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A Room of State in the Palace.
Flourish of Trumpets. RICHARD, as King upon his
Throne ; BUCKINGHAM, Catesby, a Page, and
ham,Buck. My gracious sovereign. K. Rich. Give me thy hand. Thus high, by thy
Buck. Still live they, and for ever let them last !
K. Rich. Ah, Buckingham, now do I play the touch“,
Buck. Say on, my loving lord.
O bitter consequence,
Buck. Your grace may do your pleasure.
6 ----- now do I play the touch,] represent the touchstone.
To play the touch is to
K. Rich. Tut, tut, thou art all ice, thy kindness
freezes : Say, have I thy consent, that they shall die ? Buck. Give me some breath, some little pause, dear
lord, Before I positively speak in this : I will resolve your grace immediately.
[Ecit BUCKINGHAM. Cate. The king is angry; see, he gnaws his lip?.
(Aside. K. Rich. I will converse with iron-witted fools,
[Descends from his Throne. And unrespective boys 8 ; none are for me, That look into me with considerate eyes ;High-reaching Buckingham grows circumspect.Boy,
Page. My lord.
K. Rich. Know'st thou not any, whom corrupting gold Would tempt unto a close exploit' of death ?
Page. I know a discontented gentleman,
K. Rich. What is his name?
His name, my lord, is—Tyrrel. K. Rich. I partly know the man ; Go, call him hither, boy.
[Exit Page. The deep-revolving witty' Buckingham No more shall be the neighbour to my counsels:
i see, he gnaws his lip.] Several of our ancient historians observe, that this was an accustomed action of Richard, whether he was pensive or angry.
$ And unrespective boys ;] Unrespective is inattentive to consequences, inconsiderate.
9 close exploit -] is secret act.
1- witty – ] In this place signifies judicious or cunning. A wit was not at this time employed to signify a man of fancy, but was used for wisdom or judgment.
Hath he so long held out with me untir’d,
Know, my loving lord,
K. Rich. Come hither, Catesby: rumour it abroad, That Anne, my wife, is very grievous sick ; I will take order for her keeping close ? Inquire me out some mean-born gentleman, Whom I will marry straight to Clarence' daughter:The boy is foolish, and I fear not him.Look, how thou dream’st !—I say again, give out, That Anne my queen is sick, and like to die: About it; for it stands me much upon, To stop all hopes, whose growth may damage me.
[Exit CATESBY. I must be married to my brother's daughter, Or else my kingdom stands on brittle glass :Murder her brothers, and then marry her! Uncertain way of gain! But I am in So far in blood, that sin will pluck on sin. Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye.
Re-enter Page, with TYRREL.
Tyr. James Tyrrel, and your most obedient subject.
Prove me, my gracious lord.
? I will take order for her keeping close.] i. e. I will take measures that shall oblige her to keep close.
3 - it stands me much upon,] i. e. it is of the utmost consequence to my designs.
Tyr. Please you ; but I had rather kill two enemies.
K. Rich. Why, then thou hast it; two deep enemies, Foes to my rest, and my sweet sleep's disturbers, Are they that I would have thee deal upon*: Tyrrel, I mean those bastards in the Tower.
Tyr. Let me have open means to come to them, And soon I'll rid you from the fear of them. K. Rich. Thou sing'st sweet musick. Hark, come
hither, Tyrrel; Go, by this token :-Rise, and lend thine ear.
[Whispers. There is no more but so:-Say, it is done, And I will love thee, and prefer thee for it. Tyr. I will despatch it straight.
Re-enter BUCKINGHAM. Buck. My lord, I have consider'd in my mind The late demand that you did sound me in. K. Rich. Well, let that rest. Dorset is fled to Rich
mond. Buck. I hear the news, my lord. K. Rich. Stanley, he's your wife's son :—Well, look
to it. Buck. My lord, I claim the gift, my due by promise, For which your honour and your faith is pawn’d; The earldom of Hereford, and the moveables, Which you have promised I shall possess.
K. Rich. Stanley, look to your wife; if she convey Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it.
Buck. What says your highness to my just request ?
K. Rich. I do remember me,—Henry the sixth
1- deal upon :] i. e. act upon. We should now saydeal with ; but the other was the phraseology of our author's
Buck. My lord,
Buck. My lord, your promise for the earldom,
K. Rich. Richmond !—When last I was at Exeter,
Buck. My lord, -
Ay, what's o'clock ?
I am thus bold To put your grace in mind of what you promis'd me.
K. Rich. Well, but what is't o'clock ?
Upon the stroke Of ten.
K. Rich. Well, let it strike 5.
Why, let it strike ?
Buck. Why, then resolve me whe'r you will or no.
[Exeunt King RICHARD and Train.
5 Well, let it strike.] This seems to have been a proverbial sentence.
6 Because that, like a Jack, An image, like those at St. Dunstan's church in Fleet-street, and at the market-houses at several towns in this kingdom, was usually called a Jack of the clock-house.
i To Brecknock,] To the castle of Brecknock in Wales, where the duke of Buckingham's estate lay.