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  • Title: Richard the Third (Modern)
  • Editor: Adrian Kiernander

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Adrian Kiernander
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    Richard the Third (Modern)

    Enter Sir Richard Ratcliffe [and guards], with the lords Rivers, Grey and Vaughan, prisoners.
    Come, bring forth the prisoners.
    Sir Richard Ratcliffe, let me tell thee this:
    To day shalt thou behold a subject die
    For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.
    God keep the Prince from all the pack of you:
    A knot you are of damnèd bloodsuckers.
    O Pomfret, Pomfret, O thou bloody prison,
    Fatal and ominous to noble peers.
    1945Within the guilty closure of thy walls
    Richard the Second here was hacked to death,
    And for more slander to thy dismal soul
    We give thee up our guiltless bloods to drink.
    Now Margaret's curse is fallen upon our heads
    For standing by when Richard stabbed her son.
    Then cursed she Hastings, then cursed she Buckingham:
    Then cursed she Richard. O remember, God,
    1955To hear her prayers for them as now for us,
    And for my sister and her princely son:
    Be satisfied, dear God, with our true bloods,
    Which as thou knowest unjustly must be spilled.
    Come, come, dispatch, the limit of your lives is out.
    Come Grey, come Vaughan, let us all embrace
    And take our leave until we meet in heaven.