Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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BUCKINGHAM

70He did, my gracious lord, begin that place,
Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.

BUCKINGHAM

He started it, my noble lord, and succeeding generations rebuilt it.

PRINCE

Is it upon record, or else reported
Successively from age to age, he built it?

PRINCE

Is it on record that he built it, or is it just word of mouth?

BUCKINGHAM

Upon record, my gracious lord.

BUCKINGHAM

On record, my gracious lord.

PRINCE

75But say, my lord, it were not registered,
Methinks the truth should live from age to age,
As ’twere retailed to all posterity,
Even to the general all-ending day.

PRINCE

Well, I think that even if it weren’t on record, the truth would be remembered from one generation to the next—all the way to Doomsday.

RICHARD

(aside) So wise so young, they say, do never live long.

RICHARD

(to himself) As the saying goes, “Those that are this wise when they’re this young won’t live long.”

PRINCE

80What say you, uncle?

PRINCE

What did you say, uncle?

RICHARD

I say, without characters fame lives long.
(aside) Thus, like the formal Vice, Iniquity,
I moralize two meanings in one word.

RICHARD

PRINCE

That Julius Caesar was a famous man.
85With what his valor did enrich his wit,
His wit set down to make his valor live.
Death makes no conquest of this conqueror,
For now he lives in fame, though not in life.
I’ll tell you what, my cousin Buckingham—

PRINCE

That Julius Caesar was a famous man. His courage helped his cleverness, and his cleverness made sure that his reputation for being courageous outlived him. Death didn’t conquer this conqueror, for he lives on in his fame, even though he’s dead. I’ll tell you what, my cousin Buckingham—