Richard III
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Enter the Queene, Anne Duchesse of Gloucester, theEnter Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of York, and R3 IV.i.1.1
Duchesse of Yorke, and Marquesse Dorset.Marquess of Dorset at one door; Anne, Duchess of R3 IV.i.1.2
Gloucester, and Lady Margaret Plantagenet, Clarence's R3 IV.i.1.3
young daughter, at another door R3 IV.i.1.4
Duch.Yorke. DUCHESS OF YORK 
Who meetes vs heere? / My Neece Plantagenet,Who meets us here? My niece Plantagenet, R3 IV.i.1
Led in the hand of her kind Aunt of Gloster?Led in the hand of her kind aunt of Gloucester? R3 IV.i.2
Now, for my Life, shee's wandring to the Tower,Now, for my life, she's wandering to the Tower R3 IV.i.3
On pure hearts loue, to greet the tender Prince.On pure heart's love, to greet the tender Prince.tender (adj.)youngR3 IV.i.4
Daughter, well met.Daughter, well met. R3 IV.i.5.1
Anne. ANNE 
God giue your Graces both, God give your graces both R3 IV.i.5.2
a happie / And a ioyfull time of day.A happy and a joyful time of day! R3 IV.i.6
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
As much to you, good Sister: whither away?As much to you, good sister. Whither away? R3 IV.i.7
Anne. ANNE 
No farther then the Tower, and as I guesse,No farther than the Tower, and, as I guess, R3 IV.i.8
Vpon the like deuotion as your selues,Upon the like devotion as yourselves,like (adj.)same, similar, alike, equalR3 IV.i.9
devotion (n.)
old form: deuotion
purpose, object, intent
To gratulate the gentle Princes there.To gratulate the gentle princes there.gratulate (v.)greet, welcome, saluteR3 IV.i.10
gentle (adj.)soft, tender, kind
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Kind Sister thankes, wee'le enter all together:Kind sister, thanks. We'll enter all together. R3 IV.i.11
Enter the Lieutenant.Enter Brakenbury, the Lieutenant R3 IV.i.12
And in good time, here the Lieutenant comes.And in good time, here the Lieutenant comes. R3 IV.i.12
Master Lieutenant, pray you, by your leaue,Master Lieutenant, pray you, by your leave, R3 IV.i.13
How doth the Prince, and my young Sonne of Yorke?How doth the Prince, and my young son of York? R3 IV.i.14
Lieu. BRAKENBURY 
Right well, deare Madame: by your patience,Right well, dear madam. By your patience,patience (n.)leave, permission, indulgenceR3 IV.i.15
I may not suffer you to visit them,I may not suffer you to visit them;suffer (v.)allow, permit, letR3 IV.i.16
The King hath strictly charg'd the contrary.The King hath strictly charged the contrary. R3 IV.i.17
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
The King? who's that?The King! Who's that? R3 IV.i.18.1
Lieu. BRAKENBURY 
I meane, the Lord Protector.I mean the Lord Protector. R3 IV.i.18.2
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
The Lord protect him from that Kingly Title.The Lord protect him from that kingly title! R3 IV.i.19
Hath he set bounds betweene their loue, and me?Hath he set bounds between their love and me?bound (n.)limit, boundary, confine, barrierR3 IV.i.20
I am their Mother, who shall barre me from them?I am their mother; who shall bar me from them? R3 IV.i.21
Duch.Yorke. DUCHESS OF YORK 
I am their Fathers Mother, I will see them.I am their father's mother; I will see them. R3 IV.i.22
Anne. ANNE 
Their Aunt I am in law, in loue their Mother:Their aunt I am in law, in love their mother; R3 IV.i.23
Then bring me to their sights, Ile beare thy blame,Then bring me to their sights. I'll bear thy blame R3 IV.i.24
And take thy Office from thee, on my perill.And take thy office from thee on my peril.office (n.)task, service, duty, responsibilityR3 IV.i.25
Lieu. BRAKENBURY 
No, Madame, no; I may not leaue it so:No, madam, no! I may not leave it so: R3 IV.i.26
I am bound by Oath, and therefore pardon me.I am bound by oath, and therefore pardon me. R3 IV.i.27
Exit Lieutenant.Exit Brakenbury R3 IV.i.27
Enter Stanley.Enter the Earl of Derby R3 IV.i.28
Stanley. DERBY 
Let me but meet you Ladies one howre hence,Let me but meet you, ladies, one hour hence, R3 IV.i.28
And Ile salute your Grace of Yorke as Mother,And I'll salute your grace of York as mother R3 IV.i.29
And reuerend looker on of two faire Queenes.And reverend looker-on of two fair queens. R3 IV.i.30
(To Anne) R3 IV.i.31.1
Come Madame, you must straight to Westminster,Come, madam, you must straight to Westminster,straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at onceR3 IV.i.31
There to be crowned Richards Royall Queene.There to be crowned Richard's royal Queen. R3 IV.i.32
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Ah, cut my Lace asunder,Ah, cut my lace asunder,lace (n.)lacing of stays, bodice-stringR3 IV.i.33
That my pent heart may haue some scope to beat,That my pent heart may have some scope to beat,pent (adj.)imprisoned, closely confinedR3 IV.i.34
Or else I swoone with this dead-killing newes.Or else I swoon with this dead-killing news!dead-killing (adj.)mortal, deadly, fatalR3 IV.i.35
swoon (v.)
