|The Life and Death of Richard the Third|
| Richard III
| Act 3, Scene 1
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The trumpets sound. Enter the young PRINCE EDWARD, GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM, CARDINAL, CATESBY, and othersBUCKINGHAM
Welcome, sweet prince, to London, to your chamber.GLOUCESTER
Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts' sovereignPRINCE EDWARD
The weary way hath made you melancholy.
No, uncle; but our crosses on the wayGLOUCESTER
Have made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy
I want more uncles here to welcome me.
Sweet prince, the untainted virtue of your yearsPRINCE EDWARD
Hath not yet dived into the world's deceit
Nor more can you distinguish of a man
Than of his outward show; which, God he knows,
Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart.
Those uncles which you want were dangerous;
Your grace attended to their sugar'd words,
But look'd not on the poison of their hearts :
God keep you from them, and from such false friends!
God keep me from false friends! but they were none.GLOUCESTER
My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you.Lord Mayor
Enter the Lord Mayor and his train
God bless your grace with health and happy days!PRINCE EDWARD
I thank you, good my lord; and thank you all.BUCKINGHAM
I thought my mother, and my brother York,
Would long ere this have met us on the way
Fie, what a slug is Hastings, that he comes not
To tell us whether they will come or no!
And, in good time, here comes the sweating lord.PRINCE EDWARD
Welcome, my lord: what, will our mother come?HASTINGS
On what occasion, God he knows, not I,BUCKINGHAM
The queen your mother, and your brother York,
Have taken sanctuary: the tender prince
Would fain have come with me to meet your grace,
But by his mother was perforce withheld.
Fie, what an indirect and peevish courseCARDINAL
Is this of hers! Lord cardinal, will your grace
Persuade the queen to send the Duke of York
Unto his princely brother presently?
If she deny, Lord Hastings, go with him,
And from her jealous arms pluck him perforce.
My Lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratoryBUCKINGHAM
Can from his mother win the Duke of York,
Anon expect him here; but if she be obdurate
To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid
We should infringe the holy privilege
Of blessed sanctuary! not for all this land
Would I be guilty of so deep a sin.
You are too senseless--obstinate, my lord,CARDINAL
Too ceremonious and traditional
Weigh it but with the grossness of this age,
You break not sanctuary in seizing him.
The benefit thereof is always granted
To those whose dealings have deserved the place,
And those who have the wit to claim the place:
This prince hath neither claim'd it nor deserved it;
And therefore, in mine opinion, cannot have it:
Then, taking him from thence that is not there,
You break no privilege nor charter there.
Oft have I heard of sanctuary men;
But sanctuary children ne'er till now.
My lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind for once.HASTINGS
Come on, Lord Hastings, will you go with me?
I go, my lord.PRINCE EDWARD
Good lords, make all the speedy haste you may.GLOUCESTER
Exeunt CARDINAL and HASTINGSSay, uncle Gloucester, if our brother come,
Where shall we sojourn till our coronation?
Where it seems best unto your royal self.PRINCE EDWARD
If I may counsel you, some day or two
Your highness shall repose you at the Tower:
Then where you please, and shall be thought most fit
For your best health and recreation.
I do not like the Tower, of any place.BUCKINGHAM
Did Julius Caesar build that place, my lord?
He did, my gracious lord, begin that place;PRINCE EDWARD
Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.
Is it upon record, or else reportedBUCKINGHAM
Successively from age to age, he built it?
Upon record, my gracious lord.PRINCE EDWARD
But say, my lord, it were not register'd,GLOUCESTER
Methinks the truth should live from age to age,
As 'twere retail'd to all posterity,
Even to the general all-ending day.
[Aside] So wise so young, they say, do neverPRINCE EDWARD
What say you, uncle?GLOUCESTER
I say, without characters, fame lives long.PRINCE EDWARD
AsideThus, like the formal vice, Iniquity,
I moralize two meanings in one word.
That Julius Caesar was a famous man;BUCKINGHAM
With what his valour did enrich his wit,
His wit set down to make his valour live
Death makes no conquest of this conqueror;
For now he lives in fame, though not in life.
I'll tell you what, my cousin Buckingham,--
What, my gracious lord?PRINCE EDWARD
An if I live until I be a man,GLOUCESTER
I'll win our ancient right in France again,
Or die a soldier, as I lived a king.
[Aside] Short summers lightly have a forward spring.BUCKINGHAM
Enter young YORK, HASTINGS, and the CARDINAL
Now, in good time, here comes the Duke of York.PRINCE EDWARD
Richard of York! how fares our loving brother?YORK
Well, my dread lord; so must I call you now.PRINCE EDWARD
Ay, brother, to our grief, as it is yours:GLOUCESTER
Too late he died that might have kept that title,
Which by his death hath lost much majesty.
