Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 2

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Sound a sennet. Enter RICHARD in pomp; BUCKINGHAM, CATESBY, RATCLIFFE, LOVELL, a page, and others
Trumpets play. RICHARD enters, already crowned and dressed as a king. BUCKINGHAM, CATESBY, a PAGE, and others enter with him.

RICHARD

Stand all apart. —Cousin of Buckingham.

RICHARD

Everyone stand aside.—Cousin Buckingham.
Others move aside
Everyone moves aside.

BUCKINGHAM

My gracious sovereign.

BUCKINGHAM

My gracious king.

RICHARD

Give me thy hand.

RICHARD

Give me your hand.
Here he ascendeth the throne. Sound trumpets
RICHARD ascends the throne with BUCKINGHAM at his side.
Thus high, by thy advice
5And thy assistance is King Richard seated.
But shall we wear these glories for a day,
Or shall they last and we rejoice in them?
Because of your advice and your help, I have a high position now. But will I wear these honors for only a day or will I enjoy them for a long time?

BUCKINGHAM

Still live they, and forever let them last.

BUCKINGHAM

Let them last forever.

RICHARD

Ah, Buckingham, now do I play the touch,
10To try if thou be current gold indeed.
Young Edward lives; think now what I would speak.

RICHARD

Oh Buckingham, now I’m going to test to see if you’re truly made of gold. Young Prince Edward is still alive—what do you think I’m going to say next?

BUCKINGHAM

Say on, my loving lord.

BUCKINGHAM

Go on, my loving lord.

RICHARD

Why, Buckingham, I say I would be king,

RICHARD

Why, Buckingham, I say I want to be king.

BUCKINGHAM

Why so you are, my thrice-renownèd lord.

BUCKINGHAM

Why, you are king, your highness.

RICHARD

15Ha! Am I king? 'Tis so—but Edward lives.

RICHARD

Ha! Am I king? I guess I am. But Edward is still alive.

BUCKINGHAM

True, noble prince.

BUCKINGHAM

True, noble prince.