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◈ History of Richard III (리처드 3세) ◈

◇ Act I ◇

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 1. Act I, Scene 1
 2. Act I, Scene 2
 3. Act I, Scene 3
 4. Act I, Scene 4

1. Act I, Scene 1

0 London. A street.
 
1 [Enter GLOUCESTER, solus]
 
2 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
3       Now is the winter of our discontent
4       Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
5       And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
6       In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
7       Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths;
8       Our bruised arms hung up for monuments;
9       Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings,
10       Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.
11       Grim-visaged war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front;
12       And now, instead of mounting barded steeds
13       To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
14       He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber
15       To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
16       But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
17       Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
18       I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty
19       To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
20       I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion,
21       Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
22       Deformed, unfinish'd, sent before my time
23       Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
24       And that so lamely and unfashionable
25       That dogs bark at me as I halt by them;
26       Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
27       Have no delight to pass away the time,
28       Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
29       And descant on mine own deformity:
30       And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
31       To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
32       I am determined to prove a villain
33       And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
34       Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,
35       By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams,
36       To set my brother Clarence and the king
37       In deadly hate the one against the other:
38       And if King Edward be as true and just
39       As I am subtle, false and treacherous,
40       This day should Clarence closely be mew'd up,
41       About a prophecy, which says that 'G'
42       Of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be.
43       Dive, thoughts, down to my soul: here
44       Clarence comes.
45       [Enter CLARENCE, guarded, and BRAKENBURY]
46       Brother, good day; what means this armed guard
47       That waits upon your grace?
48 George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence).
49       His majesty
50       Tendering my person's safety, hath appointed
51       This conduct to convey me to the Tower.
52 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
53       Upon what cause?
54 George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence).
55       Because my name is George.
56 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
57       Alack, my lord, that fault is none of yours;
58       He should, for that, commit your godfathers:
59       O, belike his majesty hath some intent
60       That you shall be new-christen'd in the Tower.
61       But what's the matter, Clarence? may I know?
62 George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence).
63       Yea, Richard, when I know; for I protest
64       As yet I do not: but, as I can learn,
65       He hearkens after prophecies and dreams;
66       And from the cross-row plucks the letter G.
67       And says a wizard told him that by G
68       His issue disinherited should be;
69       And, for my name of George begins with G,
70       It follows in his thought that I am he.
71       These, as I learn, and such like toys as these
72       Have moved his highness to commit me now.
73 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
74       Why, this it is, when men are ruled by women:
75       'Tis not the king that sends you to the Tower:
76       My Lady Grey his wife, Clarence, 'tis she
77       That tempers him to this extremity.
78       Was it not she and that good man of worship,
79       Anthony Woodville, her brother there,
80       That made him send Lord Hastings to the Tower,
81       From whence this present day he is deliver'd?
82       We are not safe, Clarence; we are not safe.
83 George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence).
84       By heaven, I think there's no man is secure
85       But the queen's kindred and night-walking heralds
86       That trudge betwixt the king and Mistress Shore.
87       Heard ye not what an humble suppliant
88       Lord hastings was to her for his delivery?
89 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
90       Humbly complaining to her deity
91       Got my lord chamberlain his liberty.
92       I'll tell you what; I think it is our way,
93       If we will keep in favour with the king,
94       To be her men and wear her livery:
95       The jealous o'erworn widow and herself,
96       Since that our brother dubb'd them gentlewomen.
97       Are mighty gossips in this monarchy.
98 Sir Robert Brakenbury.
99       I beseech your graces both to pardon me;
100       His majesty hath straitly given in charge
101       That no man shall have private conference,
102       Of what degree soever, with his brother.
103 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
104       Even so; an't please your worship, Brakenbury,
105       You may partake of any thing we say:
106       We speak no treason, man: we say the king
107       Is wise and virtuous, and his noble queen
108       Well struck in years, fair, and not jealous;
109       We say that Shore's wife hath a pretty foot,
110       A cherry lip, a bonny eye, a passing pleasing tongue;
111       And that the queen's kindred are made gentle-folks:
112       How say you sir? Can you deny all this?
113 Sir Robert Brakenbury.
114       With this, my lord, myself have nought to do.
115 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
116       Naught to do with mistress Shore! I tell thee, fellow,
117       He that doth naught with her, excepting one,
118       Were best he do it secretly, alone.
119 Sir Robert Brakenbury.
120       What one, my lord?
121 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
122       Her husband, knave: wouldst thou betray me?
123 Sir Robert Brakenbury.
124       I beseech your grace to pardon me, and withal
125       Forbear your conference with the noble duke.
126 George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence).
127       We know thy charge, Brakenbury, and will obey.
128 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
129       We are the queen's abjects, and must obey.
130       Brother, farewell: I will unto the king;
131       And whatsoever you will employ me in,
132       Were it to call King Edward's widow sister,
133       I will perform it to enfranchise you.
134       Meantime, this deep disgrace in brotherhood
135       Touches me deeper than you can imagine.
136 George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence).
137       I know it pleaseth neither of us well.
138 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
139       Well, your imprisonment shall not be long;
140       Meantime, have patience.
141 George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence).
142       I must perforce. Farewell.
 
