Richard III
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Flourish. Enter the King sicke, the Queene, Lord Flourish. Enter King Edward IV, sick, the Queen, Lord R3 II.i.1.1
Marquesse Dorset, Riuers, Hastings, Catesby,Marquess Dorset, Grey, Rivers, Hastings, Catesby, R3 II.i.1.2
Buckingham, Wooduill.Buckingham, and attendants R3 II.i.1.3
King. KING EDWARD 
Why so: now haue I done a good daies work.Why, so; now have I done a good day's work. R3 II.i.1
You Peeres, continue this vnited League:You peers, continue this united league. R3 II.i.2
I, euery day expect an EmbassageI every day expect an embassageembassage, ambassage (n.)message, errand, business, missionR3 II.i.3
From my Redeemer, to redeeme me hence.From my Redeemer to redeem me hence; R3 II.i.4
And more to peace my soule shall part to heauen,And more in peace my soul shall part to heaven, R3 II.i.5
Since I haue made my Friends at peace on earth.Since I have made my friends at peace on earth. R3 II.i.6
Dorset and Riuers, take each others hand,Hastings and Rivers, take each other's hand; R3 II.i.7
Dissemble not your hatred, Sweare your loue.Dissemble not your hatred, swear your love.dissemble (v.)disguise, cloak, give a deceptive appearance toR3 II.i.8
Riu. RIVERS 
By heauen, my soule is purg'd from grudging hateBy heaven, my soul is purged from grudging hate,grudging (adj.)resentful, embittered, aggrievedR3 II.i.9
And with my hand I seale my true hearts Loue.And with my hand I seal my true heart's love. R3 II.i.10
Hast. HASTINGS 
So thriue I, as I truly sweare the like.So thrive I as I truly swear the like!like, thethe sameR3 II.i.11
King. KING EDWARD 
Take heed you dally not before your King,Take heed you dally not before your King,dally (v.)trifle, behave mockinglyR3 II.i.12
Lest he that is the supreme King of KingsLest He that is the supreme King of kings R3 II.i.13
Confound your hidden falshood, and awardConfound your hidden falsehood and awardconfound (v.)discomfit, defeat, put to shameR3 II.i.14
award (v.)adjudge, ordain, decree
Either of you to be the others end.Either of you to be the other's end.end (n.)death, ending [of life]R3 II.i.15
Hast. HASTINGS 
So prosper I, as I sweare perfect loue.So prosper I as I swear perfect love! R3 II.i.16
Ri. RIVERS 
And I, as I loue Hastings with my heart.And I as I love Hastings with my heart! R3 II.i.17
King. KING EDWARD 
Madam, your selfe is not exempt from this:Madam, yourself is not exempt from this; R3 II.i.18
Nor you Sonne Dorset, Buckingham nor you;Nor you, son Dorset; Buckingham, nor you. R3 II.i.19
You haue bene factious one against the other.You have been factious one against the other.factious (adj.)ready to form a factionR3 II.i.20
Wife, loue Lord Hastings, let him kisse your hand,Wife, love Lord Hastings, let him kiss your hand, R3 II.i.21
And what you do, do it vnfeignedly.And what you do, do it unfeignedly. R3 II.i.22
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
There Hastings, I will neuer more rememberHere, Hastings, I will never more remember R3 II.i.23
Our former hatred, so thriue I, and mine.Our former hatred, so thrive I and mine! R3 II.i.24
King. KING EDWARD 
Dorset, imbrace him: / Hastings, loue Lord Marquesse.Dorset, embrace him; Hastings, love Lord Marquess. R3 II.i.25
Dor. DORSET 
This interchange of loue, I heere protestThis interchange of love, I here protest, R3 II.i.26
Vpon my part, shall be inuiolable.Upon my part shall be unviolable. R3 II.i.27
Hast. HASTINGS 
And so sweare I.And so swear I. R3 II.i.28
King. KING EDWARD 
Now Princely Buckingham, seale yu this leagueNow, princely Buckingham, seal thou this league R3 II.i.29
With thy embracements to my wiues Allies,With thy embracements to my wife's allies,embracement (n.)embrace, clasping, hugR3 II.i.30
And make me happy in your vnity.And make me happy in your unity. R3 II.i.31
Buc. BUCKINGHAM  
(to the Queen) R3 II.i.32
When euer Buckingham doth turne his hateWhenever Buckingham doth turn his hate R3 II.i.32
Vpon your Grace, but with all dutious loue,Upon your grace, but with all duteous love R3 II.i.33
Doth cherish you, and yours, God punish meDoth cherish you and yours, God punish me R3 II.i.34
With hate in those where I expect most loue,With hate in those where I expect most love! R3 II.i.35
When I haue most need to imploy a Friend,When I have most need to employ a friend, R3 II.i.36
And most assured that he is a Friend,And most assured that he is a friend, R3 II.i.37
Deepe, hollow, treacherous, and full of guile,Deep, hollow, treacherous, and full of guiledeep (adj.)
