• Enter BUCKINGHAM with SHERIFF and halberds, led to execution

    BUCKINGHAM

    Will not King Richard let me speak with him?

    SHERIFF

    No, my good lord. Therefore be patient.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Hastings and Edward’s children, Grey and Rivers,
    Holy King Henry and thy fair son Edward,
    5Vaughan, and all that have miscarrièd
    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.—
    10This is All Souls' Day, fellow, is it not?

    SHERIFF

    It is.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Why, then All Souls' Day is my body’s doomsday.
    This is the day which, in King Edward’s time,
    I wished might fall on me when I was found
    15False to his children and his wife’s allies.
    This is the day wherein I wished to fall
    By the false faith of him who most I trusted.
    This, this All Souls' Day to my fearful soul
    Is the determined respite of my wrongs.
    20That high All-seer which I dallied with
    Hath turned my feignèd prayer on my head
    And given in earnest what I begged in jest.
  • BUCKINGHAM enters with SHERIFF and guards leading him to his execution.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Won’t King Richard let me speak with him?

    SHERIFF

    No, my good lord. So be calm.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Hastings and Edward’s children, Rivers and Grey, holy King Henry and your fine son Edward, Vaughan, and all who have died from underhanded, corrupt, fiendish injustice, if your angry souls are witnessing this moment through the clouds, enjoy the revenge—laugh at my ruin! This is All-Souls’ day, fellows, isn’t it?

    All-Souls’

    A Catholic day of prayer for souls stuck in between Heaven and Hell

    SHERIFF

    It is, my lord.

    BUCKINGHAM

    Why, then, it’s my body’s doomsday. Today I’m going to get what I said I wished would happen to me if I was ever false to King Edward’s children or his wife’s allies. This is the day I’m going to get what I wished for when I wished that the person I most trusted would betray me. This, this All-Souls' day, is my just desserts. I tried to play games with God, and he turned my fake prayer on my head, giving me for real what I’d asked for as a joke.