Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 3

page Act 5 Scene 3 Page 6

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Exeunt all but RICHMOND
Everyone exits except RICHMOND.
O Thou, whose captain I account myself,
Look on my forces with a gracious eye.
Put in their hands thy bruising irons of wrath,
115That they may crush down with a heavy fall
The usurping helmets of our adversaries!
Make us thy ministers of chastisement,
That we may praise thee in the victory!
To thee I do commend my watchful soul,
120Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes.
Sleeping and waking, O, defend me still!
Sleeps
Oh God, whose side I think I’m fighting on, look kindly on my forces. Fuel them with dangerous fury, so they can crush the enemy. Make us your agents of revenge, so we can praise you when we’re victorious! Before I fall asleep, I entrust my soul to you. Defend me, God, both when I’m asleep and when I’m awake.
He sleeps.
Enter the GHOST OF PRINCE EDWARD, son to KING HENRY VI
The GHOST OF PRINCE EDWARD, King Henry VI’s son, enters.

GHOST OF PRINCE EDWARD

(to RICHARD) Let me sit heavy on thy soul tomorrow!
Think how thou stabbed’st me in my prime of youth
125At Tewkesbury. Despair therefore, and die!
(to RICHMOND)
Be cheerful, Richmond, for the wrongèd souls
Of butchered princes fight in thy behalf.
King Henry’s issue, Richmond, comforts thee.

GHOST OF PRINCE EDWARD

(to RICHARD) I will weigh heavily on your soul tomorrow. Remember how you stabbed me at Tewksbury, when I was just a young man. Despair, and die! (to RICHMOND) Be cheerful, Richmond—butchered princes fight for you. I, King Henry’s son, will provide you with comfort.
Exit
Enter the GHOST OF KING HENRY VI
The GHOST OF KING HENRY VI enters.

GHOST OF KING HENRY VI

130 (to RICHARD) When I was mortal, my anointed body
By thee was punchèd full of deadly holes.
Think on the Tower and me. Despair, and die!
Harry the Sixth bids thee despair and die.
(to RICHMOND)
135Virtuous and holy, be thou conqueror.
Harry, that prophesied thou shouldst be king,
Doth comfort thee in thy sleep. Live and flourish.

GHOST OF KING HENRY VI

(to RICHARD) When I was still alive, you punctured my body, the body of God’s blessed king, full of holes. Remember the Tower and me there. Despair, and die! Harry the Sixth commands you to despair and die! (to RICHMOND) Because you are virtuous and holy, you must be the conqueror! Harry, who prophesied that you would be king, comforts you in your sleep: live and prosper!
Exit
He exits.