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Richard III Scenes

Scene 3

Pomfret Castle.

(Sir Richard Ratcliffe; Halberds; Rivers; Grey; Vaughan)

Ratcliff leads Rivers, Grey and Vaughan to death. They recall Queen Margaret’s curses, which have been fulfilled, and hope that the curses she heaped on Richard, Hastings and Buckingham will also come true. (26 lines)

Enter Sir Richard Ratcliffe with Halberds, carrying the nobles Rivers, Grey, and Vaughan to death at Pomfret.


Come, bring forth the prisoners.


Sir Richard Ratcliffe, let me tell thee this:

Today shalt thou behold a subject die

For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.


God bless the Prince from all the pack of you!

A knot you are of damned blood-suckers.


You live that shall cry woe for this hereafter.


Dispatch, the limit of your lives is out.


O Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison!

Fatal and ominous to noble peers!

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 to thee our guiltless blood to drink.


Now Margaret’s curse is fall’n upon our heads,

When she exclaim’d on Hastings, you, and I,

For standing by when Richard stabb’d her son.


Then curs’d she Richard, then curs’d she Buckingham,

Then curs’d she Hastings. O, remember, God,

To hear her prayer for them, as now for us!

And for my sister and her princely sons,

Be satisfied, dear God, with our true blood,

Which, as thou know’st, unjustly must be spilt.


Make haste, the hour of death is expiate.


Come, Grey, come, Vaughan, let us here embrace.

Farewell, until we meet again in heaven.



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