Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
pg 5481.1Sc. 1
Editor’s NoteEnter Richard Duke of Gloucester, solusEditor’s Note Link 1
richard duke of gloucester Now is the winter of our discontent
Editor’s Note2Made glorious summer by this son of York,
Editor’s Note3And all the clouds that loured upon our house
4In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
5Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths,
Editor’s Note6Our bruisèd arms hung up for monuments,
Editor’s Note7Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings,
Editor’s Note8Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.
Editor’s Note9Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front,
Editor’s Note10And now, instead of mounting barbèd steeds
Editor’s Note11To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
Editor’s Note12He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber
Editor’s Note13To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
Editor’s Note14But I that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Editor’s Note15Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass,
Editor’s Note16I that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty
Editor’s Note17To strut before a wanton-ambling nymph;
Editor’s Note18I that am cùrtailed of this fair proportion,
Editor’s Note19Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Editor’s Note20Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time
Editor’s Note21Into this breathing world scarce half made up,
Editor’s Note22And that so lamely and unfashionable
Editor’s Note23That dogs bark at me as I halt by them—
Editor’s Note24Why, I in this weak-piping time of peace
25Have no delight to pass away the time,
26Unless to see my shadow in the sun
Editor’s Note27And descant on mine own deformity.
Editor’s Note28And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover
29To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
Editor’s Note30I am determinèd to prove a villain,
Editor’s Note31And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
pg 549Editor’s Note32Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,
Editor’s Note33By drunken prophecies, libels, and dreams
Editor’s Note34To set my brother Clarence and the King
35In deadly hate the one against the other.
36And if King Edward be as true and just
37As I am subtle, false, and treacherous,
Editor’s Note38This day should Clarence closely be mewed up
Editor’s Note39About a prophecy, which says that 'G'
40Of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be.
Editor’s Note41Dive thoughts down to my soul; here Clarence comes.Editor’s NoteEnter Clarence, guarded, and Brackenbury
42Brother, good day. What means this armèd guard
Editor’s Note43That waits upon your grace?
clarence His majesty,
Editor’s Note44Tend'ring my person's safety, hath appointed
Editor’s Note45This conduct to convey me to th' Tower.46
richard duke of gloucester Upon what cause?
clarence Because my name is George.47
richard duke of gloucester Alack, my lord, that fault is none of yours.
48He should for that commit your godfathers.
Editor’s Note49O, belike his majesty hath some intent
Editor’s Note50That you should be new-christened in the Tower!
51But what's the matter, Clarence, may I know?52
clarence Yea, Richard, when I know; but I protest
53As yet I do not. But, as I can learn,
Editor’s Note54He hearkens after prophecies and dreams,
Editor’s Note55And from the cross-row plucks the letter G,
56And says a wizard told him, that by 'G'
Editor’s Note57His issue disinherited should be;
Editor’s Note58And for my name of George begins with G,
59It follows in his thought that I am he.
Editor’s Note60These, as I learn, and suchlike toys as these,
61Hath moved his highness to commit me now.62
richard duke of gloucester Why, this it is when men are ruled by women.
63'Tis not the King that sends you to the Tower.
Editor’s Note64My Lady Grey, his wife, Clarence, 'tis she
65That tempts him to this harsh extremity.
pg 550Editor’s Note66Was it not she, and that goodman of worship
67Anthony Woodville her brother there,
68That made him send Lord Hastings to the Tower,
69From whence this present day he is delivered?
70We are not safe, Clarence, we are not safe.Editor’s Note71
clarence By heaven, I think there is no man secure
Editor’s Note72But the Queen's kindred, and night-walking heralds
Editor’s Note73That trudge betwixt the King and Mistress Shore.
74Heard you not what an humble suppliant
75Lord Hastings was for his delivery?Editor’s Note76
richard duke of gloucester Humbly complaining to her deity
Editor’s Note77Got my Lord Chamberlain his liberty.
78I'll tell you what: I think it is our way,
79If we will keep in favour with the King,
Editor’s Note80To be her men and wear her livery.
Editor’s Note81The jealous o'erworn widow and herself,
Editor’s Note82Since that our brother dubbed them gentlewomen,
83Are mighty gossips in our monarchy.84
brackenbury I beseech your graces both to pardon me.
