Richard III
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Sound a Sennet. Enter Richard in pompe, Sound a sennet. Enter Richard as King, in pomp, R3 IV.ii.1.1
Buckingham, Catesby, Ratcliffe, Louel.Buckingham, Catesby, Ratcliffe, Lovel, a Page, and R3 IV.ii.1.2
attendants R3 IV.ii.1.3
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Stand all apart. Cousin of Buckingham.Stand all apart. Cousin of Buckingham –  R3 IV.ii.1
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
My gracious Soueraigne.My gracious sovereign? R3 IV.ii.2
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Giue me thy hand. Give me thy hand. R3 IV.ii.3.1
Sound.Sound R3 IV.ii.3.1

Here he ascendeth his throne R3 IV.ii.3.2
Thus high, by thy aduice,Thus high, by thy advice R3 IV.ii.3.2
and thy assistance, / Is King Richard seated:And thy assistance, is King Richard seated. R3 IV.ii.4
But shall we weare these Glories for a day?But shall we wear these glories for a day? R3 IV.ii.5
Or shall they last, and we reioyce in them?Or shall they last, and we rejoice in them? R3 IV.ii.6
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
Still liue they, and for euer let them last.Still live they, and for ever let them last! R3 IV.ii.7
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Ah Buckingham, now doe I play the Touch,Ah, Buckingham, now do I play the touch,touch (n.)touchstone, test, proofR3 IV.ii.8
To trie if thou be currant Gold indeed:To try if thou be current gold indeed. R3 IV.ii.9
Young Edward liues, thinke now what I would speake.Young Edward lives. Think now what I would say. R3 IV.ii.10
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
Say on my louing Lord.Say on, my loving lord. R3 IV.ii.11
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Why Buckingham, I say I would be King.Why, Buckingham, I say I would be king. R3 IV.ii.12
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
Why so you are, my thrice-renowned Lord.Why, so you are, my thrice renowned lord. R3 IV.ii.13
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Ha? am I King? 'tis so: but Edward liues.Ha! Am I king? 'Tis so. But Edward lives. R3 IV.ii.14
Buck BUCKINGHAM 
True, Noble Prince.True, noble prince. R3 IV.ii.15.1
Rich. KING RICHARD 
O bitter consequence!O bitter consequenceconsequence (n.)upshot, outcome, sequelR3 IV.ii.15.2
That Edward still should liue true Noble Prince.That Edward still should live true noble prince! R3 IV.ii.16
Cousin, thou wast not wont to be so dull.Cousin, thou wast not wont to be so dull.wont (v.)be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit ofR3 IV.ii.17
Shall I be plaine? I wish the Bastards dead,Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead, R3 IV.ii.18
And I would haue it suddenly perform'd.And I would have it suddenly performed.suddenly (adv.)immediately, at once, without delayR3 IV.ii.19
What say'st thou now? speake suddenly, be briefe.What sayest thou now? Speak suddenly, be brief. R3 IV.ii.20
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
Your Grace may doe your pleasure.Your grace may do your pleasure. R3 IV.ii.21
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Tut, tut, thou art all Ice, thy kindnesse freezes:Tut, tut, thou art all ice; thy kindness freezes.kindness (n.)
old form: kindnesse
friendship, affection, good will
R3 IV.ii.22
Say, haue I thy consent, that they shall dye?Say, have I thy consent that they shall die? R3 IV.ii.23
Buc. BUCKINGHAM 
Giue me some litle breath, some pawse, deare Lord,Give me some little breath, some pause, dear lord,breath (n.)breathing-space, respiteR3 IV.ii.24
Before I positiuely speake in this:Before I positively speak in this. R3 IV.ii.25
I will resolue you herein presently. I will resolve you herein presently.presently (adv.)after a short time, soon, before longR3 IV.ii.26
resolve (v.)
old form: resolue
answer, respond to
Exit Buck.Exit Buckingham R3 IV.ii.26
Catesby. CATESBY  
(aside) R3 IV.ii.27
The King is angry, see he gnawes his Lippe.The King is angry. See, he gnaws his lip. R3 IV.ii.27
Rich. KING RICHARD 
I will conuerse with Iron-witted Fooles,I will converse with iron-witted foolsiron-witted (adj.)dull-witted, obtuse, denseR3 IV.ii.28
And vnrespectiue Boyes: none are for me,And unrespective boys. None are for meunrespective (adj.)
