thou wouldst as well afford a grave As thou canst yield a melancholy seat! Then would I hide my bones, not rest them here. O, who hath any cause to mourn but I?
902(stage directions)44[Sitting down by her]
90344MARGARETIf ancient sorrow be most reverend, Give mine the benefit of seniory, And let my woes frown on the upper hand. If sorrow can admit society, [Sitting down with them] Tell o'er your woes again by viewing mine: I had an Edward, till a Richard kill'd him; I had a Harry, till a Richard kill'd him: Thou hadst an Edward, till a Richard kill'd him; Thou hadst a Richard, till a Richard killed him;
90444DUCHESS OF YORKI had a Richard too, and thou didst kill him; I had a Rutland too, thou holp'st to kill him.
90544MARGARETThou hadst a Clarence too, and Richard kill'd him. From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept A hell-hound that doth hunt us all to death: That dog, that had his teeth before his eyes, To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood, That foul defacer of God's handiwork, That excellent grand tyrant of the earth, That reigns in galled eyes of weeping souls, Thy womb let loose, to chase us to our graves. O upright, just, and true-disposing God, How do I thank thee, that this carnal cur Preys on the issue of his mother's body, And makes her pew-fellow with others' moan!
90644DUCHESS OF YORKO Harry's wife, triumph not in my woes! God witness with me, I have wept for thine.
90744MARGARETBear with me; I am hungry for revenge, And now I cloy me with beholding it. Thy Edward he is dead, that stabb'd my Edward: Thy other Edward dead, to quit my Edward; Young York he is but boot, because both they Match not the high perfection of my loss: Thy Clarence he is dead that kill'd my Edward; And the beholders of this tragic play, The adulterate Hastings, Rivers, Vaughan, Grey, Untimely smother'd in their dusky graves. Richard yet lives, hell's black intelligencer, Only reserved their factor, to buy souls And send them thither: but at hand, at hand, Ensues his piteous and unpitied end: Earth gapes, hell burns, fiends roar, saints pray. To have him suddenly convey'd away. Cancel his bond of life, dear God, I prey, That I may live to say, The dog is dead!
90844QUEEN ELIZABETHO, thou didst prophesy the time would come That I should wish for thee to help me curse That bottled spider, that foul bunch-back'd toad!
90944MARGARETI call'd thee then vain flourish of my fortune; I call'd thee then poor shadow, painted queen; The presentation of but what I was; The flattering index of a direful pageant; One heaved a-high, to be hurl'd down below; A mother only mock'd with two sweet babes; A dream of what thou wert, a breath, a bubble, A sign of dignity, a garish flag, To be the aim of every dangerous shot, A queen in jest, only to fill the scene. Where is thy husband now? where be thy brothers? Where are thy children? wherein dost thou, joy? Who sues to thee and cries 'God save the queen'? Where be the bending peers that flatter'd thee? Where be the thronging troops that follow'd thee? Decline all this, and see what now thou art: For happy wife, a most distressed widow; For joyful mother, one that wails the name; For queen, a very caitiff crown'd with care; For one being sued to, one that humbly sues; For one that scorn'd at me, now scorn'd of me; For one being fear'd of all, now fearing one; For one commanding all, obey'd of none. Thus hath the course of justice wheel'd about, And left thee but a very prey to time; Having no more but thought of what thou wert, To torture thee the more, being what thou art. Thou didst usurp my place, and dost thou not Usurp the just proportion of my sorrow? Now thy proud neck bears half my burthen'd yoke; From which even here I slip my weary neck, And leave the burthen of it all on thee. Farewell, York's wife, and queen of sad mischance: These English woes will make me smile in France.
91044QUEEN ELIZABETHO thou well skill'd in curses, stay awhile, And teach me how to curse mine enemies!
91144MARGARETForbear to sleep the nights, and fast the days; Compare dead happiness with living woe; Think that thy babes were fairer than they were, And he that slew them fouler than he is: Bettering thy loss makes the bad causer worse: Revolving this will teach thee how to curse.
91244QUEEN ELIZABETHMy words are dull; O, quicken them with thine!
91344MARGARETThy woes will make them sharp, and pierce like mine.
914(stage directions)44[Exit]
91544DUCHESS OF YORKWhy should calamity be full of words?
91644QUEEN ELIZABETHWindy attorneys to their client woes, Airy succeeders of intestate joys, Poor breathing orators of miseries! Let them have scope: though what they do impart Help not all, yet do they ease the heart.
91744DUCHESS OF YORKIf so, then be not tongue-tied: go with me. And in the breath of bitter words let's smother My damned son, which thy two sweet sons smother'd. I hear his drum: be copious in exclaims.
918(stage directions)44[Enter KING RICHARD III, marching, with drums and trumpets]
91944RICHARD3Who intercepts my expedition?
92044DUCHESS OF YORKO, she that might have intercepted thee, By strangling thee in her accursed womb From all the slaughters, wretch, that thou hast done!
92144QUEEN ELIZABETHHidest thou that forehead with a golden crown, Where should be graven, if that right were right, The slaughter of the prince that owed that crown, And the dire death of my two sons and brothers? Tell me, thou villain slave, where are my children?
92244DUCHESS OF YORKThou toad, thou toad, where is thy brother Clarence? And little Ned Plantagenet, his son?
92344QUEEN ELIZABETHWhere is kind Hastings, Rivers, Vaughan, Grey?
92444RICHARD3A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums! Let not the heavens hear these tell-tale women Rail on the Lord's enointed: strike, I say! [Flourish. Alarums] Either be patient, and entreat me fair, Or with the clamorous report of war Thus will I drown your exclamations.
92544DUCHESS OF YORKArt thou my son?
92644RICHARD3Ay, I thank God, my father, and yourself.
92744DUCHESS OF YORKThen patiently hear my impatience.
92844RICHARD3Madam, I have a touch of your condition, Which cannot brook the accent of reproof.
92944DUCHESS OF YORKO, let me speak!
93044RICHARD3Do then: but I'll not hear.
