The Bodleian First Folio

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The Life and Death of Richard the Third. I for a Clarence weepes, so doth not shee: These Babes for Clarence weepe, so do not they.
[1315]
Alas! you three, on me threefold distrest: Power all your teares, I am your sorrowes Nurse, And I will pamper it with Lamentation.
Dor. Comfort deere Mother, God is much displeas'd, That you take with vnthankfulnesse his doing.
[1320]
In common worldly things, 'tis call'd vngratefull, With dull vnwillingnesse to repay a debt, Which with a bounteous hand was kindly lent: Much more to be thus opposite with heauen, For it requires the Royall debt it lent you.
Riuers.
[1325]
Madam, bethinke you like a carefull Mother Of the young Prince your sonne: send straight for him, Let him be Crown'd, in him your comfort liues. Drowne desperate sorrow in dead Edwards graue, And plant your ioyes in liuing Edwards Throne.
Enter Richard, Buckingham, Derbie, Ha­ stings, and Ratcliffe. Rich.
[1330]
Sister haue comfort, all of vs haue cause To waile the dimming of our shining Starre: But none can helpe our harmes by wayling them. Madam, my Mother, I do cry you mercie, I did not see your Grace. Humbly on my knee,
[1335]
I craue your Blessing.
Dut. God blesse thee, and put meeknes in thy breast, Loue Charity, Obedience, and true Dutie. Rich. Amen, and make me die a good old man, That is the butt‑end of a Mothers blessing;
[1340]
I maruell that her Grace did leaue it out.
Buc. You clowdy‑Princes, & hart‑sorowing‑Peeres, That beare this heauie mutuall loade of Moane, Now cheere each other, in each others Loue: Though we haue spent our Haruest of this King,
[1345]
We are to reape the Haruest of his Sonne. The broken rancour of your high‑swolne hates, But lately splinter'd, knit, and ioyn'd together, Must gently be preseru'd, cherisht, and kept: Me seemeth good, that with some little Traine,
[1350]
Forthwith from Ludlow, the young Prince be set Hither to London, to be crown'd our King.
Riuers. Why with some little Traine, My Lord of Buckingham? Buc. Marrie my Lord, least by a multitude,
[1355]
The new‑heal'd wound of Malice should breake out, Which would be so much the more dangerous, By how much the estate is greene, and yet vngouern'd. Where euery Horse beares his commanding Reine, And may direct his course as please himselfe,
[1360]
As well the feare of harme, as harme apparant, In my opinion, ought to be preuented.
Rich. I hope the King made peace with all of vs, And the compact is firme, and true in me. Riu. And so in me, and so (I thinke) in all.
[1365]
Yet since it is but greene, it should be put To no apparant likely‑hood of breach, Which haply by much company might be vrg'd: Therefore I say with Noble Buckingham, That it is meete so few should fetch the Prince.
Hast.
[1370]
And so say I.
Rich. Then be it so, and go we to determine Who they shall be that strait shall poste to London. Madam, and you my Sister, will you go To giue your censures in this businesse. Exeunt.

