Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

Act 5 Scene 3

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Enter RICHARD, in arms, with NORFOLK, RATCLIFFE, SURREY, and soldiers
RICHARD, dressed in his armor, enters with NORFOLK, SURREY, and others.

RICHARD

Here pitch our tent, even here in Bosworth field.—
My Lord of Surrey, why look you so sad?

RICHARD

Let’s pitch our tents right here in Bosworth Field. My Lord of Surrey, why do you look so sad?

SURREY

My heart is ten times lighter than my looks.

SURREY

My heart is ten times lighter than my looks.

RICHARD

My Lord of Norfolk—

RICHARD

My Lord of Norfolk—

NORFOLK

5Here, most gracious liege.

NORFOLK

Here, most gracious king.

RICHARD

Norfolk, we must have knocks, ha, must we not?

RICHARD

Norfolk, we’re going to have a few blows, right?

NORFOLK

We must both give and take, my loving lord.

NORFOLK

We’ve got to give them and take them, my lord.

RICHARD

Up with my tent!—Here will I lie tonight.
But where tomorrow? Well, all’s one for that.
10Who hath descried the number of the traitors?

RICHARD

Put my tent up! I’ll lie here tonight. But where will I lie tomorrow? Well, it doesn’t matter. Does anyone know the number of the enemy’s troops?

NORFOLK

Six or seven thousand is their utmost power.

NORFOLK

Six or seven thousand, at most.

RICHARD

Why, our battalia trebles that account.
Besides, the king’s name is a tower of strength
Which they upon the adverse party want.
15Up with the tent!—Come, noble gentlemen,
Let us survey the vantage of the ground.
Call for some men of sound direction.
Let’s lack no discipline, make no delay,
For, lords, tomorrow is a busy day.

RICHARD

Why, our troops amount to three times that. Besides, the king’s name is a tower of strength; the opposition doesn’t have that advantage. Put up my tent! Come, noble gentlemen, let us look at our battle plan and get some experienced officers to help us figure out the best strategy. Let’s be disciplined and not delay, because tomorrow is a busy day.
Exeunt
They all exit.