Richard III
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Enter the old Dutchesse of Yorke, with Enter the Duchess of York, with Edward and R3 II.ii.1.1
the two children of Clarence.Margaret Plantagenet (the two children of Clarence) R3 II.ii.1.2
Edw. BOY 
Good Grandam tell vs, is our Father dead?Good grandam, tell us, is our father dead? R3 II.ii.1
Dutch. DUCHESS OF YORK 
No Boy.No, boy. R3 II.ii.2
Daugh. GIRL 
Why do weepe so oft? And beate your Brest?Why do you weep so oft, and beat your breast,oft (adv.)oftenR3 II.ii.3
And cry, O Clarence, my vnhappy Sonne.And cry ‘ O Clarence, my unhappy son ’? R3 II.ii.4
Boy. BOY 
Why do you looke on vs, and shake your head,Why do you look on us, and shake your head, R3 II.ii.5
And call vs Orphans, Wretches, Castawayes,And call us orphans, wretches, castaways,castaway (n.)
old form: Castawayes
lost soul, reject, outcast
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If that our Noble Father were aliue?If that our noble father were alive? R3 II.ii.7
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
My pretty Cosins, you mistake me both,My pretty cousins, you mistake me both. R3 II.ii.8
I do lament the sicknesse of the King,I do lament the sickness of the King, R3 II.ii.9
As loath to lose him, not your Fathers death:As loath to lose him, not your father's death; R3 II.ii.10
It were lost sorrow to waile one that's lost.It were lost sorrow to wail one that's lost. R3 II.ii.11
Boy. BOY 
Then you conclude, (my Grandam) he is dead:Then you conclude, my grandam, he is dead? R3 II.ii.12
The King mine Vnckle is too blame for it.The King mine uncle is to blame for it. R3 II.ii.13
God will reuenge it, whom I will importuneGod will revenge it, whom I will importuneimportune (v.)beg [for], ask persistently [for]R3 II.ii.14
With earnest prayers, all to that effect.With earnest prayers all to that effect. R3 II.ii.15
Daugh. GIRL 
And so will I.And so will I. R3 II.ii.16
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
Peace children peace, the King doth loue you wel.Peace, children, peace! The King doth love you well. R3 II.ii.17
Incapeable, and shallow Innocents,Incapable and shallow innocents,incapable (adj.)
old form: Incapeable
insensible, unconscious, incomprehending
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shallow (adj.)naive, gullible, lacking in depth of character
You cannot guesse who caus'd your Fathers death.You cannot guess who caused your father's death. R3 II.ii.19
Boy. BOY 
Grandam we can: for my good Vnkle GlosterGrandam, we can; for my good uncle Gloucester R3 II.ii.20
Told me, the King prouok'd to it by the Queene,Told me the King, provoked to it by the Queen, R3 II.ii.21
Deuis'd impeachments to imprison him;Devised impeachments to imprison him;impeachment (n.)charge, accusation, indictmentR3 II.ii.22
And when my Vnckle told me so, he wept,And when my uncle told me so, he wept, R3 II.ii.23
And pittied me, and kindly kist my cheeke:And pitied me, and kindly kissed my cheek;kindly (adv.)in accordance with human nature, expressing normal humanityR3 II.ii.24
Bad me rely on him, as on my Father,Bade me rely on him as on my father, R3 II.ii.25
And he would loue me deerely as a childe.And he would love me dearly as a child. R3 II.ii.26
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
Ah! that Deceit should steale such gentle shape,Ah, that deceit should steal such gentle shapegentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindR3 II.ii.27
And with a vertuous Vizor hide deepe vice.And with a virtuous visor hide deep vice!deep (adj.)
old form: deepe
deeply cunning, profound in craft
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visor (n.)
old form: Vizor
mask
He is my sonne, I, and therein my shame,He is my son – yea, and therein my shame; R3 II.ii.29
Yet from my dugges, he drew not this deceit.Yet from my dugs he drew not this deceit.dug (n.)