143 [Exeunt CLARENCE, BRAKENBURY, and Guard]
 
144 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
145       Go, tread the path that thou shalt ne'er return.
146       Simple, plain Clarence! I do love thee so,
147       That I will shortly send thy soul to heaven,
148       If heaven will take the present at our hands.
149       But who comes here? the new-deliver'd Hastings?
 
150 [Enter HASTINGS]
 
151 Lord Hastings.
152       Good time of day unto my gracious lord!
153 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
154       As much unto my good lord chamberlain!
155       Well are you welcome to the open air.
156       How hath your lordship brook'd imprisonment?
157 Lord Hastings.
158       With patience, noble lord, as prisoners must:
159       But I shall live, my lord, to give them thanks
160       That were the cause of my imprisonment.
161 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
162       No doubt, no doubt; and so shall Clarence too;
163       For they that were your enemies are his,
164       And have prevail'd as much on him as you.
165 Lord Hastings.
166       More pity that the eagle should be mew'd,
167       While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
168 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
169       What news abroad?
170 Lord Hastings.
171       No news so bad abroad as this at home;
172       The King is sickly, weak and melancholy,
173       And his physicians fear him mightily.
174 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
175       Now, by Saint Paul, this news is bad indeed.
176       O, he hath kept an evil diet long,
177       And overmuch consumed his royal person:
178       'Tis very grievous to be thought upon.
179       What, is he in his bed?
180 Lord Hastings.
181       He is.
182 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
183       Go you before, and I will follow you.
184       [Exit HASTINGS]
185       He cannot live, I hope; and must not die
186       Till George be pack'd with post-horse up to heaven.
187       I'll in, to urge his hatred more to Clarence,
188       With lies well steel'd with weighty arguments;
189       And, if I fall not in my deep intent,
190       Clarence hath not another day to live:
191       Which done, God take King Edward to his mercy,
192       And leave the world for me to bustle in!
193       For then I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter.
194       What though I kill'd her husband and her father?
195       The readiest way to make the wench amends
196       Is to become her husband and her father:
197       The which will I; not all so much for love
198       As for another secret close intent,
199       By marrying her which I must reach unto.
200       But yet I run before my horse to market:
201       Clarence still breathes; Edward still lives and reigns:
202       When they are gone, then must I count my gains.
 
