• The trumpets sound. Enter the young PRINCE theCARDINAL, CATESBY, and others

    BUCKINGHAM

    Welcome, sweet prince, to London, to your chamber.

    RICHARD

    (to PRINCE) Welcome, dear cousin, my thoughts' sovereign.
    The weary way hath made you melancholy.

    PRINCE

    No, uncle, but our crosses on the way
    5Have made it tedious, wearisome, and heavy.
    I want more uncles here to welcome me.

    RICHARD

    Sweet prince, the untainted virtue of your years
    Hath not yet dived into the world’s deceit;
    Nor more can you distinguish of a man
    10Than of his outward show, which, God He knows,
    Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart.
    Those uncles which you want were dangerous.
    Your Grace attended to their sugared words
    But looked not on the poison of their hearts.
    15God keep you from them, and from such false friends.

    PRINCE

    God keep me from false friends, but they were none.

    RICHARD

    My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you.
    Enter the LORD MAYOR and his train
  • The trumpets sound. The young PRINCE theCARDINAL, CATESBY, and others

    BUCKINGHAM

    Welcome, sweet prince, to London, the capital of the king.

    RICHARD

    Welcome, dear nephew, king of all my thoughts. The tiring journey seems to have made you gloomy.

    PRINCE

    It wasn’t the journey itself, uncle, but the troubles we encountered that made it wearisome and dull. I want more uncles here to welcome me.

    RICHARD

    Sweet prince, you’re just an innocent child. You don’t really understand how capable people are of trickery. All you know is what a man shows you, which has little to do with what he’s really thinking. Those uncles that you wish were here were dangerous. Your Grace heard their saccharine words, but didn’t take note of their poisonous intentions. God protect you from them and from other false friends!

    PRINCE

    God should keep me from false friends, but they weren’t false.

    RICHARD

    My lord, the mayor of London is here to greet you.
    The LORD MAYOR and his train enter.