old form: dugges
nipple, teat, breast
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Boy. BOY 
Thinke you my Vnkle did dissemble Grandam?Think you my uncle did dissemble, grandam?dissemble (v.)deceive, disguise the truth, pretendR3 II.ii.31
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
I Boy.Ay, boy. R3 II.ii.32
Boy. BOY 
I cannot thinke it. Hearke, what noise is this?I cannot think it. Hark! What noise is this? R3 II.ii.33
Enter the Queene with her haire about her ears,Enter Queen Elizabeth, with her hair about her ears, R3 II.ii.34.1
Riuers & Dorset after her.Rivers and Dorset after her R3 II.ii.34.2
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Ah! who shall hinder me to waile and weepe?Ah, who shall hinder me to wail and weep, R3 II.ii.34
To chide my Fortune, and torment my Selfe.To chide my fortune, and torment myself?chide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveR3 II.ii.35
Ile ioyne with blacke dispaire against my Soule,I'll join with black despair against my soul R3 II.ii.36
And to my selfe, become an enemie.And to myself become an enemy. R3 II.ii.37
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
What meanes this Scene of rude impatience?What means this scene of rude impatience?impatience (n.)lack of composure, failure to bear suffering wellR3 II.ii.38
rude (adj.)cacophonous, raucous, barbarous
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
To make an act of Tragicke violence.To make an act of tragic violence. R3 II.ii.39
Edward my Lord, thy Sonne, our King is dead.Edward, my lord, thy son, our King, is dead! R3 II.ii.40
Why grow the Branches, when the Roote is gone?Why grow the branches when the root is gone? R3 II.ii.41
Why wither not the leaues that want their sap?Why wither not the leaves that want their sap?want (v.)lack, need, be withoutR3 II.ii.42
If you will liue, Lament: if dye, be breefe,If you will live, lament; if die, be brief,brief (adj.)
old form: breefe
quick, speedy, swift, expeditious
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That our swift-winged Soules may catch the Kings,That our swift-winged souls may catch the King's, R3 II.ii.44
Or like obedient Subiects follow him,Or like obedient subjects follow him R3 II.ii.45
To his new Kingdome of nere-changing night.To his new kingdom of ne'er-changing night. R3 II.ii.46
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
Ah so much interest haue in thy sorrow,Ah, so much interest have I in thy sorrow R3 II.ii.47
As I had Title in thy Noble Husband:As I had title in thy noble husband.title (n.)[legal] right, claim, entitlementR3 II.ii.48
I haue bewept a worthy Husbands death,I have bewept a worthy husband's death,beweep (v.)weep over, wet with tearsR3 II.ii.49
And liu'd with looking on his Images:And lived with looking on his images;image (n.)personal likeness, semblanceR3 II.ii.50
But now two Mirrors of his Princely semblance,But now two mirrors of his princely semblancesemblance (n.)appearance, outward showR3 II.ii.51
Are crack'd in pieces, by malignant death,Are cracked in pieces by malignant death, R3 II.ii.52
And I for comfort, haue but one false Glasse,And I for comfort have but one false glassglass (n.)mirror, looking-glassR3 II.ii.53
false (adj.)defective, weak, inadequate
That greeues me, when I see my shame in him.That grieves me when I see my shame in him. R3 II.ii.54
Thou art a Widdow: yet thou art a Mother,Thou art a widow; yet thou art a mother, R3 II.ii.55
And hast the comfort of thy Children left,And hast the comfort of thy children left; R3 II.ii.56
But death hath snatch'd my Husband from mine Armes,But death hath snatched my husband from mine arms R3 II.ii.57
And pluckt two Crutches from my feeble hands,And plucked two crutches from my feeble hands, R3 II.ii.58
Clarence, and Edward. O, what cause haue I,Clarence and Edward. O, what cause have I, R3 II.ii.59
(Thine being but a moity of my moane)Thine being but a moiety of my moan,moiety (n.)
old form: moity
half, equal share
R3 II.ii.60
To ouer-go thy woes, and drowne thy cries.To overgo thy woes and drown thy cries!overgo (v.)
