Speeches (Lines) for Sir Richard Ratcliff
in "Richard III"

Total: 18

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1

III,3,1919

(stage directions). [Enter RATCLIFF, with halberds, carrying RIVERS, GREY, and VAUGHAN to death]

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Come, bring forth the prisoners.


2

III,3,1926

Sir Thomas Vaughan. You live that shall cry woe for this after.

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Dispatch; the limit of your lives is out.


3

III,3,1941

Lord (Earl) Rivers. Then cursed she Hastings, then cursed she Buckingham,
Then cursed she Richard. O, remember, God
To hear her prayers for them, as now for us
And for my sister and her princely sons,
Be satisfied, dear God, with our true blood,
Which, as thou know'st, unjustly must be spilt.

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Make haste; the hour of death is expiate.


4

III,4,2052

Lord Hastings. Woe, woe for England! not a whit for me;
For I, too fond, might have prevented this.
Stanley did dream the boar did raze his helm;
But I disdain'd it, and did scorn to fly:
Three times to-day my foot-cloth horse did stumble,
And startled, when he look'd upon the Tower,
As loath to bear me to the slaughter-house.
O, now I want the priest that spake to me:
I now repent I told the pursuivant
As 'twere triumphing at mine enemies,
How they at Pomfret bloodily were butcher'd,
And I myself secure in grace and favour.
O Margaret, Margaret, now thy heavy curse
Is lighted on poor Hastings' wretched head!

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Dispatch, my lord; the duke would be at dinner:
Make a short shrift; he longs to see your head.


5

IV,4,3249

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). Bear her my true love's kiss; and so, farewell.
[Exit QUEEN ELIZABETH]
Relenting fool, and shallow, changing woman!
[Enter RATCLIFF; CATESBY following]
How now! what news?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. My gracious sovereign, on the western coast
Rideth a puissant navy; to the shore
Throng many doubtful hollow-hearted friends,
Unarm'd, and unresolved to beat them back:
'Tis thought that Richmond is their admiral;
And there they hull, expecting but the aid
Of Buckingham to welcome them ashore.


6

IV,4,3273

(stage directions). [Exit]

Sir Richard Ratcliff. What is't your highness' pleasure I shall do at
Salisbury?


7

IV,4,3276

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). Why, what wouldst thou do there before I go?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Your highness told me I should post before.


8

V,3,3535

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). Send out a pursuivant at arms
To Stanley's regiment; bid him bring his power
Before sunrising, lest his son George fall
Into the blind cave of eternal night.
[Exit CATESBY]
Fill me a bowl of wine. Give me a watch.
Saddle white Surrey for the field to-morrow.
Look that my staves be sound, and not too heavy.
Ratcliff!

Sir Richard Ratcliff. My lord?


9

V,3,3537

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). Saw'st thou the melancholy Lord Northumberland?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Thomas the Earl of Surrey, and himself,
Much about cock-shut time, from troop to troop
Went through the army, cheering up the soldiers.


10

V,3,3544

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). So, I am satisfied. Give me a bowl of wine:
I have not that alacrity of spirit,
Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have.
Set it down. Is ink and paper ready?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. It is, my lord.


11

V,3,3710

(stage directions). [Enter RATCLIFF]

Sir Richard Ratcliff. My lord!


12

V,3,3712

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). 'Zounds! who is there?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Ratcliff, my lord; 'tis I. The early village-cock
Hath twice done salutation to the morn;
Your friends are up, and buckle on their armour.


13

V,3,3717

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). O Ratcliff, I have dream'd a fearful dream!
What thinkest thou, will our friends prove all true?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. No doubt, my lord.


14

V,3,3719

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). O Ratcliff, I fear, I fear,—

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Nay, good my lord, be not afraid of shadows.


15

V,3,3782

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). What said Northumberland as touching Richmond?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. That he was never trained up in arms.


16

V,3,3784

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). He said the truth: and what said Surrey then?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. He smiled and said 'The better for our purpose.'


17

V,3,3789

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). He was in the right; and so indeed it is.
[Clock striketh]
Ten the clock there. Give me a calendar.
Who saw the sun to-day?

Sir Richard Ratcliff. Not I, my lord.


18

V,3,3793

Richard III (Duke of Gloucester). Then he disdains to shine; for by the book
He should have braved the east an hour ago
A black day will it be to somebody. Ratcliff!

Sir Richard Ratcliff. My lord?


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