|The Life and Death of Richard the Third|
| Richard III
| Act 2, Scene 4
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Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, young YORK, QUEEN ELIZABETH, and the DUCHESS OF YORKARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Last night, I hear, they lay at Northampton;DUCHESS OF YORK
At Stony-Stratford will they be to-night:
To-morrow, or next day, they will be here.
I long with all my heart to see the prince:QUEEN ELIZABETH
I hope he is much grown since last I saw him.
But I hear, no; they say my son of YorkYORK
Hath almost overta'en him in his growth.
Ay, mother; but I would not have it so.DUCHESS OF YORK
Why, my young cousin, it is good to grow.YORK
Grandam, one night, as we did sit at supper,DUCHESS OF YORK
My uncle Rivers talk'd how I did grow
More than my brother: 'Ay,' quoth my uncle
'Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace:'
And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast,
Because sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.
Good faith, good faith, the saying did not holdARCHBISHOP OF YORK
In him that did object the same to thee;
He was the wretched'st thing when he was young,
So long a-growing and so leisurely,
That, if this rule were true, he should be gracious.
Why, madam, so, no doubt, he is.DUCHESS OF YORK
I hope he is; but yet let mothers doubt.YORK
Now, by my troth, if I had been remember'd,DUCHESS OF YORK
I could have given my uncle's grace a flout,
To touch his growth nearer than he touch'd mine.
How, my pretty York? I pray thee, let me hear it.YORK
Marry, they say my uncle grew so fastDUCHESS OF YORK
That he could gnaw a crust at two hours old
'Twas full two years ere I could get a tooth.
Grandam, this would have been a biting jest.
I pray thee, pretty York, who told thee this?YORK
Grandam, his nurse.DUCHESS OF YORK
His nurse! why, she was dead ere thou wert born.YORK
If 'twere not she, I cannot tell who told me.QUEEN ELIZABETH
A parlous boy: go to, you are too shrewd.ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Good madam, be not angry with the child.QUEEN ELIZABETH
Pitchers have ears.ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Enter a Messenger
Here comes a messenger. What news?Messenger
Such news, my lord, as grieves me to unfold.QUEEN ELIZABETH
How fares the prince?Messenger
Well, madam, and in health.DUCHESS OF YORK
What is thy news then?Messenger
Lord Rivers and Lord Grey are sent to Pomfret,DUCHESS OF YORK
With them Sir Thomas Vaughan, prisoners.
Who hath committed them?Messenger
The mighty dukesQUEEN ELIZABETH
Gloucester and Buckingham.
For what offence?Messenger
The sum of all I can, I have disclosed;QUEEN ELIZABETH
Why or for what these nobles were committed
Is all unknown to me, my gracious lady.
Ay me, I see the downfall of our house!DUCHESS OF YORK
The tiger now hath seized the gentle hind;
Insulting tyranny begins to jet
Upon the innocent and aweless throne:
Welcome, destruction, death, and massacre!
I see, as in a map, the end of all.
Accursed and unquiet wrangling days,QUEEN ELIZABETH
How many of you have mine eyes beheld!
My husband lost his life to get the crown;
And often up and down my sons were toss'd,
For me to joy and weep their gain and loss:
And being seated, and domestic broils
Clean over-blown, themselves, the conquerors.
Make war upon themselves; blood against blood,
Self against self: O, preposterous
And frantic outrage, end thy damned spleen;
Or let me die, to look on death no more!
Come, come, my boy; we will to sanctuary.DUCHESS OF YORK
I'll go along with you.QUEEN ELIZABETH
You have no cause.ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
My gracious lady, go;
And thither bear your treasure and your goods.
For my part, I'll resign unto your grace
The seal I keep: and so betide to me
As well I tender you and all of yours!
Come, I'll conduct you to the sanctuary.
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