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To thee I do commend my watchful soul,
eyes; Sleeping, and waking, 0, defend me still! [Sleeps.
The Ghost of Prince EDWARD, Son to Henry the
Sixth, rises between the two Tents. Ghost. Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow!
(To King RICHARD. Think, how thou stab’dst me in my prime of youth At Tewksbury; Despair therefore, and die!Be cheerful, Richmond; for the wronged souls Of butcher'd princes
fight in thy behalf: King Henry's issue, Richmond, comforts thee.
The Ghost of King Henry the Sixth rises. Ghost. When I was mortal, my anointed body
[To King RICHARD. By thee was punched full of deadly holes: Think on the Tower, and me; Despair, and die; Harry the sixth bids thee despair and die.Virtuous and holy, be thou conqueror!
To RICHMOND. Harry, that prophecy'd thou should'st be king, Doth comfort thee in thy sleep; Live, and flourish!
The Ghost of CLARENCE rises. Ghost. Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow!
[To King RICHARD. I, that was wash'd to death with fulsome wine, Poor Clarence, by thy guile betray'd to death! To-morrow in the battle think on me, And fall thy edgeless sword;" Despair, and die!
· Harry, that prophecy'd thou should'st be king,] The prophecy, to which this allusion is made, was uttered in one of the parts of Henry the Sixth.
Thou offspring of the house of Lancaster,
[To RICHMOND. The wronged heirs of York do pray for thee; Good angels guard thy battle! Live, and flourish!
The Ghosts of Rivers, Grey, and VAUGHAN, rise. Riv. Let me sit heavy on thy soul to-morrow,
[To King RICHARD. Rivers, that died at Pomfret! Despair, and die! Grey. Think upon Grey, and let thy soul despair!
[To King RICHARD. Vaugh. Think upon Vaughan; and, with guilty
fear, Let fall thy lance! Despair, and die!—
[To King RICHARD. All. Awake! and think, our wrongs in Richard's bosom
[To RICHMOND. Will conquer him ;-awake, and win the day!
The Ghost of Hastings rises. Ghost. Bloody and guilty, guiltily awake!
[To King RICHARD. And in a bloody battle end thy days! Think on lord Hastings; and despair, and die!Quiet untroubled soul, awake, awake!
[T. RICHMOND. Arm, fight, and conquer, for fair England's sake!
The Ghosts of the Two young Princes rise. Ghosts. Dream on thy cousins smother'd in the
Tower, Let us be lead within thy bosom, Richard, And weigh thee down to ruin, shame, and death!
And fall thy edgeless sword;] Fall
, in the present instance, is a verb active, signifying to drop, or let fall.
Thy nephews' souls bid thee despair, and die.
Sleep, Richmond, sleep in peace, and wake in joy; Good angels guard thee from the boar's annoy! Live, and beget a happy race of kings! Edward's unhappy sons do bid thee fourish.
The Ghost of Queen Anne rises. Ghost. Richard, thy wife, that wretched Anne
thy wife, That never slept a quiet hour with thee, Now fills thy sleep with perturbations: To-morrow in the battle think on me, And fall thy edgeless sword; Despair, and die! Thou, quiet soul, sleep thou a quiet sleep;
[To RICHMOND. Dream of success and happy victory; Thy adversary's wife doth pray for thee.
The Ghost of BUCKINGHAM rises. Ghost. The first was - I, that help'd thee to the crown;
[To King RICHARD. The last was I that felt thy tyranny: 0, in the battle think on Buckingham, And die in terror of thy guiltiness! Dream on, dream on, of bloody deeds and death; Fainting, despair; despairing, yield thy breath! I died for hope,” ere I could lend thee aid:
[To RICHMOND. But cheer thy heart, and be thou not dismay'd: God, and good angels fight on Richmond's side; And Richard falls in height of all his pride.
[The Ghosts vanish. King RICHARD starts
out of his dream.
. I died for hope,) i. e. I died for wishing well to you.