Richard III By William Shakespeare Act III

Alas, why would you heap those cares on me?
I am unfit for state and majesty: — 
I do beseech you, take it not amiss:
I cannot nor I will not yield to you.

If you refuse it, — as, in love and zeal,
Loath to depose the child, your brother's son —
As well we know your tenderness of heart
And gentle, kind, effeminate remorse,
Which we have noted in you to your kindred,
And equally, indeed, to all estates, —
Yet know, whe'er you accept our suit or no,
Your brother's son shall never reign our king;
But we will plant some other in the throne,
To the disgrace and downfall of your house:
And in this resolution here we leave you. —
Come, citizens, we will entreat no more.

[Exeunt BUCKINGHAM, the MAYOR and citizens retiring.]

Call them again, sweet prince, accept their suit:
If you deny them, all the land will rue it.

Will you enforce me to a world of cares?
Call them again.

[CATESBY goes to the MAYOR, &c., and then exit.]

I am not made of stone,
But penetrable to your kind entreaties,
Albeit against my conscience and my soul.

[Re-enter BUCKINGHAM and CATESBY, MAYOR, &c., coming forward.]

Cousin of Buckingham, — and sage grave men,
Since you will buckle fortune on my back,
To bear her burden, whe'er I will or no,
I must have patience to endure the load:
But if black scandal or foul-fac'd reproach
Attend the sequel of your imposition,
Your mere enforcement shall acquittance me
From all the impure blots and stains thereof;
For God doth know, and you may partly see,
How far I am from the desire of this.

God bless your grace! we see it, and will say it.

In saying so, you shall but say the truth.

Then I salute you with this royal title, —
Long live King Richard, England's worthy king!


To-morrow may it please you to be crown'd?

Even when you please, for you will have it so.

To-morrow, then, we will attend your grace:
And so, most joyfully, we take our leave.

[To the BISHOPS.]
Come, let us to our holy work again. —
Farewell, my cousin; — farewell, gentle friends.


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