203 [Exit]
 

2. Act I, Scene 2

0 The same. Another street.
 
1 [Enter the corpse of KING HENRY the Sixth, Gentlemen] with halberds to guard it; LADY ANNE being the mourner]
 
2 Lady Anne.
3       Set down, set down your honourable load,
4       If honour may be shrouded in a hearse,
5       Whilst I awhile obsequiously lament
6       The untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster.
7       Poor key-cold figure of a holy king!
8       Pale ashes of the house of Lancaster!
9       Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood!
10       Be it lawful that I invocate thy ghost,
11       To hear the lamentations of Poor Anne,
12       Wife to thy Edward, to thy slaughter'd son,
13       Stabb'd by the selfsame hand that made these wounds!
14       Lo, in these windows that let forth thy life,
15       I pour the helpless balm of my poor eyes.
16       Cursed be the hand that made these fatal holes!
17       Cursed be the heart that had the heart to do it!
18       Cursed the blood that let this blood from hence!
19       More direful hap betide that hated wretch,
20       That makes us wretched by the death of thee,
21       Than I can wish to adders, spiders, toads,
22       Or any creeping venom'd thing that lives!
23       If ever he have child, abortive be it,
24       Prodigious, and untimely brought to light,
25       Whose ugly and unnatural aspect
26       May fright the hopeful mother at the view;
27       And that be heir to his unhappiness!
28       If ever he have wife, let her he made
29       A miserable by the death of him
30       As I am made by my poor lord and thee!
31       Come, now towards Chertsey with your holy load,
32       Taken from Paul's to be interred there;
33       And still, as you are weary of the weight,
34       Rest you, whiles I lament King Henry's corse.
 
35 [Enter GLOUCESTER]
 
