Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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HASTINGS

With patience, noble lord, as prisoners must.
But I shall live, my lord, to give them thanks
That were the cause of my imprisonment.

HASTINGS

With patience, noble lord, as prisoners must. But I will live to thank those who sent me there.

RICHARD

130No doubt, no doubt; and so shall Clarence too,
For they that were your enemies are his
And have prevailed as much on him as you.

RICHARD

No doubt, no doubt. And so will Clarence, for your enemies are his enemies, and they have gotten the upper hand of him as well as of you.

HASTINGS

More pity that the eagle should be mewed
While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.

HASTINGS

It’s a shame that we eagles are caged up while the vultures are free to do whatever they please.

RICHARD

135What news abroad?

RICHARD

What’s the news abroad?

HASTINGS

No news so bad abroad as this at home:
The king is sickly, weak and melancholy,
And his physicians fear him mightily.

HASTINGS

No news as bad as the news at home: The king is sickly, weak, and depressed, and his doctors are very afraid he’s going to die

RICHARD

Now, by Saint Paul, that news is bad indeed.
140O, he hath kept an evil diet long,
And overmuch consumed his royal person.
'Tis very grievous to be thought upon.
Where is he, in his bed?

RICHARD

Now, by George, that really is terrible news. Oh, the king has abused his body with bad habits for a long time, and it’s finally taking its toll on him. Very sad. Where is he, in his bed?

HASTINGS

He is.

HASTINGS

He is.

RICHARD

145Go you before, and I will follow you.

RICHARD

You go ahead, and I will follow you.
Exit HASTINGS
HASTINGS exits.