93144DUCHESS OF YORKI will be mild and gentle in my speech.
93244RICHARD3And brief, good mother; for I am in haste.
93344DUCHESS OF YORKArt thou so hasty? I have stay'd for thee, God knows, in anguish, pain and agony.
93444RICHARD3And came I not at last to comfort you?
93544DUCHESS OF YORKNo, by the holy rood, thou know'st it well, Thou camest on earth to make the earth my hell. A grievous burthen was thy birth to me; Tetchy and wayward was thy infancy; Thy school-days frightful, desperate, wild, and furious, Thy prime of manhood daring, bold, and venturous, Thy age confirm'd, proud, subdued, bloody, treacherous, More mild, but yet more harmful, kind in hatred: What comfortable hour canst thou name, That ever graced me in thy company?
93644RICHARD3Faith, none, but Humphrey Hour, that call'd your grace To breakfast once forth of my company. If I be so disgracious in your sight, Let me march on, and not offend your grace. Strike the drum.
93744DUCHESS OF YORKI prithee, hear me speak.
93844RICHARD3You speak too bitterly.
93944DUCHESS OF YORKHear me a word; For I shall never speak to thee again.
94144DUCHESS OF YORKEither thou wilt die, by God's just ordinance, Ere from this war thou turn a conqueror, Or I with grief and extreme age shall perish And never look upon thy face again. Therefore take with thee my most heavy curse; Which, in the day of battle, tire thee more Than all the complete armour that thou wear'st! My prayers on the adverse party fight; And there the little souls of Edward's children Whisper the spirits of thine enemies And promise them success and victory. Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end; Shame serves thy life and doth thy death attend.
942(stage directions)44[Exit]
94344QUEEN ELIZABETHThough far more cause, yet much less spirit to curse Abides in me; I say amen to all.
94444RICHARD3Stay, madam; I must speak a word with you.
94544QUEEN ELIZABETHI have no more sons of the royal blood For thee to murder: for my daughters, Richard, They shall be praying nuns, not weeping queens; And therefore level not to hit their lives.
94644RICHARD3You have a daughter call'd Elizabeth, Virtuous and fair, royal and gracious.
94744QUEEN ELIZABETHAnd must she die for this? O, let her live, And I'll corrupt her manners, stain her beauty; Slander myself as false to Edward's bed; Throw over her the veil of infamy: So she may live unscarr'd of bleeding slaughter, I will confess she was not Edward's daughter.
94844RICHARD3Wrong not her birth, she is of royal blood.
94944QUEEN ELIZABETHTo save her life, I'll say she is not so.
95044RICHARD3Her life is only safest in her birth.
95144QUEEN ELIZABETHAnd only in that safety died her brothers.
95244RICHARD3Lo, at their births good stars were opposite.
95344QUEEN ELIZABETHNo, to their lives bad friends were contrary.
95444RICHARD3All unavoided is the doom of destiny.
95544QUEEN ELIZABETHTrue, when avoided grace makes destiny: My babes were destined to a fairer death, If grace had bless'd thee with a fairer life.
95644RICHARD3You speak as if that I had slain my cousins.
95744QUEEN ELIZABETHCousins, indeed; and by their uncle cozen'd Of comfort, kingdom, kindred, freedom, life. Whose hand soever lanced their tender hearts, Thy head, all indirectly, gave direction: No doubt the murderous knife was dull and blunt Till it was whetted on thy stone-hard heart, To revel in the entrails of my lambs. But that still use of grief makes wild grief tame, My tongue should to thy ears not name my boys Till that my nails were anchor'd in thine eyes; And I, in such a desperate bay of death, Like a poor bark, of sails and tackling reft, Rush all to pieces on thy rocky bosom.
95844RICHARD3Madam, so thrive I in my enterprise And dangerous success of bloody wars, As I intend more good to you and yours, Than ever you or yours were by me wrong'd!
95944QUEEN ELIZABETHWhat good is cover'd with the face of heaven, To be discover'd, that can do me good?
96044RICHARD3The advancement of your children, gentle lady.
96144QUEEN ELIZABETHUp to some scaffold, there to lose their heads?
96244RICHARD3No, to the dignity and height of honour The high imperial type of this earth's glory.
96344QUEEN ELIZABETHFlatter my sorrows with report of it; Tell me what state, what dignity, what honour, Canst thou demise to any child of mine?
96444RICHARD3Even all I have; yea, and myself and all, Will I withal endow a child of thine; So in the Lethe of thy angry soul Thou drown the sad remembrance of those wrongs Which thou supposest I have done to thee.
96544QUEEN ELIZABETHBe brief, lest that be process of thy kindness Last longer telling than thy kindness' date.
96644RICHARD3Then know, that from my soul I love thy daughter.
96744QUEEN ELIZABETHMy daughter's mother thinks it with her soul.
96844RICHARD3What do you think?
96944QUEEN ELIZABETHThat thou dost love my daughter from thy soul: So from thy soul's love didst thou love her brothers; And from my heart's love I do thank thee for it.
97044RICHARD3Be not so hasty to confound my meaning: I mean, that with my soul I love thy daughter, And mean to make her queen of England.
97144QUEEN ELIZABETHSay then, who dost thou mean shall be her king?
97244RICHARD3Even he that makes her queen who should be else?
97344QUEEN ELIZABETHWhat, thou?
97444RICHARD3I, even I: what think you of it, madam?
97544QUEEN ELIZABETHHow canst thou woo her?
97644RICHARD3That would I learn of you, As one that are best acquainted with her humour.
97744QUEEN ELIZABETHAnd wilt thou learn of me?
97844RICHARD3Madam, with all my heart.
97944QUEEN ELIZABETHSend to her, by the man that slew her brothers, A pair of bleeding-hearts; thereon engrave Edward and York; then haply she will weep: Therefore present to her--as sometime Margaret Did to thy father, steep'd in Rutland's blood,-- A handkerchief; which, say to her, did drain The purple sap from her sweet brother's body And bid her dry her weeping eyes therewith. If this inducement force her not to love, Send her a story of thy noble acts; Tell her thou madest away her uncle Clarence, Her uncle Rivers; yea, and, for her sake, Madest quick conveyance with her good aunt Anne.
