Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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BUCKINGHAM

90What, my gracious lord?

BUCKINGHAM

What, my dear lord?

PRINCE

An if I live until I be a man,
I’ll win our ancient right in France again
Or die a soldier, as I lived a king.

PRINCE

RICHARD

(aside) Short summers lightly have a forward spring.

RICHARD

(to himself) As the saying goes, “Short summers often have an early spring.” This smarty-pants won’t live long.
Enter young YORK, HASTINGS, and the CARDINAL
Young YORK, HASTINGS, and the CARDINAL enter.

BUCKINGHAM

95Now in good time here comes the duke of York.

BUCKINGHAM

Making good time, here’s the duke of York.

PRINCE

Richard of York, how fares our loving brother?

PRINCE

Richard of York, how are you doing, my loving brother?

YORK

Well, my dread lord—so must I call you now.

YORK

Very well, my supreme lord—that’s what I have to call you now.

PRINCE

Ay, brother, to our grief, as it is yours.
Too late he died that might have kept that title,
100Which by his death hath lost much majesty.

PRINCE

Yes, brother, I feel bad about that, too. The man who might have kept that title died too soon, and now it isn’t worth nearly as much.

RICHARD

How fares our cousin, noble Lord of York?

RICHARD

How’s my nephew doing, noble lord of York?

YORK

I thank you, gentle uncle. O, my lord,
You said that idle weeds are fast in growth.
The prince my brother hath outgrown me far.

YORK

Thank you for asking, uncle. Oh, my lord, you once said that lazy weeds grow fast. The prince has far outgrown me.

RICHARD

105He hath, my lord.

RICHARD

He has, my lord.

YORK

And therefore is he idle?

YORK

Does that mean he’s lazy?