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King Edward the Fourth.
Sons to the king.
duke of Gloster, afterwards Brothers to the king.
Elizabeth, qucen of king Edward IV.
Henry VI.; afterwards married to the Duke of Gloster.
Lords and other attendants; two Gentlemen, a Pursuivant,
Scrivener, Citizens, Murderers, Messengers, Ghosts, Sola diers, &c.
LIFE AND DEATH
KING RICHARD III.
SCENE I. London. A street.
Enter Gloster. Glo. Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorigys summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds, that lour'd upon our house, In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now.are our brows bound with victorious wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for monuments ; Our stern alarums chang’d to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures*. Grim-visag'd war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front; And now,-instead of mounting barbedt steeds, To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber, To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. Byt 1,--that am not shap'd for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass; I, that am rudely stamp'd and want loye's majesty, To strut before a wanton anıbling nymph; I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform’d, unfinish’d, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
And that so lamely and unfashionable,
Enter Clarence, guarded, and Brakenbury.
Because my name is-George.
you shall be new christen’d in the Tower. But what's the matter, Clarence? may I know?
Clar. Yea, Richard, when I know; for I protest, As yet I do not : But, as I can learn, He hearkens after prophecies, and dreams; And from the cross-row plucks the letter G,
* Preparations for mischief.