old form: ouer-go
exceed, surmount, go beyond
R3 II.ii.61
Boy. BOY 
Ah Aunt! you wept not for our Fathers death:Ah, aunt, You wept not for our father's death. R3 II.ii.62
How can we ayde you with our Kindred teares?How can we aid you with our kindred tears? R3 II.ii.63
Daugh. GIRL 
Our fatherlesse distresse was left vnmoan'd,Our fatherless distress was left unmoaned: R3 II.ii.64
Your widdow-dolour, likewise be vnwept.Your widow-dolour likewise be unwept!widow-dolour (adj.)
old form: widdow-dolour
widow's sorrow
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Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Giue me no helpe in Lamentation,Give me no help in lamentation; R3 II.ii.66
I am not barren to bring forth complaints:I am not barren to bring forth complaints. R3 II.ii.67
All Springs reduce their currents to mine eyes,All springs reduce their currents to mine eyes,reduce (v.)restore, bring back, lead backR3 II.ii.68
That I being gouern'd by the waterie Moone,That I, being governed by the watery moon, R3 II.ii.69
May send forth plenteous teares to drowne the World.May send forth plenteous tears to drown the world. R3 II.ii.70
Ah, for my Husband, for my deere Lord Edward.Ah for my husband, for my dear lord Edward! R3 II.ii.71
Chil. CHILDREN 
Ah for our Father, for our deere Lord Clarence.Ah for our father, for our dear lord Clarence! R3 II.ii.72
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
Alas for both, both mine Edward and Clarence.Alas for both, both mine, Edward and Clarence! R3 II.ii.73
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
What stay had I but Edward, and hee's gone?What stay had I but Edward? And he's gone.stay (n.)support, propR3 II.ii.74
Chil. CHILDREN 
What stay had we but Clarence? and he's gone.What stay had we but Clarence? And he's gone. R3 II.ii.75
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
What stayes had I, but they? and they are gone.What stays had I but they? And they are gone. R3 II.ii.76
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Was neuer widdow had so deere a losse.Was never widow had so dear a loss. R3 II.ii.77
Chil. CHILDREN 
Were neuer Orphans had so deere a losse.Were never orphans had so dear a loss. R3 II.ii.78
Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
Was neuer Mother had so deere a losse.Was never mother had so dear a loss. R3 II.ii.79
Alas! I am the Mother of these Greefes,Alas! I am the mother of these griefs; R3 II.ii.80
Their woes are parcell'd, mine is generall.Their woes are parcelled, mine is general.parcelled (adj.)
old form: parcell'd
particular, related to individual cases
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She for an Edward weepes, and so do I:She for an Edward weeps, and so do I; R3 II.ii.82
I for a Clarence weepes, so doth not shee:I for a Clarence weep, so doth not she; R3 II.ii.83
These Babes for Clarence weepe, so do not they.These babes for Clarence weep, and so do I; R3 II.ii.84
I for an Edward weep, so do not they. R3 II.ii.85
Alas! you three, on me threefold distrest:Alas, you three on me, threefold distressed, R3 II.ii.86
Power all your teares, I am your sorrowes Nurse,Pour all your tears! I am your sorrow's nurse, R3 II.ii.87
And I will pamper it with Lamentation.And I will pamper it with lamentation. R3 II.ii.88
Dor. DORSET 
Comfort deere Mother, God is much displeas'd,Comfort, dear mother; God is much displeased R3 II.ii.89
That you take with vnthankfulnesse his doing.That you take with unthankfulness His doing.doing (n.)action, performance, activityR3 II.ii.90
In common worldly things, 'tis call'd vngratefull,In common worldly things 'tis called ungrateful R3 II.ii.91
With dull vnwillingnesse to repay a debt,With dull unwillingness to repay a debtdull (adj.)dead, lifeless, sluggish, inactiveR3 II.ii.92
Which with a bounteous hand was kindly lent:Which with a bounteous hand was kindly lent; R3 II.ii.93
