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|ACT V SCENE IV ||Another part of the field.|| |
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!|
|Alarum. 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:||10|
|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!|
Richard III, Act 5, Scene 5
Explanatory Notes for Act 5, Scene 4
From King Richard III. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark & Maynard.
Abbreviations. — A.-S. = Anglo-Saxon: M.E. = Middle
English (from the 13th to the 15th century) ; Fr. = French ;
Ger. = German ; Gr. = Greek ; Cf. = compare (Lat. confer) ;
Abbott refers to the excellent Shakespearean Grammar of Dr.
Abbott; Schmidt, to Dr. Schmidt's invaluable Shakespeare Lexicon.
7. Wright notes that in the old play of The True Tragedy of King Richard the Third almost the only line having anything in common with Shakespeare is Richard's exclamation, "A horse, a horse, a fresh horse."
9. Cast, a throw of the dice.
10. Hazard, the thing risked.
11. Be is often used for are when some notion of doubt is involved, as in questions, and after verbs of thinking.
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