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  • Title: Richard the Third (Quarto 1, 1597)
  • Editor: Adrian Kiernander

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Adrian Kiernander
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    Richard the Third (Quarto 1, 1597)

    Enter Sir Richard Ratliffe, with the Lo: Riuers,
    Gray, and Vaughan, prisoners.
    1934.1Ratl. Come bring foorth the prisoners.
    1935Ryu. Sir Richard Ratliffe let me tell thee this:
    To day shalt thou behold a subiect die,
    For truth, for duty, and for loyalty.
    Gray. God keepe the Prince from all the packe of you:
    A knot you are of damned bloudsuckers.
    Ryu. O Pomfret Pomfret, Oh thou bloudy prison,
    Fatall and ominous to noble peeres.
    1945Within the guilty closure of thy wals
    Richatd the second here was hackt to death:
    And for more slaunder to thy dismall soule,
    We giue thee vp our guiltlesse blouds to drinke.
    Gray. Now Margarets curse is falne vpon our heads:
    For standing by, when Richard stabd her sonne.
    Riu. Then curst she Hastings, then curst she Bucking-(ham:
    Then curst she Richard. Oh remember God,
    1955To heare her praiers for them as now for vs,
    And for my sister, and her princely sonne:
    Be satisfied deare God with our true blouds,
    Which as thou knowest vniustly must be spilt.
    Rat. Come come dispatch, the limit of your linea is out.
    1960Ryu. Come Gray, come Vaughan, let vs all imbrace
    And take our leaue vntill we meete in heauen. Exeunt.