Richard III

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Enter Derby, and Sir Christopher.Enter Earl of Derby, and Sir Christopher Urswick, R3 IV.v.1.1
a Priest R3 IV.v.1.2
Sir Christopher, tell Richmond this from me,Sir Christopher, tell Richmond this from me: R3 IV.v.1
That in the stye of the most deadly Bore,That in the sty of the most deadly boar R3 IV.v.2
My Sonne George Stanley is frankt vp in hold:My son George Stanley is franked up in hold;hold (n.)
guard, custody, confinement
R3 IV.v.3
frank up (v.)

old form: frankt vp
shut up in a sty, put in an enclosure
If I reuolt, off goes yong Georges head,If I revolt, off goes young George's head; R3 IV.v.4
The feare of that, holds off my present ayde.The fear of that holds off my present aid. R3 IV.v.5
So get thee gone: commend me to thy Lord.So, get thee gone; commend me to thy lord.commend (v.)
convey greetings, present kind regards
R3 IV.v.6
Withall say, that the Queene hath heartily consentedWithal say that the Queen hath heartily consentedwithal (adv.)

old form: Withall
in addition, moreover, as well
R3 IV.v.7
He should espouse Elizabeth hir daughter.He should espouse Elizabeth her daughter. R3 IV.v.8
But tell me, where is Princely Richmond now?But, tell me, where is princely Richmond now? R3 IV.v.9
At Penbroke, or at Hertford West in Wales.At Pembroke, or at Ha'rfordwest in Wales.Ha'rfordwest (n.)
Haverfordwest; town in Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
R3 IV.v.10
What men of Name resort to him.What men of name resort to him? R3 IV.v.11
Sir Walter Herbert, a renowned Souldier,Sir Walter Herbert, a renowned soldier, R3 IV.v.12
Sir Gilbert Talbot, Sir William Stanley,Sir Gilbert Talbot, Sir William Stanley, R3 IV.v.13
Oxford, redoubted Pembroke, Sir Iames Blunt,Oxford, redoubted Pembroke, Sir James Blunt, R3 IV.v.14
And Rice ap Thomas, with a valiant Crew,And Rice ap Thomas, with a valiant crew,crew (n.)
band, company, body of men
R3 IV.v.15
And many other of great name and worth:And many other of great name and worth; R3 IV.v.16
And towards London do they bend their power,And towards London do they bend their power,power (n.)
armed force, troops, host, army
R3 IV.v.17
bend (v.)
aim, direct, level, turn
If by the way they be not fought withall.If by the way they be not fought withal. R3 IV.v.18
Well hye thee to thy Lord: I kisse his hand,Well, hie thee to thy lord. I kiss his hand;hie (v.)

old form: hye
hasten, hurry, speed
R3 IV.v.19
My Letter will resolue him of my minde.My letters will resolve him of my mind.resolve (v.)

old form: resolue
inform, tell
R3 IV.v.20
Gives letter R3 IV.v.21
Farewell. Farewell. R3 IV.v.21
ExeuntExeunt R3 IV.v.21
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