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[By William Shakespeare]



Date of earliest known quarto 1597

(B.M. 77762 cc. 3.)

Reproduced in Facsimile 1913



Under the Supervision and Editorship of
JOHN S. FARMER



[By William Shakespeare]

1597



Issued for Subscribers by the Editor of

THE TUDOR FACSIMILE TEXTS
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Etn0 Hkljarir tlj^ lljirjtr

[By William Shakespeare.]

1597



This reproduction of the first quarto of Shakespeare's play is
from a facsimile of the only perfect copy in private hands, which,
however, is not at present accessible (see the Introduction to the
forthcoming Bibliographical Index to The Tudor Facsimile Texts).

The B.M. copy of the 1597 quarto wants signatures C and D ;
the Bodley copy is also imperfect. The B.M. 1598 quarto also lacks
the title (supplied in facsimile) : its copies of other editions — 1602,
1612, 1622 and 1634 — are complete.

The original facsimile was made (and beautifully done) by
the late Mr. Ashbee some forty years ago; fifty copies only were
printed, of which nineteen were destroyed. Copies are very scarce
indeed.

This, therefore, seemed the most satisfactory way of filling the
present gap in first-hand material for a comparative study of
some of the so-called " Foundation " plays.

JOHN S. FARMER.



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THE TRAGEDY OF

King Richard the third.

Containing,
His treacherous Plots againfthis brother Clarence;
the pittiefull murther cf his iunoccnt nephewes :
his tyrannicall vfurpation : with the whole courfc
of his dctefted lifc, and moftdefcrucd death.

As ft hath bccnelately Acfted by the

Right honourable the Lord Chambcr-
lainchisTeruants.




AT LONDON
Printed by Valentine Sims, for Andrew Wife,
dwelling in Paulcs Chuch-yard , at the
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EfiPo' Richard Bake ^fOUcefierJolus,

IOw is the winter of ourdifcontcnti
Made glorious fummcr by this fonnc of Yorke;
And all the cioudcs that lowrd vpon our houft,
J In the dccpe bofome ofthe Ocean buried.
Now arc our browcs bound with victorious wreathes,
Our bruifcd armcs hung vp for monuments,
Our Heme alarmcs change! to merry meetings.
Our drcadfullmarchcs to dclightfull mcafurcs.
Grim-vifagdc warrc^hath fmoothde his wrinkled firont.
And now in deed otmountins barbed ftecdes,
To fright the foulcs of fearefuTl aduerfaries.
He capers nimbly In a Ladies chamber.
To the lafciuiouspleafinz of a louc.
But I that am not /hapte for fportiue tricked
Normadctocourtanamorous loolirnggla^Tc,
I that am rudely ftamptand want loues maicfty,
Toftiut bcforea wanton amblmg Nymph:
I that am curtaild of this fairc proportion.
Cheated of feature by diiTcmbling nature,
DeforradjVnfinifht, fcnt before ray time
Into this breathing world fcarce halfc made vp»
And that fo lamely and vnfia/liionable,
That dogs barkc at me as I halt by them:
Why I in this weake piping time of peace
Hauc HO delight topaflc away the time,
VnleiTe to fpic my /liadow in the funne.
And dcfcant on mine owne deformity;
And therefore fincc I cannot prooue a louer
To cntcrtainc thcfc fairc well fpokcn daJcs«

A 3 lam



7hf Tragedy

I J m determined to proouc a viHaine,

And bate the idle plcafurcs of thefe dales:

Plots haue I laid indu<fiious dangerous,

By drunken ProphcfieSjlibcIsand dreamcsi

ToTct my brother Clarence and the King

In deadly h;ite the one againft the other.

And if King Hdward be as true and iuft",

As 1 am fubtile, falfc, and trechcrous;

This day fhould Clarence clofcly be mewed vp,

Abouta Prophecy which faicsthat G.

Ot Edwards hei res the murthcrcrs (ball bc«

Dine thougiitsdownc to my foule, €ntfr CUytnce witJH

Hecre Clarence comes, 4^drdoftnen»

Brolherjgood daycs,whatmcancsthi$ armed gard

That waites vpon your grace?

