Speeches (Lines) for Sir William Stanley in "History of Richard III"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 3
  • God make your majesty joyful as you have been!
  • God make your majesty joyful as you have been!
  • Duke of Buckingham. Good time of day unto your royal grace!

    Sir William Stanley. God make your majesty joyful as you have been!

2 I / 3
  • I do beseech you, either not believe
    The envious slanders of her false accus...
  • I do beseech you, either not believe
    The envious slanders of her false accusers;
    Or, if she be accused in true report,
    Bear with her weakness, which, I think proceeds
    From wayward sickness, and no grounded malice.
  • Queen Elizabeth. The Countess Richmond, good my Lord of Derby.
    To your good prayers will scarcely say amen.
    Yet, Derby, notwithstanding she's your wife,
    And loves not me, be you, good lord, assured
    I hate not you for her proud arrogance.

    Sir William Stanley. I do beseech you, either not believe
    The envious slanders of her false accusers;
    Or, if she be accused in true report,
    Bear with her weakness, which, I think proceeds
    From wayward sickness, and no grounded malice.

3 I / 3
  • But now the Duke of Buckingham and I
    Are come from visiting his majesty.
  • But now the Duke of Buckingham and I
    Are come from visiting his majesty.
  • Lord (Earl) Rivers. Saw you the king to-day, my Lord of Derby?

    Sir William Stanley. But now the Duke of Buckingham and I
    Are come from visiting his majesty.

4 III / 2
  • My lord, good morrow; good morrow, Catesby:
    You may jest on, but, by the hol...
  • My lord, good morrow; good morrow, Catesby:
    You may jest on, but, by the holy rood,
    I do not like these several councils, I.
  • Lord Hastings. I know they do; and I have well deserved it.
    [Enter STANLEY]
    Come on, come on; where is your boar-spear, man?
    Fear you the boar, and go so unprovided?

    Sir William Stanley. My lord, good morrow; good morrow, Catesby:
    You may jest on, but, by the holy rood,
    I do not like these several councils, I.

5 III / 2
  • The lords at Pomfret, when they rode from London,
    Were jocund, and supposed...
  • The lords at Pomfret, when they rode from London,
    Were jocund, and supposed their state was sure,
    And they indeed had no cause to mistrust;
    But yet, you see how soon the day o'ercast.
    This sudden stag of rancour I misdoubt:
    Pray God, I say, I prove a needless coward!
    What, shall we toward the Tower? the day is spent.
  • Lord Hastings. My lord,
    I hold my life as dear as you do yours;
    And never in my life, I do protest,
    Was it more precious to me than 'tis now:
    Think you, but that I know our state secure,
    I would be so triumphant as I am?

    Sir William Stanley. The lords at Pomfret, when they rode from London,
    Were jocund, and supposed their state was sure,
    And they indeed had no cause to mistrust;
    But yet, you see how soon the day o'ercast.
    This sudden stag of rancour I misdoubt:
    Pray God, I say, I prove a needless coward!
    What, shall we toward the Tower? the day is spent.

6 III / 2
  • They, for their truth, might better wear their heads
    Than some that have acc...
  • They, for their truth, might better wear their heads
    Than some that have accused them wear their hats.
    But come, my lord, let us away.
  • Lord Hastings. Come, come, have with you. Wot you what, my lord?
    To-day the lords you talk of are beheaded.

    Sir William Stanley. They, for their truth, might better wear their heads
    Than some that have accused them wear their hats.
    But come, my lord, let us away.

7 III / 4
  • It is, and wants but nomination.
  • It is, and wants but nomination.
  • Duke of Buckingham. Are all things fitting for that royal time?

    Sir William Stanley. It is, and wants but nomination.

8 III / 4
  • We have not yet set down this day of triumph.
    To-morrow, in mine opinion, is...
  • We have not yet set down this day of triumph.
    To-morrow, in mine opinion, is too sudden;
    For I myself am not so well provided
    As else I would be, were the day prolong'd.
  • Duke of Buckingham. Withdraw you hence, my lord, I'll follow you.

