Act 5 - Scene 5
Another part of the field.
Alarum. Enter KING RICHARD III and RICHMOND; they fight. KING RICHARD III is slain. Retreat and
flourish. Re-enter RICHMOND, DERBY bearing the crown, with divers other Lords
God and your arms be praised, victorious friends,
The day is ours, the bloody dog is dead.
Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
Lo, here, this long-usurped royalty
From the dead
temples of this bloody wretch
Have I pluck'd off, to grace thy brows withal:
Wear it, enjoy it, and make
much of it.
Great God of heaven, say Amen to all!
But, tell me, is young George Stanley living?
He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town;
Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.
What men of name are slain on either side?
John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers,
Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.
Inter their bodies as becomes their births:
Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled
That in submission will
return to us:
And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament,
We will unite the white rose and the red:
heaven upon this fair conjunction,
That long have frown'd upon their enmity!
What traitor hears me, and
says not amen?
England hath long been mad, and scarr'd herself;
The brother blindly shed the brother's
The father rashly slaughter'd his own son,
The son, compell'd, been butcher to the sire:
divided York and Lancaster,
Divided in their dire division,
O, now, let Richmond and Elizabeth,
succeeders of each royal house,
By God's fair ordinance conjoin together!
And let their heirs, God, if thy
will be so.
Enrich the time to come with smooth-faced peace,
With smiling plenty and fair prosperous
Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord,
That would reduce these bloody days again,
poor England weep in streams of blood!
Let them not live to taste this land's increase
That would with
treason wound this fair land's peace!
Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives again:
That she may long
live here, God say amen!
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