Cldr, His Maietty tendering my pcrfon3 fafcty hath ap*

f o ntcd
ThisGondudto conuay me to tUetowcri

Glo, Vpon what caufe?

CU. Becaufc my name is George.

do, Alackemy Lord that fault is none of yours,
He fhould for that commit your Godfathers:
O belike his Maie fly hath fomc intent
That yc u (halbe new chriftcncd in the Tower.
But vvhatsthci7)atter Clarence maylknow?

CU. Yea Richard when I know ; for I protcft
As yet I doc not, but as I can Icarnc,
He barkens after Prophecies and dreamcs,.
And from the crcflc^rowc pluckes the letter G;
And laics a wifard told him that by G,
His inliedifinheiitcd fliould be.
And for my name of George begins with Gi
Itfollowcs in his tfiought that I am he.
Thefc a« I leavnc and fuch like toicsas thefe,
Haue moiled hishighnes to coramit me now.

G/o, Why this it is when men arc rulde by womco^.
Tis not the King that fendsyou to the tower,
My Lady Gray b)3 wifCi Clarence tis fhc,
' - That



ifBkhard the third.

That tempers him to this extremity,

"Was it not (he and that good man of wor/hippe

Anthony Wooduilc her brotficr there.

That made hjm fend Lord Haftings to the tower*

From whence this prcfcnt day he is deliuercd?

Wc are not fafe Clarcnce,wc arc not fafc.

CU. By hcauen Ithinkc there is no man is fecurdc,
ButtheQiicene5 kindred Jand night-walking Heraldsj.
That trudge betwixt the King and MiOrciTc Shore,
Heard yc not what an humble fuppliant
Lord Haftineswasto herforhisdehuery.

C/#. Humbly complaining to her deity.
Got my Lord Chambcrlainchis liberty.
He tell you what. Ithinke itisoitrway r
If wc willkecpe in fauour with the King,
To be her men a4id weare her liucry.
Theicalcuj orewornc widciowand hcrfelfe,
Since that our brother dubd them gentlewomen,
Are mighty gofsips in this monarchy.

Bro. I befeech your Graces both to pardon mc:
Hu M^efty hath ftreigh»ly giuen incharge,
That no man fhall haue priuatc conference?
Of what degree foeucr with his brother.

Clo, Euen fo and pleafe your worfhip Brokcnburyj
Yommay pertake of any thing we fay;
We fpeake no treafon man, wc (ay the King
Is wife and vcrtuous , and his noble Queenc
Well ftrokc in ycrest faire and not iealou?.
We {ay that Shores wife hath a prety footc,
A cherry Iippc, a bbnny cie. a pafling pleafing tongue:
And that the Quccncs kindred are made gentlefolks.
How fay you fir* can you deny all this?
Fro. With this (my Lord) my felfc haue nought to do.
Glo. NaMght to do with Meftris Shore,! tell thee fellow>
He that doth naught with her, excepting one
Were befl he doe it fccretly alone.

Bro. I befeech your Grace to pardon me, and withal fo-»

Your conference with the noble Duke. (beace

'"'A3 We



CU. Weknow thy charge Broke nbuty and will obey,
Glo. Wc are the Qucencs abieib and mu ft obey.
Brother farewclljl will vnto the King,
And whatfocuer you will imploy me in,
Were it to call King Edwa rds widdow (ifter,
1 will pcrformc it to cnfranchifc you,
Meane time this dcepe difgracc in brotherhood.
Touches mc deeper then you can imagine.
CU. I know it plcafeth neither ofvs well:
Glo, Wclljvour smprifonment fhall not be I ong,
I will deliucr you or lie for you,
Mcatae time hauc patience.
C/rf. I rruift perforce; farewell, 'ExitCUr.
Glo, Go treade the path that thou (halt ncre rcturnc,
Simple plaine Clarence I docloue thee Co,
That 1 will fliortly fend thy foule to heauen,
If hcauen will take the prcfent at our hands:
Butwho cornes here the new dehucred haftings?

