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And cried—“Thanks, gentle citizens and friends :
[you say? [Gloster.] The tongueless blocks! they would not speak,
Will not the mayor, then, and his brethren, come? [Buckingham.] The mayo'r is here at hand : feign you some
And be not spoke'n with, but by mighty suit. [fear,
Yet, be not easily won to our request.
My oracle! my prophet! my dear cousin !
[my lord; [Buckingham.] Hark! the lord mayo'r's at hand :-away,
Nor doubt but yet we reach the point propos’d. [Gloster.] We cannot fail, my lord, when you are pilot.[under tone us aside] -A little flattery sometimes does well.
Richard quits the place on one side-the lord mayor and aldermen enter on the other : Buckingham receives them : [Buckingham.] Welcome, my lord !- I dance attendance
I am afraid the duke will not be spoken with ; [here :
Catesby, what says the duke to my request ? [Catesby.] My lord, he humbly does entreat your grace,
To visit him to-morrow or the next day :
Tell him, myself, the mayo'r, and citizens,
In deep designs, in matters of great moment,
Gloster enters, and speaks : [Gloster.] Cousin of Buckingham,
I do beseech your grace to pardon me,
If so, 'tis just you should reprove my ignorance. [Buckingham.] You have, my lord; and we could wish On our entreaties, would amend
fault. [your grace, (Gloster.] Else, wherefore breathe I in a christian land ? [Buckingham.] Know, then, it is your fault, that you reThe sceptred office of your ancestors,
sign To the corruption of a blemish'd stock:
In this just cause, I come to move your highness,
But as your own, by birth, and lineal glory.
mayor and citizens kneel, and join in the same request: Buckingham renews his instances : and Catesby unites with the rest : after a long pause, Gloster speaks : [Gloster.] I cannot tell, if, to depart in silence,
Or bitterly to speak in your reproof,
fond request :
Which heaven forbid my thoughts should rob him of' [Buckingham.] If you refuse us through a soft remorse,
Loth to depose the child, your brother's son,-
But 'twill not be:--farewell, till next we meet.
You will enforce me to a world of cares :
I am not made of stone,
Though, heaven knows, against my own inclining: The several persons take the attitude of earnest, expectant listeners, while Gloster seems preparing to proceed : at length he continues :
Cousin of Buckingham, and sage, grave men,
will buckle fortune on my back,
(say it. [Mayor.] Heaven guard your grace! we see it, and will [Gloster.] My good lord mayo'r, you will but say the truth. [Buckingham.] My heart's so full, it scarce has vent for
My knee will better speak my duty now: (words :
[cousin : [Gloster.] Indeed, your words have touch'd me nearly,
Pray rise, pray rise :~I wish you could recall them. [Buckingham.] It would be treason now, my lord.-To
If it so please your majesty, from council [morrow,
Orders shall issue for your coronation. (Gloster.] Even as you please ; since you will have it so.
[jesty; [Buckingham.] To-morrow, then, we will attend your ma
And now, my liege, we take our leaves with joy. [Gloster.] Cousin, adieu :my loving friends, farewell. I must unto my holy work again.
*Why, now my golden dream is out.
THE TWO YEARS' REIGN OF RESTLESS ANXIETY, AND THE TROUBLED
DEATH OF RICHARD III.; INDICATED BY SCENES SUPPOSED
Richard assumed the crowu June 25, 1483, and was killed Aug. 22, 1485. Henry, earl of Richmond, the conqueror at Bosworth, was of the house of Lancaster : but, admitting the claims of that house to the crown, those of Henry were weak. His grandfather, John duke of Somerset, was only a legitimated grandson of John of Gaunt. Margaret, the daughter of this duke of Somerset, married the earl of Richmond, son of sir Owen Tudor, a Welsh gentleman, by Catherine of France, widow of Henry V. These, namely Margaret and the earl of Richmond, were the immediate progenitors of the conqueror at Bosworth, the first of the royal Tudors; whose title became strong only by reason of his subsequent union with Elizabeth, the daughter of Edward IV., and the surviving legitimate representative of the house of York. Margaret married twice after her first husband's death: her last husband was lord Stanley, who turned the day against Richard in the battle of Bosworth. Richard had about twelve thousand men; Richmond only half that number: Stanley, whose intentions were known by Richmond, and feared by Richard, had about seven thousand; and with these he joined the former when the opportunity seemed favourable.
• The spirited conclusion of this scene is Cibber's.