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Richard III

My gracious lord, Henry, your foe, is taken

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Nobleman
My gracious lord, Henry, your foe, is taken
And brought your prisoner to your palace gate.
King Edward
See that he be conveyed unto the Tower.
Nobleman exits.
And go we, brothers, to the man that took him,
To question of his apprehension.—
Widow, go you along.—Lords, use her honorably.
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Ay, Edward will use women honorably!

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Ay, Edward will use women honorably!
Would he were wasted—marrow, bones, and all—
That from his loins no hopeful branch may spring
To cross me from the golden time I look for.
And yet, between my soul’s desire and me,
The lustful Edward’s title burièd,
Is Clarence, Henry, and his son, young Edward,
And all the unlooked-for issue of their bodies
To take their rooms ere I can place myself.
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Come, cousin, canst thou quake and change thy color

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Richard
Come, cousin, canst thou quake and change thy color,
Murder thy breath in middle of a word,
And then again begin, and stop again,
As if thou were distraught and mad with terror?
Buckingham
Tut, I can counterfeit the deep tragedian,
Speak, and look back, and pry on every side,
Tremble and start at wagging of a straw,
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Here is the head of that ignoble traitor

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Lovell
Here is the head of that ignoble traitor,
The dangerous and unsuspected Hastings.
Richard
So dear I loved the man that I must weep.
I took him for the plainest harmless creature
That breathed upon the Earth a Christian;
Made him my book, wherein my soul recorded
The history of all her secret thoughts.
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How now, how now? What say the citizens?

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Richard
How now, how now? What say the citizens?
Buckingham
Now, by the holy mother of our Lord,
The citizens are mum, say not a word.
Richard
Touched you the bastardy of Edward’s children?

Now, by the holy mother of our Lord,
The citizens are mum, say not a word.
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I cannot tell if to depart in silence

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I cannot tell if to depart in silence
Or bitterly to speak in your reproof
Best fitteth my degree or your condition.
If not to answer, you might haply think
Tongue-tied ambition, not replying, yielded
To bear the golden yoke of sovereignty,
Which fondly you would here impose on me.

I would rather hide me from my greatness,
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Cousin, thou wast not wont to be so dull

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Richard
Cousin, thou wast not wont to be so dull.
Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead,
And I would have it suddenly performed.
What sayst thou now? Speak suddenly. Be brief.
Buckingham
Your Grace may do your pleasure.

I know a discontented gentleman
Whose humble means match not his haughty spirit.
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Come hither, Catesby. Rumor it abroad

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Come hither, Catesby. Rumor it abroad
That Anne my wife is very grievous sick.
I will take order for her keeping close.
Inquire me out some mean poor gentleman,
Whom I will marry straight to Clarence’ daughter.
The boy is foolish, and I fear not him.

But I am in
So far in blood that sin will pluck on sin.
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Ely with Richmond troubles me more near

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Ely with Richmond troubles me more near
Than Buckingham and his rash-levied strength.

Then fiery expedition be my wing,
Jove’s Mercury, and herald for a king.

Come, I have learned that fearful commenting
Is leaden servitor to dull delay;
Delay leads impotent and snail-paced beggary;
Then fiery expedition be my wing,
Jove’s Mercury, and herald for a king.
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Act 4
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O, let me speak!

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Duchess
O, let me speak!
Richard
Do then, but I’ll not hear.
Duchess
I will be mild and gentle in my words.
Richard
And brief, good mother, for I am in haste.
Duchess
Art thou so hasty? I have stayed for thee,
God knows, in torment and in agony.
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