I,ntef Lord Haflinis^ '
Hdji. Good time of day vnto my gratious Lord:
g/o. As much vnto my good Lord Chambcrlaiae:
Well are you welcome to the open aire,
How hath your Lordfhip brookt imprilbnment?

Udft. With paticnce(nobleLord)asprifbnersmuft:
But! fhall Hue my Lord to giue them thankes
That were the caufc of my imprifonmcnt.

Glo. No doubtjHo doubt, and fo (ha\ Clarence too,
For they that were your enemies arc his,
And hauc preuaild as much on hira as you.

Ha/}. More pitty that the Eagle fhould be mcwcd.
While kciht5 andbuflards prey at liberty.
Gla. What newcs abroad?
H^/?, No newcs Co bad abroad as this at homes
The King is fickly^weakc and melancholy,
And his Phifitions fearc him mightily,

Glo, Now by Saint Paul this newcs is bad indccdcj
Oh he hath kept an euill diet Icng,
And oucrmuch coBfumcd liis rovall pcrfon,

T'ls



0fRti;h4rd the third,

Ti$ vcty gricuous to be thougjht vpore
What is he in his bed ?
Hrf/?. He is.

G/o, Go you before and I will follow you. Exit HaJL.
He cannot liuc i hojjej and mull not diCj
1 ill George be packt with poft hof fc vp to hcaaen,
lie in to vrge his hatred more to Clarence,
Wifh lies well fteeld with weighty arguments.
And if I fail e not in my decpc intent,
Clarence hath not an other day to liuc
Which donCjGod take King Edward to his mere;
Andicauethc world for K?e to bufTcU in.
For then He marry Warwicki yongeft- daughter :
"What though I kild her husband and her father.
The icadieft way tc make the wench amends.
Is to become her husband and hcrftither:
The which Willi, notal! fb much for loue^
As for another fecret clofe intent.
By marrying herwhieh I mud reach vnto .
But yet I run before my horfe ^^ market:
Clarence ft ill breathes,Edward (kiW hues and raignesj
Wh en they are eone then aiufti count my gaincs. Ixif,
En^r Lady Unm lOiih the huLrft •f Harry the 6.
> "^^ Lady w/f « . Set downe fet do wne your honourableJ
If honor may be (hrowded i&a hcarfe,
Vv hilft I a while obrcquioudy lament
The vntimely fall of vertuous Lancaftcn
Poore kei-cold figure of a holy King^
Pale afhes of the houfc of Lancafter,
Thou bloudlclTe remnant of that royall bloud.
Beit iawfall that linuocatethy ghof}.
To hcare the iamcntations of poore Anne,
Wife to thy Ed ward^to thy flaughtcrcd fonnc,
Stabd by thcfelfcfame hands that m^sdethefe holes^
Lo in thofc windowes that let foorth thy life,
3 pcwre the helpIcfTc balme of my poore eies,
Cuirft be the hand that made thefe fatall holes,,
Oxt^ be the heart that hadthe heaitto do&'itc



TheTngedy

More dircfull hap betide that hated wretch,
That makes vs wretched by the death of thcc:
Than I can wiHi to adders, fpidcrs, toades,
Oriny creeping venomdc thing that hues.
If euer he hauc child abortiue be it,
Prodigious and vr^tmiely brought to h»ht:
Whoft vglyand vnnaturall afpefl,
May fright the hopefull mother ?X the vicwo
Ifsucr he hauc wife, let her be made
As miferabie by the death of hiin,
As I am made by my poorc Lord and thee.
Come now to -A-ards Chcitfcy with your holy loade,'
1'aken from Paulcs to be interred there;
And ft I II as you arc weary of the waight,
Re.(^ you whiles I lament King Henries corfe.

UntfrGlocef^er.
do, Sta)t you that bcarc the corfe and fct it downc.
Ld . Whatbiackc magitian coniurcs vp this fiend.
To ftop deuoted charitable d cedes.

Cio, Villaine fct downc the ccrfc, or by S.Paulc#
He make a corfe of him that difobcics.
Gint. My Lordi ftand backeand let the coffin paffe.
Glo. Vnmanerddog.ftandthou when I command,
Aduanccthy halbert higher than raybrefl",
OrbySaint Paul lie flrikc thcctomyrootc,
And fpume vpon thee bcgger fbrthy boldncs.