98044RICHARD3Come, come, you mock me; this is not the way To win our daughter.
98144QUEEN ELIZABETHThere is no other way Unless thou couldst put on some other shape, And not be Richard that hath done all this.
98244RICHARD3Say that I did all this for love of her.
98344QUEEN ELIZABETHNay, then indeed she cannot choose but hate thee, Having bought love with such a bloody spoil.
98444RICHARD3Look, what is done cannot be now amended: Men shall deal unadvisedly sometimes, Which after hours give leisure to repent. If I did take the kingdom from your sons, To make amends, Ill give it to your daughter. If I have kill'd the issue of your womb, To quicken your increase, I will beget Mine issue of your blood upon your daughter A grandam's name is little less in love Than is the doting title of a mother; They are as children but one step below, Even of your mettle, of your very blood; Of an one pain, save for a night of groans Endured of her, for whom you bid like sorrow. Your children were vexation to your youth, But mine shall be a comfort to your age. The loss you have is but a son being king, And by that loss your daughter is made queen. I cannot make you what amends I would, Therefore accept such kindness as I can. Dorset your son, that with a fearful soul Leads discontented steps in foreign soil, This fair alliance quickly shall call home To high promotions and great dignity: The king, that calls your beauteous daughter wife. Familiarly shall call thy Dorset brother; Again shall you be mother to a king, And all the ruins of distressful times Repair'd with double riches of content. What! we have many goodly days to see: The liquid drops of tears that you have shed Shall come again, transform'd to orient pearl, Advantaging their loan with interest Of ten times double gain of happiness. Go, then my mother, to thy daughter go Make bold her bashful years with your experience; Prepare her ears to hear a wooer's tale Put in her tender heart the aspiring flame Of golden sovereignty; acquaint the princess With the sweet silent hours of marriage joys And when this arm of mine hath chastised The petty rebel, dull-brain'd Buckingham, Bound with triumphant garlands will I come And lead thy daughter to a conqueror's bed; To whom I will retail my conquest won, And she shall be sole victress, Caesar's Caesar.
98544QUEEN ELIZABETHWhat were I best to say? her father's brother Would be her lord? or shall I say, her uncle? Or, he that slew her brothers and her uncles? Under what title shall I woo for thee, That God, the law, my honour and her love, Can make seem pleasing to her tender years?
98644RICHARD3Infer fair England's peace by this alliance.
98744QUEEN ELIZABETHWhich she shall purchase with still lasting war.
98844RICHARD3Say that the king, which may command, entreats.
98944QUEEN ELIZABETHThat at her hands which the king's King forbids.
99044RICHARD3Say, she shall be a high and mighty queen.
99144QUEEN ELIZABETHTo wail the tide, as her mother doth.
99244RICHARD3Say, I will love her everlastingly.
99344QUEEN ELIZABETHBut how long shall that title 'ever' last?
99444RICHARD3Sweetly in force unto her fair life's end.
99544QUEEN ELIZABETHBut how long fairly shall her sweet lie last?
99644RICHARD3So long as heaven and nature lengthens it.
99744QUEEN ELIZABETHSo long as hell and Richard likes of it.
99844RICHARD3Say, I, her sovereign, am her subject love.
99944QUEEN ELIZABETHBut she, your subject, loathes such sovereignty.
100044RICHARD3Be eloquent in my behalf to her.
100144QUEEN ELIZABETHAn honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
100244RICHARD3Then in plain terms tell her my loving tale.
100344QUEEN ELIZABETHPlain and not honest is too harsh a style.
100444RICHARD3Your reasons are too shallow and too quick.
100544QUEEN ELIZABETHO no, my reasons are too deep and dead; Too deep and dead, poor infants, in their grave.
100644RICHARD3Harp not on that string, madam; that is past.
100744QUEEN ELIZABETHHarp on it still shall I till heart-strings break.
100844RICHARD3Now, by my George, my garter, and my crown,--
100944QUEEN ELIZABETHProfaned, dishonour'd, and the third usurp'd.
101044RICHARD3I swear--
101144QUEEN ELIZABETHBy nothing; for this is no oath: The George, profaned, hath lost his holy honour; The garter, blemish'd, pawn'd his knightly virtue; The crown, usurp'd, disgraced his kingly glory. if something thou wilt swear to be believed, Swear then by something that thou hast not wrong'd.
101244RICHARD3Now, by the world--
101344QUEEN ELIZABETH'Tis full of thy foul wrongs.
101444RICHARD3My father's death--
101544QUEEN ELIZABETHThy life hath that dishonour'd.
101644RICHARD3Then, by myself--
101744QUEEN ELIZABETHThyself thyself misusest.
101844RICHARD3Why then, by God--
101944QUEEN ELIZABETHGod's wrong is most of all. If thou hadst fear'd to break an oath by Him, The unity the king thy brother made Had not been broken, nor my brother slain: If thou hadst fear'd to break an oath by Him, The imperial metal, circling now thy brow, Had graced the tender temples of my child, And both the princes had been breathing here, Which now, two tender playfellows to dust, Thy broken faith hath made a prey for worms. What canst thou swear by now?
102044RICHARD3The time to come.
102144QUEEN ELIZABETHThat thou hast wronged in the time o'erpast; For I myself have many tears to wash Hereafter time, for time past wrong'd by thee. The children live, whose parents thou hast slaughter'd, Ungovern'd youth, to wail it in their age; The parents live, whose children thou hast butcher'd, Old wither'd plants, to wail it with their age. Swear not by time to come; for that thou hast Misused ere used, by time misused o'erpast.
