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Richard III

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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.

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Thus high, by thy advice
And 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.


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RICHARD
Ah, Buckingham, now do I play the touch,
To 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.

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RICHARD
Ha! 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.