Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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BUCKINGHAM

(to QUEEN ELIZABETH)
35Whenever Buckingham doth turn his hate
Upon your Grace, but with all duteous love
Doth cherish you and yours, God punish me
When I have most need to employ a friend,
With hate in those where I expect most love.
40And most assurèd that he is a friend,
Deep, hollow, treacherous, and full of guile
Be he unto me: this do I beg of God
When I am cold in love to you or yours.

BUCKINGHAM

(to QUEEN ELIZABETH) If I ever turn my hatred toward your majesty, and do not love and cherish you and yours, may God punish me. May I find hatred where I most expect love. When I most need a friend, and when I’m sure I have one, make him treacherous and deceitful to me. I beg God to do all this whenever I fail to show love to you or yours.
They embrace
They embrace.

KING EDWARD IV

A pleasing cordial, princely Buckingham,
45Is this thy vow unto my sickly heart.
There wanteth now our brother Gloucester here
To make the blessèd period of this peace.

KING EDWARD IV

Noble Buckingham, your promise is like medicine to my ailing heart. All we need to put the final touches on this future peace is for Richard to appear.

BUCKINGHAM

And in good time,
Here comes Sir Richard Ratcliffe and the duke.

BUCKINGHAM

And just in time, here he comes with Sir Richard Ratcliffe.
Enter RICHARD and RATCLIFFE
RICHARD and RATCLIFFE enter.

RICHARD

50Good morrow to my sovereign king and queen,
And, princely peers, a happy time of day.

RICHARD

Good morning to my sovereign king and queen. Noble peers, how nice to see you.

KING EDWARD IV

Happy indeed, as we have spent the day.
Gloucester, we have done deeds of charity,
Made peace of enmity, fair love of hate,
55Between these swelling, wrong-incensèd peers.

KING EDWARD IV

Happy indeed, the way we have spent the day. Gloucester, we have done deeds of charity, turning enmity into peace and hate into love among these mistakenly angry nobles.