Richard III


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Enter Sir Richard Ratcliffe, with halberds, carrying

Rivers, Grey, and Vaughan to death at Pomfret


RIVERS

Sir Richard Ratcliffe, let me tell thee this:

Today shalt thou behold a subject die

For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.


GREY

God bless the Prince from all the pack of you!
bless (v.) 1 guard, protect, safeguard
pack (n.) 1 gang, group, circle, confederacy

A knot you are of damned bloodsuckers.
knot (n.) 1 company, band, assembly


VAUGHAN

You live that shall cry woe for this hereafter.


RATCLIFFE

Dispatch! The limit of your lives is out.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 4 hurry up, be quick
limit (n.) 1 prescribed time, fixed period


RIVERS

O Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison,

Fatal and ominous to noble peers!

Within the guilty closure of thy walls
closure (n.) 1 enclosure, bound, limit

Richard the Second here was hacked to death;

And, for more slander to thy dismal seat,
dismal (adj.) 2 sinister, ominous, malign
seat (n.) 5 situation, position, location
slander (n.) 1 dishonour, disgrace, disrepute

We give to thee our guiltless blood to drink.


GREY

Now Margaret's curse is fallen upon our heads,

When she exclaimed on Hastings, you, and I,
exclaim on / upon (v.) accuse, blame, denounce [loudly]

For standing by when Richard stabbed her son.


RIVERS

Then cursed she Richard, then cursed she Buckingham,

Then cursed she Hastings. O, remember, God,

To hear her prayers 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.


RATCLIFFE

Make haste. The hour of death is expiate.
expiate (adj.) reached, fully arrived


RIVERS

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

Farewell, until we meet again in heaven.

Exeunt

 
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