old form: Deepe
deeply cunning, profound in craft
R3 II.i.38
Be he vnto me: This do I begge of heauen,Be he unto me! This do I beg of God, R3 II.i.39
When I am cold in loue, to you, or yours. When I am cold in love to you or yours. R3 II.i.40
EmbraceEmbrace R3 II.i.41.1
King. KING EDWARD 
A pleasing Cordiall, Princely BuckinghamA pleasing cordial, princely Buckingham,cordial (n.)restorative, stimulant, tonicR3 II.i.41
Is this thy Vow, vnto my sickely heart:Is this thy vow unto my sickly heart. R3 II.i.42
There wanteth now our Brother Gloster heere,There wanteth now our brother Gloucester herewant (v.)require, demand, needR3 II.i.43
To make the blessed period of this peace.To make the blessed period of this peace.period (n.)point of completion, fitting conclusion, consummationR3 II.i.44
Buc. BUCKINGHAM 
And in good time,And, in good time,time, in goodat the right momentR3 II.i.45
Heere comes Sir Richard Ratcliffe, and the Duke.Here comes Sir Richard Ratcliffe and the Duke. R3 II.i.46
Enter Ratcliffe, and Enter Sir Richard Ratcliffe and Richard, Duke of R3 II.i.47.1
Gloster.Gloucester R3 II.i.47.2
Rich. RICHARD 
Good morrow to my Soueraigne King & QueenGood morrow to my sovereign King and Queen;morrow (n.)morningR3 II.i.47
And Princely Peeres, a happy time of day.And, princely peers, a happy time of day! R3 II.i.48
King, KING EDWARD 
Happy indeed, as we haue spent the day:Happy indeed, as we have spent the day. R3 II.i.49
Gloster, we haue done deeds of Charity,Gloucester, we have done deeds of charity, R3 II.i.50
Made peace of enmity, faire loue of hate,Made peace of enmity, fair love of hate, R3 II.i.51
Betweene these swelling wrong incensed Peeres.Between these swelling, wrong-incensed peers.wrong-incensed (adj.)
old form: wrong incensed
inflamed with wrath, kindled with rage
R3 II.i.52
swelling (adj.)inflated with anger, feeling strong emotion
Rich. RICHARD 
A blessed labour my most Soueraigne Lord:A blessed labour, my most sovereign lord. R3 II.i.53
Among this Princely heape, if any heereAmong this princely heap, if any hereheap (n.)
old form: heape
company, host, multitude
R3 II.i.54
By false intelligence, or wrong surmizeBy false intelligence or wrong surmiseintelligence (n.)spying, espionage, secretly obtained informationR3 II.i.55
false (adj.)wrong, mistaken
Hold me a Foe:Hold me a foe –  R3 II.i.56
If I vnwillingly, or in my rage,If I unwittingly, or in my rage, R3 II.i.57
Haue ought committed that is hardly borne,Have aught committed that is hardly borneaught (n.)
old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
R3 II.i.58
hardly (adv.)with great difficulty, only with difficulty
To any in this presence, I desireBy any in this presence, I desirepresence (n.)royal assembly, eminent companyR3 II.i.59
To reconcile me to his Friendly peace:To reconcile me to his friendly peace. R3 II.i.60
'Tis death to me to be at enmitie:'Tis death to me to be at enmity; R3 II.i.61
I hate it, and desire all good mens loue,I hate it, and desire all good men's love. R3 II.i.62
First Madam, I intreate true peace of you,First, madam, I entreat true peace of you, R3 II.i.63
Which I will purchase with my dutious seruice.Which I will purchase with my duteous service; R3 II.i.64
Of you my Noble Cosin Buckingham,Of you, my noble cousin Buckingham, R3 II.i.65
If euer any grudge were lodg'd betweene vs.If ever any grudge were lodged between us;lodge (v.)