old form: vnrespectiue
inattentive, heedless, negligent
R3 IV.ii.29
That looke into me with considerate eyes,That look into me with considerate eyes.considerate (adj.)deliberate, calculating, waryR3 IV.ii.30
High-reaching Buckingham growes circumspect.High-reaching Buckingham grows circumspect. R3 IV.ii.31
Boy.Boy! R3 IV.ii.32
Page. PAGE 
My Lord.My lord? R3 IV.ii.33
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Know'st thou not any, whom corrupting GoldKnow'st thou not any whom corrupting gold R3 IV.ii.34
Will tempt vnto a close exploit of Death?Would tempt unto a close exploit of death?exploit (n.)act, deed, enterpriseR3 IV.ii.35
close (adj.)secret, covert, underhanded
Page. PAGE 
I know a discontented Gentleman,I know a discontented gentleman R3 IV.ii.36
Whose humble meanes match not his haughtie spirit:Whose humble means match not his haughty spirit. R3 IV.ii.37
Gold were as good as twentie Orators,Gold were as good as twenty orators, R3 IV.ii.38
And will (no doubt) tempt him to any thing.And will, no doubt, tempt him to anything. R3 IV.ii.39
Rich. KING RICHARD 
What is his Name?What is his name? R3 IV.ii.40.1
Page. PAGE 
His Name, my Lord, is Tirrell.His name, my lord, is Tyrrel. R3 IV.ii.40.2
Rich. KING RICHARD 
I partly know the man: goe call him hither, / Boy. I partly know the man. Go call him hither, boy. R3 IV.ii.41
Exit.Exit Page R3 IV.ii.41
The deepe reuoluing wittie Buckingham,The deep-revolving witty Buckinghamwitty (adj.)
old form: wittie
crafty, cunning, wily
R3 IV.ii.42
deep-revolving (adj.)
old form: deepe reuoluing
deeply considering, meditating, pondering
No more shall be the neighbor to my counsailes.No more shall be the neighbour to my counsels. R3 IV.ii.43
Hath he so long held out with me, vntyr'd,Hath he so long held out with me, untired, R3 IV.ii.44
And stops he now for breath? Well, be it so.And stops he now for breath? Well, be it so. R3 IV.ii.45
Enter Stanley.Enter the Earl of Derby R3 IV.ii.46
How now, Lord Stanley, what's the newes?How now, Lord Stanley? What's the news? R3 IV.ii.46.1
Stanley. DERBY 
Know my louing Lord,Know, my loving lord, R3 IV.ii.46.2
the Marquesse Dorset /As I heare, is fledThe Marquess Dorset, as I hear, is fled R3 IV.ii.47
to Richmond, / In the parts where he abides.To Richmond in the parts where he abides. R3 IV.ii.48
Rich. Derby stands aside R3 IV.ii.49

KING RICHARD 
Come hither Catesby, rumor it abroad,Come hither, Catesby. Rumour it abroad R3 IV.ii.49
That Anne my Wife is very grieuous sicke,That Anne my wife is grievous sick. R3 IV.ii.50
I will take order for her keeping close.I will take order for her keeping close.close (adj.)private, secluded, sequesteredR3 IV.ii.51
Inquire me out some meane poore Gentleman,Inquire me out some mean poor gentleman,mean (adj.)
old form: meane
of low rank, inferior in position, less important
R3 IV.ii.52
Whom I will marry straight to Clarence Daughter:Whom I will marry straight to Clarence' daughter.straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at onceR3 IV.ii.53
The Boy is foolish, and I feare not him.The boy is foolish, and I fear not him.foolish (adj.)like an idiot, lacking in senseR3 IV.ii.54
Looke how thou dream'st: I say againe, giue out,Look how thou dream'st! I say again, give out R3 IV.ii.55
That Anne, my Queene, is sicke, and like to dye.That Anne, my Queen, is sick and like to die.like (adv.)likely, probable / probablyR3 IV.ii.56
About it, for it stands me much vponAbout it! For it stands me much uponstand upon (v.)
