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BUCKINGHAM

Go, go, up to the leads. The Lord Mayor knocks.

BUCKINGHAM

Hurry, go up to the roof. The Lord Mayor is knocking.
Exit RICHARD
RICHARD exits.
Enter the LORD MAYOR and CITIZENS
The LORD MAYOR and CITIZENS enter.
55Welcome, my lord. I dance attendance here.
I think the duke will not be spoke withal.
Welcome, my lord. I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting for the duke to show up. I don’t think he wants to be disturbed.
Enter CATESBY
CATESBY enters.
Now, Catesby, what says your lord to my request?
Here comes his servant. Now, Catesby, what does your lord say to my request?

CATESBY

He doth entreat your Grace, my noble lord,
To visit him tomorrow or next day.
60He is within, with two right reverend fathers,
Divinely bent to meditation,
And in no worldly suits would he be moved
To draw him from his holy exercise.

CATESBY

My lord, he asks that you please visit him tomorrow or the next day. He’s inside in prayer, with two reverend fathers. He doesn’t want to be disturbed in his holy work by any worldly requests.

BUCKINGHAM

Return, good Catesby, to the gracious duke.
65Tell him myself, the mayor, and aldermen,
No less importing than our general good,
In deep designs, and matters of great moment
Are come to have some conference with his grace.

BUCKINGHAM

Return to the gracious duke, good Catesby. Tell him that the mayor, some citizens, and I have come to confer with his grace in matters of great importance concerning the general good.

CATESBY

I’ll signify so much unto him straight.

CATESBY

I’ll tell him right away, my lord.
Exit
He exits.