old form: lodg'd
harbour, entertain, foster
R3 II.i.66
Of you and you, Lord Riuers and of Dorset,Of you, and you, Lord Rivers, and of Dorset, R3 II.i.67
That all without desert haue frown'd on me:That, all without desert, have frowned on me;desert, desart (n.)cause, deserving, warrantR3 II.i.68
Of you Lord Wooduill, and Lord Scales of you,Of you, Lord Woodville, and, Lord Scales, of you; R3 II.i.69
Dukes, Earles, Lords, Gentlemen, indeed of all.Dukes, earls, lords, gentlemen – indeed, of all. R3 II.i.70
I do not know that Englishman aliue,I do not know that Englishman alive R3 II.i.71
With whom my soule is any iot at oddes,With whom my soul is any jot at odds R3 II.i.72
More then the Infant that is borne to night:More than the infant that is born tonight. R3 II.i.73
I thanke my God for my Humility.I thank my God for my humility! R3 II.i.74
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
A holy day shall this be kept heereafter:A holy day shall this be kept hereafter; R3 II.i.75
I would to God all strifes were well compounded.I would to God all strifes were well compounded.compound (v.)agree, settleR3 II.i.76
My Soueraigne Lord, I do beseech your HighnesseMy sovereign lord, I do beseech your highness R3 II.i.77
To take our Brother Clarence to your Grace.To take our brother Clarence to your grace.grace (n.)favour, good willR3 II.i.78
Rich. RICHARD 
Why Madam, haue I offred loue for this,Why, madam, have I offered love for this, R3 II.i.79
To be so flowted in this Royall presence?To be so flouted in this royal presence?flout (v.)
old form: flowted
insult, abuse, mock
R3 II.i.80
Who knowes not that the gentle Duke is dead? Who knows not that the noble Duke is dead? R3 II.i.81
They all start.They all startstart (v.)jump, recoil, flinchR3 II.i.82.1
You do him iniurie to scorne his Coarse.You do him injury to scorn his corse.corse (n.)corpse, dead bodyR3 II.i.82
King. KING EDWARD 
Who knowes not he is dead? / Who knowes he is?Who knows not he is dead? Who knows he is? R3 II.i.83
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
All-seeing heauen, what a world is this?All-seeing heaven, what a world is this! R3 II.i.84
Buc. BUCKINGHAM 
Looke I so pale Lord Dorset, as the rest?Look I so pale, Lord Dorset, as the rest? R3 II.i.85
Dor. DORSET 
I my good Lord, and no man in the presence,Ay, my good lord; and no man in the presencepresence (n.)royal assembly, eminent companyR3 II.i.86
But his red colour hath forsooke his cheekes.But his red colour hath forsook his cheeks. R3 II.i.87
King. KING EDWARD 
Is Clarence dead? The Order was reuerst.Is Clarence dead? The order was reversed. R3 II.i.88
Rich. RICHARD 
But he (poore man) by your first order dyed,But he, poor man, by your first order died, R3 II.i.89
And that a winged Mercurie did beare:And that a winged Mercury did bear.Mercury (n.)messenger of the Roman gods; also, god of commerce R3 II.i.90
Some tardie Cripple bare the Countermand,Some tardy cripple bare the countermand,countermand (n.)contrary command, revoking orderR3 II.i.91
That came too lagge to see him buried.That came too lag to see him buried.lag (adj.)
old form: lagge
late, lagging behind, tardy
R3 II.i.92
God grant, that some lesse Noble, and lesse Loyall,God grant that some, less noble and less loyal, R3 II.i.93
Neerer in bloody thoughts, and not in blood,Nearer in bloody thoughts, but not in blood, R3 II.i.94
Deserue not worse then wretched Clarence did,Deserve not worse than wretched Clarence did, R3 II.i.95
And yet go currant from Suspition.And yet go current from suspicion!current (adj.)
old form: currant
accepted, genuine, taken at face value
R3 II.i.96
Enter Earle of Derby.Enter the Earl of Derby R3 II.i.97.1
Der. DERBY 
A boone my Soueraigne for my seruice done.A boon, my sovereign, for my service done!boon (n.)petition, entreaty, requestR3 II.i.97
King. KING EDWARD 
I prethee peace, my soule is full of sorrow.I pray thee peace. My soul is full of sorrow. R3 II.i.98
Der. DERBY 
I will not rise, vnlesse your Highnes heare me.I will not rise unless your highness hear me. R3 II.i.99
King. KING EDWARD 
Then say at once, what is it thou requests.Then say at once what is it thou requests. R3 II.i.100
Der. DERBY 
The forfeit (Soueraigne) of my seruants life,The forfeit, sovereign, of my servant's life, R3 II.i.101
Who slew to day a Riotous Gentleman,Who slew today a riotous gentleman R3 II.i.102
Lately attendant on the Duke of Norfolke.Lately attendant on the Duke of Norfolk. R3 II.i.103
King. KING EDWARD 
Haue I a tongue to doome my Brothers death?Have I a tongue to doom my brother's death,doom (v.)