36 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
37       Stay, you that bear the corse, and set it down.
38 Lady Anne.
39       What black magician conjures up this fiend,
40       To stop devoted charitable deeds?
41 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
42       Villains, set down the corse; or, by Saint Paul,
43       I'll make a corse of him that disobeys.
44 Gentleman.
45       My lord, stand back, and let the coffin pass.
46 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
47       Unmanner'd dog! stand thou, when I command:
48       Advance thy halbert higher than my breast,
49       Or, by Saint Paul, I'll strike thee to my foot,
50       And spurn upon thee, beggar, for thy boldness.
51 Lady Anne.
52       What, do you tremble? are you all afraid?
53       Alas, I blame you not; for you are mortal,
54       And mortal eyes cannot endure the devil.
55       Avaunt, thou dreadful minister of hell!
56       Thou hadst but power over his mortal body,
57       His soul thou canst not have; therefore be gone.
58 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
59       Sweet saint, for charity, be not so curst.
60 Lady Anne.
61       Foul devil, for God's sake, hence, and trouble us not;
62       For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell,
63       Fill'd it with cursing cries and deep exclaims.
64       If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,
65       Behold this pattern of thy butcheries.
66       O, gentlemen, see, see! dead Henry's wounds
67       Open their congeal'd mouths and bleed afresh!
68       Blush, Blush, thou lump of foul deformity;
69       For 'tis thy presence that exhales this blood
70       From cold and empty veins, where no blood dwells;
71       Thy deed, inhuman and unnatural,
72       Provokes this deluge most unnatural.
73       O God, which this blood madest, revenge his death!
74       O earth, which this blood drink'st revenge his death!
75       Either heaven with lightning strike the
76       murderer dead,
77       Or earth, gape open wide and eat him quick,
78       As thou dost swallow up this good king's blood
79       Which his hell-govern'd arm hath butchered!
80 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
81       Lady, you know no rules of charity,
82       Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses.
83 Lady Anne.
84       Villain, thou know'st no law of God nor man:
85       No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity.
86 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
87       But I know none, and therefore am no beast.
88 Lady Anne.
89       O wonderful, when devils tell the truth!
90 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
91       More wonderful, when angels are so angry.
92       Vouchsafe, divine perfection of a woman,
93       Of these supposed-evils, to give me leave,
94       By circumstance, but to acquit myself.
95 Lady Anne.
96       Vouchsafe, defused infection of a man,
97       For these known evils, but to give me leave,
98       By circumstance, to curse thy cursed self.
99 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
100       Fairer than tongue can name thee, let me have
101       Some patient leisure to excuse myself.
102 Lady Anne.
103       Fouler than heart can think thee, thou canst make
104       No excuse current, but to hang thyself.
105 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
106       By such despair, I should accuse myself.
107 Lady Anne.
108       And, by despairing, shouldst thou stand excused;
109       For doing worthy vengeance on thyself,
110       Which didst unworthy slaughter upon others.
111 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
112       Say that I slew them not?
113 Lady Anne.
114       Why, then they are not dead:
115       But dead they are, and devilish slave, by thee.
116 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
117       I did not kill your husband.
118 Lady Anne.
119       Why, then he is alive.
120 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
121       Nay, he is dead; and slain by Edward's hand.
122 Lady Anne.
123       In thy foul throat thou liest: Queen Margaret saw
124       Thy murderous falchion smoking in his blood;
125       The which thou once didst bend against her breast,
126       But that thy brothers beat aside the point.
127 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
128       I was provoked by her slanderous tongue,
129       which laid their guilt upon my guiltless shoulders.
130 Lady Anne.
131       Thou wast provoked by thy bloody mind.
132       Which never dreamt on aught but butcheries:
133       Didst thou not kill this king?
134 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
135       I grant ye.
136 Lady Anne.
137       Dost grant me, hedgehog? then, God grant me too
138       Thou mayst be damned for that wicked deed!
139       O, he was gentle, mild, and virtuous!
140 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
141       The fitter for the King of heaven, that hath him.
142 Lady Anne.
143       He is in heaven, where thou shalt never come.
144 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
145       Let him thank me, that holp to send him thither;
146       For he was fitter for that place than earth.
147 Lady Anne.
148       And thou unfit for any place but hell.
149 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
150       Yes, one place else, if you will hear me name it.
151 Lady Anne.
152       Some dungeon.
153 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
154       Your bed-chamber.
155 Lady Anne.
156       I'll rest betide the chamber where thou liest!
157 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
158       So will it, madam till I lie with you.
159 Lady Anne.
160       I hope so.
161 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
162       I know so. But, gentle Lady Anne,
163       To leave this keen encounter of our wits,
164       And fall somewhat into a slower method,
165       Is not the causer of the timeless deaths
166       Of these Plantagenets, Henry and Edward,
167       As blameful as the executioner?
168 Lady Anne.
169       Thou art the cause, and most accursed effect.
170 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
171       Your beauty was the cause of that effect;
172       Your beauty: which did haunt me in my sleep
173       To undertake the death of all the world,
174       So I might live one hour in your sweet bosom.
175 Lady Anne.
176       If I thought that, I tell thee, homicide,
177       These nails should rend that beauty from my cheeks.
178 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
