Richard III


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Alarum. Enter King Richard and Richmond; they

fight; Richard is slain

Retreat and flourish. Enter Richmond, the Earl of

Derby bearing the crown, with divers other lords


RICHMOND

God and your arms be praised, victorious friends!
divers (adj.) different, various, several

The day is ours; the bloody dog is dead.


DERBY

Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
acquit (v.) 3 play one's part, discharge one's responsibility

Lo, here this long usurped royalty
royalty (n.) 3 emblem of royalty, symbol of sovereignty

From the dead temples of this bloody wretch

Have I plucked off, to grace thy brows withal.
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.


RICHMOND

Great God of heaven, say amen to all!

But tell me, is young George Stanley living?


DERBY

He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town,

Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.


RICHMOND

What men of name are slain on either side?


DERBY

John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers,

Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.


RICHMOND

Inter their bodies as becomes their births.
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled

That in submission will return to us;

And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament,

We will unite the White Rose and the Red.

Smile, heaven, upon this fair conjunction,
conjunction (n.) 1 union, uniting, joining together

That long have frowned upon their enmity!

What traitor hears me, and says not amen?

England hath long been mad and scarred herself,
scar (v.) wound, disfigure, maim

The brother blindly shed the brother's blood,

The father rashly slaughtered his own son,

The son, compelled, been butcher to the sire:

All this divided York and Lancaster,

Divided in their dire division;

O, now let Richmond and Elizabeth,

The true succeeders of each royal house,

By God's fair ordinance conjoin together!

And let their heirs, God, if Thy will be so,

Enrich the time to come with smooth-faced peace,

With smiling plenty, and fair prosperous days!

Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord,
abate (v.) 4 blunt, put an end to

That would reduce these bloody days again
reduce (v.) restore, bring back, lead back

And make poor England weep in streams of blood!

Let them not live to taste this land's increase

That would with treason wound this fair land's peace!

Now civil wounds are stopped, peace lives again;
stop (v.) 5 staunch, close up, prevent from bleeding

That she may long live here, God say amen!

Exeunt

 
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