102244RICHARD3As I intend to prosper and repent, So thrive I in my dangerous attempt Of hostile arms! myself myself confound! Heaven and fortune bar me happy hours! Day, yield me not thy light; nor, night, thy rest! Be opposite all planets of good luck To my proceedings, if, with pure heart's love, Immaculate devotion, holy thoughts, I tender not thy beauteous princely daughter! In her consists my happiness and thine; Without her, follows to this land and me, To thee, herself, and many a Christian soul, Death, desolation, ruin and decay: It cannot be avoided but by this; It will not be avoided but by this. Therefore, good mother,--I must can you so-- Be the attorney of my love to her: Plead what I will be, not what I have been; Not my deserts, but what I will deserve: Urge the necessity and state of times, And be not peevish-fond in great designs.
102344QUEEN ELIZABETHShall I be tempted of the devil thus?
102444RICHARD3Ay, if the devil tempt thee to do good.
102544QUEEN ELIZABETHShall I forget myself to be myself?
102644RICHARD3Ay, if yourself's remembrance wrong yourself.
102744QUEEN ELIZABETHBut thou didst kill my children.
102844RICHARD3But in your daughter's womb I bury them: Where in that nest of spicery they shall breed Selves of themselves, to your recomforture.
102944QUEEN ELIZABETHShall I go win my daughter to thy will?
103044RICHARD3And be a happy mother by the deed.
103144QUEEN ELIZABETHI go. Write to me very shortly. And you shall understand from me her mind.
103244RICHARD3Bear her my true love's kiss; and so, farewell. [Exit QUEEN ELIZABETH] Relenting fool, and shallow, changing woman! [Enter RATCLIFF; CATESBY following] How now! what news?
103344RATCLIFFMy gracious sovereign, on the western coast Rideth a puissant navy; to the shore Throng many doubtful hollow-hearted friends, Unarm'd, and unresolved to beat them back: 'Tis thought that Richmond is their admiral; And there they hull, expecting but the aid Of Buckingham to welcome them ashore.
103444RICHARD3Some light-foot friend post to the Duke of Norfolk: Ratcliff, thyself, or Catesby; where is he?
103544CATESBYHere, my lord.
103644RICHARD3Fly to the duke: [To RATCLIFF] Post thou to Salisbury When thou comest thither-- [To CATESBY] Dull, unmindful villain, Why stand'st thou still, and go'st not to the duke?
103744CATESBYFirst, mighty sovereign, let me know your mind, What from your grace I shall deliver to him.
103844RICHARD3O, true, good Catesby: bid him levy straight The greatest strength and power he can make, And meet me presently at Salisbury.
103944CATESBYI go.
1040(stage directions)44[Exit]
104144RATCLIFFWhat is't your highness' pleasure I shall do at Salisbury?
104244RICHARD3Why, what wouldst thou do there before I go?
104344RATCLIFFYour highness told me I should post before.
104444RICHARD3My mind is changed, sir, my mind is changed. [Enter STANLEY] How now, what news with you?
104544STANLEYNone good, my lord, to please you with the hearing; Nor none so bad, but it may well be told.
104644RICHARD3Hoyday, a riddle! neither good nor bad! Why dost thou run so many mile about, When thou mayst tell thy tale a nearer way? Once more, what news?
104744STANLEYRichmond is on the seas.
104844RICHARD3There let him sink, and be the seas on him! White-liver'd runagate, what doth he there?
104944STANLEYI know not, mighty sovereign, but by guess.
105044RICHARD3Well, sir, as you guess, as you guess?
105144STANLEYStirr'd up by Dorset, Buckingham, and Ely, He makes for England, there to claim the crown.
105244RICHARD3Is the chair empty? is the sword unsway'd? Is the king dead? the empire unpossess'd? What heir of York is there alive but we? And who is England's king but great York's heir? Then, tell me, what doth he upon the sea?
105344STANLEYUnless for that, my liege, I cannot guess.
105444RICHARD3Unless for that he comes to be your liege, You cannot guess wherefore the Welshman comes. Thou wilt revolt, and fly to him, I fear.
105544STANLEYNo, mighty liege; therefore mistrust me not.
105644RICHARD3Where is thy power, then, to beat him back? Where are thy tenants and thy followers? Are they not now upon the western shore. Safe-conducting the rebels from their ships!
105744STANLEYNo, my good lord, my friends are in the north.
105844RICHARD3Cold friends to Richard: what do they in the north, When they should serve their sovereign in the west?
105944STANLEYThey have not been commanded, mighty sovereign: Please it your majesty to give me leave, I'll muster up my friends, and meet your grace Where and what time your majesty shall please.
106044RICHARD3Ay, ay. thou wouldst be gone to join with Richmond: I will not trust you, sir.
106144STANLEYMost mighty sovereign, You have no cause to hold my friendship doubtful: I never was nor never will be false.
106244RICHARD3Well, Go muster men; but, hear you, leave behind Your son, George Stanley: look your faith be firm. Or else his head's assurance is but frail.
106344STANLEYSo deal with him as I prove true to you.
1064(stage directions)44[Exit]
1065(stage directions)44[Enter a Messenger]
106644MESSENGERMy gracious sovereign, now in Devonshire, As I by friends am well advertised, Sir Edward Courtney, and the haughty prelate Bishop of Exeter, his brother there, With many more confederates, are in arms.
1067(stage directions)44[Enter another Messenger]
106844SECOND MESSENGERMy liege, in Kent the Guildfords are in arms; And every hour more competitors Flock to their aid, and still their power increaseth.
1069(stage directions)44[Enter another Messenger]
107044THIRD MESSENGERMy lord, the army of the Duke of Buckingham--
107144RICHARD3Out on you, owls! nothing but songs of death? [He striketh him] Take that, until thou bring me better news.
107244THIRD MESSENGERThe news I have to tell your majesty Is, that by sudden floods and fall of waters, Buckingham's army is dispersed and scatter'd; And he himself wander'd away alone, No man knows whither.
107344RICHARD3I cry thee mercy: There is my purse to cure that blow of thine. Hath any well-advised friend proclaim'd Reward to him that brings the traitor in?
107444THIRD MESSENGERSuch proclamation hath been made, my liege.