179       These eyes could never endure sweet beauty's wreck;
180       You should not blemish it, if I stood by:
181       As all the world is cheered by the sun,
182       So I by that; it is my day, my life.
183 Lady Anne.
184       Black night o'ershade thy day, and death thy life!
185 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
186       Curse not thyself, fair creature thou art both.
187 Lady Anne.
188       I would I were, to be revenged on thee.
189 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
190       It is a quarrel most unnatural,
191       To be revenged on him that loveth you.
192 Lady Anne.
193       It is a quarrel just and reasonable,
194       To be revenged on him that slew my husband.
195 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
196       He that bereft thee, lady, of thy husband,
197       Did it to help thee to a better husband.
198 Lady Anne.
199       His better doth not breathe upon the earth.
200 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
201       He lives that loves thee better than he could.
202 Lady Anne.
203       Name him.
204 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
205       Plantagenet.
206 Lady Anne.
207       Why, that was he.
208 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
209       The selfsame name, but one of better nature.
210 Lady Anne.
211       Where is he?
212 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
213       Here.
214       [She spitteth at him]
215       Why dost thou spit at me?
216 Lady Anne.
217       Would it were mortal poison, for thy sake!
218 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
219       Never came poison from so sweet a place.
220 Lady Anne.
221       Never hung poison on a fouler toad.
222       Out of my sight! thou dost infect my eyes.
223 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
224       Thine eyes, sweet lady, have infected mine.
225 Lady Anne.
226       Would they were basilisks, to strike thee dead!
227 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
228       I would they were, that I might die at once;
229       For now they kill me with a living death.
230       Those eyes of thine from mine have drawn salt tears,
231       Shamed their aspect with store of childish drops:
232       These eyes that never shed remorseful tear,
233       No, when my father York and Edward wept,
234       To hear the piteous moan that Rutland made
235       When black-faced Clifford shook his sword at him;
236       Nor when thy warlike father, like a child,
237       Told the sad story of my father's death,
238       And twenty times made pause to sob and weep,
239       That all the standers-by had wet their cheeks
240       Like trees bedash'd with rain: in that sad time
241       My manly eyes did scorn an humble tear;
242       And what these sorrows could not thence exhale,
243       Thy beauty hath, and made them blind with weeping.
244       I never sued to friend nor enemy;
245       My tongue could never learn sweet smoothing word;
246       But now thy beauty is proposed my fee,
247       My proud heart sues, and prompts my tongue to speak.
248       [She looks scornfully at him]
249       Teach not thy lips such scorn, for they were made
250       For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
251       If thy revengeful heart cannot forgive,
252       Lo, here I lend thee this sharp-pointed sword;
253       Which if thou please to hide in this true bosom.
254       And let the soul forth that adoreth thee,
255       I lay it naked to the deadly stroke,
256       And humbly beg the death upon my knee.
257       [He lays his breast open: she offers at it with his sword]
258       Nay, do not pause; for I did kill King Henry,
259       But 'twas thy beauty that provoked me.
260       Nay, now dispatch; 'twas I that stabb'd young Edward,
261       But 'twas thy heavenly face that set me on.
262       [Here she lets fall the sword]
263       Take up the sword again, or take up me.
264 Lady Anne.
265       Arise, dissembler: though I wish thy death,
266       I will not be the executioner.
267 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
268       Then bid me kill myself, and I will do it.
269 Lady Anne.
270       I have already.
271 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
272       Tush, that was in thy rage:
273       Speak it again, and, even with the word,
274       That hand, which, for thy love, did kill thy love,
275       Shall, for thy love, kill a far truer love;
276       To both their deaths thou shalt be accessary.
277 Lady Anne.
278       I would I knew thy heart.
279 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
280       'Tis figured in my tongue.
281 Lady Anne.
282       I fear me both are false.
283 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
284       Then never man was true.
285 Lady Anne.
286       Well, well, put up your sword.
287 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
288       Say, then, my peace is made.
289 Lady Anne.
290       That shall you know hereafter.
291 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
292       But shall I live in hope?
293 Lady Anne.
294       All men, I hope, live so.
295 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
296       Vouchsafe to wear this ring.
297 Lady Anne.
298       To take is not to give.
299 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
300       Look, how this ring encompasseth finger.
301       Even so thy breast encloseth my poor heart;
302       Wear both of them, for both of them are thine.
303       And if thy poor devoted suppliant may
304       But beg one favour at thy gracious hand,
305       Thou dost confirm his happiness for ever.
306 Lady Anne.
307       What is it?
308 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
309       That it would please thee leave these sad designs
310       To him that hath more cause to be a mourner,
311       And presently repair to Crosby Place;
312       Where, after I have solemnly interr'd
313       At Chertsey monastery this noble king,
314       And wet his grave with my repentant tears,
315       I will with all expedient duty see you:
316       For divers unknown reasons. I beseech you,
317       Grant me this boon.
318 Lady Anne.
319       With all my heart; and much it joys me too,
320       To see you are become so penitent.
321       Tressel and Berkeley, go along with me.
322 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
323       Bid me farewell.
324 Lady Anne.
325       'Tis more than you deserve;
326       But since you teach me how to flatter you,
327       Imagine I have said farewell already.
 
