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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.
    Cates. Call them againe, my lord, and accept their sute.
    Ano. Doe, good my lord, least all the land do rew it.
    Glo. Would you inforce me to a world of care:
    Well, call them againe, I am not made of stones,
    2445But penetrable to your kind intreates,
    Albeit against my conscience and my soule,
    Coosin of Buckingham, and you sage graue men,
    Since you will buckle fortune on my backe,
    2450To beare her burthen whether I will or no,
    I must haue patience to indure the lode,
    But if blacke scandale or soule-fac't reproch
    Attend the sequell of your imposition,
    Your meere inforcement shall acquittance mee
    2455From all the impure blots and staines thereof,
    For God he knowes, and you may partly see,
    How farre I am from the desire thereof.
    Mayor. God blesse your grace, we see it, and will say it.
    2460Glo. In saying so, you shall but say the truth.
    Buck. Then I salute you with this kingly title:
    Long liue Richard, Englands royall king.
    Mayor. Amen.
    Buck To morrow will it please you to be crown'd.
    2465Glo. Euen when you will, since you will haue it so.
    Buck. To morrow then we will attend your grace.
    Glo. Come, let vs to our holy taske againe :
    Farewel good coosine, farwel gentle friends. Exeunt.
    Enter Quee. mother, Duchesse of Yorke, Marques Dorset, at
    one doore, Duchesse of Glocest. at another doore.
    Duch. Who meets vs heere, my neece Plantagenet?
    Qu. Sister well met, whether awaie so fast?
    Duch. No farther then the Tower, and as I ghesse
    Vpon the like deuotion as your selues,
    To gratulate the tender Princes there.
    2485Qu. Kind sister thanks, weele enter al togither, Enter Lieutenant.
    And in good time here the Lieutenant comes.
    M. Lieutenant, pray you by your leaue,
    How fares the Prince?
    2490Lieu. Wel Madam, and in health, but by your leaue,
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