1075(stage directions)44[Enter another Messenger]
107644FOURTH MESSENGERSir Thomas Lovel and Lord Marquis Dorset, 'Tis said, my liege, in Yorkshire are in arms. Yet this good comfort bring I to your grace, The Breton navy is dispersed by tempest: Richmond, in Yorkshire, sent out a boat Unto the shore, to ask those on the banks If they were his assistants, yea or no; Who answer'd him, they came from Buckingham. Upon his party: he, mistrusting them, Hoisted sail and made away for Brittany.
107744RICHARD3March on, march on, since we are up in arms; If not to fight with foreign enemies, Yet to beat down these rebels here at home.
1078(stage directions)44[Re-enter CATESBY]
107944CATESBYMy liege, the Duke of Buckingham is taken; That is the best news: that the Earl of Richmond Is with a mighty power landed at Milford, Is colder tidings, yet they must be told.
108044RICHARD3Away towards Salisbury! while we reason here, A royal battle might be won and lost Some one take order Buckingham be brought To Salisbury; the rest march on with me.
1081(stage directions)44[Flourish. Exeunt]
1082(stage directions)45[Enter DERBY and SIR CHRISTOPHER URSWICK]
108345STANLEYSir Christopher, tell Richmond this from me: That in the sty of this most bloody boar My son George Stanley is frank'd up in hold: If I revolt, off goes young George's head; The fear of that withholds my present aid. But, tell me, where is princely Richmond now?
108445CHRISTOPHERAt Pembroke, or at Harford-west, in Wales.
108545STANLEYWhat men of name resort to him?
108645CHRISTOPHERSir Walter Herbert, a renowned soldier; Sir Gilbert Talbot, Sir William Stanley; Oxford, redoubted Pembroke, Sir James Blunt, And Rice ap Thomas with a valiant crew; And many more of noble fame and worth: And towards London they do bend their course, If by the way they be not fought withal.
108745STANLEYReturn unto thy lord; commend me to him: Tell him the queen hath heartily consented He shall espouse Elizabeth her daughter. These letters will resolve him of my mind. Farewell.
1088(stage directions)45[Exeunt] [Enter the Sheriff, and BUCKINGHAM, with halberds,] led to execution]
108951BUCKINGHAMWill not King Richard let me speak with him?
109051SHERIFFNo, my good lord; therefore be patient.
109151BUCKINGHAMHastings, and Edward's children, Rivers, Grey, Holy King Henry, and thy fair son Edward, Vaughan, and all that have miscarried By underhand corrupted foul injustice, If that your moody discontented souls Do through the clouds behold this present hour, Even for revenge mock my destruction! This is All-Souls' day, fellows, is it not?
109251SHERIFFIt is, my lord.
109351BUCKINGHAMWhy, then All-Souls' day is my body's doomsday. This is the day that, in King Edward's time, I wish't might fall on me, when I was found False to his children or his wife's allies This is the day wherein I wish'd to fall By the false faith of him I trusted most; This, this All-Souls' day to my fearful soul Is the determined respite of my wrongs: That high All-Seer that I dallied with Hath turn'd my feigned prayer on my head And given in earnest what I begg'd in jest. Thus doth he force the swords of wicked men To turn their own points on their masters' bosoms: Now Margaret's curse is fallen upon my head; 'When he,' quoth she, 'shall split thy heart with sorrow, Remember Margaret was a prophetess.' Come, sirs, convey me to the block of shame; Wrong hath but wrong, and blame the due of blame.
1094(stage directions)51[Exeunt] [Enter RICHMOND, OXFORD, BLUNT, HERBERT, and others,] with drum and colours]
109552KING HENRY VIIFellows in arms, and my most loving friends, Bruised underneath the yoke of tyranny, Thus far into the bowels of the land Have we march'd on without impediment; And here receive we from our father Stanley Lines of fair comfort and encouragement. The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar, That spoil'd your summer fields and fruitful vines, Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough In your embowell'd bosoms, this foul swine Lies now even in the centre of this isle, Near to the town of Leicester, as we learn From Tamworth thither is but one day's march. In God's name, cheerly on, courageous friends, To reap the harvest of perpetual peace By this one bloody trial of sharp war.
109652OXFORDEvery man's conscience is a thousand swords, To fight against that bloody homicide.
109752HERBERTI doubt not but his friends will fly to us.
109852BLUNTHe hath no friends but who are friends for fear. Which in his greatest need will shrink from him.
109952KING HENRY VIIAll for our vantage. Then, in God's name, march: True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings: Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
1100(stage directions)52[Exeunt] [Enter KING RICHARD III in arms, with NORFOLK,] SURREY, and others]
110153RICHARD3Here pitch our tents, even here in Bosworth field. My Lord of Surrey, why look you so sad?
110253SURREYMy heart is ten times lighter than my looks.
110353RICHARD3My Lord of Norfolk,--
110453NORFOLKHere, most gracious liege.
110553RICHARD3Norfolk, we must have knocks; ha! must we not?
110653NORFOLKWe must both give and take, my gracious lord.
110753RICHARD3Up with my tent there! here will I lie tonight; But where to-morrow? Well, all's one for that. Who hath descried the number of the foe?
110853NORFOLKSix or seven thousand is their utmost power.
110953RICHARD3Why, our battalion trebles that account: Besides, the king's name is a tower of strength, Which they upon the adverse party want. Up with my tent there! Valiant gentlemen, Let us survey the vantage of the field Call for some men of sound direction Let's want no discipline, make no delay, For, lords, to-morrow is a busy day. [Exeunt] [Enter, on the other side of the field, RICHMOND,] Sir William Brandon, OXFORD, and others. Some of the Soldiers pitch RICHMOND's tent]
111053KING HENRY VIIThe weary sun hath made a golden set, And by the bright track of his fiery car, Gives signal, of a goodly day to-morrow. Sir William Brandon, you shall bear my standard. Give me some ink and paper in my tent I'll draw the form and model of our battle, Limit each leader to his several charge, And part in just proportion our small strength. My Lord of Oxford, you, Sir William Brandon, And you, Sir Walter Herbert, stay with me. The Earl of Pembroke keeps his regiment: Good Captain Blunt, bear my good night to him And by the second hour in the morning Desire the earl to see me in my tent: Yet one thing more, good Blunt, before thou go'st, Where is Lord Stanley quarter'd, dost thou know?
