• Alarum. Excursions. Enter NORFOLK and forces fighting; to him CATESBY

    CATESBY

    Rescue, my lord of Norfolk, rescue, rescue!
    The king enacts more wonders than a man,
    Daring an opposite to every danger.
    His horse is slain, and all on foot he fights,
    5Seeking for Richmond in the throat of death.
    Rescue, fair lord, or else the day is lost!
    Alarums. Enter RICHARD

    RICHARD

    A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!

    CATESBY

    Withdraw, my lord. I’ll help you to a horse.

    RICHARD

    Slave, I have set my life upon a cast,
    10And I will stand the hazard of the die.
    I think there be six Richmonds in the field;
    Five have I slain today instead of him.
    A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!
    Exeunt
  • Blasts of military music (trumpets and drums) and flurries of soldiers fighting. NORFOLK and CATESBY enter with soldiers fighting.

    CATESBY

    Help, my lord of Norfolk, help, help! The king performs more wonders than seem humanly possible, challenging every enemy he sees. His horse is killed, so he’s fighting on foot, risking his life to search out Richmond. Help, dear lord, or the battle will be lost!
    Blasts of military music (trumpets and drums).
    RICHARD enters.

    RICHARD

    A horse, a horse, I’d give my kingdom for a horse!

    CATESBY

    Get off the field, my lord. I’ll find you another horse.

    RICHARD

    Peasant, I have gambled my life on this one throw of the dice, and I’m willing to take what comes. I think there are six Richmonds on the field. I’ve killed five that looked like him, anyway. A horse, a horse! I’d give my kingdom for a horse!
    They all exit.