old form: doome
decree, decide, adjudge
R3 II.i.104
And shall that tongue giue pardon to a slaue?And shall that tongue give pardon to a slave?slave (n.)
old form: slaue
hireling, lackey, menial, servant
R3 II.i.105
My Brother kill'd no man, his fault was Thought,My brother killed no man – his fault was thought –  R3 II.i.106
And yet his punishment was bitter death.And yet his punishment was bitter death. R3 II.i.107
Who sued to me for him? Who (in my wrath)Who sued to me for him? Who, in my wrath, R3 II.i.108
Kneel'd and my feet, and bid me be aduis'd?Kneeled at my feet and bid me be advised? R3 II.i.109
Who spoke of Brother-hood? who spoke of loue?Who spoke of brotherhood? Who spoke of love? R3 II.i.110
Who told me how the poore soule did forsakeWho told me how the poor soul did forsake R3 II.i.111
The mighty Warwicke, and did fight for me?The mighty Warwick and did fight for me? R3 II.i.112
Who told me in the field at Tewkesbury,Who told me, in the field at Tewkesbury,field (n.)field of battle, battleground, field of combatR3 II.i.113
When Oxford had me downe, he rescued me:When Oxford had me down, he rescued me R3 II.i.114
And said deare Brother liue, and be a King?And said, ‘ Dear brother, live, and be a king ’? R3 II.i.115
Who told me, when we both lay in the Field,Who told me, when we both lay in the field R3 II.i.116
Frozen (almost) to death, how he did lap meFrozen almost to death, how he did lap melap (v.)wrap, swathe, enfold, cladR3 II.i.117
Euen in his Garments, and did giue himselfeEven in his garments, and gave himself, R3 II.i.118
(All thin and naked) to the numbe cold night?All thin and naked, to the numb-cold night?thin (adj.)thinly clad, with little coveringR3 II.i.119
All this from my Remembrance, brutish wrathAll this from my remembrance brutish wrathremembrance (n.)memory, bringing to mind, recollectionR3 II.i.120
Sinfully pluckt, and not a man of youSinfully plucked, and not a man of you R3 II.i.121
Had so much grace to put it in my minde.Had so much grace to put it in my mind. R3 II.i.122
But when your Carters, or your wayting VassallsBut when your carters or your waiting vassalsvassal (n.)
old form: Vassalls
servant, slave, subject
R3 II.i.123
Haue done a drunken Slaughter, and defac'dHave done a drunken slaughter and defaced R3 II.i.124
The precious Image of our deere Redeemer,The precious image of our dear Redeemer, R3 II.i.125
You straight are on your knees for Pardon, pardon,You straight are on your knees for pardon, pardon;straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at onceR3 II.i.126
And I (vniustly too) must grant it you.And I, unjustly too, must grant it you. R3 II.i.127
Derby rises R3 II.i.128
But for my Brother, not a man would speake,But for my brother not a man would speak, R3 II.i.128
Nor I (vngracious) speake vnto my selfeNor I, ungracious, speak unto myself R3 II.i.129
For him poore Soule. The proudest of you all,For him, poor soul! The proudest of you all R3 II.i.130
Haue bin beholding to him in his life:Have been beholding to him in his life; R3 II.i.131
Yet none of you, would once begge for his life.Yet none of you would once beg for his life. R3 II.i.132
O God! I feare thy iustice will take holdO God! I fear thy justice will take hold R3 II.i.133
On me, and you; and mine, and yours for this.On me and you, and mine and yours, for this. R3 II.i.134
Come Hastings helpe me to my Closset. Ah poore Clarence. Come, Hastings, help me to my closet. Ah, poor Clarence!closet (n.)
old form: Closset
private chamber, study, own room
R3 II.i.135
Exeunt some with K. & Qneen.Exeunt some with King and Queen R3 II.i.135
Rich. RICHARD 
This is the fruits of rashnes: Markt you not,This is the fruits of rashness! Marked you notmark (v.)
old form: Markt
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
R3 II.i.136
How that the guilty Kindred of the QueeneHow that the guilty kindred of the Queen R3 II.i.137
Look'd pale, when they did heare of Clarence death.Looked pale when they did hear of Clarence' death? R3 II.i.138
O! they did vrge it still vnto the King,O, they did urge it still unto the King!still (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyR3 II.i.139
God will reuenge it. Come Lords will you go,God will revenge it. Come, lords, will you go R3 II.i.140
To comfort Edward with our company.To comfort Edward with our company? R3 II.i.141
Buc. BUCKINGHAM 
We wait vpon your Grace.We wait upon your grace. R3 II.i.142
exeunt.Exeunt R3 II.i.142
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