• Sound a sennet. Enter RICHARD in pomp; BUCKINGHAM, CATESBY, RATCLIFFE, LOVELL, a page, and others

    RICHARD

    Stand all apart. —Cousin of Buckingham.
    Others move aside

    BUCKINGHAM

    My gracious sovereign.

    RICHARD

    Give me thy hand.
    Here he ascendeth the throne. Sound trumpets
    Thus high, by thy advice
    5And thy assistance is King Richard seated.
    But shall we wear these glories for a day,
    Or shall they last and we rejoice in them?

    BUCKINGHAM

    Still live they, and forever let them last.

    RICHARD

    Ah, Buckingham, now do I play the touch,
    10To try if thou be current gold indeed.
    Young Edward lives; think now what I would speak.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Say on, my loving lord.

    RICHARD

    Why, Buckingham, I say I would be king,

    BUCKINGHAM

    Why so you are, my thrice-renownèd lord.

    RICHARD

    15Ha! Am I king? 'Tis so—but Edward lives.

    BUCKINGHAM

    True, noble prince.
  • Trumpets play. RICHARD enters, already crowned and dressed as a king. BUCKINGHAM, CATESBY, a PAGE, and others enter with him.

    RICHARD

    Everyone stand aside.—Cousin Buckingham.
    Everyone moves aside.

    BUCKINGHAM

    My gracious king.

    RICHARD

    Give me your hand.
    RICHARD ascends the throne with BUCKINGHAM at his side.
    Because of your advice and your help, I have a high position now. But will I wear these honors for only a day or will I enjoy them for a long time?

    BUCKINGHAM

    Let them last forever.

    RICHARD

    Oh Buckingham, now I’m going to test to see if you’re truly made of gold. Young Prince Edward is still alive—what do you think I’m going to say next?

    BUCKINGHAM

    Go on, my loving lord.

    RICHARD

    Why, Buckingham, I say I want to be king.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Why, you are king, your highness.

    RICHARD

    Ha! Am I king? I guess I am. But Edward is still alive.

    BUCKINGHAM

    True, noble prince.