    Sir William Stanley. We have not yet set down this day of triumph.
    To-morrow, in mine opinion, is too sudden;
    For I myself am not so well provided
    As else I would be, were the day prolong'd.

9 III / 4
  • What of his heart perceive you in his face
    By any likelihood he show'd to-da...
  • What of his heart perceive you in his face
    By any likelihood he show'd to-day?
  • Lord Hastings. His grace looks cheerfully and smooth to-day;
    There's some conceit or other likes him well,
    When he doth bid good morrow with such a spirit.
    I think there's never a man in Christendom
    That can less hide his love or hate than he;
    For by his face straight shall you know his heart.

    Sir William Stanley. What of his heart perceive you in his face
    By any likelihood he show'd to-day?

10 III / 4
  • I pray God he be not, I say.
  • I pray God he be not, I say.
  • Lord Hastings. Marry, that with no man here he is offended;
    For, were he, he had shown it in his looks.

    Sir William Stanley. I pray God he be not, I say.

11 IV / 1
  • Let me but meet you, ladies, one hour hence,
    And I'll salute your grace of Y...
  • Let me but meet you, ladies, one hour hence,
    And I'll salute your grace of York as mother,
    And reverend looker on, of two fair queens.
    [To LADY ANNE]
    Come, madam, you must straight to Westminster,
    There to be crowned Richard's royal queen.
  • Sir Robert Brakenbury. No, madam, no; I may not leave it so:
    I am bound by oath, and therefore pardon me.

    Sir William Stanley. Let me but meet you, ladies, one hour hence,
    And I'll salute your grace of York as mother,
    And reverend looker on, of two fair queens.
    [To LADY ANNE]
    Come, madam, you must straight to Westminster,
    There to be crowned Richard's royal queen.

12 IV / 1
  • Full of wise care is this your counsel, madam.
    Take all the swift advantage...
  • Full of wise care is this your counsel, madam.
    Take all the swift advantage of the hours;
    You shall have letters from me to my son
    To meet you on the way, and welcome you.
    Be not ta'en tardy by unwise delay.
  • Queen Elizabeth. O Dorset, speak not to me, get thee hence!
    Death and destruction dog thee at the heels;
    Thy mother's name is ominous to children.
    If thou wilt outstrip death, go cross the seas,
    And live with Richmond, from the reach of hell
    Go, hie thee, hie thee from this slaughter-house,
    Lest thou increase the number of the dead;
    And make me die the thrall of Margaret's curse,
    Nor mother, wife, nor England's counted queen.

    Sir William Stanley. Full of wise care is this your counsel, madam.
    Take all the swift advantage of the hours;
    You shall have letters from me to my son
    To meet you on the way, and welcome you.
    Be not ta'en tardy by unwise delay.

13 IV / 1
  • Come, madam, come; I in all haste was sent.
  • Come, madam, come; I in all haste was sent.
  • Duchess of York. O ill-dispersing wind of misery!
    O my accursed womb, the bed of death!
    A cockatrice hast thou hatch'd to the world,
    Whose unavoided eye is murderous.

    Sir William Stanley. Come, madam, come; I in all haste was sent.

14 IV / 2
  • My lord, I hear the Marquis Dorset's fled
    To Richmond, in those parts beyond...
  • My lord, I hear the Marquis Dorset's fled
    To Richmond, in those parts beyond the sea
    Where he abides.
  • Richard III. I partly know the man: go, call him hither.
    [Exit Page]
    The deep-revolving witty Buckingham
    No more shall be the neighbour to my counsel:
    Hath he so long held out with me untired,
    And stops he now for breath?
    [Enter STANLEY]
    How now! what news with you?

    Sir William Stanley. My lord, I hear the Marquis Dorset's fled
    To Richmond, in those parts beyond the sea
    Where he abides.

15 IV / 4
  • None good, my lord, to please you with the hearing;
    Nor none so bad, but it...
  • None good, my lord, to please you with the hearing;
    Nor none so bad, but it may well be told.
  • Richard III. My mind is changed, sir, my mind is changed.
    [Enter STANLEY]
    How now, what news with you?

    Sir William Stanley. None good, my lord, to please you with the hearing;
    Nor none so bad, but it may well be told.