How fares our cousin, noble Lord of York?YORK
I thank you, gentle uncle. O, my lord,GLOUCESTER
You said that idle weeds are fast in growth
The prince my brother hath outgrown me far.
He hath, my lord.YORK
And therefore is he idle?GLOUCESTER
O, my fair cousin, I must not say so.YORK
Then is he more beholding to you than I.GLOUCESTER
He may command me as my sovereign;YORK
But you have power in me as in a kinsman.
I pray you, uncle, give me this dagger.GLOUCESTER
My dagger, little cousin? with all my heart.PRINCE EDWARD
A beggar, brother?YORK
Of my kind uncle, that I know will give;GLOUCESTER
And being but a toy, which is no grief to give.
A greater gift than that I'll give my cousin.YORK
A greater gift! O, that's the sword to it.GLOUCESTER
A gentle cousin, were it light enough.YORK
O, then, I see, you will part but with light gifts;GLOUCESTER
In weightier things you'll say a beggar nay.
It is too heavy for your grace to wear.YORK
I weigh it lightly, were it heavier.GLOUCESTER
What, would you have my weapon, little lord?YORK
I would, that I might thank you as you call me.GLOUCESTER
My Lord of York will still be cross in talk:YORK
Uncle, your grace knows how to bear with him.
You mean, to bear me, not to bear with me:BUCKINGHAM
Uncle, my brother mocks both you and me;
Because that I am little, like an ape,
He thinks that you should bear me on your shoulders.
With what a sharp-provided wit he reasons!GLOUCESTER
To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle,
He prettily and aptly taunts himself:
So cunning and so young is wonderful.
My lord, will't please you pass along?YORK
Myself and my good cousin Buckingham
Will to your mother, to entreat of her
To meet you at the Tower and welcome you.
What, will you go unto the Tower, my lord?PRINCE EDWARD
My lord protector needs will have it so.YORK
I shall not sleep in quiet at the Tower.GLOUCESTER
Why, what should you fear?YORK
Marry, my uncle Clarence' angry ghost:PRINCE EDWARD
My grandam told me he was murdered there.
I fear no uncles dead.GLOUCESTER
Nor none that live, I hope.PRINCE EDWARD
An if they live, I hope I need not fear.BUCKINGHAM
But come, my lord; and with a heavy heart,
Thinking on them, go I unto the Tower.
A Sennet. Exeunt all but GLOUCESTER, BUCKINGHAM and CATESBY
Think you, my lord, this little prating YorkGLOUCESTER
Was not incensed by his subtle mother
To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously?
No doubt, no doubt; O, 'tis a parlous boy;BUCKINGHAM
Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable
He is all the mother's, from the top to toe.
Well, let them rest. Come hither, Catesby.CATESBY
Thou art sworn as deeply to effect what we intend
As closely to conceal what we impart:
Thou know'st our reasons urged upon the way;
What think'st thou? is it not an easy matter
To make William Lord Hastings of our mind,
For the instalment of this noble duke
In the seat royal of this famous isle?
He for his father's sake so loves the prince,BUCKINGHAM
That he will not be won to aught against him.
What think'st thou, then, of Stanley? what will he?CATESBY
He will do all in all as Hastings doth.BUCKINGHAM
Well, then, no more but this: go, gentle Catesby,GLOUCESTER
And, as it were far off sound thou Lord Hastings,
How doth he stand affected to our purpose;
And summon him to-morrow to the Tower,
To sit about the coronation.
If thou dost find him tractable to us,
Encourage him, and show him all our reasons:
If he be leaden, icy-cold, unwilling,
Be thou so too; and so break off your talk,
And give us notice of his inclination:
For we to-morrow hold divided councils,
Wherein thyself shalt highly be employ'd.
Commend me to Lord William: tell him, Catesby,BUCKINGHAM
His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
To-morrow are let blood at Pomfret-castle;
And bid my friend, for joy of this good news,
Give mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more.
Good Catesby, go, effect this business soundly.CATESBY
My good lords both, with all the heed I may.GLOUCESTER
Shall we hear from you, Catesby, ere we sleep?CATESBY
You shall, my lord.GLOUCESTER
At Crosby Place, there shall you find us both.BUCKINGHAM
Now, my lord, what shall we do, if we perceiveGLOUCESTER
Lord Hastings will not yield to our complots?
Chop off his head, man; somewhat we will do:BUCKINGHAM
And, look, when I am king, claim thou of me
The earldom of Hereford, and the moveables
Whereof the king my brother stood possess'd.
I'll claim that promise at your grace's hands.GLOUCESTER
And look to have it yielded with all willingness.
Come, let us sup betimes, that afterwards
We may digest our complots in some form.
| Richard III
| Act 3, Scene 1
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