old form: swoone
faint
Anne. ANNE 
Despightfull tidings, O vnpleasing newes.Despiteful tidings! O unpleasing news!despiteful (adj.)
old form: Despightfull
cruel, spiteful, malicious
R3 IV.i.36
Dors. DORSET 
Be of good cheare: Mother, how fares your Grace?Be of good cheer. Mother, how fares your grace?fare (v.)get on, manage, do, copeR3 IV.i.37
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
O Dorset, speake not to me, get thee gone,O Dorset, speak not to me, get thee gone! R3 IV.i.38
Death and Destruction dogges thee at thy heeles,Death and destruction dog thee at thy heels; R3 IV.i.39
Thy Mothers Name is ominous to Children.Thy mother's name is ominous to children. R3 IV.i.40
If thou wilt out-strip Death, goe crosse the Seas,If thou wilt outstrip death, go cross the seas, R3 IV.i.41
And liue with Richmond, from the reach of Hell.And live with Richmond, from the reach of hell. R3 IV.i.42
Goe hye thee, hye thee from this slaughter-house,Go hie thee, hie thee from this slaughterhouse,hie (v.)
old form: hye
hasten, hurry, speed
R3 IV.i.43
Lest thou encrease the number of the dead,Lest thou increase the number of the dead R3 IV.i.44
And make me dye the thrall of Margarets Curse,And make me die the thrall of Margaret's curse,thrall (n.)slave, subject, captiveR3 IV.i.45
Nor Mother, Wife, nor Englands counted Queene.Nor mother, wife, nor England's counted Queen.counted (adj.)recognized, accounted, acceptedR3 IV.i.46
Stanley. DERBY 
Full of wise care, is this your counsaile, Madame:Full of wise care is this your counsel, madam. R3 IV.i.47
Take all the swift aduantage of the howres:(To Dorset) Take all the swift advantage of the hours. R3 IV.i.48
You shall haue Letters from me to my Sonne,You shall have letters from me to my son R3 IV.i.49
In your behalfe, to meet you on the way:In your behalf, to meet you on the way. R3 IV.i.50
Be not ta'ne tardie by vnwise delay.Be not ta'en tardy by unwise delay.tardy, take
old form: tardie, ta'ne
catch unawares, take by surprise
R3 IV.i.51
Duch.Yorke. DUCHESS OF YORK 
O ill dispersing Winde of Miserie.O ill-dispersing wind of misery!ill-dispersing (adj.)
old form: ill dispersing
evil-scattering, spreading wickedness
R3 IV.i.52
O my accursed Wombe, the Bed of Death:O my accursed womb, the bed of death! R3 IV.i.53
A Cockatrice hast thou hatcht to the World,A cockatrice hast thou hatched to the world,cockatrice (n.)murderous serpent, basiliskR3 IV.i.54
Whose vnauoided Eye is murtherous.Whose unavoided eye is murderous. R3 IV.i.55
Stanley. DERBY 
Come, Madame, come, I in all haste was sent.Come, madam, come! I in all haste was sent. R3 IV.i.56
Anne. ANNE 
And I with all vnwillingnesse will goe.And I with all unwillingness will go. R3 IV.i.57
O would to God, that the inclusiue VergeO, would to God that the inclusive vergeverge (n.)rim, band, encircling edgeR3 IV.i.58
inclusive (adj.)
old form: inclusiue
enclosing, encircling, encompassing
Of Golden Mettall, that must round my Brow,Of golden metal that must round my browround (v.)ring, encircle, surroundR3 IV.i.59
brow (n.)forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
Were red hot Steele, to seare me to the Braines,Were red-hot steel, to sear me to the brains! R3 IV.i.60
Anoynted let me be with deadly Venome,Anointed let me be with deadly venom R3 IV.i.61
And dye ere men can say, God saue the Queene.And die ere men can say, ‘ God save the Queen!’ R3 IV.i.62
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Goe, goe, poore soule, I enuie not thy glory,Go, go, poor soul! I envy not thy glory. R3 IV.i.63
To feed my humor, wish thy selfe no harme.To feed my humour wish thyself no harm.humour (n.)