Ld. What doc you trcmble»arc rouall afraid I
Alas,lblamc you not,foryouare mortal!.
And mortall ciescannot endure the diuell.
Auauntthou drcadfiiU mini (ler of hell,
Thou had(t but power ouer his mortall body,
His (oulethou canft not haue, therefore be gone.
C/o . Swecte Saint»fbr Charity be not fo curft.
Ld. Foule Diuell* for Gods fake hence & trouble vi not,
For thou haft made the happy earth thy hell:
Filditwithcurfingcrics and dcepe cxclaimes.
If thou delight to view thy hainous dcedc5,
Behold thi* pattcrnc of thv butcheries.

Oh



cf Richer ei the third.

Oh gentlemen Tec, fee dead Henries wound cs,'

Open their congeald mouthcs and blecde afrcfb,

Blmh blufh thou lumpe of foule deformity,

For ti$ thy prcfence that exhales this bloud,

From cold and empty vcmes where no bloud dwclN.

Thy deed inhumane and vnnaturall,

Prouokcs this deluge moft vnnaturall.

Oh God which this bloud made{l,rcucngc his death,

Oh earth which this bloud drinkftjrcuengichisdedth:

Either hcauen with lightning flri kc the murthercr dead.

Or earth gape open wide and catc him qui eke.

As thou docll fwallow vp this eood Kings bloud,

Which his hell-goucmd arme hath butchered.

Glo. Lady you know no rules of charity I
"Which renders good for bad,blefsings for curfes.

Lady Villaine thou kno weft no law of God nor mant
No bcaftfoficrcebutknowesfome touch ofpitty.

Glo. But I know none, and therefore am no bead.

Lddy Oh wondcrfull when Diuels tell the troth,

G/o, Morewonderfull when Angels arc fo ang'y
Vour(afe dcuinc perfe«flion of a woman,
Ofthc/cfiippofcdcuilsto giueme leauc,
By circumltance but to acquite my feJfe.

L4. Vouchfafe defufed infc£\ion of a man,
For thefc kno wnc euils but to giue me Icauc,
By circumftance to curfe thy curfcd fclfc.

Glo. Fairer then tongue can name thee, let me hauc
Some patient leiifurc to cxcufe my fclfr,

14, Fouler then heart can thinkc thee thou canft trakc
No excufe currant but to hang thy felfe.

G^. By iachdefpairc I Should accufc my fclfc.

L^d. And by defpairing fhouldft thou ftand excufde.
For doing worthy vengeance on thy ielfc,
Which didft vnworthy flaughter vpon others,

Glo. Say that I flew them not.

L4. Why then they arc not dead.
But dead they arc, and diueli fh llaue by thee.

Glo. Idid not kiU your husband.

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The Tragedy

La. Why then he is aliue.

Glt>. Nay, he is dead,and flaincty Edwards fiand.

La. In thy foule throat thoulicfTjQnecne Margaret faw
Thybloudy ftulchion fmoking inhisbloudi
The which thou once didd bend agamft her brcfV,
But that thy brothers beat ahde the point.

gIo. I was prouokcd by her flaunderous tonzuci
"Which laid theirguiltvponniy guiltledcfliouTdcrs.

La,, Thou wait prouokcd by thy bloudy mindce
Which nciicr dreamt on ought but butcheries,
Didd: thou not kill thisKing, Glo. Igrantyea.

La, Docft grant me hedghogge then god grant mc too
Thou maieft be damnd for tnatwicked decdc.
Oh he was ger,tlc,milde» and vcrtuous.

do. The fitter for the Kingof Heaucn that hath him.

La. He is in heaucn where thou fhalt neucr covne^

Glo. Let him thankc mc thatholpe tofendhim thither,
For he "was fitter for that place then earth.

La. And thou vnfifcTor any place but hell,

do. Ye$ one place els ifyou will hearc mc niimeit;

La. Some dungeon, do. Your bedchamber.

