Alarum: excursions. Enter
NORFOLK and forces
|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!
|[Alarums. Enter KING RICHARD III]|
|KING RICHARD III||A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!|
|CATESBY||Withdraw, my lord; I'll help you to a horse.|
|KING RICHARD III||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 to-day instead of him.
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
|RICHMOND||God and your arms be praised, victorious friends,
The day is ours, the bloody dog is dead.
|DERBY||Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
Lo, here, this long-usurped royalty
From the dead temples of this bloody wretch
Have I pluck'd off, to grace thy brows withal:
Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.
|RICHMOND||Great God of heaven, say Amen to all!
But, tell me, is young George Stanley living?
|DERBY||He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester town;
Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.
|RICHMOND||What men of name are slain on either side?|
|DERBY||John Duke of Norfolk, Walter Lord Ferrers,
Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brandon.
|RICHMOND||Inter their bodies as becomes their births:
Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled
That in submission will return to us:
And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament,
We will unite the white rose and the red:
Smile heaven upon this fair conjunction,
That long have frown'd upon their enmity!
What traitor hears me, and says not amen?
England hath long been mad, and scarr'd herself;
The brother blindly shed the brother's blood,
The father rashly slaughter'd his own son,
The son, compell'd, been butcher to the sire:
All this divided York and Lancaster,
Divided in their dire division,
O, now, let Richmond and Elizabeth,
The true succeeders of each royal house,
By God's fair ordinance conjoin together!
And let their heirs, God, if thy will be so.
Enrich the time to come with smooth-faced peace,
With smiling plenty and fair prosperous days!
Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord,
That would reduce these bloody days again,
And make poor England weep in streams of blood!
Let them not live to taste this land's increase
That would with treason wound this fair land's peace!
Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives again:
That she may long live here, God say amen!
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 3 Pomfret Castle./ Act III, Scene 4 The Tower of London|
|Act I, Scene 1 London. A street.||Act III, Scene 5 The Tower-walls.|
|Act I, Scene 2 The same. Another street.||Act III, Scene 6 The same./ Act III, Scene 7 Baynard's Castle.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 1 Before the Tower.|
|Act I, Scene 4 London. The Tower.||Act IV, Scene 2 London. The palace.|
|Act II, Scene 1 London. The palace.||Act IV, Scene 3 The same.|
|Act II, Scene 2 The palace.||Act IV, Scene 4 Before the palace./ Act IV, Scene 5 Lord Derby's house.|
|Act II, Scene 3 London. A street.||Act V, Scene 1 Salisbury. An open place./Act V, Scene 2 The camp near Tamworth.|
|Act II, Scene 4 London. The palace.||Act V, Scene 3 Bosworth Field.|
|Act III, Scene 1 London. A street.||Act V, Scene 4 Another part of the field./Act V, Scene 5 Another part of the field|
|Act III, Scene 2 Before Lord Hastings' house.|
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