• Enter RICHARD, in arms, with NORFOLK, RATCLIFFE, SURREY, and soldiers

    RICHARD

    Here pitch our tent, even here in Bosworth field.—
    My Lord of Surrey, why look you so sad?

    SURREY

    My heart is ten times lighter than my looks.

    RICHARD

    My Lord of Norfolk—

    NORFOLK

    5Here, most gracious liege.

    RICHARD

    Norfolk, we must have knocks, ha, must we not?

    NORFOLK

    We must both give and take, my loving lord.

    RICHARD

    Up with my tent!—Here will I lie tonight.
    But where tomorrow? Well, all’s one for that.
    10Who hath descried the number of the traitors?

    NORFOLK

    Six or seven thousand is their utmost power.

    RICHARD

    Why, our battalia trebles that account.
    Besides, the king’s name is a tower of strength
    Which they upon the adverse party want.
    15Up with the tent!—Come, noble gentlemen,
    Let us survey the vantage of the ground.
    Call for some men of sound direction.
    Let’s lack no discipline, make no delay,
    For, lords, tomorrow is a busy day.
    Exeunt
  • RICHARD, dressed in his armor, enters with NORFOLK, SURREY, and others.

    RICHARD

    Let’s pitch our tents right here in Bosworth Field. My Lord of Surrey, why do you look so sad?

    SURREY

    My heart is ten times lighter than my looks.

    RICHARD

    My Lord of Norfolk—

    NORFOLK

    Here, most gracious king.

    RICHARD

    Norfolk, we’re going to have a few blows, right?

    NORFOLK

    We’ve got to give them and take them, my lord.

    RICHARD

    Put my tent up! I’ll lie here tonight. But where will I lie tomorrow? Well, it doesn’t matter. Does anyone know the number of the enemy’s troops?

    NORFOLK

    Six or seven thousand, at most.

    RICHARD

    Why, our troops amount to three times that. Besides, the king’s name is a tower of strength; the opposition doesn’t have that advantage. Put up my tent! Come, noble gentlemen, let us look at our battle plan and get some experienced officers to help us figure out the best strategy. Let’s be disciplined and not delay, because tomorrow is a busy day.
    They all exit.