Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter a MESSENGER
A MESSENGER enters.
What says Lord Stanley? Will he bring his power?
What does Lord Stanley say? Will he bring his army?
MESSENGER
My lord, he doth deny to come.
MESSENGER
My lord, he refuses to come.
RICHARD
Off with his son George’s head!
RICHARD
Off with his son George’s head!
NORFOLK
365My lord, the enemy is past the marsh.
After the battle let George Stanley die.
NORFOLK
My lord, the enemy has already passed the marsh. Let George Stanley die after the battle.
RICHARD
A thousand hearts are great within my bosom.
Advance our standards. Set upon our foes.
Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George,
370Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons.
Upon them! Victory sits on our helms.
RICHARD
A thousand hearts beat in my chest. Let’s advance our flags, set upon our enemies, and have our ancient saint of courage, good Saint George, inspire us with the fury of fiery dragons! Let’s go! Victory is with us.
Exeunt
They all exit.