old form: vpon
concern, be of importance to
R3 IV.ii.57
To stop all hopes, whose growth may dammage me.To stop all hopes whose growth may damage me. R3 IV.ii.58
Exit Catesby R3 IV.ii.58
I must be marryed to my Brothers Daughter,I must be married to my brother's daughter, R3 IV.ii.59
Or else my Kingdome stands on brittle Glasse:Or else my kingdom stands on brittle glass. R3 IV.ii.60
Murther her Brothers, and then marry her,Murder her brothers, and then marry her –  R3 IV.ii.61
Vncertaine way of gaine. But I am inUncertain way of gain! But I am in R3 IV.ii.62
So farre in blood, that sinne will pluck on sinne,So far in blood that sin will pluck on sin.pluck on (v.)draw on, pull in, drag inR3 IV.ii.63
Teare-falling Pittie dwells not in this Eye.Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye. R3 IV.ii.64
Enter Tyrrel.Enter Page, with Tyrrel R3 IV.ii.65
Is thy Name Tyrrel?Is thy name Tyrrel? R3 IV.ii.65
Tyr. TYRREL 
Iames Tyrrel, and your most obedient subiect.James Tyrrel, and your most obedient subject. R3 IV.ii.66
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Art thou indeed?Art thou, indeed? R3 IV.ii.67.1
Tyr. TYRREL 
Proue me, my gracious Lord.Prove me, my gracious lord. R3 IV.ii.67.2
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Dar'st thou resolue to kill a friend of mine?Dar'st thou resolve to kill a friend of mine? R3 IV.ii.68
Tyr. TYRREL 
Please you:Please you; R3 IV.ii.69
But I had rather kill two enemies.But I had rather kill two enemies. R3 IV.ii.70
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Why then thou hast it: two deepe enemies,Why, there thou hast it! Two deep enemies,deep (adj.)
old form: deepe
deadly, grave, mortal
R3 IV.ii.71
Foes to my Rest, and my sweet sleepes disturbers,Foes to my rest and my sweet sleep's disturbers,disturb (n.)disturbanceR3 IV.ii.72
Are they that I would haue thee deale vpon:Are they that I would have thee deal upon.deal upon (v.)
old form: deale vpon
deal with, proceed against
R3 IV.ii.73
Tyrrel, I meane those Bastards in the Tower.Tyrrel, I mean those bastards in the Tower. R3 IV.ii.74
Tyr. TYRREL 
Let me haue open meanes to come to them,Let me have open means to come to them, R3 IV.ii.75
And soone Ile rid you from the feare of them.And soon I'll rid you from the fear of them. R3 IV.ii.76
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Thou sing'st sweet Musique: / Hearke, come hither Tyrrel,Thou sing'st sweet music. Hark, come hither, Tyrrel. R3 IV.ii.77
Goe by this token: rise, and lend thine Eare,Go by this token. Rise, and lend thine ear. R3 IV.ii.78
Whispers.Whispers R3 IV.ii.79
There is no more but so: say it is done,There is no more but so; say it is done, R3 IV.ii.79
And I will loue thee, and preferre thee for it.And I will love thee and prefer thee for it.prefer (v.)
old form: preferre
promote, advance, recommend
R3 IV.ii.80
Tyr. TYRREL 
I will dispatch it straight. I will dispatch it straight.straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at onceR3 IV.ii.81
dispatch, despatch (v.)deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly
Exit.Exit R3 IV.ii.81
Enter Buckingham.Enter Buckingham R3 IV.ii.82
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
My Lord, I haue consider'd in my minde,My Lord, I have considered in my mind R3 IV.ii.82
The late request that you did sound me in.The late demand that you did sound me in. R3 IV.ii.83
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Well, let that rest: Dorset is fled to Richmond.Well, let that rest. Dorset is fled to Richmond. R3 IV.ii.84
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
I heare the newes, my Lord.I hear the news, my lord. R3 IV.ii.85
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Stanley, hee is your Wiues Sonne: well, looke vnto it.Stanley, he is your wife's son. Well, look unto it. R3 IV.ii.86
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
My Lord, I clayme the gift, my due by promise,My lord, I claim the gift, my due by promise, R3 IV.ii.87
For which your Honor and your Faith is pawn'd,For which your honour and your faith is pawned, R3 IV.ii.88
Th'Earledome of Hertford, and the moueables,Th' earldom of Hereford and the movablesmovable, moveable (n.)