16 IV / 4
  • Richmond is on the seas.
  • Richmond is on the seas.
  • Richard III. Hoyday, a riddle! neither good nor bad!
    Why dost thou run so many mile about,
    When thou mayst tell thy tale a nearer way?
    Once more, what news?

    Sir William Stanley. Richmond is on the seas.

17 IV / 4
  • I know not, mighty sovereign, but by guess.
  • I know not, mighty sovereign, but by guess.
  • Richard III. There let him sink, and be the seas on him!
    White-liver'd runagate, what doth he there?

    Sir William Stanley. I know not, mighty sovereign, but by guess.

18 IV / 4
  • Stirr'd up by Dorset, Buckingham, and Ely,
    He makes for England, there to cl...
  • Stirr'd up by Dorset, Buckingham, and Ely,
    He makes for England, there to claim the crown.
  • Richard III. Well, sir, as you guess, as you guess?

    Sir William Stanley. Stirr'd up by Dorset, Buckingham, and Ely,
    He makes for England, there to claim the crown.

19 IV / 4
  • Unless for that, my liege, I cannot guess.
  • Unless for that, my liege, I cannot guess.
  • Richard III. Is the chair empty? is the sword unsway'd?
    Is the king dead? the empire unpossess'd?
    What heir of York is there alive but we?
    And who is England's king but great York's heir?
    Then, tell me, what doth he upon the sea?

    Sir William Stanley. Unless for that, my liege, I cannot guess.

20 IV / 4
  • No, mighty liege; therefore mistrust me not.
  • No, mighty liege; therefore mistrust me not.
  • Richard III. Unless for that he comes to be your liege,
    You cannot guess wherefore the Welshman comes.
    Thou wilt revolt, and fly to him, I fear.

    Sir William Stanley. No, mighty liege; therefore mistrust me not.

21 IV / 4
  • No, my good lord, my friends are in the north.
  • No, my good lord, my friends are in the north.
  • Richard III. Where is thy power, then, to beat him back?
    Where are thy tenants and thy followers?
    Are they not now upon the western shore.
    Safe-conducting the rebels from their ships!

    Sir William Stanley. No, my good lord, my friends are in the north.

22 IV / 4
  • They have not been commanded, mighty sovereign:
    Please it your majesty to gi...
  • They have not been commanded, mighty sovereign:
    Please it your majesty to give me leave,
    I'll muster up my friends, and meet your grace
    Where and what time your majesty shall please.
  • Richard III. Cold friends to Richard: what do they in the north,
    When they should serve their sovereign in the west?

    Sir William Stanley. They have not been commanded, mighty sovereign:
    Please it your majesty to give me leave,
    I'll muster up my friends, and meet your grace
    Where and what time your majesty shall please.

23 IV / 4
  • Most mighty sovereign,
    You have no cause to hold my friendship doubtful:
  • Most mighty sovereign,
    You have no cause to hold my friendship doubtful:
    I never was nor never will be false.
  • Richard III. Ay, ay. thou wouldst be gone to join with Richmond:
    I will not trust you, sir.

    Sir William Stanley. Most mighty sovereign,
    You have no cause to hold my friendship doubtful:
    I never was nor never will be false.

24 IV / 4
  • So deal with him as I prove true to you.
  • So deal with him as I prove true to you.
  • Richard III. Well,
    Go muster men; but, hear you, leave behind
    Your son, George Stanley: look your faith be firm.
    Or else his head's assurance is but frail.

    Sir William Stanley. So deal with him as I prove true to you.

25 IV / 5
  • Sir Christopher, tell Richmond this from me:
    That in the sty of this most bl...
  • 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 withholds my present aid.
    But, tell me, where is princely Richmond now?
  • Richard III. Away towards Salisbury! while we reason here,
    A royal battle might be won and lost
    Some one take order Buckingham be brought
    To Salisbury; the rest march on with me.

    Sir William Stanley. 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 withholds my present aid.
    But, tell me, where is princely Richmond now?

26 IV / 5
  • What men of name resort to him?
  • What men of name resort to him?
  • Christopher Urswick. At Pembroke, or at Harford-west, in Wales.

