Richard III - Act 4, scene 5
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Act 4, scene 5
Lord Stanley sends news to Richmond, whose army is marching on London: Stanley will be unable to help because Richard is holding Stanley’s son George hostage.Enter ⌜Stanley, Earl of⌝ Derby, and Sir Christopher.
3263 Sir Christopher, tell Richmond this from me:
3264 That in the sty of the most deadly boar
3265 My son George Stanley is franked up in hold;
3266 If I revolt, off goes young George’s head;
3267 5 The fear of that holds off my present aid.
3268 So get thee gone. Commend me to thy lord.
3269 Withal, say that the Queen hath heartily consented
3270 He should espouse Elizabeth her daughter.
3271 But tell me, where is princely Richmond now?
3272 10 At ⟨Pembroke,⟩ or at Ha’rfordwest in Wales.
STANLEY 3273 What men of name resort to him?
3274 Sir Walter Herbert, a renownèd soldier;
3275 Sir Gilbert Talbot, Sir William Stanley,
3276 Oxford, redoubted Pembroke, Sir James Blunt,
3277 15 And Rice ap Thomas, with a valiant crew,
3278 And many other of great name and worth;
3279 And towards London do they bend their power,
3280 If by the way they be not fought withal.
STANLEY, ⌜giving Sir Christopher a paper⌝
3281 Well, hie thee to thy lord. I kiss his hand.
3282 20 My letter will resolve him of my mind.