328 [Exeunt LADY ANNE, TRESSEL, and BERKELEY]
 
329 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
330       Sirs, take up the corse.
331 Gentlemen.
332       Towards Chertsey, noble lord?
333 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
334       No, to White-Friars; there attend my coining.
335       [Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER]
336       Was ever woman in this humour woo'd?
337       Was ever woman in this humour won?
338       I'll have her; but I will not keep her long.
339       What! I, that kill'd her husband and his father,
340       To take her in her heart's extremest hate,
341       With curses in her mouth, tears in her eyes,
342       The bleeding witness of her hatred by;
343       Having God, her conscience, and these bars
344       against me,
345       And I nothing to back my suit at all,
346       But the plain devil and dissembling looks,
347       And yet to win her, all the world to nothing!
348       Ha!
349       Hath she forgot already that brave prince,
350       Edward, her lord, whom I, some three months since,
351       Stabb'd in my angry mood at Tewksbury?
352       A sweeter and a lovelier gentleman,
353       Framed in the prodigality of nature,
354       Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt, right royal,
355       The spacious world cannot again afford
356       And will she yet debase her eyes on me,
357       That cropp'd the golden prime of this sweet prince,
358       And made her widow to a woful bed?
359       On me, whose all not equals Edward's moiety?
360       On me, that halt and am unshapen thus?
361       My dukedom to a beggarly denier,
362       I do mistake my person all this while:
363       Upon my life, she finds, although I cannot,
364       Myself to be a marvellous proper man.
365       I'll be at charges for a looking-glass,
366       And entertain some score or two of tailors,
367       To study fashions to adorn my body:
368       Since I am crept in favour with myself,
369       Will maintain it with some little cost.
370       But first I'll turn yon fellow in his grave;
371       And then return lamenting to my love.
372       Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass,
373       That I may see my shadow as I pass.
 
374 [Exit]
 

3. Act I, Scene 3

0 The palace.
 
1 [Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH, RIVERS, and GREY]
 
2 Lord (Earl) Rivers.
3       Have patience, madam: there's no doubt his majesty
4       Will soon recover his accustom'd health.
5 Lord Grey.
6       In that you brook it in, it makes him worse:
7       Therefore, for God's sake, entertain good comfort,
8       And cheer his grace with quick and merry words.
9 Queen Elizabeth.
10       If he were dead, what would betide of me?
11 Lord (Earl) Rivers.
12       No other harm but loss of such a lord.
13 Queen Elizabeth.
14       The loss of such a lord includes all harm.
15 Lord Grey.
16       The heavens have bless'd you with a goodly son,
17       To be your comforter when he is gone.
18 Queen Elizabeth.
19       Oh, he is young and his minority
20       Is put unto the trust of Richard Gloucester,
21       A man that loves not me, nor none of you.
22 Lord (Earl) Rivers.
23       Is it concluded that he shall be protector?
24 Queen Elizabeth.
25       It is determined, not concluded yet:
26       But so it must be, if the king miscarry.
 
27 [Enter BUCKINGHAM and DERBY]
 
28 Lord Grey.
29       Here come the lords of Buckingham and Derby.
30 Duke of Buckingham.
31       Good time of day unto your royal grace!
32 Sir William Stanley.
33       God make your majesty joyful as you have been!
34 Queen Elizabeth.
35       The Countess Richmond, good my Lord of Derby.
36       To your good prayers will scarcely say amen.
37       Yet, Derby, notwithstanding she's your wife,
38       And loves not me, be you, good lord, assured
39       I hate not you for her proud arrogance.
40 Sir William Stanley.
41       I do beseech you, either not believe
42       The envious slanders of her false accusers;
43       Or, if she be accused in true report,
44       Bear with her weakness, which, I think proceeds
45       From wayward sickness, and no grounded malice.
46 Lord (Earl) Rivers.
47       Saw you the king to-day, my Lord of Derby?
48 Sir William Stanley.
49       But now the Duke of Buckingham and I
50       Are come from visiting his majesty.
51 Queen Elizabeth.
52       What likelihood of his amendment, lords?
53 Duke of Buckingham.
54       Madam, good hope; his grace speaks cheerfully.
55 Queen Elizabeth.
56       God grant him health! Did you confer with him?
57 Duke of Buckingham.
58       Madam, we did: he desires to make atonement
59       Betwixt the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers,
60       And betwixt them and my lord chamberlain;
61       And sent to warn them to his royal presence.
62 Queen Elizabeth.
63       Would all were well! but that will never be
64       I fear our happiness is at the highest.
 