111153BLUNTUnless I have mista'en his colours much, Which well I am assured I have not done, His regiment lies half a mile at least South from the mighty power of the king.
111253KING HENRY VIIIf without peril it be possible, Good Captain Blunt, bear my good-night to him, And give him from me this most needful scroll.
111353BLUNTUpon my life, my lord, I'll under-take it; And so, God give you quiet rest to-night!
111453KING HENRY VIIGood night, good Captain Blunt. Come gentlemen, Let us consult upon to-morrow's business In to our tent; the air is raw and cold. [They withdraw into the tent] [Enter, to his tent, KING RICHARD III, NORFOLK,] RATCLIFF, CATESBY, and others]
111553RICHARD3What is't o'clock?
111653CATESBYIt's supper-time, my lord; It's nine o'clock.
111753RICHARD3I will not sup to-night. Give me some ink and paper. What, is my beaver easier than it was? And all my armour laid into my tent?
111853CATESBYIf is, my liege; and all things are in readiness.
111953RICHARD3Good Norfolk, hie thee to thy charge; Use careful watch, choose trusty sentinels.
112053NORFOLKI go, my lord.
112153RICHARD3Stir with the lark to-morrow, gentle Norfolk.
112253NORFOLKI warrant you, my lord.
1123(stage directions)53[Exit]
112553CATESBYMy lord?
112653RICHARD3Send out a pursuivant at arms To Stanley's regiment; bid him bring his power Before sunrising, lest his son George fall Into the blind cave of eternal night. [Exit CATESBY] Fill me a bowl of wine. Give me a watch. Saddle white Surrey for the field to-morrow. Look that my staves be sound, and not too heavy. Ratcliff!
112753RATCLIFFMy lord?
112853RICHARD3Saw'st thou the melancholy Lord Northumberland?
112953RATCLIFFThomas the Earl of Surrey, and himself, Much about cock-shut time, from troop to troop Went through the army, cheering up the soldiers.
113053RICHARD3So, I am satisfied. Give me a bowl of wine: I have not that alacrity of spirit, Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have. Set it down. Is ink and paper ready?
113153RATCLIFFIt is, my lord.
113253RICHARD3Bid my guard watch; leave me. Ratcliff, about the mid of night come to my tent And help to arm me. Leave me, I say. [Exeunt RATCLIFF and the other Attendants] [Enter DERBY to RICHMOND in his tent, Lords and] others attending]
113353STANLEYFortune and victory sit on thy helm!
113453KING HENRY VIIAll comfort that the dark night can afford Be to thy person, noble father-in-law! Tell me, how fares our loving mother?
113553STANLEYI, by attorney, bless thee from thy mother Who prays continually for Richmond's good: So much for that. The silent hours steal on, And flaky darkness breaks within the east. In brief,--for so the season bids us be,-- Prepare thy battle early in the morning, And put thy fortune to the arbitrement Of bloody strokes and mortal-staring war. I, as I may--that which I would I cannot,-- With best advantage will deceive the time, And aid thee in this doubtful shock of arms: But on thy side I may not be too forward Lest, being seen, thy brother, tender George, Be executed in his father's sight. Farewell: the leisure and the fearful time Cuts off the ceremonious vows of love And ample interchange of sweet discourse, Which so long sunder'd friends should dwell upon: God give us leisure for these rites of love! Once more, adieu: be valiant, and speed well!
113653KING HENRY VIIGood lords, conduct him to his regiment: I'll strive, with troubled thoughts, to take a nap, Lest leaden slumber peise me down to-morrow, When I should mount with wings of victory: Once more, good night, kind lords and gentlemen. [Exeunt all but RICHMOND] O Thou, whose captain I account myself, Look on my forces with a gracious eye; Put in their hands thy bruising irons of wrath, That they may crush down with a heavy fall The usurping helmets of our adversaries! Make us thy ministers of chastisement, That we may praise thee in the victory! To thee I do commend my watchful soul, Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes: Sleeping and waking, O, defend me still!
1137(stage directions)53[Sleeps]
1138(stage directions)53[Enter the Ghost of Prince Edward, son to King Henry VI]
113953PRINCE EDWARD[To KING RICHARD III] Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow! Think, how thou stab'dst me in my prime of youth At Tewksbury: despair, therefore, and die! [To RICHMOND] Be cheerful, Richmond; for the wronged souls Of butcher'd princes fight in thy behalf King Henry's issue, Richmond, comforts thee.
1140(stage directions)53[Enter the Ghost of King Henry VI]
114153KING HENRY VI[To KING RICHARD III] When I was mortal, my anointed body By thee was punched full of deadly holes Think on the Tower and me: despair, and die! Harry the Sixth bids thee despair, and die! [To RICHMOND] Virtuous and holy, be thou conqueror! Harry, that prophesied thou shouldst be king, Doth comfort thee in thy sleep: live, and flourish!
1142(stage directions)53[Enter the Ghost of CLARENCE]
114353GEORGE[To KING RICHARD III] Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow! I, that was wash'd to death with fulsome wine, Poor Clarence, by thy guile betrayed to death! To-morrow in the battle think on me, And fall thy edgeless sword: despair, and die!-- [To RICHMOND] Thou offspring of the house of Lancaster The wronged heirs of York do pray for thee Good angels guard thy battle! live, and flourish!
1144(stage directions)53[Enter the Ghosts of RIVERS, GRAY, and VAUGHAN]
114553RIVERS[To KING RICHARD III] Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow, Rivers. that died at Pomfret! despair, and die!
114653GREY[To KING RICHARD III] Think upon Grey, and let thy soul despair!
114753VAUGHAN[To KING RICHARD III] Think upon Vaughan, and, with guilty fear, Let fall thy lance: despair, and die!
