Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 4

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FIRST MURDERER

205Who made thee then a bloody minister
When gallant-springing, brave Plantagenet,
That princely novice, was struck dead by thee?

FIRST MURDERER

Then who were you working for when you killed brave, young Prince Edward?

CLARENCE

My brother’s love, the devil, and my rage.

CLARENCE

My brother’s love, the devil, and my own anger made me do it.

FIRST MURDERER

Thy brother’s love, our duty, and thy faults
210Provoke us hither now to slaughter thee.

FIRST MURDERER

Well, your brother’s love, our duty, and your own crimes make us kill you.

CLARENCE

If you do love my brother, hate not me.
I am his brother, and I love him well.
If you are hired for meed, go back again,
And I will send you to my brother Gloucester,
215Who shall reward you better for my life
Than Edward will for tidings of my death.

CLARENCE

If you love my brother, don’t hate me. I am his brother, and I love him very much. If you’re doing this for pay, go to my brother Richard. He will pay you more for saving my life than Edward will for killing me.

SECOND MURDERER

You are deceived. Your brother Gloucester hates you.

SECOND MURDERER

You’re mistaken. Richard, the duke of Gloucester, hates you.

CLARENCE

O, no, he loves me, and he holds me dear.
Go you to him from me.

CLARENCE

No, he loves and cherishes me. Go to him from me.

FIRST MURDERER

     Ay, so we will.

FIRST MURDERER

We will.

CLARENCE

220Tell him, when that our princely father York
Blessed his three sons with his victorious arm,
He little thought of this divided friendship.
Bid Gloucester think of this, and he will weep.

CLARENCE

Tell him that when our noble father, the duke of York, gave his three sons his blessing, he never imagined that our friendship would come to this. Remind Richard of this, and he will weep.

FIRST MURDERER

Ay, millstones, as he lessoned us to weep.

FIRST MURDERER

Yes, he’ll weep stones, as he taught us to do.

CLARENCE

225O, do not slander him, for he is kind.

CLARENCE

Don’t lie about my brother. He is kind.