Richard III


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Buckingham with halberds and the Sheriff, led

to execution


BUCKINGHAM

Will not King Richard let me speak with him?
halberd (n.) 2 person armed with a halberd


SHERIFF

No, my good lord; therefore be patient.


BUCKINGHAM

Hastings, and Edward's children, Grey and Rivers,

Holy King Henry and thy fair son Edward,

Vaughan, and all that have miscarried
miscarry (v.) 1 come to harm, perish, meet death

By underhand corrupted foul injustice,

If that your moody discontented souls
moody (adj.) 1 angry, wrathful, rancorous, sullen

Do through the clouds behold this present hour,

Even for revenge mock my destruction!

This is All Souls' Day, fellow, is it not?


SHERIFF

It is.


BUCKINGHAM

Why, then All Souls' Day is my body's doomsday.
doomsday (n.) death-day, day of judgement

This is the day which in King Edward's time

I wished might fall on me when I was found

False to his children and his wife's allies;
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful

This is the day wherein I wished to fall

By the false faith of him whom most I trusted;
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful

This, this All Souls' Day to my fearful soul

Is the determined respite of my wrongs.
determined (adj.) 2 appointed, given a limit
respite (n.) 1 extent of time, time-scale

That high All-seer which I dallied with

Hath turned my feigned prayer on my head
feigned (adj.) 1 sham, pretended, spurious

And given in earnest what I begged in jest.

Thus doth He force the swords of wicked men

To turn their own points in their masters' bosoms;

Thus Margaret's curse falls heavy on my neck:

‘ When he,’ quoth she, ‘ shall split thy heart with sorrow,
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

Remember Margaret was a prophetess.’

– Come lead me, officers, to the block of shame.

Wrong hath but wrong, and blame the due of blame.
blame (n.) 2 blameworthiness, culpability, guilt

Exeunt Buckingham with officers

 
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