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

Total: 6

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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.

Second Citizen. Bad news, by'r lady; seldom comes the better:
I fear, I fear 'twill prove a troublous world.



Third Citizen. Doth this news hold of good King Edward's death?

Second Citizen. Ay, sir, it is too true; God help the while!



Third Citizen. Woe to the land that's govern'd by a child!

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.



Third Citizen. When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks;
When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand;
When the sun sets, who doth not look for night?
Untimely storms make men expect a dearth.
All may be well; but, if God sort it so,
'Tis more than we deserve, or I expect.

Second Citizen. Truly, the souls of men are full of dread:
Ye cannot reason almost with a man
That looks not heavily and full of fear.



Third Citizen. Before the times of change, still is it so:
By a divine instinct men's minds mistrust
Ensuing dangers; as by proof, we see
The waters swell before a boisterous storm.
But leave it all to God. whither away?

Second Citizen. Marry, we were sent for to the justices.

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