Speeches (Lines) for Cardinal Bourchier in "History of Richard III"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 III / 1
  • My Lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratory
    Can from his mother win the Duke o...
  • My Lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratory
    Can from his mother win the Duke of York,
    Anon expect him here; but if she be obdurate
    To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid
    We should infringe the holy privilege
    Of blessed sanctuary! not for all this land
    Would I be guilty of so deep a sin.
  • Duke of Buckingham. Fie, what an indirect and peevish course
    Is this of hers! Lord cardinal, will your grace
    Persuade the queen to send the Duke of York
    Unto his princely brother presently?
    If she deny, Lord Hastings, go with him,
    And from her jealous arms pluck him perforce.

    Cardinal Bourchier. My Lord of Buckingham, if my weak oratory
    Can from his mother win the Duke of York,
    Anon expect him here; but if she be obdurate
    To mild entreaties, God in heaven forbid
    We should infringe the holy privilege
    Of blessed sanctuary! not for all this land
    Would I be guilty of so deep a sin.

2 III / 1
  • My lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind for once.
    Come on, Lord Hastings, will...
  • My lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind for once.
    Come on, Lord Hastings, will you go with me?
  • Duke of Buckingham. You are too senseless--obstinate, my lord,
    Too ceremonious and traditional
    Weigh it but with the grossness of this age,
    You break not sanctuary in seizing him.
    The benefit thereof is always granted
    To those whose dealings have deserved the place,
    And those who have the wit to claim the place:
    This prince hath neither claim'd it nor deserved it;
    And therefore, in mine opinion, cannot have it:
    Then, taking him from thence that is not there,
    You break no privilege nor charter there.
    Oft have I heard of sanctuary men;
    But sanctuary children ne'er till now.

    Cardinal Bourchier. My lord, you shall o'er-rule my mind for once.
    Come on, Lord Hastings, will you go with me?

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