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Richard III

Richard III Translation Act 5, Scene 4

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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, Seeking for Richmond in the throat of death. Rescue, fair lord, or else the day is lost!

CATESBY

Help, my lord of Norfolk, help, help! The king has performed more wonders than seems humanly possible, facing down every dangerous enemy himself. His horse is killed, and now he's fighting on foot, searching for Richmond even in the face of death. Help, honorable lord, or else the battle is lost!

NORFOLK exits with soldiers.

Alarums. Enter RICHARD

RICHARD

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

RICHARD

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

CATESBY

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

CATESBY

Retreat from the fighting, my lord. I'll help you get to a horse.

RICHARD

Slave, I have set my life upon a cast, And 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!

RICHARD

You villain, I have gambled my life on this throw of the dice, and I will take the risks that come with it. I think there are six Richmonds on the battlefield; I've killed five already who looked like him. A horse, a horse! I'd give my kingdom for a horse!

Exeunt

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