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William Shakespeare (1564–1616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914.

Act IV. Scene V.

The Tragedy of King Richard the Third

The Same.A Room in LORD STANLEY’S House.


Stan.Sir Christopher, tell Richmond this from me:

That in the sty of this most bloody boar

My son George Stanley is frank’d up in hold:

If I revolt, off goes young George’s head;

The fear of that holds off my present aid.

So, get thee gone: commend me to thy lord.

Withal, say that the queen hath heartily consented

He should espouse Elizabeth her daughter.

But, tell me, where is princely Richmond now?

Chris.At Pembroke, or at Ha’rford-west, in Wales.

Stan.What men of name resort to him?

Chris.Sir Walter Herbert, a renowned soldier,

Sir Gilbert Talbot, Sir William Stanley,

Oxford, redoubted Pembroke, Sir James Blunt,

And Rice ap Thomas, with a valiant crew;

And many other of great name and worth:

And towards London do they bend their power,

If by the way they be not fought withal.

Stan.Well, hie thee to thy lord; I kiss his hand:

My letter will resolve him of my mind.