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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
Act III. Scene VI.
The Same.  A Street.
Enter a Scrivener.
  Scriv.  Here is the indictment of the good Lord Hastings;
Which in a set hand fairly is engross’d,
That it may be to-day read o’er in Paul’s:        5
And mark how well the sequel hangs together.
Eleven hours I have spent to write it over,
For yesternight by Catesby was it sent me.
The precedent was full as long a-doing;
And yet within these five hours Hastings liv’d,        10
Untainted, unexamin’d, free, at liberty.
Here’s a good world the while! Who is so gross
That cannot see this palpable device?
Yet who so bold but says he sees it not?
Bad is the world; and all will come to naught,        15
When such ill dealing must be seen in thought.  [Exit.

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