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Make bold her bashful years with your experience;
330Prepare her ears to hear a wooer’s tale;
Put in her tender heart th' aspiring flame
Of golden sovereignty; acquaint the Princess
With the sweet silent hours of marriage joys;
And when this arm of mine hath chastisèd
335The petty rebel, dull-brained Buckingham,
Bound with triumphant garlands will I come
And lead thy daughter to a conqueror’s bed,
To whom I will retail my conquest won,
And she shall be sole victoress, Caesar’s Caesar.
Give her the benefit of your experience, and prepare her to hear me court her. Make her aspire to be queen. Tell the princess about the sweet, silent hours of joy there are in marriage. And when my army has chastised the petty rebel, that stupid Buckingham, I will return wreathed in victory crowns and lead your daughter to a conqueror’s bed. She will be the only victor over my triumphs. She will be the ruler of a Caesar.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

340What were I best to say? Her father’s brother
Would be her lord? Or shall I say her uncle?
Or he that slew her brothers and her uncles?
Under what title shall I woo for thee,
That God, the law, my honor and her love
345Can make seem pleasing to her tender years?

QUEEN ELIZABETH

What should I say to her? That her father’s brother wants to be her husband? Or should I say it’s her uncle? Or should I describe you as the one who killed her brothers and her uncles? How can I describe you that will make you appeal to the young woman and will also agree with God, the law, my honor, and her feelings?

RICHARD

Infer fair England’s peace by this alliance.

RICHARD

Claim fair England’s peace depends on this alliance.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Which she shall purchase with still-lasting war.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

She will purchase that peace with an everlasting war.

RICHARD

Tell her the king, that may command, entreats—

RICHARD

Tell her that the king, who has the power to command people, asks her.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

That, at her hands, which the king’s King forbids.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

RICHARD

350Say she shall be a high and mighty queen.

RICHARD

Say she will be a high and mighty queen.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

To vail the title, as her mother doth.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Only to watch that title become worthless, as her mother has.

RICHARD

Say I will love her everlastingly.

RICHARD

Say I will love her everlastingly.