Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 3

page Act 5 Scene 3 Page 13

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Enter King RICHARD, RATCLIFFE, attendants and forces
RICHARD, RATCLIFFE, attendants, and soldiers enter.

RICHARD

285What said Northumberland as touching Richmond?

RICHARD

What did Northumberland say about Richmond?

RATCLIFFE

That he was never trainèd up in arms.

RATCLIFFE

That he was never trained as a soldier.

RICHARD

He said the truth. And what said Surrey then?

RICHARD

That’s true. And what did Surrey say to that?

RATCLIFFE

He smiled and said “The better for our purpose.”

RATCLIFFE

He smiled and said, “The better for us.”

RICHARD

He was in the right, and so indeed it is.

RICHARD

He’s right, and that’s how it is.
The clock striketh
The clock strikes.
290Tell the clock there. Give me a calendar.
He looks in an almanac
Who saw the sun today?
Read the time there. Give me an almanac. (looking in an almanac) Did anyone see the sun today?

RATCLIFFE

Not I, my lord.

RATCLIFFE

I didn’t, my lord.

RICHARD

Then he disdains to shine, for by the book
295He should have braved the east an hour ago
A black day will it be to somebody. Ratcliffe!

RICHARD

Then it refuses to shine. According to this almanac, it should have risen an hour ago. It’ll be a black day for somebody today. Ratcliffe!

RATCLIFFE

My lord.

RATCLIFFE

My lord?

RICHARD

The sun will not be seen today.
The sky doth frown and lour upon our army.
300I would these dewy tears were from the ground.
Not shine today? Why, what is that to me
More than to Richmond, for the selfsame heaven
That frowns on me looks sadly upon him.

RICHARD

The sun will not appear today. The sky frowns and scowls on our army. I wish there wasn’t so much dew on the ground. So, the sun won’t shine today! Well, why should that be worse for me than it is for Richmond? The same heaven that’s frowning on me looks gloomily on him.