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Manet Buckingham, and Richard. Buc.
[1375]
My Lord, who euer iournies to the Prince, For God sake let not vs two stay at home: For by the way, Ile sort occasion, As Index to the story we late talk'd of, To part the Queenes proud Kindred from the Prince.
Rich.
[1380]
My other selfe, my Counsailes Consistory, My Oracle, My Prophet, my deere Cosin, I, as a childe, will go by thy direction, Toward London then, for wee'l not stay behinde.
Exeunt
Scena Tertia. [Act 2, Scene 3] Enter one Citizen at one doore, and another at the other. 1. Cit. Good morrow Neighbour, whether away so fast? 2. Cit.
[1385]
I promise you, I scarsely know my selfe: Heare you the newes abroad?
1. Yes, that the King is dead. 2. Ill newes byrlady, seldome comes the better: I feare, I feare, 'twill proue a giddy world. Enter another Citizen. 3.
[1390]
Neighbours, God speed.
1. Giue you good morrow sir. 3. Doth the newes hold of good king Edwards death? 2. I sir, it is too true, God helpe the while. 3. Then Masters looke to see a troublous world. 1.
[1395]
No, no, by Gods good grace, his Son shall reigne.
3. Woe to that Land that's gouern'd by a Childe. 2. In him there is a hope of Gouernment, Which in his nonage, counsell vnder him, And in his full and ripened yeares, himselfe
[1400]
No doubt shall then, and till then gouerne well.
1. So stood the State, when Henry the sixt Was crown'd in Paris, but at nine months old. 3. Stood the state so? No, no, good friends, God wot For then this Land was famously enrich'd
[1405]
With politike graue Counsell; then the King Had vertuous Vnkles to protect his Grace.
1. Why so hath this, both by his Father and Mother. 3. Better it were they all came by his Father: Or by his Father there were none at all:
[1410]
For emulation, who shall now be neerest, Will touch vs all too neere, if God preuent not. O full of danger is the Duke of Glouster, And the Queenes Sons, and Brothers, haught and proud: And were they to be rul'd, and not to rule,
[1415]
This sickly Land, might solace as before.
1. Come, come, we feare the worst: all will be well. 3. When Clouds are seen, wisemen put on their clokes; When great leaues fall, then Winter is at hand; When the Sun sets, who doth not looke for night?
[1420]
Vntimely stormes, makes men expect a Dearth: All may be well; but if God sort it so, 'Tis more then we deserue, or I expect.
2. Truly, the hearts of men are full of feare: You cannot reason (almost) with a man,
[1425]
That lookes not heauily, and full of dread.
3. Before the dayes of Change, still is it so, By a diuine instinct, mens mindes mistrust Ensuing

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Scena Tertia. [Act 2, Scene 3] Enter one Citizen at one doore, and another at the other. 1. Cit. Good morrow Neighbour, whether away so fast? 2. Cit.
[1385]
I promise you, I scarsely know my selfe: Heare you the newes abroad?
1. Yes, that the King is dead. 2. Ill newes byrlady, seldome comes the better: I feare, I feare, 'twill proue a giddy world. Enter another Citizen. 3.
[1390]
Neighbours, God speed.
1. Giue you good morrow sir. 3. Doth the newes hold of good king Edwards death? 2. I sir, it is too true, God helpe the while. 3. Then Masters looke to see a troublous world. 1.
[1395]
No, no, by Gods good grace, his Son shall reigne.
3. Woe to that Land that's gouern'd by a Childe. 2. In him there is a hope of Gouernment, Which in his nonage, counsell vnder him, And in his full and ripened yeares, himselfe
[1400]
No doubt shall then, and till then gouerne well.
1. So stood the State, when Henry the sixt Was crown'd in Paris, but at nine months old. 3. Stood the state so? No, no, good friends, God wot For then this Land was famously enrich'd
[1405]
With politike graue Counsell; then the King Had vertuous Vnkles to protect his Grace.
1. Why so hath this, both by his Father and Mother. 3. Better it were they all came by his Father: Or by his Father there were none at all:
[1410]
For emulation, who shall now be neerest, Will touch vs all too neere, if God preuent not. O full of danger is the Duke of Glouster, And the Queenes Sons, and Brothers, haught and proud: And were they to be rul'd, and not to rule,
[1415]
This sickly Land, might solace as before.
1. Come, come, we feare the worst: all will be well. 3. When Clouds are seen, wisemen put on their clokes; When great leaues fall, then Winter is at hand; When the Sun sets, who doth not looke for night?
[1420]
Vntimely stormes, makes men expect a Dearth: All may be well; but if God sort it so, 'Tis more then we deserue, or I expect.
2. Truly, the hearts of men are full of feare: You cannot reason (almost) with a man,
[1425]
That lookes not heauily, and full of dread.
3. Before the dayes of Change, still is it so, By a diuine instinct, mens mindes mistrust Pursuing danger: as by proofe we see The Water swell before a boyst'rous storme:
[1430]
But leaue it all to God. Whither away?
2 Marry we were sent for to the Iustices. 3 And so was I: Ile beare you company. Exeunt.
 

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