Richard III

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Enter a Messenger to the Doore of Hastings.Enter a Messenger to the door of Hastings R3 III.ii.1
My Lord, my Lord.My lord! My lord! R3 III.ii.1
Who knockes? (within) Who knocks? R3 III.ii.2
One from the Lord Stanley.One from the Lord Stanley. R3 III.ii.3
Enter Lord Hastings.Enter Lord Hastings R3 III.ii.4
What is't a Clocke?What is't a clock? R3 III.ii.4
Vpon the stroke of foure.Upon the stroke of four. R3 III.ii.5
Cannot my Lord Stanley sleepe these tedious /Nights?Cannot my Lord Stanley sleep these tedious nights? R3 III.ii.6
So it appeares, by that I haue to say:So it appears by that I have to say: R3 III.ii.7
First, he commends him to your Noble selfe.First, he commends him to your noble self.commend (v.)
convey greetings, present kind regards
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What then?And then? R3 III.ii.9
Then certifies your Lordship, that this NightThen certifies your lordship that this nightcertify (v.)
inform, assure, demonstrate to
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He dreamt, the Bore had rased off his Helme:He dreamt the boar had razed off his helm.raze, raze off (v.)

old form: rased
take off, pluck off
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helm (n.)

old form: Helme
Besides, he sayes there are two Councels kept;Besides, he says there are two councils kept; R3 III.ii.12
And that may be determin'd at the one,And that may be determined at the onedetermine (v.)

old form: determin'd
resolve, decide, settle [on]
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Which may make you and him to rue at th'other.Which may make you and him to rue at th' other. R3 III.ii.14
Therefore he sends to know your Lordships pleasure,Therefore he sends to know your lordship's pleasure, R3 III.ii.15
If you will presently take Horse with him,If you will presently take horse with himpresently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
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And with all speed post with him toward the North,And with all speed post with him toward the northpost (v.)
hasten, speed, ride fast
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To shun the danger that his Soule diuines.To shun the danger that his soul divines. R3 III.ii.18
Goe fellow, goe, returne vnto thy Lord,Go, fellow, go, return unto thy lord; R3 III.ii.19
Bid him not feare the seperated Councell:Bid him not fear the separated council. R3 III.ii.20
His Honor and my selfe are at the one,His honour and myself are at the one, R3 III.ii.21
And at the other, is my good friend Catesby;And at the other is my good friend Catesby; R3 III.ii.22
Where nothing can proceede, that toucheth vs,Where nothing can proceed that toucheth us R3 III.ii.23
Whereof I shall not haue intelligence:Whereof I shall not have intelligence.intelligence (n.)
information, news, communication
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Tell him his Feares are shallow, without instance.Tell him his fears are shallow, without instance;instance (n.)
reason, motive, cause
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And for his Dreames, I wonder hee's so simple,And for his dreams, I wonder he's so simple R3 III.ii.26
To trust the mock'ry of vnquiet slumbers.To trust the mockery of unquiet slumbers. R3 III.ii.27
To flye the Bore, before the Bore pursues,To fly the boar before the boar pursues R3 III.ii.28
Were to incense the Bore to follow vs,Were to incense the boar to follow us, R3 III.ii.29
And make pursuit, where he did meane no chase.And make pursuit where he did mean no chase. R3 III.ii.30
Goe, bid thy Master rise, and come to me,Go, bid thy master rise and come to me, R3 III.ii.31
And we will both together to the Tower,And we will both together to the Tower, R3 III.ii.32
Where he shall see the Bore will vse vs kindly.Where he shall see the boar will use us kindly. R3 III.ii.33
Ile goe, my Lord, and tell him what you say.I'll go, my lord, and tell him what you say. R3 III.ii.34
Exit. Exit R3 III.ii.34
Enter Catesby.Enter Catesby R3 III.ii.35
Many good morrowes to my Noble Lord.Many good morrows to my noble lord! R3 III.ii.35
Good morrow Catesby, you are early stirring:Good morrow, Catesby; you are early stirring.morrow (n.)
