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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.
    But if I thriue, the gaine of my attempt,
    The least of you, shall share his part thereof.
    3735Sound drummes and trumpets boldlie, and cheerefullie,
    God, and Saint George, Richmond, and victorie.
    Enter King Richard, Rat. &c.
    King. What said Northumberland, as touching Richmond.
    Rat. That he was neuer trained vp in armes.
    3740King He said the trueth, and what said Surrey then.
    Rat. He smiled and said, the better for our purpose,
    King. He was in the right, and so in deede it is:
    Tell the clocke there. The clocke striketh.
    Giue me a calender, who saw the Sunne to day?
    3745Rat. Not I my Lord.
    King. Then he disdaines to shine, for by the booke,
    He should haue braud the East an hower agoe,
    A blacke day will it be to some bodie Rat.
    Rat. My Lord.
    3750King. The Sunne will nor be seene to day,
    The skie doeth frowne, and lowre vpon our armie,
    I would these dewie teares were from the ground,
    Not shine to day: whie, what is that to me?
    More then to Richmond, for the selfe-same heauen,
    3755That frownes on me, lookes sadlie vpon him.
    Enter Norffolke
    Norff. Arme, arme, my Lord, the foe vaunts in the field.
    King. Come, bustle, bustle, caparison my horse,
    Call vp Lord Standlie, bid him bring his power,
    3760I will leade forth, my souldiers to the plaine,
    And thus my battaile shall be ordered.
    My foreward shall be drawen out all in length,
    Consisting equallie of horse and foote,
    Our Archers shall be placed in the midst,
    3765Iohn, Duke of Norffolke, Thomas Earle of Surrey,
    shall haue the leading of this foote and horse,
    They thus directed, we will follow,
    In the matne battle, whose puissance on either side,
    shall be well winged with our chiefest horse:
    3770This, and Saint George to bootes what thinkst thou Norffolke?
    M.2. A good