Lat 111 reft betide the chamber where thou liefte

da. So will it Madame till I he withyout

La. Ihopefo.

do. I know Co^ but gentle Lady Anne,
To Icaue thii keen incountcr of our wits.
And fall fomc what into a flower methodes
is not the caufer of the tiroeles deaths,
Of thcfe Piantaeenets Henry and Edwarj^
Asblamcfuilas the execiitioner.

La, Thou art the caufc and moR accurfi: difeft.

G/<7 ♦ Your beauty was the aufc of thajt €fFc<^,,
Your beauty which did haunt mc in my fiecpcs
To undertake th^ death of all the world
So I might reft one houre in your (vveetc bofomet

La. If I thought that Itel) thee homicide,
Thcfe nailcs fnould rend that beauty from my chcekes.

g/«. Th?r? cics could neaer indurc fyvcct beauties vt^rack,



ifRkhard the third.

You nioulJnotblemifh them ifl flood bys
As all the world is cheered by the fonnc.
So I by that, it is my day , my life.
La. Blackc night oucrfliadc thy day, and death thy life'
G/#, Curfc not thy icifc fairc creature, thou art both.
Lit. I would I were to be rcucngcd on thcc,
gIo, Itisacjuarrellmoftvnnaturali,
To be reucngdonhim that loucth you.
La. It is a quarrel! iufl: and rcafonablc>
To be rcuengd on him that flew my husband.

gIo. He that berdtthcc Lady of thy ha$band>-
Did it to helpc thee to a better husband.
Li. His better doth not breath vpon the earth.
G/o. Go to, he hues that loues you better then he COUld<
lit. Name him. gIo. Plantagcnct.
La. Why that was hcc.

G/«, The fclfefamc name but one of better nature.
La. Where is he. Sheefpittethaihim.

gI». Hccre»
Why doeftthoufpitteatme.
La, Would it were mortall poifon for thy £ake-
gIo. Neucr came poifon from fp fwcete a pkcc.
La. Neucr hung poifon on a fouler toadc.
Out of my fight thou doefl inictX my cics.
Glo. Thine cics fwecte Lady hauc infcilcd mine-
lU. Would they were bafiliskcs to ftrike thee dead.
do. I would they were that! might die at on<:c,
For now they kill me with a liuing death:
Tbofc eics of thine from mine hauc diawen fait tcares,
Shamd their afpcifl with ftorcofchildifii drops:
Incucrfued to friend nor enemy,
My tongue could neucr leamcfWcctc fbothing words?
But now thy beauty is propofdc my fee:
My proud heart fuesand prompts my tongue to fpeakc>
Teach not thy lips fuch fcorne, for they were made
For kiffing Lady not for fuch contempt.
If thy rcucngcfull heart cannot forgiuc,
Lohcrcricndthcc this fharpc pointed fword:

B 2 Which



The TfAoedy

Which if thou pleafc to bide in this true bofome,

And let rhc foule forth that adorcth thee:

Ila:c It naked to the deadly (Iroke,

And humbly beg the death vponmy knee.

Nay, doc not pawfc, twas Ithat kild your husband.

But twas thy beauty that prouoked me;

Nsy now difpatch twas Ithat kildKing Henry:

But twas thy heauenly face that fct mean; Kerepelrttfkll

Takcvpthcrwordagaincor take vp me. thefword.

L4, Arife diffemblcrjthough I wifli thy death*
I will not be the executioner.
G/o, T hen bid me kill my felfc, and I will doc it."
1a. Ihauc already.

Clo. Tu{h that was in thy rage:
Speakcit againcand cuen with the word,
That hand which for thy louc did kill thy louc,
Shall for thy loue, ki il a farre truer louc:
To both their deaths fhalt thou be acccflary.

Ln. I wcmld I knew thy heart.

c/o. Tis figured in my toneuc*

Za. I fcare me both are folic.

G/o. Thenneuerwasman true,

L4. Wells well, put vp your fword.

c/o. Say then my peace is made.

La> That Hiallyou know hereafter.

g/o. But fhall I liuc in hope.

La, AUrrjcnlhopcliucro.

do. Voutfafc to wcare this ring.

