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  • Title: Richard the Third (Quarto 1, 1597)
  • Editor: Adrian Kiernander

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Adrian Kiernander
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    Richard the Third (Quarto 1, 1597)

    of Richard the third.
    Our former hatred so thriue I and mine.
    Dor. This enterchange of loue, I here protest,
    Vpon my part, shal be vnuiolable.
    Hast. And so sweare I my Lord.
    Kin. Now princely Buckingham seale thou this league
    With thy embracements to my wiues allies,
    1155And make me happy in your vnity.
    Buc. When euer Buckingham doth turne his hate,
    On you or yours, but with all duteous loue
    Doth cherish you and yours, God punish me
    With hate, in those where I expect most loue,
    1160When I haue most neede to imploy a friend,
    And most assured that he is a friend,
    Deepe, hollow, trecherous, and full of guile
    Be he vnto me, this doe I begge of God,
    When I am cold in zeale to you or yours.
    1165Kin. A pleasing cordiall Princely Buckingham,
    Is this thy vow vnto my sickly heart:
    There wanteth now our brother Glocester here,
    To make the perfect period of this peace. Enter Glocest.
    Buc. And in good time here comes the noble Duke.
    Glo. Good morrow to my soueraigne King & Queene,
    And Princely peeres, a happy time of day.
    Kin. Happy indeede as we haue spent the day:
    1175Brother we haue done deedes of charity:
    Made peace of enmity, faire loue of hate,
    Betweene these swelling wrong insenced peeres.
    Glo. A blessed labour, my most soueraigne liege,
    Amongst this princely heape, if any here
    1180By false intelligence or wrong surmise,
    Hold me a foe, if I vnwittingly or in my rage,
    Haue ought committed that is hardly borne
    By any in this presence, I desire
    To reconcile me to his friendly peace,
    1185Tis death to me to be at enmity.
    I hate it, and desire all good mens loue.
    First Madam I intreate true peace of you,
    Which I will purchase with my dutious seruice.