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  • Title: Richard the Third (Quarto 1, 1597)
  • Editor: Adrian Kiernander

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Adrian Kiernander
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    Richard the Third (Quarto 1, 1597)

    Alarum, excursions, Enter Catesby.
    3825Cates. Rescew my lord of Norffolke, rescew, rescew,
    The king enacts more wonders then a man,
    Daring an opposite to euerie danger,
    His horse is slaine, and all on foot he fights,
    3830Seeking for Richmond in the throat of death,
    Rescew faire lord, or else the daie is lost.
    Enter Richard.
    King A horse, a horse, my kingdome for a horse.
    3835Cates. Withdraw my lord, ile helpe you to a horse.
    King Slaue I haue set my life vpon a cast,
    And I will stand the hazard of the die,
    I thinke there be sixe Richmonds in the field,
    Fiue haue I slaine to daie in stead of him,
    3840A horse, a horse, my kingdome for a horse.