Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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KING EDWARD IV

(to QUEEN ELIZABETH)
20Madam, yourself is not exempt in this,—
Nor you, son Dorset, —Buckingham, nor you.
You have been factious one against the other.—
Wife, love Lord Hastings. Let him kiss your hand,
And what you do, do it unfeignedly.

KING EDWARD IV

(to QUEEN ELIZABETH) Madam, you’re not exempt from this—nor are you, Dorset— nor you, Buckingham. You have had too many separate factions among you. My dear wife, let Lord Hastings kiss your hand. And don’t do it merely for appearance’s sake.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

25There, Hastings, I will never more remember
Our former hatred, so thrive I and mine.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Take my hand, Hastings. From now on, I’ll forget the hatred I used to feel for you.
HASTINGS kisses her hand
HASTINGS kisses her hand.

KING EDWARD IV

Dorset, embrace him.—Hastings, love Lord Marquess.

KING EDWARD IV

Dorset, embrace Hastings.—Hastings, express your affection for the marquess of Dorset.

DORSET

This interchange of love, I here protest,
Upon my part shall be inviolable.

DORSET

I swear I will never break this promise of love.

HASTINGS

30And so swear I.

HASTINGS

And so do I, my lord.
They embrace
They embrace.

KING EDWARD IV

Now, princely Buckingham, seal thou this league
With thy embracements to my wife’s allies
And make me happy in your unity.

KING EDWARD IV

Now, noble Buckingham, seal this alliance by embracing my wife’s friends, and make me happy in your unity.