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Enter RICHARD aloft, between two bishops CATESBY returns
RICHARD enters overhead, between two bishops. CATESBY returns.

LORD MAYOR

See where his Grace stands, ’tween two clergymen.

LORD MAYOR

See how he stands between two clergymen!

BUCKINGHAM

95Two props of virtue for a Christian prince,
To stay him from the fall of vanity;
And, see, a book of prayer in his hand,
True ornaments to know a holy man.—
Famous Plantagenet, most gracious prince,
100Lend favorable ears to our requests,
And pardon us the interruption
Of thy devotion and right Christian zeal.

BUCKINGHAM

Two props of virtue for a Christian prince, to prevent him from ever becoming vain. And, see, he has a prayer book in each hand, the signs of a holy man. Most gracious prince of the famous house of Plantagenet, pardon us for interrupting your righteous, Christian prayer. Please listen favorably to our request.

RICHARD

My lord, there needs no such apology.
I do beseech your Grace pardon me,
105Who, earnest in the service of my God,
Deferred the visitation of my friends.
But, leaving this, what is your Grace’s pleasure?

RICHARD

My lord, you don’t need to apologize. I beg you to pardon me. I’ve been so intent on serving God that I’ve kept my friends waiting. In any case, what would you like?

BUCKINGHAM

Even that, I hope, which pleaseth God above
And all good men of this ungoverned isle.

BUCKINGHAM

Only what, I hope, will please God above and all good men on this island, which currently has no king.

RICHARD

110I do suspect I have done some offense
That seems disgracious in the city’s eye,
And that you come to reprehend my ignorance.

RICHARD

I suspect that I have committed some offence to the city and you have come to reprimand me for not knowing better.

BUCKINGHAM

You have, my lord. Would it might please your Grace,
On our entreaties, to amend your fault.

BUCKINGHAM

You have, my lord. I hope you’ll make up for it!

RICHARD

115Else wherefore breathe I in a Christian land?

RICHARD

Why else would I live in a Christian country, if I can’t ask forgiveness for my faults?