old form: moueables
(plural) personal possessions, private effects, pieces of property
R3 IV.ii.89
Which you haue promised I shall possesse.Which you promised I shall possess. R3 IV.ii.90
Rich KING RICHARD 
Stanley looke to your Wife: if she conueyStanley, look to your wife; if she convey R3 IV.ii.91
Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it.Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it.answer (v.)suffer the consequences [for], be accountable [for]R3 IV.ii.92
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
What sayes your Highnesse to my iust request?What says your highness to my just request? R3 IV.ii.93
Rich. KING RICHARD 
I doe remember me, Henry the SixtI do remember me Henry the Sixthremember (v.)recollect, recall, call to mindR3 IV.ii.94
Did prophecie, that Richmond should be King,Did prophesy that Richmond should be king R3 IV.ii.95
When Richmond was a little peeuish Boy.When Richmond was a little peevish boy.peevish (adj.)
old form: peeuish
silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive
R3 IV.ii.96
A King perhaps.A king! – Perhaps! –  R3 IV.ii.97
BUCKINGHAM 
My lord –  R3 IV.ii.98
KING RICHARD 
How chance the prophet could not at that time R3 IV.ii.99
Have told me, I being by, that I should kill him? R3 IV.ii.100
BUCKINGHAM 
My lord, your promise for the earldom! R3 IV.ii.101
KING RICHARD 
Richmond! When last I was at Exeter, R3 IV.ii.102
The Mayor in courtesy showed me the castle, R3 IV.ii.103
And called it Rouge-mount; at which name I started, R3 IV.ii.104
Because a bard of Ireland told me once R3 IV.ii.105
I should not live long after I saw Richmond. R3 IV.ii.106
BUCKINGHAM 
My lord –  R3 IV.ii.107
KING RICHARD 
Ay, what's a clock? R3 IV.ii.108
BUCKINGHAM 
I am thus bold to put your grace in mind R3 IV.ii.109
Of what you promised me. R3 IV.ii.110.1
KING RICHARD 
Well, but what's a clock? R3 IV.ii.110.2
BUCKINGHAM 
Upon the stroke of ten. R3 IV.ii.111.1
KING RICHARD 
Well, let it strike. R3 IV.ii.111.2
BUCKINGHAM 
Why let it strike? R3 IV.ii.112
KING RICHARD 
Because that like a Jack thou keep'st the strokejack (n.)figure of a man who strikes a bell on the outside of a clockR3 IV.ii.113
Betwixt thy begging and my meditation. R3 IV.ii.114
I am not in the giving vein today.vein (n.)
old form: vaine
state of mind, motive, mood
R3 IV.ii.115
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
May it please you to resolue me in my suit.May it please you to resolve me in my suit?suit (n.)formal request, entreaty, petitionR3 IV.ii.116
resolve (v.)
old form: resolue
answer, respond to
Rich. KING RICHARD 
Thou troublest me, I am not in the vaine. Thou troublest me; I am not in the vein. R3 IV.ii.117
Exit.Exeunt all but Buckingham R3 IV.ii.117
Buck. BUCKINGHAM 
And is it thus? repayes he my deepe seruiceAnd is it thus? Repays he my deep servicedeep (adj.)
old form: deepe
solemn, weighty, important
R3 IV.ii.118
With such contempt? made I him King for this?With such contempt? Made I him king for this? R3 IV.ii.119
O let me thinke on Hastings, and be goneO, let me think on Hastings, and be gone R3 IV.ii.120
To Brecnock, while my fearefull Head is on.To Brecknock, while my fearful head is on! R3 IV.ii.121
Exit.Exit R3 IV.ii.121
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