old form: humor
mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
R3 IV.i.64
Anne. ANNE 
No: why? When he that is my Husband now,No? Why? When he that is my husband now R3 IV.i.65
Came to me, as I follow'd Henries Corse,Came to me as I followed Henry's corse,corse (n.)corpse, dead bodyR3 IV.i.66
When scarce the blood was well washt from his hands,When scarce the blood was well washed from his hands R3 IV.i.67
Which issued from my other Angell Husband,Which issued from my other angel husband R3 IV.i.68
And that deare Saint, which then I weeping follow'd:And that dear saint which then I weeping followed –  R3 IV.i.69
O, when I say I look'd on Richards Face,O, when, I say, I looked on Richard's face, R3 IV.i.70
This was my Wish: Be thou (quoth I) accurst,This was my wish: ‘ Be thou,’ quoth I, ‘ accursedquoth (v.)saidR3 IV.i.71
For making me, so young, so old a Widow:For making me, so young, so old a widow! R3 IV.i.72
And when thou wed'st, let sorrow haunt thy Bed;And when thou wed'st, let sorrow haunt thy bed; R3 IV.i.73
And be thy Wife, if any be so mad,And be thy wife, if any be so mad, R3 IV.i.74
More miserable, by the Life of thee,More miserable by the life of thee R3 IV.i.75
Then thou hast made me, by my deare Lords death.Than thou hast made me by my dear lord's death!’ R3 IV.i.76
Loe, ere I can repeat this Curse againe,Lo, ere I can repeat this curse again, R3 IV.i.77
Within so small a time, my Womans heartWithin so small a time, my woman's heart R3 IV.i.78
Grossely grew captiue to his honey words,Grossly grew captive to his honey wordsgrossly (adv.)
old form: Grossely
stupidly, senselessly, foolishly
R3 IV.i.79
And prou'd the subiect of mine owne Soules Curse,And proved the subject of mine own soul's curse, R3 IV.i.80
Which hitherto hath held mine eyes from rest:Which hitherto hath held mine eyes from rest; R3 IV.i.81
For neuer yet one howre in his BedFor never yet one hour in his bed R3 IV.i.82
Did I enioy the golden deaw of sleepe,Did I enjoy the golden dew of sleep, R3 IV.i.83
But with his timorous Dreames was still awak'd.But with his timorous dreams was still awaked.still (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyR3 IV.i.84
Besides, he hates me for my Father Warwicke,Besides, he hates me for my father Warwick, R3 IV.i.85
And will (no doubt) shortly be rid of me.And will, no doubt, shortly be rid of me. R3 IV.i.86
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Poore heart adieu, I pittie thy complaining.Poor heart, adieu! I pity thy complaining. R3 IV.i.87
Anne. ANNE 
No more, then with my soule I mourne for yours.No more than with my soul I mourn for yours. R3 IV.i.88
Dors. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Farewell, thou wofull welcommer of glory.Farewell, thou woeful welcomer of glory. R3 IV.i.89
Anne. ANNE 
Adieu, poore soule, that tak'st thy leaue of it.Adieu, poor soul, that tak'st thy leave of it. R3 IV.i.90
Du.Y. DUCHESS OF YORK 
(To Dorset) R3 IV.i.91
Go thou to Richmond, & good fortune guide thee,Go thou to Richmond, and good fortune guide thee! R3 IV.i.91
(To Anne) R3 IV.i.92
Go thou to Richard, and good Angels tend thee,Go thou to Richard, and good angels tend thee! R3 IV.i.92
(To Queen Elizabeth) R3 IV.i.93
Go thou to Sanctuarie, and good thoughts possesse thee,Go thou to sanctuary, and good thoughts possess thee! R3 IV.i.93
I to my Graue, where peace and rest lye with mee.I to my grave, where peace and rest lie with me! R3 IV.i.94
Eightie odde yeeres of sorrow haue I seene,Eighty odd years of sorrow have I seen, R3 IV.i.95
And each howres ioy wrackt with a weeke of teene.And each hour's joy wrecked with a week of teen.teen (n.)
old form: teene
trouble, grief, suffering
R3 IV.i.96
wrack (v.)
old form: wrackt
overthrow, ruin, wipe out
Qu. QUEEN ELIZABETH 
Stay, yet looke backe with me vnto the Tower.Stay, yet look back with me unto the Tower. R3 IV.i.97
Pitty, you ancient Stones, those tender Babes,Pity, you ancient stones, those tender babes R3 IV.i.98
Whom Enuie hath immur'd within your Walls,Whom envy hath immured within your walls – envy (n.)
old form: Enuie
malice, ill-will, enmity
R3 IV.i.99
Rough Cradle for such little prettie ones,Rough cradle for such little pretty ones! R3 IV.i.100
Rude ragged Nurse, old sullen Play-fellow,Rude ragged nurse, old sullen playfellowragged (adj.)rough-hewn, dilapidated, ruggedR3 IV.i.101
rude (adj.)rough, wild, harsh-looking
For tender Princes: vse my Babies well;For tender princes – use my babies well! R3 IV.i.102
So foolish Sorrowes bids your Stones farewell.So foolish sorrow bids your stones farewell. R3 IV.i.103
Exeunt. Exeunt R3 IV.i.103
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