Richard III



GLOUCESTER Now is the winter of our discontentMade glorious summer by this sun of York;And all the clouds that lour'd upon our houseIn 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 changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.Grim-visaged war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front;And now, instead of mounting barded steedsTo fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamberTo the lascivious pleasing of a lute.But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majestyTo strut before a wanton ambling nymph;I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinish'd, sent before my timeInto this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionableThat dogs bark at me as I halt by them;Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sunAnd descant on mine own deformity: And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villainAnd hate the idle pleasures of these days.Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous, By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams, To set my brother Clarence and the kingIn deadly hate the one against the other: And if King Edward be as true and justAs I am subtle, false and treacherous, This day should Clarence closely be mew'd up, About a prophecy, which says that 'G'Of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be.Dive, thoughts, down to my soul: her

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Independently Published
Publish Date
March 30, 2020
5.0 X 0.41 X 7.99 inches | 0.44 pounds
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About the Author

ANN THOMPSON is Professor of English and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre and King's College London