Richard III: Act I, Scene ii Shakespeare

 

Richard III.         Act 1, Scene 2.             Richard

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230.  Was ever woman in this humor wooed?
231.  Was ever woman in this humor won? .
232.  I’ll have her, but I will not keep her long
233. What, I that killed her husband and his father,
234.  To take her in her heart’s extremest hate,
235.  With curses in her mouth, tears in her eyes,
236.  The bleeding witness of my hatred by,
237.  Having God, her conscience, and these bars against me,
238.  And I no friends to back my suit at all
239.  But the plain devil and dissembling looks?
240.  And yet to win her, all the world to nothing!
241.  Ha!
242.  Hath she forgot already that brave prince,
243.  Edward, her lord, whom I some three months since
244.  Stabbed in my angry mood at Tewkesbury?
245.  A sweeter and a Lovellier gentleman,
246.  Framed in the prodigality of nature,
247.  Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt, right royal,
248.  The spacious world cannot again afford.
249.  And will she yet abase her eyes on me,
250.  That cropped the golden prime of this sweet prince
251.  And made her widow to a woeful bed?
252.  On me, whose all not equals Edward’s moiety?
253.  On me, that halts and am misshapen thus?
254.  My dukedom to a beggarly denier,
255.  I do mistake my person all this while!
256.  Upon my life, she finds, although I cannot,
257.  Myself to be a marv’lous proper man.
258.  I’ll be at charges for a looking glass
259.  And entertain a score or two of tailors
260.  To study fashions to adorn my body.
261.  Since I am crept in favor with myself,
262.  I will maintain it with some little cost.
263.  But first I’ll turn yon fellow in his grave
264.  And then return lamenting to my love.
265.  Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass,
266.  That I may see my shadow as I pass.

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