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Richard III - Act 5, scene 1
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Act 5, scene 1
Buckingham is led to execution.Enter Buckingham, with ⌜Sheriff and⌝ Halberds, led to
3284 Will not King Richard let me speak with him?
3285 No, my good lord. Therefore be patient.
3286 Hastings and Edward’s children, Grey and Rivers,
3287 Holy King Henry and thy fair son Edward,
3288 5 Vaughan, and all that have miscarrièd
3289 By underhand, corrupted, foul injustice,
3290 If that your moody, discontented souls
3291 Do through the clouds behold this present hour,
3292 Even for revenge mock my destruction.—
3293 10 This is All Souls’ Day, fellow, is it not?
SHERIFF 3294 It is.
3295 Why, then, All Souls’ Day is my body’s doomsday.
3296 This is the day which, in King Edward’s time,
3297 I wished might fall on me when I was found
3298 15 False to his children and his wife’s allies.
3299 This is the day wherein I wished to fall
3300 By the false faith of him whom most I trusted.
3301 This, this All Souls’ Day to my fearful soul
p. 2693302 Is the determined respite of my wrongs.
3303 20 That high All-seer which I dallied with
3304 Hath turned my feignèd prayer on my head
3305 And given in earnest what I begged in jest.
3306 Thus doth he force the swords of wicked men
3307 To turn their own points in their masters’ bosoms.
3308 25 Thus Margaret’s curse falls heavy on my neck:
3309 “When he,” quoth she, “shall split thy heart with
3311 Remember Margaret was a prophetess.”—
3312 Come, lead me, officers, to the block of shame.
3313 30 Wrong hath but wrong, and blame the due of blame.
Buckingham exits with Officers.