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King Richard III: Act 5 Scene 1
Scene I Salisbury. An open place.
- [Enter the Sheriff, and BUCKINGHAM, with halberds,
- led to execution]
- Will not King Richard let me speak with him?
- No, my good lord; therefore be patient.
- Hastings, and Edward's children, Rivers, Grey,
- Holy King Henry, and thy fair son Edward,
- Vaughan, and all that have miscarried
- By underhand corrupted foul injustice,
- If that your moody discontented souls
- Do through the clouds behold this present hour,
- Even for revenge mock my destruction!
- This is All-Souls' day, fellows, is it not?
- It is, my lord.
- Why, then All-Souls' day is my body's doomsday.
- This is the day that, in King Edward's time,
- I wish't might fall on me, when I was found
- False to his children or his wife's allies
- This is the day wherein I wish'd to fall
- By the false faith of him I trusted most;
- This, this All-Souls' day to my fearful soul
- Is the determined respite of my wrongs:
- That high All-Seer that I dallied with
- Hath turn'd my feigned prayer on my head
- And given in earnest what I begg'd in jest.
- Thus doth he force the swords of wicked men
- To turn their own points on their masters' bosoms:
- Now Margaret's curse is fallen upon my head;
- 'When he,' quoth she, 'shall split thy heart with sorrow,
- Remember Margaret was a prophetess.'
- Come, sirs, convey me to the block of shame;
- Wrong hath but wrong, and blame the due of blame.