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Speeches (Lines) for First Citizen
in "Richard III"

Total: 7

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(stage directions). [Enter two Citizens meeting]

First Citizen. Neighbour, well met: whither away so fast?



Second Citizen. I promise you, I scarcely know myself:
Hear you the news abroad?

First Citizen. Ay, that the king is dead.



Third Citizen. Neighbours, God speed!

First Citizen. Give you good morrow, sir.



Third Citizen. Then, masters, look to see a troublous world.

First Citizen. No, no; by God's good grace his son shall reign.



Second Citizen. In him there is a hope of government,
That in his nonage council under him,
And in his full and ripen'd years himself,
No doubt, shall then and till then govern well.

First Citizen. So stood the state when Henry the Sixth
Was crown'd in Paris but at nine months old.



Third Citizen. Stood the state so? No, no, good friends, God wot;
For then this land was famously enrich'd
With politic grave counsel; then the king
Had virtuous uncles to protect his grace.

First Citizen. Why, so hath this, both by the father and mother.



Third Citizen. Better it were they all came by the father,
Or by the father there were none at all;
For emulation now, who shall be nearest,
Will touch us all too near, if God prevent not.
O, full of danger is the Duke of Gloucester!
And the queen's sons and brothers haught and proud:
And were they to be ruled, and not to rule,
This sickly land might solace as before.

First Citizen. Come, come, we fear the worst; all shall be well.