Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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QUEEN MARGARET

What, dost thou scorn me for my gentle counsel,
And soothe the devil that I warn thee from?
305O, but remember this another day,
When he shall split thy very heart with sorrow,
And say poor Margaret was a prophetess.—
Live each of you the subjects to his hate,
And he to yours, and all of you to God’s.

QUEEN MARGARET

What, you ignore my kind advice and try to please the devil I’m warning you about? Oh, just remember this another day, when he splits your heart in two with sorrow. Then you’ll say poor Margaret was a prophet. Richard will come to hate everyone here, as you will come to hate him—and as God will come to hate you all.
Exit
She exits.

HASTINGS

310My hair doth stand an end to hear her curses.

BUCKINGHAM

Her curses have made my hair stand on end.

RIVERS

And so doth mine. I muse why she’s at liberty.

RIVERS

Mine, too. I don’t understand why she’s not locked up.

RICHARD

I cannot blame her. By God’s holy mother,
She hath had too much wrong, and I repent
My part thereof that I have done to her.

RICHARD

I can’t blame her. She has been wronged too often. I regret what I have done to hurt her.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

315I never did her any, to my knowledge.

QUEEN ELIZABETH

I never caused her any harm, as far as I know.

RICHARD

Yet you have all the vantage of her wrong.
I was too hot to do somebody good
That is too cold in thinking of it now.
Marry, as for Clarence, he is well repaid;
320He is franked up to fatting for his pains.
God pardon them that are the cause thereof.

RICHARD

But you have all the advantages from the harm done. For my part, I was too eager to do King Edward good. He doesn’t even seem to notice now. And look how he’s repaid poor Clarence for his loyalty—penned him up like a pig being fattened for slaughter. God pardon those who are responsible for Clarence’s troubles.

RIVERS

A virtuous and a Christian-like conclusion
To pray for them that have done scathe to us.

RIVERS

That’s very virtuous and Christian of you, Richard, to pray for those who have done us harm.

RICHARD

So do I ever (aside) being well-advised,
325For had I cursed now, I had cursed myself.

RICHARD

I always pray for them (to himself) because “they” are none other than myself. If I cursed Clarence’s wrongdoers, I’d be cursing myself.
Enter CATESBY
CATESBY enters.