Editor’s Note85His majesty hath straitly given in charge
86That no man shall have private conference
Editor’s Note87Of what degree soever with your brother.Editor’s Note Link 88
richard duke of gloucester Even so. An't please your worship Brackenbury,
89You may partake of anything we say.
90We speak no treason, man. We say the King
91Is wise and virtuous, and his noble Queen
Editor’s Note92Well struck in years, fair, and not jealïous.
Editor’s Note93We say that Shore's wife hath a pretty foot,
94A cherry lip, a bonny eye, a passing-pleasing tongue,
95And that the Queen's kind kindred are made gentlefolks.
96How say you, sir, can you deny all this?Editor’s Note97
brackenbury With this, my lord, myself have naught to do.Editor’s Note98
richard duke of gloucester Naught to do with Mistress Shore? I tell thee, fellow,
99He that doth naught with her—excepting one—
100Were best to do it secretly alone.Editor’s Note101
brackenbury What one, my lord?
richard duke of gloucester Her husband, knave. Would'st thou betray me?pg 551 102
brackenbury I do beseech your grace to pardon me, and withal
103Forbear your conference with the noble Duke.104
clarence We know thy charge, Brackenbury, and will obey.Editor’s Note105
richard duke of gloucester We are the Queen's abjects, and must obey.
106Brother, farewell. I will unto the King;
107And whatsoe'er you will employ me in,
108Were it to call King Edward's widow 'sister',
Editor’s Note109I will perform it to enfranchise you.
110Meantime, this deep disgrace in brotherhood
Editor’s Note111Touches me deeper than you can imagine.112
clarence I know it pleaseth neither of us well.113
richard duke of gloucester Well, your imprisonment shall not be long.
Editor’s Note114I will deliver you or lie for you.
115Meantime, have patience.
clarence I must perforce. Farewell.Exit Clarence, [guarded, and Brackenbury]116
richard duke of gloucester Go, tread the path that thou shalt ne'er return.
117Simple plain Clarence, I do love thee so
118That I will shortly send thy soul to heaven,
119If heaven will take the present at our hands.
120But who comes here? The new-delivered Hastings?Editor’s NoteEnter Lord Hastings121
hastings Good time of day unto my gracious lord.122
richard duke of gloucester As much unto my good Lord Chamberlain.
123Well are you welcome to the open air.
124How hath your lordship brooked imprisonment?125
hastings With patience, noble lord, as prisoners must.
126But I shall live, my lord, to give them thanks
127That were the cause of my imprisonment.128
richard duke of gloucester No doubt, no doubt. And so shall Clarence too,
129For they that were your enemies are his,
130And have prevailed as much on him as you.131
hastings More pity that the eagles should be mewed
132Whiles kites and buzzards play at liberty.Editor’s Note133
richard duke of gloucester What news abroad?134
hastings No news so bad abroad as this at home:
135The King is sickly, weak, and melancholy,
Editor’s Note136And his physicians fear him mightily.137
richard duke of gloucester Now by Saint John, that news is bad indeed.
138O, he hath kept an evil diet long,
139And overmuch consumed his royal person.
141Where is he, in his bed?
hastings He is.142
richard duke of gloucester Go you before, and I will follow you.Exit Hastings
143He cannot live, I hope—and must not die
144Till George be packed with post-horse up to heaven.
145I'll in, to urge his hatred more to Clarence
146With lies well-steeled with weighty arguments;
Editor’s Note147And, if I fail not in my deep intent,
148Clarence hath not another day to live;
149Which done, God take King Edward to his mercy,
150And leave the world for me to bustle in.
Editor’s Note151For then I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter.
Editor’s Note152What though I killed her husband and her father?
Editor’s Note153The readiest way to make the wench amends
154Is to become her husband and her father;
155The which will I—not all so much for love
Editor’s Note156As for another secret close intent,
157By marrying her, which I must reach unto.
Editor’s Note158But yet I run before my horse to market.
159Clarence still breathes, Edward still lives and reigns.
160When they are gone, then must I count my gains.Exit