Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter the GHOST OF CLARENCE
The GHOST OF CLARENCE enters.

GHOST OF CLARENCE

(to RICHARD) Let me sit heavy in thy soul tomorrow,
I, that was washed to death with fulsome wine,
140Poor Clarence, by thy guile betrayed to death.
Tomorrow in the battle think on me,
And fall thy edgeless sword. Despair, and die!
(to RICHMOND) Thou offspring of the house of Lancaster,
The wrongèd heirs of York do pray for thee
145Good angels guard thy battle. Live and flourish.

GHOST OF CLARENCE

(to RICHARD) I hope I weigh heavily on your soul tomorrow! It’s me, drowned to death in a nauseating barrel of wine. It’s me, poor Clarence, whom you betrayed to death! Tomorrow in battle, think of me and drop your useless sword. Despair, and die! (to RICHMOND) Offspring of the House of Lancaster, the wronged heirs of York pray for you. Good angels protect your fight! Live and prosper!
Exit
He exits.
Enter the GHOSTS OF RIVERS, GRAY, and VAUGHAN
The GHOSTS of RIVERS, GRAY, and VAUGHAN enter.

GHOST OF RIVERS

(to RICHARD) Let me sit heavy in thy soul tomorrow,
Rivers, that died at Pomfret. Despair, and die!

GHOST OF RIVERS

(to RICHARD) I will weigh heavily on your soul tomorrow—I, Rivers, who died at Pomfret. Despair, and die!

GHOST OF GREY

(to RICHARD) Think upon Grey, and let thy soul despair!

GHOST OF GREY

(to RICHARD) Think about Grey, and despair!

GHOST OF VAUGHAN

(to RICHARD)
150Think upon Vaughan, and with guilty fear
Let fall thy lance. Despair, and die!

GHOST OF VAUGHAN

(to RICHARD) Think about Vaughan, and drop your lance from fear and guilt. Despair, and die!

ALL

(to RICHMOND)
Awake, and think our wrongs in Richard’s bosom
Will conquer him! Awake, and win the day.

ALL

(to RICHMOND) Awaken, and have faith that the wrongs Richard carries in his heart will defeat him! Awaken, and win the day!
Exeunt
They exit.
Enter the GHOSTS OF the two young PRINCES
The GHOSTS OF the two young PRINCES enter.