Act IV, Scene 2 London. The palace.
Sennet. Enter KING RICHARD III, in pomp, crowned;
|KING RICHARD III||Stand all apart Cousin of Buckingham!|
|BUCKINGHAM||My gracious sovereign?|
|KING RICHARD III||Give 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?
|BUCKINGHAM||Still live they and for ever may they last!|
|KING RICHARD III||O Buckingham, now do I play the touch,
To try if thou be current gold indeed
Young Edward lives: think now what I would say.
|BUCKINGHAM||Say on, my loving lord.|
|KING RICHARD III||Why, Buckingham, I say, I would be king,|
|BUCKINGHAM||Why, so you are, my thrice renowned liege.|
|KING RICHARD III||Ha! am I king? 'tis so: but Edward lives.|
|BUCKINGHAM||True, noble prince.|
|KING RICHARD III||O 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.
|BUCKINGHAM||Your grace may do your pleasure.|
|KING RICHARD III||Tut, tut, thou art all ice, thy kindness freezeth:
Say, have I thy consent that they shall die?
|BUCKINGHAM||Give me some breath, some little pause, my lord
Before I positively herein:
I will resolve your grace immediately.
|CATESBY||[Aside to a stander by]|
|The king is angry: see, he bites the lip.|
|KING RICHARD III||I 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.
|KING RICHARD III||Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold
Would tempt unto a close exploit of death?
|Page||My 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.
|KING RICHARD III||What is his name?|
|Page||His name, my lord, is Tyrrel.|
|KING RICHARD III||I partly know the man: go, call him hither.|
|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?
|How now! what news with you?|
|STANLEY||My lord, I hear the Marquis Dorset's fled
To Richmond, in those parts beyond the sea
Where he abides.
|KING RICHARD III||Catesby!|
|KING RICHARD III||Rumour 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.
|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?|
|TYRREL||James Tyrrel, and your most obedient subject.|
|KING RICHARD III||Art thou, indeed?|
|TYRREL||Prove me, my gracious sovereign.|
|KING RICHARD III||Darest thou resolve to kill a friend of mine?|
|TYRREL||Ay, my lord;
But I had rather kill two enemies.
|KING RICHARD III||Why, 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.
|TYRREL||Let me have open means to come to them,
And soon I'll rid you from the fear of them.
|KING RICHARD III||Thou sing'st sweet music. Hark, come hither, Tyrrel
Go, by this token: rise, and lend thine ear:
|There is no more but so: say it is done,
And I will love thee, and prefer thee too.
|TYRREL||'Tis done, my gracious lord.|
|KING RICHARD III||Shall we hear from thee, Tyrrel, ere we sleep?|
|TYRREL||Ye shall, my Lord.|
|BUCKINGHAM||My Lord, I have consider'd in my mind
The late demand that you did sound me in.
|KING RICHARD III||Well, let that pass. Dorset is fled to Richmond.|
|BUCKINGHAM||I hear that news, my lord.|
|KING RICHARD III||Stanley, he is your wife's son well, look to it.|
|BUCKINGHAM||My 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.
|KING RICHARD III||Stanley, look to your wife; if she convey
Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it.
|BUCKINGHAM||What says your highness to my just demand?|
|KING RICHARD III||As I remember, Henry the Sixth
Did prophesy that Richmond should be king,
When Richmond was a little peevish boy.
A king, perhaps, perhaps,--
|KING RICHARD III||How chance the prophet could not at that time
Have told me, I being by, that I should kill him?
|BUCKINGHAM||My lord, your promise for the earldom,--|
|KING RICHARD III||Richmond! 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.
|KING RICHARD III||Ay, what's o'clock?|
|BUCKINGHAM||I am thus bold to put your grace in mind
Of what you promised me.
|KING RICHARD III||Well, but what's o'clock?|
|BUCKINGHAM||Upon the stroke of ten.|
|KING RICHARD III||Well, let it strike.|
|BUCKINGHAM||Why let it strike?|
|KING RICHARD III||Because that, like a Jack, thou keep'st the stroke
Betwixt thy begging and my meditation.
I am not in the giving vein to-day.
|BUCKINGHAM||Why, then resolve me whether you will or no.|
|KING RICHARD III||Tut, tut,
Thou troublest me; am not in the vein.
|[Exeunt all but BUCKINGHAM]|
|BUCKINGHAM||Is 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!
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 3 Pomfret Castle./ Act III, Scene 4 The Tower of London|
|Act I, Scene 1 London. A street.||Act III, Scene 5 The Tower-walls.|
|Act I, Scene 2 The same. Another street.||Act III, Scene 6 The same./ Act III, Scene 7 Baynard's Castle.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 1 Before the Tower.|
|Act I, Scene 4 London. The Tower.||Act IV, Scene 2 London. The palace.|
|Act II, Scene 1 London. The palace.||Act IV, Scene 3 The same.|
|Act II, Scene 2 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 4 Before the palace./ Act IV, Scene 5 Lord Derby's house.|
|Act II, Scene 3 London. A street.||Act V, Scene 1 Salisbury. An open place./Act V, Scene 2 The camp near Tamworth.|
|Act II, Scene 4 London. The palace.||Act V, Scene 3 Bosworth Field.|
|Act III, Scene 1 London. A street.||Act V, Scene 4 Another part of the field./Act V, Scene 5 Another part of the field|
|Act III, Scene 2 Before Lord Hastings' house.|
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