Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 3

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CATESBY

My lord.

CATESBY

Yes, my lord?

RICHARD

Send out a pursuivant-at-arms
To Stanley’s regiment. Bid him bring his power
Before sunrising, lest his son George fall
65Into the blind cave of eternal night.

RICHARD

Send a junior officer to Stanley’s regiment to tell Stanley to bring his men here before sunrise—if he wants to see his son George alive.
Exit CATESBY
CATESBY exits.
(to soldiers) Fill me a bowl of wine. Give me a watch.
Saddle white Surrey for the field to-morrow.
Look that my staves be sound, and not too heavy.—
Ratcliffe.
(to soldiers) Get me some wine. Get a soldier to stand watch outside my tent. Saddle my white horse Surrey for battle tomorrow. Make sure the shafts of my lances are solid, but not too heavy. Ratcliffe!

RATCLIFFE

70My lord.

RATCLIFFE

Yes, my lord?

RICHARD

Sawst thou the melancholy Lord Northumberland?

RICHARD

Did you see the gloomy Lord Northumberland?

RATCLIFFE

Thomas the earl of Surrey and himself,
Much about cockshut time, from troop to troop
Went through the army cheering up the soldiers.

RATCLIFFE

Thomas, the earl of Surrey, and he were moving from troop to troop around twilight cheering up the soldiers.

RICHARD

75So, I am satisfied. Give me a bowl of wine.
I have not that alacrity of spirit
Nor cheer of mind that I was wont to have.
Set it down. Is ink and paper ready?

RICHARD

Good, I’m satisfied. Give me some wine—I don’t feel as energetic as I used to. Set it down. Is my ink and paper ready?

RATCLIFFE

It is, my lord.

RATCLIFFE

It is, my lord.

RICHARD

80Bid my guard watch. Leave me.
Ratcliffe, about the mid of night come to my tent
And help to arm me. Leave me, I say.

RICHARD

Make sure my guard is on duty and leave me alone. Ratcliffe, around midnight come to my tent and help me put on my armor. Now leave me alone, as I said.
Exeunt Ratcliffe and the other attendants. RICHARD sleeps.
RATCLIFFE and the other attendants exit. RICHARD sleeps.