    Sir William Stanley. What men of name resort to him?

27 IV / 5
  • Return unto thy lord; commend me to him:
    Tell him the queen hath heartily co...
  • Return unto thy lord; commend me to him:
    Tell him the queen hath heartily consented
    He shall espouse Elizabeth her daughter.
    These letters will resolve him of my mind. Farewell.
  • Christopher Urswick. 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 more of noble fame and worth:
    And towards London they do bend their course,
    If by the way they be not fought withal.

    Sir William Stanley. Return unto thy lord; commend me to him:
    Tell him the queen hath heartily consented
    He shall espouse Elizabeth her daughter.
    These letters will resolve him of my mind. Farewell.

28 V / 3
  • Fortune and victory sit on thy helm!
  • Fortune and victory sit on thy helm!
  • Richard III. Bid my guard watch; leave me.
    Ratcliff, about the mid of night come to my tent
    And help to arm me. Leave me, I say.
    [Exeunt RATCLIFF and the other Attendants]
    [Enter DERBY to RICHMOND in his tent, Lords and]
    others attending]

    Sir William Stanley. Fortune and victory sit on thy helm!

29 V / 3
  • I, by attorney, bless thee from thy mother
    Who prays continually for Richmon...
  • I, by attorney, bless thee from thy mother
    Who prays continually for Richmond's good:
    So much for that. The silent hours steal on,
    And flaky darkness breaks within the east.
    In brief,--for so the season bids us be,--
    Prepare thy battle early in the morning,
    And put thy fortune to the arbitrement
    Of bloody strokes and mortal-staring war.
    I, as I may--that which I would I cannot,--
    With best advantage will deceive the time,
    And aid thee in this doubtful shock of arms:
    But on thy side I may not be too forward
    Lest, being seen, thy brother, tender George,
    Be executed in his father's sight.
    Farewell: the leisure and the fearful time
    Cuts off the ceremonious vows of love
    And ample interchange of sweet discourse,
    Which so long sunder'd friends should dwell upon:
    God give us leisure for these rites of love!
    Once more, adieu: be valiant, and speed well!
  • Richmond (Henry VII). All comfort that the dark night can afford
    Be to thy person, noble father-in-law!
    Tell me, how fares our loving mother?

    Sir William Stanley. I, by attorney, bless thee from thy mother
    Who prays continually for Richmond's good:
    So much for that. The silent hours steal on,
    And flaky darkness breaks within the east.
    In brief,--for so the season bids us be,--
    Prepare thy battle early in the morning,
    And put thy fortune to the arbitrement
    Of bloody strokes and mortal-staring war.
    I, as I may--that which I would I cannot,--
    With best advantage will deceive the time,
    And aid thee in this doubtful shock of arms:
    But on thy side I may not be too forward
    Lest, being seen, thy brother, tender George,
    Be executed in his father's sight.
    Farewell: the leisure and the fearful time
    Cuts off the ceremonious vows of love
    And ample interchange of sweet discourse,
    Which so long sunder'd friends should dwell upon:
    God give us leisure for these rites of love!
    Once more, adieu: be valiant, and speed well!

30 V / 5
  • Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
    Lo, here, this long-usurped...
  • Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
    Lo, here, this long-usurped royalty
    From the dead temples of this bloody wretch
    Have I pluck'd off, to grace thy brows withal:
    Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.
  • Richmond (Henry VII). God and your arms be praised, victorious friends,
    The day is ours, the bloody dog is dead.

    Sir William Stanley. Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
    Lo, here, this long-usurped royalty
    From the dead temples of this bloody wretch
    Have I pluck'd off, to grace thy brows withal:
    Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.

31 V / 5
  • He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town;
    Whither, if it please you, we ma...
  • He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town;
    Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.
  • Richmond (Henry VII). Great God of heaven, say Amen to all!
    But, tell me, is young George Stanley living?

    Sir William Stanley. He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town;
    Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.

32 V / 5
  • John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers,
    Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir Wi...
  • John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers,
    Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.
  • Richmond (Henry VII). What men of name are slain on either side?

    Sir William Stanley. John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers,
    Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.

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