|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.|
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.