114853ALL[To RICHMOND] Awake, and think our wrongs in Richard's bosom Will conquer him! awake, and win the day!
1149(stage directions)53[Enter the Ghost of HASTINGS]
115053HASTINGS[To KING RICHARD III] Bloody and guilty, guiltily awake, And in a bloody battle end thy days! Think on Lord Hastings: despair, and die! [To RICHMOND] Quiet untroubled soul, awake, awake! Arm, fight, and conquer, for fair England's sake!
1151(stage directions)53[Enter the Ghosts of the two young Princes]
115253PRINCES[To KING RICHARD III] Dream on thy cousins smother'd in the Tower: Let us be led within thy bosom, Richard, And weigh thee down to ruin, shame, and death! Thy nephews' souls bid thee despair and die! [To RICHMOND] Sleep, Richmond, sleep in peace, and wake in joy; Good angels guard thee from the boar's annoy! Live, and beget a happy race of kings! Edward's unhappy sons do bid thee flourish.
1153(stage directions)53[Enter the Ghost of LADY ANNE]
115453LADY ANNE[To KING RICHARD III] Richard, thy wife, that wretched Anne thy wife, That never slept a quiet hour with thee, Now fills thy sleep with perturbations To-morrow in the battle think on me, And fall thy edgeless sword: despair, and die! [To RICHMOND] Thou quiet soul, sleep thou a quiet sleep Dream of success and happy victory! Thy adversary's wife doth pray for thee.
1155(stage directions)53[Enter the Ghost of BUCKINGHAM]
115653BUCKINGHAM[To KING RICHARD III] The last was I that helped thee to the crown; The last was I that felt thy tyranny: O, in the battle think on Buckingham, And die in terror of thy guiltiness! Dream on, dream on, of bloody deeds and death: Fainting, despair; despairing, yield thy breath! [To RICHMOND] I died for hope ere I could lend thee aid: But cheer thy heart, and be thou not dismay'd: God and good angel fight on Richmond's side; And Richard falls in height of all his pride.
1157(stage directions)53[The Ghosts vanish]
1158(stage directions)53[KING RICHARD III starts out of his dream]
115953RICHARD3Give me another horse: bind up my wounds. Have mercy, Jesu!--Soft! I did but dream. O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me! The lights burn blue. It is now dead midnight. Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh. What do I fear? myself? there's none else by: Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I. Is there a murderer here? No. Yes, I am: Then fly. What, from myself? Great reason why: Lest I revenge. What, myself upon myself? Alack. I love myself. Wherefore? for any good That I myself have done unto myself? O, no! alas, I rather hate myself For hateful deeds committed by myself! I am a villain: yet I lie. I am not. Fool, of thyself speak well: fool, do not flatter. My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, And every tongue brings in a several tale, And every tale condemns me for a villain. Perjury, perjury, in the high'st degree Murder, stem murder, in the direst degree; All several sins, all used in each degree, Throng to the bar, crying all, Guilty! guilty! I shall despair. There is no creature loves me; And if I die, no soul shall pity me: Nay, wherefore should they, since that I myself Find in myself no pity to myself? Methought the souls of all that I had murder'd Came to my tent; and every one did threat To-morrow's vengeance on the head of Richard.
1160(stage directions)53[Enter RATCLIFF]
116153RATCLIFFMy lord!
116253RICHARD3'Zounds! who is there?
116353RATCLIFFRatcliff, my lord; 'tis I. The early village-cock Hath twice done salutation to the morn; Your friends are up, and buckle on their armour.
116453RICHARD3O Ratcliff, I have dream'd a fearful dream! What thinkest thou, will our friends prove all true?
116553RATCLIFFNo doubt, my lord.
116653RICHARD3O Ratcliff, I fear, I fear,--
116753RATCLIFFNay, good my lord, be not afraid of shadows.
116853RICHARD3By the apostle Paul, shadows to-night Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers Armed in proof, and led by shallow Richmond. It is not yet near day. Come, go with me; Under our tents I'll play the eaves-dropper, To see if any mean to shrink from me.
1169(stage directions)53[Exeunt]
1170(stage directions)53[Enter the Lords to RICHMOND, sitting in his tent]
117153LORDSGood morrow, Richmond!
117253KING HENRY VIICry mercy, lords and watchful gentlemen, That you have ta'en a tardy sluggard here.
117353LORDSHow have you slept, my lord?
117453KING HENRY VIIThe sweetest sleep, and fairest-boding dreams That ever enter'd in a drowsy head, Have I since your departure had, my lords. Methought their souls, whose bodies Richard murder'd, Came to my tent, and cried on victory: I promise you, my soul is very jocund In the remembrance of so fair a dream. How far into the morning is it, lords?
117553LORDSUpon the stroke of four.
117653KING HENRY VIIWhy, then 'tis time to arm and give direction. [His oration to his soldiers] More than I have said, loving countrymen, The leisure and enforcement of the time Forbids to dwell upon: yet remember this, God and our good cause fight upon our side; The prayers of holy saints and wronged souls, Like high-rear'd bulwarks, stand before our faces; Richard except, those whom we fight against Had rather have us win than him they follow: For what is he they follow? truly, gentlemen, A bloody tyrant and a homicide; One raised in blood, and one in blood establish'd; One that made means to come by what he hath, And slaughter'd those that were the means to help him; Abase foul stone, made precious by the foil Of England's chair, where he is falsely set; One that hath ever been God's enemy: Then, if you fight against God's enemy, God will in justice ward you as his soldiers; If you do sweat to put a tyrant down, You sleep in peace, the tyrant being slain; If you do fight against your country's foes, Your country's fat shall pay your pains the hire; If you do fight in safeguard of your wives, Your wives shall welcome home the conquerors; If you do free your children from the sword, Your children's children quit it in your age. Then, in the name of God and all these rights, Advance your standards, draw your willing swords. For me, the ransom of my bold attempt Shall be this cold corpse on the earth's cold face; But if I thrive, the gain of my attempt The least of you shall share his part thereof. Sound drums and trumpets boldly and cheerfully; God and Saint George! Richmond and victory! [Exeunt] [Re-enter KING RICHARD, RATCLIFF, Attendants] and Forces]
117753RICHARD3What said Northumberland as touching Richmond?