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What newes, what newes, in this our tott'ring State?What news, what news, in this our tottering state? R3 III.ii.37
It is a reeling World indeed, my Lord:It is a reeling world indeed, my lord, R3 III.ii.38
And I beleeue will neuer stand vpright,And I believe will never stand upright R3 III.ii.39
Till Richard weare the Garland of the Realme.Till Richard wear the garland of the realm.garland (n.)
wreath of victory
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How weare the Garland? / Doest thou meane the Crowne?How! Wear the garland! Dost thou mean the crown? R3 III.ii.41
I, my good Lord.Ay, my good lord. R3 III.ii.42
Ile haue this Crown of mine cut frõ my shoulders,I'll have this crown of mine cut from my shoulderscrown (n.)
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Before Ile see the Crowne so foule mis-plac'd:Before I'll see the crown so foul misplaced. R3 III.ii.44
But canst thou guesse, that he doth ayme at it?But canst thou guess that he doth aim at it? R3 III.ii.45
I, on my life, and hopes to find you forward,Ay, on my life, and hopes to find you forwardforward (adj.)
ready, eager, inclined
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Vpon his partie, for the gaine thereof:Upon his party for the gain thereof; R3 III.ii.47
And thereupon he sends you this good newes,And thereupon he sends you this good news, R3 III.ii.48
That this same very day your enemies,That this same very day your enemies, R3 III.ii.49
The Kindred of the Queene, must dye at Pomfret.The kindred of the Queen, must die at Pomfret.Pomfret (n.)
Pontefract, West Yorkshire; site of a castle in which Richard II was imprisoned; later, a Lancastrian stronghold
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Indeed I am no mourner for that newes,Indeed I am no mourner for that news, R3 III.ii.51
Because they haue beene still my aduersaries:Because they have been still my adversaries;still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
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But, that Ile giue my voice on Richards side,But that I'll give my voice on Richard's sidevoice (n.)
vote, official support
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To barre my Masters Heires in true Descent,To bar my master's heirs in true descent –  R3 III.ii.54
God knowes I will not doe it, to the death.God knows I will not do it, to the death! R3 III.ii.55
God keepe your Lordship in that gracious minde.God keep your lordship in that gracious mind! R3 III.ii.56
But I shall laugh at this a twelue-month hence,But I shall laugh at this a twelvemonth hence, R3 III.ii.57
That they which brought me in my Masters hate,That they which brought me in my master's hate, R3 III.ii.58
I liue to looke vpon their Tragedie.I live to look upon their tragedy. R3 III.ii.59
Well Catesby, ere a fort-night make me older,Well, Catesby, ere a fortnight make me older, R3 III.ii.60
Ile send some packing, that yet thinke not on't.I'll send some packing that yet think not on't. R3 III.ii.61
'Tis a vile thing to dye, my gracious Lord,'Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord, R3 III.ii.62
When men are vnprepar'd, and looke not for it.When men are unprepared and look not for it. R3 III.ii.63
O monstrous, monstrous! and so falls it outO monstrous, monstrous! And so falls it out R3 III.ii.64
With Riuers, Vaughan, Grey: and so 'twill doeWith Rivers, Vaughan, Grey; and so 'twill do R3 III.ii.65
With some men else, that thinke themselues as safeWith some men else, that think themselves as safe R3 III.ii.66
As thou and I, who (as thou know'st) are deareAs thou and I, who, as thou know'st are dear R3 III.ii.67
To Princely Richard, and to Buckingham.To princely Richard and to Buckingham. R3 III.ii.68
The Princes both make high account of you,The princes both make high account of you –  R3 III.ii.69
For they account his Head vpon the Bridge.(Aside) For they account his head upon the Bridge.Bridge, the
London Bridge, over the River Thames
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I know they doe, and I haue well deseru'd it.I know they do, and I have well deserved it. R3 III.ii.71
Enter Lord Stanley.Enter Earl of Derby R3 III.ii.72
Come on, come on, where is your Bore-speare man?Come on, come on! Where is your boar-spear, man? R3 III.ii.72
Feare you the Bore, and goe so vnprouided?Fear you the boar, and go so unprovided?unprovided (adj.)