La. To take is not to giue.

g/o. Lookc how this ring mcompafTeth thy finger,
Eucn fo thy breaft inclofcth ray poorc heart.
Weare both of them for bath ofthcni arc thine,
And if thy poore deuotcdfuppliant may
But bcgonefeuouratthy gratioushand,
Thou docft connrmc his happincs for cucr.

i4. What IS it?

g/o. That it would pleafe thee Icauc thcfc faddcligncsj
To him that hath more cauft to be a mourner,

" " And



of R khard the third.

And prefcntly repairc to Crosbic place,
Where after I haue folcmnly interred
AtChert{]cmonafterytIilsnobieK.ing,
And wet his grauc with mv repentant tcarcs,
I will with all expedient dutic fee you:
Fordiuersvnknownercafons»lbcfeech}ou
Grant me this boone.

L4. Withall my heart, and much it ioicsmc too,
To fee you arc become fo penitent:
Trefsili and Barlclcy gc along with mc.

G/o, Bid mc farewell

Z4, Tis more then you deferuc:
But fincc you teach mc how to flatter you,
Imagine I haue faid farewell already. txU,

Gh. Sintakevpthccorfc.

Set. Towards Chertfic noble Lord.

qIo. No»to white Friers there attend my comming.
Wascuerwoman in this humor weed, Ixcmt. munttGl
Was cuer woman in this humor wonne:
lie haue her, but I will not kecpe her long.
What Ithat kild her husband and his father,
To take her in her hearts extreamcl} hate:
With curves in her mouth , tcarcs in her €icf.
The bleeding witneflc of her hatred bv .
Hauing God,hcr confcicncc, and thefc bars againft mt:
And I nothing to backcmyiuitcat all,
But the piaine DjucII and dilTembling looker,
And yet to win her all the world to nothing. Hah
Hath fhc forgot already that braucPrince
Edward, her Lord whom I fomc three months fincc,
Stabd in my angry moode arTc wxbery,
A Tweeter and a louelier gentleman,
Framd in the prodieality of nature:
Youngs valiant, wile, and no doubt right royall,
The fpacious world cannot againe affoord;
And will fhc yet dcbafchercycsonmc
That cropt the golden prime ofthisfwcctc Pnnct,
And made her widdo'iYto a wofullbcd,

B 3 Oi



TleTrdjedy

On mc whofe all not equals Edwards moity,'
Onmc that halt, and am vnfliapcn thui.
My Dukcdomc tb a beggcrly denier.
I doc miftake my pcrfon all this while»
ypon my life fhc findcs, although I cannot
Mv felfc' to be a mcrucilous proper man.
Ile'bc at charges for a looking glafTc,
And cntertainc fomc fcorc or two of taylcrs,
To (Vudy fafhions to adornc ray bodva
Since 1 am crept in fauour with my fclfc,
1 will snaintainc it with feme little coft:
Butfirft lie turnc yon fellow inhis^rauc,
And then rcturne lamenting to my loue.
Shine out fairc funnc till Ihaue bought a glade,
That I may fee my fhado w as I p affe. Bxlt.
^ntcrQjufne, LordFJuerst Gray.
P BJ. HauepaticnccMadarac, thcrcs no doubt his Maic-
"^ Will foonc recouer hisaccufl-omed health. ({lio

Gray In that you brookc it, ill it makes him worfe*
Therefore for Gods fike entcrtainc good comfort.
And checrchisgrace Ofuickand mcrv words*
Qi*^ If he were dead what would betide of mc.
K7. No other harme but lodeoffuch a Lord.
Qu^ The loffe offuch a Lord includes all harme.
Gr, The heaucns haue bicft you with a goodly ibnne*
To be ycurcomfortcrwhenhc is gone.
Q5. Oh hcisyoung, and his minority
Is put vnto the truft of Rich. Gloccften
A man that loucsnotme nornoncofyou.
FJ, Isit concluded he (hallbcproteftor?
Quj It is determinde^not concluded ycf»
Butfoit muft be if the King mifcarry. {Znterduci^Ddr^y
Gr. Herccomcthc Lords of Buckingham and Darby.
BhcI^ Good time of day vnto your royall grace.
D4r. God make your Maiefty ioyfull as you haucbeeiu
Q«j ThcCountcUc Richmondgood my Lo: of Darby»
To your good praicrs will fcatccly fay, Amen:
Yet Darby notwithftanding,{hccs your wife ;

And



tf lichard the third,

Andloucs not me , be you good Lo. aiTurdc
I hate not youfor her proua arrogance.

