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Richard III


ACT III SCENE IIIPomfret Castle.
Enter RATCLIFF, with halberds, carrying RIVERS, GREY, and VAUGHAN to death.
RATCLIFFCome, bring forth the prisoners.
RIVERSSir Richard Ratcliff, let me tell thee this:
To-day shalt thou behold a subject die
For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.
GREYGod keep the prince from all the pack of you! 5
A knot you are of damned blood-suckers!
VAUGHANYou live that shall cry woe for this after.
RATCLIFFDispatch; the limit of your lives is out.
RIVERSO 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.
GREYNow Margaret’s curse is fall’n upon our heads, 15
For standing by when Richard stabb’d her son.
RIVERSThen 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.
RATCLIFFMake haste; the hour of death is expiate.
RIVERSCome, Grey, come, Vaughan, let us all embrace:
And take our leave, until we meet in heaven.

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.

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