65 [Enter GLOUCESTER, HASTINGS, and DORSET]
 
66 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
67       They do me wrong, and I will not endure it:
68       Who are they that complain unto the king,
69       That I, forsooth, am stern, and love them not?
70       By holy Paul, they love his grace but lightly
71       That fill his ears with such dissentious rumours.
72       Because I cannot flatter and speak fair,
73       Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog,
74       Duck with French nods and apish courtesy,
75       I must be held a rancorous enemy.
76       Cannot a plain man live and think no harm,
77       But thus his simple truth must be abused
78       By silken, sly, insinuating Jacks?
79 Lord (Earl) Rivers.
80       To whom in all this presence speaks your grace?
81 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
82       To thee, that hast nor honesty nor grace.
83       When have I injured thee? when done thee wrong?
84       Or thee? or thee? or any of your faction?
85       A plague upon you all! His royal person,—
86       Whom God preserve better than you would wish!—
87       Cannot be quiet scarce a breathing-while,
88       But you must trouble him with lewd complaints.
89 Queen Elizabeth.
90       Brother of Gloucester, you mistake the matter.
91       The king, of his own royal disposition,
92       And not provoked by any suitor else;
93       Aiming, belike, at your interior hatred,
94       Which in your outward actions shows itself
95       Against my kindred, brothers, and myself,
96       Makes him to send; that thereby he may gather
97       The ground of your ill-will, and so remove it.
98 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
99       I cannot tell: the world is grown so bad,
100       That wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch:
101       Since every Jack became a gentleman
102       There's many a gentle person made a Jack.
103 Queen Elizabeth.
104       Come, come, we know your meaning, brother
105       Gloucester;
106       You envy my advancement and my friends':
107       God grant we never may have need of you!
108 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
109       Meantime, God grants that we have need of you:
110       Your brother is imprison'd by your means,
111       Myself disgraced, and the nobility
112       Held in contempt; whilst many fair promotions
113       Are daily given to ennoble those
114       That scarce, some two days since, were worth a noble.
115 Queen Elizabeth.
116       By Him that raised me to this careful height
117       From that contented hap which I enjoy'd,
118       I never did incense his majesty
119       Against the Duke of Clarence, but have been
120       An earnest advocate to plead for him.
121       My lord, you do me shameful injury,
122       Falsely to draw me in these vile suspects.
123 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
124       You may deny that you were not the cause
125       Of my Lord Hastings' late imprisonment.
126 Lord (Earl) Rivers.
127       She may, my lord, for
128 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
129       She may, Lord Rivers! why, who knows not so?
130       She may do more, sir, than denying that:
131       She may help you to many fair preferments,
132       And then deny her aiding hand therein,
133       And lay those honours on your high deserts.
134       What may she not? She may, yea, marry, may she
135 Lord (Earl) Rivers.
136       What, marry, may she?
137 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester).
138       What, marry, may she! marry with a king,
139       A bachelor, a handsome stripling too:
140       I wis your grandam had a worser match.
141 Queen Elizabeth.
142       My Lord of Gloucester, I have too long borne
143       Your blunt upbraidings and your bitter scoffs:
144       By heaven, I will acquaint his majesty
145       With those gross taunts I often have endured.
146       I had rather be a country servant-maid
147       Than a great queen, with this condition,
148       To be thus taunted, scorn'd, and baited at:
149       [Enter QUEEN MARGARET, behind]
150       Small joy have I in being England's queen.
151 Queen Margaret.
152       And lessen'd be that small, God, I beseech thee!
153       Thy