Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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QUEEN ELIZABETH

So just is God to right the innocent.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

God is just. He rewards the innocent.

HASTINGS

O, ’twas the foulest deed to slay that babe,
185And the most merciless that e'er was heard of!

HASTINGS

Oh, killing that child was the dirtiest, most merciless deed there ever was!

RIVERS

Tyrants themselves wept when it was reported.

RIVERS

Tyrants themselves wept when they heard about it.

DORSET

No man but prophesied revenge for it.

DORSET

Everyone understood there would be a heavy payback.

BUCKINGHAM

Northumberland, then present, wept to see it.

BUCKINGHAM

QUEEN MARGARET

What, were you snarling all before I came,
190Ready to catch each other by the throat,
And turn you all your hatred now on me?
Did York’s dread curse prevail so much with heaven
That Henry’s death, my Lovelly Edward’s death,
Their kingdom’s loss, my woeful banishment,
195Could all but answer for that peevish brat?
Can curses pierce the clouds and enter heaven?
Why then, give way, dull clouds, to my quick curses!
Though not by war, by surfeit die your king,
As ours by murder to make him a king.

QUEEN MARGARET

What, were you all snarling before I arrived, ready to catch each other by the throat like dogs, but now that I’m here, you turn your hatred toward me? Did the duke of York’s terrible curse have so much weight with God that God repaid him not only with Henry’s death and my lovely Edward’s death but with the loss of their kingdom and with my banishment, too? All because of what happened to that brat Rutland? If curses can pierce the clouds and enter heaven that easily, then open up, thick clouds, and listen to my curses!