117853RATCLIFFThat he was never trained up in arms.
117953RICHARD3He said the truth: and what said Surrey then?
118053RATCLIFFHe smiled and said 'The better for our purpose.'
118153RICHARD3He was in the right; and so indeed it is. [Clock striketh] Ten the clock there. Give me a calendar. Who saw the sun to-day?
118253RATCLIFFNot I, my lord.
118353RICHARD3Then he disdains to shine; for by the book He should have braved the east an hour ago A black day will it be to somebody. Ratcliff!
118453RATCLIFFMy lord?
118553RICHARD3The sun will not be seen to-day; The sky doth frown and lour upon our army. I would these dewy tears were from the ground. Not shine to-day! Why, what is that to me More than to Richmond? for the selfsame heaven That frowns on me looks sadly upon him.
1186(stage directions)53[Enter NORFOLK]
118753NORFOLKArm, arm, my lord; the foe vaunts in the field.
118853RICHARD3Come, bustle, bustle; caparison my horse. Call up Lord Stanley, bid him bring his power: I will lead forth my soldiers to the plain, And thus my battle shall be ordered: My foreward shall be drawn out all in length, Consisting equally of horse and foot; Our archers shall be placed in the midst John Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Earl of Surrey, Shall have the leading of this foot and horse. They thus directed, we will follow In the main battle, whose puissance on either side Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse. This, and Saint George to boot! What think'st thou, Norfolk?
118953NORFOLKA good direction, warlike sovereign. This found I on my tent this morning.
1190(stage directions)53[He sheweth him a paper]
119153RICHARD3[Reads] 'Jockey of Norfolk, be not too bold, For Dickon thy master is bought and sold.' A thing devised by the enemy. Go, gentleman, every man unto his charge Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls: Conscience is but a word that cowards use, Devised at first to keep the strong in awe: Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law. March on, join bravely, let us to't pell-mell If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell. [His oration to his Army] What shall I say more than I have inferr'd? Remember whom you are to cope withal; A sort of vagabonds, rascals, and runaways, A scum of Bretons, and base lackey peasants, Whom their o'er-cloyed country vomits forth To desperate ventures and assured destruction. You sleeping safe, they bring to you unrest; You having lands, and blest with beauteous wives, They would restrain the one, distain the other. And who doth lead them but a paltry fellow, Long kept in Bretagne at our mother's cost? A milk-sop, one that never in his life Felt so much cold as over shoes in snow? Let's whip these stragglers o'er the seas again; Lash hence these overweening rags of France, These famish'd beggars, weary of their lives; Who, but for dreaming on this fond exploit, For want of means, poor rats, had hang'd themselves: If we be conquer'd, let men conquer us, And not these bastard Bretons; whom our fathers Have in their own land beaten, bobb'd, and thump'd, And in record, left them the heirs of shame. Shall these enjoy our lands? lie with our wives? Ravish our daughters? [Drum afar off] Hark! I hear their drum. Fight, gentlemen of England! fight, bold yoemen! Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head! Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood; Amaze the welkin with your broken staves! [Enter a Messenger] What says Lord Stanley? will he bring his power?
119253MESSENGERMy lord, he doth deny to come.
119353RICHARD3Off with his son George's head!
119453NORFOLKMy lord, the enemy is past the marsh After the battle let George Stanley die.
119553RICHARD3A thousand hearts are great within my bosom: Advance our standards, set upon our foes Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George, Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons! Upon them! victory sits on our helms.
1196(stage directions)53[Exeunt] [Alarum: excursions. Enter NORFOLK and forces] fighting; to him CATESBY]
119754CATESBYRescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue, rescue! The king enacts more wonders than a man, Daring an opposite to every danger: His horse is slain, and all on foot he fights, Seeking for Richmond in the throat of death. Rescue, fair lord, or else the day is lost!
1198(stage directions)54[Alarums. Enter KING RICHARD III]
119954RICHARD3A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
120054CATESBYWithdraw, my lord; I'll help you to a horse.
120154RICHARD3Slave, I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die: I think there be six Richmonds in the field; Five have I slain to-day instead of him. A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
1202(stage directions)54[Exeunt] [Alarum. Enter KING RICHARD III and RICHMOND; they] fight. KING RICHARD III is slain. Retreat and flourish. Re-enter RICHMOND, DERBY bearing the crown, with divers other Lords]
120355KING HENRY VIIGod and your arms be praised, victorious friends, The day is ours, the bloody dog is dead.
120455STANLEYCourageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee. Lo, here, this long-usurped royalty From the dead temples of this bloody wretch Have I pluck'd off, to grace thy brows withal: Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.
120555KING HENRY VIIGreat God of heaven, say Amen to all! But, tell me, is young George Stanley living?
120655STANLEYHe is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town; Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.
120755KING HENRY VIIWhat men of name are slain on either side?
120855STANLEYJohn Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers, Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.
120955KING HENRY VIIInter their bodies as becomes their births: Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled That in submission will return to us: And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament, We will unite the white rose and the red: Smile heaven upon this fair conjunction, That long have frown'd upon their enmity! What traitor hears me, and says not amen? England hath long been mad, and scarr'd herself; The brother blindly shed the brother's blood, The father rashly slaughter'd his own son, The son, compell'd, been butcher to the sire: All this divided York and Lancaster, Divided in their dire division, O, now, let Richmond and Elizabeth, The true succeeders of each royal house, By God's fair ordinance conjoin together! And let their heirs, God, if thy will be so. Enrich the time to come with smooth-faced peace, With smiling plenty and fair prosperous days! Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord, That would reduce these bloody days again, And make poor England weep in streams of blood! Let them not live to taste this land's increase That would with treason wound this fair land's peace! Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives again: That she may long live here, God say amen!
1210(stage directions)55[Exeunt]

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