Much more to be thus opposite with heauen,Much more to be thus opposite with heavenopposite (adj.)opposed, hostile, adverse, antagonistic [to]R3 II.ii.94
For it requires the Royall debt it lent you.For it requires the royal debt it lent you. R3 II.ii.95
Riuers. RIVERS 
Madam, bethinke you like a carefull MotherMadam, bethink you like a careful motherbethink (v.), past form bethought
old form: bethinke
call to mind, think about, consider, reflect
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Of the young Prince your sonne: send straight for him,Of the young prince, your son. Send straight for him;straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at onceR3 II.ii.97
Let him be Crown'd, in him your comfort liues.Let him be crowned; in him your comfort lives.comfort (n.)happiness, joy, cheerfulnessR3 II.ii.98
Drowne desperate sorrow in dead Edwards graue,Drown desperate sorrow in dead Edward's grave R3 II.ii.99
And plant your ioyes in liuing Edwards Throne.And plant your joys in living Edward's throne. R3 II.ii.100
Enter Richard, Buckingham, Enter Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Buckingham, R3 II.ii.101.1
Derbie, Hastings, and Ratcliffe.Derby, Hastings, and Ratcliffe R3 II.ii.101.2
Rich. RICHARD 
Sister haue comfort, all of vs haue causeSister, have comfort. All of us have cause R3 II.ii.101
To waile the dimming of our shining Starre:To wail the dimming of our shining star; R3 II.ii.102
But none can helpe our harmes by wayling them.But none can help our harms by wailing them.harm (n.)
old form: harmes
misfortune, affliction, trouble
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Madam, my Mother, I do cry you mercie,Madam, my mother, I do cry you mercy; R3 II.ii.104
I did not see your Grace. Humbly on my knee,I did not see your grace. Humbly on my knee R3 II.ii.105
I craue your Blessing.I crave your blessing.crave (v.)
old form: craue
beg, entreat, request
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Dut. DUCHESS OF YORK 
God blesse thee, and put meeknes in thy breast,God bless thee, and put meekness in thy breast, R3 II.ii.107
Loue Charity, Obedience, and true Dutie.Love, charity, obedience, and true duty! R3 II.ii.108
Rich. RICHARD 
Amen, and make me die a good old man,Amen! (Aside) And make me die a good old man! R3 II.ii.109
That is the butt-end of a Mothers blessing;That is the butt-end of a mother's blessing;butt-end (n.)fag-end, final part, remaining pieceR3 II.ii.110
I maruell that her Grace did leaue it out.I marvel why her grace did leave it out. R3 II.ii.111
Buc. BUCKINGHAM 
You clowdy-Princes, & hart-sorowing-Peeres,You cloudy princes and heart-sorrowing peerscloudy (adj.)
old form: clowdy
sullen, gloomy, scowling
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That beare this heauie mutuall loade of Moane,That bear this heavy mutual load of moan,moan (n.)
old form: Moane
grief, lamentation, sorrow, complaint
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mutual (adj.)
old form: mutuall
common, general, omnipresent
heavy (adj.)
old form: heauie
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
Now cheere each other, in each others Loue:Now cheer each other in each other's love. R3 II.ii.114
Though we haue spent our Haruest of this King,Though we have spent our harvest of this king, R3 II.ii.115
We are to reape the Haruest of his Sonne.We are to reap the harvest of his son. R3 II.ii.116
The broken rancour of your high-swolne hates,The broken rancour of your high-swollen hearts, R3 II.ii.117
But lately splinter'd, knit, and ioyn'd together,But lately splintered, knit, and joined together,splinter (v.)
old form: splinter'd
put in a splint, secure, bind up
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Must gently be preseru'd, cherisht, and kept:Must gently be preserved, cherished, and kept. R3 II.ii.119
Me seemeth good, that with some little Traine,Me seemeth good that with some little traintrain (n.)
