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|ACT III SCENE III ||Pomfret Castle.|| |
| ||Enter RATCLIFF, with halberds, carrying RIVERS, GREY, and VAUGHAN to death.|| |
|RATCLIFF ||Come, bring forth the prisoners.|| |
|RIVERS ||Sir Richard Ratcliff, let me tell thee this:|| |
| ||To-day shalt thou behold a subject die|| |
| ||For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.|
|GREY ||God keep the prince from all the pack of you!|| || 5|
| ||A knot you are of damned blood-suckers!|| |
|VAUGHAN ||You live that shall cry woe for this after.|| |
|RATCLIFF ||Dispatch; the limit of your lives is out.|| |
|RIVERS ||O Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison,|
| ||Fatal and ominous to noble peers!|| || 10|
| ||Within the guilty closure of thy walls|| |
| ||Richard the second here was hack'd to death;|| |
| ||And, for more slander to thy dismal seat,|| |
| ||We give thee up our guiltless blood to drink.|
|GREY ||Now Margaret's curse is fall'n upon our heads,|| || 15|
| ||For standing by when Richard stabb'd her son.|| |
|RIVERS ||Then cursed she Hastings, then cursed she Buckingham,|| |
| ||Then cursed she Richard. O, remember, God|| |
| ||To hear her prayers for them, as now for us|
| ||And for my sister and her princely sons,|| || 20|
| ||Be satisfied, dear God, with our true blood,|| |
| ||Which, as thou know'st, unjustly must be spilt.|| |
|RATCLIFF ||Make haste; the hour of death is expiate.|| |
|RIVERS ||Come, Grey, come, Vaughan, let us all embrace:|
| ||And take our leave, until we meet in heaven.|| |
| ||Exeunt|| |
Richard III, Act 3, Scene 4
Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 3
From King Richard III. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark & Maynard.
Abbreviations. — A.-S. = Anglo-Saxon: M.E. = Middle
English (from the 13th to the 15th century) ; Fr. = French ;
Ger. = German ; Gr. = Greek ; Cf. = compare (Lat. confer) ;
Abbott refers to the excellent Shakespearean Grammar of Dr.
Abbott; Schmidt, to Dr. Schmidt's invaluable Shakespeare Lexicon.
8. Limit, the assigned period.
11. Closure, compass.
17. Margaret did not curse Buckingham.
23. Expiate, terminated.
How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. Richard III. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark & Maynard, 1886. Shakespeare Online. 20 Feb. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/richardiii_3_3.html >.
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