Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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RICHARD

O, my fair cousin, I must not say so.

RICHARD

Oh, my handsome nephew, I must not say that.

YORK

Then is he more beholding to you than I.

YORK

In that case, he’s more obliged to you than I am.

RICHARD

He may command me as my sovereign,
110But you have power in me as in a kinsman.

RICHARD

He may command me as my king, but you still have power over me as a relative.

YORK

I pray you, uncle, give me this dagger.

YORK

Uncle, please give me your dagger.

RICHARD

My dagger, little cousin? With all my heart.

RICHARD

My dagger, little nephew? With all my heart.

PRINCE

A beggar, brother?

PRINCE

Are you begging, brother?

YORK

Of my kind uncle, that I know will give,
115And being but a toy, which is no grief to give.

YORK

From my kind uncle, who I know will give it to me, especially as it’s not worth much.

RICHARD

A greater gift than that I’ll give my cousin.

RICHARD

I’ll give you a greater gift than that, nephew.

YORK

A greater gift? O, that’s the sword to it.

YORK

A greater gift? That must mean a sword.

RICHARD

Ay, gentle cousin, were it light enough.

RICHARD

Yes, gentle cousin, if it were light enough for you.

YORK

O, then I see you will part but with light gifts.
120In weightier things you’ll say a beggar nay.

YORK

Oh, I see, you will only part with lightweight presents. For more important things, you’ll say no.

RICHARD

It is too heavy for your Grace to wear.

RICHARD

A sword’s too heavy for you to wear.

YORK

I weigh it lightly, were it heavier.

YORK

I wouldn’t think much of it even if it were heavier.

RICHARD

What, would you have my weapon, little lord?

RICHARD

What, do you want to wear my weapon, little lord?

YORK

I would, that I might thank you as you call me.

YORK

I do, so I can thank you for what you called me.

RICHARD

125How?

RICHARD

What’s that?