old form: vnprouided
unprepared, unprotected, undefended
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Stan. DERBY 
My Lord good morrow, good morrow Catesby:My lord, good morrow. Good morrow, Catesby.morrow (n.)
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You may ieast on, but by the holy Rood,You may jest on, but, by the Holy Rood,rood (n.)
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I doe not like these seuerall Councels, I.I do not like these several councils, I.several (adj.)

old form: seuerall
separate, different, distinct
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My Lord, I hold my Life as deare as yours,My lord, I hold my life as dear as you do yours, R3 III.ii.77
And neuer in my dayes, I doe protest,And never in my days, I do protest, R3 III.ii.78
Was it so precious to me, as 'tis now:Was it so precious to me as 'tis now. R3 III.ii.79
Thinke you, but that I know our state secure,Think you, but that I know our state secure, R3 III.ii.80
I would be so triumphant as I am?I would be so triumphant as I am? R3 III.ii.81
The Lords at Pomfret, whẽ they rode from London,The lords at Pomfret, when they rode from London, R3 III.ii.82
Were iocund, and suppos'd their states were sure,Were jocund and supposed their states were sure,jocund (adj.)

old form: iocund
merry, joyful, cheerful
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And they indeed had no cause to mistrust:And they indeed had no cause to mistrust; R3 III.ii.84
But yet you see, how soone the Day o're-cast.But yet you see how soon the day o'ercast. R3 III.ii.85
This sudden stab of Rancour I misdoubt:This sudden stab of rancour I misdoubt.misdoubt (v.)
distrust, suspect, have misgivings about
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rancour (n.)
bitterness, hatred, malice
Pray God (I say) I proue a needlesse Coward.Pray God, I say, I prove a needless coward! R3 III.ii.87
What, shall we toward the Tower? the day is spent.What, shall we toward the Tower? The day is spent.spend (v.)
be wasted, go by, pass by
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Come, come, haue with you: / Wot you what, my Lord,Come, come, have with you. Wot you what, my lord?wot (v.)
learn, know, be told
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To day the Lords you talke of, are beheaded.Today the lords you talk of are beheaded. R3 III.ii.90
They, for their truth, might better wear their Heads,They, for their truth, might better wear their heads R3 III.ii.91
Then some that haue accus'd them, weare their Hats.Than some that have accused them wear their hats. R3 III.ii.92
But come, my Lord, let's away.But come, my lord, let us away. R3 III.ii.93
Enter a Pursuiuant.Enter a Pursuivant also named Hastingspursuivant (n.)

old form: Pursuiuant
royal messenger, state messenger [with power to execute warrants]
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Goe on before, Ile talke with this good fellow.Go on before. I'll talk with this good fellow. R3 III.ii.94
Exit Lord Stanley, and Catesby. Exeunt Earl of Derby and Catesby R3 III.ii.94
How now, Sirrha? how goes the World with thee?How now, Hastings! How goes the world with thee? R3 III.ii.95
The better, that your Lordship please to aske.The better that your lordship please to ask. R3 III.ii.96
I tell thee man, 'tis better with me now,I tell thee, man, 'tis better with me now R3 III.ii.97
Then when thou met'st me last, where now we meet:Than when I met thee last where now we meet. R3 III.ii.98
Then was I going Prisoner to the Tower,Then was I going prisoner to the Tower R3 III.ii.99
By the suggestion of the Queenes Allyes.By the suggestion of the Queen's allies;suggestion (n.)
temptation, instigation, prompting towards evil
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But now I tell thee (keepe it to thy selfe)But now I tell thee – keep it to thyself –  R3 III.ii.101
This day those Enemies are put to death,This day those enemies are put to death, R3 III.ii.102
And I in better state then ere I was.And I in better state than e'er I was. R3 III.ii.103
God hold it, to your Honors good content.God hold it, to your honour's good content!hold (v.)
keep, maintain, observe
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content (n.)
contentment, peace of mind
Gramercie fellow: there, drinke that for me.Gramercy, Hastings. There, drink that for me.gramercy, gramercies (int.)
great thanks
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Throwes him his Purse. Throws him his purse R3 III.ii.106
I thanke your Honor. I thank your honour. R3 III.ii.106
Exit Pursuiuant.Exit Pursuivant R3 III.ii.106
Enter a Priest.Enter a Priest R3 III.ii.107
Priest. PRIEST 
Well met, my Lord, I am glad to see your Honor. Well met, my lord. I am glad to see your honour. R3 III.ii.107
I thanke thee, good Sir Iohn, with all my heart.I thank thee, good Sir John, with all my heart. R3 III.ii.108
I am in your debt, for your last Exercise:I am in your debt for your last exercise;exercise (n.)
sermon, homily, religious discourse
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Come the next Sabboth, and I will content you.Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you.content (v.)
reward, compensate, recompense
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He whispers in his ear R3 III.ii.111
Priest. PRIEST 
Ile wait vpon your Lordship.I'll wait upon your lordship. R3 III.ii.111
Enter Buckingham.Enter Buckingham R3 III.ii.112
What, talking with a Priest, Lord Chamberlaine?What, talking with a priest, Lord Chamberlain? R3 III.ii.112
Your friends at Pomfret, they doe need the Priest,Your friends at Pomfret, they do need the priest; R3 III.ii.113
Your Honor hath no shriuing worke in hand.Your honour hath no shriving work in hand.shriving (adj.)

old form: shriuing
for confession and absolution
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Good faith, and when I met this holy man,Good faith, and when I met this holy man, R3 III.ii.115
The men you talke of, came into my minde.The men you talk of came into my mind. R3 III.ii.116
What, goe you toward the Tower?What, go you toward the Tower? R3 III.ii.117
I doe, my Lord, but long I cannot stay there:I do, my lord, but long I shall not stay there. R3 III.ii.118
I shall returne before your Lordship, thence.I shall return before your lordship thence. R3 III.ii.119
Nay like enough, for I stay Dinner there.Nay, like enough, for I stay dinner (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
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(aside) R3 III.ii.121
And Supper too, although thou know'st it not.And supper too, although thou know'st it not. R3 III.ii.121
Come, will you goe? – Come, will you go? R3 III.ii.122.1
Ile wait vpon your Lordship.I'll wait upon your lordship. R3 III.ii.122.2
Exeunt.Exeunt R3 III.ii.122
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