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Are they that I would have thee deal upon:
Tyr. Let me have open means to come to them, And soon I'll rid you from the fear of them.
K. Rich. Thou sing'st sweet musick. Hark, come
hither, Tyrrel; Go, by this token :—Rise, and lend thine ear:
There is no more but so :—Say, it is done,
Tyr. I will despatch it straight. . [Exit.
Buck. My lord, I have consider'd in my mind The late demand that you did sound me in.
K. Rick. Well, let that rest. Dorset is fled to Richmond.
Buck. I hear the news, my lord.
K. Rich. Stanley, he is your wife's son :—Well, look to it. •
Buck. My lord, I claim the gift, my due by promise. For which your honour and your faith is pawn'd; The earldom of Hereford, and the moveables, Which you have promised I shall possess.
K. Rich. Stanley, look to your wife; if she convey Letters to Richmond, you shall answer it.
Buck. What says your highness to my just request?
K. Rich. I do remember me,—Henry the sixth Did prophecy, that Richmond should be king,
When Richmond was a little peevish boy. 20 A king!—perhaps—
Ruck. My lord,—
K. Rich. How chance, the prophet could not at
that time Have told me, I being by, that I should kill him?
Buck. My lord, your promise for the earldom,—
A'. Rich. Richmond!—When last I was at Exeter, The mayor in courtesy show'd me the castle, And call'd it—Rouge-mont: at which name, I
Because a bard of Ireland told me once,
Buck. My lord,—
K. Rich. Ay, what's o'clock?
Buck. I am thus bold
To put your grace in mind of what you promis'd me.
K. Rich. Well, but what is't o'clock?
Buck. Upon the stroke
K. Rich. Well, let it strike.
Buck. Why let it strike?
K. Rich. Because that, like a jack, thou keep'st the
Betwixt thy begging and my meditation.
Buck. Why, then resolve me whe'r you will, or no.
K. Rich. Thou troublest me; I am not in the vein. [ Exeunt King Richard and Train.
Buck. And is it thus? repays he my deep service With such contempt? made I him king for this? O, let me think on Hastings; and be gone To Brecknock, while my fearful head is on. [Tiit.
Tyr. The tyrannous and bloody act is done;
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