old form: Traine
retinue, following, entourage
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Forthwith from Ludlow, the young Prince be fetForthwith from Ludlow the young Prince be fetfet (v.)fetchR3 II.ii.121
Hither to London, to be crown'd our King.Hither to London, to be crowned our King. R3 II.ii.122
Riuers. RIVERS 
Why with some little Traine, / My Lord of Buckingham?Why with some little train, my Lord of Buckingham? R3 II.ii.123
Buc. BUCKINGHAM 
Marrie my Lord, least by a multitude,Marry, my lord, lest by a multitudemarry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryR3 II.ii.124
The new-heal'd wound of Malice should breake out,The new-healed wound of malice should break out, R3 II.ii.125
Which would be so much the more dangerous,Which would be so much the more dangerous R3 II.ii.126
By how much the estate is greene, and yet vngouern'd.By how much the estate is green and yet ungoverned.green (adj.)
old form: greene
weak, undeveloped
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Where euery Horse beares his commanding Reine,Where every horse bears his commanding reinbear (v.), past forms bore, borne
old form: beares
control, manage, take charge of
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And may direct his course as please himselfe,And may direct his course as please himself, R3 II.ii.129
As well the feare of harme, as harme apparant,As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent, R3 II.ii.130
In my opinion, ought to be preuented.In my opinion, ought to be prevented. R3 II.ii.131
Rich. RICHARD 
I hope the King made peace with all of vs,I hope the King made peace with all of us; R3 II.ii.132
And the compact is firme, and true in me.And the compact is firm and true in me. R3 II.ii.133
Riu. RIVERS 
And so in me, and so (I thinke) in all.And so in me; and so, I think, in all. R3 II.ii.134
Yet since it is but greene, it should be putYet, since it is but green, it should be putgreen (adj.)
old form: greene
weak, undeveloped
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To no apparant likely-hood of breach,To no apparent likelihood of breach, R3 II.ii.136
Which haply by much company might be vrg'd:Which haply by much company might be urged.haply (adv.)perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luckR3 II.ii.137
Therefore I say with Noble Buckingham,Therefore I say with noble Buckingham R3 II.ii.138
That it is meete so few should fetch the Prince.That it is meet so few should fetch the Prince.meet (adj.)
old form: meete
fit, suitable, right, proper
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Hast. HASTINGS 
And so say I.And so say I. R3 II.ii.140
Rieh. RICHARD 
Then be it so, and go we to determineThen be it so; and go we to determinedetermine (v.)resolve, decide, settle [on]R3 II.ii.141
Who they shall be that strait shall poste to London .Who they shall be that straight shall post to Ludlow.post (v.)
old form: poste
hasten, speed, ride fast
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straight (adv.)
old form: strait
straightaway, immediately, at once
Madam, and you my Sister, will you goMadam, and you, my sister, will you go R3 II.ii.143
To giue your censures in this businesse. To give your censures in this business?censure (n.)assessment, opinion, judgement, criticismR3 II.ii.144
QUEEN ELIZABETH and DUCHESS OF YORK 
With all our hearts. R3 II.ii.145
Exeunt.Exeunt R3 II.ii.145
Manet Buckingham, and Richard.Buckingham and Richard remain R3 II.ii.146
Buc. BUCKINGHAM 
My Lord, who euer iournies to the Prince,My lord, whoever journeys to the Prince, R3 II.ii.146
For God sake let not vs two stay at home:For God sake let not us two stay at home; R3 II.ii.147
For by the way, Ile sort occasion,For by the way I'll sort occasion,occasion (n.)circumstance, opportunityR3 II.ii.148
sort (v.)choose, find, arrange
As Index to the story we late talk'd of,As index to the story we late talked of,index (n.)prologue, preface, table of contentsR3 II.ii.149
To part the Queenes proud Kindred from the Prince.To part the Queen's proud kindred from the Prince. R3 II.ii.150
Rich. RICHARD 
My other selfe, my Counsailes Consistory,My other self, my counsel's consistory,consistory (n.)council-chamber, meeting-placeR3 II.ii.151
My Oracle, My Prophet, my deere Cosin,My oracle, my prophet, my dear cousin, R3 II.ii.152
I, as a childe, will go by thy direction,I, as a child, will go by thy direction. R3 II.ii.153
Toward London then, for wee'l not stay behinde. Toward Ludlow then, for we'll not stay behind. R3 II.ii.154
ExeuntExeunt R3 II.ii.154
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