D4r, Idoc befecch you cither not bclceuc
The cnuious flaundcn of hcrfalfc accufcrs,
Onfftiebeaccufdc in true report,
5eare with her wcakcnes which I thinkc procccdos
From way ward fickneiTcjand no grounded malice.

Ky. SawyouthcKingtoday,myLo; ofDarbyj

Dar. But now the Duke of Buckingham and!
Camcfrom vifitine his Maicfty.

QUj, With likclinood <5f his aittendmcnt Lords?

Buc. Madame good hopcj his Grace fpeakes cheerfully.

jQ«. God grant him health, did you confer with him.

^uc. Madame we did: Hc'deGres to make attonemcnt
Betwixt the Duke ofGloccfter and your brothers.
And betwxt themandmy Lord chambeTlainej
And Tent to warne them to his royall prcfesscc»

Q«^ Would all were well, but that will neuerbc-
I fear c our happines is at the liigheft. tnter G/ocefiir.

GU. They doe me wrong and I will not endure it,
Who arc they that complainesvnto theKing,
That I forCbcth am fieme and love them not:
By hoiv Paul they louc his eracc bur lightly,
That till hi J cares with fuch difccntious rumoi^:
Becaufc I cannot fia^ter and fpcakc {aire,
Smile in roffn$face8,{moothe,dcceiue and cog>
Duckev/ithfreach nods andapifhcourtefie,
I mufl be held a rankerouscnimy.
Cannot a plaine man Hue and thinke no harmC;,
But thus nisHmple trujh muft beabulide>
By hlken (lie iisfinuating iackcs?

f^. To whom in all tbi$ prcfcncc fpeakes your Grace?

gIo. To thcc that haft nor honeiVy nor grace,
When Iiauc I iniurcd thee , when done thee wrong*
Of thee or thee orar^y ofyourfadlion:
A plague vponyou ail. Hu ropll perfon
(Whom God picfcrue better then you would YviHi)
Cannc»t bf quiei: fcarce a breathing vy hile,

But



ThcTfAgedy

But you tnaft trouble hitn with lewd complaints.

Qu, Brother of Gloccftcr^ yoa miftakc the matter:
The K\a*,of his ownc royall difpofitionj
Andnotprouoktby any (uitcrclfc,
Ayming, Dchkc atyour intcriour hatred,
Which in your outward adions Hicwcs it fclfe,
Againft my kindred, brothcnand my fclfe:
Makes him to fend that thereby he may gather
The ground ofyourill will and to rcmoucit.

G/o. I cannot tell, the world is growen fo bad
That wrens make pray .where Eagles dare notpcarch,
Since cuery lackc became a Gentleman:
Thercs many a gentle perfon made a lacke.

Q*. Come com J , we know your meaning brother 01.
You cnuy ray adiiancemcnt and my friends,
God graunt we ncuer may haue nccde of you.

C?/«. Meanc time God grants that we haue ncedc of you.
Our brother is imprifoncdbyyour mcancs,
My felfc di{gract,and the nobility
Held in contempt, whilfVraany fiirc promotions.
Are daily giucnto enoble thofe
Thatfcarceforaetwo daics fince wcrr worthanoblf,

QK. By him that raifde mc to this caiefull height,'
From ihatcontented hap which I enioyd,|
Ineucrdidincenfc his Maiefly
Againft the Duke of Clarence: but haue bcenc.
An earneft aduocatcro pleadc for him.
My Lord youdoe mefhamcfull iniury,
Faifely to draw me in thefe vilcfufpeiib.

Glo, You may deny that you were not the caufe.
Of my Lord HaOingslat^imprifonment.
Hyit, She may tny Lord.

Gio. She may LorRyucrs, why who knowes not fo?


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